Sunday, January 19, 2014

Silhouette Painting Tutorial


For Christmas I gave my dad a couple small paintings and a couple weeks later my mom was asking me how I painted them. Since they are a pretty simple painting project, I thought I would bumble my way through a tutorial for her.

1. Pick your Canvas. Normally, I do these paintings on square canvases, but all I had on had were some rectangular ones. Since they look good on either or, I chose one that was a 8"x10".

2. Pick your Colors/Paint.  Start with what you want your main outside color to be and what color you want your center to be.   For this painting I used three different color greens, black for the corners, and yellow for the center. For the type of paint, I used acrylic as it dries quickly.

3. Distribute Paint on Canvas.   Squeeze your paint onto the canvas in loose circles, with the darkest colors on the outer corners and the lightest in the center.  Remember not to let it sit too long between this step and the next or the paint will start to dry.

4.  Swirl your Paint! Honestly, this step is the most fun. Grab a big brush (the one I used was 3/4") and start swirling the paint outwards, starting from the center in a circular motion. After the first time around it should look something like this:

5. Smooth the Lines.  This is the most difficult part, getting the transition from light to dark to look smooth and gradual without any obvious lines.  The best way I have found, is to repeat the motion in step 4. Remember to constantly wash your brush to avoid streaks and obvious lines, especially when transitioning colors. You can work from the outside and go in (depending on if you want more of the green) or from the center outwards again (if you want the center part larger).

6. Let it dry!

7. Sketch on the Silhouette.  Once your background is completely dry, take a regular pencil and sketch out the shape you want for a silhouette.

8. Fill in the silhouette with Black Paint.  Time to paint over your lines and fill them in with black paint. It doesn't have to follow the lines exactly (you can erase those at the end) but its a good basis for your silhouette.

 9.  Erase your pencil lines.  Once your painting is dry, simply erase the leftover pencil lines with a basic white eraser and presto! your painting is finished.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Another New Years Post

I seem to make these around once a year. Something or another will remind me that, 'hey, I have a blog, I should use that'. The problem is, I don't ever know what to post that anyone other than myself would find remotely intruiging. But in the end, I suppose that doesn't really matter, since I started this for me, and therefore should continue it for me, as a place to express whatever I so desire.

This year however, I have a plan. Well a goal, a New Years Resolution of storts. It has nothing to do with blogging, but maybe if I blog about it as I go, I can kill two birds with one stone. The plan is to challenge me to be a better artist as well as be more creative (and maybe knock off a few of those projects I've been procrastinating on while I am at it). It goes like this...

Every month I get a new Medium/Theme.

Every week (or 2 weeks.... I can't decide how ambitious I want to be), I have to make a project that somehow incorporates that theme or medium.

This is the list of months I have and the ideas for them;

January - Marker
February - Fabric
March - Beads
April - Acrylic Paint
May - String/yarn
June - Paper (Newspaper/tissuepaper/etc)
July - Photography
August - flower/leaves/sticks
September - Watercolor
October - Gold/silver Leaf
November - Lace
December - Glitter

So far I've managed to make one drawing with Marker although it was less creative and more just practicing style. I saw a Stamp at Michaels Craft Store and thought the picture was super cute. Since I don't use stamps however, I snuck a quick picture then promptly went about re-creating it on an 11 x 15 sheet of paper when I go home, tweaking it to suit my tastes

And that's the plan. Now who wants to try this with me? 

Friday, February 24, 2012


I seem to cycle through hobbies, at least ones of the artistic nature. Lately I have been sketching again which honestly, is pretty strange, especially since it is all in my work notebook and done in ink. I have never been one to sketch much, even less in ink!

Nevertheless, ink seems to be my new medium. Here are a couple silly pictures from my notebook:

(Turns out Owls do not have tails like that, they are normally shorter, but oh well! Sketches are allowed to be whatever they want to be!)

And one photo of... a tree... (I have an odd obsession with drawing/painting trees) that I did with a pen, inkwell and paintbrush.

Friday, February 10, 2012


I am not one to make new years resolutions, I never have been. But today I was sitting here and I realized its already the second month of 2012 and I have been ignoring a lot of things I enjoy. So here is my effort to start blogging regularly again and keeping whoever still reads this up to date with the happenings in my life.

So lets see, in the last six months I have...

1. Gone to Makeup School and graduated (I'm now a certified makeup artist!)
2. Got a new job (I work in a probation office for the government) 
3. Had my first craft show (Which went amazing and was so much fun)
4. Turned 26 years old
5. Tried to keep up with my etsy shop.
6. Shared time with friends and family.

And now for some pictures.

Photography by mju foto. (
Makeup by Suzanne Becker (
Model: Leah

Photography by mju foto. (
Makeup by Suzanne Becker
Model: Georgia

Well there are a couple pictures at least. For more etsy listings please visit my Shop. For more makeup looks please visit my Portfoilo.

Now I solemnly swear to update this at least more often then once every six months...

Friday, July 8, 2011


I've been ignoring this place again. But in my defense, life has had some MAJOR changes in the last few weeks and its been pretty hectic and a bit overwhelming in some aspects.

Most of you know that I signed up to go to Artists Within Makeup School. Well classes have started and I think they are going really well. Its harder then I thought it would be, but a ton of fun as well. We have our first test on Monday and I haven't studied for it and I REALLY need to do that because it won't be easy. Its all about skin care and skin diseases and knowing which ones are contagious, etc. As well as different skin conditions and what sort of products you should use with what. (Its actually quite interesting!). I think the best part about class though, is the fact that even if I am grumpy before class, by the time it ends I am always in a happy, chipper mood. The girls there are great and our teacher is awesome. Its a fun group and as I love doing makeup... what is there to be cranky about when I'm there?!

What some of you might not know is that I started a new job this week. I now work for the Solicitor General Department of the Government of Alberta. Its pretty intense and overwhelming actually, but really cool too. I am getting to know my criminal code of Canada better at least! I work in one of the parole offices in the city. Its neat, and of course all confidential, but interesting. I just need to learn a lot of things and my brain is a bit fried. Especially since I was left alone today already with no one to ask questions to! YIKES! I survived though!

What else is there to say....  I swear I have things to list in my shop... just no pictures of those things yet since I haven't had time to take any. I think I will try work on updating my shop this weekend along with trying to get my house organized.  I'll also stop rambling now.

Just a quick update for those who care!


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Red Hair and Makeup

I finally decided to do something with my hair other than the black and blonde... so what did I do? I went RED. Very red.

And since I think red and green look fabulous together, I did green makeup.

Eyeshadows Used:

Emerald by PureFusion
Jord by PureFusion
Bare it All by PureFusion

I also went and got my hair cut today, which I am not sure how I feel about. Its the first time I've actually gotten it cut professionally in about 2.5 years I think. I think I might have to fix it up though... hmm....

Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Sale!

My etsy shop Tinged is having a sale starting April 30 - May 5th ! 10% everything in my shop (excluding shipping) as part of the Etsy Alberta Team Spring Sale! A whole bunch of shops from the teams are participating. You can see the list of all the shops and what they are offering  HERE

I am pretty excited. It's my first sale.

And on that note, have some pictures of some of the newest items!