In case you can’t tell from the number of tutorials I post, I love teaching and sharing knowledge. (I actually have a Master’s in teaching! Though it’s in high school social studies, not arts and crafts.) For a variety of reasons, I’m interested in trying to shift my online business away from selling physical objects in my Etsy store and towards teaching. I’ve been thinking about this change for a while, but having a baby and then moving 6 time zones have helped me finally take action! Today I’m super excited to announce I’m working on my first Skillshare class in ages – How to Paint a Galaxy Hair Mermaid with Watercolor Markers!
In spite of wanting to make a class and knowing, deep down, that it’s the right path for me right now, it was scary for me to film this one. I don’t have any ‘real’ backdrops with me right now (our household goods are still in transit!) and I don’t have all of my art supplies. My filming conditions were far from perfect – I used a room at my mom’s house that used to be a garage. It echoes, the deep freezer fan cuts on randomly, and there’s a lot of fur from my mom’s gigantic, fluffy dog. (He’s seriously huge. Like, don’t have to bend over at all to pet him kind of huge.) My mom’s cat kept showing up to ‘help’ and, of course, LG wants my attention pretty much nonstop because she’s at the age where separation anxiety really starts to kick in. The videos echo a tiny bit and the plastic table I used isn’t the most attractive thing in the world, but frequently ‘done’ truly is better than ‘finished.’ I’m so glad I filmed this class and can’t wait to officially launch it super soon! I just need to edit a few more of the video clips and get everything uploaded to Skillshare.
While planning this class, I decided to make my limited supplies an advantage instead of a drawback. Art supplies can be really expensive and it’s such a bummer to enroll in a class only to find out the instructor uses like $300 worth of supplies. While painting this galaxy hair mermaid, I used a piece of watercolor paper, four Tombow markers (you probably do it with as little as two!), a paint pen, a pencil, a paintbrush + water, acrylic white ink, and a freebie toothbrush. I also used a ziplock bag, paper towels, and a pair of scissors, but those aren’t speciality art supplies!
With these limited supplies, I will show you how to make a lovely, on-trend galaxy hair mermaid! Or not galaxy hair, whatever you’d like. 😉 It doesn’t even matter if you think you “can’t draw” because I’m providing a pattern and demonstrating how to transfer it easily without using official graphite transfer paper.
I’ll show you how to use watercolor markers with a blending palette and how to ‘paint’ with them directly on the page.
As always, I’ll be providing a limited number of free spots for blog readers, so make sure to check back for the class launch announcement soon!
What have you been working on lately? Have you been resisting any changes? Or maybe taking action to make some changes?