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The "Feminist art movement" began in the early 1960s. Women’s roles were questioned in society and thus were questioned in art in an article by Linda Nochlin called “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” She argued that there were few women artists because they were held back by a system that denied them equal opportunity (academies and guilds). Also in a society in which the home was run and child rearing was done entirely by women, women did not have the opportunity to engage in academia or the arts. Generally, if women were artists, they had to have male family members representing or teaching them. Painting was the only subject a woman could engage in, but nude models were forbidden for female painters, thus never reaching complete potential for academy standards. Italian Baroque painter Artemsia Gentileschi was one of the few female artists who was able to rise above this.
Artemisia GentileschiJudith Slaying Holofernes (1614–20) Oil on canvas
Women painters painted vernacular works (life and children). Women have always been creating things, but it was always derided as craft. Women artists in the 1970s decided to raise up the things that were regarded as weaknesses and used them to their advantage in their artwork. They embraced the personal, the homey, with references to the kitchen and child raising (this is our home, and it is as important as politics). They used craft materials, things that were soft and textural, and non-traditional practices. They used the antithesis of high art and materials. They focused on the female body as a thing in flux. The female body is not controlled, and considered evil in both medicine and philosophically. 

Mary Kelly. Post Partum Project (1974-79) Mixed Media
The new feminists felt the need to celebrate the bodily differences and changes that occur in the female form. The changes affirm life, and change implies growth and life. They began to explore what was called the “messy worlds” of the body; the life forces of the body. Rather than take the usual western philosophical stance of the mind and body split, feminists wanted to praise the body on equal footing with the mind. 
Shigeko Kubota .Vagina Painting (1965) Performance

Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party 

Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party. Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party, 1974–79. Ceramic, porcelain, textile, 576 x 576 in. (1463 x 1463 cm).
Judy Chicago's most celebrated piece is The Dinner Party. The installation includes women in history who were disregarded or vilified. She wanted to bring women to the forefront. She acknowledges all the people who worked on the dinner party and all the people in the dinner party. She used the shape of a triangle because it represented equality and the pubic area of women. There are a total of 39 women honored with place settings and the floor is decorated with the names of 999 other women from history. Each plate and place setting was made to match the place and time the woman lived. Each plate is designed to look floral or vaginal. She wanted to celebrate the craft and of women and the human body. The women represented by place settings are as follows:
"I was a young woman in the seventies, a time so full of hope. Many of us shared the belief that we as women could help to transform the world, not only for women but for everyone. As an artist, I believed that I could contribute to this transformation through art. I believed that art has the power to transcend differences, to help us see the world through other people’s eyes, and thereby help to create a sense of empathy with those who would otherwise be entirely unknown to us."

Sojourner Truth Place Setting
"I have continued to create art with this goal in mind, and I have seen many positive changes, many of them brought about by the women’s movement. At the same time, feminism has been turned into a dirty word. Several generations of young women—along with many of their male peers—have been persuaded that two centuries of effort by countless women and some men which brought previously unheard of rights and opportunities to these same young women was not something to be proud of, but rather to disown." 

Virginia Woolf Place Setting
"Why do I insist upon being called a Feminist artist now, in the 21st century, when many pundits insist we live in a post-feminist world? My definition of such a world involves a toppling of the hierarchy of white male dominance. Since neither our male-dominated world nor the art museums that carry its visual messages have changed enough, I see no reason to abandon the feminism which is one of the few alternative philosophies around. Also, as my underlying feminist philosophy shapes my art, I remain a Feminist artist."

Hatshepsut Place Setting
"It is also important to note that Feminist art is an ongoing, contemporary art movement. It is practiced today by women artists—and some men—all over the globe. It is stylistically diverse yet always focused on the authentic, distinctive, personal content of each artist, a personal content mediated by culture, geography, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and all the many attributes of human individuality."

Emily Dickinson Place Setting
 "Do I still hope that Feminist Art can make a difference in the world? My answer is yes. I continue to believe that we need an art that can help us see the world through other people’s eyes and thereby lead us to a future where the world will be made at least a little more whole." - Judy Chicago via Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum 

Contemporary Feminist artist Nicole Hand

Nocturnal Respite, etching, lithograph
Nicole Hand is a contemporary printmaker whose works deal with femininity, motherhood, and traditional female roles. She is currently on faculty at Murray State University where she teaches Printmaking, paper making, and bookbinding. 
Departed Maturity, etching, lithograph
"Ideas, beliefs, and skills are passed from one generation to the next. The skills that were passed down to me were based on a traditional domestic structure. The duties within my household were divided according to gender roles, influencing my family structure, while at the same time I questioned their validity. The questioning of these roles inspires my work through an autobiographical perspective."

Intimate Discourse, etching, lithograph
"Themes of maternity, reproduction, femininity, closure, transitions, and correspondence are also apparent in my work. I use objects, placed in reliquary-like spaces, which have literal and abstract symbolism within a composition.The interaction between these objects explores the conventional and non-conventional roles of family and at the same time, documents a change of lineage. Layering objects and placing them in dream-like atmospheres suggests change, transition, and reflection. This allows me to preserve history and suggest tension, repetition, and change. The work becomes a documentation of these ideas as well as an organized time line of events with a feminist perspective."
Habitual Entitlement,lithograph 
"The techniques of printmaking and bookbinding complement my image development and need for repetition. While the processes are different from the skills I was taught as a child, both need to follow an exact recipe in order to have a desirable outcome. This, combined with my love of drawing, initiates my object-oriented narratives." - Nicole Hand via thINK editions 2011


PE: Combining Techniques

Thu Mar 6, 2014, 7:00 AM

Today I’m going to show you some cool ways to add a new level of interest to your work by combining different techniques into one artwork! This is otherwise known as Mixed Media.

