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EVER AFTER 2017 Is almost here!

I’m soooo excited to be part of another round of Ever After! We have an amazing line up for artists, teachers, lessons and stories!!

It’s only a few days to go until the magic begins in EVER AFTER 2017 and your discount code runs out!

Want to come make some magic with me?! I hope you do! And if your answer is: Yes yes! Then you’ll be super happy to know that Ever After 2017, my newest, fantastical, fabulous participation in a collaborative course all about fairy-tales and developing your own style is now open for registration! Yay! ūüôā
Danita art mixed media online class painting tutorial collage Alice in wonderland Cheshire cat White rabbit bunny
I hope you’ll join too!! Be sure to sign up before July 1st if you want to get EA2017 @ 20% off!! ūüôā Use this code to get your discount:

MAGIC2017

(valid on all packages until July 1st!)

If you’re new to the EVER AFTER series, then let me tell you a little about this amazing class with me and 15 mixed media amazing artists.

Alice in wonderland and the Cheshire cat painted by Danita in mixed media collage painting for an online class tutorial on how to paint and be creative

My new online class is EVER AFTER 2017, where I participate in an amazing collaborative course! My bestie Tam Laporte ran it last year and it was super successful! Over 1500+ people joined it on the last run and we got some amazing feedback!

* From Anna Sporring: “I want to share a really, really big and loving THANK YOU to Tamara Laporte for creating this course. ‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô• My inner artist has been locked away in a box for almost 50 years. I have tried to break out of it now and then during the years but always ended up back in the box again. After having gone through the first parts of the course, I can see clearly how I ended up in that box in the first place. And now I understand why it’s been such¬†a struggle to create something of my own all this time (copying others was never a problem, but I thought I needed permission to create something on my own!) ¬†Seriously this wonderful course has brought me the KEY to get out of the box and give myself permission to be an artist!”

Learn to paint the Cheshire cat and Alice in wonderland with Danita in EVER AFTER 2017 an online video class tutorial

EVER AFTER 2017 is going to be fairy tale themed and comes with a in-depth ‘style development’ segment. Since i started as a mixed media artist, I’ve been asked the question: ‘how do I develop my own style’ most often.
On EVER AFTER 2017 each of the teachers dive in deep, connect to our own stories, learn the ins and outs of style development all the while making beautiful fairy tale inspired paintings!! ūüėÄ It will run over 4 months, classrooms open July 1st.
If you’re not ready for style development yet then you can just buy ‘package 1’ on its own which includes all the fairy tale painting and art creating lessons from the course, taught by some of your most favourite artists and fabulous teachers in our beautiful mixed media community!

Each teacher has chosen a fairytale and will let their fairytale (or myth) inspire their lesson. I got Alice in Wonderland! My most favorite tale and I will guide you in a lengthy and detailed lesson from start to finish on how I created this beautiful painting.
Mixed media painting collage pop surrealist illustration by Danita. Meet the Cheshire cat and Alice in wonderland in an original art creation.
We will let the fairy tales inspire our paintings and our story telling. The messages and symbolism of these tales and myths can help us develop our own voice, to be truer to ourselves and creative story telling abilities, I’m so excited to share the beautiful lessons with you! ūüôā
Alice wants you to drink from the bottle to go down the rabbit hole in this original painting mixed media by Danita
Additionally we’ll look at how we can start telling new and different stories based on the original fairy tales (eg: how about Snow White saves the prince instead?) Or how about Alice on a motorcycle? How about twisting and changing the fairy tales so that your wish comes true? The options are endless and super super fun!! ūüôā
The style development module is going to be so full of information, hints and tips, special assignments, a big juicy workbook, informative videos, demonstrations on how to derive inspiration and then take ideas to develop your style, self discovery (style development is all about getting to know yourself and telling the story of YOU, you know) and so much more. I’m super excited about both modules! ūüôā
Danita art mixed media original painting. Alice in wonderland and the Cheshire rabbit will take you on a art adventure to Danita's world.
I hope you’ll join this course. It’s suitable for beginners and the more experienced!¬†So, to read more about the fantastic Ever After Teachers, to download the class schedule, read the chosen fairy tales by your teachers and to SIGN UP

GO DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 

WITH ME, ALICE, AND 15 MORE

ARTISTS AND FAIRY TALES

See you there! ūüôā

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Drink me

Remember I told you I was working to get ready for my upcoming class, EVER AFTER 2017?   I am joining 15 amazing mixed media artists to talk about our personal styles and how to develop your own, our art and we share our secrets in a series of video classes where we create a painting just for you.

