Session 7 - How to Draw a Bird - Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Here are some resources that I hope will help you draw birds and understand them more deeply. If you understand bird anatomy you will be better at drawing what you see. I have many blog posts giving step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds. The most important thing you can do to improve your bird drawing and sketching is to start drawing more frequently. Keep your sketching materials handy. Please leave comments and questions and I will expand these resources based on your input. 

Start with the basic Shape 

The most important part of the drawing is getting the basic shape right at the start. Instead of focusing on details at the start of a picture, make light sketch lines to capture the posture, proportions, and angles of your subject. 

Start your bird sketch by noting the posture of the bird or the angle at which it sits with a single line. Over this, add an oval for a body and then a circle for the head. Then stop and check your proportions. It is easy to change the size of the head early in the drawing. In the animated drawings below, you will notice that I initially drew the head too large. I redrew the head circle smaller after my proportion check so that the birds will not have a head with the proportions of a chickadee. Indicate the locations of eye-beak, tail, leading edge of wing, and legs. Carve in angles where you find them around the head and tail coverts. These angles around the head and tail help break the imprint of the two circles that you used to initially build the bird. Without this, it is easy for your drawings to resemble a snowman. Many artists speed past these important initial steps but time spent at the start will pay off in the end. One you capture the posture, proportions and angles of the silhouette, you can add details in heavier pencil over these initial lines, finishing with color. 

Look below the surface 

Underneath the feathers, a bird looks like a plucked chicken. Note that it’s knee is actually hidden up under its feathers and the joint you sometimes see below the body is actually its ankle! The wing feathers attach to the hand and forearm. 

Learn to see feather groups 

Studying bird anatomy will help you draw birds more accurately. Feathers grow from specific regions on the bird’s body with bare skin between them. These feather groups define the shape and contours of a bird and the patterns on the feathers relate directly to the underlying feather group. This animation shifts between a drawing of a Song Sparrow, its shape without feather patterns, and a diagram emphasizing the feather groups. 

Birds are shape shifters 

The feather groups are under individual muscular control and can be fluffed up or moved together. Birds fluff themselves up when they are cold and smooth their feathers when they warm up. Birds also fluff their feathers a part of displays. Watch carefully as the bird’s shape changes as different feather groups are puffed out or relaxed. 

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Session 6 - How to Create a Flamingo Tote Bag - Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani


Is your child super artsy? Do you always find them at their art desk creating, painting, drawing, and coloring?! If so, a paint themed party is the perfect birthday theme for your little Van Gogh, Dali, or Da Vinci! An art themed birthday party is a wonderful way to indulge your little artist’s love and talent for art, and it makes for great interactive fun for their friends too.

If you’re not sure how to throw a kid’s art themed party, get some inspiration from !

This was Diya’s birthday party. At the time she really wasn’t into anything specific so I thought why not have an art/craft party for the kids. What kid doesn’t love to paint??
The best part about this party is I already had ALL the art supplies on hand.

Hosting a painting party for Diya and her friends is just about as fun as you can imagine. It was a great opportunity to get a little messy, stir up the creative juices, and entertain during a time of the year when we’re sequestered indoors due to COVID . While painting parties are a fun social activity,

Flamingos are oh-so-cute

The beautiful pink feathers, the soulful eyes, the graceful long necks and the curved black bills - what’s not to love about a flamingo? They are just freaking adorbs!

Flamingos are whimsical, wacky and cute. If you’re anything like mean, that means they’re pretty much just you in a nutshell. And it’s great to be able to display your personality so loudly and adorably with a designer flamingo purse.

You can choose to put this pretty pink purse on your person, or even use this flamboyant bird as home decor!
Flamingos are all that is love, friendship and fun!
Flamingos have deep symbolism in many cultures around the world. And trust me, all of it is good!
In Egypt, flamingos are associated with the sun god Ra, an image of flame, emotions, and inspiration.
In Peruvian stories, flamingos are depicted as the protectors of humankind.
Many other cultures consider flamingos as a symbol of healing and love. Those with a flamingo spirit are said to be vibrant and outgoing, well-balanced and resourceful.

