Art Supplies

Video Tutorials

Check out my learning videos for DIY projects in art, digital art and art jewelry. All the courses are found on Skillshare.com, a learning platform with over 2 million students and thousands of instructors teaching art, design, Adobe programs, business development, photography, social networking, content strategy, culinary, horticulture, and the list goes on.

It's a project based community that boasts amazing content focused on your individual results.  For $9.99 monthly, you have unlimited access to, not only the courses shown here, but the entire platform of 17,000 classes!  There is a free trial period so you can test drive it before you commit.  You might find, with the quality of learning available, $9.99 monthly is a small price to pay.  I did!

Feel free to stop during or between videos to work at your own pace.  You can ask me questions, or comment during your learning experience by messaging me in the Community section of each class.  If you'd like to see the entire Octopus Connection learning channel, please click here.  

Wishing you Happy Creating!

Chris V.

 
Watercolor Fabric Swatches

WATERCOLOR FABRIC SWATCHES

Here's a whimsical combination of watercolor, fashion illustration and surface pattern design that shows you from start to finish how to paint individual textile designs.  Whether you select your favorite designer prints as inspiration, or prints in your home or closet, this project is easy, fun and a great exercise to flex your creative muscles.

 
Embellishments for Illustration

EMBELLISHMENTS FOR ILLUSTRATION

Feeling uninspired with your art?  Learn how to spice it up a bit with Embellishments for Illustration!  You'll learn how to enhance your work and still keep a balance of color, shape and form, whether it's watercolor painting, repeat patterns, art deco style or chalkboard art.  See you there! 

 
Inking with a Color Twist

INKING WITH A COLOR TWIST

This class combines inking with watercolor painting for a clean and playful look.  Starting with a quick sketch, I'll show you my process for inking and watercolor painting six different projects from easy to complicated.  So even a beginner can take this class.  It's also great for experienced artists who want to do some fun projects.   

 
Watercolor Treasures of the Sea

WATERCOLOR TREASURES OF THE SEA

This charming ocean themed tutorial goes from simple projects to advanced seascapes.  That means there is something for everyone and who doesn't love a trip to the beach!  Projects range from starfish to coral to jellyfish.  Look forward to see you there.

 

Easy Painted Flowers

This is an exercise in capturing various types of flowers in three easy but effective ways.  Take your choice of a watercolor, acrylic or multi media project, all done with basic tools and materials.  Or if you can't decide, do all three.  ; )

 

Line Drawing- The Power of Suggestion

Join me in sketching engaging subjects, and then minimizing them to their most basic form.  I'll show you how I gather my subject matter, my tools and materials and set up my work space.  I sketch three different projects, then use three different mediums to create a partial, but powerful black outline, that creates simplicity and drama in 30 minutes!  Free spots available for a limited time! 

 
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Rough Sketches as a Finished Product

Here's a crash course in converting quick, rough sketches into engaging, professional looking artwork for your business needs, social networking accounts, or your personal projects.  Over 350 people have found this class helpful.  Join them in learning to capture ordinary objects in sketches using basic techniques, in about 20 minutes. Who knows, you may even impress yourself.      

 
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Painting the Universe- Pinwheel Galaxy

This digital art course will take you on a journey in the stars, while I show you my process for painting the Pinwheel Galaxy located over 20 million light years from earth.  All you need is your computer, tablet or smartphone with an art app installed and you are on your way.