Happy New Year Celtic Collective member!!
I hope you enjoyed some extra special holiday time with family and friends, and got to have some time just for you. If you didn't get some YOU TIME yet, Lucy and I have got such a fun month's worth of watercolor, gouache, and marker lessons for you to enjoy... in the magical theme of GNOMES!
Don't these look amazing?! We both LOVED preparing these online art lessons for you and can't wait to see your versions of these awesome projects!! Let's dive in!!
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I think it's safe to say I'm MORE than a little obsessed with how the project above turned out!! The wisdom is pouring out of this elemental with her dual colored eyes and mult-hued gray locks. I love how vibrant the colors are in this piece - thanks to an awesome combo of fountain pen inks and gouache.
Did you know that gnomes are ALSO called Elementals? They can represent the elements of nature. I chose the element of fire for this project's inspiration and hope she brings a touch of power to your 2024!
As always, you use whatever art supplies you love and have on hand! Here's what I used...
Fabriano 1264 Coldpress Watercolor Pad 11" x 15" https://amzn.to/3RvR9pC
Fountain Pen Inks
Widow Maker by Noodler's https://amzn.to/3tCN1Gp
Black Drawing Ink https://amzn.to/3NMTECP
Nude by Jacques Herbin https://amzn.to/3a0xfuV
Raw Sienna by Diamine https://amzn.to/3vcWoDg
Polina Bright Watercolor Brushes in Round 1 and 2 and Mop 1 https://www.polinabright.com/karencampbell and use coupon code KARENCAMPBELL to save 10% off your order
Gouache cheap angled brushes are my favorite https://amzn.to/3MeHAqe
Turner Design Gouache in the following colors
(NOTE: you can always substitute acrylics for gouache!!):
Neutral Grey 7 https://amzn.to/3RAAYY9
Jet Black https://amzn.to/3GYX1CN
Watercolor pencils in red and brown
Sharpie Paint Pen in Gold https://amzn.to/3H09q9A
Pentel Arts Sign Pen w/ Micro Brush https://amzn.to/3JhAjZ2 (black and brown)
Copic White https://amzn.to/4aDutMG
👇Ready to start this 1.5-hour lesson? Let's do it!
This project is absolutely perfect for the beginner or anyone who wants to sit down and have a little fun with a simple watercolor project!
These little cuties are called Gonk gnomes, and they're actually part of Scandinavian folklore. They're supposed to bring good luck (if treated well).
In the same way American children might leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, Nordic families set out a bowl of porridge for the gonks on Winter Solstice. Too cute!!
For this piece, feel free to use whatever you love most, Lucy's using her Prima Terrain watercolor set, along with a few colored pencils, a white gel pen, black fineliner, and round watercolor brush (along with a smaller one for detail: https://www.schimoniart.com/shop/brushes/).
👇Ready to Paint Along to this 1-Hour Lesson? Me toooo!
Have you ever painted on wood before? It's super fun and can completely change the feel of your piece. The reference image for this little guy was just BEGGING to be painted on wood!
I painted my gnome in gouache, but feel free to use acrylics if you don't have that! Here's what else I used...
Wood slice: https://amzn.to/41BuwVe
Clear Gesso: https://amzn.to/3tAHk1O
White Gesso: https://amzn.to/3RvPrEI
Gouache cheaply brushes https://amzn.to/3MeHAqe
Turner Design Gouache in the following colors:
Night blue (darkest) https://amzn.to/3TG2FkN
Sky blue (middle) https://amzn.to/3GYLFih
Horizon (lightest although I could only find the link to the acrylic version which should be fine anyways!) https://amzn.to/3RBMy5b
Raw Umber https://amzn.to/3tqDHLQ
Flesh Tint by Winsor Newton https://amzn.to/3vmJUst
Watercolor pencils in blue, red and brown
Sea Sponges https://amzn.to/48asduX
Sponge brush https://amzn.to/48zNGgw
Copic White https://amzn.to/4aDutMG
In case you love painting on wood slices...
I've got two more birch wood slice projects in the Celtic Collective in case you wanna play with these later!
