Sketchbook Sunday a Day Late! Tree Frog

Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!

Anyway, on to the video!

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That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

Spaceman Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! The weather in Maine was beautiful today! I started the day off with a long walk with the dog then we all did some much needed yard work. It was nice to be out in the sun with temps in the 50’s, it felt like spring finally! I saw other neighbors taking advantage of the day too. We had a few big storms this month and so neighbors were clearing fallen trees and branches and taking them to the dump or burning them. I saw neighbors toting canoes to the lake to enjoy the day. It was nice. I’m hoping to get out kayaks out soon. I hope we don’t get any more snow LOL!

Today for sketchbook Sunday I am drawing a spaceman in marker. Watch the video for a time-lapse and learn more about markers!

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That’s it for me today! I am quite tired from all the fresh air and physical labor. It’s a good tired tho, happy crafting!

Refreshing Sketchbook Sunday!

I have a new sketchbook and I’m ready to rock!…or draw…

I really love drawing food and drink. My dream assignment is to illustrate a gorgeous cookbook or at least a recipe in a magazine. I love that I can draw whatever I like in my sketchbook with no pressure tho. If you like it too watch the time lapse and see how I drew it. I hope you try something similar!

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I just realized that starting a new sketchbook probably brings my number or working sketchbooks to about 15 but I like different papers, sizes and colors depending to what I am drawing. 15 is a total guess, I really should go count them but I have them stashed in so many places it would be a challenge to get them all in one place. Any other serial sketchbook users out there? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peony Sketchbook Sunday

Hi Friends! Here is a quick little drawing with a springtime mood…

It didn’t take long to sketch and color. I hope you can make some time for art today!

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It’s a beautiful day in Maine today, I took the dog to walk on the cross country trails and I got so warm I had to remove my hat and mittens! Spring is on the way (at least it will feel like it for the next couple of days LOL!) Enjoy your day and til next time happy crafting!

Fan Art: Drawing June from The Handmaids Tale {Sketchbook Sunday}

Hi friends! Last night I finished watching season 3 of The Handmaids Tale. This Hulu series was based on a book by Margaret Atwood and I can’t wait to read the sequel The Testaments.

I loved the acting by Elizabeth Moss so much that I decided to draw her portrait for sketchbook Sunday. You can see the time lapse below. A real-time version of this tutorial will be available in Critique Club in a couple of days.

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If you are new to drawing and would like an in-depth beginner drawing class consider my online course Learn to Draw with Lindsay where I teach you how to draw what you see without gimmicks. You can learn more about it here. Have a creative week!

You have time to make these cards before you need them!

Hi friends! Today we are making some fun alcohol marker colored cards. You can adapt the technique for any theme card you want but I am getting a start on my Christmas Cards.

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If you plan on any time consuming coloring on your holiday cards try and pick away at it early so you can spend your time enjoying the holidays and not stressing over your cards. Happy crafting!

Fall Fireplace

This card combines lots of stamps and techniques in a new way to create a cozy Thanksgiving card.


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Directions:

  1. Stamp fireplace in a very light ink so you will know where to stamp your other elements.
  2. Stamp fire, pumpkins, garland and wreath over fireplace. *Use the compass and pencil to draw a circle for the wreath before stamping. Use fall colored inks for solid designs and brown for designs you have to color.
  3. Color and mask pumpkins.
  4. Stamp fireplace again with brown Versafine Clair ink over the image. Use a stamp positioner if you can’t line it up well by sight.
  5. Ink and stencil background if desired,
  6. Heat emboss “Happy Thanksgiving on a scrap of cardstock and mat with peach cardstock and assemble card as shown. Decorate with eyelets or other embellishments if desired.

Happy Crafting!

Yoga Kittens of Friendship!

Hi friends! When I saw brads of cats doing yoga in the Eyelet Outlet booth at a stamp show a couple of years ago I had to get them. I just knew they would be purrfect on a project one day. Today, my friend, is that day.

I also loved this cat stamp the minute I saw it at the Technique Junkies booth. For this card we will stamp and color right on the cardbase and I’ll show you how you can add a clever background to your one layer card with washi tape which is great if you enjoy collecting the little rolls of sunshine as much as I do! Washi tape has pretty much replaced ribbons on my card and I think it is a good substitute for pattern paper too!

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I hope you try this washi tape trick on a card soon! Til next time happy crafting!

Drawing from Imagination vs Reference

Hi friends! Today I am going to draw a cherry for Sketchbook Sunday. I recently got sent the 120 set of Arteza Everblend markers. 120 is A LOT of markers and I was so excited to use them so I sketched a simple cherry in my sketchbook. I wasn’t happy with how it looked but I didn’t have one to go by.

Left: drawn looking at the real cherry in about 35 minutes, right: drawn from memory in 5 minutes. I am using Rendr no show through paper and it does not allow blending at all. On Neenah these Arteza Everblend markers blend quite nicely.

After purchasing some cherries at the supermarket I decided to take another run at this sketch. I also swatched out all of the marker colors on strips of marker paper and taped them to the barrel of the markers so I could tell as a glance what I had (no marker caps are ever 100% accurate) This made the painting much easier to do. I also spent a lot more time on it as I could look atthe cherry and get much more information as to color, shading, cast shadows, and reflections. I could not really remember the details of a cherry so the sketch on the right (above) took much less time. I really enjoyed drawing this!

A note about the markers I used…

I just wanted to mention if you already have the 60 set of Everblend markers I would recommend getting the new 36 grey set and the 36 skin-tone set rather than buying the 120 set because you will have a better variety as all but 10 of the greys in the 36 set are in the 120 set. Only 3 of the skin-tone colors appear to be in the 120 set. Let me know if you would like a review or demo with the 36 skin tone set as I am thinking about getting it. I also noticed that Arteza is offering replacement nibs in their website now so I am hoping it means that liquid ink refills will be available soon because there is no way the nibs will wear out before use up the ink. Fingers crossed! Today Amazon has 25% off coupons for all of the Arteza marker packs (I have no idea how long it will last and I a forbidden to mention prices from Amazon-I got a nasty letter and everything LOL!) If you are ordering on Arteza’s website (they have free shipping on all USA orders) you can use coupon code PROMO10 for 10% off and their prices are lower so you just need to check both sites for the best deal accounting for coupons.

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I hope you find some interesting things from real life to draw. It will also improve your knowledge and ability to draw from memory. I think if I had to draw a cherry now I would do a much better job and land somewhere in between the two sketches pictured above. Thanks for joining me for sketchbook Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Sketching Orange Slices in Marker!

Hi friends! Today I played with markers and it was fun! This was actually supposed to be posted for Sketchbook Sunday but I got busy and didn’t realize I forgot to blog it until 10pm and I was too tired to type.

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I was inspired to sketch these oranges because they looked so cool sitting on the cutting board. I accidentally bought Cara-Cara oranges instead of navel oranges at the store last week and this was the last one. None of us are a fan of this type orange hence it was still on the table after the kids left for school. So before I tossed it out to the birds (the crows like them apparently) I thought I would draw it. It also gave me a chance to try out a new set of markers I will be using for an upcoming tutorial.

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I am excited to work more with these markers. It’s ice to try something different once in a while and see where that takes you. I find when I do this I come back to my other work more energized and refreshed. It’s like cross-training for your crafty muscles LOL! If you have a suggestion as to what flower to draw for the in-depth marker tutorial please let me know in the comments below. thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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