LIVE Painting Class Today! 12:30pm ET {Betta Fish}

Howdy friends!  It’s been a crazy week, the kids are on break so there have been sleepovers, softball practice and lazing around. The weather was so nice yesterday that my son and I took the kayaks out! We also had the water well pump bite the dust after 40 years of faithful service so I had a repair man in yesterday to replace the pump, boy, running water is something you take for granted until you don’t have it and then it is the most important thing! I am feeling so thankful:) This is what we will be painting today at 12:30pm Eastern Time(I must have water on the brain LOL!)


Sarah will be in taking your questions during the live stream as usual so it will be a fun and informative class. You can watch it live (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with friends watch it on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama:
Turner watercolors

Inktense Pencils (or whatever watercolor pencils you like)

Soho Colored Pencils

140# watercolor paper

Princeton #6 cat’s Tongue (filbert) Brush

Mimik Kolinsky brushes
Water, paper towels

Reference photo by Hannah Waymack

See you at 12:30pm ET for this fun painting lesson! It should take less than an hour so I hope you can squeeze it in:) Happy crafting!


Artichoke in Oil Pastel {beginner tutorial!)

Hi friends! I’m back with another pastel tutorial and this time we will take a look at oil pastels and paint an artichoke!


Follow along with the step by step video to get a feel for this fun medium! If you don’t have oil pastels try watercolor crayons or chalk/soft pastels. You will find that you can interchange many of the techniques. I got some great feedback from my onion pastel tutorial last week and one of the most interesting comments (made by several of you) was that some people were put-off by the sound of soft pastels or the dusty feeling on them on your skin. If you hate the chalky feel and sound but love the look try oil pastels!


Oil pastels are fun to use and the set of 50 Pentel oil pastels I am using is on sale for $6.69 at Blitzy. They also have Lowel Cornell set of 60 for $6.79. I love how you can get started so cheaply!

If you prefer water-soluble oil pastels Blitzy has the Portfolio by Crayola brand which I recommend in sets of 12  and 24.
The water-soluble pastels are larger sticks and very similar to the Primas for half the price. The Prima water-soluble oil pastels are a higher quality than the Portfolio and the best price I have seen the 24 set is Hallmark Scrapbook.

I have a review on water-soluble oil pastels and crayons on my blog here comparing the different brands and prices that might help you decide.

Here is a picture of an artichoke.

Please note, I used affiliate links to Blitsy and Hallmark Scrapbook in this post. If you click on the link and make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Please use what you have but if you need supplies both sites have excellent prices on everything! Thanks for stopping by and til next time hapy crafting!

LIVE Today! Lily Bouquet Painting Tutorial & How to Fix Painting Problems!

Hi friends! We will have  a free live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time. We will paint this:


As I was painting this picture I hit a few roadblocks, I almost trashed it but then I thought, what a great way to teach about ways to overcome problems and fix them in your paintings and save the picture from lining the bird-cage, LOL!😀 You can watch the lesson live, or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with your crafty friends or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on YouTube.

I am not much of a flower arranger or photographer but here are a couple of pics I took of the bouquet we are painting.

lilyboquetphoto1 lilyphoto2

Supplies Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama!


I am giving away a spot in my new mixed media class at Craftsy (launching soon!) Click here for a chance to win a spot in the class! If you know of anyone who would like to paint with us live today please share this blog post or video with them, the more the merrier! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Pastel Series #1: Onions {Beginner Tutorial}

Hi friends! I have been asked a lot lately when I was starting the pastel painting series. How about today!


This is a beginner tutorial and I urge you to use what you have before buying supplies. I will be doing both oil and chalk/soft pastel tutorials. Todays tutorial uses soft pastels but if all you have is oil try them. The exact set I am using can be purchased at Blitzy where I am an affiliate and I earn a small percentage of the sale if you buy through my link. Blitzy also has the Pentel set of 50 oil pastels that I use for $6.58. Please don’t feel obligated buy but thanks if you do:) Unfortunately I could not find the set of 72 Faber Castel pastels for what I paid for them a few years ago.😦 I have also found SMI, Lowel Cornell and Sargent to be the same quality if you are looking for something cheaper that will work fine.


