What is Ox-Gall? (and what is it used for?)

Hi Friends! Ox gall is a wetting agent designed to increase the flow of your watercolor paint. If your paint is not flowing on your paper as well as you like give it a try. Today I will demonstrate a wet in wet wash using regular paint as well as paint with ox-gall added so you can see the difference. You will get a more noticeable effect on lesser sized paper as highly sized paper help the paint flow naturally.

Watch the video to see it in action!

Natural ox gall is bile usually obtained from cows. It is used as a wetting agent in paints and soap. I am using synthetic ox gall. Ox gall can be added to the paint or the painting water to improve the flow of paint in washes. I did some research but could not find out what the synthetic ox gall was made of. If you know please comment!

You can get a similar effect with soap because it reduces the surface tension of the water and lets the paint go wild. Happy experimenting and have fun!
Bottom line: I bought this product because several people had asked me about it, I really do not find that my paints need help flowing but should I need wetter water this will help! Disclaimer, this is the only brand and type of ox gall I have used, others might produce a more dramatic effect.

PS The BOGO sale is still on at Craftsy, 2 classes for the price of one! Woohoo!

class_bogo_art

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

Learn to paint an eye in watercolor! {Step by step real time tutorial}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to paint an eye.

15972506_10208151127441348_8238875748494059107_o

We will mix and layer colors and lift away highlights.

eyeblog

Watch the video for step by step instructions.

Paint colors: (I am using Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors)
Cerulean Blue PB35
Alizerain Crimson PR206
Prussian Blue PB27
Yellow Ocher PY43
Burnt Sienna PR101

Brushes: #8 round, #2 round mimik squirrel

Any watercolor paper is fine, I am using a scrap of 90# CP aquabee

I hope you found this tutorial useful! Thanks for watching and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Paint a Rusty Old Truck in Watercolor! 12:30pm Eastern Time!

Hi friends! Are you ready to paint?15975319_10208175716216052_1886779803078494136_o

Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we will paint a rusty old truck in watercolors!

15994374_10208174587387832_6282129241894785824_o

We will use a warm/neutral palette of the following colors: Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red Deep, Ultramarine blue, Olive Green (or sap) and Burnt Sienna. We will see granulating pigments in action and learn how to mix earth watercolor pigments without making the dreaded mud! You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters and ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET on 1/13/17. Ohhhh, it’s Friday the 13th, spooky huh?

You can download the PDF pattern to trace here.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE CLASSES AT CRAFTSY!!!!

class_bogo_art

*Thanks for purchasing classes at Craftsy, I earn a commission on classes bought via my special discount link and helps keep my tutorials free on YouTube!

I hope to see you in today’s free painting class at 12:30pm ET on YouTube! Happy crafting!

Vintage Postcard Painting Tutorial & LUKAS 1862 Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today’s video is a bit on the long side (shocker, I know) but I wanted to do both a review of my new set of 48 halfpan Lukas 1862 watercolors and do a tutorial of a pretty vintage postcard of a butterfly and pansies.

lukas1

Here is the reference image:

bb53-09

Watch the video and paint along! The review is first so if you want to skip ahead 12 minutes to the tutorial you can:)

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I used LUKAS 1862, you can use whatever you have, even thinned down acrylic!)
  • 14-# watercolor Paper 6″x9″ (Aquabee)
  • Brushes #2 #8 round (Mimik Squirrel)

Lukas 1862 Watercolor 48 half pan review:

Pros:

  • Artist quality paint with tried and true pigments
  • 35 out of 48 colors are single pigment colors
  • Price (half or less than other artist quality brands) The paints are available in sets as well as single half pans, with pans and 24ml tubes ranging from $2.50-$7.69 each currently on sale a Jerry’s Artarama. (I have not used the tubes)
  • Highly pigmented-strong colors
  • Unique characteristics between colors (some are smooth, some granulate, some transparent some semi opaque)
  • Glazes well
  • The palette that comes with the paint is an enameled metal (steel? it is magnetic) and the pan holder tray lifts out for easy cleaning and so you can have additional mixing area.

