Hot Mess Hydrangea

Hi friends! I decided to see if I could correct a painting I started earlier this week. I was frustrated with the way it was developing and decided to take another run at it, I am pretty happy with how it turned out, in any event, I had nothing to lose experimenting!

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Watch the video to see the whole process:

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Every cloud has a silver lining and every hot mess has a chance to be salvaged. Til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Poppies

 

Hi friends! This cheerful card is quick to make and will delight anyone on their birthday!

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Watch the video to see how!

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Directions:

  1. Prepare cardstock. Make a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” top fold card. Cut a red panel to 4 ⅛”x 5 ⅜” and a white panel to 4”x 5 ¼” (for stamping.) Also, Cut grass from green cardstock and clouds from a scrap to use as a stencil.
  2. Using an ink brush and a blue inkpad create a cloudy sky with the sky stencil.
  3. Brush green in the grassy area.
  4. Stamp “Happy Birthday” in black on sky area.
  5. Stamp poppies in shades of red and draw in stems and buds.
  6. Adhere stamped panel to red panel and gue down grass die cut then mount on a card base.

It’s good to have some quick and easy ideas for those days you just want to make a card with no hassle. Happy crafting!

Watercolor for Relaxation

Hi friends, It doesn’t get more casual than carnations and sprigs of lavender in a vintage ink bottle style vase.

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If you want to relax for 20 minutes grab your watercolor and paint with me!

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It’s been a busy week! I have been super productive filming my next class (Watercolor Landscape Workshop) and it is coming together so nicely! I really think it will take the mystery out of landscape painting and inspire people to paint! I am hoping to launch the class next week, I really think you are going to love it! I hope you are having a great week so far and til next time happy crafting!

Did Somebody Say Food Puns?

Hi friends! I love corny jokes and puns so when I came across some Darcies stamps at the stamp show this year I had to grab a couple sets!

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Then I remembered I had one set at home I got a couple years before that hadn’t even seen ink yet! (It was pre-Konmari, you will have to excuse me LOL!)

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I like how the pickle and ketchup sets go so well together.

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The puns mix and match well between sets. And they are so fun to color! I used the tri-blend markers but you can use whatever you like!20190606_154556

Watch the video to see how!

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  • Stamps: I used stamps by Darcies If you like the stamps I used they have dozens of different theme drawn in the same style and they are $8 a set. If you like to color and you like cute kawaii style images I highly recommend them! I used Stay cool,  Ketchup Soon set and the Big Dill set
  • Markers: Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir TriBlend. Each marker contains a light, medium and dark version of the color. I used a variety of markers in the project. Each marker is $5 which contains bullet tips of 3 shades:  (3 mini markers in one) I used mostly: Dull green, Blue Turquoise, Fair Skin, light yellow, orange, citrus green, lavender, pale pink, bright pink and dark red. *These colors are within the Spectrum Noir coloring system so you might already have them (the colors) in your stash. You can use the refill inks to refill them too simply by pulling out the nib and dripping the ink in.
  • Food paper stack
  • Blending brushes
  • Action wobble springs
  • Memento inks * won’t run with alcohol markers
  • Neenah cardstock (favorite for alcohol markers) http://shrsl.com/

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you try some of these techniques on your next card! Happy crafting!

Drawing my Favorite Fruit!

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I am painting peaches with alcohol markers and colored pencils:

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It was so fun to draw! You can find the real-time narrated full lesson to this art in Critique Club where you will also find over 11 hours of real-time drawing/painting lessons from my sketchbook Sunday series in real time and fully narrated lessons. In addition to all of the lessons and creative prompts, you can upload 2 paintings a month for an in-depth critique from me if you want! The goal of this membership is to keep you practicing, motivated and help you grow as an artist. You get all of this for $5 a month and you can end your subscription anytime. I hope to see you in Critique Club!

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Before you go a word about markers and supplies in general. I don’t want anyone to think you have to have brush tip markers for this. You don’t. If you have a variety of yellows, orange, pinks, and reds you can do this! Try using the chisel end for the large areas and the bullet tip for the fine areas. the honest truth is that you can create beautiful artwork with either type as long as you spend time learning how to use them. The set of 48 brush tip ohuhu markers I used as part of this illustration and lovely but the brush tip is not going to last as long as the bullet tip on the classic style and they are more expensive per marker and you get a smaller color range. I started off with Bic Mark-its and Prismacolor markers which were bullet and chisel tip markers and I still love those today. It is just what you get used to. If you have a set of markers already I bet they will do you just fine if you play with them and get used to their working abilities. I see a trend of jumping on the newest and greatest supplies without exploring what the stuff we already have can do. I get it, I love to try new supplies but the more I try the more I am convinced that most are equal to what we have already and with markers you really should use up what you have before they dry out. Then try the latest and greatest (or find refills.) I had some cheap Studio 71 markers that were well loved and I was going through them the other day to see what was still inky and what tips were frayed and I found about 10 markers with frayed tips. I almost tossed them but I decided to order some replacement Copic nibs I found on sale and I am going to see if I can repair the markers and I am going to see if I can make my own custom ink. Wish me luck and let me know if you would like to see a video of my experiment (if it works anyway LOL!)

I basically want to say that I don’t want to to feel like you have to have exactly what I am using because the pencils, paper, and markers in your stash are probably pretty darn close, there are only so many ways to make a marker or pencil. Only upgrade when you hit the limit of what you can do with them. And as always happy crafting!

My Biggest Watercolor Mistake!

Hi friends! I teamed up with a few of my artsy friends from YouTube and we decided to share out biggest mistakes we have made in our art. Here is my #1 watercolor mistake:

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Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Beginner Watercolor Iris with pen scraping!

Hi friends, This lovely iris flower can be painted quickly in a relaxed style.

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I took many photos last weekend in my sisters garden and thought this would be such a fun flower to paint.

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My favorite part of this painting was scraping lines in it with a dip pen. You can use a cut up piece of credit card or toothpick for this as well but the pen was really nice to hold. Watch the video and paint along!

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I love painting simple flowers like this on greeting cards because it is a fun and easy way to share your art and you will never be without a card when you need one. If you like painting loose style flowers check out my course Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn the trick to painting just about any flower type you want by breaking it down to easy strokes and you will learn how to arrange the flowers in gorgeous compositions like wreaths and bouquets! Learn more or enroll here. Til next time happy crafting!

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