Sketchbook Sunday: Grapes in Pastel!

Hi friends! I worked with pastels in my sketchbook today!

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After looking at this painting I realized that it would work well with oil pastels too. You would build up more layers by coloring over the previous ones to blend rather than using your fingers but the overall steps would be the same. If you are new to oil pastels maybe just do the grapes and leave the background out. For my demonstration I used soft pastels (the chalky feeling kind) and pastel pencils. Watch the video to see the process, it took about 40 minutes but honestly if I fussed less it would have been quicker. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Mini Masterpieces YOU can Paint! (& Tiny Gingerbread House Ornaments!)

Hi friends! I really got a kick out of making these and looking at them hanging on my Christmas tree! They would be really cute on a shelf as well. This project would be a blast to do at a paint party with kids or adults. We will use paint markers making it even more fun and mess free!

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For these mini masterpieces I used low odor oil-based paint markers from our sponsor Pintar. They are vivid, durable and dry with a semi gloss sheen. In addition to the fun project we are creating today these opaque, vivid and waterproof markers are suitable for glass, ceramic, wood, plastic and if you are a rock painter they are great for that too and best of all there is no mess! You get 24 colors- 20 big 5mm tip markers in assorted colors and 4 skinny 1mm tip markers in white, black, gold and silver for $25.97 (list price $62.16.)

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Tip: dab a bit of marker color on each cap so you will have a perfect color reference and you can see what you have if they are standing upright in a cup or stored in their box.

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Watch the video to see how I created these mini masterpieces inspired by the Mona Lisa, Starry Night and The Scream!

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How sweet do these look on the tree?

Next up is a quick and easy ornament. I was so excited to find a die of a gingerbread house at my local craft store. I had visions of decorating it with ric-rac, buttons and beads… however when I die-cut and assembled one it was so teeny tiny I didn’t know how on earth I would decorate it.

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Luckily I had just received these fine tip acrylic paint pens from Pintar! They were perfect to add color and detail to these cute little houses. They have an extra fine, hard, durable tip (like the Extra fine Posca pens) and are suitable for most surfaces. A set of 24 color costs around $23 making them an affordable choice if you want a high quality paint pen assortment.

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I recommend you decorate these little gingerbread houses flat, let the paint dry (it only takes a couple of minutes) and then assemble it.

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To assemble it I folded on the score lines and then added skinny 1/8″ Scor-tape to the flaps (be sure to tape the ribbon on the un tabbed side of the roof) before pressing the little house closed.

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Even though it was smaller than I expected it is still pretty cute!

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These acrylic paint pens are lovely to use. Personally I will be adding them to my art journal stash because they are so fine, clear, opaque and crisp. You can also use them on all the surfaces that the oil based markers can be used on, including fabric, but if you use them on ceramics you may wish to bake them at 350F for 25 minutes to make them more durable. If it were me I’d choose the oil based markers for rocks (I am thinking of the kindness rocks that sweet people are making) because the softer bullet tip will allow for greater coverage and there is more paint in those and I would save my acrylic pens for details on craft and art journal projects. I really hope you give these projects a try! I want to thank Pintar for sponsoring this blog post and thank you for checking it out! Til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Ballerina for Beginners!

Hi friends! A few people mentioned how much they missed my quicker card size watercolors so today I thought we would do one!

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Don’t be afraid of the figure, I have a pattern you can trace or even re-size if you want to make it larger. This sugar-plum fairy would be a lovely Christmas present for any little ballerina you know! The key is to keep details to a minimum and let it be loose.


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This was a lot of fun to paint, I hope you give it a try! Happy crafting!

I honestly didn’t know if this project would make it…

Howdy friends! Today I have a simple oil painting project for you…

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It was simple and yet a challenge, you will see why in today’s video!

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It’s kinda fun to jump in and create with supplies you didn’t pick for yourself, sure it can be a struggle but that is where you grow! As I always say you succeed or you learn and on a good day you do both! Happy crafting!

This Cairn’s For You!

Howdy friends! I got an interesting suggestion for a painting from a viewer named Jenny Recently and since I had not painted anything like it I decided to give it a try!

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She wanted me to paint a stack of rocks, also called a “cairn” which are used to mark trails for hikers and give directions. I learned all about them in Girl Scouts but sadly that was decades ago so I can’t elaborate LOL! I am lucky I never got lost in the woods hiking! Anyhow, I thought it would make a fine watercolor tutorial and I hope you do too!

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Rocks are some of my favorite subjects to paint, I love the colors, texture and character they have. I think it’s cool that they have been here for millions of years and how unique and yet how common they are.  What do you think? Is it crazy to paint a stack of rocks? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Programming note: There will be no live show tomorrow.

Sketchbook Sunday is Back!

Howdy friends! After a couple of weeks with no Sketchbook Sunday video I have one! This is going to be a brief post as I was dozing off ready for bed and realized that I did not blog my SS post today!

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I just finished up a watercolor class I was taking so I will now have more time for discretionary sketching and non work related art. I hope you enjoy this painting!

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I am off to sleep! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE 12:30pm ET Close-Up Watercolor Peony

Hi friends! Back in 2005 I painted this peony:

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I had it down in my studio last year up on my easel because I needed to repair the frame it was in and several people spied it in the background and wanted a tutorial. I generally bristle at the thought of painting something more than once, especially something this large but I did enjoy it the first time around so I filed the idea away. Then I came across this reference photo on Unsplash and I thought the similarity was so striking to the vantage point of my painting and the idea would be fun to revisit!

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Feel free to paint this whatever size you like, the techniques are the same whatever you choose. If you want to ask me questions during the live stream be sure to tune in at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube otherwise you can catch the replay later.

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET on YouTube, til then happy crafting!

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