Paint Colorful Festive Lanterns LIVE at 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Yes, we have another live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and we are going to paint some colorful lanterns. You can catch the live show or the replay here but if you want to chat with us make sure you watch on the YouTube watch page and join in the fun with fellow painters! All are welcome!

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I used two different reference photos from Paint My Photo, this one from Caroline Hughes King and this one from Mido Modi. Below is a color swatch and mixes. I am using Turner watercolors but you can use whatever brand you have. The colors I am using are: Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Yellow, Turquoise, Pthalo Green and Burnt Umber.

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

You can find all of the supplies I am using today at Jerry’s Artarama

Turner Watercolors *Jerrys is having a super sale on these right now (up to 75% off list with some 15ml tubes as low as $3.25!

140# watercolor paper

Brushes Just an assortment of your typical watercolor brushes:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time for a fun painting class! Oh and one more thing, I have had a lot of people requesting acrylic painting tutorials and a have put together a playlist of all of the free acrylic paint projects I have done here, but if you want more instruction than I can provide (Acrylic is not my best medium) Consider these wonderful Craftsy classes that are 50% off today!

If you like Huge, bright, beautiful flowers check out Luminous Flower in Acrylic:

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And since I have been asked a lot about painting animals I thought you might like this one: The Art of Painting Horses.

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There are many other types of classes at Craftsy from photography, stamping, papercraft, quilting, sewing, cooking and cake decorating and any class you purchase via my link helps me bring new free tutorials to you on my blog and I thank you for your support! I also have a class at Craftsy called Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step and that is 50% off as well and we work with watercolors, watercolor crayons, collage and more, it was so much fun to create and I hope you enjoy it:)

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Thanks again for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Can You Watercolor on Metal? You Bet!

Hi friends! A few months ago I bought a jar of Daniel Smith watercolor ground because they said you can use it to pant on virtually anything, even tin cans! When I got a shipment from Papermart with some cute little tins inside I knew I would try watercoloring on one of them!

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The process is really simple as I will demonstrate in today’s video.

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I love the blueberry motif (and not just because I live in Maine) because it is a quick, fun and easy thing to paint even if you are new to watercolor.

You can find the tin I painted and hundreds more at our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Oval metal box with lid  or Other Tins
Watercolors & watercolor Ground (Daniel Smith)
Brushes: #8, #3 round, 1/2″ flat synthetic

Directions:
1. Paint lid of tin with watercolor ground and let dry at lease 24 hours. Your tin might need 2 coats as mine did.
2. Use watercolor paints to paint on design.
3. Seal your design with either oil based spray sealer or dry wax.

I hope you try this fun project, it would be great for gifting a small precious trinket and the tin is a gift in and of itself! FIY we will have a live painting class tomorrow (Friday) here at 12:30pm Eastern Time, hope to see you then, happy crafting!

Take Your Paints on Vacation!

Hi friends!The other day when I shared how to make a DIY watercolor block I demonstrated removing a painting from the block and many of you asked for a tutorial on it so I made one just for you:)

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I often feel like I lose the “freshness” of a painting when I try to paint it again back in my studio but I really liked the quick ease of this composition. I even decided to teach this painting at my free library painting class last week and the students did so well which was good because I had twice as many students than I usually get, I had to hop between 2 rooms to teach, it was crazy but a lot of fun!

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I used my Koi travel paint set for this, I really enjoy using this set for travel, it has more than enough colors but it is inexpensive enough so I don’t have to worry if I lose or damage anything. I must remember to bring a couple extra water brushes though because my girls always want to paint too! Speaking of painting on the go, we spent the day on the coast and managed to paint two quick sketches while my kids splashed in the waves. The one on the left was done at Sandy Point in Stockton Springs and the one on the right was painted in Belfast, Maine, such a  pretty town.

