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This acrylic painting online art course was inspired by my love of elephants and colorful mark making!
It is self-paced with lifetime access and perfect for any level no matter where you are in your creative journey. 

My style of painting is a little bit abstract meets whimsy somewhere in the middle! I LOVE painting in layers full of mark-making and rich details. Add in some beautiful color and let the magic unfold. In this course I will show you how I build up my canvas along with some favorite tips and tricks I love to share.

This painting course is for all levels of creatives; either starting out or for those who are interested brushing up on some fun painting techniques. There is guided instruction throughout the journey through video instruction and lesson overviews.

About this Course
Acrylic Painting
Mark-making + Layering
Great for all levels
Video instruction
Self-paced + Lifetime access
Downloadable content
Bonus: Art printable
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​• Set the intentions for your painting right from the start
• Create movement with ink flow for create vibrant color
• Lots of fun mark making techniques
• Stenciling for pattern play
• Transfer PDF from provided elephant template
• Lots of instructions for creating gorgeous eyes and adornments.
• 4 hours of videos delivered in bite size chunks so you can paint one layer at a time.
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Student Work!
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"Love, love, LOVE this class! Thanks so much - Barbara S.
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"This was so much fun, I can't wait to see what other whimsical creatures I can create. Thank you for making this fun!" - Nan J.
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"This is my first painting ever is actually finished I love your class, your inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your joy! Can’t wait to do another, my head is spinning with ideas!" - Leslie S.
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"Thank you for another great class! I felt more confident and comfortable working on my Whimsical Elephants using the skills learned in this class and from the Colorful Joy class." - Julie W.
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"Thank you for another wonderful painting class!" - Barbara I.

There may seem like a lot of supplies on this list, but that is because I am including everything I used.

Please note that I am listing all the colors I used, but you certainly do not need all these colors to create your amazing elephant! Just a few blues, a magenta, and some inks plus white titanium and you will be fine. 

Acrylic High Fluid + Inks

I will be mixing my colors with inks or fluid paint with most of my regular acrylic paints. You only need to buy a small bottle if you are experimenting, and a little goes a long way! It doesn't matter if you choose traditional inks or high flow.


Acrylic High Flow:

Golden High Flow Phthalo Turquoise, Golden High Flow White Titanium

Cerulean Blue Hue, Phthalo Blue (green shade), Phthalo Green

Starter High Flow Set

Acrylic Inks:

Raler Downey Turquoise, Paynes Gray

Amsterdam Flame Orange

Homemade Fluid Acrylics!
Recipe: 1/3 regular acrylic paint, 1/3 water, 1/3 (50% matte medium + 50% water) – mix together!

There is a video on how to make it at the bottom of my Favorite Art Supplies page.

Oil Pastels | Dark Colors

You only need for the 1st layer so you can skip this supply if you don’t have any and use dark paint.

Basic Set


I just found out about StencilGirl and love them! You can also find stencils in any art store or online. Look for just a pattern you like – they do not need to be a stencil of anything in particular. Grab a couple so you have some options.


Transfer Paper

I am using a Loew-Cornell 9x13 white sheet, if your canvas is bigger than 11x14 and you need a larger piece of transfer paper you can just tape the edges together to make it bigger.

You only need this if you want to use it to transfer the elephant from the PDF I am supplying, or you can use the Chalk method instead if you want to free draw it (I show both in the videos).

Transfer Paper on Amazon (Loew-Cornell was out of stock)

Brushes | Assorted Sizes + Shapes

I am using a variety of brushes. I like the brand Princeton or Kingart and usually go with a synthetic brush that is made for acrylic and watercolor (this way they are a bit softer but not too soft!). For those starting out, you only need a few brushes so a variety pack may be fun to try, and then you can see which ones you like.
Princeton Set

KingArt Set



Sponge Brushes

Palette Paper Pad 9x12

Spray Bottle water | Optional

Wooden Skewer | Optional

Paper Towels or Baby Wipes

Matte Varnish | Optional

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