What is Mixed Media you ask?

  • Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. - Wikipedia

Why would you choose to work with more than one medium? Well for starters, some things are just more easily executed if a different material is used. In other cases, you may be looking for a specific texture or surface that cannot be achieved with whatever you’re currently using. For example, printing or collaging a pattern can be more efficient than painting or drawing it by hand. Note that choosing to print or collage said pattern isn’t lazy, just a different manner of choosing to work. Also, by combining mediums you can find new methods of making!

Many contemporary traditional artists work in Mixed Media to achieve dramatic possibilities in their work.

Shahzia Sikander. "Chaman," 2000. Mixed Media, dimensions variable. Installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

James Siena. “Sequence One”, 2009-2010. Bound accordian-style book with 36 relief prints using oak blocks across 38 Masa paper pages. Page size: 14 1/2" x 18" (closed)

Onawa by MichaelShapcott

Michael Shapcott. “Onawa”, 2009. Graphite, Carbon, Acrylic, and a touch of Oil on Illustration Board
Below I list some examples of techniques that can be combined with each other or drawing and painting. Note that each of those techniques are not simply mixed media themselves, they must first be combined with one or more other techniques to create actual mixed media pieces. This is a brief overview of techniques that can be combined to create mixed media pieces from the Mixed Media gallery here on dA.


Collage can be combined with drawing and painting alike, and even dimensional pieces and sculpture. 

  • A technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.- Wikipedia

''Describes Me" collage by SeltzerAddict

Freeing the Spirit by dancing-girl


Screenprinting can be inserted into painting very easily, but also double for drawing in some instances. 

  • A printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. – Wikipedia

Detail - The Idiot poster III by reminisense

Dreamlike State by Xadrea

Altered Books

Altered books will often include cutting, collage, drawing, and painting. 

  • An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. – Wikipedia

Altered Books - 6 by KeepItSimpleee

The Soul Has Illusions by magdalenamoon


Unlike collage, decollage is creating the image primarily from cut of pieces of materials. These pieces can be drawn over, mixed with paint, or painted over. 

  • Is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image. – Wikipedia

self portrait collage by fantomas1

Harry by patbremer

Installation Art

Installation art combines materials and space, often requiring several combinations of materials for the greatest impact. 

  • Describes an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. – Wikipedia

The last you see Det siste du ser by rannveigfunderud

american muscle by landoncrowell

Image Transfer

Similar to screenprinting, image transferring can be a quick way to reproduce an image and it is often used along with water-based paints and mediums, but also oil painting. 

  • Transferring a photocopied image onto another surface with the help of solvents, heat, or acrylic mediums.

Yellow by SethFitts

Boolean by Trendar611


Other than using it on its own, watercolor can be combined with drawings or other painting techniques. 

  • The medium or the resulting artwork in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. – Wikipedia

Organic by jamorro

The dream of the Blue Whale by yebbeba

These examples from around the Mixed Media gallery are not the only ways you can mix it up! The possibilities are literally endless as long as you’re open to experimenting with materials! Here are some handy videos on the “how to” of some of the above mentioned techniques:

Have fun experimenting!





For millennia, the body has been the most highly revered subjects in the visual arts. That's not new news for most of us though; even here on dA we see that most work here is figurative. The nude has been called timeless because it never changes, but I somewhat disagree with that statement. The body in art has changed multiple times over the ages, especially the nude. There's a big argument that the body (especially the female body) is too idealized these days, but I assure you, the body has always been idealized (and sexualized). The difference over time is what part is given attention to culturally.

The mature, lady-like image was displayed in modeling in the 1950s, elegance, exaggeration, hourglass figure (a more mature woman’s figure, motherly). In the 1960s, youth was displayed in modeling, informal, very slender (almost underdeveloped, boyish figure), pixie cut hairstyles, doll like facial expression, ‘little girl’ mannerisms, juxtaposed with gritty street photography, undercurrents of danger. In the 1980s, the supermodel reigned the catwalk; powerful women, athletic, healthy, and physically strong looking. In the 1990s the ‘waif-like’ model was in, unhealthy figures, and an anti-fashion aesthetic. Any way that the body is presented is an idealized representation of a real human. Even models on a runway are idealized and representations of the human body. 

Final Piece - Ideal vs Real by ShasonEfen

The body, fashion, and society all work in unison to create cultural ideals. Fashion dolls were the first ways that fashion spread out to the masses. Fashion was initially set by the upper classes. Beginning with the Gothic period the local municipalities promoted the fashion and fabric industry. The promotion of these products instilled a feeling of pride and nationalism for the people living in the area (as well as cultural pride).  Fashion dolls were sent around between diplomatic courts to spread the fashions of a specific area. The fashion dolls had to be delivered by hand, so fashion was spread very slowly. In 1396, Charles VI of France had his court tailor make fashion dolls to send off to the Queen of Bavaria and the Queen of England. The mannequin dolls also had idealized body types to fit with the clothing and that changed with the time period. But this attention and commodification the “ideal” was not only unique to women.