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I hope you enjoyed todays free painting tutorial and if you would like a more in-depth lesson on sketching landscapes on location please check out the class Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor available at Craftsy. This class takes you on location to sketch and shows you how to further develop a scene in the studio. It is a great reference for anyone wanting to know more and it is currently 25% off! And it is much better than anything I could film on location:)

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Disclaimer, this post contains affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on products or classes you buy after clicking on them (at no additional cost to you) this helps to keep content on my blog & YouTube free and I thank you for your support! I hope you take your paints on a vacation soon and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE “Coffee Break” Painting LEsson @ 12:30pm ET today!

Hi friends! We have another free painting class for you at 12:30 Eastern Time today! I saw this amazing Photo on my friend Tracey’s Instagram account. I asked her if I could paint it and she said yet, thanks girlfriend!

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Here is my version:

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I modified the design a bit. The tea cup in the photo was the same size as the pastry so I made it larger and full as coffee and I snuck it over to the side more so everything was not lined up. You can alter differently or even put a different kind of pastry in the dish if you wish. You might want black coffee and cherry pie (subtle Twin Peaks reference.)

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Here are the 4 colors I am using: Yellow ochre, Perylene Maroon, Prussian Blue, Rose Madder. I can mix all of the colors I need from these 4. If you do not have these colors use the closest you have, it is OK if you need to use more. I just like to try to use as few as possible to get my point across.

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live then you need to watch on the YouTube watch page and be logged in, it is that simple:)


You can find the supplies I am using at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

  • Watercolor Paint (Mission Gold)
  • 140# CP Watercolor Paper (9″x12″ Fabriano Artistico)
  • Brushes (Mimik Kolinski and Mimik Squirrel)

We are going to talk about color mixing quite a bit today but I always have people who want more info on color mixing. I am enrolled in a wonderful Craftsy Class called Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Color Mixing and it is 33% off right now! The teacher uses the same split primary system that I recommend and she goes in depth as to why it works so if you find yourself wanting more info in color theory please check out this class!
*Purchasing this or any other Craftsy class through my link helps me produce these free lessons on my YouTube channel and I thank you for your support! See you soon and Happy Crafting!

Life is Just a Bowl of…Strawberries? {Watercolor Tutorial}

Howdy friends! The other day I reviewed Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment watercolors. I had filmed this demo intending to have it on the same video as the review but it was too long and many of you have told me that you prefer the long videos with live narration to speed-paints so I decided to keep it long and post it separately.

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Feel free to paint along using whatever watercolor paints you have!

Colors used:
Permanent Rose
Permanent Red Deep
Prussian Blue
Indian Red
Van Dyke Brown
Yellow Ochre #2

Brushes 1/2″ &, 3/4″ flat, #30, #8, #4 rounds

This took just under 40 minutes to paint in real-time. Feel free to speed up or slow down the demo using the setting gear at the bottom of the YouTube player to adjust it for your pace. I think you need to watch this on the YouTube watch page to adjust the setting.

Here is the reference photo I used from Paint my Photo.

Many people have asked me about mixing colors, I have a basic video here, but, if you are looking for an in-depth class I recommend the Craftsy class Improve your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing. Many people have told me that it was the best class on watercolor mixing that have taken (and it’s on sale for $19.99-regularly $29.99) so I am happy to recommend it to people who are having a hard time with clean bright mixes, plus it is a Craftsy class so you know it is top-notch.  The above link is an affiliate link so if you purchase that class or any others I do receive a small percentage of the sale and that helps me produce free videos for you every day:)

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review: Mission Gold Pure Pigment Watercolors

Hi friends! Remember when I was sick during my birthday and I mentioned some misspent time watercolor shopping online? Well, the first of my crafty loot has arrived, my set of Mijello Mission Gold watercolors. I had been hearing about these paints a lot lately because there is a very popular set of 36 colors with a palette that had been going for $57 on amazon (regular $180-$285 on sale at art supply websites) and I was quite tempted to buy them but I did not like the fact that most of the colors were mixed pigments and I prefer single pigment paints due to the fact that they are more vivid and mix well without becoming muddy. A friend had sent me a tube of Peacock Blue (thanks Jacqueline!) and the color was really pretty and vibrant but when I went to mix it with other colors it was very weak. It did not make mud but the color was weaker than the others I mixed it with. So I decided that I would pass on the tempting set. But then I saw that they offered a set of 24 pure pigment colors in larger 15ml tubes for $86 and I decided to take the plunge. The cold medicine made me do it, but I am glad I did!

