Watercolor Practice / Painting Sweet Treats

Watercolor Practice / Painting Sweet Treats

Hey creative friends! Do you love chocolate and other sweet treats as much as I do? I hope the answer is yes, because I created another fun class “Painting Sweet Treats with Watercolor” where we’ll paint loose and colorful illustrations of the most delicious desserts. In this class you will find easy to follow step by step videos of painting a donut, ice cream and french macarons. ice cream cone with watercolor

And along the way you will:

  • Learn and practice new techniques
  • Increase your watercolor skills
  • And of course, you’ll learn how to stop being intimidated by watercolor and start enjoying the process    

how to paint with watercolor, art tutorialsThis is the perfect course for beginners and intermeidate painters. It’s jam packed full of amazing content and a great way to channel your creative energy!

So get your brushes ready, enroll in the class “Painting Sweet Treats with Watercolor”  and lets play with watercolors!!!! And don’t forget to share your projects on Instagram with #elenafayclass!!!!watercolor tips, watercolor tutorial, art classwatercolor cupcake by Elena Fay, Skillshare Class

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Resist Technique/ New YouTube Video

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Hey guys, as I mentioned before I recently published new Skillshare class about  “Resist Techniques with Watercolor” and now I can’t get enough of this fun technique! Check out my new YouTube video playing around with masking fluid and liquid watercolor paint.

Slowly I’m getting back to creating weekly YouTube videos and I’m working on a plan for weekly topics.  I would love some feedback from you guys. What would you like to see: watercolor tutorials, fashion illustration tutorials or fun speed painting videos?

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Free Coloring Page: Easter Bunnies

Today I have something special for you, FREE Printable…. Grab a box of your favorite coloring pencils or markers and take a few minutes to unwind while creating something pretty.

Free Coloring Page: Easter Bunnies

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You can download your page HERE or by clicking on the image below!free coloring page, easter bunnies coloring, fashion coloring page

free coloring page, easter bunnies coloring, fashion coloring pageIf you color it, I’d love to see it-tag me on Instagram @elenafay_art

Happy Coloring!!!

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Watercolor Tutorial: Resist Technique with Masking Fluid

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Watercolor Tutorial: Resist Technique with Masking Fluid

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If you follow me on Instagram (@elenafay_art) you know how much I love experimenting with watercolor, and one of my absolute favorite techniques is a resist technique with masking fluid. 

That’s why I’m so excited to announce the release of my new Skillshare class “Resist Techniques with Watercolor”! It was so much fun to film this class! I poured my heart and soul into this video tutorial and hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

We will cover all the basics together. I’ll show you step by step how to create unique and colorful composition using this technique and we’ll create fun projects together. It’s jam packed full of amazing content and a great way to channel your creative energy! 

I can’t wait to see you in class! And don’t forget to tag your work #elenafayskillshare so I can find it and repost it on Instagram 

Here is a sneak peek of one of the projects “Fish Pond” illustration.

  1. I started with a quick pencil sketch in my sketchbook
  2. Applied masking fluid and let it dry for 10 minutes.

Here I used a veggie stick (you can use a tooth pick). If you apply masking fluid with your brush, I would recommend using an old or inexpensive synthetic brush because masking fluid can ruin it very quick. Make sure to clean your brush in a soapy water, it will keep it safe from masking fluid. 

art tutorial, masking fluid with watercolorart tutorial, masking fluid with watercolor  3. When masking fluid was completely dry, I added some color to the fish and let it dry before painting the background.

art tutorial, masking fluid with watercolor4. I applied watercolor to the background and allowed it to dry completely

5. When the paint is completely dry, it’s time for my favorite part, which is peeling off masking fluid. It revealed all the lines that were covered with fluid and gave the painting very interesting look.

Even if you don’t take my class, consider taking a peek at all the other courses on Skillshare, you’ll be amazed how many amazing classes are waiting for you there!

Art supplies that I used: 

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How to Deal with Criticism

These past few days I thought a lot about this topic!!! Why??? Because sooner or later haters/trolls / angry customers, you can call them whatever you want, find us all! If you are a blogger, creative person, small business owner, no matter how good your product is – you will meet these nasty trolls!

How to Deal with Criticism

How to Deal with Criticism, dealing with haters

When it comes to social media, I think I’m one of the lucky ones because I never received a negative or hurtful comment because people who follow me on Instagram know me well, I always talk to them like with my friends and open up about my business, personal life and creative challenges.

I share my art and online classes on different platforms and I really love doing that because the feedback and support from customers and students is truly amazing and encouraging! So why do I sound like I’m familiar with criticism? Well, if you share your art online, you know that 99% of your customers are the sweetest and the most amazing people but there is always 1% that just pops out from nowhere and try to ruin your life (maybe I sound too dramatic, but that’s how it felt at the beginning).

No matter how many positive reviews you receive, the most memorable is the negative one. Isn’t it sad???

When you get a negative feedback on your product, it feels like the end of the world, you feel crushed, angry, devastated and you don’t want to create any more. Does it sound familiar?

And I get it, girl! Being a creative person means that you put your heart and soul into creating something and you truly believe that this product is the best and it will help others or bring joy to the person who purchases it. And when a complete stranger comes and leaves negative comment, we take it really really personal.

When you’re a creative entrepreneur, and you’re putting your work online, you are going to have haters. And that’s just the reality of running an online business, and even if I sound like a broken record, let me repeat again-sooner or later YOU WILL receive a negative feedback and I want you to be prepared.

So how to deal with criticism gracefully and not to get to the level of these people?

  1. First, take a deep deep breath!!!! Don’t you even think about crying, smashing your phone and screaming that you quit!
  2. Ask yourself if it’s a constructive or destructive criticism. If it’s a constructive criticism – take a step back, calm yourself down and when your mind is clear and there is no anger, handle the situation. Just keep in mind that some people even if they want to help you and point on some mistakes, they may use the wrong way to approach the problem and sound rude.
  3. Dealing with haters: don’t respond! Don’t waste your positive energy! Some people just feed on a negative energy and they want to see your reaction and want to be noticed. If you can, delete the comment, block this person and try to forget about what happened!!! I know that your first reaction is to defend yourself and write them back but that’s exactly what they want from you! People who hid behind closed accounts and try to bring you down by spreading their negativity will never archive the level of your success, they want to convince you that you are not talented enough. Don’t let them!!! Delete-Block-Forget!!!! That’s the biggest punishment to them!

Instead of thinking about them and doubting yourself, spend this time on creating what you love and building your success!

Love,

Elena

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