A DEmo of an Inktober marker drawing

Hi friends! This week for sketchbook Sunday (a day late on the blog I know LOL!) I decided to share the creating of the inktober prompt “Compass.”

You can see all of my Inktober daily drawings on Instagram. You can look at them even if you don’t have an account. I will do a wrap-up here at the end of the month though if you would rather wait. The prompts this year have been quite challenging but that’s what I like. It gets me out of my hum-drum typical box and has me doing drawings I otherwise wouldn’t. I think I’ve enjoyed this years challenge more than I have before. In the past there were many days where doing the challenge was just another task in a long to-do list but this year it has felt like a joyful treat I get to do when my other work is done. Isn’t it funny how our mindset can change?

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you are taking part in Inktober let me know! I hope you are having a fun time with it. Until next time happy crafting!

How Long does out work need to last? Sat Chat & a New Podcast Episode!

Hi friends,

I am a day late with the Sat chat, sorry ’bout that (hey, it rhymes!)

I go further into the topic of archivalability in this weeks podcast too:

Stuff I mentioned:

I hope you are having a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

The Making of a Mixed Media Painting

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I made an atmospheric background on which I would later use other art media on top.

Check out the video, it’s real time and quick so if you have a spare 15 minutes you can give it a try!

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After the paper was dry I took my Arrtx Alp grey tone marker pack (because it has a great selection of warm and cool greys that are all logically numbered) and defined the tops of the buildings. I also decided to play with the sky a bit and use some soft pastels. Then I added some fine liners and pastel pencils to the front row of buildings.

At this point I was kind of afraid of messing it up but I thought it needed more so I sketched on some birds with pastel pencil and then went over them with a waterbrush filled with ink to make them blacker and crisper.

So what do you think? Do you like how I finished it off or should I have quit while I was ahead? I’m happy with it and it was a lot of fun! If you are looking for something fun and artsy to do next month why not join me for Paintsgiving on Sktchy! *This link includes a $5 discount when you add the class to your cart but if you don’t see it use coupon code: WeirichPG Regular price is $39.99, with discount $34.99. Offer good on Paintsgiving class. Happy crafting!

New Podcast Episode: Business vs hobby

“You should sell that!”

Hi friends, How many times had a friend or relative said that to you? How many times have sad that to another artist or crafter? We all mean well and when we say that we honestly thing the craft has value but those words can put a lot of pressure on a maker. In today’s podcast we will discuss if you should try and turn your hobby into a side hustle or if you should keep it for the pure enjoyment it provides.

What do you think? Do you sell your work or does the mere through of it stress you out? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

A Card for the Gamers!

Hi friends, Today I have a card you can make using the supplies you already have and delight any video game fan! Watch the video and see how to make the Nintendo Switch inspired birthday card!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

  • Paper trimmer
  • Cardstock
  • Stamps that appeal to the recipient (or print out a free coloring page online)
  • Alcohol markers (Ohuhu)
  • Alcohol marker compatible inkpad
  • Corner rounder
  • Circle punches
  • *I referred to the old Basic Grey Notch and Die set, it’s no longer available to purchase (you dodged a bullet.)

I hope this inspired you to use what you have! Happy crafting!

The Raven: A mixed media adventure

Hi friends! This was such fun to paint!

There is a real-time narrated tutorial of this painting up in Critique Club now! Access 67 fully narrated, more in-depth art lessons, plus 2 new ones every month, for only $5 a month and you can upload your work for feedback! Learn more here. Enjoy a time-lapse version of this painting below!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Feel free to experiment with the supplies you have on hand! Happy crafting!

A Super Boring Sat Chat (but that’s how it goes sometimes)

Hi friends, how is your weekend going? We have a 3 day weekend in America, as does Canada so hopefully you get some extra time to enjoy life! I took the paddleboard out to the pond to see the leaves change in the peace and quit of nature, or so I though and ended up in the middle of a canoe race-going the wrong way-the story of my life friends LOL! I just paddled off to the side and let them rush by, I guess I am always running against the current but I wouldn’t have it any other way. In other news, here is this weeks Sat Chat!

Let me see, what did I talk about…

  • The real-time version of the raven painting is up in Critique Club now
  • I’ll have a discount code for a new class I am teaching at Sketchy soon (watch this space!)
  • I have a coupon code for 10% off Renesans paints at Alittlecreaveme on ETSY: FRUGAL10 *They have more liquid charcoal coming next week if they sell out.
  • My earrings are from LosArtesanosShop *If you like the cute earrings they gave me you can find them there. They gave me a coupon code to share as well: FRUGALCRAFTER for 10% off and their earrings are reasonably priced too!
  • Graphitint pans

Happy crafting!

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A SPooky Witches Brew!

Hi friends! Today I have a spooky watercolor project for you. I painted this for the Inktober prompt “Spirit” and I hope you enjoy seeing my process.

Supplies (affiliate link used)

I hope you enjoyed this! Happy crafting!

I wasn’t sure I should post this…

Hi friends, today we are going to talk about using social media as an artist. I often get asked from other artists online and in real life about how to grow a following online. The truth is I have been building an audience online for 13 years and what works today might not work tomorrow. I have seen strategies work well and then fail, I see a lot of guesses about what to do and rumors about the ever mysterious “algorithm.” Since things are always changing I have been hesitant to give advice. That said, most artists and crafters are sharing their work online now so I thought I would share what I know, or think, or think I now (LOL) on today’s video!

I think the key to using social media and building a following online is to accept what you can and can’t control. As I said in the video this is a marathon, not a sprint. You don’t want to share 10 paintings today and then disappear for a month. Figure out a realistic schedule and be consistent. That might be once a week, daily, by weekly or monthly. Keep the quality of your work and the frequency you post consistent. This forms habits and makes it sustainable. When I wanted to get my work published in magazines I told myself I would submit 3 pieces each month for one year and if I didn’t have any takers at the end of 12 months then I would decide if I wanted to continue or not. I got my first project accepted on the 11th month. I made a plan with built in consistency and set a timeline. I can control that. Could I control and editor choosing my project, no, heck I couldn’t guarantee that an editor would open my email but I knew the law of averages and this would give me a pretty decent shot of something being accepted. After a year I could consider it a fools errand and move on. Good thing I didn’t quit at 6 months, huh? Basically you can control what you put out into the world, you can control where you put it and how often. You can build your skills and put out the best work that you can. You can’t control who sees your art or if the social media platforms you share it on will promote it or not so try not to get down if you are not getting the results you are looking for. (Full disclosure I am saying this to myself just as much as all of you!)

Lastly, set up a home base like a blog or website. I like blogs because you will often update them and search engines love blogs. If you search a how-to topic on Google or Pinterst it will usually bring you to a blog post or a YouTube video. You can embed YouTube videos in your blog posts and add extra photos and text to make it a more valuable experience for your reader. You can send people from your social media accounts to your blog for more info. I love reading blogs too! Best of all if something happens to one of the social media platforms you have all of your content backed up and people can find you. I have heard too many scary stories from DIY youtubers who have had their accounts taken down over a mistake. In all of the cases they were able to get them back but it’s scary and you need to protect what you are building. Also, most social media is ephemeral. Things you post go away quickly to be replaced with a constant rush of new content so it’s nice to have a curated space that you control.

Is my strategy perfect? No. There is always more you can do and a more optimal way to do it (sadly the optimal way changes from month to month) but I have found a way that I can sustain that works for me. If you still want to hop on this crazy hamster wheel too then figure out what you are willing to commit to and be consistent. I’m rooting for you! Happy crafting!