Layers of Light - Mixed media art class

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What if you were a Light-Seeker?
What if your unique creative spark was just a few brushstrokes away?
 
 
 

The class includes:

  • LIFETIME ACCESS
  • 6 in-depth lessons and painting projects where I share every little detail of my process (both technical and spiritual!)
  • Over 10 hours of video (with captions for the hearing-impaired)
  • Creative tips & activities
  • Journaling prompts
  • Photo prompts
  • Pinterest inspiration boards
  • Bonus video series: "White Magic, Soft Neutrals & Dark Beauty"
  • NEW Bonus painting lesson: "Your True North Star"
  • Contributing artists interviews by Roxanne Evans Stout, Meghan Genge, Jessica Brogan, Sarah Treanor, Petra Hrziwnatzki and Stephanie Lee

And the most beautiful, light-filled community with hundreds of creatives from all over the world!

 
 
I have grown by leaps and bounds since finding Laly and working my way through Layers of Light. Laly is the most informational and inspiring teacher I’ve ever worked with.
— Melissa Wambach Schneider
 
 
 

CHAPTer 1: The Dance of Light & Shadow

This chapter is all about paying attention to light in our lives, and infusing it into art in a way that feels authentic and natural. It's about connecting with our creative spark, but also making friends with the shadows and embracing contrast.

Lesson 1 - Connect to your inner light with a "Soulboard", loosen up with intuitive collage and start awakening your creative spark!

Lesson 2 - Create a light-filled, soothing yet slightly moody mixed media painting with collage, paint, ink and a black & white photo. Explore white-on-white effects, neutral tones and darks.


CHAPTER 2: Layers of Life

In this chapter we get inspired by the layers that make up our daily lives. We will create art that has a tactile quality, building up soft, gritty and translucent layers of plaster, wax, fiber, paper...

Lesson 3 - Create a mini collage series with encaustic wax on plaster gauze and weave found words throughout the pieces.

Lesson 4 - Explore your inner world and create a dreamy landscape painting with gorgeous layers of paper, wax and fiber.


CHAPTER 3: Shine your truth

In this final chapter, we bring it all together to create deep, meaningful art that is an authentic expression of who we are. We explore the layers of meaning of personal symbols & stories and incorporate them into poetic pieces.

Lesson 5 - Create a series of small abstract paintings around a chosen symbol. Work with a grid composition and build up misty layers with my favorite faux-encaustic technique!

Lesson 6 - Indulge in every color of the rainbow and create a dreamy, figurative painting that will honor your inner artist and support you as you shine your light into the world...

 
The serenity of this course is singing me home to myself.
— Julie Clay
 
 

Some topics we will explore:

  • Magical white-on-white effects and translucent layers
  • Natural / neutral tones, contrast, texture
  • Intuitive composition, line, shape, movement, depth
  • Combining words with art

yummy materials we will use:

  • Paints, gesso, inks, paper, and any supplies you already have!
  • Gritty and luminous plaster, delicate lace and fiber, beautiful encaustic wax, translucent acrylic medium…

A word on wax

Working with encaustic for the first time can feel a little bit intimidating, but it's also completely addictive! I will show you how to set up your space in a safe and simple way. You're going to fall in love!

And if you don't feel ready just yet, don't let that stop you: I will teach you my easy, no-heat, no-melt faux-encaustic technique. You will achieve slightly different but beautiful and oh-so-rewarding results, and all the knowledge you will have gained will be super useful when starting real encaustic too! You have life-time access to the course so you can dive into encaustic whenever you're ready.

 
Two things really surprised me. First was the encaustic inspired multilayering of acrylic gel medium. I would have never dared to do such a thing, had I not seen it so expertly shown in your video. Now I love it and will use this in my works in other ways. The other thing was the step in the last lesson when we do a reverse layering to take some of the layers back off for rediscovering surprises. That was amazing! I would have never discovered that on my own.
— Angie Cook
 
 
I learned about building up the layers of light, how to add contrast to emphasize the light, adding splashes of color with alcohol inks, filling the canvas, and so much more. I found it awakened a new way of seeing the light all around me. I loved journaling on the canvas to set intentions and add healing energy to the painting. One of my favorite lessons was incorporating a photo into the painting to tell a story. It was all magical. I would highly recommend this class!
— Nancy Lennon
 
 
 

follow the fairy dust...

Light bearer interviews

I am beyond thrilled and honored to include the amazingly beautiful words of some of my favorite artists, friends, light-bearers, brave and talented women who inspire me daily. I know they will inspire you!

