Hand Lettering Class at Art Supply Depo

 

I added a new skill to my arsenal today! This is something that I have been wanting to learn, it sucks when you have an inspirational quote or word that you want to use on a project, and you realize it looks look crap in your own writing. I encourage you to try your hand at hand lettering, make that welcome sign, personalize a wood plank, charge people to personalize their stuff for them… I see business opportunities all over this skill! And OH my gosh it is so relaxing ๐Ÿ˜Œ . They provided us with a Tombow marker and some super swanky Strathmore marker paper. AND they were ours to keep!! So thank you to my beautiful daughter for the gift of learning hand-letteringย ๐Ÿ’—.

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Always Learning ๐Ÿ˜Š

So, as everyone knows I am “self taught” with this art stuff. I am actually YouTube, Skillshare, and good old fashion trial and error. There are things I never “knew” but just knew they didn’t work. I’ve been watching The Art Sherpa on YouTube and she always says if you are having a problem with a painting.. it is probably the tools or products you are using, not the fault of the artist! So today, as I was “working” (I definitely consider all of the research I do and videos I watch to be one of the work portions of this art journey), that 1) your acrylic paint won’t bind if there is too much water involved… now I knew this… and in my classes that I teach I say… “woah! You have way too much water”!! ๐Ÿ˜‚, and I know that if there is a spot on a painting that it seems the paint won’t stick… too much water has been used at some point in the painting. But NOW I know why… and I get to verbalize why at my next class ๐Ÿ˜Š. 2) Acrylic brushes should be stiff so the paint can be pushed into to canvas. I have a few brushes that I always place at the tables for my painters… but I always suggest this one really stiff rounded flat brush.. “it’s my favorite”. That must be why.. trial and error must of taught me that the stiff brush gives good results! So, I am going to omit the other brushes. In fact.. after I post this I am going to go through all my Art & Sip brushes and discard the brushes that aren’t ideal. ๐Ÿ’—

Ooh ooh ooh I can’t wait until Friday’s class ๐Ÿค— when I get to teach what I learned ๐Ÿค—

Thanks for reading!! Have a great day!

And as always here’s something for your eyes ๐Ÿ‘€.

#art #artsherpa #artblog

Creativity

When I started my YouTube channel it was basically to record the painting, or drawing process… why… I’m not really sure at this point. It seemed like the logical next step I guess. What I didn’t know is how much fun editing and producing a non artwork video would be. I made a lil 5 minute movie, which took probably 6 hours to complete โญ๏ธ It is stupidly funny…. if you have a weird sense of humor I guess. I’m so thankful I have so many creative outlets, what the heck was I doing before all this?

Here is my painting from today, I am in the process of uploading the video footage, which is going to take awhile, it is about 5 hours of footage… by the time I’m done with it, probably will compress it to 15 minutes ๐Ÿ’—

There is a link to my YouTube channel in the menu on my home page if you want to check it out ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’—

Have an awesome day ๐Ÿ’—

Just an Arty Update

The Art & Sip paint nights are going well!! I have so much support from my family and friends, they really give me the encouragement that I need to reinforce in my mind that what I am doing matters in this world ๐Ÿ’—.

This portion of my Arty career is the most business oriented. Coming up with paintings that I hope other people would want to paint, and then figuring out how to teach them to do it!! Ordering art supplies, and making sure I have the things that my painters request to have, like skinny paint markers.

When I go home after paint night I am wired… just pure happiness that comes from doing something you love and making a living doing it!! What more could a person want?

I have quite a few originals that I think it might be time to start selling. Maybe I could host my own coming out party. Have a little gallery show at Element 112. #goals

Thank you for reading. And here is something for your eyes ๐Ÿ˜Š

#artlife

Practice, Practice, Practice

The ability to complete, AND be proud of a portrait piece has always been elusive for me. I really made it a goal to practice faces, and send them to my daughter for critique. When I am drawing a portrait I always have a story in my head that she shared about an art student and an art teacher. The story goes: the art student had an orange in front of her and was told to paint the orange that she sees, she does this and is so proud of her orange…when the teacher comes by he says to do it over. She asks why, feeling her orange was perfect. He told her, while you have painted a beautiful orange, it is not the orange in front of you. Paint the orange you see with your eyes, not the one you see in your mind.

So my daughter continues on, she said the face that you painted is a cute face, but it’s not his face. Paint the face you see.

