HOW TO PAINT Paint this ADORABLE Mixed Media Squirrel!!! [LUKAS CRYL PAINTS]

HOW TO PAINT Paint this ADORABLE Mixed Media Squirrel!!! [LUKAS CRYL PAINTS]


– This little fall squirrel guy is gettin’ ready to be painted today, and if this is your first
time visiting my channel, my name is Karen Campbell, and I teach mixed-media tutorials and drawing lessons, here on YouTube. So, today I am staring with a little fall grouping of colors. And to coordinate with those, I’m pulling out an old scrapbook that I have had, and the cool thing about using scrapbook paper
for collage backgrounds in your mixed-media paintings is that if you choose all the
paper from the one book, it will pretty much always
coordinate with one another. So, it makes picking color
pallets really, really easy. And I thought the pink, and the brown, and the greens was a cute feminine approach to doing a fall project. So, I’m using matte medium to adhere the scrapbooking
paper on to my canvas. I’m working on a 12 by 12 square, with a pre-stretched canvas. I do find it much easier to work with collage backgrounds on a canvas panel, or wood, but I really couldn’t resist this cute little square
today, so I went ahead and grabbed it. Just be care that when
you are adhering paper to a pre-stretched canvas, you do have to spend quite a lot of time maneuvering out the air bubbles, and kind of passing your finger
over some of the wrinkles to make sure everything is copasetic in the gluing department. I’m just taking a little squirt of white LUKAS CRYL
Studio paint right now, and just kind of evening out the center, ’cause that’s where my
little guy is gonna go. And then when I have the paint all dry, I’m taking an orange Stabilo pencil, and you can use any watercolor
pencil for this step, to draw on my outline. The reason I do watercolor pencil is that if I make a mistake, I can just take a wet
wipe, or a wet paper towel, and it will just wipe off of my canvas. Oh, and sometimes, like I’m doing now, I actually just don’t
even bother to erase, and I just kind of put it down right as it goes. So now, I’m taking my
fall color selections, which are burnt umber, yellow ochre, those are the
two that you see right now, and then I’m just using a little bit of cadmium orange for the acorn, and a little bit of sap
green for the grass, white and black. And those are the five, six colors sorry, that I’m using for the entire project. So, I’m using my soft Creative Mark, acrylic-paint appropriate
paint brush here, and I’m just kind of dabbing it around. I’m sort of envisioning where
the squirrel hair is going, the direction that it is growing in, and making these little patty-like marks down on the canvas. If you notice, I’m not
doing really long strokes. I’m keeping them really, really short, and I’m just tapping the
brush down onto the canvas. And that, to me, makes it look like a little furry effect, if you will. And then, lately I’ve been
having a really fun time playing with this fan brush. I’ve been sort of busting it out more and more, and more, over the past year. And it makes a really
cool, fluffy tail effect. And I’m really just having fun, and experimenting to see if it will work, and I think it really does actually. I think I overworked the painting part of this project (chuckles) a little while, just because
I was having so much fun, and I didn’t really want
it to end that quickly, so I kinda just keep going, I’ll have back at the tail and the fur, with that fan brush as well. But, I’m alternating
now to a smaller brush, doing the details, you do the little nose, and you can do the little fingers with this little round brush. I like these Creative Mark brushes because they’re not too stiff. They still hold quite a
bit of paint in there. But, they’re also not too soft, where you can’t have a
definitive brush stroke, and really work your acrylic paint. So, they’re really, really are nice. And I have a link in the description box to all the supplies that I’m using today. It’s very minimal supplies, it’s a great mixed-media project. So, I’m adding a little white into the black there, to make a reflection in that guy’s cute little eye. This is not terribly
realistic project. (chuckles) It’s pretty whimsical. I’m just having my way with that fan brush and adding different colors. But again, I’m staying with the same same main colors for the body. Again, that burnt umber, and the yellow ochre light. They’re just great all around. So, any combination is fine to play with. So, here I’m adding a little bit of white, getting a little carried away, and yeah, I decided to paint the edges while I had all my paint out. I went really quickly, but I just brushed, using my fan brush, some grass up from the bottom to give that guy somethin’ that he’s actually kinda standing in, and the green kinda goes along with the green that’s
in the scrapping paper. Now, I’m putting a pretty
thick layer of matte Mod Podge over the whole project, because I had so many layers and some of my paint was
starting to peel up in places. So, I really just wanted
to flatten all of it, and make a nice, clean coat, so it doesn’t take long to finish drying that with my hair dryer. And then, I’m gonna go into this project with my paint pens. These are made by Faber-Castell, and they come in a huge
assortment of colors. I’ve been slowly collecting
them over the years from my local Jerry’s Artarama. I buy them individually. And so, I have pretty much all the colors, I think, in the rainbow, and then some. So, I kinda got really swept up into doodling towards
the end of this project, and I just had a really good time with it. (chuckles) So yeah, you have two ways that you can use these markers over the slick Mod Podge surface. You can either make your marks and leave them there to dry, or if you don’t leave them, you can actually use your
finger, or blending tool, and blend them out, kinda like paint. So by doing really a
combination of the two in this project, you can see very clearly the white definitive marks
that I did not blend. And then, you can see
some of the other colors, like the orange, I actually blended quite
a bit using my finger. And either way, if you’re having fun and you wanna try it, just, you have my full
blessing, my full support, just go for it. I get really addicted at this part just to playing with these markers, and you can see in all of my YouTube
videos for mixed-media, I pretty much always have
these out at the end. It’s just a great way to do details. I don’t like doing
details with my brushes, just because it’s painstaking work, and I find it really liberating
to use these little markers to get my details done. And they correspond great with all of the LUCAS CRYL Studio paint. So, it’s kind of like a
little match made in heaven. Had to add the cute little
nom nom here in the corner, because he’s just really cute, and he’s munchin’ for fall. So, I’m putting a playlist here to my other whimsical mixed-media
projects here on YouTube, so if you wanna check some more of those
projects out, feel free. I’ll see you again next Friday, thanks!

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