Breaking Free with your Art

The Art Sherpa Tutorial

I Remember when I first started getting back into my art, how hard is was for me, so I wanted to talk to you about breaking free with your art.

At first when I re-entered my Artistic Journey I did a lot of free classes found online & I had a lot of fun doing them. I did Coloring classes, Word Art classes, Art Journaling classes, Watercolor classes, Acrylic classes, Drawing classes, Mixed Media classes. Pretty much any type of Art class I could find and it was great! I was learning and felt good about what I was accomplishing.  [Note - Click Photos to see tutorials used]

Then at some point I realized that the only art I was doing was just a mimic of what someone else did. Suddenly just following classes was no longer enough. I wanted to create my own art, from start to finish. But I had no idea what to create. I would literally sift through google & pinterest pages for hours, doing searches for the various types of art photos that were created using materials I had. Still nothing came to me. It felt like every idea I had of what I wanted to create was just coming from someone else.

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I was so dependent on following another artist tutorial that I didn't know where to start and on top of that I felt like I needed to do something completely original. Then I ran across a book called, "Steal like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. His theory is basically that nothing is completely original, everything is created upon what came before.  Light bulb moment, I realized I agree with him and that understanding freed me. I highly recommend you read this book, you can get a free PDF Download of it by clicking Here.

Now I am in no way saying it's ok to completely duplicate another artist's work, or to even make something that is obviously similar to someone else's work and call it your own. That is just ethically and morally wrong. What I am saying is I finally understood that it was ok if I used techniques that I learned from someone else.  It's ok if I felt inspired to paint a picture of a sunflower, a horse, a person...

Creativity comes from combining things that you have learned to then re-creating your version and interpretation.

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Once I embraced this new understanding I was then able to go to that blank page or canvas and begin on my own journey into finding my own personal style, using information I learned from all the fabulous artist's before me. And guess what I am still learning and re-developing my own style everyday and I still love doing online tutorials. Learning from others is the best tool anyone could have, so use it. It helps us to grow and learn new techniques that we may want to incorporate into our own unique personal style.

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Scary New Techniques

Why is it so hard to try new techniques. Easy we by nature don't like change. Change is an unknown factor and puts us into a uncomfortable state of mind, fearing the unknown outcome. Seems silly to fear the outcome of a new art project, but we often do. It isn't really the project we fear though It may be the fear of feeling like we failed, the fear of hitting a limit or the fear of not being good enough.

I have gone through this stage of fear so many times during my artistic journey. Sometimes I gave up but sometimes I pushed through and was able to learn and grow. It was pushing through and trying something new that has brought my art to the level it is now.

When I started back into my art I was immobilized with my fear of permanency, at that time I only did art with pencil. Then I saw an offer to take an online art course  called Fabulous Faces by Tamara Laporte. This was my first girl painting, done by trying to follow that course. 

Since that time I have joined many online courses, pushing through that uncomfortable stage and I have grown. Not only am I no longer afraid of permanency but I have also learned that I can find a way to fix anything I felt was a mistake. Drawing and Painting girls is so much easier and faster for me now.  Not only that but I am actually proud of my creations now and have so much fun creating them.

 

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So go ahead give it try.  Allow yourself to be uncomfortable and just "Believe" in yourself. ,make it a fun time. You may be amazed at what you can accomplish. You may even find out that you're really good at a certain technique you never would of dreamed of doing.

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Love & Hate Learning

I am currently enrolled in Tamara Laporte’s newest class called. “Ever After” The class is geared towards helping you develop and recognize your own style. It’s a brilliant class and I am so thrilled to be a part of it and. Yes it is definitely helping me to begin recognizing my own style.

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You can learn more about this fabulous course here http://bit.ly/EA2016Tam

That said, I also have come to a love hate relationship with parts of the lesson. Lol Learning may be fundamental but it is not always 100% fun! Lol The first lesson was one of Tam’s, since I am familiar with doing her tutorial’s I didn’t struggle as much with this one but still as always had my moments.

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You remember those times when you look at your work and feel your stomach working its way up to your throat as you contemplate your next step. That step that brings fear and causes your heart to do that thumpity thump… Yah so I exaggerate a bit, but you get the idea.

But again I pushed through and tadahhhh a new little mermaid was born, to swim happily through the majical fairyland under the sea!

