A quick acrylic painting of green onions…

I though this jam jar or green onions growing on my window sill looked sweet so I decided to paint it!

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Try and find some beauty in your world today, even if it is simple and ordinary. Sometimes it’s the best kind. Happy crafting!

Paint a Pineapple!

Looking for a fun and easy painting to do? Here you go!

I used black watercolor paper but thick black cardstock will be fine too.

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Take a few minutes to paint today! Happy crafting!

Weekly Crafty Chat & Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! I realized that I am few posts behind on updating my blog (We spent the weekend painting the addition!) so I am going to post my weekly Saturday chat and sketchbook Sunday in one post! I hope it’s not “too much Lindsay” for you.

And here is a look at this weeks Sketchbook Sunday painting.

And here is the time-lapse video. There is a rel time lesson for this painting in Critique Club.

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Looks like it’s going to be a great week! Til next time happy crafting!

It’s going to be a beachy day!

Hi friends! This weeks has gone from highs in the low 50s to the 80s! Only in Maine folks. As someone who is always cold I couldn’t be happier and plan to takeout the the kayak or paddle-board this afternoon at peak heat. I am sure the pond is ice-water-cold but I will gladly stay above it and soak up some sun! The weather man says we have 2 good days before we are plunged back into reality and I plan to enjoy them!

Today we are going to paint a peaceful, easy beachscape. Use any paint you have and join me!

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I hope you find some joy in your day. I have been rather stressed out this week so hopefully I can get out on the water and unwind today! Happy crafting!

A Tale of Two Garlic Paintings & Epic Bread!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share my best bread ever! This is my 3rd sourdough loaf. I did a a bread machine batch 2 days ago and it was decent but didn’t rise much, then yesterday I did a recipe that made 2 loaves and I rose one loaf on the counter and baked it that day and I put the other loaf in the fridge to rise slowly overnight and that my friends is this epic beauty!

It slices so well too and was chewy and delicious! The starter was really easy and only took 5 days (this was day 6 starter) and you can find the recipe on Kitchn. I chose to use this one because it was the quickest, simplest and used all purpose flower and that’s what I had.

One thing I changed was I brushed on some olive oil and sprinkled on sesame seeds, kosher salt and garlic at the last 10 minutes of baking. OK, this is not a food blog, it’s and art/craft blog and so today we will paint…er, well we are painting food.

I painted this twice, once in a toned grey watercolor sketchbook and again on cotton watercolor paper and that is what you will see in today’s real time tutorial.

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  • Daniel Smith Primatek paint (Blick) I also recommend the Daniel Smith sticks, they are pan formulation paint, I slice off a chunk and put it on my pans. *These tend to be cheaper than buying the paint in tubes especially for the more expensive PrimaTek tubes, You get about 3 full pans worth in each stick. These are not great for drawing like a crayon tho, they are like a cylinder of concentrated solid paint.
  • Watercolor paper: Fabrino Artistico CP natural white block 9″x12″
  • Other Supplies: Heavy enamel Metal Palette, Paul Rubens watercolors (these go really well with the Daniel Smith Primateks and are usually very affordable)

Here is a photo of the version on the toned grey sketchbook.

So, are you making bread? I feel like everyone is making sourdough right now and I think it’s pretty cool! Happy crafting!

Blue Jay in Colored Pencils on Sanded Paper with Powder Blender

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are able to safely visit with your mothers, children or grand children this year whether in person, on the phone or via the Internet. Today I am sharing a painting I did in colored pencil.

It was a lot of fun and really satisfying to draw/color/paint. Partly because of the pencils, they are decent quality but not so expensive that I have to worry about using up colors and partly because of the sanded paper and powder blender which let me layer up loads of saturated color. If you have never tried colored pencils with sanded paper before you are in for a treat, it is effortless to lay down color and build layers. Watch the video for a time lapse demo. If you are interested in a real time tutorial of this painting you can find it along with dozens of other long format tutorials that are more advanced than what I do on YouTube in Critique Club.

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Have a great Sunday everyone and til next time happy crafting!

A Loose Watercolor Cocktail!

Hi friends! This painting was just plain fun!

It’s quick, and loose and a good mood-lifter! I love doing these small paintings in my sketchbook because it they don’t turn out well I can just shut the book LOL! Watch the video and paint along!

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That’s all for me tonight but do be sure to check back tomorrow because I have an awesome giveaway to share! Til then happy crafting!

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