A Happy Birthday Llama Card with Matching Envelope!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a card that was a blast to make!

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I love digging into my coloring supplies and just playing! Line art like this allows me to design my own coloring page, so if you want a project that will bring back memories for being a child and coloring for the fun if it check out today’s video!

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp your scene.
2. Use a black pen to fill in elements if needed.
3. Color with watercolor pencils.
4. Stencil pattern over large areas if desired.
5. Add opaque detail with acrylic paint pens. Add brands if desired.
6. Ink edges and adhere to card base.
7. Decorate envelope.

I hope this inspires you to make a card and decorate an envelope today! Happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Tuesday?

Howdy friends! I was off visiting my parents on sunday for Father’s day and although I managed to get my YouTube video posted for sketchbook Sunday I completely forgot to blog it. Oops!

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This project was a collab with Anne-Laure from Following the White Rabbit, an urban sketcher, and with warmer weather making it possible for more of us to go out and paint I thought it would be fun! You can see her painting of the same scene here. If you want to paint along you can share your work with the hashtag #sketchwithLandAL

 
Supplies: (affiliate links used)

If you want more tips for watercolor be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post: 15 Watercolor Hacks to lean how to get more for you money when watercolor painting including free stuff you can use from around your house. You can also use the coupon code 15HACKS to get 30% off any of my classes on Teachable. I recommend the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting if you want to learn to basics and get painting fast!

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun card making tutorial, til then happy crafting!

15 Cheap or FREE Watercolor Hacks!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share 15 cheap supply tips you can use today in your watercolor painting projects! You have probably seen me use some of these before but if you are new it can be handy to have them all in one place! Please share this video with other new watercolorists out there, remember, sharing is caring!

 

15 Watercolor Supply Hacks!

1. Free spill proof water buckets: Use Tofu or mushroom packaging as water containers. They are free, won’t tip over and the ridges on the bottom and sides with gently clean pigment from your brush!

2. *Bonus tip: Use single or dual pet food bowls from the dollar store for a truly non spill water bucket for children!

3. Need a place to keep your paint? Recycle an old eyeshadow compact or pill-box for a portable palette!

4. Credit card scraper: Cut up an old credit card or plastic gift card and use it to scrape, scratch or squeegee your paint around when making rocks, trees and grasses.

5. Rubber band brush: Bundle a bunch of rubber bands together for a funky brush to paint foliage with!

6. Cut up kitchen sponge: A cut up kitchen sponge and be used to tap on trees or bushes or stamp on bricks and rocks. You can even keep a small piece of sponge in your paint palette to wipe you brush on.

7. Also while you are in the kitchen plastic wrap makes a cool texture when left to dry in watercolor and…

8. …salt in a watercolor wash looks cool too!

9. Toothbrush splatter tool: Why buy a pricey spatter tool when you can get better results from an old toothbrush, just load it up with paint and drag your finger or a craft stick across the bristles. Use wetter paint for bigger spatters and dryer one for tiny specks.

10. Rubbing alcohol makes cool bubble like effects in a wet wash

11.Less Sticky masking tape: Taping down your paper is a good practice to keep it from bucking as you paint. The low tack or artist tape is pricey so buy your tape at the dollar store and stick it to your clothing before your paper. The tip will pick up lint from your clothes so it will be less sticky and won’t rip your precious watercolor paper. Bonus side effect: lint free clothes!

12. DIY Watercolor block: Watercolor blocks are great because you don’t need to tape down your paper but that convenience comes at a price. You can make your own buy cutting your paper to size along with a sheet of cardboard and gluing the edges. I have a tutorial here.

13. Keep the whites with wax! Use a clear or white crayon, candle or hunk of canning wax to preserve white areas of your painting, just apply it to your dry watercolor paper in areas you want to be white before you begin painting. *Note, you do not need to remove the wax from the paper, it’s fine:)

14. Masking fluid dish soap trick: Make sure you don’t ruin your brushes when you use masking fluid, first coat your brush with dish soap or bar soap and then apply as usual. *It’s a good idea to mark that brush as a masking fluid only brush too.

15. Keeping your supplies identified: If you travel to class with your supplies you will want to make sure you don’t lose them or go home with someone else. Here are some ideas for marking them: 1. Stick on one of the free return address labels that you get in the mail, 2 use nail polish on the ends of your brushes 3 find a pretty washi tape and mark all of your tools with that but be sure you go over it with clear tape so it stays.

A lot of people on YouTube asked me where I got my martini tape despncer, I bought mine at the dollar tree over a year ago but you can also find it on Amazon.

Save 30% on any class in my online school with coupon code: 15HACKS

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OR try my new Watercolor Floral Workshop course for 50% off through 6/30/18  *Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear automatically.

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Pop-Up Twist Card!

