Digital Art

Create ART Anywhere!

Hello there creatives,

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm offering instant access to this innovative and FUN class. I adore creating on my iPad BUT I also LOVE making art right on my iPhone. It's always with me, which means I can make ART anytime, anywhere! Now, I'm excited to share my favorite techniques with you guys.

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Whether you love creating portraits, landscapes or even abstracts you can do this ALL on your iPhone using a combination of apps and tools. I'm going to walk you thru the entire process - from creation to printing! Plus, I show you how to manipulate your own photos and share my favorite photo resources.

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Come learn more and register now.

ONLY $37 for Lifetime access.

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Here are just a few of the pieces I have created on my iPhone! The possibilities are endless!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones! I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father's Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life - so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 at check out!

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If you didn’t get a chance to take these workshops before, now is the time to scoop them up for an additional 30% off! Remember they are all self-paced, with life-time access and downloadable videos – so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. :)

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Happy Summer Creating! I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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Paint & Pixels Student Art - Week One

Hi there and Happy Friday! I hope this email finds you well and that your week has been lovely!

It’s been a little nutty around here assisting over 200 students in the online Paint & Pixels classroom but it’s been absolute joy and pleasure to guide these creative individuals into the world of iPad ART!

In Week One, we’ve been studying form, line, sketching from life, drawing a face, exploring the charcoal brushes and MORE! We are so incredibly impressed with the art that is coming out of this class!

Some people are drawing for the very first time and being so brave while others are more experienced but are still reveling in the discovery of creating on their iPad.

Take a peek at our student’s Art!

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There is still time to join the class but only barely - 3 MORE DAYS - and then we close the classroom door on September 21st.  We still have a seat saved for you so don’t miss this opportunity to create in a whole new way! Remember, you get lifetime access to the classroom and videos once you register so you can go at your own pace. Click the button below to learn more and register.

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Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

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FREE Mixed Media Art Journaling Video

Hello my creative friends! How's the week treating you so far? I meant to get this to you yesterday but I'm afraid I got a little tied up wrapping the videos for the Paint & Pixels Online Workshop! I'm SO excited for class to begin! Not too much longer now...Sept 14th! If you haven't checked out the info on this Mixed Media & iPad Art class yet...go here for more info.

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So anyways...today is my birthday and in the theme of celebration, I wanted to give you a special treat! I've made a lovely FREE  Mixed Media Art Journaling Video for you - documenting my creation of the spread below. It's full of teaching and tips to get you creating in your art journal too! Plus, my little studio kitten, Leo makes an appearance. He is quite the art admirer. ;)

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I've been exploring Art journaling recently and it's been so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to explore, experiment and play all within my beautiful vintage ledger.

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To go watch to the video go here.

Please do share your creations too! I would love to see what you guys make! Feel free to join my student group on Facebook and start connecting with other creative souls!

Hope you enjoy the video!

xo,

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Create Art on your iPhone

Hello! How is everyone doing? Life has been hectic around here but it's all good! I've been busy working on getting my first online Mixed Media & Encaustic class launched! It was a fantastic success and I am so beyond grateful to have a wonderful class of artists! You should see the work they are already creating! Blows me away!

But...I've also had other things in the works!

The lovely Jeanne Oliver has invited me to create a new class for her abundant online creative network and I couldn't be more pleased to oblige!

So, I've decided to create another digital art class - but this time for the iPhone - called Mobile Art Magic!

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Our iPhones have become an integral part of our daily lives. We carry them with us at all times - we don’t leave home without them! So...why shouldn’t we be using them creatively too? You can make beautiful, rich art right on your iPhone! Sure you could play Candy Crush....OR you could use your passion for Art and create something you love!

Expand your knowledge of color, experiment with composition and use your own photography to compose stunning, layered pieces of ART! Print them out and hang them on your walls!

Here are a few of the creations I've made using only my iPhone!

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From landscapes to self-portraits! Don't underestimate the power of that iPhone in your pocket!

This one week course will give you the knowledge of which apps to use and how to combine them to achieve gorgeous results!

