Let freedom ring…

 

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in the art studio!  (Yes I’m here once again because you need a voice of reason.)

Dear Mireya,

Sure family calls you Myra but you’re Mireya – love the name by the way.  No- your ego doesn’t need to grow bigger, so leave it at the door.  You’re you, but everyone else is AWESOME too! Don’t forget that.

Speaking of, that’s the reason I’m here. This past week you totally let your guard down!  Just stop all the nonsense and create. It’s that simple. YES Mireya it is!  I think you know quite well that your art is awesome. Not everyone will like or understand your art. I know how art makes you feel. How free you feel to do what you want. How free you feel to be you. You spent the entire summer working on your book and learning art.  No it wasn’t a waste of time.  Yes you can draw and illustrate your book. You are close and you will publish it!  Yes you spent 4 long hours EVERY day writing but you did it.

Stop worrying about how many likes or subscribers you have or don’t have. Likes come and go. True fans are the ones who email you or give you advice. Be sure and thank them.  You’re no fool! Stop acting like one. When you pursue likes, you start to do and ACT like everybody… to get these likes.  Stick to your plan and create because you feel this need to let your passion run wild.  Just tell your story.  Come to think if it, you have some cool fans now.  STOP WORRYING in general. It’s not your job to question why some people say mean words. They do, and they will.

Mind your own business! Stop going around trying to please people, wondering how you measure up. I get that you love people and want to help. You know what’s right. Don’t drive yourself crazy and burn yourself out. Sure you said and did the best- most of the time. Other times who knows what happened? You know and he knows.  Yes you’ve made mistakes. You aren’t proud of them. Don’t be ashamed of them either. That’s your past and this is your today-your future. You have a good heart.  Sometimes your courage gets you in trouble. Courage get the gloves ready. We’re knocking out fear with one punch-or however many punches it takes. Yeah- I don’t think fear ever goes away, but you can LOVE SO MUCH that you face it period. Wise up.

It’s okay that you’re feeling burned out with all this book writing and art learning. Take care of yourself because I love you! No matter what happens I’m your light. I’ll never stop burning. We have a book children are waiting to read, and workshops fans want to be part of.  For now take your time and work on basics like watercolor washes, lettering, and just play around with ideas. Figure yourself out.  We got this! Yeah he’s got us too…. he knows…knows that it’s LOVE I’m after.

Love always, Mireya

P.S. Next week Mireya’s going to share how she creates watercolor washes. Well… they’re not all done with watercolor….are you a subscriber?

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Finger Painting With Acrylic and Watercolor

I’m looking for a cool background or pattern for my poems and quotes.

I’ve been playing with acrylic paint and watercolor of course.

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You’ve seen the one with crayola here Note to self, paint more of these. There’s something about mixing color that excites me. You add color and drop it on the page like this and spread it. There’s no structure. The paint just takes on a life of it’s own.  I love that.

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I love dropping drops of paint and then using a flat brush to spread the paint in a horizontal motion. Use my  finger prints to create a pattern? Yes I will try that next time!

Instead I got this quote in my head and why not play around with it.

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Oh dear I need more space! Oh but I do love this idea! I love the color. I used the dot method to grab a couple of colors and then paint….looks awesome but I want to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Here it is! Yes I am also testing different paper and this is a store paper bag. The purple paint is done in acrylic and the dots were done with watercolor paint.

Put your stamp on the world

I’m still going to try the fingerprint pattern.

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Paint With Crayons?

Yes I did and I LOVED IT! The message is pretty awesome!  The idea of melted crayons and painting with them had me for awhile. I had to try.

First step bake some crayons.

I preheated the oven- I’m melting crayons and excited for what’s to come! What 325 degrees?

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Then after about 5 minutes or so take them out of the oven.

Melted crayons

 

…and this is the FUN part, paint and paint fast because the crayon will start to dry and stick.

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Next time melt the crayons a little more, work faster and use these brushes.  Watercolor brush soap works great to clean the brushes.

Here it is! Takes about 30 minutes to dry. I must say I didn’t care too much for the waxy smell throughout the house. Maybe it’s because I used old crayons? Oh well…

Melted Crayon Paint Texture

It’s clear how quick the crayon dries. The top part is where I started  and much smoother. I love the color! Overall I love the Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar feel here.

How will this look with letters?

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Love the color and there is a little darkness but I guess that’s part of stepping out and doing your own thing. The beauty supersedes.

Is there a better way to paint? Do I melt the crayon more or do I shave the crayon and somehow melt it? BUT I’ve seen this done and don’t like the texture. I like painting with crayons? Well see!