George Bryan ‘Beau’ Brummell was the inventor of “dandyism.” The dandy’s clothing consisted of breeches, swallowtail coat, and riding boots, each of these items was tailored to fit the body closely (this type of dress was English in origins, but made “fashionable” by French Revolutionists). The reason for the tailoring of the clothes was to match the active lifestyles of the dandy. Diet and exercise became increasingly important to the men and women of the 1880s into the 1920s, so the costuming of their wardrobes had to accommodate their bodies. Historian Charles Baudelaire recognized the Dandy as a pre-cursor to the Bohemian. (Bohemians were against the pomp and circumstance that surrounded upper class lifestyles and elected for a more simple existence.) Looking at the Dandy we can see the rise of consumer culture, in the pursuit of “looking cool.” Brummel also had strict instructions for personal grooming and physical exercise if one was to be a “true” dandy.

If only catwalks existed in the 1700s

When we look back even further through time, we can see exaggerations of the human figure, both clothed and nude, to “fit” into the fashions and ideals of the time period.

The Venus of Willendorf, c. 28,000 B.C.E – 25,000 B.C.E (discovered in 1908 by Josef Szombathy)

King Menkaure and Queen, c. 2490–2472 B.C.E (discovered in Giza Menkaura Valley Temple by he Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in 1909)

Jomon Period Figurine, c. 1000-300 B.C.E (the “jomon” prehistoric culture was discovered in Japan by Edward S. Morse in 1877. Jomon pottery is the oldest that exists in the world today)

Funerary statue of the Anavyssos kouros (Kroisos), c. 530 B.C.E (discovered in Attica, Greece)

Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st century C.E (believed to be a marble copy of a bronze original, also this, and other Roman sculptures, were originally painted)

Mosaic of Justinian and Retinue at Apse Entry, San Vitale, Ravenna, c. 546 C.E (notice that the body is now completely understated)

The Crucifixion, Rogier Van der Weyden, c. 1445, oil on panel

(Once again, the body is hidden and understated with the exception of Christ)

Venus with Cupid, Dog and Partridge, Titian, c. 1550 (notice the woman’s rounded belly and other “symbols” in this painting)

King Candaules of Lydia Showing his Wife to Gyges, Jacob Jordaens, c. 1646 (Jordaens was heavily influenced by the work of Peter Paul Rubens)

A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore Fragonard, c. 1776

(Notice that the girl’s neck is elongated to avoid interfering with the neck of her dress or the graceful slope of her chest)

Lady Godiva, John Collier, c. 1898 (Pre-Raphaelite painters like Collier looked back to ancient Greek and Roman art as well as Renaissance paintings for inspiration. They focused on painting the female form as it appears naturally)

Denise Poiret, 1914 (Denise Poiret was the wife and model of designer Paul Poiret. Her naturally slender build combined with Poiret’s draped fashion designs led to the new ideal of a slim, almost boyish figure)

1930s Women’s Suits (notice the military styling of the clothing and the feminine “allure” is downplayed)

Men’s fashion Illustration, 1944 (notice the “boxiness” created by the men’s crisp shirts and high waisted pants drawing attention to the broadness of the shoulders)

1950s Women’s Dress Catalogue (Wasp-waisted dresses and heavy makeup)

Twiggy, mid 1960s (Twiggy brought “androgynous sex appeal” back into fashion. Twiggy has since been accused for promoting an “unhealthy” body ideal though she was naturally slim as a young teenager)

1970s Men’s Bellbottoms Ad

RollingStone 1980s Cover (An athletic build and healthy glow was an ideal of the 80s)

Kate Moss, 1990s (The gritty, grungy look was adopted into high fashion, as well as super thin models)

Fashion is not universal; it does not exist as one form over time. Fashion is extremely transient, almost ephemeral. Fashion is something that is social. How we clothe the body shows how we idealize it. 

I’m not afraid to admit that I have been jealous of fellow artists. Jealous of their skill, their handling of material, their ability to make whatever they were doing “work,” and even jealous of their recognition. But, while jealousy can be a good motivator to push yourself harder, it can eat away at your self-esteem and damage your work. I got the initial idea to write an article about this after reading a news article about Florida artist Maximo Caminero. Caminero was arrested last week after smashing a vase part of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition in Pérez Art Museum Miami… in the gallery. For those of you unfamiliar with Ai Wei Wei:

Wei Wei, born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. – Wikipedia

Wei Wei is also was held in jail on the false charge of “tax evasion” in 2011 in Beijing, but released three months later. The destroyed vase was allegedly over $1 million dollars (Wei Wei disputes that it was worth that much, but is displeased nonetheless).

Why’d he do it? Well, here’s his explanation:

"I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he says. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same. "We are all taxpayers here and PAMM used $200 million of public money on its building and opened with Weiwei's work to draw attention to itself and as always continues to ignore local artists."

There are several problems with his statement. To begin with, he himself is a well-known painter in his community. Secondly, PAMM does indeed feature Miami artists. Third, it’s not a good idea for any institution to ignore progressive artwork to favor local artists unless that is the purpose of the gallery’s existence. And you know what is even more ironic than all of those facts? Caminero is a professional artist; his work is very mature and well rounded. He should have had no logical reason to have the gall to destroy another person’s work. But all of this aside, the fact remains: Caminero was jealous. He pulled a Kanye and basically did this: 

On another note, Florida’s reputation has been getting worse and worse as of late, yikes!

What can we learn from this? Well, it goes a little further than just wagging your finger at yourself in the bathroom mirror and saying, “now don’t you be getting jealous.” Like most things we procrastinate about, envious thoughts can go unchecked and turn into really terrible actions. I’m not suggesting that any of us will go quite that far, but there are other things that can really eat away at your chances to succeed artistically.

 Becoming absorbed with what we “perceive” as failure in comparison to someone else’s “success” can really hamper whatever successes we’ve already experienced. Contrary to what most of us were taught in school growing up (or even at home in some cases), success is not a straight line from beginning to goal. It’s a lot of crashing, burning, rising again (yes again) from the ashes, and striving on. 

