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January 9, 2018

Make More Art in 2018

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One of my goals last year was to Make More Time for Art and I’m happy to say I did that–mostly with the help of Skillshare!

If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s an online community for learning & teaching creative skills. Skillshare connects expert practitioners with students around the world who collaborate on everyday skills from culinary arts to photography to design.

Right now they have a GREAT promo- 3 months of PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP for 99 Cents! 

That’s such a really good deal. You should totally get on that.

Last year I took quite a few watercolor classes- I wrote about that here! 

Here’s what my work has been looking like lately:

My Everyday Life: Week 46 on Shutterbean.com

My hand lettering has improved greatly with classes + practice.

My Everyday Life: Week 42 on Shutterbean.com

I love being able to introduce things I love into my food styling work!

Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies from Shutterbean.com!

This week Cooper is still on winter break from school, so I carved time out for us to do some Skillshare classes. It’s a great way to fill the downtime when the kids are on vacation and you’re at home with them.

Make more time for art with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

He really likes taking the short drawing classes on Skillshare.

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Drawing Cute Animals

That was a fun class to do together!

Make more time for art with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

He’s my little buddy!

 

Make more time for art with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

I’ve noticed that whenever we take classes together, the things he draws end up in some of his work at school. I love knowing that something we did together changed his style and helped him be more confident with his creativity!

Make More Art in 2018 with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

Create Engaging Hand Lettering Designs Using Shape Nesting

If you’ve been around here the past year, you’ve known that I’ve grown to love handwriting/lettering. The project is to create a quote and do some shape nesting of the letters with an object.

My favorite part was the brainstorming! I used an Albert Einstein quote for my final project.

Make More Art in 2018 with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

Here’s my final piece:

Make more time for art with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

And we move onto one of the most useful classes for me right now…

I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

Digitize Your Hand Lettering

This class was a good reference for digitizing some of my hand letterings from paper to Photoshop & Illustrator. I finally got a good rhythm down! I really appreciate seeing how other people work.

Make More Art in 2018 with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

Piano Lessons For Beginners

We’ve been slowly working our way through this course. Cooper got an electric keyboard for Christmas and this is giving us a foundation before he takes formal lessons. I really like the visuals of this course. I think I would have ended up playing piano longer as a kid if I wasn’t so bored with my teacher!

WE LOVE LEARNING TOGETHER!

 

Watercolor classes with Skillshare- Shutterbean.com

 

Skillshare is offering Shutterbean readers a 3-month membership for 99 cents! 

 

 

 

Watercolor classes with Skillshare- Shutterbean.com

A BIG thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Happy art-making to you!

 

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  • Judi

    Thank you , thank you, thank you! You are such an inspiration to me as I try to balance my work running a small law firm, training for running and triathlon events, and fostering my creative soul. Something always falls by the wayside and it has been the latter for too many years. I signed up for Skillshare when you offered it last year but never took one class. Thank you for offering the 3 months again!! It helps so much that you shared which classes you have taken and a bit of your journey. This time I will start with a single step of taking one class. Many thanks, much love, and a big hug from deep in my heart!

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  • Meredith MacNeill

    Thank you so much, Tracy, for sharing the link to Skillshare. I am so excited to take some hand lettering classes. I received a set of brush tip pens for Christmas and I’m ready to put them to use. Yay!

  • Melissa Lee

    Omgoodness…thanks so much for being you. Now, when I want to figure out a recipe, hosting a ladies night or just about anything, I immediately think “gotta go look on Shutterbean!” I’m definitely going to sign up for Skillshare for the evening next week I’m having my closest friend over. She crochets but hasn’t been able to since her fiance died suddenly in May. She’s a crafter and artist and that be just the thing to help her get the creativity going again!

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