Let’s Face It 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Lets Face It 2017 http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

[EDIT This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kendra Stone. Thank you to everyone who took part!]

Hey wonderful tribe, are you excited about a second year of the popular portrait course Let’s Face It run by Kara Bullock?? I know I am!!! First of all let me show you the awesome team of teachers who are involved this year:

Let's Face It 2017 Online Portrait Course http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Such a diverse group of teachers who will cover the ins and outs of sketching, drawing and painting portraits over the course of a whole year! I’m especially excited about the new subject areas that will be included such as style development, colour theory, faces of different ages and with different expressions and skin tones.

Registration opens 10 October! Please bookmark this link: http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Special Note If You Are A Beginner

YES this course is also for you!!! I have been amazed at the braveness and enthusiasm with which total beginners have dived into the course this year. The difference between the work created during the start of the course and now is totally astounding. No special talent needed! Only a willingness to learn, be open and be part of the experience. This has been life changing for a lot of people.

Here is some work that was created this year:


Encouragement & Abstracts

If you’ve been following me a while you’ll know how passionate I am about encouraging you all to get off your arse and make art! If you desperately want to be creative but feel intimidated, unsure or not good enough then I am especially talking to you in my lessons. I break things down into simple and doable steps, highlight areas where you might get tripped up and best of all: get you going so you can feel good about yourself and the art you create!

In 2017 I will once again be focussing on clearing your creative blocks (we all get them, me too!) and I’m also super excited that Kara has asked me to provide a special lesson on how I create my colourful abstract style landscape paintings! I’m going to be teaching you about colour mixing, how to achieve a super bright and POPPING colour scheme and how to make simple abstract paintings that you’ll definitely want to frame and hang up!

This doesn’t have anything to do with faces you might think….. you’re right! There are two reasons I will be teaching you these techniques: 1. These abstract landscapes can provide wonderful backgrounds for your faces and full figure paintings. 2. What I’m going to teach you about colour is going to transform the way you approach colour in your portrait paintings (portraits aren’t all different shades of ‘flesh colour’!)

In addition to my main lesson I will also be providing a bonus lesson and a special tip about my new favourite materials: catalyst blades & wedges.

Style of work I will share with you how to create:

Colourful Abstract Landscape by Iris Fritschi-Cussens iris-impressions.com

I can’t wait and I really hope you will join me and the team of teachers!


To enter the giveaway please do all of the following:

1. Click http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017
2. Ensure you are signed up to my mailing list
3. Leave a comment below letting me know what specific part of LFI2017 you are excited about

Giveaway closes on 30 September. Winner to be announced beginning of October. Winner will be contacted by email so please ensure your email is valid.

PS if you decide to sign up to the course come 10 October I’d be super grateful if you used my personal link. I will get a percentage of the course fee which is how I get paid for teaching my lessons on this course. Thank youu!! <3<3<3

GIVEAWAY! Art Journal Summer School 2016

The most colourful & creative summer course is BACK! Art Journal Summer School is running for another year and I’m so happy to be part of the teacher lineup again!


You can register your spot at the super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to:


The course starts on 1 July and I’ve been working hard on my lesson which is going to be all about Expressive & Raw Art Journaling

There are so many reasons I absolutely love this course, but here are some main ones (and I hope they get you excited too!)

Reasons to love AJSS

  • All lessons are bite-sized (12-20 mins per lesson)
  • 21 super fun tutorial video lessons with PDFs
  • Limited supply list that fits into a toiletry bag
  • Perfect for taking on holiday or into the garden with you
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Super inspiring and diverse lineup of 14 teachers
  • Fully downloadable (including a handy download pack of all lessons)

If you’d like a sneak peek of the lessons & teachers then have a look at this short video:

Limited Supplies

As before all the supplies fit into a toiletry bag so you won’t be lugging around your whole art supply collection (who has ever packed too many art supplies when going on holiday… it’s so hard to choose… *raises hand*)


Download the supply list here

What’s New?

Apart from the unique new lineup of teachers, what’s also new this year is that all lessons include a printable PDF (mine is super pretty and shows everything step-by-step!) AND you will be able to download a handy pack of all lesson materials in one go. So basically you’ll only need internet access ONCE, and then you can load up your iPad/laptop/etc and go to the remotest corner of the earth (or you know, the bottom of your garden or something) and do all the lessons.