I'm so excited to be launching this class on Jeanne's wonderful network.

Early Registration will begin July 7th, 2015 and the class will open September 21, 2015!

To sign up for the mailing list and learn more about this exciting class click here.

Much love to you all! Keep creating!

xo,

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MDAC Summit Exhibition 2015

Hi there! How are you guys? Hope all is well with you! I'm starting my Monday out fully caffeinated and buzzing with excitement - Robin and I both got digital art accepted into The Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, CA! WOO! This is THE event for iPad and Mobile artists! Some really amazing artists are going to be in this show! I can't tell you yet...cuz it's still a bit of a secret but soon I will share some of them with you! ;)

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"The Messenger" 2015 (created with Procreate, Repix and Stackables apps on iPad Air)

and Robin's beautiful self-portrait...

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"Lovely duck show me the way" 2015 (created on the iPad using Procreate)

We can't wait to fly to sunny Cali and attend this exciting event in August! What a great honor and really a validating experience now that we are both teaching our own ONLINE DIGITAL ART CLASS - Paint & Pixels! Registration is open and we already have over 130 students from all over the world!!

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If you haven't used your iPad creatively we invite you to check it out! You won't regret it and it can literally revolutionize your artistic practice!! We promise! If you are curious...you can also join us in the Paint & Pixels Info Facebook group. We are here to answer any questions! Come hang with us and see what our students are already doing with their iPads as they prepare for class to open in September! So very cool!

Have a fantastic Monday!

xo,

Ivy

The Living Studio with Robin Laws

Hi there! Happy Friday! Many of you know Jeanne Oliver for her abundant talent and her amazing online community for creatives but have you seen her latest Living Studio series! Such a fantastic addition to her site and a wonderful resource to other artists! The Living Studio free video series shares how other artists expand their creative practice outside of their studios and into their everyday experience!

Today my dear friend, Robin Laws is featured and you must go check it out!

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She shares all about how she uses the iPad to not only create gorgeous digital art but how she incorporates it into here artistic practice as a learning and exploratory tool.

Her teaching video shows you how she takes a sketch from her easel, into her iPad to make corrections and changes and then how she applies that new knowledge back to the original sketch! Very cool!! Go take a peek!

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Also, if you want to learn more about Robin and see more of her beautiful artwork visit her lovely website here.

Enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

 

 

 

 

 

A Favorite Digital Artist and A Paint & Pixels Giveaway too!

Hello lovely people! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! The sun is shining here and we are soaking it up and playing in the garden...and of course I'm doing a little work too...

Today, I wanted to introduce you to my friend and artist, Robin Laws. I've invited her to guest post today to share with you one of our favorite digital artists and also to give you all the info on our exciting Paint & Pixels giveaway! Take it away Robin...

Hello Friends! I'm Robin Laws and I am delighted to guest post on Ivy's blog today. I’m an artist and the co-teacher along with Ivy for the upcoming Paint and Pixels class. Many artists inspire us but one in particular really does some outstanding work on her mobile devices, including her iPad! Her name is Sarah Jarrett and I wanted to show you some of her incredible work...

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Gorgeous right? She really knows how to blend digital painting, photography and digital elements to create provoking, beautiful and layered work! We are both BIG fans! Such inspiration! In the Paint & Pixels class we will be doing a similar Self Portrait project! It's going to so exciting to create! If you haven't already you can click below to sign up for the class before the early registration price ends on June 8th!

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On that note, let me tell you about our FABULOUS Paint & Pixels GIVEAWAY! We are so incredibly excited about this course and to celebrate we are offering you a chance to win this fantastic giveaway valued at over $150!

What we are giving away:

  • 1 Adonit Jot Touch 4 Stylus with pressure sensitivity (it's our favorite!)
  • a 10" x 10" ready to hang canvas print of one of my most popular digital paintings AND

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  •  a $10 Apple gift card so you can grab some of the very cool art apps we will be showing you!

To ENTER all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know what you hope to learn in the Paint and Pixels course or how you use your iPad creatively. Then share this image and the link to this post on at least one of the social media sites listed below ---->

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To win the giveaway you can...

