Dolce and Gabanna

My Russian Period- Watercolor Fashion Illustrations

 After the dark ages, a new Renaissance period emerged filled with beautiful artwork. After living through the cruelest summer of my life (insert over-dramatic gesture here), I am getting a chance to create beautiful artwork.

And ever since I discovered Russian watercolors, I think I am in love! I even got Russian Kolinsky sable round brushes to keep it as authentic as possible.

The colors are beautiful and they even have a metallic color line that is professional grade. I no longer mix acrylic or gouache to give my watercolor metallic shine. The sable grabs the pigment and makes a beautiful dreamy strokes. I reviewed the watercolors in the video below.

Just a heads up, if you plan to but Kolinsky brushes, new regulations have made them almost impossible to get and their prices are inflated. Specially the ones that come straight from Russia.  You may be able to still find them on ebay.

Enjoy!!!
Elaine




Nevskaya Palitra has beautiful metallics.

Yarkas leave the vibrant, glossy color.





Fun Project-DYI Custom Color Chalk Board Paint

 I am loving these custom chalk board colors! I know many wonderful tutorials are out there, but I thought I share what I did for a friend of mine.


You will need:
white un-sanded grout 
The acrylic paint of your choice 
Matte medium for acrylic paint 
Acrylic paint 
Drying retardant 
Jar with lid 8oz 
Large wood "Popsicle" stick for mixing 
Sponge brush 
INSTRUCTIONS
•In the 8oz jar, Mix the paint with a few drops of the retardant, matte medium and a about two tablespoons of the un-sanded grout. 
•Use the large wooden stick to mix thoroughly. Make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. The mixture will be thick.
•Use the sponge brush to smooth the mixture onto the surface. Use the brush to mix any remaining grout lumps. Let surface dry for about two hours. 
•Use a white chalk to write or 'cure' the surface, and erase with a dry sponge. 
Enjoy!!! 
xo
Elaine

So Many Styles, So many Mediums!!

I am finally starting to settle down and have a little fun with my art again. I had a tumultuous 2 months. It basically ended with my family and I moving with other family, most of my possessions being stolen, the mold that became the reason to move out of my old home being the culprit for having to take a much needed health vacation. Asthma is no joke. Neither is bronchitis.

Not to mention a court date because my ex thought he was paying way too much support. Because I am so famous. *Cough* SARCASM *cough*

Seriously, I thought I had been cursed. I wasn`t done with one before another problem started. Let`s just say, I am recovering well, we are looking for a healthy home and the judge told my ex: "You realize you don`t even pay the minimum of what you should be paying and I can order you to pay the whole order!"  and "she is being nice to you by cutting you a break!" and "You have no legal recourse, just keep paying as ordered". There are transcripts so I am hoping to read soon. It`s quite a novela, but with uglier actors.

But not me though, I`m easy on the eyes. :D

Surviving this changed me. I developed a sense of humor, I wand to experiment with art and take more risks. I felt like I was punched in the face, shaken awake and now... I know have wind in my sail to continue to produce artwork to please me. After all, if I don`t love it, who will?

Thanks for your support and love!
xo
Elaine