You have time to make these cards before you need them!

Hi friends! Today we are making some fun alcohol marker colored cards. You can adapt the technique for any theme card you want but I am getting a start on my Christmas Cards.

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If you plan on any time consuming coloring on your holiday cards try and pick away at it early so you can spend your time enjoying the holidays and not stressing over your cards. Happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday-Inktober Day 13 “Ash” and this weeks Inktober drawings!

Hi friends! I am still chugging along drawing hands for inktober. Today’s prompt is “Ash” and what came to mind was a hand holding a cigarette with ash forming at the end.

You can follow my daily Inktober progress on my Instagram page. if you like:) I have kept up with it so far posting a new drawing each day. I’ll share the rest of this weeks drawings at the end of the blog post. You can see how I created this in today’ video:

All of the supplies were from the Smart Art October 2019 subscription box.
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Here is a look at my Inktober sketches from the past week. You can see week one’s attempts on last weeks Sketchbook Sunday Post. I can see an improvement from this week to last. I really love challenging myself and working out the problems in each drawing. I am getting a bit faster at drawing hands too which only comes with practice.

Inktober day 6, prompt was “Husky” and I decided to draw a hand attached to a person. It is a bit cartoony but nevertheless I like how it came out.
Day 7 “Enchanted” and I thought a magic apple would do the trick!
Day 8 “frail” This was one of the first times I have used alcohol markers on toned paper and I love how it turned out. I used Stathmore toned tan mixed media paper, alcohol marker and Prismacolor Colored pencils.
Day 9 “Swing” I thought of swing music and a trumpet for this day’s prompt. I used toned grey mixed media paper, pencils and markers too.
Day 10 “Pattern” I think this might be my favorite inktober drawing I have ever done. After drawing the hand holding the measuring tape and stamped sewing pattern stamps all over the image in clear ink and rubbed chalk o the background. I was a bit scared to do this because I didn’t want to ruin it but it turned out good!
Day 11 “Snow” I was back to the toned grey paper to give this a cold feeling and I think it turned out pretty well. I really like my cuffs. I did the falling sow with a white paint pen and dabbed some of the flakes with my fingers to blur them and add depth.

Day 12 “Dragon” keeping with the inktober prompts and the theme of hands was really hard with this one but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used Strathmore marker paper and applied 2 layers of back marker to the background to get a matte black look. I wanted a dramatic shadow on the hands here and probably should have pushed the shading more but I ran out of time and didn’t want to miss a day.

And today’s prompt is in the video! With the exception of today’s project I have used Art-n-Fly Markers, Prismacolor Pencils and a white gel pen on various papers and sketchbooks. I have been surprised at how differently markers behave on different papers. It is really important to give yourself time to adapt when you change up your materials. I think the more you get used to a paper the better your art will look. This is really important to stress if you are a beginner or on a budget. Don’t think you need to go out and buy something new, you might just need to adapt to using what you have and explore all that it can do! Are you doing Inktober this year? I think challenging yourself to do something every day is a wonderful way to get in the habit of making art and see your growth over time. I hope you give it a try!

House Mouse Halloween Card and Popular Markers are Back! {Ohuhu Brush Marker Review}

Hi friends! Last spring I got a chance to try out the new Ohuhu Brush markers. I posted a review on YouTube as soon as they were released but they sold out in a couple of hours so I decided to wait to post the review to my blog until they came back in stock. Today they are back in stock and available in the original 48 color pack and a new 72 color pack. The 72 color pack has all of the colors from the 48 set and both sets contain a colorless blender (in addition to the 48 or 72 colored markers) so don’t buy them both unless you want doubles. I tried out the new markers and they are just as good as the ones I got in the spring and I will post the full review below but first I have a new card for you!

Watch the video to see how I colored the image and how I tint embellishments to match my coloring!