We had SO much fun last year and I really hope you will join us (again) this year!


I’m super excited to be able to give away one spot on Art Journal Summer School!

To enter please:

This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered. Please feel free to take a scroll through all the super helpful comments in which everyone shared their favourite supplies to take on holiday/vacation!

PS If you register for Art Journal Summer School through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you awesome (free) content & courses. Yay you!

Abstract Watercolour Flowers open for Early Bird Registration!


When I posted my watercolour flower paintings recently, the response I received was so awesome that I simply had to make it into a course to teach you all the techniques!

So I’m very pleased to let you know that registration for Abstract Watercolour Flowers is now OPEN! And currently you can get the discounted Early Bird price!

Class starts 1 May & there are limited spots available.



Watercolours are a wonderfully dreamy medium, but they can be intimidating to use. In the process that I will be teaching you we will be working with the wonderful properties of watercolours (rather than against them).It will be a process of discovery, of letting go, of playing and seeing what emerges.

I can’t wait to jump in and I hope you will join me!

short video about why I decided to create this course and why I love watercolour so much


What Will You Learn?

  • Understanding your watercolour paints
  • Playing with water & colour
  • Intuitive & playful approach
  • Wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques
  • Creating simple watercolour portraits
  • Watercolour layering techniques
  • Using mixed media along with watercolour
  • Creating drips & splatters
  • Beginner friendly

At the end of this course you will have 3 finished pieces of your own watercolour art! (I bet you will want to frame them!)

Abstract Watercolour Flowers Course

We will play with the wonderful properties of watercolours, dripping, swirling, splashing, splattering

Abstract Watercolour Flowers Course

We will create a wonderful dreamy portrait and I will teach you the steps to sketch a simple portrait and then a layering shading technique

Abstract Watercolour Flowers Course

I will encourage you to use colour combinations that speak to you. These are my ‘Gothic Flowers’

Ready to dive in?


I can’t wait to teach you these techniques and share the absolute joy of working with watercolours. I really hope you will join me! See you in class!

GIVEAWAY! Love Art Happy Life eCouse


UPDATE Giveaway winner is Donna Williams! Congratulations Donna. Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing your happy art thoughts with me.

I need art for a happy life, how about you?

That’s exactly what Love Art Happy Life is about. An ecourse on how to get inspired by art, make your own art and feel happier in life.

The course has already started and the work that is being posted is SO MUCH FUN! The first lesson is all about being inspired by Picasso and creating our own simple quirky portraits.

Get Happy!

Watching this short intro video makes me happy!

My Lesson

In my lesson I am inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. Her art is a combination of roaring 20s, decadence, strong feminine, art deco style. I’m SO in love with it! Here is a study of her work that I’ve done. In the first part of my lesson I’m going to show you how to do a study and in the second part of the lesson I will show you how to use this to inform your more personal work and style.


Enter To Win

Now is your chance to WIN a free spot on Love Art Happy Life!

All you have to do is:

1. ensure you are signed up to my newsletter
2. leave a comment below telling me how art makes you happy

Good luck! Can’t wait to read your answers!

A winner will be picked & contacted by 21 January. If the winner has already purchased the course they will be able to receive a refund or gift their spot to a friend.

Will you make 2016 your most CREATIVE year yet? [+ free printable!]


I want to share with you two things that have been on my mind lately:

  1. Picking a word for the year 2016
  2. Understanding creativity and how to find inspiration (and keep it!)

Word Of The Year

Have you ever done this? You pick a word that you are going to focus on for the whole year. It’s an alternative to having a New Years resolution (because I’m not a fan of having unrealistic expectations and setting myself up to fail. In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert: I don’t hate myself that much) and for me it has been truly transformative for the last 2 years that I’ve done it.

Instead of focussing on a goal that you can either succeed at or fail at, you are infusing your life with a consciousness of the word/concept you have chosen. In 2014 my word was journey. In 2015 my word is self-care. Those words have embedded themselves into my life. It was tough! Focussing on the journey after a lifetime of thinking only of goals, results and outcomes was not easy. Practicing self-care after a lifetime of.. not… is tough!

But it’s transformative. It’s amazing. Focussing on what is really important to you is the ultimate gift you can give yourself.

