Charity Art Auction

I’m holding a charity art auction in aid of the RSPCA and the RSPB.  Please pop along and visit my Facebook page for all the details! These Charities are very dear to my heart. I love animals and I think it’s important to protect our wildlife, as well as protecting the domestic animals. 


I will have many pieces of my Art available to bid one. There will be graphite sketches and acrylic paintings. Most will be of animals but there will be one or two pieces that will be Portraits or landscapes. 


Bidding will start on the 16th of July and go until the 30th of July. Please come and support a good cause! 

www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist 

Cheers,

Chrissy

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In the spot light

This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now. 

This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/


You can also get many of my works  on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!! 

If you’d like a print or some merchandise go to my redbubble store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley

Cheers

Chrissy xx

The Fantasy Art Collection

Here you will find all of my Fantasy Art and links to where you can buy prints, originals and merchandise! I will be constantly adding each of my collection so please keep visiting to check out my latest pieces!!!

You can find Original pieces in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist for prints and all other merchandise go to my redbubble site https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley


The first fairies I painted! Wattle and rose! 


Another fairy. This one looks particularly awesome on a phone case! You can find it here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley


My dragon is next. This little guy looks amazing on a shirt! 

And lastly my house by the river. 


So that is my fantasy collection of art work. Thank you for reading and supporting my art works! 


My Redbubble store is here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley

My Etsy Store is here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Cheers 

Chrissy

My favourite Art tools

This week the topic is my favourite tools! Learn about what paint brushes, pencils, markers, water colour pencils and ball point pens I love and why! 

Paint Brushes

It’s really hard to find an ethical paint brush when you’re vegetarian. I don’t use any that are made from animal hair. This is something that is really important to me! I only use synthetic brushes. It’s hard to get a ‘rough’ look to your paint with synthetic brushes. So what I do is mess a couple up by scrubbing them hard into the canvas board or tissue paper. It messes the bristles up and you can get a much more natural effect for things like trees. 


Spectrum Noir Markers

Alcohol Markers are becoming far more popular. They give a great deal of colour saturation with very little effort. They are especially good for fantasy art and animae drawings. Blending can be really difficult when you’re starting out with them. Paper plays an important role with alcohol Markers. 

Graphite

This is the sketching set I’m using at the moment. They are fairly good, but next time I’ll be purchasing something that’s a little better quality. I find there isn’t a lot of difference between the hard leads and the softer pencils. This sometimes can make shading very difficult. 

Watercolour Pencils

The below picture is of a print drawn in watercolour pencils. You can lay a lot of colour down to make things very rich and vibrant, or use a very light pressure and just add a wash of colour.  The background in my dragon picture has a light blue wash. 

Ball Point Pens or Line Markers

I like to outline water colour pencil and graphite pencil sketches with these on occasion. I also like to sketch little designs with them. They come in handy to create really dark lines and the different sizes of the line markers are perfect for shading I pen. 

Follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 or like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist to stay up to date with all my current works or art! 

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

Work created this week 25/6 – 01/07

This week I started with the blog post about how I created the graphite drawing of The Lion. This first lion sketch allowed me to roll on to my next lion watercolour piece. Which I named Marcus’ Lion. It was made for my son who is so quiet but ever so sweet. To check out The Lion click here and to have a look at Marcus’ Lion follow this link https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524322682/marcus-lion

I also started and finished an Acrylic painting of some Calla Lillies. I love calla lillies and I had this idea in my mind for a long time. It felt fantastic to start it. Keep an eye out for how I created that Lilly painting from concept to reality in the next couple of weeks. 

I finished off a family Portrait and posted it off to its new home. This portrait took me a really long time and it’s my very first family Portrait for someone else. A step by step guide to how I created this piece will be available shortly, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve been super busy this week with finishing off all of my current projects. 


I decided to make teachers gifts, as opposed to buying them. My 2 kids have 8 between them! So I started by making the gift tags that will go on a framed print of mine. I hope they enjoy their gifts!!!

