Monday, February 20, 2017


Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! All art journal classes are $10 today only. You can head on over to the shop for more details HERE.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

batch of messy pouches in the shop!

I've got another batch of messy pouches in the shop HERE. Each pouch is hand painted, made from canvas and one of a kind. They always sell out fast so get em' while you can! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

favorite product: easy marble paint

Once in a while I like to share products and supplies that I am loving and right now I can't get enough of Easy Marble (and no, this is not a sponsored post). Easy Marble is a lightfast, quick drying paint that you can use on all kinds of surfaces. I've used a variety supplies to create a marbled effect- spray paint and nail polish and acrylic paint but Easy Marble is the best product I've tried. Here is a little peek into my experiments.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentines day!

Happy Valentines Day friends! Hope you have day filled with love. For all you coloring enthusiasts, I've got two free heart coloring downloads for you. ENJOY! XOXOXO

Download HERE

Download HERE

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

free download for you!

Back in December, my good friend Megan Wells came to visit me and we spent some time in the studio collaborating on a some fun little pieces! Today we have a free download of one of them for you! You can download our Chase Your Dreams print HERE

And just a quick reminder that you've got a few more days to get in on the early bird special for Megan's bundle of lettering classes.

$80 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $70 until Feb 12th
Register for bundle HERE

The bundle includes all three classes:
Drawin' Letters
Get Scripty
Letter Outside the Lines

The bundle costs $80 (compare to $90 for a savings of $10) We've got an early bird special for $70 until February 12 Feb, 2017.

If you are interested in taking all three classes, the bundle is the best option for you!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

quick tip: use your hands!

If you are looking for a way to loosen up your art... USE YOUR HANDS!

It might be uncomfortable but only using your fingers and hands is a really creative and challenging way to make expressive and unique marks and a great way to let loose! You will be surprised just how interesting those marks can be  when you limit your supplies.


Each of your fingers have the ability to create different marks. Try dragging, dipping, tapping, dotting and swiping alone or all together.

The palm of your hand is great for applying larger areas of color, blending and even making unique marks.

The side of your hand can also be used for applying lots of color, making shapes and even pattern by repeating it over and over again.

Monday, February 06, 2017

butterfly valentines

Valentine's Day is almost upon us and it's kind of a tradition around here to create unique valentine cards! I thought it would be fun to create something a little different from a heart shaped card this year.

I started by drawing some black and white butterflies.

Don't want to draw your own?
Grab a free download of the four butterflies that I created HERE

Then I cut the butterflies out.

Next, using watercolors I added color to some of the butterflies and kept other without color.. I like the idea of these valentines cards also staying black and white so kiddos can color them on their own.

Next, I wrapped Tootsie Rolls in colorful tissue paper. Using a dab of hot glue I glued them to the middle of each butterfly.

Thursday, February 02, 2017


Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! All watercolor classes are $10 today only. You can head on over to the shop for more details HERE.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

in the studio with tanja zinkl

Hello! My name is Tanja Zinkl and I am a 29 year old artist living and working in Vienna, Austria. I found my way to making art through some detours - I actually started out studying hotel management because I had an insatiable curiosity to travel and see the world. As fate would have it, I did get to work in a luxury hotel in Southern California for 2 years after graduation, but I realized I did not like the monotony and superficiality of the work at all.

Back home in Vienna I found myself working as a receptionist full time again, to make ends meet, while deep inside of me the nagging feeling grew that there was "something more creative" I needed to do, I just did not know yet what that would look like.

It was during that time that I stumbled across a book about acrylic painting. I was immediately drawn to it and intrigued enough to pick up some basic art supplies and to just start experimenting. I've been addicted to creating paintings ever since, following my creative whims and need for self-expression in the process. I took several painting classes both on- and offline, but soon focused on finding my very own style. I love mixing up vibrant colours, dripping paint, doodling, writing and collage intuitively and turning it all into detailed, layered, funky paintings. When I am not painting, I enjoy spending time in nature, dancing Kizomba and planning my next trip.

I love seeing how other artists set up their creative space. Can you tell us a little bit about your studio?

I use a corner of my appartment as my dedicated art space. Currently, my budget does not allow to rent a separate studio so for now I am making this work! I have recently bought a huge table where I can spread out my materials, and where my cat often joins me, I love her company! Sometimes I also work on an easel, and I have some cabinets where I keep finished artwork, sketchbooks and shipping supplies. It's a simple, practical set-up where I can get messy.

What inspires you? What motivates you to create?

In many ways, I consider myself a constant seeker, since I was little I used to ask tons of questions. This curiosity serves me well on my search for inspiration. I know that the more diverse the places are where I find inspiration, the more depth my art is going to have. I am inspired by many things - nature, emotions, fabrics, memories, foreign places, books. I love how all of it can be woven together in a layered painting, the "how" being the drive behind it - how can I put together all those bits and pieces that I found and experiences I had in a meaningful, visually appealing way? 

I am motivated to create because it makes me feel balanced and whole in a way that nothing else does. When life gets busy and I don't get to paint for some time, I always know because I get moody and tend to overthink things! 

How do you organize your creative schedule?

This is something I am currently trying to improve, as up until now, being the typical "free spirit", I have not followed a set schedule. I know that I work best when I have open-ended painting sessions, when there is no other appointment (or bedtime) at the end of it that forces me to stop. I am a night owl, so Friday and Saturday nights work best for me. I keep an ever-growing to-do list of administrative tasks that I work on when I don't have enough time or inspiration for painting, but it feels like a constant pull between the two.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work part time as an Executive Assistant from 9-3pm on weekdays. After that, I like to have a couple of hours of downtime after leaving the office to clear my head before diving into my creative projects for a few hours. I try to have separate days for the administrative tasks and the actual painting time. 
What are you working on right now?

I am always working on building my portfolio and creating original paintings, it is the core of what I do. Besides that, I am currently working on offering prints of selected paintings of mine in my Etsy Shop very soon - please sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when they are ready:

Want to see more of Tanja?
Instagram @tanjazinklart

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

creating with a kid: scrunch paper

My long time readers know I've been making art with Lucy from day one. From riding on my back while I filmed online classes to letting her create with me in the studio, it's been a priority to share the art making process with my daughter. As I have mentioned in the past it is important for both my husband and I to incorporate Lucy into as many creative projects as possible. And while it makes no difference to us if Lucy grows up to be an artist, we do want her to be a creative thinker. I believe creativity and the ability to think in a creative way is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children and while I am always evolving as an artist and mama, I am learning so much as I watch her develop her own voice. 

I love finding projects that Lucy and I can both get excited about. I am finding that the older she gets, the more common creative interests we have! One thing I know from making art my entire life, is that often creativity is less about the finished product but more about the process. These days when I plan out art projects for Lucy I really try to come up with things that are are all about the process. 
One of my favorite techniques is something that I call "scrunching". Basically it consists of slopping lots of paint on paper, canvas or fabric and then scrunching it up into a little ball. When you open up that little ball, your surface will be filled with color that has blended and mixed together and it will also have a lot of texture within that color.

This process is super fun to do with kids because it feels like you are doing something that your shouldn't do- crumble up your art!

TIP: Canvas and fabric can withstand lots of paint and lots of scrunching. Paper is more fragile with this process because it can rip easily so you have be careful when unwrap your piece of paper.

The process is messy and the results are colorful which makes it perfect for kiddos and creatives of all ages!

Once that paper is dry, we like to use it in the pages of art journals, to draw or doodle on or for cutting and ripping in collage projects.

You can check out my entire series of "Creating With a Kid" posts HERE


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