The Cattails are out!

Hi friends! The cat tails, or Corn Dog Flowers as my students used to call them, are up and I love them (even tho it means fall will be coming soon) so I decided it would be fun to paint them along with other wildflowers that are out now.

You can find a real-time version of this tutorial in Critique Club along with 86 other long, in-depth lessons in various exciting art media. I add 2 new real-time tutorials each month that is more thorough than what is posted on Youtube plus you get monthly creative prompts to get you painting when you are stuck. What’s more, you can upload your work for feedback from me. All for $5 a month. Learn more here or enroll today!

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I hope you have a wonderful day and keep cool if you are also experiencing a heatwave like we are in Maine. Happy crafting!

Frugal Friday: Use leftover Wax for collage Crafts!

Hi friends, do you have a scented wax melter in your home? I love to use mine in my studio for nice smells and a cozy feeling but the fragrance wears off after a while. Instead of throwing out the wax once the smell is gone, you can use it in your art! Watch the video to see how!

Since we are in a heatwave in Maine I will suggest you don’t mail these cards in the summer as they might not fair well in a hot mailbox. Best to wait till winter for that one LOL! You can also dip pinecones in the wax and make campfire starters for a fun and easy gift. Just don’t use them in a wood stove. Do you have any ideas for leftover wax? Let us know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Sweet Sleepy Kitten Real Time Painting Tutorial

Hi friends, today I have a longer painting tutorial for you to paint along with. We are going to paint this sweet napping cat that you might remember from my World Watercolor Month sketchbook tour yesterday.

Grab your watercolors and colored pencils and let’s paint!

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If you know anyone who would enjoy this tutorial please send them my way. Long tutorials do not perform as well as other content like reviews so I really appreciate you sharing them:) Thanks and til next time happy crafting!

World Watercolor Month Wrap-Up (All 31 paintings!)

Hi friends! Did you take part in World Watercolor Month last month? I did, and like always I had a few days where I was tired and didn’t want to but I managed to paint the prompt each day and am glad I did. In today’s video, I have a flip through of my WWM sketchbooks for this year and I talk about each piece in detail so have a listen if you want to know a bit more about the artwork. Also, I want to let you know I will have the sleeping cat artwork real-time tutorial on YouTube today at noon ET so tune in if you want to hang out live in the chat with other artists and me!

Here are still photos of my paintings. Click to enlarge.

Let me know if you want to see any of these paintings as tutorials in the comments below. I will base future tutorials on the responses I get. Thanks! If you liked this post please share it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Big thanks and til next time happy crafting!

Sketch Your Supplies When You are Out of Ideas!

Hi friends! Today I have a quick video to share that will hopefully inspire you to draw! This was one of my paintings for world watercolor month. If you want to see the rest of my WWM paintings I will be having a live sketchbook flip through tomorrow at noon (Eastern Time) on YouTube. You can ask me any questions about the techniques and supplies I used and even vote for what paintings I should turn into tutorials! I will post a replay after the event but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in tomorrow at 12pm ET on YouTube.

Now on to today’s video!

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That’s all for tonight! Happy crafting!

I went to a groovy yardsale yesterday: Sat Chat

Hi friends! I am a day late with Sat Chat here on the blog because I was very busy yesterday. One of my childhood friends helped her parents with a yard sale and my mom, sister, and I went to it. Then I spent the day down in my hometown. It was fun and a good day for all I think! I’ll show you what I got next week! On to Sat Chat!

Before I go I want to remind you that I have a FREE Michaels class on august 15th, you can sign up here and it is fun for the whole family!

I hope you have a great rest of your weekend! I am going to try and score some vegan donuts and then it’s dorm shopping! Happy crafting!

Review: Regina’s Watercolors

Hi friends! Today I am reviewing the sampler set of watercolors and coloring book from Regina’s Watercolors. They are handmade watercolors using the Dr. Ph Martin Hydrus watercolor as a base. To that, they add honey (a humectant), gum arabic (binder), ox gall (flow aid), and clove oil (preservative). The paints are available in small metal pans as well as traditional half pans. Their palettes accommodate the metal pans. All colors are made with the 11 foundation colors found in the Dr Ph Martin Hydrus liquid watercolor set one. *Regina’s watercolors are a nice option if you like the vibrant colors of Hyrdus but you prefer the convenience of a pan paint. Also, I have issues reactivating the Hydrus on my palette as my hard water makes it sediment out.

I will have a video on this sketch this Sunday on YouTube.

This is a long review so I have timestamps if you want to skip to the parts you are interested in:

  • 01:00 unboxing
  • 11:26 Palette Assembly
  • 16:45 Watercolor Coloring Book Flip Through
  • 21:33 Swatching
  • 34:22 Full review, color mixing, pigments, etc
  • 53:07 Artwork samples

*This watercolor set was sent to me for free to review.

Pros:

  • Vibrant transparent color
  • Mixes cleanly
  • You can make the full range of paint from 11 colors
  • Compact Palette is sturdy with a glass mixing area
  • The price is reasonable for the quality
  • Very honest and transparent company

Cons:

  • Only 7 of the colors are single pigment (including white and black)
  • The paint is very sticky and you can accidentally lift the metal pans off the magnetic palette when you are using them.
  • It’s easy to accidentally get paint in neighboring colors on the palette.

Bottom line: These paints are lovely. The company is honest. I think the 11 foundation set might be the way to go as the metal pans are larger and you can spread them out in the palette a bit to avoid contamination. I also think purchasing half pans of Fuscia, Poppy, Daffodil, Aquarium, and delphinium would be a great way to sample the colors. They are clean, strong, and mix well. I still wish to have a traditional yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and Ultramarine blue but I would have no qualms using the other colors in the set. You can learn more about Regina’s watercolors and see what they have to offer here.

I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!