I’m fully aware it is much easier said than done to physically go after something you want. Everyone has roadblocks unique to him or her that are unavoidable on the journey through life. Yet, we can decide to not let difficulties hold us down and smolder in anger, or we can focus on getting to the place we want to be. Again, please do not take this as me glossing over extenuating circumstances in an artist’s life that can slow down progress or goal reaching. This is about jealousy and how it can hold you back.

Patience is a HUGE part of this as well. We live in a very “now” oriented world. If you’re hungry and don’t want to cook, fast food is readily available. News is almost scarily instantaneous and bam, right there on your mobile device, laptop, tv, or radio. You get concerned (or even angry) if a friend takes longer than 5 minutes to text you back. Getting what you want with your art is not a microwave cycle away. It’s a problem that only you can solve, and it will take time to build yourself up to the level you want to be at.

I don’t know Caminero’s full story, but if he wanted more Miami based artists (including himself) to be represented by PAMM, there are so many things he could have done other than destroying a work existing in the gallery. What can you do to achieve your artistic goals? I can 100% guarantee you that harboring jealously and letting that jealously cloud over will keep you very far from that goal. What can you do today, it doesn’t matter how small the action is, to further your artistic goals? You need not be seeking a career in art to have artistic goals either, it can be a purely personal thing! Turn that jealously around into positive action, rather than negative complacency.

One thing that I found to be very helpful in seeing how well my own artwork has moved along is doing the Draw This Again challenge.

Draw This Again Challenge: Hero/Heroine by Xadrea

This deviant took the challenge a step further and compared a character’s development over a period of six years.

draw it again by littleulvar 

Here’s a blank one if you’re interested:

Meme: Before and After by Bampire 

If it’s your desire to one day work in the gaming industry, make graphic novels, cartooning, or illustration check out these character design challenges developed by LuigiL and his group Design-A-Character:

Weekly Character Design by LuigiL

LuigiL’s personal character challenge 

Lifetime Challenge by kungfumonkey

DAC Theme: Lifetime Challenge 

Prop Challenge 3 by WesleyRiot

DAC Theme: Prop Challenge – Weapon Design 

Buddy Challenge by karioks

DAC Theme: Buddy Challenge

 If you’re a writer, there are oodles of ways to stretch and grow yourself! One really cool thing that I participated in a few years ago was a writing contest/challenge to write a story that could be read both backward and forward! It was really helpful to me and it might be to you as well: 

Broken Hope
The problem was, I had already married him... And what I had wanted to tell her was that I was pregnant. Our relationship was far from perfect, and I had managed to ruin nearly everything, but with her, there was still hope. I threw my arms around her thin shoulders and squeezed. She was smiling. I raised my head and looked into Mom’s face slowly.
“ When you were born, I put all my hope into you. I just never thought that I would see you growing up and acting out my hopes for you so soon. I understand your decision, Taylor, and I can’t change your mind.”
Mom stood up and knelt down in front of me. She took my hands into hers and pressed them to her heart.    
“Mom, I know,” I answered softly. “But your dreams for me aren’t mine, they’re yours. I know that you want the best for me, please…I want this so bad.”
Mom rubbed her nose with the sleeve of her silken jacket and kept looking at her lap.
“ I, love you

 But the sweetness doesn’t stop there! Here are some cool prompts and resources to aid with writer’s block and just getting ideas in general: 

100 Writing Prompts Challenge by Sunshockk

Writing Prompts and Workshops by jamberry-song

Lit Exercise: Fictional Races by Seabirdicat

I Challenge You! by phasingirl

 For even more challenges, check out the following groups:

:iconspeedpaintstudies: :iconphotohunt: :icona-challenge-to-write: :iconamigurumi-challenge:

Also, if you’ve not yet done it, visit the DrawPlz forum for some really fun and zany ways to connect with fellow deviants over images:…

 Do you want to pursue a career in the art world? Do some research! Find out what skills you’re going to need, work on that resume, seek opportunities to show and sell your work. Talk to established professionals and network with potential clients! If you want to get a degree in the arts, call the schools that you’re interested in, schedule a tour. Speak to financial aid representatives to learn about funding. Check out if you're not sure where to start. If you’re already in art school take every advantage to absorb the environment and facilities you’re in! 

Seek ways to get involved. Volunteer. Donate. Teach. Write. Compose. Read. Grow. There are so many things you can do to quiet that green-eyed monster, and you’ll be so glad you did.


Waterbased Media!

I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room).  Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need to buy fancy or expensive brushes when you paint with watercolor, a simple pack of craft brushes will get her done just as nicely as that camel hair brush in the fancy art store.

Watercolor is one of the oldest kinds of paint used to colorize drawings. You can buy watercolor in cakes, in tubes, or in liquid form. I’ve found that out of all the mediums I’ve listed, watercolor is the most economical. A little three-inch tube of watercolor can easily last you for years. Aside from simply adding color to a drawing, or doing an outright painting, watercolor is unique to regular paints because it actually stains the paper. Don’t let the permanence of watercolor frighten you though; if you are painting light to dark (and background to foreground) almost any mistake can be painted over with some ease. That being said, there is less spontaneity in watercolor painting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be loose with it either!

Other than its permanence, another thing that frightens people off from painting with watercolor is difficulty to control the medium. Let me say this: water is the vehicle. How much control depends on how much water you have either laid down on your paper or added to your pigment. Control is also dependent on the size of your brushes. Tip: if you’re having trouble controlling your watercolor painting, try painting wet on dry. This means you will not add water to your paper, so the watercolor will not spread out as long as your brush is not sopping with fluid and pigment.