  • Share this post on Facebook
  • Pin this image to Pinterest
  • Talk about the giveaway and the class on Instagram and use the hashtag #paintandpixels and @ivynewport and @rlaws2
  • Blog about the the class
  • Share this post on Twitter

*Each time you share it come back and tell us so you have another chance at the giveaway!

The winner will be announced on the last day of our sale for early registration next Monday, June 8th.

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word!

***I've included a square version for you to use at the bottom of this blog post for sharing on Instagram.

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We can't wait to draw our winner!! Have a fantastic weekend!

xo,

Robin

iPad Art Overdose

Hello all! I hope you are well! I've been very busy finishing up my work for the Studying Under the Masters III class! I've learned so much from being Marie Laurencin's virtual apprentice!

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I'm so excited for it to begin May 5th! There is still time to sign up! Go here to register and come create with me! Or click below to purchase.

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In between shooting videos, editing and being a mom, I sneak in time to create art on my iPad. I don't always have the luxury (or time) to pull out all my art supplies and spend hours creating but my iPad gives me the art hit I need with no mess, no waste and it's simple to put it down and tend to my responsibilities (a two-year old who constantly needs snacks) and then pick it right back up and keep making art. Here are some of my most recent creations...

I've really enjoyed doing some of these whimsical portraits with animals...

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Madame Violet & her dog

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And some self portrait fun using my own photography...

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And even doing some landscapes/cityscapes and more experimental stuff that I don't usually do...

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this one I made entirely on my iPhone...

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If you happen to have an iPad or an iPhone consider playing with some of the many creative apps available. Using the power of technology is an amazing and powerful way to explore art, your creativity and further develop your style and composition with NO risk! Don't like something - Just click UNDO. Gotta love that! ;)

The apps I recommend are Procreate, Repix, icolorama, Brushstroke, DistressedFX and Stackables. There are many others but these are my favs right now.

Much love to you! Keep creating!

xo

Ivy

 

 

 

Life lately...

Hello there! Oh my goodness, it's been a tough couple of weeks! My little Claire bear is just now getting over pneumonia. Poor baby...and well...poor Mama. We were both sick of being cooped up so it was fantastic to take her to daycare yesterday and see how happy she was to run into the classroom and play with her wee friends. I started the day (childfree) with a trip to the nail salon for a quick, Spring manicure! My hands were trashed from constantly washing them! It's amazing what a coat of pretty nail polish can do to lift your spirit! ;)

Anyway, as you can imagine, I haven't had much time to paint or do anything really BUT thank goodness for my iPad because it's so easy to reach for it and create something minus the setup/cleanup. Here are a couple of digital collages I made this past week...

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Absolutely love creating on the app - Procreate! Such fun! Oh, and I just splurged on a new pressure sensitive stylus. I highly recommend it!

A couple of other things to share with you...I just received the most gorgeous necklace from my jewelry designer friend.

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It's a beautiful piece of lapis lazuli and it resembles a dreamy piece of the starlit sky! I adore it! Thank you Amy!

I also finally got a bracelet from Becky at Farm Girl Paints on Etsy! It reminds me to keep my head up and live courageously - not easy for this girl - who tends to back away from scary or intimidating situations...

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Oh and I did a little Spring cleaning in my studio! I'm hoping to start creating more frequently now that both kids are healthy!

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And....lastly...a little glimpse of Spring blossoms popping in my neighborhood. Such a beautiful time of year!

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I hope you are all healthy and happy! Enjoy your weekend!

Much love,

Ivy

More iPad art.

Hello! How's your Thursday going? We've got a lovely rainy day here and I'm sitting in my office with a cup of tea and my favorite candle lit. Yum. Oh and I'm totally obsessed with this crazy soft blanket. It's wrapped around me...even though it really isn't all that cold. I've turned into a bit of a Linus with this throw - you will often see me dragging it from room to room so I can cuddle up with it. lol. Happiness-Is-A-Warm-Blanket-Charlie-Brown-Linus1-532x298

My husband thinks it's bizarre and Grace keeps trying to steal it but I'm very protective of it.  Look...just get one and you'll understand. I promise.