In a moment I will share the word I have picked for 2016 (and I hope you will pick one too and use the free printable!) but first I want to talk about…


Creativity & Inspiration

Getting inspired feels so elusive. Sometimes inspiration strikes! And then sometimes it’s gone for days, weeks, months. What’s up with that? It’s so frustrating, and like me you might struggle with this too. We either keep creating in spite of inspiration’s absence or we stop and wait. Still, the question remains:

How can I invite more inspiration into my life?

There might not be a magical solution, but as with all things in life, I do think that there might be a practical one! Ask yourself this question:

What am I excited about right now?

Sometimes I think the key to inspiration isn’t frantically looking around ourselves trying to uncover where it is hiding (maybe inspiration is scared away by loud noises and sudden movements? Lol!), but instead getting quiet and checking in with our own selves. You can find hundreds of people willing to tell you what you should be working on (which usually says more about them than it does about you), but there is only one person who truly knows: YOU.

So what are you excited about? Is it a certain subject, a feeling, an art supply you want to try? Pursue it! Don’t let it go until it’s ready to be let go. At that point there will be something else you are excited about. Then follow that for a while, and then the next thing. Feeling excited and curious about things is like a spark that attracts inspiration.

Journey to…

My word for 2016 is going to be:


I’m super excited about:

Love Art Happy Life


This is a new art course I’m teaching on, run and thought up by the ever inspiring Marieke Blokland. This course is a bit different from others, in that it is based on producing a feeling of happiness & boundless creativity with art. Maybe a course that is only practical art techniques and tutorials isn’t what you’re looking for at this point, maybe you’re looking for how to get & stay inspired (and make art too of course!). All teachers are going to give you a look into their creative process, how they draw inspiration from their favourite artist and how to transform that into a fun and individual art practice.

My chosen artist is Tamara de Lempicka. Her art is a combination of roaring 20s, decadence, strong feminine, art deco style. I’m SO in love with it! Here is a study of her work that I’ve done. In the first part of my lesson I’m going to show you how to do a study and in the second part of the lesson I will show you how to use this to inform your more personal work and style.


And you?

Are you going to pick a word of the year? I hope you will and here are some free Frida printables that Marieke made for you to use to brighten up your art space and write in your word(s)! Please comment below and share your word with me, I’m so curious to hear what is important to you and what you will pick!

Click here to download

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I really hope that you will join me on Love Art Happy Life if it resonates with you. I’m super happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to drop me a line or comment below!

PS Early bird pricing for Love Art Happy Life ends this week, sign up now if you’d like to join us and make 2016 your most creative year ever!
PPS When you sign up through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you art courses & free content, thank you!

Let’s Face It Giveaway!

Let's Face It 2016

Hello my lovely blog readers!

Do you want to draw and paint faces? (But maybe feel a bit intimidated??)….. keep reading!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of a brand new, awesome online course titled “Let’s Face It”. LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock from Kara Bullock Art.

This course is for anyone that wants to practice creating faces and portraits, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life.

Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our faces and portraits. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again!


Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT, what’s included and who your lovely teachers are!

The course will open for registration on 15 October! Bookmark this page so that you can come back and register. An early bird discount will be available if you register by 1 December!!! Awesome, right?!

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else?? I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Share the URL http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit publicly on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, blog etc). You can get multiple entries for sharing in more than one place!
2. Come back here and comment to say you did it!

I will announce the lucky winner on 22 October

Giveaway terms: winner will have to respond within 7 days to claim their prize. A refund will be given if winner has already purchased or the winner may choose to gift their prize to someone else.

In the mean time, click here and bookmark the page so that you can come back on October 15th and sign up!!

I really hope you will join us and I can’t wait to be alongside you on this wonderful mixed media journey!

Radiant Lesson Sneak Peek

T minus 3 days until we start with Radiant Art Journals! I’m joining a team of such amazing artists (seriously, I’m pinching myself!) to bring you an online course that will help you explore the yumminess that is art journaling.

You’re going to learn tons of techniques, be inspired by a host of different teachers and styles and get oodles of encouragement!

I’ve put together a short video in which you can see what to expect from my lesson:

I’m so excited to share my process & techniques with you and I really hope you will join us, you can sign up here!

If you register for Radiant Art Journals through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you awesome (free) content & courses. Yay you!

If you still need a bit more convincing, my friends Marieke & Juna have also got amazing lessons in store for you and they have each created teaser videos too. You can check out Marieke’s video here, and Juna’s video here.

If you’d like to read more information before deciding download the in-depth course outline PDF here.