Easy Beginner Rosebud Motif in Watercolor!

Hi friends!  Nothing will help you grow your skill as a painter better than practice. I love to paint on watercolor greeting cards because I can put in some practice and have something pretty to send!

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This practical practice will mean you will always have a greeting card on hand when you need it too! Watch the video for the step by step beginner lesson.

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Want to learn more way loose watercolor flower painting techniques?

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Check out my Watercolor Floral Workshop and join hundreds of other students painting gorgeous watercolor floral motifs. You will learn how to paint a variety of flowers and arrange them in wreaths, bouquets and swags to create infinite floral combinations! Once enrolled you have lifetime access so you can return to the lessons time and time again to practice or refresh a technique. Click here to learn more or enroll today!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Nautical Cards for Everyone!

Hi friends! A few weeks ago I needed a couple of birthday cards for my brother-in-laws and I made these:

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If I am making cards for women or nobody in particular I tend to reach for pinks and peaches and feminine motifs but for some crazy reason when I make cards for guys I try different stuff but you know, I would like to be on the receiving end of cards like this too so instead of calling them “masculine” cards I’ll call them cards for everyone!

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I used a couple of stamp sets by Stampin up I’ve had in my stash for a while but have never used (oh the shame and yet sadly the fate of too many of my stamp sets) and I went to town with stamps and inks and mists!

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Watch the video to see the full tutorials including the beautiful backgrounds I ended up covering.

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Which one was your favorite? To be honest the shells were really annoying me, I had a hard time lining them up and I didn’t love the results. The lighthouse stamp set was a lot of fun and I will use it again many times. I love a set I made make a quick card with! I hope you enjoyed this and til next time happy crafting!

Amaryllis in Gouache Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! Today I am painting my Amaryllis! It bloomed this week and I wanted to be sure to capture it before it went by. I used gouache, watercolor markers and colored pencils in a 6″x9″ sketchbook but feel free to use what you prefer any size you like!

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I will have a real-time tutorial of this painting on February 1st in Critique Club. Join today for $5 per month and not only do you get 2 real-time tutorials from the Sketchbook Sunday series but you also get to submit 2 paintings a month for an in-depth critique from me to help you with whatever you are working on and improve as an artist! Click here to learn more or enroll today. Thank you for your interest! Now on-to the video!

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I hope you have some time to create in your sketchbook today! Happy crafting!

Heart Bouquet Card!

Hi friends! This card can be used for any occasion including Valentines day. You can use up some of your stash and have fun too!

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Watch the video to see how and feel free to adapt the design using supplies you have on hand.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun project. Happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Peacock in Loose Style for Beginners!

Hi friends! Today we have a real-time loose style watercolor tutorial!

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If you are a beginner to watercolor or you just want to loosen up give it a try following along with this real-time video tutorial


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This was fun to paint. Don’t forget to step away from the painting after you salt it. We can often be hasty and not be happy with the way a painting is turning out to our eyes and then we mess with it. Just let it dry and come back with fresh eyes. Especially with a loose style we can think it is a hot mess even when it’s looking good. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun! Fairy Terrarium Cards, Tags & Bookmarks! It’s like a free mixed media workshop!

Hi friends!  I started in on this project first thing yesterday morning after sending my kids to school and finishing my coffee. I had so much fun working on this that I forgot to have breakfast and lunch, in fact I worked on these until it was almost time to start dinner!

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I am going to share some fun ways to use inks on a gel printing plate but I will also offer tips if you have other supplies because I don’t think you need to have exactly the same stuff as me or anyone else to make good art! I did some embossing with embossing tinsel which is basically an embossing powder with glitter mixed in. You can try making your own by mixing a tiny bit of glitter in a container with embossing powder (about equal parts) and test it on a scrap before adding it to your project. Or you can add some glitter glue over your project when you are done. I shy away from glitter glue as no matter where I put the projects to dry I always manage to smear it but you are probably more coordinated than me! Watch the video for a full tutorial and feel free to snag these ideas and make them your own!

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Tips!

  1. Make sure you paper is very dry before stamping or your powder will stick everywhere. I actually ironed my inked papers to flatten them and make sure they were really dry and flat prior to stamping.  Also if you are having trouble punching or cutting paper try drying it with a heat tool as it will wick away and moisture and make cutting cleaner.
  2. Use an “embossing buddy” and this is just a fine powder to dust on your paper to remove static and wick up any pesky moisture on your paper. I made my own by sewing a little cotton pouch and adding a table-spoon or 2 of cornstarch and stitching it shut ( you can also put corn starch in an old sock and secure it closed with a rubber band, it will work just as well!) then pounce or wipe it across your paper before stamping. You can also buy a premade one for about $6 at a craft store.
  3. Preheat and work fast! Embossing tinsel can scorch easily and it can be hard to tell if it is set because it is not really raised like a normal embossing powder. It’s an embossing powder & glitter mix and the embossing powder acts like a glue for the glitter so you just want to melt and move on. Glitter is a plastic and if you overheat it then it will burn so heat up the gun for a few seconds and quickly heat the image moving as soon as you see a subtle change in shimmer.
  4. Have fun and don’t fret a badly stamped image or a bit of wayward embossing powder, that’s just fate telling you to glue an embellishment there;)

Have fun with your supplies and til next time happy crafting!

My #1 Art Tip!

Hi friends!  Want to improve your art? The way is simple, I’ll explain in today’s video!

So the next time you feel like you are afraid that you will ruin a painting go for it anyway. You succeed or you learn! Don’t get stuck in a rut. Art is here to bring you joy and growth is the way to happiness and the way to avoid burnout in your hobby.

Just a reminder, if you feel like you want some help along the way with feedback on your current art projects check out Critique Club. I give personalized feedback on your paintings and you get two real-time tutorials per month in the group. Click here to learn more or sign up!

Happy crafting!

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