Paint Gladiolus in 8 Minutes with Watercolor Markers!

Howdy folks! I’m happy to report that my back is better today! Next time I get into a bounce house I will stretch first LOL! The other day a YouTube viewer asked if I could do a tutorial on painting pink gladiolus flowers, so I did.

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Instead of using watercolor paint I used water based markers. You can use any brand: Tombow, Distress, Crayola, LePlume, Faber Castell, Whispers or Stampin Up. The key to this is to work on watercolor paper. You will also need a bucket of water and a brush or a waterbrush. Watch the 8 minute video to see how fast and easy it is!

This project was a lot of fun and it is a new way to use a supply most of us already have…in fact it might be fun to bring just my markers and waterbrush the next time I go out in nature to paint! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Video Tutorial: Ric-Rac Roses!

Howdy friends! Do you have spools of ric-rac in your craft room waiting to be used on the perfect project? Well here is that project! After you get the hang of making these you will want to buy ric-rac in bulk so you can make a bunch! I used the large ric-rac trim from Papermart.

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I get it in white so I can dye it whatever color I want. The headbands, hair clips and earrings are great craft fair items. I love that the earrings can be glued to post back or clip-on earrings making them a prefect little girl gift!

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Ready to make these? Check out the video to see how. Don’t worry if the ric-rack unwinds on you the first couple of times, you will get the hang of it.

I hope you enjoyed this quick craft! Please check out our sponsor, Papermart,  for the materials I used in my video and other great products too! If you have any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I am so pumped!

howdy friends! I am so excited for today! I just got word last night from Kelly Brooks Bay, Author of The Rainbow Pants that the books arrived for the book release party, phew! Also I can’t wait to see my daughters Girl Scout float in the Old Home Week Parade today and I got my craft fair booth all set up yesterday morning so I will be busy and having fun all day. I’ll share some pictures of everything with you tomorrow;) As I was packaging up some more cards for sale I remembered the watercolor cards I painted in Boston, I thought I would get home and do more to them but decided they were fine as is:

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Near Tufts there were all of these sparrows around, very tame, swooping in to get dropped bits of bread, here is one:

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and here are 2 little paintings from my head…

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My watercolor cards usually sell pretty well. Some people buy them to frame, hey they are original paintings, why not? Well, I better get moving, lots to do today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Painterly Playdate!

Back to the ol’ grind today! I hope you had a nice weekend! It was a mini vacation here as the kids had nearly a week off for Thanksgiving break. We are in full craft fair prep mode. My kids have been crafting stuff to sell, as have I! This year I have conned…er I mean invited some friends to exhibit at a craft fair with me. My Friend Kath who is an extremely talented seamstress is making “American Girl” sized clothes to sell and we have gotten together several times for crafty playdates to prepare… basically we drink a lot of tea, chit-chat and occasionally make some product for our tables. On Friday she invited me over to craft, I was going to bring my beads and make jewelry but I decided it would be less of a bother to bring my watercolor supplies. Here is one of the paintings I completed:

I started 6 paintings. I have a method where I start a painting and put in the background and then sketch out and paint the backgrounds on as many paintings as I can while waiting for the first one to dry. I like to work on very wet paper to start so I would have quite lot of ‘sittin’ around waiting’ to do if I did not get to work on other paintings. I started 6 and finished 3!

Did I mention we had 6 kids between the two of us. Actually we each have a set of 8-year-old twin daughters who entertained themselves playing with their American Girl dolls while we crafted and our boys wandered about playing video games and chess. You would never have know that there were a half-dozen kids there LOL!

I have quite a stack of watercolors to mat and put in clear archival bags to sell at the craft fair, my booth is going to be so schizophrenic looking with the mish-mash of craftyness I have planned but oh what fun it is to plan for a craft fair! BTW, I will be working some of the new paintings into downloadable how-to painting packets for my shop, I’ll let you know when they are available! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Get Out Your Watercolors!

Let’s Paint! I love watercolors, the splashy vibrant color and the immediacy of creation is what hooks me every time. Unlike oils or acrylics they are always ready to go when I am! This painting is done in watercolor but I applied the paint in different ways: painting, spraying, stenciling and spattering. I love the texture and interest these different methods give the piece.