Ink is an amazing substance all artists should have in their toolbox! A little goes a very long way, it tends to be waterproof once it dries, and it like watercolor, is highly permanent. If you’ve got nothing but a bottle of ink and a few brushes you can do quite a lot! Dilute your ink with water to get varying degrees of color saturation. Tip: since many types of ink are both waterproof and permanent, consider using them last when incorporating them into mixed media pieces.

Latex Paint is the stuff that your walls are painted with! Latex is polymer based and dries with a bit of a rubbery, matte surface. Latex can be used as a more flexible alternative to acrylic paint, or as a ground for oil paints to sit on (they can make an exceptionally smooth work surface). You can get latex paints by the quart easily at any home and garden warehouse for decent prices too, which makes them an excellent choice for painting with. Tip: although a lot of latex paints are water-based, not all are. Be careful to select paints that do not have lead or zinc in the ingredients or any kind of oily solvent, both are hazardous to your health.

Acrylic Paint is awesome stuff! It can be watered down to an almost watercolor like consistency, or, with the help of additives, be thickened up to behave like rich oils. Many acrylic paints are not totally opaque, meaning several layers of painting are required to build up a surface to your liking. Acrylics are generally waterproof and dry quickly (overnight for heavy paint application). Out of the other three mediums discussed, acrylics can be used up pretty fast, especially if you are painting a lot or painting large. An easy way to get around this is to use craft acrylics. Other than a thinner consistency that the acrylics I use normally, I’ve not found any problems with incorporating craft acrylics into my acrylic paintings. Tip: wanna keep your palette from drying out and wasting paint you squeezed out but haven’t used yet? Get an airtight plastic container, line the bottom with synthetic sponges and dampen them (do not make them soaking wet). Scoop your paints onto the sponges and close the lid. Your paint will stay moist as long as you need it to. Rinse out the sponges and container every so often to discourage mold.

Now that you know about some cool water based media, here are some cool things you can add to your pigments for gnarly after affects:

Salt: salt works with watercolor, ink, and thinned out acrylic paint. The salt granules will either dissolve in the water as the paint dries, or the pigment spreads out and gathers in cool places around the granules!

Red Watercolor by spooypress

Denatured or Isopropyl alcohol: rubbing alcohol works with all four types of water-based media. When dripped, sprayed, or rubbed onto the still wet pigment, the effect is something like water and oil repelling one another! The amount of separation requires on the volume of alcohol you are using. Denatured alcohol is a very strong solvent and should be used with care, but Isopropyl (or rubbing alcohol) can come in volumes of 50%, 70%, or 90% alcohol. I have found that 70-90% works best with that type (plus it is available at the drug store on the cheap).

Abstract Flowers II by HaanaArt

Plastic wrap: plastic wrap also works with all types of media. Bunch up plastic wrap or cut up plastic bags in wet pigment, it will dry and gather in the wrinkles of the plastic for some really awesome effects!

Gray - watercolor by jennyleigh

Water: dropping clean water back in and lifting it out with a paper towel works only with watercolor. Lifting out layers can be done to correct deep mistakes or revealing another tone of the same color by removing part of a layer.

watercolor basic techniques by MeredithDillman

Rubber cement: rubber cement works with all types of media. Use it to mask off areas in your paintings and easily peel it off when you’re ready to paint them! Rubber cement is MUCH cheaper than masking fluid, and easier to peel up in my opinion as well.

Untitled by rocker4God

Wallpaper paste: need to lower the opacity of your acrylic paint, but you want to keep a similar amount of viscosity? Mix in some wallpaper paste! It will thin out your pigment while keeping the same consistency of paint!

Introspect WIP by Xadrea

This was just a brief overview of the possibilities of water-based media, but I do hope you will try your hand!

*crawls out of snow heap*

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:51 AM
Well I hope it's warmer and less snowy wherever you all are right now (though since the entire continental US is having Frankenweather I doubt it :XD:) So, late last week Grand Rapids was forecasted to get no more than 4 inches of lake effect snow with the lovely arctic blast that came through. Last Friday I was coming home from my internship shivering half to death in the -20 windchill and I'm fairly sure it had snowed more than 6 inches by the time I dragged myself into my apartment :XD: It snowed more than 2 feet overnight and blowing and drifting snow made it as deep as 5 feet in some places. Needless to say, I've not had any classes this week. School was cancelled on Monday morning at the last possible minute. Seriously, I got up at 5:45, got out of the shower at 6 and right before I was about to bundle as many clothes on my body as possible at 6:30, KCAD sent out the email telling all of us to go back to bed, not only were classes cancelled, the entire building was going to be shut down :XD: It stayed closed until Tuesday. On Wednesday, I ventured out of my apartment into the wintery north to attempt to trudge the two miles I normally walk to the bus stop. LAWL. 
I got a quarter of the way and had to turn back, the snow was up to my thighs. None of the sidewalks around where I live have been cleared, in fact because so much snow has been removed from the roads, it's been PILED LITERALLY 10 FEET ONTO SOME OF THE WALKWAYS. I didn't even try to go out yesterday because I knew shoveling had not yet occured, and today I tried to get out again via taxi and practically every taxi service in the county is preoccupied :| Although, I feel bad for the issues the south has been having with their little barely 2 inches of snow, Y'ALL AIN'T GOT NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, THIS IS THE FRONT OF MY BUILDING:
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And those heaps aren't from plowing, that was from snow accumulation and drifting snow on top of the half foot that's been on the ground all month already. Oh yeah, and the windchill was well into the negative teens until this morning :( Winter, what are you doing, Winter STAHP.