The beautiful pink feathers of flamingos are associated with friendship, tenderness, harmony, and romance.

Gather a few materials in advance of your party:
- Fresh Paints (choose acrylic for fabric painting )
- Paper plates for paint
- New Paint Brushes
- Tote bags and white Tshirts
- Water (for cleaning brushes)
- Paper towels for cleanup

If you feel creative and you want to style up your canvas tote bags, trying your hand with some painting is not a bad idea at all. You know we are all for using our imagination and our talents to turn our canvas tote bags into veritable pieces of art.

Adding decorations to a tote bag is one fun way to put those arts and crafts skills of yours to work, but today we will take things a step further: we will teach you how to paint on canvas tote bags. It will be a blast, so let’s not waste any more time, shall we?

If this is your first project and you are just gathering the materials, start with one large and one small round brush and with one large and one small flat brush. These four brushes will get you where you want to arrive with little to no effort.

1. Get a Bag
Pick a canvas tote bag in a medium size and make sure you take it out of any plastic wrap. You have no idea how many people try to paint over the cellophane wrap.

2. Prepare the Bag
Next, make sure your canvas tote bag is not wrinkly and crumpled, as it will make the painting process a lot more difficult. Lightly iron the tote bag to obtain a smooth, stretched surface.
Prepare your workspace with a board you can pin the four corners of the tote bag onto; the bag has to be stretched while you paint on it.

Keep in mind that a canvas tote bag is not the same thing as a sheet of canvas that painters use. This is why you need to prep your tote bag remembering it has at least two sides and handles.

Stretch your tote bag so it does not fold, crease, or wrinkle as you work on it with brushes, water, and paint. You can clip the four corners of the tote bag onto the corners of a flat sheet of rectangular/square hard plastic or board. The handles can hang outside the working sheet of plastic in case you do not want to paint them as well.

Moreover, if you want to paint only one side of the canvas tote bag, make sure you insert inside the bag a sheet of plastic or board so the water and colors do not transfer from one side of the tote to the other one. This piece of plastic or board should fit perfectly inside the bag, allow it to stretch a little, and have the same size as the bag and the other sheet of plastic underneath the bag.
The second step in the canvas preparation process is treating the fabric with a coat of gasset. This will dry quickly and will keep your painting archival.

Before you treat the side of the canvas tote bag with gasset, ask the manufacturer if the surface and the fabric needs such a treating. Since we are not talking about professional painting canvas but a tote bag, it is better to ask the manufacturer such questions.
Usually, the handmade community recommends treating the tote bag with gasset just in case. Hand painted tote bags look amazing because the artists do not skip any detail.

3. Get some Cool paint and shades
Acrylic paint – such paint dries up faster, allowing you to add many layers or apply crisp lines; acrylic paint is better for smaller canvas surfaces (such as tote bags), but color blending is harder. Acrylic paint also looks darker when it dries on canvas, so you should use color carefully. In addition, acrylic paint comes in a high viscosity and body, great for thick, Van Gogh-style paintings, or thin, liquid acrylic paint, to use for dreamy, watery landscapes and decorations.

4. Pick the Palette and the Palette Knife
In terms of medium to mix your paints on, you can go with a professional palette or a porcelain palette. The palette knife is essential when you work with acrylic paint. It can help you mix and spread the paint and apply paint on the canvas itself, for a more artistic effect of your future art.

Of course, you can mix some of the colors with your brushes, but since acrylic paint is rougher and thicker, the vigorous mixing movements may alter the bristles. The knife, on the other hand, will help you mix faster all the colors you want.

5. Other Materials
In order for you to begin painting on your canvas tote bag, you will also need a cup of water.

Make sure the base of the cup is larger or the same size as the top of the cup, as you do not want the cup to tip over and ruin your work. If you do not buy a special painting water cup and use a mug you have around the house, make sure you will use this mug only for future painting projects.
If you buy fluid acrylic paint, keep in mind you will not need to dilute it a lot with water. Such paints come from the factory in a thin consistency and contain an acrylic binder, together with nice strong saturation of color. You can add a touch of water into such paint for even more fluidity, because the paint will hold the acrylic bond safely.
You will also need some scrap paper to wipe away excess paint from your brush or test out paint quality. A simple sheet of white printing paper will do.

