Thursday, October 4, 2018

Realistic Eyes Workshop in Minnesota!

Class is in session!

This week I hosted one of my Realistic Eyes workshops in Minnesota for a great group of local painters! I love hosting smaller workshops in my home in Mound. Space is limited to 6 students to ensure everyone has plenty of space to spread out their supplies and paint along!

All set up to go!
Today's class schedule!

Whenever I do workshops I have tons of visuals. My years of experience working in a corporate office and giving Powerpoint presentations, even in a technology company itself, has taught me not to ever rely fully on technology to work!! So, I always create an "analog" Powerpoint! Here is my little flip book that works as my notes and visuals for my students...

My analog powerpoint!
...I never have to worry about the connection being bad or having the wrong cord, and it's easy to bring along for my workshops across the globe!


Reference photos...a key piece to realism painting!

In this workshop we start by covering some of the physical properties of the anatomy of the eye...their shapes, textures, and proportions. We then "dissect" they eye, so to speak, focusing first on the "whites" of the eye, then the iris, pupil, eyelids, lashes and finally highlights.

Hands on with lots of visuals!
We learn tricks and tips along the way for how to achieve realism, what tools to use, and how to achieve certain effects. While we spend much of the class studying every component of a realistic eye painting, I also throw in some tips for creating a realistic eye quickly, sharing a few on the job design ideas, so that our lessons can be applied even to busy gigs with long lines. It is vital to start slow, studying the details of realism first, in order to understand how to best use the speed tricks we have up our sleeves!

And speaking of "up our sleeves," check out the awesome eyes on the arms of these ladies during class!


 I always love to get a photo of everyone's arms during and after this class! I always tell my students to take pictures of their work, along the way and especially at the end...and especially if they don't like it! Chances are, when you go back and look at it on the screen later, you'll be amazed at how much better it looks than when you were working on it. Sometimes all we need is to step back from the design, and look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. ;-)

What we all painted today!

At the end of class we had a little time to paint a couple animal eyes, and I demonstrated a dragon eye and a tiger eye. 



This week's wonderful students!
Huge thanks to all the ladies who came out for this week's class! I had a great time and hope you did as well! If you're interested in attending an eyes workshop in Mound, Minnesota, or would like to have me come to your town to teach workshops, check out my workshop page to learn more and contact me to discuss your needs! If you live in the Twin Cities, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out my events page for local jams and workshops

SO Many NEW Products!



We've been adding so many products lately, I haven't kept up with sharing them all on my blog! Here are a few of our latest additions to the shop!


We now carry Pros-Aide! Be sure to stock up now before the winter months hit...remember we are located in Minnesota, and this product will be rendered useless if frozen! Definitely check out the new Pros-Aide II...while the original is great for glitter tattoos and things we want to last for days, Pros-Aide II is preferred by artists for more temporary items like bling clusters and unicorn horns!




We also now carry Art Factory's Glitter Glaze and Festival Glitter!

Glitter Glaze!


Festival Glitter!

Don't forget to keep an eye on our Pixie Paint assortment as it's still GROWING!

Pixie Paint...we keep adding more, more more!

Did you miss the latest issue of Wet Paint Magazine? Grab yours NOW for some really great and timely inspiration and information! In the fall issue we've interviewed Shawna DelReal about sugar skulls...what you need to know about their history, and what's appropriate and NOT appropriate to include in their design! Also, you'll really enjoy our Q&A with Nancy Wu, our feature on blacklight artist John Poppelton, and we'll invite you into the magical world of Elfia!

Wet Paint Fall 2018 - a MUST have!


We have a lot of fun things for bling cluster making...

We now carry stamen in assorted colors, perfect for antennae in your butterfly body bling clusters!


available in yellow, pearl black and white!


We now carry big backs of red ribbon roses! Snip the tops off with a scissor or wire cutter, and affix them to your bling clusters!

ribbon roses
Getting into the unicorn horn craze? We now carry Foamies brand air dry clay, which is perfect for making unicorn horns! The clay dries slightly flexible to stand up to kid play, and weighs virtually nothing!
air dry clay; perfect for making unicorn and monster horns!

We have also expanded our assortment of fabric paints for bling clusters, including glitter and iridescent sets!

Iridescent slick paints

Speaking of bling...we've added so many new gems it's hard to list them all! Here are just a few of the new, fun Halloween bling we have in stock! These are a special buy, with limited stock, so get them before they're gone!!






Here are few more of our new bling sheets...find these and all of our bling on our bling page!!




Two sheets of adhesive backed epoxy eye pairs, and several google eye pairs!


If you can believe it, we've actually added even more items, but this is all I have time to share with you this morning!! Be sure to visit our shop regularly as we're always expanding and evolving! Thanks for stopping by, and happy painting!!