Creative Jump Start 2016 with Birgit Koopsen

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January is always a busy month with summer in Australia, lots to do like watching the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne, Australia Day festivities, gardening outside, catching up with friends etc.
I managed to find time to finish Jean-Michel Basquiat lesson with Birgit Koopsen in the CJS 2016 workshop www.nathaliesstudio.com
I used a photo from my good friend as inspiration.  I will give her the original and print a copy for myself.  I love how it turned out.
I love how Birgit used bright colours and black pen to draw her portrait. So thankful that Birgit was able to show this lovely technique. Thank you Birgit!

I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints, Sharpie black and white pens and some gold and pinkish shimmer for a bit of sparkle.

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Joanne Sharpe

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After a long weekend break down at Port Arlington, staying with friends and enjoying the Mussel Festival, I am slowly catching up with Nathalie’s Creative Jump Start 2016 sessions.
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I enjoyed watching how Joanne easily created her style of letters / fonts.  I gave the Matisse look a go, and here is my efforts.  I added photos of our flowers from our garden that continue to bloom marvelously in our Australian summer heat.  Today is 40 degrees Celcius. The words came from the musical Hair, “… Good morning star shine, the earth says hello…”.  Background is watercolour.  Words, I pencilled first, then drew over with watercolour pencil. After, I went over it with a brush dipped in water.  Heat dried the watercolour and then outlined with black pen.
I’m quite pleased with the creation.
Thank you to Joanne and Nathalie!

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Julie Balzer

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Second lesson was enthusiastically presented by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, working with water colour.  Again the theme is Matisse – Portrait of a Lady.
I have never properly painted with water colour, so this lesson just blew me away. I learnt heaps and saw how water colour reacts with the paper and how it can be manipulated to get the look required.  It was fun mixing colours to get the hues I needed.

All this possible via  http://www.NathaliesStudio.com
Thanks Nathalie!

As I did not have the water colour sticks that Julie used, I used what I had.  For my palette, I made do with a cake base plate that a friend brought for dinner which had a yummy cake on it!
For a bit of bling, I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic Burnish Copper on the lady’s button and hat.

Had lots of fun doing this!

✏  QOR Watercolor – Pyrrole Red Light, Sap Green, Hansa Yellow Medium, Paynes Gray, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Magenta
✏  125gsm paper

image   Original Matisse

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