6. Other materials also include:
Thin gloves if you do not want to get your hands incredibly dirty from the painting (surgical ones work incredibly well);
An apron if you do not want to make a mess out of your clothes;
If you want a “painting by colors” type of project, you can also use a color chart to make sure you mix the correct paints to get the desired colors and nuances.

7. Work Environment Preparation
Now that you have all materials, you can begin preparing your work environment. Use a large table to set everything and have all products at the ready.

Set up your palette: no matter what you want to paint, it is helpful and time-efficient to already have a dab of each of the primary paints (plus black and white) on the palette. Spread the dabs of paint far from each other so you can have enough space to use the colors individually or mix them the way you want.

Spending time with best friend, or a few of close friends , is is always out favorite thing. While bday parties are extremely fun all on their own, planning ahead with a art activity is something that can bring the party to a whole new level.

Session 5 - How to Draw a Hawk | Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Imagine. We Create!!!

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. This session will help you draw birds and understand them more deeply. If you understand bird anatomy you will be better at drawing what you see. I have many blog posts giving step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds and this video is crux of those.

The most important thing you can do to improve your bird drawing and sketching is to start drawing more frequently. Keep your sketching materials handy.

Once you have the basic shaped blocked in you are ready to add details on top of that framework. This is the fun part but do not skip the first steps and jump to drawing the beak and eye. Details without structure will get you nowhere. The most important part of the drawing is getting the basic shape right at the start. Instead of focusing on details at the start of a picture, make light sketch lines to capture the posture, proportions, and angles of your subject. Start your bird sketch by noting the posture of the bird or the angle of his face.
Many artists speed past these important initial steps but time spent at the start will pay off in the end. One you capture the posture, proportions and angles of the silhouette, you can add details in heavier pencil over these initial lines, finishing with color.

Studying bird anatomy will help you draw birds more accurately. Feathers grow from specific regions on the bird’s body with bare skin between them. These feather groups define the shape and contours of a bird and the patterns on the feathers relate directly to the underlying feather group.

A drawing does not start with the details. It begins with observing and capturing the basic shape. This initial framework is non-committal and plastic. Lines, especially ones that are bold and deliberate have a sort of gravitational pull. Once the line is on the paper, your brain tends to tell you “yes, this is right”. Changing it takes work and our brain would rather take the lazy route. For this reason you must fight locking onto your initial lines. One way to avoid line lock is to make your initial lines fast, light, loose, and sketchy. instead of drawing one line, make several. Your brain will be able to select which ones it likes the best out of those drawn on the paper, give it a little choice. Above all, wait on adding detail to your drawing. Once it is there, you are not going to want to erase anything and will contort proportions and negative spaces to fit what you already put on the paper.

To draw a hawk , I make a light framework, often using an erasable PenciI double check this frame before adding detail. While it is still in the pencil stage, it is easy to change any aspect of the shape without erasing, I just draw over the lines already there, refining the shape as I do.

In this session, we take a look at the process of sketching a hawk (mistakenly called a falcon by us “experts”) with sepia toned pastel pencils and black and white charcoal on gray drawing paper. Charcoal obviously gives us the opportunity to create a broad range of value with rich, dark blacks. White & black charcoal takes care of the highlights and lighter tones. The toned pastel pencils provide a bit of color, but harmonizes the sketch with color palette.

The first step in drawing the subject is to sketch the basic shapes and contours on the drawing surface. Charcoal is naturally a looser medium, so it makes since to keep our initial sketch rather loose. However, this would be true for any medium we choose to use. It’s usually a good idea to start with loose, sketchier marks and then refine the drawing as it develops. Charcoal makes sketching loosely a little easier since it’s easy to erase and manipulate.


A lot of mix was created using Blue, Green, Ochre and other shades of pastels.

Beak of Hawk - Pink, Peach, Orange
Neck and body - Rainbow colors, Blue, Green, Turquoise, Brown, Purple, Black, Yellow, Orange,
Eyes - Chrome Yellow, Orange, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Dark Red, Violet, Black, White

After the lighter tones were mapped out, the addition of the sepia tones began with the pastel pencils. As you’ll notice some of the browns and reds were a little cooler, while others were warmer. This worked out great for our subject since both warm and cool varieties of the sepia tones were found on the hawk.

