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Ever After 2017 Blog Hop and Give Away!!!

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Ever After 2017 Blog Hop and Give Away!!!

____________________________________________________ Ever After 2017 - Blog Hop & Give Away! ____________________________________________________ Hello everyone! I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Ever After this year! I am so honored and proud to be one of the selected teachers and my hope is to meet new artists and students through this amazing opportunity from Willowing Arts. And even MORE exciting news is that I can GIVE AWAY ONE SPACE on this magical new collaborative art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After and if you want to find out how you...

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Find Out Friday with Stephen Lursen

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Find Out Friday with Stephen Lursen

Hello everyone! I am excited to have been included in Donna Downey's "Find Out Fridays" weekly online workshops as an October instructor! If you'd like to find out more about Donna's 2016 Find Out Friday's free weekly instructional videos just click the link. I received a bag of 5 mystery items in the mail, not knowing what the heck I was going to get, and loved the experience of getting to create using materials I am not used to. The only material I was used to was the paint marker. Everything else was new to me and I thought anxiously...

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How do you start painting when you don't have an idea?

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How do you start painting when you don't have an idea?

Question: "How do you start painting when you don't have an idea?" I hear this question often believe it or not and the answer is actually quite simple! This answer is best suited to those who paint in an abstract way, but could still be applied to others styles as well! 1st: Solve 90% of the problems ahead of time to reduce mental obstacles at painting time!        Example: decide ahead of time to paint in a series. Determine up front how many you will make. What size they will all be, what general color scheme to follow, and what your...

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Under Water II, a time lapse painting by Stephen Lursen

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Under Water II, a time lapse painting by Stephen Lursen

  I made my second time lapse video called Under Water II for my followers on youtube and right here on my blog! I will post a new video every week which I hope will inspire you to paint in new ways.  Thank you so much for watching! If you like this video and have an interest in learning techniques, please check out some of my online workshops where I teach how to produce interesting and beautiful works of art. The instruction is filled with abstract techniques. Artistically yours, Stephen Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required First Name * Last...

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Step by Step Tutorial: Animal Silhouette Mixed Media Painting

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Step by Step Tutorial: Animal Silhouette Mixed Media Painting

I finished another small, mixed media painting for a potential kid's class.  I used collage (book text, printed photo of fox, ribbon), hot glue for texture, acrylic, and ink. For my adhesives I used Mod Podge, but I highly recommend Golden Matt Medium. It has a better texture, lower odor, and faster drying time. Let's get started!  I started with an 8"x10" canvas and collaged a background of scrap-booking paper.  Torn book text was applied to add texture and variety. I cut three pieces of ribbon. I moved them around quite a bit to figure out where I wanted them...

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