INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES

This page is designed to provide you with insight and inspiration in your creative field of choice. It could be a painting technique, a new dance step or a new way to pen those thoughts you have stored away in your frontal cortex!

We invite artists in the visual, performing and literary arts to share a vdieo with their fellow artisans. Produce a 3-5 minute video and send it to us via a file sharing program such as WETRANFER.COM ( choose the free option) and we will post it to our site. You can also send us the embeded link to your youtube channel - either way we invite you to share your creative tips.


SKETCHING AT HICKS LAKE - Outdoor Sketching
[September 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Want to know what a real Outdoor Sketching Trip looks like? Come with Wendy to Hicks Lake and get a feel for the real THING. You will see how easily and quickly you can set up, follow along as she draws and paints and then experience a short critique of the finished piece. Hear the wind in the trees, see the roll of the waves on the water and feel the relaxing, quiet of the moment. Outdoor Sketching is a great addition to your hiking experience. Wildlife Artist, Wendy Mould, is an avid Sketch Booker both in the Studio and Outdoors. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools; West Coast Nature. www.artbywendy.com


TELLING ALL YOUR ARTIST SECRETS -
Truthful Youtuber Tags
[September 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @yellowmelle | Hell yeah, youtuber tag! Where did all the art memes and challenges go? Let's bring it back! Melissa asks 16 important questions about what is required for an artist to reveal about their tools, etc to maintain their artistic intrigity without selling out! Watch as she creats her master piece while addressing this important questions.


How to Make Instagram Ad Graphics for Authors for FREE
[September 2021]

By the end of this video, you’ll be able to create your own free 3D versions of your book cover and make gorgeous Instagram ad graphics that you can use for many other purposes as well, such as social media posts, Facebook ads, making book posters and other bonus content, graphics for your website, invitations to your launch party, and so much more. I’ve used this to create the invitations that led to my epic launch party for my second book, beautiful social media images, social media ads, website graphics, and tons more.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegwythienian/ Website: https://www.savannahjgoins.com/


PAINTING MOSSY ROCKS - Outdoor Sketching
[July & August 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Have you tried to paint the West Coast Moss? It grows on everything: trees, logs, stumps, fences, . . . I love its puffy greens. But Moss can be tricky to paint. Looking at 4 Key Points: structure, colours, texture, and shadows – Wendy shows you step by step how to make that mossy fluffy and glowing in the sunlight. For a Free Download PDF reference picture to paint along with her see: artbywendy.com – Workshops- Videos by Wendy #16
Wildlife Artist, Wendy Mould, is an avid Sketch Booker both in the Studio and Outdoors. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools; West Coast Nature. www.artbywendy.com


Watercolour Bees Speedpaint - Where's Milo?
[July & August 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @yellowmelle | Here's a classic watercolour speedpaint where I chat about the inspiration behind this painting! Based on my Wild Satellite series which was inspired by my late cat, Milo. The best thing about being an artist is creating worlds, and I wanted to create adventures for my bored cat to go on. He lives on in this work. I took my own advice about sketching nonsense to see what comes out of it and I walked away with teacup orchids and bundlebees! It would be so fun to put on an interactive art show with where's waldo style paintings of fascinating worlds that hide our little investicat inside of them! How would you do it? Reminisce about searching for waldo in the comments below!


Should I keep writing or not?
[July & August 2021]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | How to know if you should keep writing or give up? If you feel discouraged or are asking yourself, "Why should I keep writing?" this is the video chock full of writer inspiration just for you. With real stories about people who didn't give up and tips for enjoying the writing process more, this video will leave you in a better headspace about your writing journey. savannahjgoins.com


3 WAYS TO MIX WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER - Outdoor Sketching
[June 2021]

WENDY MOULD |Outdoor Sketching means you need to work quickly, no time for big puddles of mixed paint. Follow along with Wendy as she demonstrates how to mix your watercolours on paper to create interesting and dynamic colours. Wildlife Artist, Wendy Mould, is an avid Sketch Booker both in the Studio and Outdoors. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks, gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools; West Coast Nature. www.artbywendy.com


WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FAIL? Art Journaling
[June 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @yellowmelle | Someone wondered how to deal with the fear of pursuing something that is likely to fail. Anyone who is pursuing an art career is asked constantly what they would do if they failed. People who are already successful are constantly asked what they would do if their business suddenly crapped out. But no one ever asked me what I would do if the store I was working at suddenly closed down and fired everyone, something that happens to people quite a lot, actually! Probably because the answer is: something else. The only future we have is the one we create. Just hanging out with my art journal today. it's the last page! I thought it was pretty fitting to pair this talk about living in cautious fear with an art activity that consistently makes me feel like I have no idea what I'm doing.


