Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! 🙂

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper.  Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind)  Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

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43 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday!
    41 is YOUNG in my eyes …. and you will always stay young because of your wonderful personality!
    What a nice idea to let us all celebrate your birthday by painting a cupcake … have a nice day!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Love the tutorial. I have a cupcake die so I think I may die cut it out of water colour paper and then paint it….just for a different look! Thanks for the idea and have a great day celebrating.

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  3. Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 41 club. I thought you was a lot younger than me. x

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  4. I am trying to remember just how birthdays we have spent “together” (today is mine too) seems like forever ago I started following you

    Happy Birthday, thanks for all you do for us !

    Would love to take your class, you are great teacher for sure.
    Hey, if you would like to share, being my birthday is same as yours and I had it first so if I wouldn’t share my day your birthday wouldn’t be on the 10th…. just saying…..it would be my best birthday present this year! (My husband gave me a check, not kidding)

    Anyway. Have a good one

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  5. Happy birthday ! Love this cupcake and have painted it lots of times as birthday cards for friends. Love your art and enthusiasm 😁 Sent from my STK Storm 3

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  6. Happy Birthday. Enjoy 41, a great age. Still able to do so many things and enjoy your growing family. I hit the big 80 this year but still making cards and going to shows. Edna

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  7. Happy birthday! My daughter turned 1 on the 5th. Love the cupcake painting. So cute.

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  8. Happy Birthday Lindsay!! I hope your day is fabulous!!

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  9. Happy birthday!

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  10. Lovely, thanks for belated cupcake for my 76th July 6 birthday.

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  11. Wishing you a very happy Happy Birthday, Lindsay! Stay as awesome as you are!

    Hugs from Germany

    Chrissie

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  12. The world is such a better place with you in it .
    Happy Birthday!!!

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  13. Got ya beat-60 on 7/8

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  14. Happy birthday to a terrific teacher, mentor, and good human being. I remember when I was 41!😜🎂🎉🍾

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  15. Happy Birthday!!! Mine was last Monday. It’s really nice of you to give a discount on your class, but I’m already taking both of your classes 🙂
    Have a great day and eat more cupcakes.
    Margaret C.

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  16. Happy Birthday!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Lindsay from the UK and Thank you for all your wonderful tutorials. I too am taking both of your classes and enjoying every moment of them.

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  18. Happy Birthday!

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  19. Happy Birthday from Ohio! (In Dutch: Van Harte Gefeliciteerd!) Remember: Research proved that people who celebrate more birthdays live longer! LOL
    Enjoy your day

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  20. Happy Birthday Lindsay! Xxx

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  21. Happy Birthday Lindsay! You are such a sweet gifted person! We are all blessed to have you as our online friend and teacher!
    Have a lovely day!
    Hugs, Linda Pasmore

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  22. Nicely dobe Lindsay. Happy Birthday…may it be your best one yet!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  23. Happy Birthday Lindsay from Australia 🙂

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  24. Beautiful card. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I hope all your birthday wishes come true now and always! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us! You are an amazing inspiration and I appreciate you so much!!

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  25. Happy Birthday!

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  26. What a cute little cupcake. You make it look so easy. Happy bday!

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  27. Hi Lindsay 🙂
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LINDSAY,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    AND MANY MORE!
    God bless.

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  28. Happy birthday! I love all of your work and have been inspired! Thank you so much ♡

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  29. Lindsays class is awesome! Its such a great, comprehensive learning experience, and at about 1/3rd of what I have paid, for watercolor classes that I don’t understand. Lindsay is an amazing teacher, and you have full access to her, during the class. I love it! Oh, and Lindsay….happy, happy, joy, joy! thats who you are, and what you bring to us.

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  30. Happy Birthday, Lindsay and may your fondest dreams come true. Thank you for your videos. I’ve learned so much from watching you paint and since you’re so entertaining, it always lifts my spirits.
    A fellow Mainer

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  31. Happy birthday, Lindsay. I love all of your work. You always inspire me.

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  32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂 LINDSAY! Thank you for all your great inspiration and training. I hope you have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to try painting this.

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  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Thank you for sharing! 🤗❤️

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  34. Happy Birthday Lindsay! love your videos. thx for sharing your knowledge with us.

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  35. July 10th is my birthday also! It is good to share this with such a
    talented person.
    June

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  36. Happy,Happy Birthday to my favorite crafty lady. I tell everybody about your videos. I even told a lady in Hobby Lobby that she should check out your videos. You are such a blessing. Thanks, Sue in DE

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  37. I’m happy to join the many others who enjoy your BLOG and wish you a “VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY” My TRAUMATIC birthday was the BIG 30 ! After that they all became just another year,,,,,I’m still happy to add another year … now 79 !!!!. Wishing you MANY happy days!

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  38. Happy belated birthday,Lindsay!Hope you had a wonderful day!Wishing you loads of happy years ahead!

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  39. Hi Lindsay your cup cakes it beautiful thank you so much for sharing it have a bless day love and creative colorful hugs to you

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  40. Hi Lindsay your cup cakes it beautiful thank you so much for sharing it have a bless day love and creative colorful hugs to you oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you

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  41. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your Cupcakes! Lovely Artwork!

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  42. Happy Belated Birthday!!

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  43. Happy Birthday. Love watching your videos. I am a grandma and 10 years ago after retirement, started taking water color classes at our Senior Center. I love it. I enjoy you especially bc I can do it at my leisure in my own home.
    Keep up the great videos, a lot of us are counting on you. God bless!

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