Cons:

  • I feel that the paint could use a bit of honey or more gum arabic to improve luminescence and transparency but that can be added and it is a nit-picky thing.
  • The palette stained with the pthalocyanne colors but it was minor and it probably will come off with a magic eraser (but I don’t have one right now)
  • When I bought my set the list of colors on the website was not accurate. Below is a picture I took of my swatch, hope you can read my handwriting.

lukas_48_halfpan_color_chart

Bottom line, if you are looking for an affordable artist grade watercolor set give them a try. A 12 half pan sets starts at $30 or grab a few tubes or pans and see what you think. I hope you enjoyed this review and tutorial! Happy crafting!

Pretty Bird in Oils REAL TIME {free} Painting Class & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a peahen!

peafownblog

 

I am using Lukas Berlin Water mixable oils but you can use traditional oils, pastels, gouache or acrylics with slow drying medium to paint along! We are going to be sketching and painting together in this real-time class with lots of beginner tips and tricks! Feel free to pause the video as you master a technique, this is not a race, take as much time and you need and most importantly, have fun!

Video!

Video tutorial sponsored by Gloves in a Bottle! Save 20% on a 3.4oz tube on Gloves in a bottle with coupon code: CRAFTER1 (it is case-sensitive.) purchased on Amazon *Coupon good through January 31st 2017. If you want to find a store that sells Gloves in a Bottle near you visit their store locator.  *Thanks to our sponsors that keep these videos tutorials free on YouTube! They are also giving away some Gloves in a bottle, leave a comment for a chance to win, I will randomly draw a winner in one week!

Supplies:

  • Oil Paint (Vermilion Hue OR Cad red Hue, Primary/Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cad Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber) I used Lukas Water Mixable Oils but you can also use traditional oils or even acrylics.
  • 9″x12″ Senseo Linen (canvas) Panel
  • Assortment of brushes, filberts and rounds are very handy!
  • Oil pastels for sketching on design. *If using acrylics or gouache use watercolor pencils to sketch.
  • Reference photo from ESP on Paint My Photo.

This was so enjoyable to paint. I want to thank you for encouraging me to keep my tutorials in real-time. I am so happy that you want to spend the time to learn and not just have the instant gratification of watching a painting that took an hour be boiled down to 5 minutes which seems to be the trend on YouTube. You guys are the best! Happy crafting!

Vintage Rose Painting Tutorial & How to Adapt Tutorials to YOUR Favorite Media!

Hi friends! We all have our favorite type of paint to use right? I get asked a lot to make acrylic painting tutorials and I do occasionally but honestly I like to use acrylics to base-coat things or for more crafty purposes rather than doing a full on painting with them. If I am going to paint a picture I am more likely to use watercolors, oils, pastels or (what I am going to demo today) gouache!

15844522_10208086039774197_4174081287226960520_o

That might leave someone kinda bummed out waiting for their favorite medium to be used but don’t fret, you can adapt a tutorial to fit your needs. Let’s say you loved today’s tutorial and you think it would be pretty on a planter. Gouache would not be durable enough for exterior use nor would it be good in a moist environment such as a clay pot but you can totally use acrylics for this. You can use oils too, even pastel. I consider materials like that to be layering mediums. Those are paints (or pastels) that can be built up in opaque layers following the same steps. If you are an acrylic painter and you feel your paint is drying too quickly you can use a slow-dry or retarding medium to keep your paints wetter longer to make blends possible. That is a great medium to have because it makes it possible to do all of the oil painting tutorials out there. Go ahead, grab those acrylics and follow along with Bob Ross oil painting tutorials! One thing I have realized over the years is that I make better tutorials when I enjoy the products I am using. We all have different favorites because we all have different personalities. The important thing to realize is that you should use your favorite brand and your favorite medium and not feel pressured to use what I do. I have had acrylic painters say that they feel “snubbed” by my tutorials focusing on other media and I never intended anyone to feel that way. If you prefer acrylics you can paint with them when I do a gouache or oil tutorial, mediums were created so you can use the paint you love to get different effects. The most important thing is that we create with the materials we love to use, I think we can all agree to that!