SIGN UP HERE TO SEE ME PAINT ALICE!

Danita Art Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Mixed Media Acrylic Pastel Painting Surrealist Original

Well, I finally chose a painting to show in the class, and it’s this one. Drink Me by Danita. It is a mixed media painting where I use an alchemy of materials like acrylic paintings, oil pastels, watercolor pencils, paper collage, soft pastels and many other elements, that combined, make a beautiful and personal interpretation of Alice in Wonderland frozen in a moment in time, and she is now available for adoption on my online shop.

Cheshire Cat Danita painting kitty surrealist Alice in Wonderland Illustration Mixed media

I chose Alice in Wonderland for many reasons. One of them is because it is my favorite fantasy story, non sensical and surreal as the things that go on my mind, and I love the anything can happen there.

Danita Bunny White Rabbit Alice in wonderland Painting Original Mixed Media

Another reason is because I am in a transitional phase. If you have been following my art for the past couple of years, you will see that lately I am focusing on more realistic and surreal images, I am evolving. And every time there’s an evolution, Alice in Wonderland comes into my art to help me move along. I talk a lot about that search in the interview in style development that you will be able to watch when you sing up to EVER AFTER 2017.

Danita Drink Me bottle Alice in wonderland Painting Mixed Media Surrealist Cheshire Cat White Rabbit

The whimsical, childlike images are changing into more mature and realistic faces, and I am working very hard on this transition, I want to be come a bigger, better artist than before. It’s taking time and that’s why you don’t see me as active as in other years and with very experimental themes and materials.

Dark Danita Painting Darknita Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Mixed Media White Rabbit Self portrait

It’s been a very difficult journey, some of my fans do not like the change I’m going trough and, to be honest, I am struggling to keep my neck above water, but I must continue in the exploration of myself and my expression as an artist.

cheshire cat Danita Painting Mixed Media Original Alice in wonderland surrealist weird whimsical

One of the things I talk about in my interview is precisely that, how a having a personal style is good because it makes your art recognizable, but you can paint yourself into a corner if you are not careful. Evolving is a necessity to grow, and there are growing pains associated with that, but I really hope those pains are worth it.

Here’s a tiny preview of the things I talk about in EVER AFTER 2017. I really hope you can join me there and we can share what it takes to have a personal style and then sit down for a painting demo.

SIGN UP HERE FOR THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW!

In the meantime, Alice in wonderland is ready to be adopted on my online shop, as I keep on evolving and changing as an artist. Your positive words and constructive criticism are really appreciated, and believe me, that’s more true today than ever. If you have a minute or two, leave a comment telling me what do you think of my latest work in the comments section, and share this article to anyone who will be interested in the class ūüôā

Love,

Danita.

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Alice and friends

Danita Art Alice wonderland Painting Original Mixed Media collage

I’m getting ready for my upcoming collaborative class, class EVER AFTER 2017, where I join 15 mixed media artists and together we will teach you about our art and techniques, how to develop your own style and we will have painting¬†classes for you.

Alice in wonderland Danita Mad hatter Cheshire cat white rabbit painting collage original mixed media

I wanted to make a few painting land lessons about them, and then choose my favorite painting to teach you how I painted it, what techniques I used and more. Alice and Friends is one of the paintings I made.

This is a beautiful 8×10 Inches painting with Alice in wonderland and her friends, the cheshire cat, the white rabbit and the mad hatter, made on a¬†thick gallery style wood panel using my mixed media techniques, combining acrylic paints, soft and oil¬†pastels, watercolor pencils and paper collage.

Danita mixed media painting Alice in wonderland white rabbit cheshire cat mad hatter plush surrealist wall art

It is now available in my online store, you can pick this beautiful painting to decorate your favorite wall, add it to your Danita art collection and treasure it forever.