Much of the sepia tones were applied directly over the charcoal applications. With heavy pressure, the pastel pencils were able to mostly cover the charcoal applications. But with a slightly lighter touch, some mixing results. This allows us to create a variety of values of the sepia tones, resulting in darker browns and lighter red-oranges.

Both charcoal and “white” charcoal were used to complete the drawing. Pastel pencils were used to apply the sepia tones. The drawing was completed on toned drawing paper. This paper is inexpensive and is a wonderful surface for sketching.

Woodless Charcoal Pencils (Black)
Chalk Pastels
Jelly Crayons
Oil Pastels
Color Pencils
Gel Pen
Marker Pen
Toned Drawing Paper Paper

Most of us have plenty of experience drawing with a pencil on white paper, but branching out and trying new mediums opens us up to new possibilities. Using different mediums may also change the way that we make marks, leading to better artworks.

While pencils are used in this drawing, the way they are applied is different from how a graphite pencil would be used on white paper. Drawing loosely and quickly without compromising too much accuracy is a skill that every artist should develop. This combination of media helps us do this, all while developing a respectable drawing with a harmonized palette

Session 4 - How to Paint a Profile Face | Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Have you ever had an interest in mixed media, or incorporating representational elements into your artwork? Would you like to discover ways to tap into your creative intuition and confidence through your artwork?
This session will lead you through a unique exploration of using mixed media as you hone practices of representational artwork.
Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed of a combination of different media or materials. Incorporating mixed media in your work could include any materials of your choosing, such as paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera. This practice allows for liberty of expression, and emphasizes process as much as the product. Representational art refers to art that resembles objects or events in the real world, and is unique to each artist's perspective.
In this class, you will participate in a mindfulness practice to help you connect and allow your mind to rest. This will help you to accept your emotional and physical sensations and focus on the present.
We will warm-up with guided mark-making activities, and move into an exploration of different layering exercises, allowing you to experiment and witness how different mediums interact with one another. The culmination of this session will allow you to create a finished piece, drawing from the inspiration of representational images of your choosing.
We will try new things, while strengthening skills in both confidence and creative intuition. You will find ways to develop your own method of applying materials to compose the visual space.


  • Anyone who wants to explore mixed media or representational art in a unique way.
  • Those who want to strengthen and develop their own voice as an artist.
  • Anyone interested in developing skills that help you lock into your creative expression and intuition.
  • Those who want to discover more ways to source mixed media materials and incorporate them into their work.
  • This class is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced artists.
Paper, acrylic paints and at least three different types of media (Pencil, Pen, Marker, Acrylic Paint, Scrap paper). Optional supplies: additional media, brushes, water container, painting supplies, etc.
Circular items from around the house (think: plastic caps and cups, paper towel tubes, etc.)

