Viva La Vida

Frida Inspired
Mixed Media


Celebrate an icon, celebrate your art!

In this workshop, we take inspiration from the life of Frida Kahlo. Using her iconic image I show you my secrets to mixing a beautiful variety of skin tones and drawing a wide mix of faces with varying proportions and placements.

We go in-depth with sketching the turned face, adding colour using three distinctly different supply-oriented techniques! We expand on our own ‘versions’ of the icon to incorporate her life and love of Mexico into collage.

With this incredible woman as inspiration, I have created what I feel is a workshop full of heart and true skill-building lessons.


Learn more about the workshop

You’ll get instant access!


Are you fascinated by Frida Kahlo?

Me too!

Why am I obsessed with Frida Kahlo?

She proved to me that you don’t have to fit a box and follow rules made by others. That you are beautiful just the way you are and that your art can be meaningful just the way it is. Maybe what resonates most with me is how she was lead by heart-felt passion coupled with tenacity and perseverance.

Frida continually challenged her self to improve her skills, and balanced that with time to relax, contemplate and laugh with her loved ones. She remained curious and broadened her horizons with travel. She collected objects that fascinated and thoughtfully placed them in her home that became a personal sanctuary surrounded by plants, colour and beloved animals.

Frida Kahlo inspires through her art and her life illustrating that gender, age, nationality and dire personal circumstances can be transcendental elements. I adore her soul!

Lesson Plan
Each lesson is devoted to a different category of art supply every mixed-media artist needs in their toolkit!
Impactful Lessons

Lesson 1

Skin Deep

Let’s start with the very thing that holds us together: skin. In this lesson, we will mix lots of different skin tones with watercolour using several methods.


Lesson 2

Little Fridas!

Let’s create lots and lots of small faces! We’ll work with pens, coloured pencils, watercolour, inks, pastels and brush pens!


Lesson 3

Frida Sketchercise

In this lesson, we draw a turned face and then Frida-rize it!


Lesson 4

Worth Repeating

In this lesson, we take our Sketchercise face and add colour in three different ways! Frida believed in repetition in her artwork. Most of her paintings were self portraits and I see a quest for improvement in that repetition and practice.


Lesson 5

Frida Collage-oh!

I want to bring in one of my favourite collage techniques! We’ll work on Frida as well and Frida and Diego, her husband.


Lesson 6

Frida and Diego

I tend to think of Diego Rivera purely as Frida’s husband, but he was a big star of the international art world before he met her.


Lesson 7


Let’s continue on with the fun of collage incorporating the Mayan calendar.


Lesson 8

Feeling a little Gelli

You’ll enjoy this fun lesson using Gelli Plates!


Lesson 9

Viva La Variety

Let’s connect the Blue and Red Frida with some celebratory colour! Ladybug Dotters are the first art supplyI’ve produced myself. You can substitute another supply, but for me, I LOVE lots of dots!

You’ll get instant access!

Frida Small Face

Who is it for?

While I consider this an advanced level workshop, it is just as suitable for beginners as my loyal Daven peeps (an affection term of respect for people that love doing all my workshops!).

Frida Small Face

Who is it not suited for?

If you’re just getting started with your art and are struggling with your creative confidence, you may want to start with my mini-workshop Draw Happy as a gentle way back into your art making again.

How the Workshop is Delivered

Workshop Delivery
  • Lifetime Access
  • Pause, rewind and review each lesson as often as you like.
  • Private Community to meet with other artists!
  • Log into a private area of the JD website to access your workshop!
  • I have created this class so you can take all the time you need and let the magic happen!

    All sessions for the Self-guided study classes are up when you arrive. This means there’s no waiting for projects to be posted and you can take the course at whatever pace works for you.

    You can revisit, rewatch, recharge and remind yourself of all the art supplies, all the drawing lessons, all the mixed media inspiration whenever you want.

    You need never feel embarrassed about not ‘clicking’ with a new skill straightaway. It’s a terrible feeling when you feel left behind, or that you dont ‘get it’ and everyone else does in a learning situation! But you will NEVER feel that way in my classroom because you can pause and rewind, and ask questions.