IS COLLEGE REQUIRED TO BE A WRITER?
[June 2021]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Do you need to go to college to be a writer? The short answer is no, a college degree is not required to become a writer.

But so many things that you need to learn to become a quality writer can sometimes be learned faster by getting a degree than by just figuring it out. However, some very famous and successful authors didn’t get a degree in a writing-related subject, and one particular one didn’t go to college at all!

In this video, Shayla Morgansen and I discuss our very different formal educations, what degrees are the best to pursue if you want to be a writer, and some alternatives that might surprise you. We will also share tips for how to learn more about writing right now right where you are no matter what educational background or future opportunities you have.

Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and officially acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


Making my own 600-page sketchbook tutorial
[May 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @yellowmelle | The one where I actually did the thing: I made my own 600 page sketchbook. Why? Because the OG sketchbook was $150 at the time, out of stock, and I wanted something more durable that wont crack upon opening. I'm using only common materials that you can find quite easily (except maybe it's hard to find big paper....), and while this particular method of binding is challenging, it has the luxe feel of hardcover, and the flexibility of coilbound. Need me to draw you a diagram with written instructions? Check out my blog post about it: http://www.yellowmellearts.com/blog


SAVANNAH J GOING | This exercise is for you if you've been putting off a project out of overwhelm, fear, or some unknown reason. This is part of the process that enabled Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week, to do all the amazing things he's done and it worked for me! Let me know in the comments what you're going to try this exercise with! And then DO IT RIGHT NOW before resistance sets in and you start putting this off too. I can't wait to see what amazing things you will be enabled to accomplish once you do this!

Savannah J Goins | Hailing from the state of Indiana, Savanna J Goins is an entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist who teaches creative ways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they've arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons. savannahjgoins.com


EXPLORING WITH SHAPES [Sletch Booking]
[May 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Do you spend time exploring? So much can be learned by moving out of your box and trying new ideas and new materials. This activity will give you give you a creative spark and maybe even point you in a new direction . Wendy will take you on a voyage of discovery where you try new techniques: collaging, stenciling, and free hand drawing and new materials: variety of pens, watercolour pencils, and coloured pens. Grab your sketchbook and supplies and create with Wendy. www.artbywendy.com

Wildlife Artist, Wendy Mould, is an avid Sketch booker both in the Studio and Outdoors. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools. West Coast Nature.


START YOUR OUTDOOR SKETCH with confidence
[April 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Want to sketch Outdoors but feeling overwhelmed uncertain where to start. Getting started can be the biggest blocker. Wendy has tips that will get you sketching with confidence. Join her as she sketches a forlorn tree, clinging to a rocky cliff. Reference Picture is available as a FREE Download at artbywendy.com – Workshops – Videos by Wendy.

Wendy is an avid Outdoor Sketcher, capturing moments along the trail. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and gnarled trees and creeks with quiet watery pools. West Coast Nature. Wendy heads out sketching with small group classes from June to September each year. See her website for more information and to Register for a Class


AUTHOR MEDIA KITS:What They Are and Why You Need
[April 2021]

SAVANNAH J GOINS | Grab my Free Author Media Kit Mini Course here for step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates, and a bonus logo design tutorial! https://www.savannahjgoins.com/members Whether you have several books out or your first one in the works, you need a media kit! Having one will help you take advantage of every opportunity to get yourself and your book out there.

<em>Hailing from the state of Indiana, Savanna J Goins is an entrepreneurial speaker and fantasy novelist who teaches creative ways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey, and know when they've arrived. She uses her background in dragon wrangling as an exotic animal veterinary technician to encourage and inspire audiences with entertaining stories and unforgettable lessons.</em> savannahjgoins.com


I CAN ONLY DREAW FROM A PHOTO! How Do I Stop?
[April 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @yellowmelle | Sketching pets on Reddit! In the meantime, I chat about a question which asked: I can only draw from photo reference. In fact, I can only draw THE photo reference! But I want to draw cool characters from my imagination. How can I dump the references and just draw whatever I want? What do you guys think?

Melissa takes you on a philosophical journey to explore developing your own 'individual' art style.


Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking - Stop Being Afraid to Ask:
[March 2021]

[Savannah J Goings] It's not always easy to ask. Most of us probably feel the fear of possible rejection, ridicule, failure, or being a burden to someone.

My recent adventure getting photography for the "dragon wrangler" part of my brand is a perfect reminder of what I learned about asking in Amanda Palmer's book, "The Art of Asking." I've been held back on several occasions by fear of rejection from others, but I learned through this experience that asking doesn't have to be scary if you have the right mindset, and it can be so useful. You'll never know if you don't ask. This whole experience led me into building connections, establishing trust, getting the help I needed, and most importantly, making progress in my business by acquiring assets and expanding my mindset.