I'm in LOVE with this little guy's bright blue eyes and handlebar mustache!! I think he's just the cutest!!
If you're not in the mood to free-hand this drawing with Lucy, she included a template for you that you can transfer onto your own watercolor paper in case you'd prefer to dive right into your watercolors today.
Lucy used a colo-erase pencil to sketch her gnome.
Here's what else she used...
Lucy has been LOVING playing with her alcohol markers lately. You would NEVER know she hasn't been working with them for long because she's an absolute PRO! Just look at the depth and dimension she created in this adorable little guy!! I can't even...
If you'd like to get right into coloring this cutie, Lucy included a template for you to trace inside the classroom.
She used a ton of gorgeous colors, but feel free to use fewer if you'd like to keep things a bit simpler. A good rule of thumb is to use a light, medium, and dark in the same color to achieve depth. And remember - the brand of alcohol marker doesn't matter- feel free to mix and match however you choose.
Here are the specific Ohuhu alcohol marker shades Lucy used for this project and more...
For the face from the Ohuhu skin tone set:
For the beard: GG020, CG3, BG070, CG5, BGII09
For the hat (and studs): MG020, MG060, BGII09, BGII05, BGI03, Y8, YR1, YR270
Clothing: Y230, Y7, GY173
Leaves: GY8, GY42, GY173, G240
Also used Y11, Y12, E380, E050, R280, V160 and R16
Have SO much fun working on these new projects!!
😜Goofing around at Lickleyhead Castle last fall😜
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Hi Celtic Collective member!! I feel like it's "our month!" Don't you?!
Time for the witches, good and bad, ugly and gorgeous to pull out their broomsticks and fly into the night...
By popular demand, it was requested that Lucy and I provide some sexy witches for our October's lessons to get us into the Halloween spirit.
We were more than happy to deliver!!
This month, your art lessons can be appropriately found in the Spell Casters classroom.
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If you've been following me (Karen) on YouTube lately, you might recognize my Sexy Manga Witch project from the background of a book review video I did a few weeks ago on How to Draw Anime & Manga for Beginners.
Here's that video in case you're interested and missed it...
If Manga or Anima are styles you're interested in learning, this book is all ya need to get started. It has amazing step-by-step instruction and breaks each project down into simple steps. I used one of the drawing projects in this book as the inspiration for today's lesson, then added my own twist, watercolor, gouache and posca pens to bring her to life.
I hope you enjoy!
As always- use whatever you have and love, here's what I used...
Super cheap mechanical pencil set https://amzn.to/3OW5YBL
Canson watercolor paper 12" x 18" https://amzn.to/44eOqVN
Prima Watercolors Essence Set https://amzn.to/454WM3D
Polina Bright Watercolor Brushes Round no. 1 and Mop no.3 and rigger (free with Dream or Mop set actually!) https://www.polinabright.com/karencampbell and use coupon code KARENCAMPBELL to save 10% off your order
Turner Gouache White https://amzn.to/36XZ8bq
Turner's Designer Gouache in CARMINE https://amzn.to/3KKwFGV
Turner's Designer Gouache in NIGHT BLUE https://amzn.to/3P06e2u
Turner's Designer Gouache in DEEP VIOLET https://amzn.to/3shI7DK
LIQUITEX Bright Aqua Green https://amzn.to/3KMcGrp (USE THIS INSTEAD OF STARTING THE PUFFY PAINT PART IN TURQUOISE).
Posca Pens in Black and White https://amzn.to/3OZfKDg
Circle Template https://amzn.to/3QwtxAt
Ready to start this 2-Hour Lesson? Let's get to it!!
*All links to Lucy's products are affiliate & for UK residents only.*
How adorable is Lucys Woodland Witch?! I can't even!!
She's got this innocent look to her, but at the same time looks like she knows WAY more than she lets on...
Lucy included a template of her drawing in case you'd like to focus more on your painting skills today, so look for that inside the classroom.
As always, use whatever you have and love, here's what Lucy used...
Ready to get started?
I don't know how, but this lesson is ONLY a wee bit longer than an hour! (Did ya like how I worked the word "wee" into a normal sentence?! Love ya Lucy!!) She's a magician!!
