Fashionista -Design an Urban Grunge art piece with a glamorous fashion illustration

Janelle Nichol, Self taught artist

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12 Lessons (2h 25m)
    • 1. Intro to Janelle and Fashionista

    • 2. Materials Video for Fashionista

    • 3. Layer 1 of Background for Fashionista

    • 4. Layer 2 of background for Fashionista

    • 5. Layer 3 of Background for Fashionista

    • 6. Layer 4

    • 7. Sketching Fashionista

    • 8. Designing the Dress

    • 9. Painting the hair Fashionista

    • 10. Shading the figure fashionista

    • 11. Adding dimension to the dress

    • 12. Final Accents


Project Description

Fashion Illustration meets Mixed Media

                                             Introduction to Janelle and Fashionista

If there is a piece in my gallery at that you would like to see me offer a course for, send me a shout-out online using #JanelleNonline (FB, Twitter, Instagram) & let me know what it is!

In the meantime, all you have to do is watch the videos in order and please do read the text that goes along with the lessons, it will give you additional info that may be of help.

  • Materials Needed

    ​Because Mixed Media can use so many different techniques and materials compared to a watercolor or acrylic painting, I wanted to discuss them on video as well as provide a list. There may be things I've missed on the video so please do read the list.

    Many of these materials are not absolutely necessary. They are just suggestions if you DO want to go out and buy some. Or you may have some of these materials already.

    Canvas- it can be a stretched canvas or a canvas board. I suggest sticking with an 8x10 or an 11x14 size. 

    Mod Podge Matte (gloss and fabric won't work as well). You can also use any type of decoupage medium. Just make sure it is a good one. I find Mod Podge works great and is less expensive than other brands.


    • Cool toned ledger paper or script paper
    • *Embossed paper in cool toned ledger paper or script paper
    • Deep red violet cardstock/patterned paper for dress
    • Script/book paper for body
    • *Script/Book paaper for the body


    • Deep red/violet acrylic, black, *dark charcoa
    or high quality smooth wax crayons. I suggest Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels for a higher quality option and Reeves for an inexpensive option.
  • l and/or watercolor paints
  • Burnt umber, Raw umber, Burnt Sienna, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, White or similar colors.
  • Here's a great Liquitex set that would have all the colors you need. Michaels/Artist Loft has a great watercolor palette set that will work if you want an inexpensive choice.  I also found ​THIS one on Amazon which looks very similar.
  • ​Glimmer Mist


  • Dark brown, light brown, yellow and white wax pastels

*Some other tools I LOVE to use for shading are Faber Castell Gelatos and PITT artist Big Brush Pens. If you buy them, this piece needs Nougat (dark brown) in the markers and white and light flesh tone in the Gelatos.


Texture Tools

  • Bubble wrap
  • Drywall tape
  • Various stamps in script/foliage/flourish patterns
  • Stencils in script/flourish patterns (it is not necessary to have both stamps and stencils. Just nice to have the options). Links for a few are below.

*You may want to use ​silver metallic paint or 3D dimensional paint to accent her belt and shoes.​

*​Light Molding Paste 

*Suggested but not completely necessary


Lesson 1  -Creating The Background 

You will create an Urban/Grunge style background that will be a perfect compliment to the stylish, elegant figure we will be adding in lesson 2. Using various techniques, you will learn how to use colors and textures to create this effect. The videos in this module are split up into the stages of layering. 

At this point, you can share your canvas in the project gallery and online after each background layer. I would love to see it! Use #JanelleNonline on Instagram and/or Twitter. Each share will get you an entry into a contest where you could win a fabulous prize!

Here is a link for a tutorial I have done on how to create your own ink sprays.

How To Make Your Own Ink Spray Tutorial


Lesson 2 -Creating the Figure

You will learn how to take the figure from a sketch to a collaged figure with hair and clothes. You may find it helpful to watch the video tutorial on how to scan, resize and transfer the sketch onto the materials we use to create the figure. The link is below. 

If you have sketched your own figure, it is now time to share it with the rest of the world! Use #JanelleNonline on Instagram and/or Twitter. Each share will get you an entry into a contest where you will win a fabulous prize!

A note about the hair:

This is not a woman that needs to fuss with her hair. It is just always beautiful. I wanted it to have movement and contribute to the feeling of her walking, but I didn't want her hair flying around. So it's brushed, loose, relaxed and because of the way it lies on her head, we also have the impression that it's thick, glossy and luxurious. 

Scanning/Resizing/Transferring your sketch

Lesson 3 -Finishing Up

At this stage we will be setting our figure into the canvas so that she looks surrounded by the elements rather than pasted ONTO the canvas. You will review your work so far and make decisions as to whether anything needs to be adjusted or added.


I would love to see your finished canvas! You can share on here and on instagram or twitter using #JanelleNonline. Everyone who shares on instagram and twitter  will be entered into a contest.

If there is a piece in my gallery at that you would like to see me offer a course for, send me a shout-out online (FB, Twitter, Instagram) & let me know what it is!

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