Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Frida Kahlo Inspiration at Creative Jumpstart

Read to the end for a giveaway!  Week three at Creative Jumpstart was devoted to Frida Kahlo.   While I'm a fan of her work, I have never tried to paint in her style.  It was fun to spend a week not only studying Kahlo's work and inspiration, but watching how five amazing artists translated her themes into their own work.  (You can see the influences of Matisse and Basquiat here.)  Do you see Frida Kahlo's influence in the work I created last week?


Jessica Sporn Designs

One of the most transformative techniques I learned was painting with acrylic inks and using them like watercolors.  Here's a video of that process, using my Layered Peonies stencil from Stencil Girl Products:


You can also watch "Achieving Watercolor Effects with Acrylic Paints on YouTube here.  


I've been posting all my #cjs16 pictures on Instagram @jessica_sporn.  I've just started using Insta and I'm liking the immediacy of it.  I'd love it if you would follow me there too.

As an incentive - I'm offering the Layered Peonies stencil as a giveaway to someone who comments on this post and, for an extra chance to win, comments on Instagram too!  Here are the rules!

  1. Leave a comment on this post that includes your email address in case I need to contact you.
  2. For an extra chance to win, visit me on Instagram @jessica_sporn and follow me if you like what you see.
  3. For a third "extra" - leave a comment on this Instagram post mentioning the Peony Stencil.
  4. Time for commenting ends on Thursday, January 28, 11:59PM EST.


I'll post the winner in this blog post by Friday morning, January 29, by 10AM EST.

If you haven't already - please connect with me here:
Your comments make me so happy and let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will happily answer any questions as soon as I can.

If you are entering a GIVEAWAY, please add your email address in the event I need to contact you.

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Thank You!

22 comments:

  1. gorgeous paintings Jessica! Love the effect you have achieved with the inks. And that peony stencil is beautiful! Thanks for the video, and a chance to win this stencil! Sorry, not on instagram.

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  2. Hi Jessica. I love seeing all of these together. So colorful and beautiful. Each with its own personality. CJS has been amazing hasn't it? I started following you on IG but thought I had missed them. Glad you are just starting. I keep wondering how you can keep up with all the social media!

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    1. Thanks D - I loved that workshop. thanks so much for your kind words.

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  3. When you posted your art about Basquiat it inspired me to join JumpStart and I'm loving it. I like your interpretations of the Frida Kahlo lessons. I especially like the one in your video.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear this Janet. I hope you're having fun!

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  4. Fabulous! I'm a fan of Frida Kahlo too!
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot uk

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    1. Thank you Gill - I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  5. I was fascinated watching your technique for coloring the flowers. I need to add more acrylic ink to my stash. barbaramerves(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! I hope you try the acrylic inks. They're a lot of fun.

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  6. I love these. The layered peonies is on my list!
    ldobry6 (at)gmail (dot)com

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    1. Lisa - you're the winner! I'm emailing you right now.

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  7. Such a wonderful project! I love seeing how you used the inks! I need to get some of those. Thank you for the inspiration!

    mjmarmo@comcast.net

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    1. Thank you Jean. They inks are so color saturated. I love them.

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  8. Such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your talents and the chance to win this beautiful stencil! lindaanneward@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm sorry you didn't win, but I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  9. I love your art and happy colours and life in your paintings :-)

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  10. Jessica, loving you Frida's! Beautiful! xo

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    1. It's been so much fun and so inspiring. xo

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