Acrylics are fast drying paints that can be used straight from a tube, like oil paints, or can be thinned with water, like water color. They are extremely versatile and vibrant, offering the artist a wide range of textures, colors and consistencies.
Acrylics are also affordable, making them ideal for covering large areas with paint. Because these paints are opaque and fast drying, they can be very forgiving, allowing you to cover up mistakes with more paint. They can be painted on almost anything and dry into a water resistant surface. While you need to be aware of how quickly they dry, acrylics can be blended beautifully.
The heavy body color of acrylics is buttery and smooth, blending on the canvas almost like oils. Because they basically dry into a plastic surface, they are ideal for using in multimedia painting as well. All of these unique properties mean that you'll need to brush up on your acrylic painting techniques before you get started. It's important to have a good variety of brushes, ranging from small to large. You'll soon learn which you're more comfortable with, but these four are some of the more common shapes you'll encounter. The Filbert brush is a great all-purpose brush that can offer a straight or rounded shape.
Here we're using Fevicryl acrylics, which can hold up to a lot of water. These are considered 'Heavy Body Acrylics'. We'd encourage you to experiment with a variety of brands like Faber Castle to see which one you enjoy acrylic painting with the most – everyone has their favorite type and brand. Acrylic paint is essentially plastic; more specifically, pigment suspended in a polymer emulsion. You can break that emulsion with too much water, so take care when thinning it out.
The acrylic painting techniques in this article can be put into practice with any heavy body acrylic paint, student or professional grade.
Teaching you how to draw a whimsical face is one of my FAVORITE things to do! I'm having SO much fun with the whimsical face drawing.
Not only will this session help us study profile drawing, we'll cover how to draw an head wrap (including how to draw the fabric folds within it), how to draw a semi closed eye, and how to draw a face profile!
To get us started off on the right track, I'm doing a mini review of the value scale to help you understand how important this is whenever you're drawing and hoping to take your artwork to the next level.
If you incorporate the lightest light ALLLLLL the way to the darkest dark, and everything in between... your art will be so much more sophisticated!!
Profiles can feel extremely tricky to draw because of all the angle variations that make us who we are as individuals.
For drawing fabric folds for head scarf, I try to break the overall head scarf down into chunks / shapes
​Since I'm doing a whimsical drawing, instead of a realistic drawing, I'm able to give myself a little grace here if things aren't perfect. Doesn't THAT feel good?! No need for perfection when you pull out your "whimsy" card.
When everything is sketched in, go ahead and start erasing all your guidelines. My favorite eraser is the vanish eraser
We want the WHOLE value scale represented in your work, because this adds dimension and sophistication!! You have two choices when you're shading- either shading from light to dark or from dark to light. I've chosen to shade dark to light today- hitting the highlighted areas of her nose and chin first.
To reduce the streaks, it helps to lay your color down quickly so the shades blend into one another a bit when the ink is wet.
You can also choose one color to shade over transitional lines to attempt to soften these lines, or add colored pencil shading over the top of your marker layers. When you're blending copic markers, you can also try shading one solid color in strokes running the opposite direction from how you originally laid down color. I often use the lightest or a medium skin tone when doing this to my face drawing.
The farther I get into my project, the more layers I continue to build up on her face to eliminate some of the streakiness in my transitions. But I also discover, the model in my reference image really is much darker than I have portrayed, and I need to continue darkening the shadows and blending skin tones to do a better job replicating what I see.
Be sure to take your time here. Start slowly, and gradually build up those values. Honestly, the more layers you have, the more realistic the skin will look- because we're all made up of many colors!! So just keep working and blending until you feel like you're at a good place and happy with what you've got.
I used my round brush for my outlining - including the detail work on her eyelashes, just as I have used it in the previous lessons.
As I was working the finishing touches on today's drawing, I decided to add just a bit more shading in and around the ear, because something about it was just bothering me! I ended up adding some White and it made all the difference in the world!! Now there is really some deep, gorgeous contrast!

How do you STAMP using acrylic paint? Normally I would just use a brush and apply the acrylic paint onto the any circular stamp or lid before stamping. You have to do it fast though to avoid the acrylic paint drying up. I've tried to dab my stamp onto acrylic paint for stamping but it seems so difficult for me to control the amount of paint I want for stamping. However, there's an easy solution for this, To use your brush which allows you to apply the paint directly onto the stamp or any object. If you're using acrylic paint, you can mix all the colors you want and even apply different colors on different sections of your stamp.
It's actually very easy to stamp using acrylic paint. You just need a little patience in the cleaning process. So, start stamping now!!

