12 Easy & Free Art Tutorials (to get your creative juices flowing)

12 easy free art tutorials

Hello art lovers! Today I wanted to share with you all a list of fun, easy and FREE art tutorials to help get your creative juices flowing!

The tutorials include a mixture of different mediums. Some are to be done by hand and others are digital. Most of these I have done myself or used for inspiration in my own work.

To see my full list of art tutorials and inspiration check out and follow my Pinterest board on the topic!

1. How to Make An Amazing Outer Space Scene in Photoshop

2. How to Paint Beautiful Watercolor Agate Slices – Beautiful watercolour paintings I haven’t tried yet but have been meaning to.  

3. How to Create Repeat patterns in Photoshop – A great one for designing prints for Society6 and Zazzle.

4. How to Draw a Rose Step by Step – Lots of good beginner’s drawing tutorials on this website including this one!

5. Doodle Prompt – Viscera Phantasma – Beef up your sketchbook with this simple but beautiful doodle prompt!

6. Creative Art Journaling Tutorial – Optical Art – A cool op-art YouTube tutorial. YouTube is a great resource for art tutorials!  This creates an image similar to the one used in the featured photo.

7. Plastic Bag Printmaking – Want to try your hand at printmaking? This is a super simple monoprint tutorial using only acrylic paints and plastic bags!

8. Face Drawing tutorial – Step by step drawing tutorial on different parts of the face.

9. A simple and fun collage art idea! 

10. How to Paint Water with Acrylics – A little bit more of an advanced painting tutorial. Find more great acrylic painting tutorials on this website!

11. Galaxy Painting Tutorial – Paint a galaxy by hand with this simple YouTube tutorial.

12. Lino-cut Printmaking Tutorial – My own tutorial on how to make hand-made lino-cut prints!

Thanks for checking out my list and I hope you are planning on having some fun doing these easy tutorials!

Feel free to share your own art tutorials or your favorite ones in the comments section below. No spam please!

To check out my artwork please visit my website http://www.julieerindesigns.com, or you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with my latest art, sales, and promotions!

Cheers and have a great week everyone,

~Julie

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10 Ways to Get Over Artists Block

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Creative block, a.k.a. Artists block is something I am sure all creative people have experienced at one point or another in their lives.

Sometimes you just feel burnt out or cannot even fathom what to do next!

Especially when you have a deadline or a creative assignment this can be a huge burden and cause a lot of stress for an artist or aspiring artist.

Below are some great ways I have found to get over this hump and get my creative juices flowing again!

1. Get a sketchbook

Sometimes just getting a nice new blank sketchbook is all I need to feel motivated to fill it up with drawings and doodles and whatever else I feel like!

I got myself a beautiful Moleskine sketchbook and drew this:

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2. Draw anything and everything

Look up pictures of cute animals and draw them (see above).

Doodle in your sketchbook – let your hand guide you.

Draw your pet, your friend’s pet, or even your friend! Look up pictures on Pinterest or Google images and draw them.

3. Use materials around you

Office pens, highlighters, nail polish, whatever you have in your general vicinity.  See what you can create using the limited materials available to you.

Here is a little doodle I made using only pens and highlighters:

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4. Travel

It doesn’t have to be far, nor cost a fortune.

Just get outside and be inspired by the world around you, be it nature (a park or beach) or the bustling city streets.  Simply observe and immerse yourself in living life.

Sometimes a nice change of scenery is all it takes for creative inspiration!

5. Set it down, step away, and forget about it for a little while

Sometimes we just get burnt out creatively.

If you are feeling frustrated, sometimes it is best to just walk away for a little while and forget about it.  It doesn’t have to be a long time, even just a relaxing evening with friends or family where you don’t think at all about your art can be like hitting the reset button.

6. Try something new

Maybe you’ve never tried watercolor painting, or needle crafts, or something other artistic medium you have admired from afar.  Give it a shot!

7. Find some new materials to work with

Look for free art materials on Craigslist or Freecycle (freecycle.org)!

Sometimes all we need to be inspired are some fun new materials, maybe even something we hadn’t considered using before.

