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.

 

Believe Girl

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'

Prisma Colored Pencils

I love the Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils. They work perfectly for me in my mixed media projects. They are available in 150 colors and come in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 132 & 150. You can also buy them individually when you just need to replace a color or two, which is always a plus!

They are very soft which makes them blend so easily, this makes combining them with other mediums works so well for me personally. You do need to be careful & avoid dropping them as the core is very soft and therefore can break easily. For me this is a small price to pay to get the effects I can achieve. If they do break a little trick is to put them in direct sunlight for a few hours. Some say to use a microwave, but I personally do not recommend doing that, as microwaves use too much heat.

I also recommend buying the Prismacolor pencil sharpener to use on these. They are specifically designed for the soft-core pencils and I find the lead breaks less when I use mine. Another tip is to use a nail file instead of a sharpener. Simply twist the pencil while filing to get your fine point.

To make your blends you can use a blender pencil or stub to blend your colors smoothly. If you do not have a blender pencil, that’s ok just use a lighter colored Prisma pencil instead. I also at time use  Gamsol mineral spirits sometime. However, I recommend only using that when you know you are not wanting to layer more color on top. Trying to add more color over top after using mineral spirits sometimes doesn’t work very well as the spirits tend to create a layer that is too smooth for the new color to adhere too.

Also, when you use these use a piece of paper to rest your hand on to prevent the oils, dirt & sweat from smearing the color. Your hand can also leave a thin layer of oils that may make it harder to get the color to adhere properly to your paper.

These can be bought easily online at a variety of places. I bought mine from Amazon. Hopefully these tips will encourage you try them out for yourself if you haven’t already.

Hugs & Love from Ranae’

You Deserve Your Passion


Art is more than just a pretty picture. It is a Passion that dwells deep inside of us. It is an expression of all the beautiful parts we hold within, 

both good and bad. Art inspires, heals, motivates, transforms, and connects us with our inner self as well as the very essence of our lives.

We are all creative beings by nature, perhaps your creativity is not artistic, it may lean more towards music, dance, photography.  Perhaps your creativity lies within your ability to problem solve, sing, mathematics, healing, design, inventions. Whatever your passion is, it is born from creativity. Born from that first  creative idea you had when you realized that you wanted to become a...

No matter where your passion lies it is important! It's so easy to give up, to say you have no time, money and/or resources. Find that time, an hour a day, half an hour a day even just 15 minutes a day. Find the money, a dollar here or there set aside, start a kick start for some funding.  Find the resources, Google is your friend, ask people in your networks. Trust me, if it is a passion within, then you can and will get to where you want to be. But since it is 'your' passion it is you who has to begin.  You may be amazed at how easy it is to start developing your special passion(s) once you actually get started.

If you push aside your passion(s) then you will never truly be "You". There will always be a part of you that is missing, an emptiness you will feel inside. You deserve to be the passionate, creative soul that you dream of being!

Hugs & Love from Ranae'