Butterfly + Blush Brush


This butterfly was painted in layers. The first is liquid watercolor/ink. These ink pigments are very vibrant. I used two acrylic colors to add layers and blend with a blush brush. I could have just as easily painted a layer of acrylic paint instead of the ink. I applied the paint in a swirl motion. I wet the brush a little and then wiped most of the water. As I pick up color. I blob and swirl the paint around. Since I know that red and blue make purple, I create these tones. This is so simple and beutiful!

mixed media butterfly with wings

This is an easy project. I first created this in my creative exploration journal. Now this bird is in Different Is Beautiful. Aside from relaxing, you can practice color mixing and see what happens. I probably should have gone with a lighter pink then blue and end with a vibrant pink.

I really like this idea but I wasn’t happy with the wings.

Now I need to clean up the butterfly and make some very minor changes before I add this to my shop. A sticker would be cool?

We are days away from Easter. I will think of a fun Easter project. Maybe a bunny cake?

Q-tip tree take two

I didn’t use a q-tip. I used a size o round and size 6 flat brush. There are two lessons today.

1. Sometimes it’s not what tool you use but how you use it.

2. Not every idea is a winner but to get to the wins you must do the work.

I have lots of work to do. Mixing blue with hot pink made a difference. I’ll use watercolor paint to paint the sky around the tree. By the way acrylic paint works similar to watercolor when you water it down.

I did use the q-tip for painting flowers.

I’ve been listening to an awesome podcast by James Victore. Have a good weekend all!

Painting & Practice

Not the post I had in mind b3cause this is even better. For a while, I’ve been wanting to paint nature’s heart shapes. I feel as thought these hearts have always told me,”No matter what, love is here.”

I love nature and naturaly I use lots of blue and green tones. Last nght I painted. The color mixing was great but the flowers and butterfly, not so good. That’s ok because I painted a beautiful flower the day before.

And then I realized…I’m good with mixing color! I enjoy working with watercolor. Watercolor is so free flowing. You can create many tones with one hue. I love transparencies but the vibrancy of an opaque pink and green like the flowers on the left…amazing.

What brings all of this up? I’m taking this watercolor + Gouache+ Acrylic with Ana Victoria Calderon. Gouache is much like acrylic but it works like watercolor. I really like acrylic but sometimes it dries up to fast. Where am I going with all this? I may have discovered how to improve my paintings. I’m not good with painting realisim but I believe color is my talent.

In the coming weeks I will contiune to explore all of these paints and practice. Practice helps you come into your style. I get that now. I have a way to go. I’m soon arriving! I saved tons of heart shapes found in nature. I’II be painting and exploring. The best part is I can use these paintings for my next book, LOVE.

Still working on edits and layout for Different Is Beatiful. The lauch date is April 21. Happy Friday! Thanls for reading! I’d love to see what you are working on? tag me on instagram @hellomireya

A pirate’s life for me…

I painted this a few days ago and while I know perfectly well that I can paint a better pirate ship THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I painted with crumbled up paper. No sketing here.

Pirates go around doing as they please loving life all the while being hated by townspeople. Yup, a pirate’s life for me, minus the boozing and the stealing and …

My quote for this ship is:

Set your sails of thoughts in hope, love, adventure, bravery. OR not, the choice is yours. Best be aware there be naysayers lurkin’

Ok I miss the Pirates of Caribbean ride and I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich. Right now the universe is saying,” Yeah I know you’re working on Road Trip. Keep writng. Explore and I’ll help you illustrate. I’m listening!

Keep Going

Does any artist ever really work on one project at a time? I doubt it. Road trip is a lot of fun. Today I painted a camera and shoes. The shoes need to be redone. Tomorrow I’ll use markers and colored pencils to add in the details. I keep visualizing these textures and page layouts. I opened up an Etsy shop. I painted flowers using simple brush stroke techniques.

The big lesson for today is that when you work on projects you realize how much your skills change. This happens when you let go of perfection. Not all of my flowers worked out but it was great to keep going in spite of the mistakes. Sometimes it helps to say, ” I don’t have all the answers but I can act like I do.” Working on these side projects has really become part of my process.