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Ohuhu Brush Marker Review

Ohuhu has made a huge splash on the marker scene by coming out with really affordable marker sets over the past couple of years. The ink is smooth, the nibs resilient and the customer service is excellent! So when rumors that they were working on a brush tip version started to surface the art community got really excited. I had the privilege to get a set a couple of months prior to their release and I have been using them a lot. You have probably seen sneak peeks in some of my cardmaking videos, Today I am going to give you the lowdown on these markers!

Details

  • Available in 48 and 72 color packs with an additional colorless blender per pack. The 72 color set contains the original 48 colors plus an additional 24.
  • Brush and chisel tip
  • Nice carrying bag
I took a quick photo of my swatches for both sets, the 72 set contains more grays and pastel shades.

Pros:

  • Price Under $1 per marker with the 48 color set at .73 per marker ($34.99 set) and the 72 set at .97 per marker ($69.99 set)
  • Nice well rounded color selection
  • Brush tip is juicy and great for blending and laying in lots of ink
  • Reversible brush tip, if it gets worn flip it around to double the nib life.
  • Smooth ink laydown, not patchy
  • Works well with the classic Ohuhu markers
  • I recommend this for coloring and blending for stampers and artists (not brush lettering as the nib is a bit stiff)

Cons:

  • The color numbering system is not the same as the classic chisel/bullet Ohuhu markers
  • The material the brush tip is made of is the “felty” materials instead of the “foam-spongy” feeling materials and in my experience the felty material frays eventually especially if you let it go dry or press on the nib too hard. *but the brush nib is reversible so you can flip it around if it frays.
  • Nib is not very flexible and I fear damaging it if I tried flexing it. I would not recommend this for brush lettering.
  • Also with these types of tips (not on these Ohuhu markers because I have not had them very long) I have had desalinization where the salts from the ink leech up through the brush tip and make the marker look gross. To remedy that I add alcohol on the tip to dissolve the ink and salt back into the marker. Edited to add I have been using the 48 set for 7 months and have not had that happen.

Bottom Line:
These are a great budget brush tip marker if you get them for $1 a piece or less. The brush nibs are not going to last as well as a Copic but you can pull out the reversible nib and insert it in the other way around for a longer life. The nibs will definitely last as long as the ink in the marker. I have been using them 2 months and have not had any issues but I recommend keeping them capped when not in use and not storing them in hot dry areas (like on a shelf near a heater) because of drying. I have had markers with tips like these stored in my basement work area with no problem but the ones I keep in my office on a bookshelf 4 feet from a baseboard radiator have dried and frayed. I think storing the markers in a plastic Rubbermaid tote would help with this issue too. These markers are a lot of fun and easy to use. The quality isn’t up there with Copic or other foam-rubber-like tip marker but neither is the price and if you are looking for an affordable brush tip marker you can’t beat it!

Paint With Me at the Stream! Fall Foliage in Maine Paint Along!

Hi friends! Today you can paint on location during peak fall foliage without having to leave the comfort of your home!

Here is the photo I took where I painted.

Grab your supplies and paint with me! Please let me know if you would like more on location paint-alongs. I can try to get out a bit more before it gets too cold:)

Supplies:

Do you want to get better at landscape painting? Try my Watercolor Landscape Workshop and get 50% off with coupon code: FALLCOLOR or by clicking the special discount link. 50% off good on full class, offer ends on 10/31/19.

Not sure if you are ready for a class? Check out what these Watercolor Landscape Workshop students had to say:

Lindsay, I have taken classes in acrylics, watercolor, and even some in oils, all over the country. Your classes are by far the very best!! I enjoy how thoroughly and patiently you explain every step. I have had no formal training in any of these areas, so I really do appreciate that I can always be successful while having fun with your tutorials!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents as an artist and as a teacher!

-Marianne

Hi Lindsay! For the first time, taking your class my clouds look like CLOUDS! They are not perfect but I’m loving your instructions. Especially the use of color. Great techniques and using the correct pigments together make a huge difference. Thank you! Can’t wait to progress along with the landscapes. Also I wanted to add that I am learning so much from you! Like for example how to watch the video and then allow myself to flow and work quickly! Not to overthink! And I love it! You are an awesome teacher of good technique! Thank you for sharing your skills!

