NEW Derwent Pastel Watercolor Review

Hi friends, today we are taking a look at the new Derwent pastel watercolor pan paint set of 12. You can find it on the Derwent website as well as a download of the color swatch with lightfast info and on Amazon USA. (affiliate link) This product sold out shortly after my review went live on YouTube but it is a new product and I’m sure it will be restocked soon. You can take this as an opportunity to decide if this is something that would add to the supplies you already have.

*This product was sent to me for review.

Pros:

  • Nice color selection (thought I would like a brown in place of one of the greys)
  • Color layer well
  • Smooth
  • not chalky
  • Good quality small waterbrush included
  • Price $25
  • Good lightfastness for pastel shades

Cons:

  • I wish there was a brown in place of one of the greys and a cleaner warm green instead of the drab kakhi green.

Bottom line: I prefer this pastel set to the other pastel watercolors I own. They lay down well, layer and are not chalky. I wouldn’t recommend it as a stand-alone set but it is a great addition to other traditional watercolors.

I will have a tutorial for the macarons next week! Happy crafting!

Using Crayons on a Heat Pad! (Great for artists with arthritis or hand strength issues)

Hi friends! If you struggle with achy hands when you try and use colored pencils or art crayons this tip will help. It will even save you time! We are going to use colored pencils and crayons on a hot mat!

I am using a heated floor mat but you could also use a heating pad with something hard on top to draw on. Watch the video to see how!

Here is another tutorial on colored pencils on a heated surface, and oil pastels on a heated surface.

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Have you tried working on a heated surface before? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Rustic Textures in Soft Pastel (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today we are breaking out the pastels to create this painting of an old weathered door.

This was so fun to draw with soft pastels. Soft pastels are sticks of pigment, binder and clay and feel like a very pigmented chalk as opposed to oil pastels that can feel like lipstick. I know it can be confusing to know what kind an artist is referring to:) You can watch the timelapse of this demo in the player below. There are a lot of tips and tricks for working in soft pastel. If you prefer the 2 hour and 17 minute narrated real time tutorial it’s up now in Critique Club.


Supplies (affiliate links used) *I used a variety of pastels on this painting. Below I will list my favorites as well as getting started budget picks. I will link to Amazon and Blick, check both places as often prices fluctuate, and if you are buying a large set of pastels the savings can be big.

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I hope this inspires you to give soft pastels a try! Til next time happy crafting!

Learn to Draw a Sumac Leaf in Marker and Colored Pencil

Hi friends! Today I have a leaf drawing and coloring tutorial for you. We will use toned paper which reduced the look of streaks and choppy blending.

By the Way, today is the las day of my fall sale! 40% off full courses in my Teachable school with coupon code FALL40 *Offer good through 10/18/2020, On checkout click “add coupon code” and paste in FALL40 to receive 40% off the class of your choice.

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That’s all for today! I was sewing some masks yesterday and decided I wanted to reorganize my sewing supplies since I recently cleared out some drawers. I think that will be a fun afternoon project! Maybe I’ll film it, interested?

Til next time, happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday & My October Personal Art Challenge

Hi friends! I was planning on doing Inktober this year but decided that I would just do my own thing. I wanted to improve my figure drawing skills so I am drawing people every day this month.

This was day 2 of my personal art challenge. If you want to see the daily artwork you can follow me on Instagram. You can see the time-lapse of this painting below!

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That’s all for today! Are you doing an art challenge this month? I might try to work in the 6 Drawtober prompts this month as well. I think personal art goals are really great for growing your skills. I am looking forward to working on this! Happy crafting!

A Pretty Fall Leaf with Dewdrops // Sketchbook Sunday

When I saw this leaf on the ground covered in dew I had to snap a pic with my phone so I could draw it later! Here is my marker version with colored pencil accents:

You can find the 83-minute full length lesson in Critique Club. And enjoy the timelapse below!

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If you have a smartphone (or even a flip phone with a camera) you can capture beauty around you to use as inspiration back at your studio. So the next time you are struck by the beauty of something snap a pic, you never know when you want want to use it for your art! Happy crafting!

I knew I was forgetting something…

Hi friends! If you were waiting with bated breath for the real-time version of this project to be up in Critique Club it is up now! I usually post it the Saturday before it’s due but it completely slipped my mind.

And if you prefer the time lapse version, here it is!

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Just a Reminder…

You have a week left to save 50% on my Watercolor Glass Class! *Use coupon code SHINE is the discount doesn’t appear automatically. Offer good through August 2020.

That’s all for today, we went hiking by the coast today and the salt air and exercise wiped me out. I’ll sleep well tonight! Till next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday a Day Late! Tree Frog

Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!

Anyway, on to the video!

Supplies:

Birthday SALE!!! Save 44% off any class with coupon code LINDSAY44 at my online school (click “Add coupon” on the checkout page and enter LINDSAY44 offer good through 10/17/2020)

44% off coupon included in links to Learnt to Draw with Lindsay Class.

If you liked today’s video you might enjoy Learn to Draw with Lindsay. In this class, you will learn to draw what you see without gimmicks or complicated grids. You will be drawing what you see with confidence in no time! Learn more here or enroll today!

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

Strawberry Season (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is “Favorite Color” and mine is crimson red so I decided to paint these strawberries!

You can find the 1hr 44min narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under June 2020 bonus project #1. In case you haven’t heard, Critique Club is a membership group where you can upload up to 2 painting you are working on per month for an in-depth critique from me. My goal is to help you grow and improve as artists! I also post 2 long narrated tutorials per month for members that tend to be on the intermediate/advanced side. You also get access to all the past tutorials (37 in all so far!) so you will have inspiration for miles and it’s only $5 per month. Learn more or sign up here. Thank you for your support!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!