Stephanie Lee Plaster and jewelry artist, instructor and mentor

Stephanie Lee

Plaster and jewelry artist, instructor and mentor

Meghan Genge Writer, storyteller and magic finder, author of "Unfurl"

Meghan Genge

Writer, storyteller and magic finder, author of "Unfurl"

Petra Hrziwnatzki Mixed media artist, uplifting teacher and soulful inspirer

Petra Hrziwnatzki

Mixed media artist, uplifting teacher and soulful inspirer

Jessica Leigh Brogan Writer, artist, Beauty-seeker and circle maker

Jessica Leigh Brogan

Writer, artist, Beauty-seeker and circle maker

Roxanne Evans Stout Mixed media collage artist and teacher

Roxanne Evans Stout

Mixed media collage artist and teacher

Sarah Treanor Photographer, writer and creative mentor

Sarah Treanor

Photographer, writer and creative mentor

 

Pinterest

Curated inspiration boards to complement every lesson and spark new ideas for your art.


Instagram

Each lesson has photo prompts and students share their discoveries, and their art, on Instagram: #layersoflightart

 
(all images remain the property of their respective authors)
 
 
Laly is encouraging us to pause ... look deeply ... listen to and feel what resonates (it will differ for each of us and THAT is the beauty). Taking that time is soooo important in finding what drives you and what will make your art your own.
— Denise M.
 
 
 

Circle of Light

Private Facebook group

All along the journey, I will be there to shine a light for you, answer your questions and cheer you on. Seats for each session are limited so that I can truly be available to support you on your journey.

You will be invited to gather with hundreds of like-minded creatives from all over the world in our "Circle of Light" private Facebook group, a safe place to share, encourage and learn from each other!

 
I adore the support and encouragement we get from each other in the Facebook group, but best of all is your wonderful attention to our needs, your speed of response, and the feeling you give each of us that we matter and that you’re giving us your personal attention. I don’t know how you do it, but I’m so very grateful I found you and your wonderful class.
— Sheilagh Dyson
 
 
 
 
Laly Mille Artist

About me

I walk my artist’s path in bare feet with my face toward the starry sky. I create from a place of lightness, ease and not-so-ordinary magic. Following the soft voice of my inner guide has shaped the artist I am today.

While I was praised for good grades as a child, it was always that which I made with my hands that delighted my spirit and made me the most proud.

Today I find joy and a sense of true purpose in not only bringing beauty into this world through the art that I make, but also in nurturing the creative longings of others. As an online art instructor and certified creativity coach, I’m grateful to be able to share the gift of inspiration each and every day.

Through all extensions of my work, I aim to capture the whispers of fairytales, the lighthearted beauty of imperfection and myriad emotions through layers of light. It’s my heart’s desire to connect to that deep place that resides within you and is simultaneously in every one of us—that inner knowing of the soul which you can’t put into words but feel is more true than anything else you know...

I love connecting with creative souls all over the world on a daily basis. When I’m away from the studio or my computer, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, William, and our two children in the Loire Valley of France where not a day goes by that I’m not inspired by the sheer beauty of my surroundings.

 
 
 
I am utterly delighted to share this much-loved class with a new group of students very soon, and I would love for you to join us!

Light & Love,

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A magical journey, a soulful, safe nest for all those inner feelings. Laly has the most beautiful aura and teaching manner. Allowing you to create meaningful, personal art within a class. I found memories both joyful and sorrowful, long tucked away, appearing in my art. She shows you how to ‘shine’ in the loveliest of ways. Her lessons are clear and beautifully shot. You cannot but feel a connection with Laly. Although there are many others in the course you are each special. A friend found though never met. Thank you for crossing my path and enriching my creative spirit.
— Chris Burton
 
 
 
I was completely mesmerized when I came across layers of light! It has inspired me, taught me new techniques and helped me evolve as an artist. I was able to ‘connect the dots’ if that makes any sense! Watching the classes feels like a mystical experience I can’t get enough of! You truly have a gift for teaching and I will be eternally grateful!
— Angela Thompson
I learned from watching you Laly, to slow down and relax, to truly hear the “calls”.
I learned so much from you, gathering my papers and fibers to have a good start. A start that can be changed in a heart beat, running around, finding other remnants that might work also. It’s downright exciting at times.
I found a lot of patience, in your teachings for myself personally. Your “ways” are so PALPABLE...it is like you were right there with me. Your style and “senses” profoundly lead us to “seeing and feeling” deeply, and wondrously. Your classes, your words, your educating skills remain and linger wherever I roam in my work now. I am grateful and thank you immensely.
— Wanda Miller
There is something in this class that takes you away to places inside you where your dreams come from. It is soft, it is gentle, yet the work that is produced is powerful and honest. The participant learns to observe their surroundings and look inward to bring out strong statement pieces of beautiful art. Each lesson is refreshing and enjoyable – you so look forward to taking each and every lesson. Every session is different and challenges you, but they are not hard – the challenge comes in having an open sense of curiosity and playfulness. There is a systematic approach that is well organized and patiently given.