Ready to give your watercolors a break and dive into the world of markers? Let's do it! Instead of doing this drawing from scratch, we'll be outling from our reference image and transferring that to a sheet of Bristol or cardstock to focus on our coloring skills.
?If you've never worked with alcohol markers before, you can totally try this project because it's all step-by-step, but it might help you feel more comfortable to do some SUPER simple florals with markers as a warm up before diving into a face.
CLICK HERE to access these two projects in the Maidens Classroom.
?If you feel like you want a little more practice on a simpler face project before starting the Sexy Sorceress, this one is awesome.
?You can also dive into your FREE ebook of Skin Tone Secrets to try any one of these easy coloring projects as a warm up or for extra alcohol marker practice after the Sexy Sorceress lesson.
?If you're already comfy with alcohol markers, let's get into today's NEW Sexy Sorceress! For this project I'm mainly working with alcohol markers from my fave Ohuhu Skin Tones set for the face part of the project: https://amzn.to/3XphRmx
Feel free to use ANY alcohol markers you have for this project.
I think I've tried all the brands, even alcohol markers from the dollar store with NO brand name! LOL. One of the biggest things I learned from all that research is that an alcohol marker is an alcohol marker, regardless of brand.
They can be used interchangeably in projects - or you can stick to your own favorite brands based on your own personal preference. My favorite brands are Copic, Ohuhu, and ArtBeek. As you'll see in today's project - I'm using shades from all three brands, maybe even more!
You use whatever you have and love.
Here's what else I used...
(You can also use this cheaper cardstock alternative by Hammermill)
Molotow Fineliners set https://amzn.to/3Bp41GF0
Fineliners like these are very affordable and a better option than Sharpies (which should not be used with alcohol markers) https://amzn.to/3DKH0i8
Tons of fun purple, reds a black and grey from ArtBeeks and Copics for color.
I used this for the earrings
Spectrum Noir Metallic Marker in Gold https://amzn.to/3Z5yXqm
For the highlights and sparkles, I used a 1.0 Sakura Gelly Roll from this set: https://amzn.to/3YZ1Jc1
Transfer paper: Black Carbon transfer paper: https://amzn.to/3ajeau0
Ready to start this UNDER 30-minute lesson?
You are correct, it's WAY faster to work with markers!
I can't get over how gorgeous THIS witchy woman is!! Lucy's portraits in any medium are next-level. And if you're already wondering about the gold- YES, it IS gold leaf (by member request!).
Just like her other lesson this month, Lucy included a template so you can skip over the drawing part and dive right into painting if you prefer.
She told me the gold leaf was a bit of a "faff," which in American English means "an overly complicated task, possible waste of time," (according to google!). LOL. She said she might have preferred simply using gold gouache here - but she knew members wanted to learn how to work with gold leaf, so into the lesson it went!
If you don't have gold leaf, you can totally try substituting gold ink or gouache for a similar effect.
As always, use what you have and love, here's what Lucy used...
Ready to go? You're gonna LOVE this 1-hour lesson!
Not in the Mood for Sexy Witches?
No problem! There are SO many more projects inside the club just dying for you to try them :) Feel free to check out the Latest Lessons Classroom if you didn't get a chance to do our September Fairies in Jars projects. Just look at how many of these gorgeous girlies are flying around in the Facebook Group!! Soooo fun!!
Find your Fairy in Jars lessons in the Latest Lessons Classroom!
What Else is Comin' Up!
I know there are a LOT of days coming up with me out of the office between family visiting and Lucy and I hosting the upcoming retreat. While we are not able to do a LIVE members-only podcast this month on the 21st, you WILL be getting an extra special lesson just for fun:)
In addition... please take note of our EXTRA LIVE Draw Along event scheduled for Halloween!! We're so excited for that and hope so much that you can join us :)
Welcome!! The last thing we want is for you to feel overwhelmed.
❤️️This is everything you need to get started.❤️️
Have a wonderful week!!
Karen Campbell, Mixed Media Artist, Author & Online Art Class Instructor