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Collage with tissue and paintI'm posting my first mixed media project for this website! Yay!

This one is a lot of fun, it's easy, and even kids can enjoy making something like this.

The best part of all, it's a great way to recycle and the textures you can create are really, really cool.

What am I talking about? Viva paper towels! It almost looks like handmade paper when it's finished. Let me walk you through it. ...continue reading "Viva! Mixed Media Collage Project"

creating luminous grays in watercolorOne of my favorite things about Autumn is seeing the orange-yellow-red leaves  with a cool gray overcast sky in the background.

It's just a stunning combination, and has been my inspiration for this week's tutorial.

When I was little, I was taught that gray was a mixture of black and white. Technically this is true, but as it applies to art? Snooze-fest. Seriously. Boring. ...continue reading "How to Mix Luminous Grays in Watercolor"

Deer Family
"Deer Family" Watercolor by Aura Lesnjak, 2004

It happens to all of us at one time or another…you feel so inspired to sit at your art table, but you have no idea what you want to paint.

It’s frustrating, for sure!

The more you think about it, the more frustrated you become, and then you don’t even feel like creating anymore, so you put all your supplies away in a huff and your day is ruined!

(Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but still…) ...continue reading "Five Creative Prompts That Will Eliminate Artist’s Block"

Cute Cat Face ThumbnailI don't do a lot of drawing tutorials, but something about Halloween approaching always takes me back to 5th grade.

I have fond memories of making Halloween pictures and poems in class while anticipating a wonderful night of trick-or-treating.

So, I have been feeling rather child-like lately and wanted to share with you my process for drawing cute whimsical animal faces. ...continue reading "A Touch of Whimsy: Learn How to Draw A Cute Animal Face Step-By-Step"