5 Awesome Watercolor Techniques & Supplies to Try Today!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun technique video for you where you try lots of things and make a batch of watercolor greeting cards!

Watch the video and see how!

  • Supply #1: Altenew Watercolor coloring book: (affiliate links used) Here you get 24 5″x7″ floral designs printed on watercolor paper. There are 12 designs, each version has a dark line version and a light line version so you can have a choice. This is fun and relaxing even for experienced painters who can draw because sometimes you just want to play!
  • #2 Watercolor pan paints: These are the basics, they will provide you all the colors you need and you can mix other colors too. Probably the most versatile supply.
  • #3 Watercolor pencils: This woodless variety gives you 100% usable product. You can even save the shavings if you sharpen them to use as paint!
  • #4 Dual brush markers (waterbased brush and a fine liner) at about 30 cents a color you can color and outline your work for definition and you get a beautiful carry case you can use for other supplies after these are used up!
  • #5 Gouache (opaque Watercolor) is great for when you want an opaque highlight or if you completely want to cover your lines. It is available in cups like I used today and tubes. The quality is the same, go for the kind that is more convenient for you.

Also in this project, I wanted to use an old tool that I’ve had a long time, the Making Memories Tag Curler. I actually found a few on amazon if anyone wanted one. I know many of you already have this so it would be fun to use it. Keep in mind this is a discontinued product so getting tags for it will be difficult, if you are going to buy one make sure you can get some tags with it. This seller has a bulk pack of 54.

Other Supplies:

Well that was fun! Keep in mind you can cut down watercolor paper and stamp any stamps you have or freehand draw designs if you don’t have the coloring book I used. Make the project work for you and til next time happy crafting!

Struggling through a painting…

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a painting I struggled with. I’d been out of sorts all week and I found it hard to focus or even decide what to paint. As I worked through this painting there were many times I just wanted to toss it in the garbage and I probably would have if I didn’t need it for work. This brings me to the thought that there are several ways we can deal with a problematic painting. You can pitch it in the trash, you can set it aside to return to at a later date when your might has had a chance to forget the struggle (probably the best option but you may risk losing interest in the project) or you can do what I usually do which is to fight through and finish it. How do you deal with this?

The real time version of this tutorial is up in Critique Club if you want to see the struggle in real time and see how I solved the many issues that came up in this painting. You can also watch the time lapse below.

Supplies:

If you want to learn more about soft pastels I have a course: Soft Pastels for Beginners you might like and you can save 40% on that class, or any other class in my Teachable school by using the coupon code LOVE40 now through 2/20/21. The pastel class link above should contain the discount but if you don’t see it click “add coupon” at checkout and type in LOVE40 to get the Valentines sale price! Happy crafting!

Happy Valentines Day (A Snarky Card)

Hi friends! I wanted to pop in and wish you a happy Valentines Day and since I know not everyone one loves this holiday I thought I’d make a funny card. Honestly I about died laughing when I saw these stamps at the Lost Coast Designs booth at the last stamp show I went to. Remember the “before times” when we could go places and do things…

This is not a sponsored post, I just love these stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda! BTW Use coupon code QUARANTINE to get 25% off any purchase of stamps at Lost Coast excluding Katzelkraft and Stencil girl products. *Carmen’s Veranda and Lost Coast Designs are owned by the same person, Linda will combine orders if made on the same day to save you a shipping charge or to meet shipping minimums and refund the difference.

Supplies:

  • American Gothic Couple Steampunk style (Lost coast designs)
  • Funny saying (Carmen’s Veranda) There are loads of funny sentiments here, some are a bit raunchy but they are pretty hilarious!
  • Cardstock & patterned paper (unknown, probably American Crafts)
  • Mini playing cards from a bubble gum machine
  • Memento black ink
  • Alcohol markers (random assortment)

That’s all from me! I hope you are enjoying this day however you wish! I’ll be spending it with my hubby:) Love and happy crafting to you!

Sat Chat! Happy Valentines Weekend!

Hi Friends! Welcome back to the weekly show about nothing…

Yes, I realize that my face was out of focus at parts during the video but it’s smoothing out my wrinkles so I’m OK with it.

