Yes, we are LIVE today! {12:30pm ET}

Howdy friends! We have another live show today at 12:30pm ET, same time as every Friday so you can mark it in your calendars if you want (although next week is school break so I am not planning on a live show but you never know with me…)


As always you can watch the show live or catch the reply in the player below BUT if you want to chat live with us, ask questions or just hang out with other painters make sure to click over to the YouTube watch page and you will see the chat window on your screen.

As always this live stream is sponsored by our friends at Jerry’s Artarama where you will find all the best brands at the lowest prices!


I hope to chat with you live today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! Some of you have mentioned that my Friday morning posts is too short notice to join live, I am sorry about that but if you subscribe to me on YouTube you will get notifications in your sub box a couple of days in advance or just write Friday 12:30pm Eastern Time on your calendar. Also unless something goes terribly wrong the replays will be available directly after the broadcast. I hope that helps! Happy Crafting!

Today’s Livestream! {I’m gonna do my best…}

Hi friends! We will be live on YouTube painting today. It is going to be a “let’s use bright colors and express out joy!” kinda project.


We are also having a snowstorm and the kid’s school just called telling me they are sending everyone home early. I am fully expecting imperfection with a side of chaos, don’t you want to join the fun? Seriously, grab your paints, watercolor pencils, watercolor paper or art journal and let’s play on this snow day! If you want to chat with us please watch this on the YouTube watch page, otherwise you can watch it live, or the replay in the player below (oh and how about a “thumbs up” for effort LOL!) We go live at 12:30 Eastern Time! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this live show!

Turner watercolors
Inktense Pencils (or whatever watercolor pencils you like)
140# watercolor paper
Mimik Kolinsky brushes
Water, paper towels

Reference photo

This will be a great way to learn to loosen up too! Wish me luck with today’s stream and happy crafting!

Paint with me LIVE today! Dandelion fluff in Watercolor/Colored pencils!

Hi friends! I have another live painting tutorial for you today!


We will be using watercolors and colored pencils on this easy painting. You can watch the show live, or the reply on the player below but if you want to ask questions or hang out with other painters in the chat you will need to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies available at out sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

I can’t wait to paint with you today! I do hope you stop by but if you can’t I understand so the reply will be available. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


LIVE Painting Show Today! Candies or Hearts?

Hi friends! It has been a crazy week here so I am so looking forward to hanging out and painting with you today! I will be live on YouTube (or you can watch in the player below) at 12:30pm Eastern Time for a fun painting. You can paint this:


Or this, I painted the jar of candies from Lilian Bell at Paint my Photo but quickly wished I had filled my jar with conversation hearts instead so I bought a bag at Target yesterday and found a very similar jar in my stash.


I will paint the hearts live but I will tell you the color mix options for the candies so you can follow along and do which ever one you prefer and since it is live and I have my awesome niece Sarah monitoring the comments you can ask me questions as we go if you don’t understand something. Make sure to watch on the YouTube watch page if you want to see the chat and ask questions. If you miss the live show you can always catch the replay here. :D

All the supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarmama!

  • Turner Acryl Gouache (but you can use any acrylics or gouache, an assortment of bright colors and white)
  • 8″x10″ canvas (If using traditional watercolor gouache use watercolor paper though)
  • Nylon brushes (the ones in the Turner kit are perfect!)
  • Water, paper towels, pencil or graphite paper (you can trace the photo if you don’t feel like sketching)

I hope to see you at the live show! If you can’t make it I understand, that’s why I keep the replay available:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Ain’t This a Fancy Pen! {Pen & Ink Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make this pen and ink with watercolor drawing.


I am using a brand new tool called the Cuttlelola DotsPen. It is a pen with a nib that goes in and out creating stippling on your paper. I was really skeptical about this one, I thought it would take a long time to learn but it was quite easy to get the hang of, this was my first attempt! Here is the reference photo I used.


Of course you can use any pen with waterproof ink and make the dots by hand:) After the video I charged the pen again and used it straight away and got 30 minutes continuous use on high use before needing to charge it. I even let my kids try it and they loved it, even my son who says he is not “artsy.” Then I went over my watercolor with the pen again after it was dry and added the additional dots in 10 minutes. This is great if you want the look of stippling but do not want to spend the time. I could see myself enhancing plain rubber stamp images with this pen too!



  • Fun to use.
  • Easy to use. (this is my first attempt)
  • Fast. I usually do not do stippling because I do not like the time it takes, this is quick and easy!
  • Waterproof ink great for pen and ink with watercolor washes.
  • Compact-everything fits in a reusable tin.
  • Affordable ink refills-these inks cost about the same as other pen refills. (shipping is extra)
  • Rechargeable with a USB cord (included) but it is the same cord that my other electronics use so it is convenient.


  • The pen is large and may cause fatigue or discomfort after prolonged use.
  • You get one size of dots, where as with a set of traditional pens you could choose different point sizes.
  • Initial Price (although I think it is well priced for what it is and if you are a working illustrator it would pay for itself quickly)
  • You can’t draw with the pen “off” because the nib will push back into the pen, I tried signing my name with the pen on and that looks weird. Have a regular pen handy for drawing lines.

Bottom line: I think it is a great invention . It is fun and easy to use. I wish the battery charge lasted longer but you will have a longer charge if you use it right after charging instead of waiting, also it can be used while charging. I would recommend this to any illustrator who wants the look of stippling in less time. What do you think? Would this be useful to you? Do you like the painting with more or less stippling better. I can’t wait to play with it some more, maybe I’ll even do some more digital stamp files LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



Learn to Paint a Portrait LIVE!

Hi friends! Today at 12:30 I have a live painting class and by request we will be doing a portrait!


I will show you how to mix skin tones using watercolors. We will be using yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and rose red (or a cool pinkish red) to mix the skin tones. I snapped a photo of the sketch I made so you can transfer it to your watercolor paper ahead of time.


You will be able to watch the live show or replay in the video player below but if you want to join in the live chat be sure watch it on the YouTube watch page and you can ask any questions you have to me while we are painting.

Supplies available at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Don’t worry if you can’t join us live, the replay will be available after the show! I look forward to painting with you! Happy crafting!


Brush Lettering Basics! Make Quick Cards!

Hi friends! Just a quick tutorial on some easy brush lettering you can do with your watercolors:


You can use a round or cat’s tongue brush for this. Just remember “up light, down heavy.” Confused? You won’t be after today’s video!

The paints I am using are the Gansai Tambi watercolor from Hallmark Scrapbook, and I used a #6 Princeton Cats Tongue but a #6 round will work just as well. I was just using inexpensive watercolor paper for this, a nice heavy cardstock would work too since we are not doing any abrasive techniques or soaking the paper. Seriously, use the paper and paint you have and try it! It’s fun!

Give this a try, and let me know how it goes! Til next time happy crafting!


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