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Orange Paint And a Straw?

A while ago I painted this:

You Make Me Happy...

The color pink with the yellow brown lettering is cool. Sometimes you  have a bad day and completely forget how lucky you are. Then… “Here comes the sun little darling”

A straw works well to create sun rays and hay.  Thanks to the person who taught me this tip. Learn something BUT make it your own.

Remember this guy! I made his hay with a straw.

Watercolor Scarecrow

 

Next I’m going to try a bigger wider straw to create some wash backgrounds for my poems.

Take two:

Your Optomism for every day!

 

 

 

Love the block letters and the flat brush/straw texture. I spread the paint with a straw. Then use the brush to spread the paint further. I love the block letters BUT  they are a little crowded. That needs fixing.

Learn the meaning of color.

This is an important element and my favorite. Orange is bright and positive. Here’s the part that gave me a BIG idea.  I always go for walks and that just comforts my heart. Let’s face it who really wears orange -coral or peach perhaps but not orange. Wait why not create an orange poster to hang on the wall and EVERY time you read- there it is – your positive orange for the day. I played around with proportion to emphasize this point. I drew an outline of the flowers with crayon and blended in paint. Love the texture and love the blue! Awesome contrast! You should have something orange in your life everyday.  Oh wait this would be a great idea for my giant post card collection.

Your Daily Optimism

 

 

 

Maybe a vibrate turquoise next time? Yes for sure tone down the blue here. Or not? Notice the in case you lose it. I was paining and proud of this piece when the paper ripped. I felt down but oh what a wonderful example of the message I’m conveying here. Notice another mistake? Who cares.  I now have an awesome watercolor crayon texture technique.

Everything all depends on how you choose to live.

That’s the scary part. You think you have it all planned out and know exactly what you want. Then the color’s wrong and maybe the straw isn’t the right size-all these what ifs stack up one on top of the other. Out of nowhere the right idea happens.

Everything is possible

 

 

 

OOPS Something went wrong!

I thought I had written a post and it turns out I didn’t. It turns out….I’ll be back next week. The take away from this little mishap is to STOP wasting time on what isn’t important. I mean sure I’ve got dreams-goals but I need to focus on one goal and put my heart into this 110%. That’s it! NO excuses!

I’m focusing on this blog. That means tons of side projects. More on this in a special surprise post for July 4th. A BIG thanks to all of you. Thanks for reading!

For now I’ll leave you with an awesome quote:

GEORGIE QUOTE

 

We are soul sister’s Georgia. That’s why I paint. I love this acrylic wash I painted. I’m obsessed with it!

Everything is Possible

Paul Klee Inspired Watercolor Practice

Ever have an art piece start out amazing and…then all of a sudden… take a dramatic turn for the worst. Well that’s what happened here-happens often actually.

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If at first you don’t succeed with watercolor, try again.

For some reason the words save this for another time rang in my ear. Kept this for a while and wasn’t sure why.  I remember this fabulous tip from a class.

The instructor said,”Never give up on on a piece IF you make a mistake.

Instead try to fix the painting and get creative with your tools. Another artist who creates with acrylic paint and wood said the same words. He said something like,” You  never know if the mistake can actually turn out to be something amazing. ”

I LOVE this advice. Come to think of it, it’s been the very something that makes all the difference.

I’ve been practicing color. Color is my favorite element to play with.  Add a new layer of  color that represents how I feel about this process and myself sounds good.

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Layering created such a lovely texture. I tried to fix the forehead. Sometimes you can’t fix it all. But wait, I created this with all the emotions I was feeling. Not bad at all!

Everything is possible

 

 

 

Pattern and Watercolor

LOVE the idea of using patterns and collage art to express emotion.

This project is inspired by works of Eric Carl and Paul Klee. I learn about artists and their techniques out of curiosity and to WAKE-UP the wow factor that kids have. I’m  inspired to do what I want with my art. Art can be everything you want it to be. Open you eyes the proof is here.

I’m using color and shape to express the meaning I want to convey.  Love is all of these emotions…like a puzzle all these pieces represent emotions-memories and people. I’ve painted many of hearts with this collage type idea. Each color or shape represents a section or emotion of the heart.

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Here’s another one.

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I will definitely use this in my lettering and painting quotes. I have this idea to create letters using vibrant paint and the shape of my thumbprint.  YES I will play around with this idea.

To think all of this started with a 5 minute sketch.

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Wait I love the way the squares and rectangles are overlapping. Maybe I can borrow the collage process that Eric Carl used to create his wonderful caterpillar.

