Sketchbook Sunday is Back!

Howdy friends! After a couple of weeks with no Sketchbook Sunday video I have one! This is going to be a brief post as I was dozing off ready for bed and realized that I did not blog my SS post today!

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I just finished up a watercolor class I was taking so I will now have more time for discretionary sketching and non work related art. I hope you enjoy this painting!

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I am off to sleep! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Paint a Purple Cupcake in Watercolor Pencils!

Howdy friends! The other day I shared this watercolor pencil painting I did in my sketchbook:

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I had a few requests to do a tutorial so I thought I would for our beginner tutorial this week. I have been posting beginner (probably over explained but I just want to make sure even beginners can follow along) tutorials on Wednesdays and I hope they are useful:) Let me know if they are just too simple or if I hit the mark:)

Photo credit: thescranline. If you like baking check them out. Their Instagram account is fabulous! (I don’t bake so I follow their IG account for the pretty photos and they encourage fan art!)

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As always use whatever watercolor pencils (or watercolor crayons) you have to follow along. Heck try it in watercolor or regular colored pencils is you like. It’s your art and I want to inspire you to create with whatever you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Beginner Pastel Lesson on my NEW Fabulous Camera!

Hi friends! I have been wanting to upgrade my video camera for a couple of years but always got overwhelmed at the amount of choices and the price tags out there. I was so afraid of buying the wrong thing but I know cameras have come a long way since I purchased my beloved Samsung F90 a few years ago and I really want to make high quality videos where you can see as much detail as possible.

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So I asked my tech savvy husband to research the options and he narrowed the search down to 6 cameras and I ended up picking this Panasonic Lumix G7 and I am so pleased with the results. Jason has been working on adding mounts to my filming areas to hold this camera since strapping the camera to my “ceiling sticks” with an elastic cord is probably not the safest route LOL! I am still keeping my “old reliable” Samsung and I still have a few videos filmed on that one that I haven’t published yet but going forward most of my videos will be shot on the new fancy camera. You can see it’s debut in today’s video!

I got asked many times if oil pastels could be used instead of chalky soft pastels and yes you can! The results will be a bit different but use what you have. You may prefer one of the other as well f you don;t like dusty fingers of the feel/sound of the chalk. If you are new to soft pastel I recommend starting with an inexpensive but good quality student grade set as you ill get all of the joy with none of the potential toxicity of artist grade pigments. You can always upgrade later if you like them and when you understand how to handle them safely. I am not trying to scare you, I just want to make sure you are not blowing or breathing in pastel dust.

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I hope you enjoy the higher quality video and let me know what you think of this project in the comments below! Feel free to share this tutorial with anyone who might like it or Pin it on Pinterest using the sharing button below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Draw a Raindrop! Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! After the gloomy, windy and rainy weather we have had over the past few weeks it’s hard to believe I’d want to paint a raindrop but I do.

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This was fun to draw and color. I started off with watercolor pencils but then decided I wanted to completely darken the background so I used ink and spent the rest of the duration carving out my lights again. I really enjoyed sketching this but I can see many ways I could do it more efficiently in the future. Watch the video to see the process.

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If you need detailed step by step drawing lesson consider my online class Learn to Draw with Lindsay with nearly 8 hours of instructional video lesson that will get you drawing in no time! I hope you have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Colorful Ram in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! I am not having a live show today, Sarah has to work today and I am trying to learn a new high-definition camera I bought so I can make better quality videos for you. It’s wicked fancy! For now though I have a colorful painting of a Ram with a limited palette for you!

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I am using really inexpensive paints here, it was a $20 set of 36 I took a chance on a couple of months ago because I really loved the mint green tin LOL! Turns out the paints are fabulous. I’ll have a full review on my YouTube channel tomorrow. I used Quin Rose, Yellow ochre and Cobalt Blue (but I think I called it Ultramarine a few times, truth be told I think their cobalt is likely an ultramarine blue as you wouldn’t find real cobalt in a $20 set LOL!)

Video!

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I love the challenge of working in a limited palette as well as completely changing the colors of an object. It is a great way to make you rely on the values of an object instead of the color because as long as you have the values right you can use whatever color you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What do Skeletons and Peonies Have in Common?

Hi friends! I am so glad to be back doodling around in a sketchbook today! After many weeks of spending my “free” time on assignments for a painting class I am taking it is fun to just play in a sketchbook!

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I started off wanting to do a bit of a Halloween sketch so I sketched a skeleton in ink in the sketchbook that came in my Smart Art Box but I didn’t think that this mixed media paper was best suited to ink as it bled through so I decided to also try my watercolors on it.

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The watercolor also wanted to absorb in and show through the back of the page a bit but I actually really loved the effect, it was like Chinese brush painting (not that I am trained in that discipline at all but I have played with the materials before) and I loved the effect. I also loved accenting that sketch with the flexible pen that also came in the box that I forgot to use in the first sketch. Remember, just because a supply came with certain things doesn’t mean you can’t try it out with something else you have that you might enjoy more. Any new supply you add to your stash should make your other supplies more useful (not redundant) and you often come up with really cool techniques when you use materials in new ways or in combination with other products. Mix up that media man! Watch the video to see these two paintings come together:)

The supplies in this video were in the October Smart Art Box. Smart Art sponsored this video and I thank them for their support. If you would like a surprise box of art supplies delivered to your door each month consider subscribing. They ship to many countries and you can find out more on their website.

Supply List: (Occasionally Smart Art will have additional boxes for sale. You can check availability here. As of now there are no extra October boxes listed so I have linked to the products on Amazon (affiliate links used) for your convenience.

Out of curiosity I looked up the prices of the products in the box on Amazon and they came out to about $61. I will definitely use these products in other projects (and yay they included my favorite fountain pen safe waterproof ink!) After I open and use my products from a subscription box I store the supplies with other “like” supplies so I will remember I have them the next time I need a pen or bottle of ink. I recommend doing this if you get random supplies here and there. I know it is tempting to keep kits or certain brands together but you will use them more (and they won’t dry up and go to waste because you forget you have them) if you store like with like. If I find I have a double I put the extra in my office art space (for when it’s too cold to craft down in the basement) or in my travel art bag or pass it along to a friend if it has a shelf life. I mention this because art subscription boxes are fun but you might forget what you got if you don’t put them in their proper homes after the first play. At least that’s how I am. I hope you enjoyed this sketchbook sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Skillbuilder: Painting fabric in watercolor!

Hi friends! Today we are going to practise drawing and painting fabric in watercolor.

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This skill building workshop will help you understand how to render the soft bends and shadows as well as crisp folds that gives cloth is voluminous look. We will use the wet in wet technique and the British 2 brush method to achieve this.  You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to ask questions live be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

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Do you need more help with the basics? My Learn the Draw with Lindsay and Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor can get you started off the right foot AND I am offering 40% off any class with the coupon code FABRIC through next week! Join the thousands of students who have enrolled in classes and grown as artists. I’d love to see you in class! Click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter coupon code: FABRIC if the discount doesn’t already appear.

 

 

I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm ET for a fun skill builder! Til then happy crafting!

 

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