-Stacy Simon

Very excited about this Watercolor Landscape Class. I LOVE your classes and free tutorials!! So fun continuing to learn about watercolor. You are the best teacher and so carefully explain techniques that a beginner can easily follow. These paintings are beautiful! 

-Crystal Neuendorf

I enjoyed all of these it helps to understand an order to how to do things Also the mixing and having the colors limited. I started water coloring about 3 years ago I think and have thoroughly enjoyed doing things but I want to include the beautiful world around me and thought this would help. I think it will thank you so much. You are a terrific instructor and I follow u on you tube.

-Noreen Latimer

You can save 50% on Watercolor Landscape Workshop now through 10/31/19 with coupon code FALLCOLOR if you would like to join us!

I hope you enjoyed the on-location painting today! I sure did. Sometimes it’s hard to give ourselves permission to do something just for ourselves but it is so important to feed our creative side. It might be something as simple as making a cup of tea, lighting a candle and giving yourself an hour to paint or inviting a friend over for a crafty afternoon. That one is great because you might cancel on yourself but you wouldn’t a friend and it’s good for your friendships too! As someone who works from home I know how important is is to spend time with people and creative people are the best! I sincerely thank you for spending time with me today, it is because of you I decided to paint on location (it was too pretty out not to share it with my painty peeps!) so do me a favor and spend sometime doing something you love:) Happy painting!

Another free printable card kit!

Hi friends! The last free printable card kit I posted with Craftsuprint was so fun we decided to do another one! Today we will make this fast, fun and free Christmas handbag card using a free template from sponsor CraftsUPrint. You can download it for free here. Please share this link with all your frugal craft buddies and craft facebook groups. Craftsuprint wants you to tell as many people as you can about this stunning Christmas freebie.
*You do not need to create an account or sign up for anything to download the printable template. They are happy to print out the template for free and mail it to you but they do charge a shipping and handling charge up to $4.80 to post it anywhere in the world and they also include a $4 craft gift in printed requests to offset the shipping cost.

These cards are beautiful and very easy to make so print out a few extra and you can make a bunch at once and be ready for the holidays early!

Supplies:

  • Printed templates (see links above)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Foam tape
  • Wet (or hot) glue
  • Any other embellishments you want to add!

Watch the video for directions or refer to the step by step instructions included in the kit. If you liked this project you may also like these other handmade purse cards designed by Sandie Burchell or any of the other printables available at CraftsUprint, they have something for every occasion and every level of crafter! Big thanks to Craftsuprint for sharing the beautiful freebie and thanks to you for crafting with me today! Happy crafting!

Is this watercolor or is it ink?

Hi friends! Today I have a review fitting for Inktober. It’s a watercolor that behaves like an ink! Watch the video for the full review of Micador for Artists watercolor disks!

You can find the products I used here. You can scroll down and see all of the products I showcased today as well as others. The website can be a bit clunky so I will link to specific products as I mention them. Micador offers flat rate shipping worldwide but it is a bit pricey to ship if you are outside of Australia. It would worth it if there were a lot of things you wanted to order of if you were splitting an order with a friend.

  • Watercolor disks: Available in 12, 24 and 36 color sets from $18-$54
  • And 6 color seasonal sets for $9
  • These watercolors are not like other watercolors, they remind me more of Inktense by Derwent however they are more transparent than the inktense blocks. They are more similar to the inktense pencils. It is hard to list pros and cons as what is a pro to one person might be a disadvantage to another. I’ll list the attributes and you can decide for yourself:)

Pros & Cons:

  • *Extremely vibrant, saturates and transparent (with the exception of white, pearl, grey and light pink)
  • *Staining, layers and glazes very well. It does not lift well.
  • *Sets are compact and nest into one another with the lid being the mixing area. I recommend having an additional mixing palette.
  • *Since colors are very concentrated and transparent the pan color does not reflect the paint color so swatching is essential. I recommend making a pie-chart swatch and adhering it in the middle of each disk.
  • *These lightweight plastic palettes can slide around your workspace so I recommend working on a non-slip mat or tacking them down with poster putty so you don’t have to chase your paint around.

