Blank Canvas Blog Hop

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The Blank Canvas Blog Hop

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the second day of The Blank Canvas Blog Hop. Today I’m going to a share a few techniques with you that I use to start the creative process. You can join in fun with me as you watch the video below, and together we’ll conquer The infamous Blank Canvas.

Simple Supplies You’ll Need to Join In The Fun:

  • You’re going to need a white piece of paper and anything that will make a mark.
    (Like a  pencil, marker, or paint) With these simple supplies you’re going to make your mark & conquer your very own Blank Page!

Enjoy All The Goodness Before You Hop On:

  1. Tweet Your Mark to @SimplyArt_Us with the #TheBlankCanvasHop
  2. Subscribe to my FREE Art Course, A Turquoise Dream
  3. Enter the FREE Giveaway for Your Chance to Win a Simply Inspired Gift Bundle

Simply Steps to Start Your Creative Process With Ease:

  • Break the ice: Use any material that will make a mark and scribble on the canvas.
  • Enjoy the mess: Scatter your favorite art materials on your work space & dig in!
  • Move about: Play some tunes that make your head bob and booty shake. Then move about your canvas with color in hand and allow you hand to flow over the surface until you feel the need to make your mark.

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Prize Includes:

  • A copy of the Simply Inspired – Creative Workbook
  • A Pack of my favorite multi-color Le Pens
  • Stickers and more surprise goodies…

Enter To Win Using the Rafflecopter Below:

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Check Out the Amazing Artists Participating!

Artists:

  • Karen Friedland
  • Lezette Markham
  • Cynthia Patton
  • Jennyann Carthern
  • Kiala Givehand
  • Jan Blount
  • Effy Wild
  • Virginia Magruder
  • Dariana Cruz
  • Susan Miller
  • Grace Howes
  • Tori Deaux
  • Kiala Givehand
  • Martin Arkenstone
  • Nicole Piar

Plan Your Visit:

  • September 8th
  • September 9th
  • September 10th
  • September 11th
  • September 12th
  • September 13th
  • September 14th
  • September 15th
  • September 16th
  • September 17th
  • September 18th
  • September 19th
  • September 20th
  • September 21st
  • September 22nd

 

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  • ArtistKaren
    Reply

    Oh Lezette-loved the video! Loved your cute, little happy dance as you got into it! Where were you doing that demo? Those people were lucky to see it in real time. I’m curious about your drawing tools? Paint pens, bingo markers, what? And I must complement the quality of the video. The graphics are just lovely and the presentation at the end was way cool! Well done, amiga! <3

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Karen =) I was painting live during a Labor Day celebration at my local art center. People came in from the heat of the festivities to watch me paint, interact with the painting themselves and learn about my local workshops. http://simplyartoc.com/workshops/live-workshops/

      I used ink, acrylics, paint markers, gelato colors, water color crayons and markers. =) Thanks for watching!

  • Martin Arkenstone
    Reply

    Great fun!! Inspires me to go to my studio and make a huge mess. Great Video!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Thanks Martin! Yes, I highly encourage you making a mess. If you make a mess, I would love to see a picture of it. You can reach me on twitter @Simplyart_Us with #TheBlankCanvasHop
      – Cheers!

  • nicole piar
    Reply

    Loved your video. so fun to watch creating happen and I played along a created a very strange doodle creature/hybrid. What kind of space are you in in the video? Looks like a great painting space. 🙂

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Nicole, I would love to see your doodle. =) @Simplyart_Us with #TheBlankCanvasHop

      I was painting at one of my local art centers. They have a community center with a detached building dedicated to art. The upstairs is a gallery and the downstairs where i was video taping is the studio. Anyone in the Charlotte, Matthews area can check out classes here. https://matthewsfun.org/McDowellArtsCenter/tabid/175/Default.aspx

      I have a free Mixed Media class there at the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by. =)

      -Cheers!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Thanks Karen =)

  • holly ogawa
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Fun!!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      You’re welcome….Thank’s for watching. =)

  • Kiala Givehand
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    Lezette!!! I enjoyed watching you paint and chat and smile. It turned out lovely!!!! What a treat. The vibrant colors and playful marks came together to make a fantastic final piece. Thanks for sharing your process. I’m looking forward to sharing my process later this week. WOOHOO!!!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Thank You Kiala! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to your post too.

      I’m really excited to turn in my September entry for http://www.howtoartjournal.com/ where I’ll go even deeper to the emotional and spiritual side of my creative process.

      – Cheers

  • Cynthia Patton
    Reply

    Love the video! So fun to watch how the painting progressed. I’m inspired. 🙂

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Ahhhh, I get so amped up every time I hear that comment “I’m Inspired”!! Thank you for sharing that with me. I know I’m on the right track when I hear those words. It is my purpose to inspire others and I’m glad that this glimpse into my creative process did just that for you.

      So excited for your post today http://cynthiajpatton.com/2014/09/facing-a-blank-page/ because I’m always in awe of a writers talent to place that first word on paper.