I have a long way to go, and my goal is not to become the worlds best portrait artist, but to have that skill in my arsenal to be used when I need it!

With that being said, here is the piece that sparked this blog post, a commissioned artwork involving a photo that was taken in Hawaii, and a lot of creative freedom to make the background whatever I wanted!

Thanks for reading! Here is the finished piece.

#art #practiceyourpassion

Make it Work Moment

I had a Tim Gunn “make it work” moment. I use Art Resin and now I have the color tints that can be added, so I was having fun experimenting. Originally this piece was the purple and white resin with one strip of silver corrugated paper. I just put it on where I wanted it and let it cure. What I didn’t count on was the self leveling that the resin does while it cures, so when it was done my silver paper strip shifted and was slightly diagonal. The fact that the strip wasn’t straight was so off putting to me and I let it sit for over a month. I didn’t want to waste materials so I sat down and stared at it for probably an hour or longer, and was about to throw it away…. but out of nowhere inspiration hit. Now I have a hot air balloon and the diagonal strip has been transformed into a basket ๐Ÿ’Ÿ. I used about a million buttons for the balloons, trying to use materials I have had for years during other crazy art experiments ๐Ÿ˜†

So long story short… I’m glad I didn’t throw it away, and I’m glad that I’ve been watching Project Runway and had Tim Gunn’s voice in my head to “make it work”.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’—

#artlifelessons #timgunn #art

Art: Hobby to Business

Making artwork is one of the most rewarding things in my life, so of course I want to marry creating art with a successful career. Who says we can’t live our dreams? It’s hard work, and making the move into art as a career is scary! I am terrible at self promotion, somehow I believe “if I build it they will come”. I am learning that I not only have to build it, I have to promote it, get my loved ones to promote it (thanks guys ๐Ÿค—), sell it, and do it all over again! I wouldn’t change a thing, I know it’s my destiny, and this is just the beginning ๐Ÿ’—

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š, here’s a shameless promotion for my Art & Sip February 23 & March 2 ๐Ÿ’—. I now have a shop button on my Facebook page to reserve a seat, and with my new storefront I have the ability to offer coupons and discount codes, which I’m excited about!

Check it out! Use promocode 5USD-FEB18-A

To get $5 off your your purchase ๐Ÿ’—

Kimberly Pusey Art

And lastly… some pics from my first Art & Sip

#art #paintnight #artasabusiness

New Year Goals

I am ganna keep my goals to myself until I reach them lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

One is being reached, I had a lot of folks suggest I do a wine and canvas type night, now I knew if this was to happen I would have to actually tailor an original painting of my own…. because I don’t see the point of painting the same exact paintings that are offered at all the other paint parties. There is actually a whole website that you can buy the instructions and the exact paints, I personally am not interested in that.

So I have had lots of volunteers willing to be my art guinea pigs, which I truly appreciate so much! I have done this painting 3 times with physical supplies and once on my IPad. I am certain I have it nailed now!! Final colors have been chosen, steps have been mapped out, space has been rented, and people are coming!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

So here are some pics of the prototype, the digital video, the 2nd go around.. which I actually ended up scrapping because I was so unhappy with it, and lastly process pics and the final painting. I will mention that at some point during the process I messed up and had to literally wash part of my canvas off… which I want to share so that people know it’s not always good and poop happens, most times mistakes can be fixed and you just keep going!!

Enjoy! Thank you for reading, I will definitely be sharing the overall experience when it’s all done!! Wish me luck โ˜˜๏ธ

prototype

Fail Covered and put far far away

I cant remember what I messed up but it had to be completely removed… no biggie!!

I thought this was ready so I added splatters but decided I wanted to add a little bit of a pinkish hue…. so covered it up All done!! I can’t wait to see all the different styles from everyone!!

#art #artgoals #socialartclass

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

I’ve said sooo many times I am not going to take commissions because I always end up being really hard on myself and end up throwing in the towel, regretting all the time I wasted on an unfinished project… so when I was asked to do a birthday project for two little boys my gut reaction was to decline. However, my thumbs quickly typed “sure” ๐Ÿ˜ฅ, and I got started right away! It’s been a long bumpy road, but I am about 80% finished and very excited how my vision is being actualized ๐Ÿ’—. I am really thankful that my thumbs had faith in me, when I didn’t have faith in myself. *cue ๐Ÿฅ  and ๐Ÿ˜ฎ!! I will post the whole project when I am completely finished ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

#art #fortunecookie