Painting Tips for Dimensional Paper Clay Art with Rogene Manas

“I have an example here. I’m going to start with, and I’m going to use just the black, I’m just going to start with black. I’m going to do this on a flower here. I’m not using thick paint. This is very important. I’m using thin paint and the grayer, meaning, the thinner the paint, the grayer, the lighter your work is going to appear. So if maybe if you’re doing flowers, you don’t want it to be heavy black. Maybe you want it to be a softer color. So we’ll just do a half of it at a time.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/dimensional-art-paper-clay-course

Testing Colors While Painting Watercolor Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“So another thing I like to do before, if I’m, hesitant of what color combinations to do. I like to have a piece of just clear paper, the paper that I’m actually going to paint on though, not some bad paper and just test your colors before you start and see what they, see what they look like. So I have a little bit of that. Ozzy red, gold I talked about is kind of a new color I don’t know much about. So maybe on a piece of scrap paper, that’s professional grade, the same paper I’m going to use for my painting. I’ll take my combination of colors and I’ll do a little triangle swatch. So this is my pression blue, so it’s quite dark.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/watercolour-portraits-course

Detailing With Darks When Painting Watercolor Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“So I’m just gonna put a couple of dark. So usually on a face, the darkest dark should be the eyeball area, and I’m just going to hint at it. Must’ve been an American, ask him that question And I’m just going to soften that whole area. Try to get a hint of a pupil and that. Face of the eye. Notice I haven’t gone to my little brushes and I’m going to take this blue and I’m going to create this cast shadow from the lens or the, your piece of the glasses and the cast shadow.”

Learn more about the courses here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/watercolour-portraits-course

Problem Solving for Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

This is a course for an experience level and for beginners who are ready for some different techniques. Create and design your own basket!!

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/beginning-basket-weaving-course

Teaching Techniques for Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

“So I had a lot of questions about what do you do when you run out and as you can see, I’m running out. But I still have to go, Oh, a big chunk over here. Very easy. What I’m going to do is I’m going to go back. I always weave these as far as I can. And splicing, triple twining can be very tricky, very tricky. And if you don’t get the right weavers in the right order, it will just be wacky. So after I’ve gone under this first, the first spoke that I took, I’m just going to clip that off on the inside. And then immediately I’m going to insert a new piece and all I’m doing is putting that right behind it.”

Learn more about the course here:
https://www.curiousmondo.com/beginning-basket-weaving-course

The First Steps for Painting Watercolour Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

“So I want to start adding color. So here we go gets kind of scary. I want to use a higher value in the temple area and as outside light, tends to get cooler as it goes into the light. I’m going to start with yellow just because yellow gets, polluted easier. I’m going to go into the pure yellow and go ahead and break the form a little bit. And I’m going to kind of go to the blue in the outside light at the top of the head and where they meet. It’ll start to create a green tone. I like to put the blue in the eye socket area and let it sort of drain down the head.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/watercolour-portraits-course

Detailing the Eyes While Painting Watercolour Portraits with Colleen Reynolds

Learn the basic planes of the human head and evaluate pigment choices for a variety of skin tones. Make your next masterpiece by taking this watercolor portrait online course. Over 9 hrs of pure instruction by Watercolor artist Colleen Reynolds

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https://www.curiousmondo.com/watercolour-portraits-course

Applying the Fur for a Fantasy Fox Posable Art Doll with Jenny Roemmich

I’m going to put a little bit glue down, trying to get it as flush to the face as you can. So what I mean by that is it’s not bubbling up off your face. You just want a really thin layer. This is where that nozzle comes in useful, and you take your nippers. Let’s see if I can get this up here to take your nippers, find your edge, and then just cut off some of that for. So with fur, so you don’t have to cut a ton. I cut a little bit more than I normally do. I usually cut about this much, just so I have a little bit to work with. If you have a straight edge, great. If you don’t cut a straight edge and you can feather it too, if any of you have done Cedar makeup or anything like that, what I mean by feathering is you’re going to put your thumb. You’re going to slide it back a little bit. So what it’s doing to the fur is it’s taking this top layer and it’s scooting it back, but the bottom layer is still on this finger. And so it’s staying forward. So now I have a little bit of variation in where my foot is going to end up. So it’s not a straight blunt line. It’s more feathered.

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/fantasy-fox-posable-course

Pandemic impact: Artists thriving in Salt Lake City

The pandemic has affected multiple businesses related to cultural events and arts in Utah. Some local artists have seen their income plunge to zero due to cancelation of events, galleries being closed etc.

One company in Utah is making sure artists thrive during this time while gaining international and national exposure.

Curious Mondo in South Salt Lake livestream art related courses to artists all over the world.The company is run by a mother and daughter duo

With its informal and very interactive format it educates, entertains and keeps creators minds engaged in positive activities.

Every week a new course streams live to over 30 countries and it is free for anyone to watch.

At the same time provides substantial income to artistseverywhere in the country providing these courses while boosting the local economy. 

Beating the Virus

This was a week filled with cancellations of live events. Many companies are looking for alternatives to in-person events and they are planning to use live streaming to get their message out.

If you’re looking for a studio that’s set up and ready to stream, I’ve got one in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a partner studio in San Diego. We can stream to any platform including: Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Wowza, Linkedin, Twitch, Periscope, IGTV, and more. We have a few dates still open for March. Get in touch and let’s talk about your project.

Multiple cameras, live editing, live chat and a great experience.

Call us at 801-680-7220

Helping Australian Wildlife

Lots of rescuers are doing all they can to save the life of thousands of animals. Many items are needed.

I’ve posted here some items any crafter can make.

Follow this link to get different patterns

You can ship directly to Australia or to Curious Mondo and we will make sure it gets there. 2875 South West Temple, SSL, 84115

Patterns and and info are from Animal Rescue Craft Guild

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YK876K-oEpgYeC-6nk7-Bb7Td7RrvK_z

Download all Patterns here

The Magic of Double Weave on a 4-Shaft Loom

Deanna has been taking classes continuously for the past 40 years and has been teaching for 30 years. She taught weaving at the University of Utah for eight years. She has shown her work and won awards throughout the intermountain area. Because of all her practice and knowledge, there is nobody else that you would want to teach how to do a double weave and make it on a 4-shaft loom. The course will go into more detail about Deanna, she will tell you the material and tools needed as well as the books that she likes. She will help explain ways to make the warping faster and easier as well as different threadings and why Deanna changed her way of doing it. She help to describe to you basic lifting to get two layers, shuttle manipulation to put in folds, tubes and openings, and weaving a double (triple) width piece and how to keep the fold smooth. There are so many different possibilities when it comes to using the double weave to your advantage. You can make a piece that is double the width of your loom, a tube that can turn into a bag or a pillow, pick up a pattern or design, and many more possibilities. Anyone who is interested in weaving, fiber art, or anyone who is looking to start a new hobby or career. 

If you want to check out how to create a beautiful double weave on a 4-shaft loom, you can get lifetime access to the course at Curious Mondo’s Instant Access Courses.