Understand your color values. Everything you look at has a color palette. To keep your portrait interesting, choose three main colors that coordinate with color terminology. They can be primary, secondary, tertiary, monochromatic, cool/warm colors, or complementary. To keep it simple I am using a monochromatic color scheme consisting of black with varying grey undertones.
Background first. After years of painting, I only just recently got out of the groove of doing the subject first. It is WAY simpler to do the background first. The flow of your painting will increase exponentially if you have a dynamic background. But if you want your focal point to be the subject, attempt to blur the minor details with a wet sponge or large soft brush. Since I want the focus on my subject, I am doing a simple gradient of Black and White.
Start color blocking. You can start painting now! Start with a base color for anything like skin As you paint, increase your color intensity and decrease the size of your brush. When color blocking, you work your blocks down to simple strokes and will need a smaller brush.
Start confident, and reference from there. You need to color block with a medium-small brush and blend with a semi-wet paint on the canvas, working in sections at a time. These sections aren’t squares. They are organically shaped; i.e. if you chose to start at the nose, do the nose first. Then continue. Keep it flowing.
WHERE IS THE LIGHT SOURCE?! 1I haven’t had too much trouble with this, but I see beginning artists throwing around light willy nilly. Understand the light source before adding tints of light everywhere. There can be multiple light sources, which will result in different shadows shapes and colors. All you have to do is keep it consistent. Mine will be a muted white light in front/above her (forehead) and behind her (nose).
Don’t overwork it! If you are satisfied with a section in the painting and it doesn’t look lopsided or disproportionate, DON’T TOUCH IT.
I’ve spent countless hours redoing parts of a painting that just made it look jumbled and chunky in the end, all just because I thought I could do better. It’s almost like rolling a die for each part of the painting you do well. One meaning you NEED to redo it, six being to go home, you can’t do any better. So, if you roll a five, don’t be a gambler and attempt to roll a six. Take the money and run!
Trust the process. No matter how bad it seems, keep going … I promise everything will make sense in the end. If you are precise with these steps until the end, you will not regret it.
Distance yourself. I love a long functional paint session as much as the next artist. Turning on some tunes and actually getting great traction for the time I put in. But, you have to distance yourself. No. For real. Take a step back. Have lunch, nap, scroll through social media for a little bit. Then, come back and criticize your own work. You may come back and find errors EVERYWHERE. So, when you can, take a break and maybe just use the bathroom. But come back with some fresh eyes.
Allow for dry time. With most paints, you have to wait for it to thoroughly dry before adding another layer. Taking a quick break would be great, or work on another section. And, if you are ever so impatient, take a hairdryer to it. But don’t dry it so much that it cracks.
Accept criticism the entire time. While painting someone may pass by. Heed their advice. In fact, half way through, ask someone who dislikes you what they think. They will give you full honesty. Then, ask a friend. They will give you criticism and tell you what they like so far. Even at the end. Accept criticism.
Remember that art isn’t calculus. it’s subjective… and there is no wrong or right answer. So there is no such thing as an awful portrait. It is the way you made it because of the time and effort you put into it. Keep your effort at maximum and you will not be disappointed.

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic painting is characterized by bright colors, sharp brushstrokes, and quality lines. One of the most desirable qualities of the medium is its ability to be used on a variety of surfaces and mixed with other media. Below are the most prominent techniques used to create a structurally rich painting that has both the soft- and hard-textured elements.

Dry Brush

Dry brush is relatively simple to execute. Using a brush that has not been dipped in water, you can create a scratchy, textured, uneven movement of lines on your canvas. Make sure your brush is as dry as possible and loaded with paint for the optimal effect.

So I paint with a smaller brush, dip it into color, splay the brush and bristles, squeeze out a good deal of the moisture and color with my fingers so there is only a very small amount of paint left. Then when I stroke the paper with the dried brush, it will make various distinct strokes at once, and I start to develop the forms of whatever object it is until they start to have real body…. Drybrush is layer upon layer.”


One of the most impressive qualities of acrylic paint is its ability to modify its consistency; it can be applied in thick layers, or be applied lightly to create a thin, translucent hue. Using a washing technique, you can elicit a softness that resembles watercolor. Dilute your paint with a sufficient amount of water to create a translucent wash. Be sure to note that acrylic paints dry fast and set permanently.


Stippling is the creation of a collection of tiny dots, often used in landscape painting. Though acrylic is a relatively new medium, this technique originated in the 1500s as a method of engraving. Today, artists construct varying degrees of shading based on the closeness and boldness of the assemblage of dots as well as utilize different colors to establish real dimension.

Stippling is closely related to Pointillism, an approach associated with the soft flickering surface of small dots. Though the early masters of this technique, like Seurat, used oil or gouache, this technique can easily be applied to acrylic as well.


