Learn to use a dagger brush!

Hi friends! Today I thought I’d show you how to use a dagger brush. I included a 1/2″ golden taklon dagger in my signature brush set with Craftamo and I want to make sure people know how to use this brush if they are new to it. If you already have a dagger in a similar size you can use that:)

If you enjoyed this tutorial you will love my Watercolor Flower Workshop! Viewers of this video can save 30% on the course! *Use the coupon code DAGGER if the discount doesn’t appear automatically. This is one of my most popular classes!

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That’s all for today! Practice those brushstrokes and til next time happy crafting!

Shinhan PWC Watercolor Review

Hi friends, today I am going to share a very special paint set I bought a few weeks ago. I have had my eye on this set for years and then the price dropped so I snagged it (and I am so glad I did!) Shinhan PWC (also called SWC if you are buying the version marked in Asia) is an extra fine watercolor made in Korea. They remind me of Holbein quite a bit and to some extent Mission Gold. They are also one of the most affordable professional watercolors out there. The tubes are 15ml each are range from approxamatly $5-$11 each on Blick open stock or about $3-$4 a tube in sets. Jackson’s Art out of the UK also carries Shinhan tubes and sets and they ship worldwide. I found sets on Amazon to be even cheaper per tube so it pays to shop around. I would highly recommend these paints if you are looking to replenish often used colors, without sacrificing quality, on a budget. You can watch the full review in the video below.

Today we are reviewing the Shinham PWC (these are the top-of-the-line watercolor paints from Shinhan, not to be confused with the professional line that is really a high-end student quality paint) You can find them here:

Pros (of the 32 set)

  • Price/Value
  • High pigment load
  • Very transparent
  • Glazes well
  • Easy to work with
  • Clean color that mixes well
  • I am grateful that the 32 set I reviewed does not contain black or white
  • Comes with a really informative brochure about the paint range

Cons: (of the 32 set)

  • Color selection: there are two similar PB15 blues and 2 similar pthalo-based greens.
  • Fugitive colors: 2 reds that contain PR83 (fugitive color) as well as Opera, also the PG8 sap green that is beautiful may be fugitive.
  • I’m not sure all of the pigment documentation is correct tho as a few colors do not look like the assigned pigments to my eye.

Bottom line: I like this paint. Even with the caveats, I think they are worth the money.

Timestamps (so you can jump to certain parts on the video)

  • 00:00 unboxing
  • 9:40 Setting up a palette
  • 30:03 Swatching
  • 1:05:49 Glaze and lift results
  • 1:07:20 Comparison of PWC and “professional” range
  • 1:12:56 Wet-in-wet flow test
  • 1:25:00 Final thoughts, pastel tints, and artwork done with Shinhan paint

Well, no one can accuse me of not being thorough! Happy crafting!

Friends don’t let friends ruin their paintings…

Hi friends! You know the deal. You spend hours on a beautiful painting only to drop your paintbrush or drip a spot of staining color on the background right at the end. Is there anything more frustrating as an artist? Have no fear, today’s quick video tip will fix that flub in a jiffy!

So, the next time you are at Dollar Tree be sure to grab one of those scrub buddies (aka generic magic eraser) and you will be ready the next time a mistake happens! Happy crafting!

Empty Nest Part 2 // Sat Chat

Hi Friends! We dropped Lila off at her dorm yesterday. She is on the 5th floor and there is no elevator so we also got a nice workout LOL! Her roommates were super nice too and she is already having a good time. We had lunch in the dining commons and it is so lovely, it’s like a food court with lots of vegan options…is 46 too old to go back to college (asking for a friend.) Anyhow, here is this week’s Sat Chat. I filmed it on Thursday because I didn’t know how I’d be holding up after dropping off Lila. We did OK:)

By the way, I did get both robes finished so Lila went to school with hers. After decades of kids and chaos, our house will soon be empty. what will we do? Luckily I have plans!

Stuff I mentioned:

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Get those brushes wet with a real-time beginner-friendly tutorial on choppy waves!

Hi friends! I am so pleased to learn that many of you are receiving the brushes you ordered from my collaboration with CraftAmo. It is so fun to see them in your studio when you tagged me and hear your first impressions of them. I wanted to share a tutorial I filmed using the large flat and dagger brush from the set. these brushes are so versatile for landscapes and seascapes. Feel free to use the brushes you have on hand!

This video is real-time but if you are a beginner you might want to watch it through once and then paint along pausing as needed. Painting should be fun and relaxing. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and had a nice relaxing time painting it. I want to ask a favor before you go. If you purchased my brushes I would so so grateful if you would leave a review after you have used them to let others know how they are. I think they’re wonderful but I want to know what you think too! I really appreciate it! Til next time happy crafting!

I know it looks like a hampster but the owner swears it’s a gerbil!

Hi friends! I have a cute and fun project to share with your today! There was a bit of a debate over what kind of rodent this was so I asked my schoolteacher friend Jenny, who graciously let me use her photo of her classroom pet to paint from, and she said it is a yet-to-be-named gerbil. Her students will name it when they go back to school. I wonder what name they will pick?

You can find a real-time version of this tutorial in Critique Club along with 87 other long, in-depth lessons in a variety of interesting art media. I add 2 new real-time tutorials each month that is more thorough than what is posted on Youtube plus you get monthly creative prompts to get you painting when you are stuck. What’s more, you can upload your work for feedback from me. All for $5 a month. Learn more here or enroll today!

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That’s all from me today. We will be leaving soon to move Maizy into the dorm (sniff, sniff) so it’s going to be an emotional day for us. I hope you are having a good day and til next time happy crafting!

I’m not So Sure About this Painting…

Hi friends! I will say this painting was fun to paint. I will also say that it turned out a bit chaotic in the end and one viewer on youtube came out and called it ugly and overworked so if at any point in the video you like the way it looks feel free to pause the video and just pretend that is the way I left it LOL! I might add some collage and stamping to this later because, hey, what have I got to lose? This is an “enjoy the process of painting” (which I did) so I hope you do too or at least enjoy the company while you work on something else. Onward!

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The moral of this story is even a bad day of painting is better than not painting at all. And to tell you the truth I kinda like parts of it. Happy crafting!