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A NEW CLASS- Abstract Art on your iPad

Hello there creatives, I'm thrilled to announce that registration for this BRAND NEW CLASS with artist, Tricia Dewey is now OPEN.

Tricia has discovered innovative and truly creative techniques for creating gorgeous abstract figurative work on her iPad! Her work is full of mystery, emotion and modern texture and design!

If you have wanted to learn more about using these amazing devices and explore ground breaking new ways of creating expressive art - then this is the class for you!

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Come learn all about it and register by clicking below. This exciting workshop should not be missed! Don't miss the early bird price either!

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Stunning examples of Tricia's contemporary and evocative work...

 

So get your imagination and your iPad ready! We will see you in class!

xo,

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Paint & Pixels ART to Adore

Good Morning! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start! I’m here to share with you about how delighted and proud Robin and I are of our past Paint & Pixels Students! In fact, we made a little Art Show video to showcase the amazing talent pouring out of the online classroom and FB group! Take a peek and get your dose of gorgeous art for the day!

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Pretty awesome right?! Yes...these were all created on the iPad! Such a powerful creative tool!

We are also so thrilled to announce that due to demand, we have  re- opened up the doors to the Paint & Pixels classroom.

So if you missed it, you now have your chance to take this innovative class as a self-paced online study - at a very affordable price too!

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Have a beautiful week!

xo,

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LAST DAY to Register for Paint & Pixels!

Hello there! Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Just wanted to pop in quickly and remind everyone that today we will be closing registration to Paint & Pixels at midnight PST!

The class is teeming with activity, excitement and a giddy energy! People are discovering the amazing power of creating on their iPads and Robin and I couldn't be more delighted and proud!

Check out some of the fantastic artwork from our students so far!

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Click below to register!

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Later this week, I'm looking forward to sharing with all about my experience at Katie Kendrick's magical painting workshop! Absolutely blew me away!!!

Okay friends - have a beautiful Monday.

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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Mobile Art to Adore and countdown to Paint & Pixels!

Hello lovelies! How is everyone? Things around here are quieter (the kiddos are back in school) but we are busier than ever - much to my delight! I adore being able to work from home and actually do what I LOVE too! So much gratitude!

You guys know I love to share Art with you and today I have a special treat because both Robin and I have curated some amazing Mobile Art for you to admire! (Just a little side note, in case you are unfamiliar - Mobile Art is Art created exclusively on a mobile device including iPhones, Androids and tablets.)

With our Paint & Pixels Workshop only 5 short days away we couldn't resist showing you just how gorgeous Mobile Art can be with a collection of 3 of our favorite Mobile Artists!

Enjoy...

the nostalgic beauty of Janet Reid's creations....

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the surreal and atmospheric effects of the talented Bobbi McMurry...

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and finally the mysterious delight of Erika C. Brothers' images...

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Pretty amazing right?! Seriously, the Mobile Art movement is incredibly exciting and we love being a part of it! We are also super duper lucky to have some of these artists joining us in the Paint & Pixels classroom too! Talk about honored!

Do you ever use your phone or tablet to create? If not...think about checking it out. Remember...I believe everyone is creative...you don't have to be an "artist" to create and exploring on your mobile devices is a perfect place to experiment and play with photography, art and expression!

xo,

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P.S. There is still time to join us in the Paint & Pixels workshop...remember registration closes September 21st. Click here to learn more and register.

Paint & Pixels Class Starts Soon!

Hello my creative friends, I hope this email finds you well!

I just wanted to pop in and remind everyone that there are ONLY 2 short weeks till the Paint & Pixels Online Classroom opens!

Robin and I are giddy with anticipation! We can’t wait to share all the power and creative expression that the iPad delivers! You may never create the same way again!

From manipulating your own photography, to digitally painting layered masterpieces, we have covered the gamut! And don’t forget that we will be showing you how to bring in those traditional ART materials too! The marriage of Paint & Pixels is one artistic romance you don’t want to miss! We are pretty sure you are going to fall in love! So many already have!

In fact, due to the overwhelming response to Paint & Pixels we have decided to close registration on September 21st. Exactly one week after class starts. This will allow us to focus on this first group of Paint & Pixels students. We have only a few spots left so if you have been waiting for that perfect day to give yourself this class - now’s the time to act! Remember, as a registered student you will have life-time access to the classroom and all the videos. To learn more and register click the button below...

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We also wanted to share with you some of our most recent iPad creations...

These first three were done by Robin. She creates such soft, whimsical beauty while retaining a lovely painterly quality! Love that! I especially adore that last one - Such a tender self-portrait. To see more of Robin's art please do go visit her gorgeous website!

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These last three are by moi...and I can't even express how much fun it was to create these. I just love how free I can be on the iPad with no worry of messing up! So wonderful for exploring your own style and mark making! Gotta love that UNDO button! Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.30 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.12 AM

I hope you all have a wonderful week! For those of you who have signed up for Paint & Pixels already we are so excited to have you in class!

Much love to you all!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Paint & Pixels Giveaway Winner!

Good morning! Robin and I are so happy to announce that the winner of the Paint & Pixels giveaway is Andrea Bakewell! Congrats Andrea!! Andrea will be receiving a stunning piece of digital artwork by Robin that has been printed on 10" x 10" canvas, a $10 Apple gift card and an Adonit Jot Touch 4 stylus!

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Can't wait to see many of you in class!

Registration is still open and class will begin September 14th!

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

A New Online Class & A New Site

Hello! Hope all is well in your world! I am a bit shaky this morning...too much coffee and too much excitement happening over here! I've got lots of news to share with you today...

I'm SO thrilled to announce a very special class that I am doing with my fellow artist and friend, Robin Laws.

Paint & Pixels Promo Collage with text Over the past several months, Robin and I have been experimenting with blending technology with traditional art! The results have been incredibly thrilling and groundbreaking - expanding both our artistic development and process! Grab your iPad and stylus and get ready to really expand your creative process!!

We have opened up early registration TODAY at a very special discounted price too!

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Pretty exciting right?! To learn more and register click below.

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AND I've got a brand NEW website that I am loving! Thanks to my sweet designer hubby! ;) Check it out here! If you are an active reader of this blog I invite you to come tour my new online home and subscribe to get the latest posts!

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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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"Kindred"

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