I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday season. It's a great time of year, and for me the best part of it is getting my family together in one room--every year as my family grows, it becomes more difficult to do this--so I really appreciate this time of year even more. This year we had an addition (my Grandson), and next year there will be another Grandson here---they're so much fun to have!
But once life gets back to normal, January can become pretty dull, to say the least. And I think it's the best time of year for new online classes--learning new techniques and networking with other artists.
With all that being said, I want to introduce you to Carla Sonheim, an illustrator and online art instructor known for using innovative exercises and techniques to help students of all levels embrace a more playful approach to creating art. She is the author of "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun"
One of my favorite books that I have--I love referring to it when I need some inspiration.
She's also the author of "The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone."
For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists. She made this Paper Doll tutorial in anticipation of her next online class, "2014: Year of the Fairy Tale," which begins January 20, 2014
So here is her quick and fun way to make original paper dolls... a perfect thing to do with your kids or to nurture the kid inside you... because we're never too old to play with paper dolls! Have fun!
- a small watercolor set
- #12 round paintbrush (or similar)
- 8"x10" sheet of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)
- a regular pencil
- an eraser (I like kneaded rubber erasers)
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Lightly sketch in an outline of your doll. Keep your hand loose, and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!).
3. Using lots of water, mix up a color to use as the skin tones. Paint face, arms and feet. When face has had a chance to dry, get some red pigment on your brush and "dot" it into the watercolor quickly. The color should begin to spread out a bit for some nice rosy cheeks.
4. Let dry completely
5. Paint in some hair; let dry completely
6. Cut out your paper doll, and...
Very fun!! And I also want to share her Paper Doll video--this is a great introduction to her new class, and also her as a teacher, if you've never taken any of her other online classes--a great very easy-to-follow video--which speaks for her way of teaching--and that's what makes for a great class!
. You can learn more about "2014: Year of the Fairy Tale," which begins January 20, 2014 HERE--remember this is for the whole year--so go Check-It-Out!!
And you can find out more about Carla and her art and classes HERE.