Everything is Possible

 

 

 

 

Go Mad with Watercolor Lettering and

…what ever lettering styles you want to create. I’m working on trusting myself and exploring everything that sparks my curiosity. In the coming weeks I’m letting loose!  I’ve even created a new class. I’ve done so much research and now I just want to paint! I just want to draw. Everything around me seems to utter the same sweet message: just draw girl!

I went for a walk and found this amazing letter c and had to draw it.

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That led to other exploration. I want to use these awesome styles to practice and create my own lettering styles.

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More… I love the backwards D. What a great play on the idea of going mad. More on this project coming soon! I love the wet on wet technique because once you add color there’s no telling what pattern or color will be created. I love the spontaneity and what an awesome way to represent the message Go Mad

More practice…

Next I learned a great lesson in a classroom of bright kids working on Mothers Day cards.  I still listen to the words, “I don’t want to make that card. Can I create what ever I want. I have my own idea! I’ve never seen a more creative bunch.  I want that spirit! I don’t want to let that go.

 

Everything is Impossible

 

 

 

Update on Live Your Love Story

I’ve been working on this poem. Had it for so long. I really wrote it to myself knowing there are tons of people out there who can benefit too.

Here’s what I’ve been working on. What color and texture do I create?

Testing various brushes and color… and yes I practiced on the back side of watercolor paper. That’s okay for practice but not good for the amazing watercolor textue you can create.

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I had this idea for a rainbow layout.

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I was stuck on the curve shape layout. I really love the color blue. I did some research on blue The color turquoise seemed like a fabulous idea. Turquoise is amazing and represents a communication between the heart and words. It guards against evil and is friendly and open, a color said to look good on anyone…..all the emotions I want.

Let me mix up the right color.

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I took a bunch of notes and I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the rainbow.  Rainbows are cute but do I want the energy in my poem to be cute. No. The turquoise is on my mind and what a wonderful idea. I can’t let go!

I put on my favorite song and just practice the poem. Yeah “I got issues and one of them is how bad I need you”…. ooooh back to my exploration.  I edited the poem to simplify and add some fun.  My goal was to pratice writing the poem so there’d be less mistakes when I painted it for real. Turns this layout -I really love this layout that just happened. It has the feel of someting written on a wall for all to see..yes someplace cool like old town Brooklyn-just thinking.

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Stepped away for a few days then I painted this. I used a pencil.  Took my time drawing each word as I wanted. I chose words that at a glance would emphasize live your love story. On the days when I don’t have time to read it I can glance at these words and know. 

To me this feels like something I could have written on a wall. One of those vintage walls with character on some island or cute little town.  I said this already but WOW love how this idea emerged.

Think of  a vintage building with all it’s character. The message or perhaps signage is all that’ s left from a once happening place. Maybe the place is still open. The point is the letters are slightly faded but still speak volumes of the place and it’s people. Yeah I believe that makes sense for my piece.

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Will be working on the layout and the lettering itself. I love the backwards R! Keep watching and see where I take this.

Everything is possible

 

 

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I’d Rather Write With a Lipstick

I like to wear lipstick BUT there’s something incredible that happens when I write with a lipstick. I’ve done this before with an AVON lip balm a long time ago –out of pure curiosity.

There’s something about the texture that I love. Look at the chunk pieces and the color! I’m in love. Well more in love.

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Seems crazy to want to write with a lipstick.  Or does it? One day in a classroom, I found this perfect shade of lipstick- only it was paint.  This lipstick idea popped in my head again and here we are. I used variations of red and pink. Oh I love the color. Which by the way isn’t easily noticeable, but if you look closely the beauty’s there.

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At first I felt this urgency.  I was on a lunch break and literally only 5 minutes left. I made a few mistakes. Wait these little mistakes are fabulous- for the point I’m making. Is pretty perfect? No! We sometimes allow ourselves to be fooled by photoshop. In my case all the little perfect imperfections created by my brush.  Let’s move on to the real topic here.

Beauty is on the inside. That beauty shines through so bright on the outside. Yes lipstick helps you shine brighter. Nothing wrong with that. At a first glance this is messy and not necessarily pretty or beautiful. Then I kept looking at the color and the brush strokes here and there. That was BEAUTIFUL! That brought me to this whole notion of what beauty is. We see with our eyes and that can blind us.

 

A few days later I saved a lifeless tube of lip gloss. Again the color is off but that’s okay. I just bought a scanner. I now have and awesome idea to keep me practicing!

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All this led to this quote. Obviously, this is a rough sketch

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everything is possible.

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