queen for a day

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welcome to the “queen for a day” classroom!

This is an online self-study single mini-lesson that was filmed in my studio at my easel.

I have created these short mini lessons as part of the “in my studio” series.  In them I invite you to follow along with me in a typical session in my day where I create a single artwork.  I use varying techniques and materials.

I love this intuitive way of creating art that speaks to my soul, and I hope it does yours 🙂

This page contains all the classroom content and the 3 videos for the lesson.

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We start the lesson with collaging our girls face – using old vintage sheet music, or something similar in colour.  You can alternate with any other neutral toned papers you have.  You can find old sheet music books at junk and antique stores, they are also available on ebay and etsy.  You will also find them plentiful online to download and print!

We add some bold and strong coloured background papers and some book pages for her hair.

We sketch our girl in lovely delicious charcoal.  Then start adding more colour with acyrlic paint to our background and choosing vibrant bold colours and patterns for her dress.

Highlights are achieved with lovely soft pastel and oil stick (please use heavy body acrylic paint if you do not have an oil stick 🙂

I love the way these girls look and feel, they have a purpose in life, they have something to say!  …what does your girl have to say?

I do hope you enjoy this mini-lesson and the process (which I love!) , please ask if you have any questions at all 🙂

The lesson has been broken down into 3 parts, view each video below.


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The Pinterest reference image I used can be found here.


Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this lesson.

  • Matte gel medium (liquitex or similar)
  • Collage papers – sheet music or similar, old book pages and some bold colours for background and dress
  • Fluid acrylic paints – assorted colours
  • Clear acrylic spray sealer – satin or matt finish
  • Medium round brush
  • Paint brush for collaging
  • Palette knife – small
  • Vine charcoal – various sizes
  • Charcoal pencil – soft or medium
  • Old credit card or piece of plastic to smooth collage
  • White soft pastel (I use Rembrandt)
  • White oil stick (oil paint in a stick form) – I use Sennelier (or alternatively you can use heavy duty white acrylic paint)
  • Stabillo All Black pencil (optional, I didn’t end up using mine, but you may need to)
  • Canvas – 12×16″  (stretched or canvas board)

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