Tell me about a time you were afraid to ask for something. Did you try anyway? What steps are you going to take now to try again or achieve a new result? Let me know in the comments!

| Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and officially acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


Do we HAVE to learn to draw realism?
'DRAW WITH ME'
[March 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @YellowMelle | Somebody was asking: do I really need to learn realism if I want to draw cartoon style for a living? And someone else pointed out that they'd felt that learning realism actually made it harder to stylize their drawings. And it kind of blew my mind, because I remember how carefree it felt to just.. draw cartoon people. But now? I have no idea how to even start. So the real question is, does learning to draw realistically actually create an obstacle for some people? Paint with me while I "ruin" some nice watercolour flowers with my goofy bees.


5TIPS TO GET YOU OUTDOOR SKETCHING
...with joyfulness!
[March 2021]

Want to sketch Outdoors but feeling overwhelmed and unprepared when you try? Wendy has 5 Great Tips to help you get on the road to success. Join her in sketching mossy rocks and ferns along a rocky creek bed. Reference Picture is available as a FREE Download at artbywendy.com – Workshops – Videos by Wendy.

Wendy is an avid Outdoor Sketcher, capturing moments along the trail. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and logs and creeks with quiet watery pools. West Coast Nature. Wendy heads out sketching with small group classes from June to September each year.


11 ARTISTS INSTAGRAM IDEAS -That aren't 'finished' art]
[February 2021]

Paint with me while I chat about the pressure to post on social media CONSTANTLY and how difficult it is when you're practicing a trade that takes time to finish anything. Artists are resolving to make less rushed art and post less, but there are lots of posts in my feed that I love to see!

Messy/luxurious work spaces, thumbnails/sketchbook shots, works in progress, macro details, at-work selfies, photo of something inspiring your work, art supplies you like, old and forgotten artwork, mistakes and disasters that come with a lesson, clever tips, stacks of sketchbooks, colour swatches!

About the painting: part of a series I started once about a cat drifting through new worlds on a homemade satellite. Qor watercolours on Baohong paper, using a Silver Black Velvet brush.


PLAYING WITH NATURE'S GREENS
[February 2021]

Do the Summer GREENS overwhelm you when you’re Outdoor Sketching? Now is the time to play with Nature’s Greens and grab control. Follow along with Wendy as she paints this little hummingbird resting on a branch – surrounded by the GREENS of summer. Wendy will show how to add new colours to your sketch but keeping the ‘sense of greenness’ in the overall image. To get your own copy of the reference picture, head over to Wendy’s website artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


BUILDING DRAWING SKILLS: With A Treasure Hunt
[January 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Are you a Treasurer Hunter? Ready to take the Hunter’s Challenge? With your camera take 5 pictures of something in your world, inside or out: birds, houses, snowmen, . . . Now let’s get to work in your sketchbook. Join Wendy as she shows you how that Treasure Hunt can build Drama and Mystery into turn your Artwork. artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


CREATING 'FANTASY' VOCABULARY
[January 2021]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and officially acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


ACRYLIC POUR IN AN ART JOURNAL
[January 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Edit: I think I misunderstood the story, so when I said "solitary confinement", it should really be "isolation", which still has the spirit of loneliness and poor care, but may have rendered what I said to be excessively dramatic, or maybe not. Find Melissa on Youtube under the name YELLOWMELLE.


DEVELOPING AN ART STYLE
[December 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Edit: I think I misunderstood the story, so when I said "solitary confinement", it should really be "isolation", which still has the spirit of loneliness and poor care, but may have rendered what I said to be excessively dramatic, or maybe not. Find Melissa on Youtube under the name YELLOWMELLE.


REPETITION CAN BE FUN
[December 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Can You be Inspired by Repetition? Of course, repetition will build skills. But it can be boring – after all, it is all about repeating the same thing. Wendy has designed an Activity that will turn Repetition into an interesting and inspiring activity. Join her as she shows you how to ‘get into the moment’ with Repetition!! artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


WORKING WITH A COVER ARTIST [Best Practices]
[December 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


MOVE YOUR PLOT FORWARD - AVOID INFO DUMPS
[November 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. www.Savannahjgoins.com
savannahjgoins.com


WORKING WITH BAOHONG PAPER
[November 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Is the Baohong paper as good or better than Arches? Seems pretty close so far... Also, according to another youtuber, you're right, there is no quality difference between the arches pads and blocks. Yippee!


DYI AWESOME CHRISTMAS CARDS
[November 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Take your Passion for Drawing and Play and turn it into something special for family and friends. Imagine the joy and surprise your hand crafted Christmas Greetings will bring. Wendy has some ideas to get you started but once on the road you will certainly find new ways to go. Wendy has included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Christmas Activity Sheet to help spark your Creative Flow.

GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD PDF HERE | Printable

HOW TO PLAN A BOOK SERIES
[October 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


DOES AN ARTIST NEED A ‘SIGNATURE’ STYLE
[October 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | New artists want to know: do I need a unique, signature style to come out as an artist? How can I be the new Van Gogh of our time? Do we even want to be Van Gogh, though?


GET THOSE SHADOWS WORKING FOR YOU
[October 2020]

WENDY MOULD | What is happening in the Dark Zone – Join Wendy as she travels into the Shadows to learn their secrets. Whether you work in Realism or Abstract or somewhere in between, having a strong understanding of Shadows really improves your work. Edges, Value Changes and Ambient Lighting must be considered to get your Shadows to tell their Story. Grab the free Printable Download to work along with Wendy as you venture further into the Dark Zone

PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD | Click Here | Mushroom

PAINTING A CAT PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR
[September 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | More of a quick timelapse, but also contains a personal update from March about coping with the COVID shutdown as an aspiring artist, which might come as unexpected. A watercolour commission of a cat brings me focus and direction in an otherwise directionless time


GETTING READY FOR OUTDOOR SKETCHING
[September 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Getting Ready for Outdoor Sketching is key to your success. I like to find a spot. Stop. Sketch. This can be along a trail, at the beach, on a tour. Anywhere, I find an interesting spot and have a few minutes. The key to successfully working Outdoors is to be prepared. My materials, snacks and sketchbook are organized, easy to whip out and ready to go. Check out my video and get yourself ready to roll. I look forward to seeing you on the trail.

For more information on materials see my blog post: April 18, 2019 – My Really SMALLmendous Art Kit – artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


STRETCHING WATER COLOUR PAPER LIKE CANVASS
[August 2020]

by MELISSA PEACOCK | Creating a Paper CAnvass...Aha, finally getting out the staple gun and reusing some old canvas stretchers with this watercolour paper.


The POWER of the LINE
[August 2020]

BY WENDY MOULD - Watercolour and Pen Work are great friends. They love to play together; the sharp, dark, crisp line is a perfect balance for the soft, colourful, wash of watercolour. Together they can demonstrate the POWER of the LINE. The line captures and holds shapes together and yet can separates as well. It can move a shape forward or send it too the back. Join Wendy in this SketchBooking Activity and discover for yourself the POWER of the LINE. Read more: artbywendysblog.blogspot.com Post: June 11, 2020This is another installment by Wendy to the ACS Instructional Series available online at artscouncilofsurrey.ca.


How An Artist Statement Can CHANGE Your Art
[July 2020]

BY MELISSA PEACOCK - when you're trying to come up with any idea for a creative piece and the worst stuff comes out, just put it in a book. Or be selfish and make the thing. You can make anything relatable.


SKETCHBOOKING: Part 2
Moving Away From Perfection
[July 2020]

[ED NOTE: Wendy's vlog SKETCHBOOKING Part 1 (scroll down) has had nearly 50 hits in just 30 days! Congrats Wendy on your popular vlog]
By WENDY MOULD - The idea of Perfection is a Scary. It often rears its ugly head for most artists at some point or other. And certainly, in the realm of sketchbooking. Somehow those beautiful crisps white pages become precious and hard to mark on. I think it must be much like a writer when he faces a blank page. This sketchbook activity is a chance to Move Away from Perfection and yet still helps you meet your goals: enjoyable activity, opportunity to learn new things and produce an interesting result. Have fun with it. Learn more Painting and Drawing Tips on my Blog – artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


MONOTYPE: Producing Unique Art Work
[June 2020]

BY KATINA GIESBRETCH - Katina Giesbretch is an artist, a designer and a graphics designer for creative entrepreneurs. She is also a web designer and brand-developer. You can reach Katina at katinagiesbrecht.com @katina_giesbrecht [Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/]

MONOTYPING: Def | Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The surface, or matrix, was historically a copper etching plate, but in contemporary work it can vary from zinc or glass to acrylic glass.


SKETCH BOOKING: Rabbit in the Garden
[May 2020]

by Wendy Mould, AFCA, CDM is a wildlife artist, teacher, presenter and blogger on Painting, Drawing and Marketing for Artists. www.artbywendy.com


Using Art Supplies You Have Been Saving FOREVER!
[May 2020]

by Melissa Peacock paints flora and fauna in an illustrative style, using watercolour and other media. She briefly studied fine arts at Kwantlen University, focusing on studio arts and colour theory, but left the school in 2010 to play with cakes at Vancouver Community College. Melissa’s artwork occasionally shows in local juried exhibitions within Surrey, BC. These days, however, she spends most of her art time sharing her painting process on her Youtube channel and website. yellowmellearts.com