Tutorial Tuesday! How to Draw a Pretty Face, Week Three : Drawing a perfectly proportionate head.


Its Tuesday and I have another free drawing tutorial for you! Today I am showing you how to put all those eyes, nose, and lips you’re practicing onto a proportioned head perfect for beginners to learn to draw.

I know I promised the How to Paint version of noses and lips last week but I am going to hold off on offering the how to paint versions until after the How to Draw versions are done. It isn’t going to help anyone to jump into painting before they have perfected the drawing parts. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

One more quick note before we dive into the lesson: This is a proportion for a stylized face and head. The proportions for a realistic female head are a little different. I started with the rules of drawing a human head and I just adjusted them slightly to fit my stylistic needs. (As long as you know what the rules are you can make them work for you.)

Who wants some step-by-step face and head diagrams? Get your sketch books and pencils ready, we’ve got 8 easy steps to drawing the cheeks and chin in proportion on your girl’s head. Exciting!

It looks like a lot of information, I know. But I promise you its only confusing the first time you diagram it all out. You’re golden if you just remember: eyes are in the middle of the head and start the bottom half of the head’s division into thirds. Keep your eyes at least one eye width apart, and the outside corner of your mouth should end at about the pupils of your person.

Make it your own! Change the size of your eyes or the width apart and take note of how it changes the entire feel of your drawing. Alter the size of your lips, make ’em tiny, and see how it changes her expression.

Practice practice practice so you can get a real feel for how and where the curves in the face go. Have fun and make mistakes! Draw her too thin or too chubby. Give her model cheekbones and a pointier chin. It is only by drawing it over and over can you develop the muscle memory and the eye for how you want your girl’s face to look.

At this point our girl is really starting to come together; we only have to worry about ears, hair, and the neck and shoulders. Smooth sailing!

<3 Kat
In this blog workshop / free painting series you can expect to learn how to draw and paint all the basics of a pretty female face so please share these tutorials with anyone you think would love free drawing and painting lessons.  Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, whatevs – just link back to me pleaseandthankyou!

Look at all this content I’m covering:


  • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors (Included in the How to Paint Eyes lesson)
  • How to Choose a Canvas
  • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
  • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
  • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
  • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
  • Where do I go from here?
  • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

If you have questions go ahead and leave a comment so I can answer them & add them to the tutorial.

Pinterest Summer Camp :: 6 Fun DIY Craft Projects

Pinterest Summer Camp :: Fun DIY Craft Projects

I spend too much time on Pinterest curating and collecting little things that inspire me.  Lately I’ve been looking for fun crafty how-tos for summertime.  You can follow me here: Kat McBride / Pinterest.

Looking for some fun crafty projects to do? I picked six that I think are perfect for a summer camp craft party:

  • Try Sharpie T-shirt tie-dying.  I want to do this so much, but I have black, olive green, and …another black sharpie.  After stocking up I want to do this project, then doodle over the beautiful colors.  DIY wearable art? Yes, please!

Source: theartgirljackie-tutorials.blogspot.com via Kat on Pinterest

  • This headband is simple and gorgeous, and you could make it yourself with fabric stiffener, lace, and ribbon.  Or visit etsy.com and purchase one!

Source: etsy.com via Kat on Pinterest

  • All you need is canvas, two colors of acrylic paint, and leaves for this project!
  • Large Paper Mache Flowers, why wouldn’t you want to make these?
  • Sequins, flowers, & vase. Beautiful. Double points if you pick the flowers yourself.

Source: laurenconrad.com via Kat on Pinterest

  • Hand-painted flats! Puffy paint!  Such a great idea and so easy to diy.

Source: psimadethis.com via Kat on Pinterest

Grab some ice tea and get crafting! If you need more crafty DIY ideas follow me! Kat McBride / Pinterest

<3 Kat

mermaid gourd with tissue paper tail

Video! How to make the base of a Mermaid Gourd tail

This video is old, but it shows how I fused white tissue paper and 2-d ephermera, them stamped, and painted the fused paper to create a tail for my mermaid gourd sculpted doll.




After I created the fused tissue paper I created a wire tail shape, and paper mached it to a banana gourd to finish my mermaid’s tail.

Here is a picture of the finished mermaid gourd:
mermaid gourd with tissue paper tail


More gourd tutorials to come! Would you like to see gourd painting patterns and tutorials or sculpting tutorials?  Tell me in the comments.


<3 Kat

How to create a custom silhouette portrait : 5 easy tutorials from 5 beautiful blogs

The traditional method of making a silhouette ...


There are a lot of ways to create your own custom silhouette portrait.  If you are computer saavy you can edit a profile photo and print out your design.  If you’re more crafty you can trace and carefully cut out a silhouette portrait of yourself, your child, or your pet.  These five bloggers made excellent tutorials on how to create custom silhouettes and I wanted to share.

Jones Design Company has a beautifully designed blog *and* a tutorial for how to make your own custom silhouette art using computer software. JDC uses paint.net, which is free and supports layers, to create a silhouette from an uploaded photograph.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

E tells tales shares a lovely felt and fabric silhouette tutorial framed in an embroidery hoop. Check out the rest of her blog as well for beautiful photography.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

The Fab Miss B uses a printed photo, tracing paper, an xacto blade, and card stock to create pretty framed silhouette portraits.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

The Poor Sophisticate is an amazing interior design blog with awesome design tips and nicely styled photos.  One of many tutorials available is an easy classic silhouette tutorial that you print yourself, cut out of black paper, and mount with Aleene’s Tacky Spray.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog

And Nesting Place has the greatest philosophy for home design, “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” If you want to create a personalized gift, or something sweet for yourself, just follow her tutorial to make a silhouette necklace.