You can find the reference photo here at Paint my Photo. *I have heard from some of you that you are waiting for approval to join PMP and I reached out to the webmaster and he said that 60-70 new people are joining daily without problem. The only thing we can think of is that maybe people are trying to join at the old Ning site or maybe the confirmation emails are going to spam folders so you are not getting the welcome/approved email. Please check into that if you are having trouble accessing the site. It really is worth a visit and I am so grateful to all of the photographers who share their photos and the community of artists who share their paintings done from the photos.

So, what pastel team are you on? Oil or soft/chalk? I like both teams! Let me know in the comments which you prefer, if it is 50/50 oil to pastel preference I will alternate oil and soft pastels, if it is heavily one or the other I will make more tutorials on the preferred medium. I’m here for you and I like them both! Please invite your friends (remember the handy-dandy sharing buttons below) to join us on this pastel journey, you don’t have to spend much to get started and pastels are always ready to go when you are and easy clean up. Now go and enjoy your pastels! Happy crafting!



Live in an hour! Iris Watercolor/Mixed Media Painting Class!

Hi friends! I am so sorry for the late notice but I have time this evening at 8:30pm Eastern time to do a live painting class so if you want to check it out you can watch it here or if you want to chat with artsy friends you can watch on YouTube. Here is what we will paint:


This will be a watercolor lesson with mixed media accents but don’t feel like you have to add them if you don’t want to and as always feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Have fun and paint!

Supplies: From Sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

Turner Watercolors (or whatever you have)

Watercolor paper

Brushes: #12 and #5 round (or similar sized rounds)

Colored pencils

Honeycomb stencil, texture stamp, pencil and watercolor crayons or pastels (use what you have!)

Reference photo by Debra Underwood

Remember you can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat be sure to watch on YouTube.

I hope we can paint together tonight, again sorry about the short notice but I figured it was better than waiting a week. Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Columbine Flower!

Howdy friends! Today I have a review of the Grumbacher Deluxe Opaque Watercolor paints, although they were not my favorite they did the trick to paint this columbine flower requested by a viewer.:)



You can find the reference photo here.

I hope you give this a try using whatever watercolors you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pastel Lessons Coming Soon!

Hi friends! I am excited to announce that I will be starting a pastel series here for FREE next month. To kick it off here is a video explaining the types of pastels and what they are used for so you can plan any purchases accordingly.


Soft pastels come indifferent firmness. The harder pastels should go on the first layers or a painting and work with softer ones as you build up layers.

  • Hard/Firm pastels: NuPastel, Conte Crayon, Prang Pastello, Carvin
  • Medium/regular pastels: These are softer than the hard pastels and good for most applications. Many name brand pastels fall in this category.
  • Softest soft pastels: These are the top layer pastels best for finishing layers on pastels. Schminke and PanPastel are examples of this.

OIL Pastels:

  • Traditional oil pastels are soft and creamy and can be blended with your fingers or paint thinner. These are water-resistant. These make a great under painting or sketching medium for oil paintings as well.
  • Water-soluble pastels (like Crayola Portfolio or Prima) can be blended with your fingers or water.


  • You want a paper with some texture or “tooth” to it so it can hold the layers of pastels, I like Canson Mi Tintes or Strathmore art paper. You can even use watercolor paper but pastel paper it typically less expensive. BUT, do not let a lack of supplies stop you, you can use a brown paper grocery bag and still learn and enjoy the process:) Basically any rough paper will work fine:)

I will be using different pastels throughout this series so you can get a good idea of what is best for you. I suggest you use what you have or start off with one of the student grade supplies I mentioned so you can see if you like the medium before spending a ton of money on supplies, for instance it is better to realize that you can’t stand the feeling of chalk on your fingers after spending $15 on a set of pastels rather than realizing it after dropping $150 on artist pastels. You would be better investing in PanPastels in that case but you don’t know until you try:)


I plan on kicking off the pastel series in a little over a week. I will be traveling this week to film a class in Denver (wish me luck) and I plan to blog from the road if I can manage it on my phone. You can follow me on Instagram if you want some behind the scenes sneak peeks too. I am trying to think of something small and artsy I can bring to do on the plane so if you have any ideas leave them in the comments. I have not flown in 15 years so I am a bit nervous. Have a happy Easter and til next time happy crafting!



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