Thursday, July 31, 2014

Awesome new workshop website!


iCreateFlix Workshops

I know that there are a lot of online workshop fans out there so we wanted to share an awesome new website with you: icreateflix.com. This wonderful site is filled with video and PDF workshops with a focus on arts and crafts, mixed media, painting and fiber arts, plus home & garden too. The best thing about this site is that it collects so many of the small workshops you see on blogs and Etsy and brings them all together in one place. Well worth a visit.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Issue 23: The Frida Edition!

Woohoo! Issue 23 (the Frida Kahlo edition) is now available for free download! We have lots of fun projects inside:


  • Beach Ladies: Poses through Stick Figures
  • Ideas for Architecture: AKA Cute Little Whimsical Houses
  • Gallery: In celebration of Frida
  • Frida Kahlo: An Easy Amigurumi Pattern
  • Skulls & Roses Pin Toppers
  • Musings of a Self-Trained Artist: A Laywoman’s Laycolumn
  • Walk-Through: Frida in Mixed Media
  • Altered Bingo Balls
  • Frida Kahlo Rag Doll 

Download Issue 23 (Summer 2014) here! 6.3 MB


Once you've finished with our latest issue, please visit our Past Issues page to download 22 issues from 2008 - 2014. There's tons of great reading there!

Freebie templates for issue 23 can be found in the Freebies! section of the ArtTrader Mag website.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Issue coming July 14th!

Our new issue will be available online on Monday, July 14th We have lots of fun Frida art and tutorials along with cute little whimsical houses and drawing stick figures. Yes, you read that right. Drawing stick figures! Actually, it's a little harder than it sounds. Andrea Melione takes you through drawing a beautifully done action pose using simple stick figures. All coming up next week, after the holidays in Canada and the USA. Happy Canada Day and happy Independence Day!

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Whimsical Mermaid in Markers by Andrea Melione


Start with a clean line drawing (erase all pencil, as the graphite will muddy your marker colors when you add them.









Now you can lay in your base coats. I have used Canary Yellow and Spanish orange.  Outline first, then fill in with color.









Now I add mid-tone color. I am using Spanish orange for the canary yellow mid- tone, and Orange as a mid-tone for the Spanish orange.



 Now I add the dark tones. Orange goes over Spanish orange mid-tone and Burnt Ochre goes over orange mid-tone.
Here I’ve added a Violet background, Light Violet for the wings, and Avocado for the seaweed.
 Here I’ve added a cyclone shape in the background for a school of fish, and detail on the wings
To the left is the finished ATC! I Added the school of fish and other highlights with a white gel pen. In addition, I re-inked the drawing with a pen - to make the line work bolder. Finishing touches were made with Stardust Pens (a Sakura product.)







Prismacolor Markers:

• Canary Yellow
• Spanish Orange
• Orange
• Burnt Ochre
• Violet
• Light Violet
• Avacado
• True Green

Novelty Pens:

• Green and Purple Stardust pens
• White Gelly Roll (med)
• Uni-ball Vision Roller Ball Stick
• Water-Proof Pen (Fine and Extra-Fine weights)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Issue 22 (Spring 2014) Now Available!

Here's what's inside:

  • Design 911: Paper Dolls - The gateway to creative problem solving! 
  •  Do It Five Ways: Stencils 
  • Look! Altering Your Glasses Case 
  • Musings of a Self-Trained Artist: A Laywoman’s Laycolumn 
  • Artist Inspiration Dolls
  • Anti-Art-Journaling: Chronicles Project Online 
  • Walk-Through with Markers: Whimsical Mermaid Reader’s
  • Gallery: Art Journal Pages 
  • BunnyMonster Art Doll 
  • Reader’s Gallery: Owls 
  • Whimsical Houses: Keeping things in perspective
  • Gallery: Whimsical Houses 
  • Altering a Doll Head with Epoxy Clay and Paint
Download Issue 22 (Spring 2014) here! 6.3 MB


Once you've finished with our latest issue, please visit our Past Issues page to download 21 issues from 2008 - 2014. There's tons of great reading there!
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