So, it's been a week since I've been to my studio which is not good at all. All of my classes are on Mondays and Tuesdays, so I didn't actually miss any lectures, but I'm behind on getting paintings started. I've got oodles of sketches, but I really want to get something going and all of my really good art supplies and big paper are in my studio ;______; Oh well, I'll try again on Monday. 

Now, normally, I wouldn't complain too much about being stuck at home. I'm a home body lol, I actually get excited when plans are cancelled because that means I can snuggle up with some tea and watch netflix without any pants on. But, because of the snow, my internet signal has been interrupted, and that means no WIFI D: Also, I don't remember if I told you guys or not, but all (and yes local too) TV channels in my area have been encrypted by XFINITY cable :stare: I have a very teeny collection of DVDs and only half of season 13-15 of Law and Order SVU in iTunes :| First world problems, I know, but I must complain to someone :XD:

Anyways, enough of my blathering, how are you guys? Making some cool art I hope? Staying warm? Wrestling yetis? 

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Sugar, We're Goin' Down-- Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

School is back in session *heavy sigh*

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:48 PM
well as the title suggests, school is back in full swing and this semester is gonna be a humdinger of one that's for sure. i'm taking a theory based ethics class, a contemporary art history, and lastly painting thesis. now, i've technically already hit the halfway point for my credits requirements for my grad program, so that means it's also time for my review. the review is pass or fail (how reassuring XD) and it basically determines if you're doing well enough to continue in the graduate program (and also if you have decent enough work to represent the school as a graduate student). i'm not worried about my grades, i've maintained a 3.8 since my first semester here a year ago, but i am concerned that i don't understand postmodern theory enough to sound smart enough to pass my review XD. i would be less nervous if i knew what criteria i'm going to be both quizzed on and challenged. it was different in my undergrad reviews, the first one was the basics of art and whether or not you were grasping them properly, the second one was to see your artistic growth and whether or not you had an idea for a final exhibition. this review is judging how well read you are and whether or not you can deal with defending your work (yes defending, not explaining lol). on top of that i've got quite a bit of reading to do in my other two lecture classes and i've got to come up with a 40 minute lecture on ethics in a week's time :| on a happier note, i'm back interning at the west michigan center for arts and technology and everyone was happy see me yesterday (it gave me the fuzzies) i've got a lot of stuff to do there in the upcoming months, but it's fun to work with the kids and peeps there, so it's not at all a burden to me. oooooh and i'm gonna get tickets to see fall out boy in july!!!!!! so excited for that :3 

well enough about me, how's everyone else doing? did you survive the so called polar vortex with no damage? if you're in school, how's the semester treating you thus far?

  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Sugar, We're Goin' Down-- Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

*Dusts off Journal*

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 21, 2013, 8:40 PM
hai guise. So, I've not been keeping you all in the loop the last...actually, I have no idea the last time I wrote a journal and at this current time I'm too lazy to look :XD: Anyways, I'm home in Ohio for Christmas, I've been home for a little over a week now :la: I'll be here a couple more weeks. My brother got married a week ago, and I was the maid of honor (I'm not pictured here because I was standing off to the side lol) :1526161 10151852953107169 1878200164 N by Xadrea
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And during the preparations for the nuptials, my sisters were dancing parts of Sleeping Beauty at their ballet school so we were running back and forth and aaaaaaaall over town to do everything :lol: The ballet was nice, and one of my sisters got a really nice part in Aurora's Wedding Party: 

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Then today my mom surprised me and took me to see Wicked at Playhouse Square in Cleveland :la::</span>1533783 628576937205702 1928660004 N by Xadrea
I've been wanting to see it for a while, so it was nice to finally get to :meow: I'll be updating with moar arts and tutorials very very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

How's everyone else's holidays going? Are you spending time with family or friends?

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: All I Want for Christmas Is You--Mariah Carey
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water


Journal Entry: Sun Nov 10, 2013, 2:26 PM
It's TheCreativeJenn's birthday! go wish her a happy birthday (and of course stuff her cake full of lies and jazz hands)


&quot;My Axe is Pleased to Hear That...&quot; by TheCreativeJenn

  • Mood: Adoration
  • Listening to: Antonia- Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: Chicken Parm
  • Drinking: water

Happy (early) Halloween :D

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 30, 2013, 8:44 AM
herro friends ^ ^ I hope the fall is treating you well :D It's been chilly here (a little colder than usual actually) and the leaves are falling nicely ^ ^ as you're all well aware, tomorrow is Halloween and I'm going to be Nyan Cat this year for my costume :iconnyancatplz: I painted a black long sleeve t shirt to look like a poptart , a rainbow Nyan Cat scarf made by the mega talented MasterPlanner, grey jeans, and I'll be working on my kitty ears tonight to complete the look ^ ^ (or not, depends if I have enough time XD) Are any of you guys going to work or school in costume? What about any schweet parties? 

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

Postcard Giveaway #2

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:53 PM
Hai frans! Since the last postcard giveaway went so well, I'm doing it again :meow: I made an edition of eleven postcards and I'll be giving away 5. 