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The next tutorial was Beauty & the Beast by a wonderful artist, Andrea Gomoll. Now with this one I got to the sketch phase and from there on was in a constant battle between the forces of Love & Hate. Her style is so very different from my own, but I was determined to keep mine as close to what she did as possible, so that I can learn. I was ok with the initial steps of using watercolor as I am familiar with that process, and I wasn't too concerned at this point. Then the next layer came and although I loved the softness of my girl and beast and I also loved the texturing step, which was totally new technique for me, I hated the darkness my background had taken on and my rose. (ughhh)

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Yet I wasn’t doing this course to love every step, I took the course to learn. So buck it up ranae’ and keep going. The next steps my blood pressure had to of been lifted and my mind was doing the “this is terrible, I can’t so this, I hate mine” mantra. I wanted to give up on this one so many times. But hey we can’t let the hate win, we have to push it back into a place of love, so I moved forward.  Here is my end result.

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This particular style is not me, but I was amazed at how much I learned from pushing through those rough patches. How much I would of missed out on learning had I not completed the lesson. I also learned how much I appreciate Andrea and others who can do this style so easily!!!

The next lesson has me already at Hate stage, and I have done nothing on it but sketched out my girl. Lol But it is a style I have never ever tried any of the steps on. So it will be pretty much completely new to me. I will post about it also when I am completed. Of course as I typed that my mind is saying “IF you complete it” lol, but I will, my hate relationship with learning NEW art techniques will not win!

 

Hugs & Love - Ranae -

Techniques’: When is it your own?

I have my own style in many things but lately with my girls I have taken to following Tamara Laporte’s wondrous tutorials. I always try to make some part of each tutorial unique in some way. Yet I find myself leery of saying it is 100% my own yet.

For example, I recently completed one of Tam’s tutorial called the “Merry Muse” The photo below is Tamara's work.

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(Click Here for more info on this tutorial)

To make it more my own I used a different color palette and I changed the items in her hands from a Celtic Harp to Moon and then made my dove different with no crown. See my take on this tutorial below.

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So yes it looks different than Tam’s yet similar still because the techniques used are pretty close to the same.

My next project I decided to still use the techniques I have learned from Tam but I didn’t follow her tutorials directly and even drew my very own girl without any visual aids from anyone else’s works. In other words, the girl is totally my creation.

However, once I completed her, in my mind she is still not really mine. She is not from any tutorial, she is not a copy, and yet she still doesn’t feel like all mine. Simply because the techniques I used were all learned from Tam.

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I would be very interested in what others may think. If you are learning techniques from other artist’s when does what you are working on become your own work? Does every technique used needs to be 100% your own idea? Does it become your own if you mix one learned artist’s technique with another’s? How do you get to that point where you feel your creations are all yours?

I personally have no answer, I am still on the journey to developing my own personal style, technique and cohesive works. However, I know one thing…

Learning various techniques from various artist’s is definitely a great way to keep me moving forward in this journey. So to all those wonderful artists’ that share their own techniques, trials and tricks with us I thank you with all my heart! Thank to each of you, I am confident that one day I will be able to do the same and will have my “own” unique style and techniques.

Hugs & Love from – Ranae’

Those Wonderful Mishaps

While I was working on Tamara's Winter Soul Flakes girl I had used the golden brand gel medium to glue the paper pieces to my background. So when I went to use the neo color crayons over top as she did, mine just does NOT want to keep the color, it was acting like a relief instead and was ickkk. lol

Soooo, I tried to put gesso over those bits and wound up with a very muddy background. Which I was not really happy with.

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So after asking advice from some of Tam’s other fans and still not being sure what to do, I did a test with 3 different adhesives. Decoupage Matte - Golden Matte Medium - Liquitex Matte Gel. As you can see in the attached photo, they first two still show the glue line when the watercolor crayon is used. However, the Liquitex Does not, it also holds the color better.

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Now this in itself did NOT solve my entire dilemma lol Why? Because I already adhered my pieces and my background is NOT what I want. lol Sooooo  I decided to go ahead and gesso over the background.

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This however in itself would not be enough because it will put me right back at having a surface that is not going to absorb enough to use the water based crayons I wish to use. Soooooooooooo ( lol ) After having covered the back with the gesso, I have also added 3 thin coats of Golden's Absorbent Grounds.

Once this one completed I again added NEW scraps of paper using the “Liquitex Matter Gel” this time. From there I continued on and was able to finally finish my girl and am quite pleased with the results. Especially having been thinking I was about to ruin her completely.

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So thanks to a wonderful mishap, I learned a few tricks and valuable lessons! It's ok to be frustrated when the mishaps happen but don't give up! This is further proof that everything can be fixed, sometimes we just need some trials and error's.

Hugs & Love - Ranae'