See the tutorial ~ visit the blog


If you don’t want to break out the scissors and glue Etsy has a lot of great options as well.

AtomicHotdish  will create a detailed profile silhouette and email it to you in .pdf form for $20.00

BklynSilhouettes offers clean, classic, custom illustrated silhouettes for $35.00.

PrettyFaces sells 8 x 10 framed prints with a lot of custom options for $50.00

ThisWayUpGraphics makes a modern lineart silhouette illustration on a colored matte background. $18.50


I like to trace my photo onto canvas and carefully paint the silhouette in black.  It looks really nice on the wood plaques you can buy at Michaels, and is a very inexpensive way to create gifts or art for your walls.

Have fun creating!

<3 Kat


Tutorial Tuesday! Quick and easy diy painted butterfly wing background

It’s Tutorial Tuesday!  Time for an easy, free painting lesson that you can do in less than an hour.

This is my go-to painted background technique for all kinds of surfaces. All you need is a couple fun colors of acrylic paint + black, two brushes, and paper or canvas (or whatever you want to paint on.) It’s easy to embellish if you want a more elaborate background, or you can keep it simple and use it in your sketchbook as a background for a journal.

Gather Supplies and choose your colors of paint! I have yellow, purple, pink, red, and light blue.  The black is for detailing the wings.

The colors of your wings are going to be the background, so make it colorful! I like to paint a gradient; warm colors to cool colors.   I do this with a largish brush and clean in between colors.

Thin the black acrylic to make it easier to use and paint in loose butterfly wing shapes with a liner brush.

Fill the entire page, keep your brush strokes light and loose.


Add the wing details in with the same liner brush.  I don’t like to make mine super realistic, but if you do, google butterfly wings and go from there. Dover also has some great free reference available.

Fill the entire page and blast it with a hair dryer if you’re like me and don’t like waiting for things to dry.

These make fun backgrounds for art journals, atc / aceo / art cards, collages… picture frames, birdhouses, and lots of other crafty projects.  Since this is my favorite technique right now, I would put it on anything & everything.  I really want to make some neon bright butterfly nails, I think it would make an awesome manicure.

 Experiment with colors, different shades of pink!, Create a really detailed first layer and/or collage first and then paint your wings over the top, paint the lines on the wings a color other than black, Have fun painting!

<3 Kat

mixed media transfer tutorial pretty girl face

Gel Medium transfer tutorial, before and after

I’m working on two huge paintings and they are in their middle ugly-duckling stages, so I’ll share a transfer technique instead.  The original painting, on the left, was painted on canvas covered in recycled book pages.  I really like it.  The second was a study using a print of the same painting, transfered with gel medium and over painted with acrylics.

How I did it:

  • I flipped the original image in photoshop and printed it in color on a normal piece of office paper.
  • I wanted the finished piece to be able to take a lot of layers, so I used a piece of 140lb paper, thicker paper used for water color painting.
  • I painted 1 coat of soft gel medium onto the paper, making sure I covered the entire surface of the paper evenly.  Gel medium dries quickly so work fast!
  • Press the print into the gel medium, you can’t reposition it so make sure its where you want it.
  • Burnish print into the surface; I press the image into the surface with my hands then use a credit card to scrape over the surface.
  • Let dry or blast with a hair dryer (my personal favorite.)

To remove you peel the paper off- if it sticks you can wet the back of the paper and rub the stuck bits off. Now you have a transferred copy of a piece you liked that you can alter! Over paint, collage, transfer something else.  It’s a really good exercise to use in art journals, or as a prompt to get you unstuck from a creative rut.

Happy Painting!

<3 Kat

Mixed Media Painting Technique Tutorial – angel

Day 4 of a Painting a Day : Mixed Media Angel

Mixed Media Painting Technique Tutorial (say that 3 times fast! Holy moly that was wordy!)
I default to angels and mermaids and fairies.. and girly stuff when I am warming up, practicing a technique, or doodling.

This piece was a technique practice using Prismacolor colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and acrylics on canvas paper. I work a lot on canvas paper because you can get an entire pad of it for cheap – it looks just like a sketch pad and you can find it in the same aisle. I like Prismacolor pencils, they have rich colors and soft, waxy, thick lead.  If you paint over a colored area the color blends with your paint, especially white, but not as easily as a watercolor pencil.

How I did it:

  • Paint light washes of yellow ochre with dry brushed bits of raw sienna and white for the background. If you’re impatient like me – use a hair/blow dryer to dry your backgrounds quickly!
  • Draw & doodle image with a burnt umber Prismacolor pencil.
  • Color in face and shoulders.  I used peach, yellow, soft pinks, brown, some magenta, and blue for the eyes.  ( I left her hair and wings uncolored to see how the paint would react with the burnt umber pencil lines. )
  • BLEND BLEND BLEND! Prismacolors’ lead are soft and waxy so they blend really well together, use your finger, a tissue, or a colorless blender.
  • Paint! The only color of paint I used on top of the angel was white. Titan white acrylic, thinned with water, was painted on the hair, wings, and highlights of her eyes, face, and shoulders.  The thinned white paint blended together with the colored pencil layer in her face and glazed yellow ochre/raw sienna background.

After another blast of the hair dryer the white dried a little too opaque on her cheeks so I grabbed a rose pink watercolor pencil and colored&blended her lips, eyes, cheeks, and shoulders one more time.  I tried with the Prismacolor pencils first but even with their soft lead the pencil still gouged and stripped pieces of the white acrylic.

Try it for yourself and tell me about it!

<3 Kat