If you missed the original painting ,or you are looking for more affordable wall art, you can pick it up as a signed print, poster or tote bag.

Meet the fox king: A watercolor painting time lapse

I thought it would be lots of fun to make a series of small watercolor paintings on unusual medium, just to experiment and try out new things. So I took my watercolor ground and prepared metal frames to make beautiful animal portraits.

I even created some time lapse videos so I could share with you how the paintings are made and how beautiful images seem to appear out of nowhere when I start painting.

Original fox p

I am thinking about creating mini classes and tutorials by expanding on the time lapses, explaining you how to create a painting like it using my techniques and style. It will be detailed like my full fledged classes, but focusing on one painting or technique at the time.

Will you be interested in mini classes and tutorials from Danita?

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Let me know in the poll if you’d like to see more mini-classes from me, and leave comments if you have a suggestion or idea!

If enough people is interested, you will see them coming in the near future ūüôā Thanks for answering!

 

Rainbow Bunny Rabbit Handmade Crayons: A fun DIY afternoon recycle project for kids.

My kids love to color with crayons. And when I mean love, I mean LOVE. We have a bucket full of any imaginable color and type, and they use them when they feel like drawing and coloring their own creations.

Danita Tutorial Handmade Custom Crayons Color Kids Melted

The problem with crayons is that as they get used up, they get stubby, and sometimes dirty, and the tips are not so usable any more and they get neglected because they do not color as they used to.

You can buy a new box, but then you end up accumulating more crayons and there’s the environmental cost of not recycling and reusing what we have.

 

Color crayons background tutorial recycle crayola Danita

So we decided to recycle our crayons and learn a few lessons about color mixing, doing things by yourself and being good to our planet. All in one afternoon!

First, let’s see what you need. It’s not a lot and probably you will find everything you need right at home.

List of materials.

Okay, you have everything you need? Let’s get started!

Step 1.

Pour the hot water into your plastic container. The water should be hot enough to peel off the paper from the crayons, but not too hot. Hot enough to take a warm bath should do the trick.

Danita Art Crayola Wax crayon custom handmade crayons tutorial by Danita

The paper will start coming off the crayons and they will be cleaner now. The idea is to get all the grime off of them so they are clean and ready for the next step.

Danita peel off paper crayon crayola tutorial DIY kids project handmade

Let the crayons dry up, and you can throw away the paper wrappings on the recycle bin.

Step 2.

Danita tutorial DIY crayons crayola recycle kids project

Start breaking up the crayons into small chunks so they fit in your silicone mold. Let your kids experiment with the colors that will mix on each try and get as many combinations as you can.

You can try different colors that will mix, or maybe different hues of the same color and encourage your kids to guess what will the final colors be.

Danita rainbow crayon crayola recycle DIY project kids children

Fill the trays¬†and try to leave as little space as possible between the colors, but don’t overfill the tray. The idea here is that when the colors melt they will mix and they should not overfill the tray.

Step 3.

Take your¬†silicone mold full of crayon chunks and put it in your oven. It’s time to see the magic start¬†as you create your rainbow crayons!

The melting process¬†took about about 30 minutes with the oven at 250F. , but keep an eye on the oven, the colors will start to melt and as soon as you see that they are¬†melted and filling¬†the molds, it’s time to get them out. They have a tendency to burn if you use a very high temperature so don’t leave your oven unattended.

Step 4.

Danita rainbow recycled crayola crayon DIY project tutorial kids fun summer afternoon

Let the mold cool down undisturbed so the different colors mix and harden as they get cooler. It should take an hour or so for the crayons to be ready to be taken out of the mold.

Carefully try to get one out. If it’s soft, leave it alone for a bit. Once they come out clean easily, it’s time to have fun!

DIY project Danita Rainbow recycled crayola crayons children fun activity tutorial after school

The crayon chunks mix and create very interesting patterns depending on the color combinations you chose. If you use lots of small chunks, you get a rainbow effect.

