LIVE! Let’s Paint a Rainbow Giraffe in Watercolor! 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! I am a  child of the 80’s and I couldn’t help feel nostalgic for my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper after I painted these rainbow giraffes last night!

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I turned to Instagram and Facebook and asked friends which giraffe I should paint. There were strong support for both but the close up had a bit more of an edge plus it is more difficult so I think I will do the close up one but also give instructions for the tall one if that is what you prefer. Both patterns will be provided in the material list and they are jpg format so you can print them whatever size you want. My practice pieces were done at 6″x9″ and the one I am painting live will be 9″x12″. You can do what you like!

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on YouTube at 12:30pm today.

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Supplies:

  • Watercolors (you can totally use any brand with a good assortment of bright colors, this would be a great project to paint with kids too!) If doing this project with kids try Lukas studio. *They are a great starter set but make sure you supervise them as they are highly pigmented, you don’t want kids eating the paint or redecorating your walls! I’ll be using Turner watercolors (Rose, Pyrolle scarlet, lemon yellow, pthalo blue, *turquoise, Ultramarine, Diox violet, burnt sienna) *=optional
  • Watercolor paper. I am using Strathmore Windpower, it is cheap and wet in wet techniques look really pretty on this. *I am using the 9″x12″ pad, you get 15 sheets for $7.99 and it’s made with recycled materials!
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds in any brand you like! Try Mimik Kolinsky, it is faux fur and a bit stiffer than the Mimik Squirrel. I have the value set
  • Other: Masking tape, credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 water buckets
  • Reference photos: Tall giraffe and close up face *you will want to crop or zoom in
  • Patterns: Tall Giraffe or Close up face giraffe

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The techniques you learn today will help you “rainbowize” and animal, how fun is that! I urge you to share you painting gifts with someone. If you have children or grandchildren this is the perfect project to show that the “ordinary watercolors” they have at home can be bright and vivid! Let them draw freehand or help them trace it if it helps. Art kept me out of so much trouble as a kid and I think it is important to have an outlet to express yourself any way you want. It harms no one and is constructive and confidence building.

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I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm for some rainbow painting fun! Til then happy crafting!

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4 Responses

  1. From one Mainer to another (now displaced in Des Moines….) I would LOVE to win a spot on Ever After because my life NEEDS fairy tales right now. Thank you so much!

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  2. love this idea of painting animals . my grandchildren will love to try it.
    maybe a koala or sea turtle. also some scenes from national parks.
    yellow stone or Haleakala HI? Thanks so much .

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  3. Love these. So happy and fun.

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  4. This is so beautiful and inspiring. ❤

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