Laly Mille possesses a childlike sense of wonder inside her that comes through in her classes, and she helps you soften your eyes and open your heart whilst learning and creating meaningful pieces.
I so enjoyed Layers of Light and will take it again and again because each time I do the lessons, I find a new dawn.
— Didi Arias
Not only did I learn some really beautiful techniques in your classes like layering and your lovely color palette but also the sweet, patient, quiet way to approach art. Your calm, sequential, organized lessons and beautiful videos were a joy to watch.
— Janet Reid
A magical journey, a soulful, safe nest for all those inner feelings. Laly has the most beautiful aura and teaching manner. Allowing you to create meaningful, personal art within a class. I found memories both joyful and sorrowful, long tucked away, appearing in my art. She shows you how to ‘shine’ in the loveliest of ways. Her lessons are clear and beautifully shot. You cannot but feel a connection with Laly. Although there are many others in the course you are each special. A friend found though never met. Thank you for crossing my path and enriching my creative spirit.
— Chris Burton
Your class has been quite transformative in how I think about and approach my art, helping me be braver and more experimental, and worry a little less about the ‘end result’. I’ve seen quite a few online tutorials now and I think your style of teaching and the beautifully shot, well lit, clear, inspirational and informative videos are the best, BY MILES!
I adore the support and encouragement we get from each other in the Facebook group, but best of all is your wonderful attention to our needs, your speed of response, and the feeling you give each of us that we matter and that you’re giving us your personal attention. I don’t know how you do it, but I’m so very grateful I found you and your wonderful class.
— Sheilagh Dyson
I am so enthralled and excited that I am almost forgetting to breathe. Whenever I work on something that you have directed Laly, I just feel so comfortable. Hard to describe but totally wonderful experience. I have never done anything like this before.
— Hazel Agnew
Your class has helped me understand the process of layering. I can paint in any medium from inks to acrylics and follow the same process of making layers. Also I learnt a lot about what colors to use.
— Priti Desai
This class is amazing. I learned more about myself than I thought possible. I have been inspired in too many ways to mention. I find myself going for it because of many techniques that can change it later. I see the changes in all the mediums that I dabble in. My favorite where the collage with the photos, the burlap technique and the series of elements. I highly recommended Laly.
— Debby Pfeiffer Campbell Gibson
Two things really surprised me. First was the encaustic inspired multilayering of acrylic gel medium. I would have never dared to do such a thing, had I not seen it so expertly shown in your video. Now I love it and will use this in my works in other ways. The other thing was the step in the last lesson when we do a reverse layering to take some of the layers back off for rediscovering surprises. That was amazing! I would have never discovered that on my own.
— Angie Cook
I took your advice and just kept working the layers, giving the piece “a chance” to become. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the piece. Thanks for your encouragement.
— Shay Vaughan
My thing is usually little books so I have been surprised by how much I learned about layering and the use of different media in your classes. I’ve also learned not to force the composition but to let it speak to me from within. Now I’m taking all of that back to my little books!
— Lesley Jolly
Your beautiful work, gentle encouraging way of showing and teaching, with so many options and delightful insight to the deeper meaning we may find in the journey as you have done - combined with real information about mixed media layering; techniques, and the process, all this combined into so many wonderful projects to explore - has opened up a whole new world for me.

The quality of your videos is such that I will never tire of watching them. The music is comforting. I can always see what you are doing clearly, and you explain it all so well!

I have not stopped since I began working under your instruction. This has touched a cord with me and the nature of how I like to work. As for growing my skills, I think the most important thing I took away is to trust myself more in trying new things- like adding my own writings to my work. Also, I love the way you talked about the mystery of partially hidden things when layering. It took me out of my “perfection mode” of thinking every little thing had to be apparent and clearly seen.
I want to know when you add more classes. I will be there!!!
— Angie Cook
 

 
 

© 2017 Laly Mille, mixed media artist, France

 
 
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