Let’s Paint Lavender Fields & Another Treasure Trove of Photos to Paint!

Hi Friends! First up I wanted to let you know that I am revamping my very neglected Cafe Press shop where I have some of my painting available as prints, note-cards, calendars, bags, shirts, mugs etc so if you wanted anything you might want to grab it now because I will be switching everything up next week! More on that later! I am so excited because a viewer told be about a really cool website called Paint My Photo where photographers upload their stunning photos for artists to paint. Here is a tutorial for a lavender field that I painted from a  photo by Robin Lovelock:

You can find the photo I used here. If you join the Paint My Photo community please say howdy and add me as a friend. I am new there too, we can explore it together!

I am using a 1/2″ Princeton Neptune Oval Wash. This is a synthetic squirrel brush. It holds a lot of paint and water. You can make broad washes but the tip comes to a fine point too. This was my first time using this brush and I wanted to play around with it. I hope it answers some questions you might have about this line of brushes.
Colors (Cotman)
Ultramarine blue
Light Red
Sap Green
Yellow Ochre
Mauve
Lemon Yellow

Well, I need to get my butt moving, I am going scrapbooking with Lorraine and Kathy today! Woohoo! that should be fun…or we will get kicked out of the crop due to wacky shenanigans. Any bets?Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Easy Tutorial: Let’s Paint a Tulip in watercolor!

Hi friends! Today, by request, we will paint a simple tulip:

I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s paint snowdrops!

Hello friends! Today was the last day of February vacation for the kids so I took them to the pool, they love to swim and we stay for hours! We usually meet up with friends and us moms chat while the kids swim. Today the kids swam for 6 hours and they wanted to swim more! I guess it is a treat to swim in February, especially in the north. Well, today while they were swimming I walked around the pool to throw out some of their snack wrappers and right in front of two 20 year old lifeguards I stepped in a puddle of water and down I went! One second I was walking, the next, on the ground! They were fussing over me, offering me ice packs, it was such a riot, meanwhile I am quickly righting myself as gracefully as possible as not to embarrass my self or my children LOL!  “nothing to see here folks…” and the funny thing is I made sure not to wear my slippery shoes this time! And the strange thing is that my neck is sore (not my rear) I must have gotten a bit of whiplash…or I am just tired from all of the gabbing i did with the ladies, who can say, I have a heat pack on my neck tonight, some Advil and I’m sure I’ll be good in the morning. Oh yeah, you are probably here for the video tutorial…well, without further ado let’s paint snowdrops! (Heck of a segue, eh?)

I hope you have made it through your weekend without injury. I think there is a cup of sleepytime tea calling my name and maybe I will take another stab at the book on my bedside table but i think I will be in dreamland before I finish a page. :) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Tale of Two Poppies: Beginner Watercolor Videos!

Happy Friday folks! Sometimes (ok more often than that) I shoot a tutorial and afterwards I think “will this benefit anyone?” and “Will people like it?” because something in the work leaves me nonplussed. I usually end up uploading the tutorial anyway because I find there is something “new” that someone will learn from it. That is the case with the first poppy video I filmed, it’s the single poppy card, so I tried the technique again with softer colors and liked it much more. I asked folks during my koi freebie video yesterday if they wanted to see take 2 on the poppy and they did so I have both videos up for you today!

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Since I know someone will ask 2 of the cards are in the 6″x9.5″ clear bags that I package my cards in for sale, you can get them at Papermart. Here is the first poppy, After it was done I thought my poppy was too low on the card so I added stamping and a swipe and splatters of color to balance it out. The stark white background was jarring. This tutorial is mainly watercolor pencils and the 2nd can use watercolor pencils or regular watercolor paints. I hope you enjoy the video!

This is the redo, I think the softer colors are prettier and someone wanted to know how to paint a background after she painted the flower, I did it before but this is the same technique for putting a background in after the fact. :)

Which card do you like better? The point of today’s lesson is that there are many ways to paint the same thing. Use the materials you have on hand. A viewer asked me if she could use watered down acrylics to do my tutorials with. I say “why not?” There are some techniques that will not work like lifting out color after it has dried but for other techniques it will be fine AND as a bonus you just learned a new way to use what you already have! Getting new supplies is fun, I get it (I do it!) but there is nothing like the pride you feel when you are resourceful with the supplies you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Got Wreaths? Let’s Paint one!

Howdy friends! Today I have a quick and easy painting tutorial for you using watercolor pencils. I also wanted to let you know about a wonderful Maine company that makes fresh wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands. They are also the founders of Wreaths Across America providing wreaths on the gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Worcester Wreath is offering 10% off your total order on their website and as a bonus will donate 25% off your total order sales to out local school for school supplies, field trips and other necessities not covered in the current school budget. Use the coupon code CDSPTG at Worcester Wreath Co. if you are in need of beautiful, fresh and sustainably harvested balsam products and to get your 10% discount and help our schools. My deepest thanks if you do. On to the card!

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Painting this is very easy, here are the colors of inktense pencils I used but feel free to substitute for the colors and brand of watercolor pencils you have:

# 0520 Carmine Pink
#0510 Cherry
#0600 Shiraz
#1330 Vivid Green
#0250 Cadmium Orange
#0230 Golden Yellow
#1520 Hooker’s Green
#1220 Green Aquamarine

To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Song clear stamp set from Oriental Trading Co. Have fun with this easy project and til next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Paint a Lighthouse & Leftover Paint Tip!

Hello friends! I had a request to paint a lighthouse this week…somehow I managed to live in Maine for 37 years and never paint one LOL! So here it is!

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This painting takes 10 minutes and is perfect to paint on a watercolor card! You will need a 1″ flat brush, a 1/2″ flat and a #5 round. The colors we are using are Aliziran Crimson (A cool red), Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow (A warm yellow) and Burnt Sienna. Watch the video for the how to in real time!

After you are done painting what do you do with the paint on your palette? Do you just wipe it away? Before you clean your palette spritz it with water and press a scrap of cardstock or tag into it and you will have a beautiful background for your next card-making project or a lovely gift tag! Watch this 30 second video to see how easy it is!

That if for me today! I am in craft fair prep mode this morning and then I am going roller skating with my girls! What a fun day! Happy crafting!

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Happy Day of the Dead & A Stamp Winner!

I hope everyone survived Trick-o-treating last night. We had a great time, I gaggle of us went together around the cul-de-sac where I live. It was perfect Halloween weather, howling wind, rain and all sorts of blustery goodness! We all gathered at my place for a pot luck (I had the best intentions of ALL the kids eating real food before they went begging for candy) before hand, it had become a bit of a tradition and I feel “the more the merrier!” I love Halloween because because it is low stress (unlike Christmas) I don’t kill myself cleaning because the extra cobwebs in the corners add to the ambiance and there is no need to mop the floors when you are going to have 30 kids traipsing in and out of the house LOL! Who’s to say the floor wasn’t spotless before they arrived? I am kinda bummed because I did not get any pictures last night. My son was David Ortiz, AKA “Big Papi” of the Red Sox, I was a creepy sugar skull face lady and my girls were a minion and a vampire. Here is a photo of me and the girls before last weekend’s school Halloween party, I was dressed as a fortune teller because I was volunteering at the party as one.

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Today is Day of the Dead, a time to remember friends and family who have passed. One of the traditions is decorating sugar skulls so I created a quick and easy painting project you can do with the kids:

Now what you have really been waiting for. The winner of last weeks stamp giveaway is: Carla! I have a couple of readers with that name so I will email the correct Carla and you can get your prize! That’s it for me today. I am going scrapbooking, I should clean the house first but I’m willing to let the “ambiance” last one more day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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