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!

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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.

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We will mix and layer colors and lift away highlights.

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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!

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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!!!!

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*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!

Just a quick post and a haul video!

Hi friends! I hit the end of year overstock sales pretty hard this year. I like to stock up on workshop, video and class staple supplies when prices are low. Everything I purchased was 55%-90% off.

Wanna see what I got? Watch the video!

More info for folks looking for the things I bought:

AC Moore is an east coast craft store and does not have a website where you can order but you can find stores and grab coupons on their website.

Jerry’s Artarama has the lowest prices on art supplies and had a massive overstock and clearance sale, it might still be on.

The Stampendouns stamps/stencils I showcased can be purchased for the lowest price at Hallmark Scrapbook  *Their prices are lowest but they also sell out fast Simon Says Stamp also has them, a huge selection, and they are usually in stock

*Links to Hallmark Scrapbook and Simon Says Stamp are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on any purchase you make after clicking the link without cost you more:) Thank you for your support!

Let me know what you would like to see me use first! Happy crafting!

Sketch like the Old Masters!

Hi friends! A fun way to learn how to draw is to copy the drawing of the old masters. Trying out someone else’s style can help you develop your own!

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This is a time-lapse, if you want real-time drawing tutorials let me know in the comments, meanwhile enjoy this quick video!


I am using the supplies that came in my Smart Art Box, it is so fun to challenge myself to use the supplies in the box each month! They also deliver to many countries. I also wanted to mention if you don’t like subscription boxes because you are afraid you will already have the stuff in the box they also sell past boxes (while supplies last) so you can buy a kit you are sure to use!

Supplies:
Canson Sketchbook
Creatacolor Artist Pencils (black, sepia, white)
Creatacolor NERO Charcoal sticks and pencils
Artist chamois
(Eraser if desired-does not come in kit)

Old Masters Drawings I copied:
Pietro Berrettini- Study of a Young Woman (real-time 10 minutes)
Jean-Baptiste Greuze – Head of a Girl (real-time 11 minutes)
Peter Paul Rubens-Portrait of Susanna Fourment (real-time 16 minutes)

Let me know if you would like real-time drawing tutorials! I would be happy to film some:) Here are close-ups of the drawings I did in the video:

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Smart Art Box

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.

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Here is the reference image:

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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.

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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!

Messy Mixed Media Birthday Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a mess and make a card at the same time!

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I will also share ways to get a messy spattered background without actually spattering with paint! We will also give your supplies a workout. Watch the video then make a card!

Sponsored by Tupelo Designs! January is their birthday month and they have some amazing deals for you! For every order placed you get:
a) Free USA shipping on every order with no minimum ( we offer this every day)
b) Free desk calendar ( $15 value)
c) Free Ranger mini ink blending tool ($3) value
***For order over $20.17. Along with the above free gifts
d) A free stamp from my favorite things (MFT) ( $15-$18 value)

Check out their amazing selection, some of which was used on today’s project!

Supplies:

Tips:

  1. Choose pattern paper first then find coloring media to match. Working from a single collection can make mixing and matching easier!
  2. Hide mistakes by stamping or placing an embellishment over top!
  3. For mess free spattering place your card in a cardboard box before flinging paint or using spray mist.

I hope you try your hand at some messy mixed media cards soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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