Like the Sky by Xadrea
Note me your address and I'll send it you :la:


  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing


Journal Entry: Wed Oct 2, 2013, 10:51 AM
Well now, it's been well over a month since I wrote a proper journal entry :XD: So here's what I've been up to: school, interning, and art ^ ^ It's ArtPrize here (if you don't know what that is check it out here and the city is literally swarming with shoobies! I love ArtPrize, but I don't love getting trampled, or getting trapped in the bus because traffic is gridlocked :XD: This is the painting I entered12077 10151653523672169 2036658684 N by Xadrea
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Anyway, I digress, all in all ArtPrize has been great ^ ^ School is going pretty well, midterms is next week and I have a test in my seminar art history class (Fashion and Fine art in the 20th/21st centuries). I have no idea how I'm gonna study for it because all the material thus far has been about thought and abstract ideas rather than solid images and people and dates to memorize. UUUUUUUGH, well, I've been doing alright with the papers I've had to write for that class so far so I guess I'm understanding things properly lol. I have a 15-20 page paper to write for that class because I'm a graduate student :| Meh, it'll be ok I spose. 

My screenprinting class has been going well, I bought two 20X24 silkscreens and I think I'm gonna buy another one because I'm using silkscreening in my paintings as well. The next project is to make a band poster and a local music company is coming to our class tomorrow to show examples of the posters that they look for when they promote bands and whatnot and they might choose a poster from the class for a band gig :la: I already chose which lineup I'm doing, but I'm going to have to tweak the design A LOT because I'm not going to have enough time to do as many layers as I would like :lol: Plus the image size has to be 18x24 minimum image size (or something comparable) So tomorrow I'm gonna be madly refiguring the stencils, printing them, and mixing as much ink as I can :lol: If I have enough time I'll coat my screens too. 

Lastly, my internship is going nicely. I went on that retreat I was telling you guys about before and it was pretty fun. There were about 104 kids there and I had about 24 girls in my cabin. Herding them around was fine, but there were a LOT of kinks that the program coordinators didn't plan for so the schedule didn't work out quite as well as it should have (plus it would have been great to have more female adults to work with, there were only 3 of us lol) The art classes have started and from what I understand it's still a little bumpy with attendance for now, but things should even out shortly. What I've been doing is keeping track of all the students enrolled in a master spreadsheet. Adding information gradually and organizing it all. It's a fairly easy process except that Dropbox (the cloud that we use to share files) doesn't update as quickly as it should on my laptop, well the intern laptop that I use there. So there is a loss of information and files can get messed up really fast lol. I had everything organized last Friday, came in yesterday and everything was wrong :XD: I'll probably spend the rest of the week amending the lists again as well as logging new info in as I go along. Oy vey :lol:

Also, happy falltime peeps :D I wuvs fall ^ ^

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Breaking the Habit--Linkin Park
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing


Before I announce anything I want to apologize again for this exceedingly long wait! It was never my intention for things to get so out of hand! I've had a lot of busyness and changes in my life recently and I apologize for involving you all in my "later" basket of things to do! Sadly, in lieu of these changes, some of the prizes will have to go on hold for a bit, BUT this does not mean they will not be received; SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I PRESENT THE WINNERS:


Congratulations winners! Thank you to all who participated in the contest!

My sincere apologies for the voting delays! I had absolutely no intention of having you all wait 3+ months!!! I and all of the judges have been under very busy schedules and this outcome was not intended. I will be choosing winners this weekend and winners will be announced Monday, April 1. 

I'm assembling the last entries received and uploading the corpses tomorrow afternoon! Judging will begin this week! It's been a few years since I've held a contest, but it's time to break that streak! This contest will be different than most here on dA because this one will be a collaborative effort by all entrants! There will be multiple winners in this contest because of its collaborative nature as well! Keep reading for all the details...

Exquisite Corpse Contest
For those of you unfamiliar with the game of 'Exquisite Corpse' here is a basic definition: 

'In a collaborative, chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse, Surrealist artists subjected the human body to distortions and juxtapositions that resulted in fantastic composite figures.'- Museum of Modern Art, New York

One of the artistic interests of the Surrealists (Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, and so on...) was the idea of images created either accidentally or through a means of random/blind drawing. An Exquisite Corpse is born from that method with a bit of a twist, each artist will draw a body part (arms, leg, hand, eye, ect) without knowing what the other person on their "team" has drawn. And viola! Amazing composite images are born!

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Contest Details

:bulletpink: Anyone can enter this contest! The more entrants the better! You don't need to be a watcher of mine or at any skill level to enter this contest. 

:bulletpink: This is an all media accepted contest! However, literature will not be accepted. (sorry guys!)

:bulletpink: All entrants will be randomly matched into teams of three (3)*. The teams list will be added to this journal.

*In the event that there is a lack of participation or an overabundance of contestants, teams will be expanded or shrunk accordingly*

:bulletpink: Once the teams are formed, each member will draw or paint a body part. It can be human, animal, mechanical, or an appendage of your own creation. 

:bulletpink: I will note :note: you when you are matched to a team.

:bulletpink: Once your part of the corpse is complete DO NOT upload it to dA. Email it to me ( This is to ensure that no team members will view their colleagues' corpse pieces. Also, I will be assembling these corpses (in the order that they are received) per team. They will be uploaded to, and then posted in this journal. 

Contest Rules

:bulletpink: The deadline for entries is November 17, 2013, 11:59 EST.

:bulletpink: No judges may enter (donators are allowed to enter). 

:bulletpink: Please adhere to dA's ToS and rules when entering this contest. 

:bulletpink: Nudity is allowed but let's keep it classy people, nothing overtly erotic. 

:bulletpink: No gore or violence. Zombie parts are allowed, but leave out the chainsaws please. 

:bulletpink: DO NOT create your corpse piece until you have been matched into a team. 