Bunny Rabbit handmade crayons DIY recycle crayola project tutorial by Danita for kids after school

If you use larger chunks, the crayons will have larger areas of color, and if you used the same hue, it will be a very nice solid color.

Step 5.

Kids fun proyect DIY tutorial recycled rainbow crayola crayons Danita Art

Time to enjoy your creations! My kids had a great time testing each one of the chunk crayons that turned up from this DIY recycled rainbow crayons!

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They are perfect for kids. Their little hands have no trouble grabbing the colors, using and testing how they start changing colors as you use them. And adults love them too…. I had a blast making and using them too!!!!

Danita colorful DIY rainbow reused recycled crayons project tutorial kids

And they can be stacked and used for building too!

I had lots of fun while me and my kids worked on this DIY project, it’s perfect as a¬†summer activity, or an after school project.¬†give it a try at your home!

Ever After is ready to welcome you!

A watercolor painting by Danita, inspired by the incredible adventures of Alice in Wonderland

I am so happy to be part of EVER AFTER 2017, a collective effort put together by the fantastic Tamara Laporte with me and an A list of amazing artists.

Danita used her vintage copy of Alice in wonderland to create a beautiful watercolor painting for her online class

Together we will guide you through lessons on creativity, using fairy tales and fantastic stories to teach you our secrets and techniques on video tutorials.

Text from the encounter between Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire cat inspired this beautiful watercolor on paper painting by Danita Art

I will talk about  my creative process. Where my ideas come from, how I develop them from a simple idea, an event or an emotion and how I turn them into beautiful mixed media art.

A vintage copy from Alice in Wonderland inspires Danita to create beautiful mixed media paintings, art dolls and jewelry based on her paintings.

Using my favorite story, Alice in Wonderland, you and I will work on creating your own personal style and I we will tapthe endless well of ideas that awaits to be unleashed in your mind.

Once we are done talking about creativity, personal style, idea development and more tips on your¬†art, it’s time to practice what you learn!

I will teach how I work with my mixed media materials as we create an original painting from a blank page. Once we develop our character, together we will draw, paint, stain and shade using my techniques and secrets.

It will be like sitting with me for an hour on my studio, working and laughing while we do what we like to do best. Make art!

Are you ready to join me on this beautiful journey?

GOOD! SIGN UP TODAY HERE!!!

Ah! And before I forget, you can use an early bird discount!

Use coupon code MAGIC2017 when you sign up, and you will get 20% OFF your registration fee.

See you in class!!!!

And the winner is….

Wow… Thanks a lot for the wonderful response to this giveaway! I loved reading your comments and it’s really encouraging me to do my best to fill your expectations to the class.

Without further ado, the winner of¬†a FREE seat to “Ever After 2017” is post #81¬†according to Google Number Generator,¬†counted from TOP to BOTTOM on THIS post.

The post came from Sandra Kingsley. Congratulations!!!!

Please send me an email to danita@danitaart.com with your contact information so I can set you up for the class.

Again, thanks a lot to you for participating! I hope to see you in class very soon. Remember, early registration starts on May 17 with this link.

And don’t forget to¬†keep on following me on this blog! There will be more¬†reviews, tips and giveaways coming in the near future ūüôā

Don’t admire, enjoy your art supplies.

This weekend¬†the¬†mail arrived with a big box of¬†Caran d’Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels. I¬†have a small box that I use in my mixed media paintings and I really wanted to give the 30 color set a try, so I patiently¬†waited all week for them to arrive.

Danita Art Uses Review Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels

 I admired them when I got them out the packing box and opened the metal tin that holds them, and I really did not want to do anything with them because they are so perfect and new in their box.

But this¬†being a family of artists and creative fellows, it’s a known fact that when the mail truck drops something in our doorstep, it’s going to be something interesting¬†¬†to explore and my kids immediately come to investigate the contents of the boxes.

Danita review art supply Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water Soluble Pastels

I turned around for a second and my son took over the box, ordering the colors so it looks like the rainbow and announced that I got very neat crayons in a very nice box.

Danita Review Kids Use Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels

And right after getting them ordered neatly, he went to his room, picked up his paper pad and asked my daughter if she could draw him so he could color the drawing, and after getting his portrait, he set off to work.

