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

In the spot light

Flower Fairy

This is one of my favourite fairies. I sketched her out very lightly with a 2H graphite pencil. Then I proceeded to add layers of light and darker shades using my Spectrum Noir Markers. When using my my SN Markers I always start with the lightest shade. I blend that into a mid tone and finally darken with the darkest shades. I particularly like my Spectrum Noir Markers when I’m doing fantasy art because they are so vibrant and easy to use…. once you know how. 


She is also available on red bubble as phone cases, mugs, note books and much more. Check out her and the rest of my items on Red Bubble here. 

Otherwise, prints are available in my Etsy store and you can keep up to date with my current pieces on my Instagram and Facebook pages where I constantly run competitions. 

Cheers 

Chrissy x

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

Competition time! Win a free Print! 

Who would like to win a FREE print? To celebrate the launch of my Facebook page I’m giving away 1 free print of a painting or graphite sketch. The winner will be able to choose one print of ANY of my pieces in my Etsy store. I will ship to anywhere in the world. 

To enter tag a friend who you think deserves some extra love and tell me why. A winner will be chosen at random when I have reached 200 likes. Sharing my page or this post is not essential but will be greatly appreciated! You can tag as many people as you like.

T’s and C’s 
1.To be eligible both you and the person tagged must like my Facebook page.

2.Offer excludes any custom portrait – painting or graphite

3.All prints will be roughly A4 size or slightly smaller. They will come unmounted on great quality paper. Ready for you to frame to your taste.

Check out your favourite Print in my store now – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist

Enter the draw on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist

If you would like to follow all the latest news follow me on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30

Cheers, 

Chrissy xxx