No need to go out and spend a fortune at the art store though, find something for free so if you don’t like it, no harm done!

I have gotten a whole bag full of unused yarn for needle crafts, and also a full lino-cut print making set for free on Freecycle!

8. Look at other art

Go check out some local galleries or simply look for art online!.

See what other people are making; obviously don’t copy them but you can be inspired by their work and create something in your own style!  Check out my online art gallery for inspiration.

9. Get down and dirty. Destroy to create!

Creation can be a destructive process.  It can also be fun just to get dirty and/or destroy something! Just don’t ruin anything of value or that you will regret later.

Ideas: Throw paint or coffee at a canvas or paper.  Rip up some paper or other materials.  Let out some of that frustration!

10. Do some tutorials

For me, this is a great one to develop creative ideas.

Look up tutorials online in your preferred medium: digital (Photoshop, illustrator), painting, drawing etc.  Youtube is a great resource for tutorials in all kinds of mediums!

Well that’s all the ideas I have for you today, I hope these will help you get over that pesky creative block!

How do you get over artist’s block?  Leave your ideas in the comment section below!!

Check out my website if you would like to see more of my artwork, and feel free to connect with me via Facebook and Instagram!

Cheers,

Julie

Hand Painted Bird Feeder

 

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This is my latest project, since I am sprucing up my patio for Summer – A hand-painted bird feeder!

And the best part is that I just used a plain wooden one from the dollar store!  So cute and cheap!

I haven’t actually gotten any birds to eat from it yet but I just put it out yesterday so hopefully they will come soon.

Here is a before pic:

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And after!

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If you would like to see more of my artwork please visit my website, http://www.julieerindesigns.com

Enjoy,

~Julie

Couples Costume DIY – Fry and Leela

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Yay it’s October!  I love the fall leaves and the crisp air.. and most of all, Halloween!

This was my boyfriend and I’s “Fry and Leela” couples costumes last year.  We wore them to a party and got tons of comments!

If you don’t know Fry and Leela they are characters from the Matt Groening TV show Futurama.  This is a super cute and fun couples costume especially if you are a fan of the show like we are.

Fry

Fry’s outfit was the easiest, my bf just went out and found a red jacket at a thrift store and used some orange hair colouring spray to do his hair.

Make sure you use that stuff in a well ventilated area and wear old clothes because it will stain!

He paired that with some blue jeans, a white t-shirt and sneakers and was all set.

Leela

This outfit was a bit more complicated due to the whole cyclops thing.

Also, her hair is usually worn in a ponytail but the only purple wig I could find was straight, so I winged it and said I was “party Leela”, when she lets her hair down. Besides, I liked the way it looked on me.

The clothing for the costume is just some black leggings and a plain white tank top paired with black boots.

She also has an arm gadget that you can’t see in the photo because it was on the other arm but I just used cardboard wrapped with duct-tape, then taped on some black paper circles for the “buttons” and whatnot.

A quick Google search for “Leela’s Arm Gadget” will give you an idea of what it looks like.

Now for the eye:

I used some old sunglasses and popped the lenses out.  You could pick up some cheap frames from the Dollar store if you don’t have any laying around.

Then I made an eye shape out of pipe cleaners.

I used some fabric called Tulle (found from a craft or fabric store) and cut that into the same eye shape, which I then actually hand sewed to the backside of the pipe cleaner circle using white thread.  I found glue didn’t work very well, but I didn’t use a glue gun so that may work better.

I used a black self-adhesive felt sheet (which can be found at any craft store like Michaels) for the iris and lashes which stuck on pretty well.

I then tied the whole thing to the sunglasses frames with some string, and it’s all done!

The props included a Dollar store water gun for Leela, and then we just printed off the Planet Express logo (from google) and taped it on all 4 sides of a small box for Fry.

We also made Slurm can beer cozies which were made out of cardboard with the Slurm logo taped on there!

I hope these instructions were easy enough to follow, and inspires someone for their costume this year!

Enjoy,

~Julie

Other DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from this blog:

Sugar Skull couples costume

Zombie cowgirl with realistic fake wounds

Sugar Skull (Dia de lose Muertos) Makeup