A Brush Winner & a Mermaid

Hi friends! First off I want to congratulate Danielle Grater for winning a set of FabArt paint brushes! Don’t worry if you didn’t win because you can still use the 20% off coupon: 7L35VMG2 to snag some for yourself! My life has been pretty hectic lately, how about yours? I find that I am much more at peace with the world if I take a little time out each day to create for fun. The other day before my family was up I saw with my coffee at my desk and painted this mermaid. You might recognize the palm tree form a tutorial a couple of days ago.

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Paintings like this are a stream of consciousness, I don’t really have a plan, it is more like playing. I like to do this kind of work in an art journal or sketchbook so it doesn’t feel too formal. If it turns out bad, no worries I just close the book LOL!

Supplies (Use what you have or find them below via my special discount affiliate links)

Make time for a little art everyday using whatever you have handy. You will be so glad you did! Happy crafting!

 

Colorful Palm Trees!

Hi friends! First of all I want to remind anyone who has not signed up for a chance to win the FabArt brush set I blogged about last week to go sign up because I will pick a winner tomorrow night! I also want to remind you of the importance of taking a little time for yourself every day to create! Drawing is a great option because you don’t need a lot of stuff and you can do it anywhere and on any budget. If you want to get fancy use colored pencils, pens and watercolor. Your materials are not going to make you a better artist but the practice of drawing will so grab some paper and get going:)

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I did a little sketching on vacation and one of my favorites was a colored pencils and watercolor sketch of a palm tree. I recreated it in this real-time video for you. Feel free to sketch or paint along!

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Tip! Try sketching with the pencils on wet and dry paper! BTW I painted a mermaid on the opposite page of the journal, if you would like to see a demo of that you can on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Please note that affiliate links were used in this post directing you to deals that would work for this project, it does not cost you any extra to buy via my discount links but I do earn a small commission on the things you buy, thank you for your support:)

 

Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More!

Hi Friends! I have decided to turn on my camera while I create for fun. During these sessions I listen to audio books or music and zone out in the creative process. I never know if the project will turn out well or not, I just enjoy the process. This painting took over an hour to create and it was a lot of fun just playing with products!

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I packed the video full of quick tips and techniques that you can apply to your next painting!

Supplies (Feel free to use what you have!)

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During this speed paint video I will talk about the process of creating this piece and how layers are built starting with a watercolor wash, adding metallic inks and layers of darker paint. The we build body with gouache and finally add detail with colored pencils. After the colored pencil layer is laid down you can adjust further with more watercolor if desired, just be aware that it will not stick fully to the pencil area. We will talk tips and techniques through this painting that took me more than 1 hour to create in real time. I hope you find these tips helpful in your next painting and til next time happy crafting!

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Start With Stamps Then Draw!

Hi friends! It is easy to get stuck when creating. I find if you get something on your paper right off the bat it frees your mind to create. I love the little flower motifs in these peg stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I though they would be a great jumping off point for these cute girls!

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The neat thing is that you will get a different picture every time you try this. Why not ink up a stamp and try it today? Watch today’s video to see how to use your supplies and create these cute faces!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more.

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Directions:
Stamp a spray of flowers, this may be a cluster or a border if you want a crown of flowers on your girl. Sketch a face around the flowers and color as desired.

There are infinite combinations on how you can make your flower girl. Have fun & happy crafting!

 

An Art Book for a Great Cause!

Hi friends! A few months ago I blogged about an art book project called Around the World with 80 Artists. It is a huge collaboration of 80 art instruction projects in a printed book published by The Creative art Academy. The project was crowdfunded on Kickstarter but it did not meet its goal and since Kickstater is an all or nothing platform (people donating do not pay unless a project is fully funded) they had to start from scratch. I know many of you wanted to support this project and buy the book so they have set up an Indigogo page where you can back the project and receive products in return from coloring pages, the book itself, t-shirts and more. It is a lot of work to get a printed art book published nowadays and it is getting harder to find nice art books to buy so if you are interested have a look! Here is a video from the Creative Art Academy explaining the project.As a bonus 20% of the proceeds from this project will go to The Malala Fund to help girls gain an education all over the world. Not only do you benefit from the art education in this book but you are helping girls get an education too!

Below are some of the art projects from the book, images copyright The Creative Art Academy and their respective artists.

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I hope you have a look at this project Around the World With 80 Artists and consider helping make it a reality.Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

New Marker Review! {Cheaper Alterntaives?}

Hi friends! I recently received some markers for review from Mozart Supplies. They have dual tip brush markers and also a real brush style of marker. What sparked my interest about this company is that they will be offering an ink refill pack for the brush pens (my main criticism of the Zig Real Brush pens is that they are not refillable) Here are some sketches I did with these pens:

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The swatch and color above were done with with the brush tip pens, the color blended out well with water even after the the ink was fully dry. The sketch below was also done with the same pens but I did use some opaque acrylic pens and a white gel pens for highlights.

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The dual brush pens are very similar to other dual brush pens on the market. The ink appears to be identical to the ink in the brush tip pens. Below is a sketch I did with the dual brush pens. I used a washi tape eyeball sticker (Jane Davenport) and some opaque markers to highlight this sketch:

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In the video you can see these pens in action!

The brush tip pens are very similar to the Zig clean color real brush pens. The brush tips on the Mozart pens are a bit longer and they come to a fine point. Refills for the Mozart pens are coming soon (according to their website) where as the Zig pens do not have refills. As far as the ink it is very similar, I can use both brands of pens together and they blend with other just fine. I own the 24 set of Zig and the 20 set of Mozart and there was not a lot of color overlap between those sets but they are very similar so if you have Zigs already you probably don’t need these as they preform identically. The Mozart pens are a bit longer and their caps need to be pushed on firmly. I recommend keeping the storage try they come in because they only fit in the storage tray if the cap is secure. I love that they cost less than Zigs (retail anyway) and they preform just as well and I can soon get refills. Currently they cost $26 for a set of 20.

Dual brush pens:
These appear to use the same ink as t These pens feature a firm (felt like) brush nib similar to Tombow, Memento, Stampin Up, Distress etc and a fine writing tip. The fine tip reminds me of the old Whispers/Sugarloaf dual tip pens. The nib size is similar to stampin up, distress or memento (vs the thicker bullet nib of Tombow.) The fine tips work well now but I have not had these markers long enough to determine weather or not they will hold up. On the Whispers markers I had the fine tip dried out easily but it is too soon to say here. The blend out like Tombow, Distress or Spectrum Aqua so if you like water-coloring effect you will enjoy these. They are also suitable to marker stamping where you color a rubber stamp with markers (instead of ink) and stamp. I like these as well as any of my other dual tip watercolor markers and they cost less than most at $18/set of 12

Bottom line, if you don’t already have similar markers from other brands Mozart markers are just as good. I love that they are making a refill ink pack available. Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post but I did receive these markers for free for review purposes. Til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

Video!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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