    Full instructions are on the site if this is your first online class experience. You are in safe hands!

    What you Get


    The classes are video based and typically between 7 and 20 minutes long each. Intense creative nuggets! I talk you through each of the art supplies, what they do and show you how to use them through a variety of drawing projects and exercises.

    Private Facebook Group
    Private Facebook Group
    I will ask you to upload your drawings and experiments into our private Facebook Group. It may be nerve-wracking the first time you do it, but trust that you and your creative soul will benefit exponentially by being courageous and sharing your work!

    You’ll get instant access!


    What you’ll need for the workshop

    This is a summary list for the supplies you will see me using from all the lessons. But remember, you don’t need all of these items, and you can make substitutes.
    Finishing Line permanent fine line Pens
    Buy ‘Finishing Line’ permanent fine line Pens
    Jane Davenport Petite Palette Watercolours
    Buy ‘Jane Davenport Petite Palette’ Watercolours
    Palette Pastel soft chalks
    Buy ‘Palette Pastels’ soft chalks
    Baton Blenders foam applicators
    Buy ‘Baton Blenders’ foam applicators
    Magic Wands colour pencils
    Buy ‘Magic Wands’ colour pencils
    Light Portrait Acrylics
    Buy ‘Light Portrait’ Acrylics
    BlendIn foam sponges
    Buy ‘BlendIn’ foam sponges
    Ultimate permanent brush pens
    Buy ‘Ultimate’ permanent brush pens: Thriller Jacket, Golden Age, Made in the Suede
    Story Time Paint Pens
    Buy Storytime’ paint pens: Snow Queen white in particular
    LTQ permanent brush pen
    Buy ‘LTQ’ permanent brush pen

    Buy Jane Davenport Watercolor Journal

    Light Portrait Acrylics

    Buy ‘Matchmaker’ Acrylics

    Buy ‘Confetissue’
    Liquitex Matte Medium
    Buy Liquitex Matte Medium
    Paco Papel
    Buy Paco Papel: Amazon

    Buy ‘Aquapastels’ watercolor crayons

    velvet pastels

    Buy Velvet Pastels: Monarch, Neon, Queen, Pink Princess

    mermaid markers

    Buy Mermaid Markers: ‘Celestial Sky’

    Power Pastels wax crayons
    Buy ‘Power Pastels’ wax crayons
    The Detailer travellers small watercolor brush
    Buy ‘The Detailer’ travellers small watercolor brush
    Buy Mermaid Tail acrylic brushes
    Buy Mermaid Tail’ acrylic brushes
    Mermalicious soft pastel Brushes
    ‘Mermalicious’ soft pastel Brushes
    CharisMATTic acrylics
    BUY CharisMATTic acrylics
    Buy Inkbrush
    Buy ‘Inkbrush’
    Mermaid Makers
    Buy ‘Mermaid Makers’
    Colour Wheel
    Buy ‘Colour Wheel’ on Amazon
    The school is a safe and loving space
    full of creative-minded spirits where you can feel free to be your arty self.
    Fun, fun, fun!
    Rande USA

    “I’ve enjoyed this workshop very much. I feel I have been able to work through several obstacles along the way and from that I have learned a lot. I feel I’ve gained more confidence both in drawing the turned face and knowing my art supplies better. So thank you Jane for yet another wonderful workshop”

    Camilla, Norway

    “Yippee first 3 lessons videos done and lots of tiny face shapes just waiting to become little Frida’s tomorrow. Jane your lessons are wonderful and I am loving reading and seeing all the Frida info. The more I understand her struggles and successes I like her even more. She died in the same year I was born..”

    Debby, Canada

    “Frida – Larger Than Life – used so many JD art supplies in this one and so enjoyed it. Learned so much in this workshop – highly recommend. Thank you Jane (and Frida) for your inspiration.”

    Maryanne, USA

    Student Gallery

    Buy Viva La Vida and Get Instant Access!

    Due to the current worldwide situation, shipping may be delayed. Stay healthy, creative and inspired!