I really was not paying attention until I turned around and saw him working with them. My initial reaction was shock. He was using the very same¬†expensive artist’s set of colors I was so afraid to use because they were¬†new, perfect and just out of the box and he was using them to color the art of a six year old.

But just like that that, It dawned on me how careless he was using them, just enjoying the process and not caring at all what pedigree they have or what they are supposed to be used for. He just got a new box of colors, so he did what seemed natural. Use them and enjoy them! By the time he was done, two of them were broken, all of them were blunted and with the paper peeled and clearly showing signs of use.

He colored himself with blue hair, the T-Shirt and shorts he was wearing and eating (One of his favorite activities!) His drawing is free, careless and just for the thrill of watching the colors run on the paper.

He was so proud of what he accomplished that he gave it to me, so we took his work and placed in the art gallery that also doubles as a fridge.

And you know¬†what? I realized I was very much OK with him using¬†the watercolor crayons. He taught me a very important lesson about¬†my art supplies and what I’m supposed to do with them.

They look perfect in their boxes, neatly arranged in piles and drawers, a heaven of order and perfection. But my studio is not a window display. It’s a place to create. Having my material sitting there,¬†pretty and perfect¬†because I’m unwilling to use them because I will mess up their perfection is not what I should do with them.

I must get messy, create, tear, break and stain my things to show them I want to create with them. I will no longer be afraid of a new box of art supplies because they are pristine.

I will see it as an opportunity to begin a close relationship with them, feel them glide over paper and canvas and enjoy them fulfilling their purpose. Because that’s what are supplies are for, to create, to let us unleash our creativity and let our¬†beautiful world of ideas¬†into the open, where we can¬†enjoy what artists¬†love doing the most.

Making art.

Ever After 2017 – A blog hop and give away for my latest online class!

I am super exited!! I will be teaching an online class on the collaborative online workshop “Ever After” this year!

‚ÄúEver After‚ÄĚ is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. I will be joining Tam and 11 mixed media art teacherson this class. Together we will share beautiful fairy-tale inspired lessons with you and we will also share our hints and tips on how each one of us developed our own style and how you too can find your own unique voice as an artist! ūüôā Yay!

My chosen fairy tale for the class will be Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite themes to explore and develop in my artistic adventures, and i will show you how the tale has inspired me to find my style and creativity while I show you the mixed media techniques I use as you watch me create a painting with Alice and her wonderland companions.

Ever After Danita Online class 2017 Alice Wonderland Learn How To Tutorial Techniques Painting Online

Registration opens on May 17th, 2017 and classes begin on July 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls,be sure to join once registration opens! ūüôā

And… I have another surprise! I can give away 1 space on Ever After to 1 lucky winner on a class giveaway!

So, what do you say? Do you want a  a chance to join this amazing class with me and 12 more mixed media artists?

To enter the giveaway, you need to

  1. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. Sign up to receive my newsletter.
  3. Leave a comment on this very blog post, letting me know why you’d love to join Ever After this year.

The winner will be announced on May 15th.


And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! ūüôā

2nd May 2017 Tamara Laporte willowing.org/blog
3rd May 2017 Andrea Gomoll andrea-gomoll.de/blog
4th May 2017 Danita Art blog.danitaart.com
5th May 2017 Effy Wild effywild.com
6th May 2017 Kara Bullock karabullockart.com/2017/03/happily-ever-after
7th May 2017 Karine Bosse kabostudio.com/blog
8th May 2017 Katrina Koltes katrinakoltes.com/2017
9th May 2017 Marielle Stolp mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog
 10th May 2017  Micki Wilde  thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
 11th May 2017  Roberta Laliberte  prairiefairydesigns.com/blog
 12th May 2017  Sarah Trumpp wonderstrumpet.com
 13th May 2017  Stephen Lursen  http://stephenlursen.com/blogs/stephen-lursen-art
 14th May 2017  Tiare Smith  tiaresmith.com
15th May 2017  Toni Burt  toniburt.com.au/blog
16th May 2017  Ivy Newport  graceandivy.wordpress.com


Good luck, and see you in class on July 1st!