Let’s Paint Sheep! Long Painting Tutorial for Beginners!

Hi friends! Thanks for encouraging me to post this long tutorial, it was one of the photos I took at the common ground fair last week. It was really fun to paint!


Here is the reference photo:


And here is the video! Get comfy, make a hot cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and let’s paint!

8″x10″ DaVinci Pro Panel
Turner Arcryl Gouache (or the acrylic colors you prefer)
12 Shades of Gray Acrylic Set (or you can mix your grays)
Black Swan Brushes
Hog fan brushes
Watercolor pencils (any brand is fine)
palate and water bucket

1. Sketch the sheep on the panel with watercolor pencils.
2. Paint the background shades of green (mixes of green, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, lemon yellow) and let dry. Try not to cover your sketch as much as I did to save time later!
3. Start painting the sheep using a small filbert and tapping strokes. Start with white in the highlight area and pick up gray and add it is as you move to the shadowed areas.
4. Add details with a mix of black and greyed brown.
5. Use a combination of fan brushes and yellow-green paint to paint the foreground grass and then add detail grass with a liner brush.

I hope you spend some time painting this weekend! BTW, if you hear the gentle sounds of rain in the video it is because I filmed it Wednesday and we got 5″ of rain LOL! I am lucky I wasn’t swimming in my basement studio! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video, that to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s paint those pumpkins! (Watercolor tutorial by YOUR request!)

Hi friends! Thanks for the feedback on the photos yesterday. I had a big response to paint the porcelain doll pumpkins so that is what we will do. Check out this photo, I went outside to snap a pic in the natural light and my curious chickens had to sneak a peek LOL! Another funy chicken thing, some of the hens have begun laying over the past month and we are never sure who leaves the eggs in the coop. We let the chickens out each afternoon to free-range figuring they are like our old ones who laid eggs in the morning, well my son spotted something white behind the wood splitter in the wood shed today and there were 10 eggs in pile! I don’t know when they were laid, do you think they are OK to eat? Is there a way to tell? I hate to waste them but I don’t want anyone to get sick either, silly chickens. :P


Now on to the painting! I used my new Turner watercolors I got from Jerrys a couple weeks ago because I wanted to see how they worked after being dried in a palette and the paints were still semi moist and they preformed very well. I have to admit I was skeptical because the 18 set was on sale for under $30 but they are great, a solid value. I just wanted to let you know in case you were considering them. Disclosure: Jerry’s Artarama is a sponsor but they are not sponsoring this post. Now, let’s paint!


I hope you had fun with this. If you want orange or green pumpkins go for it! The drawing and painting skills are the same, just look for the value in the painting (the highlights and shading) and have fun with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


A Plane Painting for a Good Cause!

Hi friends! I forget how much I enjoy painting in oils. Where watercolor is immediate with oils you can ponder, rework and get an image just as you like.

plaine2I know this is a departure from my normal subject matter but when Steve at Woodworking for Mere Mortals told me about his charity Makers Care to raise money for the Make a Wish foundation I wanted to help out. Since airfare is the largest expense in granting kids wishes he came up with the idea of making planes for charity. For every plane made he will donate $5 to Makers Care and 100% of the money raised goes directly to the Make a Wish foundation. Now, here is my plane painting video!


Supplies (from our Sponsor Jerry’s Artarama):

I hope that inspired you to make a plane too, you can make an airplane out of anything you like, you can sculpt, woodwork, knit, paint or use your medium of choice. We are all creators, do what inspires you! Then submit a photo or video of your creation to Makers Care and Woodworking for mere mortals will donate $5, you can make a tax-deductible donation too if you like, every bit helps, big or small. Every day I thank my lucky stars that my children are healthy, I can’t imaging the struggles kids with cancer face. I am glad to help make a wish come true for them. I can’t wait to see what you make, let me know if you submit a plane so I can check it out and don’t be shy all ages and all levels of skill are welcome!


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you liked this tutorial and would like more oil painting tutorials please let me know in the comments. Also if you could share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, twitter and any other social media (handy sharing buttons below) to help spread the word about Makers Care I would be so grateful. Til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint those Beautiful Autumn Colors!

