Tuesday, February 28, 2017

tips for finding your creative style

finding your style from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


why do you create from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

influences from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


what are you drawn to visually from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

favorite ways to create from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


gather inspiration from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


put your twist on it from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


practice from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.


be open to change from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

spruce up your lettering with Makewells

Hi everyone! It’s Megan from Makewells – I know it’s been quite a while since I was a guest on Alisa’s super fab. blog, but I’m so excited to be back with a fun hand-lettering post!

Today, I’ve got 3 super simple ways to spruce up your lettering: dots, stars and stripes! Who can’t draw those, right? These little doodles are like salt and pepper – they add just enough flavor, but aren’t overpowering when you sprinkle them in just right! :)

Use these basic, yet versatile marks in a few easy ways: inside your letters, outside your letters, or as a means to add dimension (like a drop shadow).

Everyone can make a dot. The key is where to put them! I like to think in groups of 3 or 5, and then I try varying the sizes. Dots are the easiest mark to make, but can draw a ton of attention to your letters!

Just like dots, these simple marks can highlight the body of your letters (by using them on the inside) or act as the finishing touch to an otherwise "plain" design.

Short little lines inside letters, long swooping lines to highlight curves, or the same short little lines to add a drop shadow.

Try zig zags and wavy lines too!

And there you have it, 3 super simple doodles that are sure to add a whole lot of flair to your hand lettering. Now go have fun!

Follow Megan on Instagram @makewells
Check out more of her unique take on handlettering (or what she likes to call "drawing letters") on her new YouTube page – http://bit.ly/2lPwhNI

You can also purchase her book:
"An Interactive Guide to Handlettering..." http://amzn.to/2k8q39W
And you can follow along with more of her posts for Alisa here http://bit.ly/2kWTETI

Take a class with Megan HERE

Monday, February 20, 2017

mixing pastels and water

Chalk pastels alone are a really fun supply but when you mix pastels with water you are able to use them in a totally different way! While you cannot turn pastels into paint, they are actually water soluble which opens up a world of creative possibilities. 

                    SUPPLIES:  soft pastels   watercolor paper   watercolors   india ink 


Whenever I am using lots of water or wet media, I typically use watercolor paper or bristol paper for my surface. Wetting down those pastels requires a lot of water so you will need a surface that can withstand a lot of water.

Pastels will never completely dissolve or turn into paint but they are really fun to use because you can hold onto those marks, scribbles and strokes.

The colors may change or look different once you add water so I recommend experimenting with those pastels before diving into your project.

You can use those pastels and water in a couple of different ways- Draw first and then add water to the drawing which will dissolve and turn those lines into something that resembles watercolors. You can also wet your surface and then draw into the wet surface. The pastels will be rich and saturated and almost feel like they are melting into the wet paper.

Don't be afraid to layer a variety of materials, supplies and techniques with those pastels. I like layering watercolor paint, ink, permanent maker and even acrylic paint over the top of my pastels.

Depending on your surface and your personal preference, you may (or may not) want to "fix" your work. Keep in mind that spraying a fixative on your pastel work may change the nature of the pigment. Personally, I don't like to fix my pastel work but this is just my preference.


Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! All art journal classes are $10 today only. You can head on over to the shop for more details HERE.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

batch of messy pouches in the shop!

I've got another batch of messy pouches in the shop HERE. Each pouch is hand painted, made from canvas and one of a kind. They always sell out fast so get em' while you can! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

favorite product: easy marble paint

Once in a while I like to share products and supplies that I am loving and right now I can't get enough of Easy Marble (and no, this is not a sponsored post). Easy Marble is a lightfast, quick drying paint that you can use on all kinds of surfaces. I've used a variety supplies to create a marbled effect- spray paint and nail polish and acrylic paint but Easy Marble is the best product I've tried. Here is a little peek into my experiments.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentines day!

Happy Valentines Day friends! Hope you have day filled with love. For all you coloring enthusiasts, I've got two free heart coloring downloads for you. ENJOY! XOXOXO

Download HERE

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