Video Tutorial!

I am so happy I rediscovered Gouache! I have the convenience of laying my paint in a palette and if I don’t use it all up I can let it dry and spritz it with water and use it again. If you are purchasing gouache and you want to be able to rewet it as I did avoid “Acrylic Gouache” which is a matte, opaque acrylic paint. I actually like acrylic gouache but I make sure not to put out more than I can use up. That is a durable paint though so you could use it on any surface that you would use regular acrylic paint on but it does not rewet.

Supplies:

  • Small synthetic brushes (flats, filberts, rounds)
  • Gouache (I am using the LUKAS brand set of 12 I got at Jerry’s Artarama for $6.99 and I use red and yellow M Gram Gouache but use whatever paint you like, even watercolor crayons will work well)
  • Surface: I am using a scrap of mat board (left over from picture framing) but stiff paper will work too

Tips:

  • Unused paint can be reused, simply spray your palette about 10 minutes before you start painting and it will work great!
  • You can rework an area even after the paint is dry, simply use a clean damp flat brush to smooth and blend an area.
  • Gouache can be used over watercolor paintings to correct mistakes or add dimension.

The other thing I like about traditional designers gouache is that it is a great bridge for watercolor painters wanting to branch out as regular gouache is simply an opaque watercolor.  I love that I can squeeze it on my palette and keep using it until it is gone, or as Ron Ronco would say “set it and forget it!” LOL  🙂 We all have quirks and roadblocks when we create, I hate waste and fiddling with tubes. Once I am in the zone I don’t want to stop and squeeze out more paint. My friend Kathy laughs at me because I remove lids and latches from drawers can caddys because I want super quick access to all of my supplies. You might like everything neat and tidy and out of sight and enjoy putting out fresh paint every time you sit down to create and that is totally fine and valid too. I think the path to creating regularly is identifying these traits and working with our personalities and not against them. That is why we have so many choices when it comes to art making, it’s not so we become overwhelmed, it is so we can find just the right fit for us. Use what you have and use what you like, that’s what I’m gonna do and I hope you do too:) Happy crafting!

LIVE! 12:30pm Eastern Time, Beautiful Vintage Moth in Watercolor (and maybe mixed media}

15936408_10208122599768174_8311229058637729676_oHi friends! I missed doing last weeks show so much (snow storm power and internet outage) but I am back this week and I hope you will join me today at 12:30pm ET for a fun live painting class! I found this lovely vintage moth advertisement that is in the public domain and I painted a loose sketch on an ATC and shared it last week and many folks asked for a tutorial so I decided to do one larger with more detail today. Here is the reference image:

vintage_moth_public_domain

Here is a PDF pattern you can print and trace on your watercolor paper.  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the youtube watch page. Also if you are using a tablet make sure you don’t have it in full screen mode if you want to see the chat.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Other: water buckets, paper towels and I grabbed some rubber stamps and stencils in case I want to add to the background!

Love Mixed Media? Try a year long mixed media course and save 20% with coupon FIREWORKS2017 Join me and 23 other mixed media teachers for LifeBook 2017!

bg-button2017purplewq4-450

The first class is up and the artwork from the students is AMAZING! But it is not to late to join! Things are just getting started on LifeBook 2017 and I would love to see what YOU create during a year of weekly mixed media art classes, find our more or enroll here.

15874682_10208120679480168_1497768216604383329_o

I hope you can join me for the live show today at 12:30pm ET, til than happy crafting!

%d bloggers like this: