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VIDEO: How to Stop Perfectionism Getting In The Way Of Your Art

A simple acrylic doodle by Kim Dellow, with a video chat about being perfectionism

 

We can put a lot of obstacles in our own way can’t we?! And one of the ones I struggle with is perfectionism. I am a perfectionist. But when it comes to my art I have learnt how to get past it and not let it hold me back from doing art. Part of what has helped me is learning to let go and I have trained myself to do this through doing more art. But it is a particular kind of art as it is no pressure art. You need to learn to give yourself permission to mess up and do it regularly and over and over!

Now I am not saying that it is easy, I would not be that glib, but if you do try out some of the tips in this video and find them helpful then I will be so happy that me sharing what I have learnt about my perfectionism has helped you too!

If perfectionism isn’t a problem for you but you know someone who does suffer from it, then please do share this video with them!

 

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VIDEO: How to Stop Perfectionism Getting In The Way Of Your Art

 

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Traveller Notebook from Flying Tiger

Caran D’Ache Pablo coloring pencils
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Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
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Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint (Nickel Titan. Yellow, Pyrrole Red, Turquoise Green, Permanent Blue Violet)
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Amsterdam Acrylic Paint nozzles
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washi tape

 

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close-up of colored pencils doodles by Kim Dellow, with a video chat about being perfectionism

 

I have some more creative exercise to help you get working in my Creative Exercises To Try playlist.

And if you want to know more about my junk journal flyers I do have a video all about them.

If you have some good tips of controlling or managing your perfectionist tendencies I would love to hear them, so please do share.

Kim



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VIDEO: Easy Expressive Flower Drawing Exercise Using Watersoluble Crayons

 

I really love using crayons to draw with, they can be so expressive can’t they? I’m sharing a great flower drawing exercise in my Wednesday art video this week, using watersoluble crayons. This easy flower drawing exercise if great for beginners and experts alike. If you are a beginner it will help you build confidence with your expressive drawing. For the more advanced try it as a quick warm up exercise before a longer art session!

Don’t worry if you don’t have watersoluble crayons, you don’t have to use them as I say in the video. You can also swap out crayons for pencils and I give you a tip on how to use your pencils in an expressive manner in the video. Scroll down for all the products I have used, it’s a really small list today! And there is a close up of the finished piece under the video too!

 

VIDEO: Easy Expressive Flower Drawing Exercise Using Watersoluble Crayons

 

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Clairefontaine Grained Drawing Paper 180 gsm/ 83lb (21 x 21 cm)
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Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
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Zig Waterbrush
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Kitchen towel

You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

 

To see the vase template trick jump to 5:12 in my Mixed Media Mania Hop video.

Have fun with this flower drawing exercise and do link to me on social media as I would really love to see the results! All my links are below.

 

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VIDEO: Easy Doodle Exercise For Your Mixed Media Art Journals

 

Do you fancy a quick doodle? I hope you do as I have an easy doodle exercise that I thought we could do together, so grab a colorful page and some pens and lets play! It’s a great creative exercise for warming up or for practising your art motifs and also for letting go and getting use to just mark making. Today’s exercise is also about contrasts and using them to great effect in your art so look out for all the contrasts that you can make and use on your page.

As always there is a list of the products that I have used under the video and a close-up of the page. And if you need some more help with what to doodle perhaps my video about art motifs might help! But above all just have fun with it and I can’t wait to see what you come up with, all my social media links are below so do link me in on any of your easy doodle exercise project shares!

 

VIDEO: Easy Doodle Exercise For Your Mixed Media Art Journals

 

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Junk Journal

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paint (Azurite Hue)
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Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint (Nickel Titan. Yellow)
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Amsterdam Acrylic Paint nozzles
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Posca pen PC-1MR (Black)
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Schminke Aero Color Professional Supra-White OPAQUE Acrylic ink (see this video to learn more about this ink)
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Schminke Aero Color Professional empty marker pens
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Brush 1/2 flat
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Heat Tool
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Piece of plastic for my palette

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So as I said in the video this page started as an experiment for preparing one of my Blitsy projects and if you want to see that project and find out what I did with those ink refills then visit the photo step by step post on the Blitsy blog!

Thanks for doodling with me today!

Kim



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VIDEO: How To Practice Art – 5 Tips For Artists And Crafters

Painted pattern. Video with tips on how to practice art

 

Are there art or craft skills that you want to improve this year? Or techniques you want to learn? Well, I am guessing that the answer is ‘yes’! Because we all have don’t we? I know I do! I have a long old list of things I want to do better in my art. So today I am sharing 5 tips on how to practice art to improve. These are 5 things that I am currently doing to help me to practice art and hopefully to improve and fill the skill and technique gaps I have.  Such as my brushwork. I’ve mentioned before that I want to improve my brushwork, so today I am also practising my brushwork and I have a time lapse video showing you how I put together a pattern in gouache paint.

I hope you find these tips useful and let me know what it is that you want to improve at the moment in your art or craft!

 

VIDEO: How To Practice Art – 5 Tips For Artists And Crafters

 

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Turner Acryl Gouache Paint ( Coral Red, Beryl Green, Perm. Lemon, Japanesque Green Light, Japanesque Violet)
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Faber-Castell Mixed Media paper
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or Strathmore Mixed Media
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Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin Round brush Series 5580 size 2
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You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

close-up of Painted pattern. Video with tips on how to practice art

 

If you want to see more of my patterns I’ve been sharing them over on instagram so come on over and say hello! And if you want some more ideas for using gouache paint then I have a hand playlist of videos all using gouache for you!

Have fun with your art practice!

Kim



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VIDEO: How to Start Mixed Media Art – A Creative Exercise Technique

VIDEO: How to Start Mixed Media Art - A Creative Exercise Technique

I wasn’t really sure what to call today’s video so I am going with ‘How To Start Mixed Media Art’. But we aren’t just going to start some art. I’m going to take you through all the steps to get you through to a finished piece, actually a collection of three finished pieces. Hey, why do one when you can do three, right?!

The idea is that you can add this exercise to your mixed media art and art journaling practice to help you to overcome overthinking and being too critical about your art too early on in the process. Which I know many of you suffer from, I suffer from it a lot myself.

And if you are not an overthinker and don’t have a problem with your inner critic then try this exercise as a warm-up to get you in the mood for your next big art session, it works great for that too!

 

VIDEO: How to Start Mixed Media Art – A Creative Exercise Technique

 

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Clairefontaine Paint On Naturel A5 (5.8″ x 8.3″) 250gsm (115lb) pad (Or similar product)
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Clairefontaine Kraft A5 (5.8″ x 8.3″) 90gsm (41lb) pad (Or similar product)
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Round brushes size 6
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Golden Matte Medium
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Turner Acryl Gouache (Beryl Green, Coral Red)
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Turner Japanesque Acryl Gouache (J. violet)
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Uni Posca PC-3M Pen (Orange)
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Posca pen PC-1MR (Black)
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Palette knives
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Close-up of the projects from the How to Start Mixed Media Art video by Kim Dellow

As you know I am all about getting you making art and helping you get past the blocks that might pop up from time to time to stop you being creative. So if you missed it, check out my 12 Tips For Starting Art pages with acrylic paint video for some more ideas to help!

Have fun with this how to start mixed media art creative exercise and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

Kim



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