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Art Studio Quick Tour

Setting up a space for your art is really important. It can be as big or small as your space allows but most importantly, it must be an area that you enjoy being in and has that creative and relaxed vibe.

Over time you can start small and grow your art collection. I found a lot of my supplies on eBay where you can grab loads of art bargains. Most of my art collection has been through thrifty bidding and bargains. Ebay allowed me to get some really reasonable priced art supplies. I was then able to try so many different mediums and experiment more. Art supplies can be pricy and this is a great way to expand your art arsenal for less.

I always hang my artwork on my walls in my little studio and it’s good to look back and review them. You start to notice a progression in your art. It’ll also give you more confidence when like me people come in and compliment your artwork.

Having the courage to share your art and get peoples opinions can be really scary at first, however if you have a little courage to share your art, it really gives you a confidence boast when you get a compliment. This in turn inspires you to continue on your artistic journey. take a look at the two artworks below – the swan was completed last year and the little bird was one of my first drawing around three years ago.

The difference time and practice can make
Enjoy making a space for your art in your life

Don’t stop at painting pictures if you really can’t think what to paint get upcyling – this little gem was off to the tip until I rescued him and upcycled it. It really was a great art project that cost me next to nothing. I turned this dull tired grey unit into a beautiful piece of furniture to compliment my art studio- I got a bit of a buzz as well from saving something else ending up in the landfill.

Well that’s all for this blog – thank you for reading and happy “arting” and most of all enjoy your artistic journey. I would love to hear from all of you with your artistic journeys and latest projects.

Ellie Burdett

Otter Painting in Acrylic

Otter Painting in Acrylic

A combination of airbursh and hand painted technique

Blog by Ellie Burdett

This was a great piece to paint, I found the reference picture on Pixabay a free download and royalty free.  I started by painting the canvas hoockers green to form the base for the painting then airbrushing several layers from light to dark.  I wanted the background out of focus to ensure the viewers eye was drawn to the otter.

“Tip: I first tried to paint the planks in the colour shown in my reference photo – having done this, I realised this was not lending itself favourably to the overall mood of the picture, being darker wood.  With this in mind I decided to go over the wood again once it was dry.  During the process another artist gave me a tip not to put to much detail on the wood again ensuring that the otter remained the star of the painting”


The next stage was to get the otter into the art work.  I used a chalk pencil to sketch out the otter on the canvas, ensuring that the painting so far was dry.  A complete coast of unbleached titanium white formed the base coat of the otter.  Following this is was a case of gradually adding fur layer by layer.  A great combination for getting the fur colour was the use of a three mix of colour using;

Unbleached titanium white, naples yellow with a hint of burnt sienna.

“Tip: I tried to add the darker fur around the feet of the otter to highlight the shaded area – this stuck out like a sore thumb and did not blend in well in fact it really drew the eye to that area of the painting.  After much time, research and reading – I discovered a big tip on colour theory, in that it is better to ensure you gradually layer the colour from lighter to darker (or the reverse), to gain a more natural look”

 There are some examples in the gallery below of this process and again to re-affirm that if you don’t get it right first time….with acrylics, you can correct it and carry on.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today.

Supplies List:

Airbrushing the back ground and heads of the dandelions:

  1. Iwata Neo Airbrush
  2. Creatix airbrush paint
  3. Water to dilute the paint

Hand Painting the Otter and the Wood planks:

  1. Master philbert brushes
  2. Proarte detail brushes
  3. Liquitex basics acrylic paint
  4. Chalk pencil
  5. Liquitex glazing medium
  6. Liquitex gloss varnish

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Owl in Flight

Blog by Ellie Burdett

Owl in Flight – Acrylic Painting

I wasn’t sure where this picture was going when I started it…….always a risk; not to pre-plan, my only idea was clouds. So off I went and painted the sky with layers of pastel coloured paint that took my fancy in a diagonal fashion. Why diagonally – I’m not sure….maybe because I’m left handed. After drying I automatically went for the airbrush to layer in the clouds using a very wobbly and torn piece of paper that took my eye.


