Lesson 4: Animal Tales!

Let’s get started with our last video 🙂

Enter the password “taletime” to access the introduction video. You can click “Watch in vimeo” to open the video externally and download to your computer or tablet.

Music: Green Leaves by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

In these last tutorials we will begin to think more about adding a narrative to our work, story telling with our art, and finding our unique voice.

Things to think about;

*Take unrelated objects and put them together in a new way- eg. a physical item from around the home with a found image.

*In the first project I use a found image of a panda as reference and combine it with a papermache piece of watermelon made years ago in one of my kids classes.

Follow the link for free stock panda images! http://www.canstockphoto.com/images-photos/panda.html


  • When laying down an initial sketch use a light hand and feel your way around the drawing looking at individual shapes and how they interact and where they intersect.
  • Lay down the darks first with Paynes Grey acrylic ink. Use water to dilute the ink in areas for variation or lift with a paper towel or a wet brush to describe highlighted areas within the darks.
  • Use your bamboo skewer to pull out scribbly areas on ink to describe the fur.
  • Lay in a darker undertone to the rest of the body which will give depth to the white fur. I use a mix of antelope brown and Indian yellow.
  • Accidents can be helpful at times! In this video I find that parts of the Paynes grey areas are still slightly wet and bleed into the gold. I realise that this actually gives me more dimension and form and use it to my advantage.
  • This little guy is looking very relaxed and content. I decide to place him in a tropical environment. Where else might he be? Laying on an air mattress in the ocean, swinging in a hammock, on a picnic blanket in a field of sunflowers. The possibilities are endless!
  • White oil pastel can be used as a resist adding texture and interest. Here I use it to add in some stroked of fur, blades of grass and large background leaves.
  • Understand that many times it takes layers, building by degrees, trying things out without being sure how it will work, making a move, assessing and then making another move. This is how we learn, how we make the discoveries that move us further along our own path towards finding our own style and creative voice. Here I try out a layer of white ink over the gold but later realise that I need to come in with heavy bodied titanium in areas.
  • Add in details with white gel pen and a darker pen. I use a black Uni ball vision elite pen.
Seeking simplicity~ In this sweet piece I choose a softer more gentle palette to tell a story. The colours used describe this floating ethereal little deer well. Take the time to explore different colour palettes to help you to feel and understand what lights you up inside <3


Tips: Our art process can be complicated, layered, diverse, complex, vibrant, moody, difficult to navigate, problematic OR sometimes we can slow down, take a deep breath and create more simplicity. Everything has its place.


Thank you so much for joining me for Animal Antics!!

I am honoured to be a part of your creative journey!!

Lots of love Tracy xx

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