      It’s also very brave for an editor to venture onto my website, which is full of spelling and grammatical errors, lol 😉

      -Cheers

  • Jen Young
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    Ah, Lezette! It’s so great to see you painting. Makes me miss painting across the table from you though. Congrats on the awesome time-lapse video! Did you do the time-lapse in-camera or in editing? Hugs!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Jen, I miss painting with you too. I speed up the footage in the editing process using Final Cut Pro. =)

      Thanks for watching. – Cheers!

  • PJ Lawrence
    Reply

    I’m always looking for new videos, and only just found your site today through the blog hop. Since I haven’t had time to explore it yet, I’m not in a position to recommend new videos at this point. Looking forward to the exploration!

    • Lezette Markham
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      Hi PJ, No worries at all. If after looking around, you think of something really cool you would like to see, just let me know. =)

      You can even leave a topic here in the comments and if I’ve created it already, I’ll share the link.

      Enjoy exploring the world of Simply Art, you are very welcome here!

  • Wendy
    Reply

    I am totally loving your fun way of approaching the blank canvas – got my blank paper & all my favorite toys out and I’m headed to make a surprise spread 🙂

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Awesome Wendy! I would love to see the spread. You can tweet me at @Simplyart_Us with #TheBlankCanvasHop

      Enjoy creating and thanks for stopping by.

      -Cheers

  • carolyn
    Reply

    Thanks for giving a peek into your creative process. I’m going to do the free mini-workshop too. It looks like fun!

  • jan blount
    Reply

    This was so fun to watch. You’re are one of my first pins to pinterest. And your finished piece…Wow! Beautiful. Love the vibrancy and all the detail. It just shouts Happy!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Jan, Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed the video. =) I’m honored to be one of your first pins. 😉

  • Carol Mc
    Reply

    I enjoyed the video. What I would like to see in the future?

    How you pick your color combinations.
    What tools you like to use.

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for visiting my website. That sounds like a fantastic video topic and it’s going into my Youtube idea book right now. – Cheers!

  • Dawn King
    Reply

    I love the color combination!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Thanks Dawn, I’m liking the colors too. The painting is currently above my fireplace but I switch it out often depending on how I feel. – Cheers

  • Raine
    Reply

    I really enjoyed watching your process. You are adorable when you smile! It was awesome to see you doing little happy dances as you worked. I need to loosen up like that. I get to tight and that limits me. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Raine…. You’re making me blush 😉 Thanks for taking the time to watch the video.

      Yes, moving around as you paint and even dancing will bring a different life to your painting. If you have a hard time loosening up try blasting a favorite tune while you paint, the kind of tune that you can’t help but move to. =)

      – Cheers

  • Heather Goldsmith
    Reply

    Anything to do with using texture, please!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Hi Heather,

      I think i have some videos lined up for texture. I’ll let you know when I get them posted. Beautiful avatar by the way. Thanks for stopping by. – Cheers =)

  • Dariana
    Reply

    Lezette This video was so great!! I love how your painting turned out! What a great demonstration. Thanks for the Inspiration 🙂

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      You’re welcome Dariana. Thanks for watching. – Cheers =)

  • Fiona
    Reply

    I just watched your video and I LOVE the result (and also the size of the canvas you worked on). I work in art journals mostly, so I think working on something that big would scare me silly. I took your advice and grabbed a bottle of ink I made with food colouring, and sprayed the gorgeous blue on a blank double page in my journal. I’m really new to this and have only used 4 journal spreads – and only 2 are nearly finished, although I do know where I’m going with the other 2. This is the first time I’ve used the sprays, so thank you for making me grab something I have never used before and inspire me to start a new page off – and in BLUE! All my others are orange/red/pink/lilac – so blue will be a nice change. The initial background colour really appears to be having an effect on what colour the end result will be based on, so you not only helped me start off a new double page, but also use something I haven’t used before AND in a colour I probably wouldn’t have thought of starting off with! Tfs with us.

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      Fantastic Fiona! I love that your exploring new colors and getting messy. I’d love to see you create your next project on something big.

      Check out my friends website: http://www.howtoartjournal.com/ for more journaling inspiration and for fun here is me painting big in a silly way. http://youtu.be/6fDz5MKlpYM …… Big isn’t scary, lol…. Try a trash can instead of a canvas. It may take off the pressure to be perfect. =) – Cheers

      • Fiona
        Reply

        Thanks so much for that link to the Cali Trash Can video – it’s awesome and such a great idea! I’m not surprised you were sad to see her go, because I would have been too. I see it was a hotel trash can you did… shame you couldn’t take her with you! What was that texture stuff you used? It looked like sand mixed with something – texture paste? Paint? Looked really fun to use whatever it was, and gave a nice touch to the rest of the painting. I subscribed to your channel (G-G-Gaia) because I really love the things you do – and again, tfs 🙂

  • Trista
    Reply

    I found my way here via the blank canvas hop and am so inspired by your fun video to just start by making marks and get rid of the scary blank canvas. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the generous givings here!

    • Lezette Markham
      Reply

      You’re welcome Trista, Thanks for stopping by! =)

  • Kelly Shults
    Reply

    I really enjoyed watching your process! Process videos are my favorites!

  • joy meadows
    Reply

    Great video and great end result!

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