If you are looking for an ink-like super transparent paint in pan form I recommend these! Keep in mind there are duplications between sets so go for the 36 set if you want the best variety and no duplication.

The Rains watercolor paper was really nice, it reminded me very much of the Bee 140# CP cotton watercolor paper. It is available in several size packs, pads and sheets.

I also loved the Roymac Revolution synthetic watercolor brushes which performed more like a squirrel than a sable brush to me. Very absorbent and a dream to paint with.

These products may be most attractive to Australian consumers as they are shipped domestically and traditionally do not have access to the bounty of affordable supplies we have in America so I really encourage you to check them out if you are in AU, otherwise if you love any of these products they do ship worldwide, it’s just a bit pricey as with anything. Thanks to Micador for sending these products for review and thank you for watching! Happy crafting!

My first 5 Inktober Sketches (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! I am well into the first week of Inktober (the month long inky art challenge created by Jake Parker) and I am still on the inky wagon. I haven’t done today’s drawing yet but it’s only 8pm, plenty of time LOL! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I thought I would share a timelape of how I have been approaching my subjects. I decided to draw hands because I really want to get better at them and I have been using mainly markers.

In this video you will see how I build up the colors to have something that resembles natural skin tone. I am really enjoying it! At the end of the post I will share the other inktober sketches I have done so far. The real time tutorial of this timelapse is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and available in Critique Club now.

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I am sharing my inktober drawings on Instagram daily as I do them. It has been a challenge to keep up with this to be honest but I hope I can make it through the month. I will also give myself some grace, if I miss a day I will pick up where I left off because a good something is better than a perfect nothing. I also want to be really honest with you, the color drawings each took me about an hour and a half each. I wish I would whip these up in 20 minutes and hopefully I will improve my speed as I work through the month but I am a bit slow with markers and that’s OK. I am telling you this so you don’t think I whipped them up in 15 minutes. I am finding this challenging and totally loving it. Make your expectations match the amount of time you have to work on a project.

Day #1 the prompt was “ring”. I almost scrapped this drawing after the first layer of marker but I am glad I stuck with it. I made many drafting errors that I had to correct along the way. I used Arteza Everblend markers in a Jane Davenport mixed media journal. Final touches done with colored pencils and acrylic paint pen.

Day #2 “Mindless” I used India ink to create a grayscale sketch in my Fabriano Venice book sketchbook. Then a layered on watercolor and finished with acrylic paint pens and colored pencil.

Day #3 “Bait” I used Genuine Crafts watercolor brush pens to color the sketch and then added colored pencil and fineliner outlines in my Fabriano Venice book.

Day #4 “Freeze” see video!

Day #5 Build I used art and fly fineliners to sketch the scene and details and a single black watercolor brush pen to shade and tone. Highlights were done with a white gel pen. This drawing took about 40 minutes as it did not have color. *Note, I used a reference photo where pinkie and ring finger were hidden behind the other fingers on the top hand and looking at this today I wish I hinted at them in the drawing because it kinda looks like they are missing.

All of the sketches in color started with a sketch with ColErase colored pencils. I think it is fun to sketch in color and takes away some of the “precious” in a sketch. These colored pencils are erasable as well making it easy to be free with them. The process of the color drawing is pretty much the same with waterbased or alcohol based ink so use what you prefer if you are following along with the video, just select the paper you like for the appropriate markers for best results. If you want to see the real time version of today’s tutorial you can find it in Critique Club which is a $5 a month membership for folks wanting to improve their artistic ability and get feedback on their work and/or have access to longer, more advanced tutorials. All artists are welcome to join! Happy creating!

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