Splattering is a lively, unpredictable technique that relies on applied energy to achieve its aesthetic. It was popularized by Jackson Pollock, who is widely regarded today as the leading force behind the Abstract Expressionist movement. He worked mostly with gloss enamel rather than acrylic, applying the pigment to his canvases with a stick and creating his famous “drip paintings,” and ultimately revolutionizing the way art is defined.
To mimic Pollock’s texture with acrylics, use a wet brush, dip the bristles in paint, and direct your tool in the direction of the canvas. You can use a stencil to control where the paint lands if needed.

Much like the name suggests, dabbing is a technique used to “dab” accents of color onto the surface of a canvas. Using a stiff bristle brush or paper towel, simply apply the paint with quick, light pressure. For more depth, add multiple layers. Dabbing adds movement to your painting and is often used to illustrate bushes or greenery.

Similar to dabbing, sponging requires a cellulose sponge to apply paint in a springing motion, creating an irregular, textured pattern. Sponging is a great painting technique for beginners, as it’s visually pleasing, great for foliage, and hard to mess up.
Like dabbing, this technique first emerged during the Impressionist movement, where contrary to realism, artists aimed to capture momentary, fleeting effects achieved by a sponge’s irregular surface.

Palette Knife
Though this technique is a bit more advanced, it is an easy way to add texture to the surface of a painting and can be beneficial in creating sweeping, flat layers. To achieve the effect, use a thick layer of paint and apply it to your canvas with the knife, much like frosting a cake. Palette knife can be applied to many different types of paints, offering texture and thickness to build up the surface of the canvas.

Often used when an artist is nearing the completion of a work, detailing should be done using much control and precision. Working with a small, fine brush, apply details and clean lines where needed. This is regularly performed to create particulars like the flowers within a landscape or other minute features that need careful attention.

A glaze is a thin, translucent film mixed with acrylic paint to create a rich, luminous hue and texture of the surface. By applying a transparent layer of glaze over another layer of opaque paint, you can create a unique, stained-glass effect.

Session 3 - How to Draw a REALISTIC EYE | Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Step 1: Outline the Shape of an Eye and Highlight. Let's start off with an HB pencil to sketch the shape of the eye. ... 

Step 2: Shade the Pupil. Using a 6B pencil, fill in the pupil. ... 

Step 3: Shade the Iris. ... 

Step 4: Draw Spokes. ... 

Step 5: Blend the Iris. ... 

Step 6: Add Depth. ... 

Step 7: Shade the Skin. ... 

Step 8: Draw Eyebrows and Eyelashes.

Session 2 - DIY Paper Craft Art | Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Paper is such a versatile crafting material. Discover fun ways to craft with it, basic crafting skills you'll need to know, and tips to get you started. With a little paper and a pair of scissors you can make these beautiful DIY paper craft ideas! 

Get inspired as you see all the amazing things you can make with paper with these easy paper craft ideas! With a little paper and a pair of scissors you can make these beautiful DIY paper craft ideas! 

Follow my simple steps to learn paper craft.

It is a 5 min 30 sec video, for all kids and adults to learn various types of paper art.

Material used -

  • Craft paper,

  • Tooth picks

  • 1 sheet of colourful craft paper or construction paper

  • 3 sheets of colored tissue paper

  • Additional materials can be used to decorate your flowers, such as beads washi tape, ribbon, small pom poms, and sequins.

Technique used - Folding

Tip - 
If you are making several of these flowers, lay multiple tissue paper sheets on top of one another at the same time before cutting to size (at least six to 12 sheets is ideal).
Children may also enjoy attaching the flowers to a headband, decorating their bedroom curtains or doorframe with them, or making a wreath with a circle of flowers.

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Session 1 - How to Draw a Rose | Step by Step Guide by Amrita Paryani

Follow my simple steps to draw a rose in Pencil. 

My method is aimed to help the beginners to draw something they thought was impossible. This is a very simple 2 min video which can help you learn how to draw a simple ROSE that also using alphabets like Y and U. 

Material used 

  • HB + 5B Pencil
  • Kneadable Eraser 
  • Soft Tissue Paper 
  • A3 Sketch Pad 
  • Sharpener 

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