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The 36 set with a palette for $57 that most crafters had been buying had either 5 or 7ml tubes of paint, I heard it both ways and the listing did not specify which, even if the tubes were 7ml the pure pigment set of 24 15ml tubes only worked out to a few cents more per 7ml (not counting the black and white freebies that came with the set.) I feel that a single pigment color is more versatile and more valuable than a mixed pigment color so I was happy to pay the extra. That said, if you don’t plan on doing much mixing the 36 color set is fine. I asked folks on YouTube what they thought of the colors in the 36 color set and my viewers were pleased with the quality. I only had the one tube of mixed colors and it is not fair to judge a line on one tube.

If you want my full review and to see the paints in action watch the video!

Now let’s break it down:

  • No cadmium pigments are used (this can be a plus or a minus, cadmium is toxic)
  • Excellent/Very Good lightfastness across all pure pigment colors
  • Rewets well
  • Lots of reds in the kit, few greens so you will need to mix, the amount of reds might be wasteful to a landscape painters
  • Price: $86 on Amazon but individually the tubes for $15-$30 a pop! This set would cost over $500 if bought open stock at MSRP or over $300 o sale at the major online stores. PS I am not an amazon affiliate so click on an amazon link from another favorite blogger and help support their content:)
  • 15ml is a large tube for watercolor, it will take a while to use them up and you can replace colors as you use them up (however it might be cheaper to just re-buy the set if the price stays low.

I did notice that they relisted this set on amazon for $88 and included a palette with it, I kinda wish I waited for the palette but I have my eye on a Steven Quiller palette for these, I have always wanted one:)

So far I am very pleased with these paints and I look forward to painting more with them. If you have used these or any other Mijello sets and want to rate them in the comments below it would be helpful to fellow readers. I also wanted to let you know that I was not asked to do this review or compensated for it:) I will share a painting done with this set soon, til then, happy crafting!

How to Make a Watercolor Block! Save $$$!

Hi friends! I was struck by an idea the other day that had me running down to my studio to try it! I wanted to make my own watercolor blocks but I did not have the special glue called “padding compound” that manufacturers use to make blocks and pads. I thought about trying mod-podge or one of my thicker white glues but in the end decided I was too lazy to build a device to clamp the block or wait for it to dry. But then I thought of another way!

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I used hot glue! And it was perfect! I even took my block to the beach with me and did a little painting on it to test it out. I am so impressed with this that I plan on making many more! Watch the video to see how you can make one too!

Another idea is to buy a pad of watercolor paper and simply seal the other 3 unbound edges of the pad, just be sure to leave a notch for removing the sheets.

Supplies:
Watercolor paper
Cardboard
Regular paper or decorative/scrapbook paper
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Silicone spatula
paper trimmer, knife or scissors
Clothespins or binder clips

Directions:

  1. Cut papers and cardboard to size and secure with clips.
  2. Apply a bead of hot glue to one edge and smooth with a silicone spatula. For longer paper you might have to do half a side at a time. Make sure all paper edges are coated. Repeat for all 4 sides but make sure to leave an inch unglued on the pad somewhere so you can remove your sheets.
  3. Make a wrap around cover using scrapbook paper.
  4. Insert a palette knife(or butter knife) into the notch and slice off the sacrificial sheet and you are ready to paint!

Will you make one of these? I hope so, they are great for painting on the go this summer! Happy crafting!

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