Wednesday, 24 July 2013

I have an awesome art class give away for you!!

'Keep the home fires burning'- mini-canvas

So, now that I've got your attention, let me tell you all about it! 

I recently got an email from Craftsy.com wondering if I might like to offer one of their on-line art classes as a free give away to my readers as well as partake of a class myself.  

Well, I certainly wasn't going to turn down a wonderful offer like that so of course I said I'd be delighted to. I've never done an on-line art class before but I know many of the other art bloggers I follow do them all the time. I'm sure that someone would love to win a chance to take a free class and I'm looking forward to doing it myself. Because I've been dabbling in landscapes recently, as luck would have it there is a class in landscapes in acrylic which I plan to do!

Now, I'll tell you how to enter for your chance to win a free on-line class right after I tell you about my latest pieces of mini-art!

So, those of you who've followed my blog for a while might remember way back here (Back when my blog was still PointyPix) when I had mini canvasses and I was, at the time, a little obsessed with doing rainy window paintings. Well, I still had four little canvasses already painted black and I had an idea to try out my Big Skies, Little Planet series on them.  

Step 1 

I've read so many blogs that use both Mod Podge and book pages in their art work and I've always wanted to try it so I ordered myself a big tub of Mod Podge and decided to use one of my favourite books ever, Wuthering Heights, purely because it was a copy I had from school so it was falling apart and the pages were already conveniently yellowed with age!

Step 2

I then just drew the illustration and went over it with black acrylic paint before using masking fluid on the parts I wanted to show the paper through.  I then just set about it with paint and added a few toothbrush spatters for good measure.

I tried it with watercolour paint too to see if it would work with all the writing showing through the paint but I didn't really like it so I plan to re-do those with acrylics.

'Peace and Quiet' - mini-canvas

Just to show you the actual size:



Now, if you haven't already gone 'yes, yes, blah, blah tell me how to win the free art class' and scrolled on down past my show and tell for this week, then let me tell you exactly how you do enter to win!

Leave me a comment below if you'd like to win and also click here and fill out your details. The closing date for entrants will be midnight on Wedesday 31 July. Once the competition is closed, Craftsy.com will put together the list of everyone who entered via my blog and I'll select a number at random. I'll notify the winner on Friday 2 August right here so make sure to pop back next week. 

I'm not even going to make you start following my blog or Facebook page to be in with a chance to win but of course if you wanted to that would be lovely ;0)

I'll be linking up to Paint Party Friday but wanted to post early to give as many folk who stumble by here the chance to win, if they want! 

28 comments:

  1. Who wouldn't love a free art class! Consider me entered! What a cute mini canvas. It is really sweet

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  2. I really like your collage/painting. I always feel a little bad when I see books cut up, but hey since it was old and yellowed with age that's perfect. Very clever how you did it.

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  3. I've entered! Henry is too tired to think of something witty to add about your up-cycling of Wuthering Heights!!!

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  4. Love your little house, make me remember the eathquake we had last sunday night, make feel quite seasick! Not your art, the earthquake! Love to be in to win an online course, I have never done one like you.

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  5. I love the print showing through, it gives extra dimension to the small canvas, hugs Annette x

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  6. Super cute little canvas, love how you added the text bits! <3 Yes to the online course, never done - sounds interesting! <3

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  7. Hi Nic Your series is wonderful. I do like the words showing through. I would love to see one of these in person.

    Congratulations on being contacted about the classes and the chance to take the landscape class. That is perfect.

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  8. Oh this is so cute...love the process and the final outcome too :)

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  9. How clever to have just special openings showing the text behind. I love the textured look, too. I think you will have lots of fun doing the Craftsy Class! Thank you for your comment on my blog post. I used my pastels from Terry Ludwig for the group of people. They are very soft pastels and come in absolutely luscious colors.

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  10. Love how you mixed the book pages in with your design. I didn't realize how small it was. Small paintings are my favorite. This one is such a cute size.

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  11. Forget the class...I am loving these paintings! This series started out great and is just getting better. The fact that they are small just makes them that much more charming.

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  12. Love your work with the old book pages and Modge Podge. I have tons of ols books but don't have the heart to tear out pages. Maybe someday. Yours worked out so well.

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  13. Just popped in from PPF. Your mini paintings are awesome, love them. It's a great giveaway but won't be entering as time right now is just passing by so quickly and there is too much to do on the homefront. Just letting you know that I enjoy your awesome work always and good luck to the winner. Happy PPF!

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  14. Love your modge podge work! Have fun with the class!

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  15. well who wouldn't LOVE a free online art class??? I love the fact that (at least for the few I've taken) they allow you to work on your own time at your own pace. Your mini paintings are fab- I can't believe how tiny they actually are-I would have guessed them to be 3" x 3"!!

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  16. Oh... what a cute little canvas! I love it!
    Stopping in from PPF to say hello...
    have an artful weekend!
    Renee xoxo
    http://www.fussitup.blogspot.com/2013/07/dreaming-and-paint-party-friday.html

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  17. Beautiful little canvas. Valerie

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  18. Your mini canvas is great. I've entered my details over on craftsy.com, looks like some fun classes they offer. Very nice of them to give you and one lucky reading this opportunity.

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  19. Your canvases are adorable...I love this new style too.... so cute!!
    I signed in but not sure how that will work if I can't get back here...unless it's done through the craft sight...I may be able to go there!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  20. Love how you did that cute little painting. Thnx for explaining!

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  21. I'm almost getting sea-sick from looking at your tiny houses ;-) they look like houseboats in heavy sea!
    Wonderful little pieces you've created, thank you for sharing the process!
    I also want to thank you for your comments on my blog, especially from last week!
    I'm not applying for your give away class. I'm not quite sure about taking online classes, have never tried it. :-)
    Have a wonderful week end
    Ilona xx

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  22. Oh my gosh, I love your miniature paintings. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by my PPF post. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. I was thinking of altering an old Nancy Drew book and my sister was aghast! Looks like I have to find another book. What a cute project this is! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  24. This is so exciting, good luck. You go girl.

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  25. OMG this is the cutest thing I've ever seen and it is just precious! I love the curves and whoa...I can feel the waves! Brilliant! HPPF Samara

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  26. Love your idea, and the making! To have a book site is a new Story in the painting and gives so much more depht. A story in the story. Erika

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  27. I am reading Wuthering Heights again at the moment and it fit right in with all the storms we're having at the moment send chills down my spine. The writing of this book is so good and I wonder across the moors to Heathcliff often. I think your wonderful little canvasses are very meaningful even though they have a beautiful simplistic appearance (which I love BTW)Thank you to for a chance to win a FREE class at Craftsy I am already a member and Have experience their wonderful classes, they really are very well put together so enjoy your freebie. Dxx

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