Hi Friends! Tonight I am teaching a free watercolor class at my local library and I decided we would paint this:


I debated weather or not to speed this up of leave it real time and I decided to keep it long for all the beginners out there:) Supplies are listed below the video.


You can find the products I used at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

I hope you enjoyed this free painting lesson and try it for yourself! Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Macaw {and learn to draw!}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely bird. Don’t tell anyone but I am sneaking in some drawing too (maybe if I make it really fun people won’t realize that they are learning a lot, let’s keep this between you and me though, I don’t want anyone scared away!)


I was thrilled to read in YouTube comments that several of you tried it right away and had good success! I hope you try it too, if you do let me know in the comments below! I am using inktense water-soluble pencils (Derwent) but feel free to use whatever watercolor pencils, inks or paints you have.

I know many of you have a long holiday weekend so what better time to try some of my free painting tutorials. If you post your creations online please le me know so I can see them!


  • I am using Derwent Inktense in the following colors:
    #0200, 0230, 1720, 1520, 1000, 2020, 0500
  • #6 round brush (Loew-Cornell Comfort 3000)
  • Strathmore 140# watercolor greeting card
  • Photo Reference (by MarcoPolo23 courtesy MorgeFile)

BTW on the right hand side of my blog I have started a list of website who have royalty free images that can be used as artist reference photos. If you know of other reputable sites (besides Paint My Photo or MorgeFile) please let me know so I can check them out. I’d like to come up with a good resource for you guys.

To all of my American friends have a safe happy holiday weekend and to everyone happy crafting!

Hey Chickadee!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good weekend. We are taking it easy, I have one kid down with a cold+allergies so we spent today puttering around the house. I delved into the nooks and crannies of my craft room to try and unearth my extra brayers and lino-cutters (it had really been bugging me that I could not find them when I hosted my Gelli print party last week) to no avail but I did find some mosaic supplies, glass paint and about 200 unfinished resin pendants. Good grief, I am expecting a knock on the door from Hoarders any moment! We did have a little flood in the basement today but luckily it did not get to my craft room or hubby’s woodworking area. On the bright side the cellar floor got a good washing LOL! Tonight I have a fun little painting tutorial for you!


It is geared for beginners so you might want to watch it at 2x speed if you are advanced. It is painted with #5 & #10 round brushes and only 3 colors of paint.  I hope you like it!

Strathmore watercolor cards
Cotman Watercolors
#10 & #6 Synthetic rounds
Cut up piece of credit card, water bucket, paper towel

Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna

Reference Photo
This tutorial is slow enough for beginners to paint along with me.

I want to thank Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video and I thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Lorraine’s Wildflower Boquet in Acrylics {Tutorial!}

Hi friends! On Tuesday I had some friends over for a Gelli printing party, we all got together and made good use of my “collection” of Gelli Arts printing plates and had a pot luck lunch. Lorraine brought me these lovely flowers from her garden in a sweet little mason jar and of course I had to paint them!


I used Turner Acryl Gouache from Jerry’s Artarama (the place I bought most of my Gelli plates from because they had the best price) for the first time on this piece. I really enjoyed this paint and the kit I used is on sale for $24.99 if you want to snag it. You can also use regular acrylics but you might need an extra coat here and there because traditional acrylics tend to be more transparent. You can also use traditional Gouache (opaque watercolor) on paper but I would thin down the grey with water and not white for the background so it does not muddy your colors because traditional gouache will lift up when another layer is painted on top. Acrylic gouache dries in permanent layers like acrylics but with a uniform, matte finish. I hope this makes sense! Well, if not it should after you watch the video.


Here are the photos I took of the bouquet, I should have took them in Tuesday but I didn’t until I painted them Thursday, they held up quite nice, thanks Lorraine! Click on the photos to make them larger.

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Yes, you have my permission to paint these and do what you like with your paintings:) I want to thank Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring today’s tutorial, you can find the Turner Acryl Gouache and Creative Mark Canvas Panels on their website and while you are there you might want to pick up a couple Gelli Arts printing plates for a gelli print pot luck party, who knows, one of your guests might bring you lovely flowers:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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