Cyclamen Watercolor Painting Copyright 2012 Lindsay Weirich

I really believe that anyone can paint, you just need to give it a go! If you don’t think you can draw well enough you can print out a digital stamp (there are lots of great ones that would be perfect for watercoloring in my Fancy Flowers set) and transfer it to your painting surface with graphite paper. I almost always draw it on a scrap first and then trace it so I know I have the drawing again if I mess up or if I want the pattern to use in a class. I mixed watercolor in a spray bottle with water to use with my stencils and I also sponged on some thicker watercolor. Normally I do not use white watercolor but in this case I did to mimic the velvety soft petals in the flowers and for the polka-dot stencil. As a final touch I added some stamping. No rules, just paint! Just remember, it’s only a piece of paper!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hellooooooooo!

Happy Mothers Day everyone!

Shameless Plug: Everything in the Lindsay Stamp Stuff shop at myGrafico is 25% off until midnight tonight including the Fancy Flowers set that I used on this card:

Digital stamp (daffodil) Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Collage Sheet: Nicecrane Designs, PP: K&co, MAMBI, Envelope template: LSS, Dies: Cuttlebug

The text paper in the background is from the Grunge News Collage Sheets from Nicecrane Designs.  The card is 4 1/4″ square. I adjusted the Bracket envelope from my Envelope Bonanza template to fit this card and cut it with my Cricut and SCAL software, easy peasy! BYW the daffodil is colored with Prismacolors and blended with a pointy q-tip and googone :)

Notice the die cut photo corners and mesh behind the collage sheet? Well I hit the most awesome sale Friday at BigLots, I was shopping with DT gal Erin and we found tons of CB embossing folders and dies for $2 a pop! Most had both does and folders or a couple dies in a pack, score!

Check out my crafty loot!

Not that I needed any more dies but for $2 I just couldn’t resist :)

That’s all for today, I’m off to see MIL and my Mom today, happy mother’s day and till next time happy crafting!

Copic+Colored Pencil=Awesomeness!

Hmmm, Is Awesomeness even a word, well if it isn’t it should be! This week I challenged my designers to create cards and projects inspired by nature. Many of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff sets are nature themed so it was easy to find a stamp to use, I decided to work with my Fancy Flowers digital stamp set and here is what I came up with:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Cardstock: GP, Co'ordenations, Rubber stamp (sentiments): SU!

I got the idea to use colored pencils over my copic markers from a lady in my What’s Digital Stamping? Yahoo Group (Thanks Tiffany, you rock!) and I love the results. You simply color the images as usual with your copic (or Bic, Sharpie or Prismacolor) markers then add colored pencil on top. The more color you add the more it will glow but if you were coloring something that was fuzzy (like a teddy bear) or rough (like a rock) you can use a lighter touch to pick up some of the texture of the paper.

Markers: Copic, Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Punch: SU!

Tiffany warns up not to use the marker over the colored pencil though, it will gunk up our marker nibs.

The colored pencils over the markers give a rich glow to the work.

I first colored the images with markers as I normally would, then I added colored pencils around the edges and blended them inward with a colorless blending pencil, or you can use a lighter colored pencil.

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cuts: Penny Duncan

Now let’s see what nature inspired designs the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has for us today!

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Dare to Digi…

…stamp, that is. I found a cool digital stamping blog called dareU2digistamp and it has weekly sketch challenges. Here is a card I made for the sketch using my new Doodle Aster digital stamp:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Bazzil, DCWV, Basic Grey, Label: JoAnns

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Bazzil, DCWV, Basic Grey, Label: JoAnns

And here is another card I made with the scraps using my Doodle Daisy stamp:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCWV, Basic Grey, Bazzill, Lable: JoAnns

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCWV, Basic Grey, Bazzill, Lable: JoAnns

I colored them with my Bic Mark-its and used my clear Prismacolor blending marker where needed. Here are the colors I used: Key Lime, Margaretta Green, Hot Aqua, Sunset Orange, Rambunctious Red, Prairie Berry, Peach Parfait, Yellow Blaze and Summer Melon. I get mine at Sam’s Club, a pack of 36 is $13. I’ve been using the same set for 3 years and just now some are starting to dry out.

If you want to learn more about Digital Stamping join my new Yahoo Group: What’s Digital Stamping? I just put a free digital stamp in the files section that you can grab just by joining and it will be replaced with a new freebie each week so don’t miss out!

Thanks for stopping by and til tomorrow, happy crafting!

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