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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Oil Painting on Prints

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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54. Oil Painting on Prints
A look at applying oil paints to canvas prints and how that adds value to original prints.


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11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
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24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
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Lesson Info

Oil Painting on Prints

This is oil paint that I'm using, Um, particularly these right here. I brought with me some yellow because, like we've been talking about, the whole entire Siri's has this visual overtone of yellow to it, so I wanted to make sure to enhance that with this on. I also brought some black so I could make it a little bit dark and mysterious. If you are going to add paint onto your prince, which it could be acrylic like I have here, it could be oil. I mean, you choose what you want. Always make sure that you mix the paints together so that you have original colors. Because if you don't, then you're going to get whatever's in the bottle, which means that other people could get that exact same color. So try to keep it original by mixing your paints together. I'm gonna go ahead and just apply a little bit of paint to this, and I'm using a brush that was kind of hardened already to apply it because I don't want any flexibility here. I want to really dab it on and exactly the right spot. Here we ...

have the paint, I've got yellow that I picked out for the image We've got black, which I decided would be the best thing for mixing together to make my own color. And then I have a gel medium which thickens up the paint so that I don't have to use a ton of oil paint, and instead I could mix it with this medium to make it thicker. I really like to apply for thick paint to my images, but something that I've never tried is watercolor, for example, which I would love to do because I think it would be really interesting. So don't limit yourself to what I'm doing here. I'm just experimenting and I am not qualified to teach this. It's not like I'm a professional at applying paint. I'm just doing what I think looks good. And I think that's super fun. So I'm gonna take some of the yellow mixed with the Joe medium and just kind of mix it in there and then add some black to that again. Nothing really fancy. Just seeing what I could dio and that was way too much black. So I'm gonna add more yellow. And this is why I said I'm not a professional at this Like, I don't know precisely the right way of mixing paints and all of that, but you don't have to be. You just have to be willing to try these things. So, um mixing, mixing. I'm gonna get a little bit more yellow out of the tube to brighten it up just a little bit. And then I'm going to start to apply it to the print in a way that I think is going thio, um, enhance the texture that I've already put on there, which I did do a lot of text during work already for this image. So let's get that mixed up. There we go. Perfect. And I'm going to start applying. So I'm gonna take it and apply this perhaps, just like right on the area where I already see some streaks wherever. I already helped myself by giving myself guides. That's what I'm doing. I'm just kind of dabbing it on again. No, no. Prescribed a way of doing this, but really, this goes into your training as an artist, as a photographer or a visual artist. It's just about understanding when it's going to enhance and when it's going to take away just like an editing. You understand when it is adding something to the image and when it's not. So I'm trying to follow natural lines of my body and natural highlights in this image. So I see that there's a highlight here on the leg. I'm just gonna dab, dab, dab, and I'm letting it remain thick. So I am not right now attempting to brush this on evenly. I'm creating distinct lines within the image so that I'm enhancing it. Now. If I had other colors, I would do this with other colors so I might try red streaks in here. Um and I could even try some black, so I'm gonna take a different paintbrush. Now, I'm just gonna set this one down and I might try, Let's try with the palette. So I've got the palette knife here, and I'm gonna get some of this black and dab it on maybe, like, around the hair. And I'm going really, really thick with that. So I'm just gonna basically create almost like a highlight, uh, in the background here, if you want to get something a little bit thicker than what we have here instead of using so much paint, you can use this awesome product, which I love, which is a pompous gel, and you can get this in varying thicknesses and textures. So what this is, is it's basically a gel medium that has texture already in it. I love creating texture, so this is one of my favorite things. I'm just gonna wipe this knife off and grab some, and you can see it's like this really fun. Kind of, uh, it's almost like gravel, and you can use that to mix in to your pain so that it has this texture already in it. You just kind of mix it until it's completely coated, and once you find that it's completely coated, you could essentially do the same thing. So you can go in there with the coded promise Joe, and it creates a natural texture. You can even hear it when I scrape. It's It's like you're scraping rock because of that Joe medium in there. So these are a couple of ways that you can apply paint to your images, and it totally depends on what you're going for. Like I said so I wouldn't really go this thick on this print. I'm just doing it to demonstrate. But to finish this image when I really go for it, I'm going to include yellow streaks, red streaks and maybe even some lighter yellow for highlights and just follow the natural contours of the body. Now you might go really extreme with this or not. So some of the images that I have here, I will go very extreme with what I'm adding onto them and others. Not so much so it's all just a matter of preference.

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!