Stuff I mentioned in the video (that my mid-40 brain can remember LOL!)

I hope you have a great weekend! Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Peacock!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a peacock on a greeting card (because who wouldn’t like to receive a greeting card with a peacock painted on it right?)

Reminder, I am having a Valentine’s Sale on all my Self Paced, Lifetime Access, Full Courses in my Teachable School! Use the coupon LOVE40 at checkout. Offer good through 2/20/21

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

BTW I have been very lax at blogging this week so if you want to see the other videos I posted this week you can here. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Are these pencils worth the money? Review of Derwent Lightfast Colored Pencils

Today we are going to take a look at Derwent Lightfast Pencils. All 100 colors in the range are guaranteed lightfast for 100 years under museum conditions. This is a massive benefit to colored pencil artists as it takes longer to render in colored pencils than many other mediums and you want that time-consuming work to last. With a retail price of $4.10 a pencil, it is one of the most expensive colored pencils out there. Currently as of 2/9/21 Blick as the singles on sale for $2.05 which is a great price! Today we will find out if they are worth it!

The best price and selection I currently see on Derwent Lightfast Pencils is Blick. I also mentioned Derwent Drawing Pencils in this review, I recommend them as well especially if you want a lightfast pencil set in earthier tones that are more affordable. Here are the stamps I use to make my swatches. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of Derwent Lightfast pencils

Pros:

  • They are guaranteed Lightfast
  • Nice selection of 100 colors
  • These colors layer and blend well
  • Respond to Blending pencils as well as solvent (Gamsol and clear alcohol marker tested well)
  • Vibrant color
  • No breakage whatsoever in the leads
  • Keeps a point fairly well

Cons:

  • Price (MSPR is $4 per pencil but Blick has had singles 50% off lately so watch for deals)
  • The pencil sets are packaged in flimsy plastic trays inside nice tins. I recommend reinforcing the plastic trays with cardboard or something rigid if you want to store them in the tins.

Bottom Line: I recommend these pencils to any artist who sells their colored pencil artwork or wants their work to last generations. I do think they are worth the price for the benefit of longevity but if fading is not a concern you can find less expensive pencils that will perform equally as well.

Valentine’s Sale! 40% off ALL Full Courses!

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in and let you know I am having a Valentine’s Sale on all my Self Paced, Lifetime Access, Full Courses in my Teachable School! Use the coupon LOVE40 at checkout or click on any of the class thumbnails below to have the discount automatically added!

I hope some fun art making will help you break through the dreary days of winter with some amazingly colorful creations. Happy crafting!

Let’s Chat About Derwent Lightfast Pencils While We Draw a Goldfish!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend! It’s Super bowl Sunday and Sketchbook Sunday. Hubby is making some good snacks to enjoy during the game tonight and I will probably watch a bit while I color or crochet (I’m more interested in the halftime show and commercials LOL!) For Sketchbook Sunday this week I have a drawing of a goldfish with Derwent Lightfast colored pencils.

The 50% off Derwent Lightfast Singles is still on today (as of 2/7/21) at Blick but I’m not sure for how long. I’ll have a full review of these pencils tomorrow on my YouTube channel but today you can see me draw this fish.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Here is another video on the Derwent Lightfast pencils and here is a link to my essential watercolor course where I go into detail of controlled washes. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafting with my fake ancestors! 2pm ET free craft along cardmaking workshop!

Hi friends! Finally after a week of tech problems we will have our live chat and craft-along today at 2pm eastern time. If you want to chat with me and other crafty friends live from 2pm-4pm ET today be sure to watch this on the YouTube watch page.

You can also watch the live premiere (on or after 2pm today) or replay in the player below:

Gather your supplies!

Here are photos of the finished cards and tags for your inspiration!

I just love projects like this and I hope you do too! I look forward to seeing you today in the live chat on YouTube if you can make it but don’t worry if you can’t, you can always watch the video later and ask questions or say hello in the comment’s below. If you like projects like this please chare it with a friend or by using one of the sharing buttons below and til next time happy crafting!