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:

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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!

Giveaway!!!

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! ArtistCellar stencil set & new art video

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THE WINNER IS:

Miriam Gault

Congratulations Miriam!!! You have been contacted to claim your prize of this set of awesome stencils. Thank you to everyone for entering, your wonderful ideas on how to use these stencils (I’m feeling super inspired, I hope you are too!) and your enthousiastic response to my video. You rock!

The winner was randomly picked from all qualifying entries


It’s time for a giveaway!!! WOOHOO! Have you heard of ArtistCellar? They make awesome stencils which I’ve been using for years. I’m a total fan! Their quality is superb (much more sturdy than some other stencils I’ve used) and they have lots of appealing designs to choose from. Best of all?!! I get to give a set away to one of you lucky visitors!

Watch This Inspirational Art Video

You can often see me use these babies in my videos and classes. If you’d like to see what I did with this specific series of stencils I’m giving away (Cathedral Plan series, beautiful large stencils size 8.5 x 11), please watch the short art journaling inspiration video below! (Best enjoyed by turning up the music & watching in HD!)

Link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD1bdVaMmdE

Art Journaling with Artistcellar Stencils & Watercolours by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Art Journaling with Artistcellar Stencils & Watercolours by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Art Journaling with Artistcellar Stencils & Watercolours by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Art Journaling with Artistcellar Stencils & Watercolours by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Art Journaling with Artistcellar Stencils & Watercolours by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Love how you can make really individual and striking art with such simple supplies.

Art supplies I used:

Enter To Win

Now is your chance to WIN a free set of Cathedral Plan stencils by ArtistCellar!

All you have to do is:

1. ensure you are signed up to my newsletter
2. leave a comment below telling me how you would use these stencils
3. BONUS ENTRIES for extra chances to win, SHARE this post on your social media (Twitter, Facebook etc)

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

A winner will be picked & contacted by 21 April.

Let’s Face It Giveaway!

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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!

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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 Art Journals eCourse Giveaway!

I love giving stuff away! It’s such an awesome perk of teaching art online!

On 1 October Radiant II: Art Journals launches. This course will give you a mixed media buffet of lessons by 15 awesome teachers plus Effy Wild’s take on each lesson.

This course is for you if:

  • you want to learn more about art journaling
  • you are ready to dig deeper
  • you want to develop yourself and your art in a safe place
  • you’re looking for a warm and supportive art tribe

The course will be totally beginner friendly with super in-depth video tutorials, PDF walkthroughs and Effy working alongside you going through the lessons.

I’m sooooo excited! I hope you are too!

Expression Over Perfection

I can’t wait to share my lesson with you. My lesson consists of three short warmup exercises and a long in-depth lesson. I’m sharing all my thoughts, techniques and tips with you to help you create freely.

I’m going to show you how to create from the point of view of pure expression and joy of the process. We’re going to leave behind perfectionism and really connect with that which is within ourselves that needs to come out.

There’ll be lots of smooshing, brayering, grunge, neon, letting go, digging in, trusting yourself, oh and of course: yummy art supplies!

You can register your place here

Expression Over Perfection | Radiant Art Journals Lesson | http://tinyurl.com/irisradiant2

Filming some warmup lessons for Radiant II!!! http://tinyurl.com/irisradiant2 We're going to access our true selves through messy intuitive art! Can't wait! #mixedmedia #intuitiveart #radiant2 #irisimpressionsart

Giveaway!!!!!

I can’t wait to share this journey with you and I’m thrilled to be able to give away a free spot on the course! To enter please:

1. Make sure you’re signed up to my mailing list
2. Leave a comment below letting me know what art journaling means to you

Giveaway closes on 21 September. Giveaway winner will be contacted by email, so please make sure you check your email address.

The Duality of Life – Mixed Media Workshop & Giveaway!

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Read full course description and register for instant access

Scroll down to enter the giveaway.

Exploring Our Feelings

I’ve been on this journey lately (maybe all my life, but I just didn’t know it yet?! Lol) to incorporate ALL the feelings into my life, not just the ‘nice’ or socially approved ones. I really need that, and from looking at my kids and wanting the best for them: I think the whole world needs that.

We have these feelings whether we like them or not and it’s our job to give them space, let them exist and let them teach us. And preferably not bash people over the head when we’re really angry, if you know what I’m saying (but not suppress the anger! Because I think it’s the suppression of feelings that makes you feel like bashing people. I’m being funny but I hope you get what I’m saying).

So, this was the starting point when I developed my new mixed media workshop The Duality Of Life. It’s a mini course that teaches you straightforward mixed media techniques, but also explores more deeply the conflicting feelings that are inside us and encourages you to allow them room to breathe.

I’m very excited about sharing this with you and I hope you will enjoy learning the techniques and it will be a truly enriching experience for you!

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What This Course Will Do For You

Techniques you will learn

  • working with a variety of art supplies
  • creating a textured background
  • sketching & shading a front facing portrait

Concepts we will explore

  • finding harmony in conflicting emotions
  • exploring your inner emotional landscape
  • embracing imperfection & finding joy in the process

What is included

  • one hour of detailed video footage with voiceover
  • in-depth PDF walkthrough with photos
  • printable template of the face
  • supply list with suggestions for alternatives
  • all materials are downloadable and yours to keep
  • no time limit: access course at any time & work at your own pace
  • access to Facebook group to share work & get feedback
  • automatic instant access upon payment & signup

Click here to read the full course description, download the supply list and register for instant access

Giveaway

Celebrating the launch of a new workshop wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway!! One lucky person will win a spot on The Duality of Life!

