The Start of My Whimsy Tree Series

I have decided to try doing a series again.  The repetition can be tough.  However, I have read that there is great reward at the end.  The plan is to do a series of 10 Whimsy Trees.
Doing a series of paintings is a great way to grow your art, learn something new, try something new, learn what you do and do not like, try techniques.
Just doing the first 3 paintings in a row, is already proving to be a wonderful lesson in my own art and what I like most.  I get to try different techniques, tools, colors and with each painting I grow, I learn.  So far this is fun.  I often get bored with the same subject but I am feeling happy and enthused with this one.  Should I get bored, I will just move over to a different series…100 Faces…another challenge I am taking or perhaps I’ll do 10 Beautiful Birds.  The point is, you can do more than one series at a time, if doing the same subject/theme/colors sends you into the “ho hums,” just do more than one series at a time.
If you decide to try doing a series keep in mind it is not about duplicating, it’s about doing the same thing in different ways, using different colors, different techniques etc.  If nothing else, just have fun!
Here are my first 3 Whimsy Trees.
Whimsy Tree 1
Whimsy Tree 1 of 10. Looks like gumdrops. Love the colors. Love the flourish branches.
Whimsy Tree 2
Whimsy Tree 2 of 10. Decided to change the background colors to make them brighter, also decided to sponge on my leaves, using the same colors and put the flourishes as roots. LOVED the new background colors and stamped leaves. Not too thrilled about the bull horn branches.  This one feels like I stopped too soon and I almost went back the next day to add more but decided this is how I felt on that day and it stays as is.
Whimsy Tree 3
Whimsy Tree 3 of 10. A little peek of Fall. For this on I changed up the colors of the leaves, still sponging. I changed the techniques on the background and added more flourishes. So far, this is my FAVORITE tree.
So tell me which is your favorite Whimsy Tree 1, 2 or 3, why?
Whimsy Tree 4 coming soon.
Have an AMAZING day!
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Napkin on an Art Journal Page

Journal 52 Week 46 Napkin

Napkin on an Art Journal Page.

Last night was another artsy, awesome time.  We made another great art journal page.   If you missed the Art Journal Party you missed a night of laughter, fun and creativity!

I want to thank everyone that came out to create with me.  I truly enjoyed making “magic” with you.   I hope you did too! Here, I share the WONDERFUL, art journal page we created!

Supplies used:   DecoArts acrylics, PITT Pens, Dylusions Spray, Napkin, Faber Castell Pastell Pencils and stamps.

About this page:   We are still following the prompts of Journal 52.  This week’s prompt is “Napkin”   This is my first time using a napkin on an art journal page.  Don’t really have decorative napkins around so this one had to do.

Ideas to note:  

Keep crafting with me!

Questions and comments are cheered!!!
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A Napkin Affair: Free Art Journal Class


Time for the another art journal class – Art Party Wednesday with Tiare and it’s going to be artsy!    As usual, I will be live-streaming tonight in my pajamas, starting at 8pm est.   I am excited to continue sharing my art with you.   I hope that you are planning to join me.  There’ll be crafting, laughter, chatting and fun! And it doesn’t matter whether you are a scrapbooker, art journaler, mixed mixed artist or card maker, the techniques I used can be applied to ALL!  So be sure to tune in!

November 19 Color   November 19 Supplies  

If you are planning to join the party, here is what you will need:

  • The  color scheme and supplies, substitutions are welcomed and encouraged.  Use what you have. 

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Art Party Suggested Supply List (supplies are typically listed in bold.  However, these are the supplies I am planning to use but I could add more as we create. 

  • Gesso (to prime your paper. You want to use this if you are using a thin paper.  You don’t have to use if using a heavy mixed media, acrylic or watercolor papers.)
  • Modeling Paste or Whipped Spackle
  • Gel Medium
  • Napkins
  • Sponge
  • Watercolors
  • Prima or other flowers
  • String or twine
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gelatos
  • Mists
  • Stamp Pads
  • Stamps
  • Templates
  • Rub Ons
  • Markers
  • Pastel Pencils or Charcoal Pencils
  • Sharpie, Copic, White Paint Marker or PITT Pens for writing/doodling on top of paint
  • Paint tray (I rarely use mine but they are handy…I put paint directly on my mat most often.)
  • Journal with heavy paper to hold up to the painting and misting.
  • Heat tool for quick drying time.
  • Pages from a book and kraft paper or paper bag.

See ya tonight!

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Understanding Online Workshops & Classes

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Hi Beauties,

Since launching my latest set of workshops, I’ve had a couple a questions about how online workshops work.  I thought, it would be a great topic to share.  I’ll share in question and answer format.  Keep in mind, this is true for Tiare Smith Designs and many others but be sure to read what others offer, they can and do vary.   Keep in mind, I am speaking of  mixed media, scrapbooking, art journaling online courses.

What is an online workshop/class?  Basically, it is a class delivered to you electronically, instead of face to face.

How are lessons provided?  How do I get my lessons?:  Lessons are typically delivered via emails, pdf downloads and/or videos.   You will gain access to a classroom and/or private forum where the downloads are made available.  Sometimes, it may simply be a private page on a web site.

Are the lessons detailed?:  Yes.  Videos most often provide the process/step-by-step instructions with a supporting pdf.  However, some instructors may provide more details in their pdfs with supporting video.  Either way, you will be provided the steps needed to learn the technique, skill or lesson being taught.

Must I follow along at the time the class is offered?  What if I do not have the time to complete the lessons right away?:  Classes are typically self-paced, meaning you do the lessons as your schedule allows.  Furthermore, you can save the lessons for future reference.  They are yours to keep.  Some workshops run live but then access remains open after the live portion, so that everyone continues to have access to the classroom and information shared during the live portion.

How long do I have access to the classroom?  The time varies with some giving lifetime access to a month after the live course ends to 6 months or a year.  Be sure to check with any courses you plan to take.

Are these course appropriate for newbies?  ABSOLUTELY!  The detail provided is great for beginners or for those wishing to expand their knowledge or who need inspiration to create.

Will I be provided with a list of supplies and must I buy them all?  Yes, you are provided with a list but NO you don’t have to buy them all.  In my courses, I encourage people to use what they own and I give suggestions on doing so.

What if I have questions or need assistance with a class or lesson?  Just ask.  I am available to answer your questions when you take courses provided by Tiare Smith Designs or hosted in my Scraps of Color Community.

I hope that you have found this information helpful.  Please let me know if you have further questions and I’ll do my best to answer or get the answers for you.

I’d love to have you join me for one of my online workshops.  Here are 3 great opportunities to learn and create.

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My First In-studio Art Party

Happy Monday Beauties!
today, I am so excited that this past Friday, I hosted my first in-studio art party.  What fun!  April, contacted me and said, “Me and my girlfriends want to come and paint.”  The best part is that she just wanted to paint something fun.  She trusted everything would be just fine.  I LOVE that.  I am truly grateful that she believed in me in such a significant way.
Well, the fun began at about 7:30pm.  They brought snacks, drinks and plenty of laughs. It was wonderful to watch each lady paint and add  a touch of her own creativity to her painting.  I simply LOVE teaching and sharing so this was an AWESOME experience for me.  I am ready to do it again and will be updating my site to include more information about booking your own art party.  Yay!  As a matter-of-fact, the ladies are ready for another party and have even asked if I’d be interested in doing a mommy and me paint date.  For sure!
Here are a few pictures of the fun.
Super fun and I cannot wait to do it again.
Come create with me and 7 AMAZING instructors.  Here’s your chance for a stamp carving, book making, face creating, intuitive painting, wonderful, good time.
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