:bulletpink: DO NOT upload your entry to dA. Email the image to me: 

How To Enter

:bulletpink: Simply comment on this journal and spread the word! Once you have, your name will be added to the contestants list and randomly jumbled into a team. 


**Prize donations are welcome!**
As I mentioned before, this contest will have multiple winners! All artists involved in the creation of the winning corpse will be awarded! Here's the prize chest so far:

1st place:
3 mo. sub from Xadrea
8x10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea

2nd place: 
1 mo. sub from Xadrea
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea 

3rd place:
300 points from Xadrea
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea

Honorable Mention: 
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea


Contestants List

Teams List

:bulletpink:Team #1: 

:bulletyellow: Team #3:
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Team3 by XadreaTEAM #3
Team4 by XadreaTEAM #4
Team5 by XadreaTEAM #5
Team6 by XadreaTEAM #6
Team7corpse by XadreaTEAM #7

Skin by jonarific

Thinking of holding a contest...

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 6, 2013, 7:08 PM
So, I've been rolling this around in my head for a couple of months, but I'll need a little help to make it come to life: I wanna hold a contest with the theme of Exquisite Corpse! I recently made a poll without much response, although the majority of voters weren't familiar with the Exquisite Corpse so I'll more fully explain it now...

Exquisite Corpse

The Exquisite Corpse is essentially an accident, the outcome of randomness. One of the artistic interests of the Surrealists (Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, and so on...) was the idea of images created either accidentally or through a means of random/blind drawing. An Exquisite Corpse is born from that method with a bit of a twist, each artist will draw a body part (arms, leg, hand, eye, ect) without knowing what the other person on their "team" has drawn. The pieces are assembled then BAM:

Exquisite Corpse by Mttt
Exquisite Corpse by Art-Minion-Andrew0
Exquisite Corpse 1 by Fadingseven

This is the way I would like to run the contest

:bulletpink: Each "team" would consist of three randomly matched contestants 
:bulletpink: Each contestant would draw whatever body part (human, animal, mechanical) that they wish and email it me. I will "connect" it to the other drawings from that person's corresponding teammates and post it in the contest journal.
:bulletpink: Since there will be teams of 3, the winning Exquisite Corpse will result in three winners :D (there will also be a 2nd and 3rd place as well as an honorable mention)

What I need now

What I need at this time are people willing to help with prizes and judging (as well as getting the word out) I'd like to get the ball rolling so that the contest runs through Halloween :D If you have any questions, want to enter, or want to help out just comment here :D

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: Pizza Hut
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

Support Woohooligan on Kickstarter!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 4, 2013, 3:49 PM
hai ppl :D long time no journal (again XD) anywhoooo, I've been pretty busy as of late ironing out my fall schedule and getting settled into it properly. My friend Ike (aka Sam, aka woohooligan) has a kickstarter project that is closing in 3 days! He needs more supporters, so get in on it, tell your friends, and your friends friends!! He's $105 short of the goal of $300, it's not that much money folks please pass this info along if you cannot help back the project :D

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Chain Me Free--The Matches
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

first day of school (again)

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 26, 2013, 3:21 PM
well yeeeees, it's the first day of school again :XD: so far it hasn't been too bad. I have two classes on Mondays one at 12:30-3:20 then one from 6:30-9:20 so Mondays will be my looooong day :XD: I have to get up really early on Tuesdays and Thursdays for my new internship, but it should be alright :XD: anyways, last week my mom and siblings visited, so LOOK AT OUR FACES (well my brother and mom aren't in that picture) BUT LOOK AT IT ANYWAY
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I is short ._.

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Someone to Call My Lover--Janet Jackson
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

New Internship

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 12, 2013, 1:38 PM
so hilariously enough, I got a new internship the very day the one I've had for the last 3 months ended :XD: this one is for a non profit community arts center that teaches teenagers artsy fun things :meow: The space that the teaching studios are in there are like GORGEOUS, the entire space is loft style and student work is hung everywhere :meow: the programs are after school and they even feed the kids dinner! the organization has an adult program that offers medical training (FOR FREE) to raise people out of poverty and minimum wage to jobs that earn them an actual supportive income. omgomgomgomgomgomg I SOOOOO needed this for my resume! it's unpaid, however, this is still a very much worth it opportunity and will directly lead to more jobs, except this time in a non profit arts organization ^ ^

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Someone to Call My Lover--Janet Jackson
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

Holy Tick Mark, Batman!!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 6, 2013, 4:47 PM
I'm a senior now?! WHAT IS THIS, I DON'T EVEN... Thanks so much fourteenthstar I am so honored right now!!!!

  • Listening to: Alone Together

Who wants a postcard? CLOSED

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 26, 2013, 1:15 PM
I printed a total of 8 owlie postcards last night to send off, now I just need to know who wants one?
comment here then send me a note with your address!
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  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: The Phoenix--Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water

The Market by Avenue for the Arts

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 17, 2013, 9:14 AM
...was a success :la: I sold a small pile of my art made some new artsy frands and passed out a TON of business cards ^ ^ It was an 8 hour event and I don't know how many vendors there were, but there were quite a few. I forgot a chair, sunblock, and sunglasses so I was sitting on my backpack for most of the hot parts of the day squinting underneath my pink rain umbrella :XD: Thankfully I didn't get toasted, but I have awful feet tanlines from my shoes :XD:  Just look at it!
Untitled by XadreaI don't know which is more hilarious: the fact I look ALIVE with a tan, or the fact it now looks like I have my Five Fingers shoes on all the time now XD
Anyways, here's some pics from the market :la:
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  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: The Phoenix--Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water