To enter please:
1. sign up to my newsletter (opens in a new window)
2. leave a comment telling me what it would mean to you to take this course

Bonus Entries
For bonus entries please SHARE this post publicly on your social media (use the ‘Share this’ buttons below this post). One entry per unique share. Make sure you let me know in the comments where I can find your share links!

Giveaway closes at 11.59pm UK time on Sunday 5 July. If the winner has already purchased the course they will be entitled to a refund or they can gift their place.

Register now for instant access to all course materials

Art Journal Summer School Giveaway Winner!

I am soooo thrilled to announce the winner for the Art Journal Summer School giveaway!

Can I have a drumroll………

The winner is………

Petra-Winner (apologies for the bad grammar in this app, lol!)

Congratulations Petra P!

Petra P, I have contacted you, please respond within 1 week to claim your prize!

A huge thank you and thumbs up to everyone else who entered. If you’d like to still take advantage of the Early Bird rate (until 31 May), you can sign up here: www.artjournalsummerschool.com

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy looking at these journal spreads I made recently with the supply list from Art Journal Summer School.

Art journaling on an easel. Best thing ever! #artjournaling #artist #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

In progress. Using an easel has totally changed the energy around painting for me. Wow! Although afterwards I feel like I need to sit down lol. #wip #artjournaling #artist #londonartist #irisimpressionsart #mixedmedia

Yesterday's journal spread at @erinfaithallen's workshop exploring #spirit and personal #symbols  #artjournaling #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

And she's finished. Love quick art journaling! (I guess you have to be quick when you have kids lol). #artonholiday #mixedmedia #artjournalsummerschool #irisimpressionsart

A couple of pages in one of my art journals. #artjournal #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

PS check out the
supply list & more details here.

Art Print Giveaway – And The Winner Is……..

Wow, you guys, running a giveaway is FUN!! And now I get to give one of my art prints to the lucky winner!!

And the winner is…………

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Sarah Nichol Roeder

Congratulations Sarah!!!!!!!!!!! I have contacted you by email, please get back to me within one week to claim your prize!

If you didn’t win, don’t despair! I am still running a 20% off code for the duration of October. Just go to my Etsy shop and use YAYGIVEAWAYOCT2014 when you check out. The code is valid on any item in my shop!

I’m hoping to run more giveaways in the future, so keep an eye out for that!

Yes I realise I totally overused exclamation points in this post but I’m just very excited right now!!! =p

Free Art Print Giveaway!

Fine Art Print Giveaway | www.iris-impressions.com

If you can’t wait, scroll to the end of the post to enter the giveaway!!!

You guys, I’m so excited! I recently realised that I wanted to offer my own fine art prints. Previously I had them printed off-site and although I was happy with the quality, I really wanted to have more control and quicker turnaround times. When you buy something online, you want to receive it as soon as possible, right?!

I did a couple of tests on my printer, ordered some professional mounts (US peeps may know them as ‘mats’) aaaaaaaaand I’m up and running! I’m SO SO pleased with how my prints look and I hope you’ll agree they look pretty darn awesome!

Become Limitless Fine Art Print | www.iris-impressions.com

Full Moon Fine Art Print | www.iris-impressions.com

Steampunk Whimsy Fine Art Print | www.iris-impressions.com

Special 20% Off Code! YAY!

In conjunction with the giveaway and to celebrate launching my own prints, I am also giving you a special 20% discount code for my Etsy shop! Simply use YAYGIVEAWAYOCT2014 when you check out. This applies to prints as well as originals! This discount code will be valid throughout the whole of October.

To view my full range of prints (if you win you will be able to choose your favourite one!) please visit my Etsy shop. All my prints come mounted (matted) and are ready for framing. I love how much even a simple frame can add in terms of look & feel!

Enter The Giveaway!

To enter to win an Iris Impressions Art fine art print of your choice, please use the interface below. There are several ways of entering, the more entries the higher your chance of winning!

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New Beginnings – Video & Giveaway

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I’ve been arty & crafty for a long time, but recently it has felt like a new beginning. A renewed enthusiasm unlike any time before and a much greater connection with my artistic self. It is ironic, as it was through focussing on the journey (i.e. being less occupied with the end result) that I have actually gained a much greater sense of direction and purpose with regards to my art.

One of my tentative goals this year is to make more art videos. I love browsing art videos on YouTube, I find them a great source of inspiration. I really want to add to the happy arty videos and hopefully in the process entertain and inspire people to also create. I’m currently figuring out the best workflow in terms of recording myself and editing. I can assure you there has been much swearing!! The editing is SO time consuming (and not my favourite part admittedly!) so for the moment I will try to aim for a new video every 1-2 months.

This first video has an exciting giveaway that you can enter to win this painting.

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So to enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post. For a bonus entry into the giveaway share the link to this article (http://iris-impressions.com/2014/01/new-beginnings-video-giveaway) on your blog, Twitter or Facebook and let me know where to find it (make sure anything you post is public).

I’m going on a big adventure holiday to the US soon, MEGA excited!! I will draw the winner once I am back on Tuesday 4 March.