Monday, May 22, 2017

My Favorite YouTube Channels


Sprinkle on glitter blog// my favorite YouTube channels



I love taking online classes to learn to techniques and challenge myself but youtube is also a free plethora of knowledge. Sometimes I can't get over how much I can learn by searching youtube and watching videos.  You can learn anything you want and what makes it even more awesome is that some of the channel owners are very successful in their careers. To think that by watching a few video I am being guided by a teacher at a renowned art school blows my mind!

  These are some of my favorite YouTube channels:

   Laura Volpintesta is a teacher at Parsons School of Design and offers online courses on her website and through craftsy. She also has an active YouTube channel frequently posting videos on figure drawing, pattern making, & rendering. 

  I like that Laura's videos are approachable and she takes us through the entire proccess. She says she brings the same techniques to youtube that she uses at parsons and that's awesome to think about!!


   Zoe Hong is also a teacher at a design school. She uploads videos weekly that run the gamut from testing supplies to drawing croquis.   

  I like how she's very thorough and constantly encourages us to practice. She also walks through techniques using multiple mediums. So when she's teaching how to render fabric she shows how to do it in pencil, watercolor, and goauche. It's really helpful to know the differences in what you are using. 

  She often says "it's hard because it's hard, not because there's anything wrong with you." It's a comforting thought when it feels like I've  been practicing  something over and over and it's still not where I want it to be. 

   Joanna Baker is a fashion illustrator who recently  started her YouTube channel. Her videos are short and concise with tips and tricks on how to create fashion illustration. 

   Agnes Cecile is an artist that posts time lapsed videos of her painting. They are fun to watch. 

   The Mind of Watercolor is the newest YouTube channel I've started watching. The idea behind the name is that watercolor has its own mind and we as artists need to mind that. Steve Mitchell, the artist who runs the channel calls his regular viewers "minders"

 He has wide array of video from supply reviews to him walking us through his paintings. What I like most is the "watercolor basics" playlist. He gives a lot of valuable information and exercises in it. 

The playlist says that it is watercolor basics and they are basics but watching them I realize that when I was a beginner I wouldn't have appreciated these videos as much. I wanted to move on and create things I liked,  not try and fill different shapes with as flat a wash as possible.   Now that I have some painting experience I see these are very valuable and something I want to practice a lot more. 

What are you favorite youtube channels? Have they taught you anything? 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Collage Papers

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  When Jane Davenport's Mixed Media line (JDMM) came out there were some things I wasn't sure if I would get. One of them was the collage papers but curiosity got the best of me. 

 The main reason I wasn't sure about the collage papers is because I had tried collage in the past and it wasn't something I was crazy about. When I would draw over the collage parts my pencil often scratch through the layer of matte medium I had put down. Very frustrating!   Looking through Jane Davenport's product videos I learned that her collage papers were a napkin, not an actually paper. I was intrigued.  I knew that she liked to use what she referred to as "serviettes" a fancy name for napkin but i never thought napkins were collage.  

I did some research and found that the reason my pencils were scratching through my collage was because I had been using magazine images and magazines are glossy. My pencils had nothing to grip. I learned from Jane that the napkin material creates a surface pencils can grip. 

With my new knowledge I wanted to give collage another try with napkin collage papers. 

The JDMM napkins are cute, they are printed with different patterns of Jane's art on them. I don't think you could find dinner napkins like that anywhere. 

One complaint I have is that the collage paper with multiple faces has them all close together. By trying to tear out one face, even when I wet an outline of the face as Jane says, I tore into other faces making them unusable.  I tried using scissors to cut the next face napkin and it worked better! 

Adding the collage papers to my paper was easy and it melted into the paper. I was surprised how it became part of the paper I was using. When the matter medium dried it was a little  rough but the pencil didn't scratch through it. I was easily able to paint around the collage and make it part of the painting.   

I also tried ripping up a bunch of little pieces and creating a background that way but it ended up bumpy and uneven, I didn't like it.

I'm still practice collage but using the JDMM collage papers is definitely a step about magazine pictures and a fun thing to try. 

Have you tried anyone of the JDMM line? What did you think of it? 

Monday, May 15, 2017

3 Ways To Wear Ruffles

Ruffles might remind you of when you were a little girl but with a little ingenuity you can add them to your outfit for a trendy, feminine  twist. . The secret is to make the ruffle the focal point of your outfit. Think frilly sleeves and flippy accents! 


On your straps or in the back
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//:3 Ways to Wear Ruffles// blue dress




As bell sleeves 


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//:3 Ways to Wear Ruffles// bell sleeves

Off the shoulder



Sprinkle On Glitter Blog//:3 Ways to Wear Ruffles// off the shoulder

Monday, May 8, 2017

Artists Who Inspire- Brooke Hagel

Sprinkle on glitter blog// artist's who inspire-brooke hagel


I think every person who loves to  create also has a long list of artists who inspire them. The first real artist to inspire me is Brooke Hagel of Brooklit and Brooklitbride.


As long as I can remember I wanted to be someone who could draw but growing up I tried and it was never good. I thought that an artist just knew inside of them how to do everything and that it came out correctly right when they wanted it to.  



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 A couple of years ago, I was randomly scrolling around on etsy and came across the cutest picture of a girl in a white dress and a black sash. I clicked on the store and was enthralled with all the products. They were  prints by brooklit and from there I went to check out her website Fabulous Doodles.  

 I sat there looking at her art thinking "THAT is what I want to do" but had no idea how. 

It took a lot of practice, frustration, and years but slowly my drawing  has improved.  

I love Brooke's style and how when she does custom illustrations they capture the essence of her subject perfectly. She has such a gift and I can only dream of drawing as well as her. 

She sells prints and custom illustrations in her Etsy  shop, brooklit as well as bridal illustrations in her shop, brooklitbride.  She had also work with clients such as Vogue, Clinique, Seventeen Magazine and done live sketching events.

Brooke's Instagram is filled with snapshots of her art, her favorite tools (copic markers & prismacolor colored pencils), & art that inspires her. 

Check her out- you won't be disappointed!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Favorite Songs Pt 2


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// favorite songs pt 2




Although I posted about my favorite songs before, I had to do it again because new songs are always coming out. When new songs come out, new favorites happen and that's a lot of fun but skipping through my iPod reminds me of old favorites! Music is good all around :)

Play That Song- Train 
   

The Best is Yet to Come- Sheppard



  

Some Kind of Wonderful- Michael Buble


Brave - Sara Baerellis 



Someone Worth Dying For- Mikeschair
Try - Colbie Calliet
What are your favorite songs?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Good For The Soul

The past few weeks, Alisa Burke has been posting instagtam videos of the journal she uses to wind down everyday. She sets a time limit for herself, usually 10-15 minutes and then goes for it. Usually it is finger painting, one of her favorite mediums, and it is beautiful!!
It reminds me of the freedom I found in finger painting a while ago but go away from in the journey to learn more ways to improve my art. I have to work on adding fingerprinting back into my routine, it's good for the soul :

A few months ago, I dipped my fingers in acrylic paint and started twirling and tapping them on my paper. It might sound silly but what I found was relaxing and uplifting. Finger painting is really fun!!

Since then Ive been in a finger painting flower phase.  Its all very loose and abstract and can take more layers and time to complete but looking at a finshed painting is like a big, bright smile.     


Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Good For the Soul 1

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Good For the Soul 2

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Good For the Soul 3


Inspired by Alisa Burke
Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Good For the Soul 4

Inspired by Alisa Burke