Anyway...I digress. I'm here to share three more creations I made on the iPad. Yes, I'm totally hooked on the creative fix this gives me. I used this process if you want to go back and read about how these were done.

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" The Three Graces"

(Was feeling a little more edgy when I created this one... ;)

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"Hummingbird's Nest"

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Making these all cozy in my bed after a long day has proved to be relaxing and rewarding. Will this replace my traditional art processes? No, but when I'm short on time and energy (which seems like always) this helps me feel connected to my creative energy.  Try it out and let me know if you have questions. I'm here to help.

xo,

Ivy

Creating Art on the IPad : A Walkthru my process

Hello! How are you? Summer is winding down and I'm SO ready for Fall! It's my favorite season and I always seem to find much focus and peace as we all settle into our routines. Today, I wanted to share my process on how I created one of the pieces of digital art from my last post. I got lots of responses and wonderful feedback - thank you so much.

Okay here we go...

Using Procreate on my iPad, I create a painted background using various brush tools. My favorite are wet round brush and old brush. I also downloaded the water brush kit from the app store. It has beautiful washes and watercolor effects. Fun!

You build in layers so this would be my first layer or my bottom layer.

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Next, I select an image that inspires me. I usually find these on Pinterest. Now, this is the cool part! Look, I love to draw faces and people but for me drawing freehand on the iPad was awkward and clumsy. Maybe I just need a ton of practice but I couldn't achieve the detail I wanted! I was frustrated so I went on the hunt for an app that might be able to create digital sketch effects like those on Photoshop - enter USketch. You can run any photo image thru this app and it will create a sketch. Very cool right!? I have erased certain elements of the image to suit my needs. This is a separate layer that lies over the top of my painted backdrop.

***tip - you could also take photos of your own sketches and use those! Just use the iPad camera snap away and its ready to import into Procreate ***

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Then I start to lay in color behind the sketch on another separate layer. I used the wet round brush for most of the color but make sure you try the smudge tool too to soften your edges and blend colors. You can see here too that I imported a honeycomb pattern and placed that over the painted background. I erased it in places and reduced its transparency to soften the effect.

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I imported this vintage rose image from the Graphics Fairy and made it a multiply layer so it is transparent. Another awesome app I use is called Eraser. It will remove the white background from an image so you can overlay/collage it with ease into your composition. Very handy for creating digital art! Love it!

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Finally I added in these bees. Another find on the Graphics Fairy. Used the Eraser app to get rid of white background, duplicated the layers and moved them into place.

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Finally, I added some drips and splashes of paint as well as a few tape like shapes to create some linear elements. And she's done.

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This is such a pleasing way to create digital art! Very forgiving and easy to learn. Let me know if you have questions! I would be happy to help.

Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Creating art on the iPad

Hi there friends! I know it's been quite a while since I last posted but this summer has been so busy! A few days ago, I actually got the chance to sit quietly with a cup of coffee and watch another video from my class with Jeanne Oliver. This time she was exploring the power of creating artwork digitally on the iPad using an application called Procreate. Being a Photoshop lover, I was skeptical but I'm so glad I watched because Procreate is surprisingly addictive, easy to use and quite robust. I began to create small digital illustrations on my iPad and have been obsessed ever since.

Here are a few pieces I have created already...

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I have been having so much fun making these. It's amazing to create art while on the go. Stay tuned, I will be breaking down the process of how I completed this last piece very soon - complete with some handy tips and tricks!

Hope your week is going well.

xo,

Ivy

Art to Adore: Catrin Welz-Stein

Hi friends! It's been a while since I featured an artist that inspires me but I've been pinning away and collecting a lot of amazing images from artists all over the world. Go here to see my Art Pinterest board. Today, I bring you the fantastical work of Catrin Welz-Stein. Her digital artwork absolutely blows me away and I adore the fairytale like quality of her compositions. Enjoy a few of my favorites...

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Aren't these magical? For more of her work head to her blog.

Enjoy your Friday!

xo,

Ivy