As I’m painting, I’ll often fall back to the techniques and colors I know will work.
Trying something new feels uncomfortable in the moment.
But when I look back at the photos I take of my paintings at early stages, I can more easily step outside the emotion I feel as the artist creating and just become the viewer.
That’s why I do whatever it takes to get me feeling free and having fun again with my art.
Then I can be loose, remembering there’s no right or wrong way.
Then I can see what I thought felt so uncomfortable is really quite unique and beautiful.
From there I can add that beauty into my next painting with confidence.
So today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to loosen up and let go in my art.
This project always frees me up so I feel playful and can start painting again.
Sometimes I just get super stuck and don’t even want to paint. This is one of those projects that I come back to again and again whenever I need a little creative boost to have fun.
This project is one I come back to again and again to cover up my art and loosen up. It’s part of an owl painting project from my Whimsical Animals class.
In the video I talk you through my process, explaining how I loosen up and let go in my art.
You’ll also want a small watercolor or sketch to add to your painting. For my collage materials I love layering sheet music, book pages or tissue papers. Feel free to use any of your favorite supplies and just have fun… it’s always good to follow whatever brings you joy.
In this video you’ll learn:
- My techniques and supplies for creating mixed media layers
- The process I use to cover up my art
- My method for choosing what to paint and getting started
Here’s a little of what students are saying about Whimsical Animals class…
“This class changed my art life forever! One of the best classes I have ever taken. Juliette is so clear and easy to follow along. I never thought I would be able to paint an owl, or any animal. now I just paint them easily! I am forever grateful to this class!” -Angelica Escalera
“Juliette shares every step of her creative process in an honest way. The videos are worth watching over and over. I am inspired to try so many new things!” -Mo Brady
P.S. If you want to paint more together right now, but feel like you don’t have a lot of time, I’ve also put together my self-paced, Happy Painting Mini Course, which has five instant-access projects. Like Whimsical Animals class, Happy Painting is also perfect for beginners or anyone looking to get creative and play.