Monday, July 27, 2009

Layers of Love Painting Style

Earlier this summer I took an online grunge painting class taught by San Diego artist, Julie Nelson Prichard. It's called, Layer Love, but she calls her style, "Julification." She's an excellent teacher and I learned to love the look of a painting that looks old and beat up. I always liked that style, but never knew how to achieve it. I also learned the joys of polymer acrylic medium and acrylic glazing medium and how it can enhance your painting style. Julie also loves the looks of drips and expertly teaches this technique. I learned to love and enjoy the process of applying many layers of paint to get a certain look. Her style isn't for everyone, but it works great for me.

It started out as a closed class for six weeks, but she decided to open it up, so it's still available. It costs only $43 and you get access to 9 HD Video Lesson's and as much feedback as you want. More than 200 students participated in the first rendition of this class and left a lot of art to look at, with their own feedback, suggestions and encouragement galore for each other's work. I highly recommend this online class. You will enjoy it if you're new to painting or looking for some different techniques and mediums to add to your repertoire.

I'd like to show you the paintings I did in her class. Many of them are backgrounds for now and I will eventually collage over them to complete them. They were all painted on 9x12 inch, 140lb watercolor paper, except the last green one, which was done on 8x10 canvas. I have some collage in mind for it, but haven't added it yet. I finished my final project, but haven't taken a photo of it yet to show here. I'll try and remember to do that later this week.
You can use this technique for art journals, atc's or stand alone. Please enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments section. If you want to see the details of the texture's and layers, just click on each on to see it enlarged..


  1. Geezze...I know I like this style of painting..and I know I have seen all of these, but to see them all together brings a little tear to my eye. =)

    Thank you so much, Nina...I really enjoyed having you in my class!! Can't wait to see you this weekend.

    xo Julie

  2. What a meaningful compliment, thank you Julie. I learned a lot and grew as an artist having taken your class. You were born to teach!

  3. You have some great work here!

  4. I really like the red one with the eyes...

    Robin Tillman

  5. Very nice, you`ll have to teach me when you get here.

  6. I love the black/gray one so much I made it my desktop! (hope that's ok)

  7. It was the most fun I've had in art! I also 'met' so many lovely people in the class - like you! Didn't we have a blast? =)

    They all look really impressive on your blog like that Nina - well done!