I studied the clouds for some time and realised the most obvious subject would be an owl in flight (of course….strange artistic mind). Using transfer paper I moved my sketch to the canvas and lightly painted the outline with unbleached titanium white.

I then filled out the owl with more unbleached titanium white following the direction of the feathers and matching my paints strokes to the shapes of the feathers.

I gradually added variations of colour for the feathers details using different shades of brown darker to lighter. Final feather highlights were then added in titanium white.

A few washes with glazing medium further defined the colours and finished with a coat of medium gloss varnish.

Supplies list:

  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Creatix spray paint
  • Neo Iwata airbrush
  • 40cm x 40cm square art in a canvas 280gsm
  • Liquitex heavy body unbleached titanium white

Artists note:

I actually thought this project would make a really good cushion so curiosity being what it is went on to order a print.

Happy painting Ellie.

Moonlight Whale Tail Acrylic Painting:

Moonlight Acrylic Whale Tail Painting:

Supplies List:

  • Liquitex basics paint
  • Creatix Paint
  • Neo Iwata Airbrush
  • Stencil for sky background
  • Liquitex glazing medium
  • Artina Canvas
  • Pro-art brushes


I Painted the sky with a mix of phalo green and phalo blue then airbrushed over a space feel with the stencil.  For the main body of the base drawing, I used a water-soluble pencil to sketch out the outline (this ensured no pencil marks were visible after painting).

I next layered in the mountains working from the furthest away from the viewer.  Several layers were applied to include Grey (base colour), purple, blue, white and burn’t umber.

The tree line was next and blocked in with hookers green with subsequent layers of lighter green shades mixed down gradually with white.  There were around four layers of green to complete the look.  I find layers add depth to the painting and give a good level of contrast.

Unusually I outlined the whale tails before putting in the background – a bit of an experiment as usually I would finish the background and then add fore ground detail.  Varations of phalo blue and phalo green where again used to create the ocean, detailing with light blue sea foam finally highlighted with white.

The whale tails were painted using a deep grey tone mixing titanium white with mars black. Detail over the fins again using lighter version of the blue tones above and finished with titanium white

Finally water falling from the fins and around the base of the whale tails was added to ensure that the whale tails looked part of the sea rather than just stuck on.  I did enjoy this piece – especially learning ocean colour variations.  The great thing about acrylic painting is that if you don’t like the colour scheme you can paint or glaze right over the top (as long as the previous layers are dry).

Grey Wolf Acrylic Painting:

Supplies List:

  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Creatix airbrush paint opaque
  • Proarte brushes
  • Iwata Neo airbrush for background
  • Generic stencil
  • Liquitex glazing medium


I painted the background with  phalo Green with a small quantity of blue and once dry airbrushed the stencil on the top and bottom.  I the made my outline drawing with chalk pencil filling in with transparent titanium white.  I gradually darkened the dark areas and lightened the light areas in a gradual build up of layers.

Finally the grey wolf fur was added layer by layer.  Lastly a wash of liquitex glazing medium to finish.


Alternate Reality: Acrylic Painting…..

Supplies List:

  • Liquitex Basics Paint
  • Creatix Air Brush Paint
  • Iwata Neo Airbrush
  • FX Mini Stencils
  • Glazing Medium
  • Artina Canvas
  • Proarte Brushes

Painting Alternate Reality:

I enjoyed painting this piece as it was the first time I have used anything near a good quality canvas.  I choose Artina as they were very good value for money and were a lot smoother for some of the fine detail needed.  The Liquitex Basics sat well with this paint giving it a matt base for layering.  I started from the background and worked my way forward….I recently received an Iwata Neo Airbrush for my birthday and boy what a difference that made from my original generic one.  Airbrushing with the Neo turned out to be a whole lot faster…..

And then finally…..designed and printed as iPhone case..