Monday, October 7, 2013

How to paint with Watercolors: Pretty Pumpkin Painting Fun!

This pumpkin painting demonstration is just a teaser for one of the 8 projects covered in the Autumnal Inspirations online watercolor class. The paid subscribers get four videos that are 10-20 minutes in length just for the pumpkin painting portion of the class. In each video I tell you the names and brands of every pigment I use and teach you how to apply the paint to get the best results. This class is so full you won't believe what an incredible value this class is!! You save so much money taking this one course with me rather than in person or live workshops. Stop wasting money on watercolor books when you can watch me paint, ask me questions and I'll even give you advice on your art if you are brave enough to share in the private class forums. Discover how easy it is to learn watercolors now! {create a profile on The Inspiration Place, wait for your non-spammy profile to be approved, join any of the many watercolor classes!! }

History of the Inspiration Place:

Due to popular demand, I am now sharing my watercolor secrets in online classes. If you have always wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors but haven’t found the time, these online classes are the best way to fit a little artistic inspiration into your daily life. All the lessons have been pre-taped and you can watch the videos from any mobile device whenever you have the time. Membership to the Inspiration Place is free and once you join you can choose which classes you want to invest in. All courses give you unlimited access to the videos for 12 months from the day you sign up, which is an incredible value.

I have been painting in watercolors for over 20 years and I know how to break down my process down into manageable steps. In the online class forums, you can share your artwork for advice or ask questions. I go into great detail to help students of all levels become more comfortable with the best materials and give many tips, tricks and techniques for discovering the best results. You are guaranteed to love the online watercolor workshops. There is even a beginner’s class called Watercolor Secrets that covers essential watercolor basics for achieving professional results.

The newest class is Autumnal Inspirations. Recharge your creative batteries with in this packed themed ecourse. Each video is stacked with tips and tricks for painting in watercolor. The pacing of the class is planned to give you several 10-15 minute video lesson segments per painting demonstration that you can replay as chapters if you want to repeat a lesson. There will be eight different watercolor projects presented over a twelve week period ranging in genre from farms animals, still life and landscapes all inspired from the best of fall. The tips are presented as part of projects to make learning fun but you can apply these techniques to your own paintings to become a better artist. If you are drawn to the beauty of realism in a loose impressionistic style then you will love learning how to paint in watercolors

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY Halloween Costumes

by Stefanie Hindmarch, guest blogger

Are you tired of the cliché, poor-quality costumes in the stores? These DIY tutorials will teach you how to make fun costumes that will stand out on Halloween.
DIY from Martha Stewart

This is definitely an original costume, and it doesn't involve any sewing! All you really need is bubble wrap, glue, and an umbrella. Don't worry about the rain; this costume doubles as your own personal shelter while looking really cool.

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This bat costume is perfect for Halloween and isn't too difficult to make. With a hoodie and an umbrella, you'll be ready in no time!


Rock, Paper, Scissors
Looking for a fun group costume? With foam board and poster board, you can go with two of your friends as rock, paper, and scissors. This is a costume that you definitely won't find at the Halloween store!


This costume is unique and a lot of fun. All you need is green clothes, pipe cleaners, and a good cactus pose.

Stefanie Hindmarch is an intern at SchulmanArt and is currently studying Management at the University of St Andrews.

What will you be for Halloween this year?
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DIY Beading From Nature's Gifts

by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger

painted wooden beads
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Utilize your artistic abilities and learn how to appreciate, embrace, and create by using Mother Nature's splendors. Make your own jewelry with beads and pendants made from wood, pearl, shell, horn, and bone to compile a personalized and earthy collection that reflects your own style. Most natural beads take to dyes pretty readily and it is something you can do right at home (Tip: Rit dye works great and is available at your local grocery store).

Wooden Beads
Bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood, bayong... there are so many! The shapes are endless and the variations in the patterns are diverse enough that you will never find the same bead with the same markings. What is super convenient and wonderful about wood is that you can alter it to be whatever you want it to be. Since it's light and soft, you can cut it into any organic shape. It takes on color extremely well so dye it, color it, or draw on it to achieve that perfect look you're aiming for. If you decide to keep the natural color, they go great with browns, oranges, yellows, and golds.

shell beads
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Shell Beads
Mother of pearl! Every shape, size, and color of shell beads is available to swim right into your design pool. Taking a trip down to the beach this summer? Comb the sand in search of the perfect shell to make your own shell necklace... Cherished for their pearlescent qualities and light weight, shell beads form intricate patterns and treasured textures.

Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls come from freshwater mussels and are mostly cultivated in China. Pearls today can resemble anything from a small grain of rice to a perfect round and everything in between. The great thing is that they are affordable. If you find a shape that is out of your price range, keep looking because you will surely find one that may be lesser quality but cheap. White freshwater pearls are ideal for making classic pearl staples, but colored freshwater pearls offer extra design possibility and add flair.

bone beads
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Nuts and Seeds
These are not your glass seed beads manufactured to perfection. Nuts, seeds, and pods from foliage make spectacular assets. Most people like to use them as filler beads, but if you find one that special enough in color and intricate in shape, it definitely deserves the spotlight! Get right up an close to a buri nut or palm seed and you will be surprised at how much variation there is, especially the ones found in rain forests and other tropical areas.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.
Beads from bone today are typically made from cow or camel bone. These beads are extremely easy to manipulate: if you want it to be darker with a brown undertone, soak it in tea, coffee, or soda until the desired color is reached. If you want it to be brighter and lighter, soak it in the ratio of one part bleach to seven parts water. If you just want color, dye it! Bone beads are often smooth and rich in appearance, though they can be a little tricky to shape or cut.

SchulmanArt has rounded up some of the best DIY tutorials and jewelry kits to help get you started!!

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