Hi friends! I love to make interactive cards! This card is really good because all you have to do is open it as normal (sometimes I have made cool cards but you need to explain what to do with them like if they have a pull, slide or scratch off element) and “bam!” it’s pop-up action time! In these photos you can see the card opened and closed.

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I think I am going to make a father’s day card for my dad using this template, I think he’ll get a kick out of it…I’ll make it a little less flowery though LOL! Watch the video to see how this goes together and if you need more guidance I’ll have handy links below the video. 🙂

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I hope you give this card a try and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Sunset Cityscape LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm ET! We are going to paint this lovely cityscape, Liberty Bridge in Budapest Hungary, and it’s very easy!

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The only drawing you need to draw is the bridge and we will do that in the tutorial today. It’s just a couple of lines so please don’t worry about it:) You could also leave the bridge out if you want. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET!

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If you enjoyed this free live stream lesson you might also enjoy one of my online art classes. My latest class Watercolor flower Workshop is on sale for 50% off through the end of the month. Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. *FLOWERPOWER Discount code is only good on the Watercolor Flower Workshop class through 6/30/18.

 

I hope to see you today at 12:30 for a fun painting tutorial, til then happy crafting!

No time for art?

Hi friends! The other day I got an interesting comment on a video and it was food for thought. I discuss it in today’s video!

If I waited for the perfect time to create…

  • I wouldn’t have a blog.
  • I would never have uploaded a YouTube video, much less have 1900+ videos in my archive.
  • I wouldn’t have volunteered to teach art in schools.
  • I wouldn’t have been published in art and painting magazines.
  • I wouldn’t have illustrated two children’s books.
  • I wouldn’t be making my living as an artist.

I would be unhappy, anxious, and full of regret. While all of my projects may not be perfect the time spend making them enriches my life and hopefully others. It is a crazy proud feeling to see work that someone has done from one of your tutorials. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you inspired someone else to take action and create something. There is no perfect time for art, in fact often if I get a whole day to create what I want I a struggle with “analysis paralysis” because I have too many options on what I can do. If I only have 30 minutes I jump in and pick something. Fun fact: That’s what I start my drawing course with 30 second timed sketches-no time to worry about perfect!

If I worried about having enough time to do everything perfectly I wouldn’t exercise, clean, volunteer, have friends over or make art. I don’t want to live like that, do you? …are you?

You can get so much done if you abandon perfect and take back those scraps of time and spend them intentionally.

And while we are at it let’s stop comparing our art with other people’s art (or judging other peoples art because when you point the finger you have 3 pointing back at you.) We can be inspired by scrolling through social media and looking at the lovely things others have created and that’s great but if you find yourself feeling bad or jealous and down on yourself because you haven’t made anything in a while (ot because their craft room is prettier than yours) it’s time for a break. I get it though, it’s easy to pick up your phone and scroll when you are not feeling like you have enough time to get anything done, but before you know it 20 minutes is gone in a flash and you have nothing to show for it. It seems like we have less time because it is so easily snatched away from us without us realizing it. We need to take back those scraps of time! I remember back when if you wanted to be social and share art you packed up your supplies in a rolling tote and met at a local scrapbook store and created together. All of out supplies fit in one bag and we got so much more done! How about a little more social and a lot less media?

I didn’t intend to go on a rant today and I don’t want to take up any more of your precious time my dear friends:) Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you are going to work on the next time you have 20 minutes. I bet you have some good ideas! I want to wrap this up saying that you should spend YOUR time however you want, it’s yours. Be intentional because you only get one chance on this crazy planet so make it a good one! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Acrylic Lupine Landscape for Beginners!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share the acrylic painting tutorial I prepared for project graduation the other night. I wanted to have an example to go by if kids couldn’t think of anything to paint. Unfortunately I didn’t have any takers on the lupine demonstration but that’s OK because they all thought up stuff to paint and they had a nice time which was the whole point!

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I filmed the tutorial before I left because I want to make sure it was short enough to complete in an hour and simple enough for a beginner and I figured it might be useful to someone else either to paint for themselves or teach someone else so here it is!

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Supplies:

  • Turner Acryl Gouache: By the tube or in sets.
    Colors I used:
    White
    Sky blue
    Ultramarine
    Mixing Violet
    Sap Green
    Burnt sienna
    Mixing Magenta
    Perm. Lemon
    *You can use any acrylics you want though:) Acryl Gouache is a matte acrylic and not a traditional gouache but you could also use gouache is you prefer.
  • Synthetic golden Tacklon brushes, 1″ filbert/oval wash, 1″ flat wash, #6 round, 3/8″ angle
  • 11″x14 canvas (feel free to use canvas pad, or a canvas panel if you don’t want a stretched canvas, it’s up to you!)
  • Other: Palette paper, paper towels, water in a jar for brush cleaning, Newspaper or something to protect your work area

Feel free to try this painting in whatever media you like! I think it would work up really well in gouache or even watercolor but be sure to leave room for the flowers and paint the greens around them if you go that route. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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