And lastly this week I created a graphite sketch of a red squirrel. I love squirrels, they are one of my favourite animals. 


To check out my squirrel, and all my other pieces in full view, get to my etsy and redbubble stores for Originals, prints and other merchandise. 

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley

Join me on my Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with all my art work.

Cheers

Chrissy xxx

In the spot light 

This weeks In the spot light is my most popular purple jacaranda tree. It has been by far my best seller. The prints are beautiful quality. I did this tree as an acrylic Painting on paper. It’s a small print I did just as I was starting my art journey. I’m keen to re-visit shortly and see if I can make it even better! 

Everyone who knows me, knows I love purple and coloured trees like cherry blossoms and anything that’s different. I feel the coloured trees really fit well with my love of fantasy art and fairies. 

To view this print click the link to my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/514774692/purple-jacaranda-tree-print?ref=shop_home_active_17

I am having competitions on my Facebook and Instagram accounts so pop over and take a look 

https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers

Chrissy xx

Paper or Canvas – that is the question! 

I often get asked Canvas or Paper is better to paint/draw on. The answer is simple…….. it depends on what you want to drawor paint! There are so many options and there are so many things you need to consider. I’m going to show you what I use and how I use it to help you make a good decision for yourself. 

Sketching/Drawing

For practice drawing and sketching you want to have a smooth paper. So a hot pressed paper that isn’t too thick. Anything up to 120gsm is pretty good. The thickness of the paper will still give you a quality feel to your sketch and the hot press will give you a smooth finish. The smoother the paper, the cleaner your lines will be which will give you a more realistic look. 

My current art journal is less than 100gsm and is not suitable for anything other than sketching. Below is a picture of an Orca that I drew in my journal. If you try to use other medias (paint of watercolour) on this type of paper it will wrinkle and curl. It damages the paper and if you do that, there’s no saving it.

Mixed Media Paper 250 gsm +

The below sketch is a graphite on 250gsm mixed media paper. This paper is meant to handle Acrylic paint well, but water colour is a bit of a stretch. I love it to print my prints on to beacause it has a bit of texture just like a canvas and it gives the print a really good quality look and feel. 



The above picture is a print of my original Acrylic painting printed on to 250gsm paper. 

Cold Pressed Cotton Paper

A cold press paper is rough, it has what is called ‘tooth’. It is ideal if you like that bumpy, textured feel and look to your painting. I personally don’t like to draw on this type of paper. I love to paint on it! I use a 300gsm cold press cotton paper with my acrylics. You get a matte finish with the textured finish of a canvas. The cotton paper is actually made for water colour paint because it can handle the wet application without creasing and folding. I don’t have watercolours so I use my acrylic on it and it performs beautifully. 


Both Rose and Wattle have been painted on this cold press cotton paper. As you can see, it performs wonderfully! 

Stretched Canvas

There are several types of canvas you can get. The main types are stretched canvas, canvas board and canvas paper. Of these three I haven’t used the canvas paper but it is on my rather long list of things to try. I prefer to use a stretched canvas. I like the bounce back it gives you. Both types of canvas have a tooth (bumpy texture) that I love! The stretched canvas you don’t frame but hang as is. 

Above is an acrylic Painting is on a stretched canvas of Saundersfoot Beach. This is my favourite material to paint on.

Canvas Board

For my original painting of my Light house I did it on a canvas board. As you can see from the below picture that it performs much like a stretched canvas. It has a tooth, although not as deep. It is an easy and cheaper way to start painting. They come in all sorts of sizes and packs. You can frame them easily too.


To see all of my work that is for sale, go to me etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

If you have any questions message me or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30 and find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist where I will have live drawing and painting demos every week. I also have 2 competitions currently running on both pages. 

I hope you liked my tips for how to choose the right material to paint or draw on. Come back next week for more! 

Cheers

Chrissy xxxx