Mary Winkler
The work of Mary Winkler (aka Acrylicana) is vivid and whimsical. It's often child-like in theme, depicting sweets, fanciful creatures and rainbows as well as exploring the world of fashion and garment in illustrated form. Done in a variety of media, including digital, acrylic, watercolour and ink, Mary's work is pop art, graphic and, for lack of a better word, sparkly. Her work is painted on canvas, a variety of papers or printed by way of giclee ink jet or silk screen (usually onto fabric for pouches/bags). Mary studied Illustration at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
Tutorials
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Make a Quick Kawaii Candy Corn Pattern for HalloweenPreview 400
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    'Tis the season for candy, ghouls, and goblins. We're just tackling the candy bit today with a cute candy corn pattern made using the Pen Tool, Blob Brush Tool, and Pattern Options. So get ready for toothache with this sickeningly sweet, kawaii Halloween tutorial!Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Cute Toilet Paper Roll Crochet Toy400px tp roll
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    Of all the things you can crochet, why not hook up some cute little stuffed toys? Like this friendly little toilet paper softie filled with hugs, love, and polyfill? Grab some yarn, felt, your favorite hook (I prefer an H for projects like these), and let's get crafting! Look for the full crochet pattern write-up, sans commentary (and sewing), in the conclusion.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Colorful, 1940s-Inspired Witch in Adobe IllustratorLittlewitch400
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    Pick up your broom, we're going for a ride! Join me in Adobe Illustrator to create a bright and colorful little witch flying high above a city with the Pen Tool, Blob Brush Tool, Gradient Tool, and Shape Builder Tool. The magic's in the making when you combine well-used tools to create something fresh for the season.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Gender and Orientation Symbols With Basic Shapes in IllustratorSymbolspreview400
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    As an illustrator you may find you have to create many graphics for articles, graphic interfaces, or info graphics where data regarding gender or sexual orientation is used. Often they're well-known designs, symbols, or ideas that you can render with basic shapes, gradients, and a liberal use of masking objects. Join me as we create three common sets of such designs. This tutorial has been created to coincide with Blog Action Day 2013 (theme: Human Rights) and Spirit Day.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Vibrant Sugar Skull Felt Mask for HalloweenFinal2 400
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    Every year on November 1 and 2, families in Mexico and around the world adorn altars with sugar skulls, candles, and other ornate decorations to welcome back their deceased loved ones. This bright and colorful felt sugar skull mask is a great way to dress up for Halloween or celebrate Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Retro 3D View Master Illustration in Adobe IllustratorDesign and illustration
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    Long before hand-held game systems had a 3D feature on them, the only exposure to a third dimension for Rainbow Brite or the Care Bears was through the View®-Master. While the little picture wheels and their binocular-like counterpart seem utterly archaic these days, they inspired worlds of wonder in my youth, as well as this illustration. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create Quick, Psychedelic Mushrooms With the Blob Brush ToolPreview 4001
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    Turn on your black lights, fire up your lava lamps, and break out the fuzzy posters because these vibrant mushrooms are glowing! It's time to play with some blur effects and the Blob Brush Tool (Shift -B) to get these fantastic fungi dancing on your artboard in Adobe Illustrator.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    What Exactly is this Japanese Trend Known as "Kawaii" All About?Party400
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    Giant eyes, rounded shapes, and simplistic features are hallmarks of one of the cutest forms of art. It's known as "kawaii", coming from the Japanese word for cute, and has been adopted into a subculture that can be found worldwide. Scalable graphics lend themselves perfectly to the style being graphic and bold. Think of Hello Kitty, San-X, and other companies that create those adorable little memo pads or a billion other products to fill up your house. But what makes a piece of art kawaii? And how does the culture of kawaii play into the pieces of art you might create to fit within the genre?Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Beautiful Set of Zodiac Portraits in Illustrator - Part TwoPreview 400
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    Welcome back for part two of the kawaii zodiac set! In this tutorial, we'll focus on some of the techniques already gone over in the first part, complete the next six designs, and add a cute little background to each astrological sign. Get your Pen Tool ready because we're diving right in!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Beautiful Set of Zodiac Portraits in Illustrator - Part OnePreview 400
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    There isn't a project more fun in my opinion than creating a cohesive set of designs. This enjoyment doubles when it's something an audience can relate to; enter the signs of the zodiac. Regardless of your thoughts about the validity of astrology, the symbolism and graphic interpretations of zodiac signs are a fun topic for an illustrator to handle. I'll be firing up Adobe Illustrator and building cute hair designs for little girl faces in a zodiac theme. In this tutorial, we'll be looking at creating the face and the stylings for the signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo and Leo.Read More…
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Kawaii Toast Phone Cozy400px preview
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    Now that the weather's cooling down in the northern hemisphere, it's a good time to keep things toasty. What better way than with this cute toast phone cozy? Designed to be easily altered to your phone model (or camera or MP3 player), and made from acrylic felt and cotton, this little cutie will brighten up your backpack, purse, or slide into your pocket.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Rainbow Vomiting, Kawaii Unicorn in Adobe IllustratorUnivorm preview 400
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    It's the age old question: where do rainbows come from? Sure, you could answer with science, or you can open up Adobe Illustrator, grab your Pen Tool (P), expand some strokes into objects, and get with your gradients to reveal the truth: unicorns puke them out with sparkles and love. Add in the look of a sewn appliqué design, and we've got a stew of cuteness going.Read More…