Sketching Citrus! Sketchbook Sunday…er Monday LOL!

Hi friends! First I want to wish all of my fellow Americans a happy Labor Day! It is considered the end of summer in these parts as the days are getting shorter and all the kids are back in school tomorrow! September always feels like a fresh start to me. My twins started High School this year so that means no more popping down to the local elementary school to lend a hand with this or that. It’s so weird! You kids go through life and get a little more independent each day and in turn you can be a bit more independent yourself. It’s a bit sad to see them getting older but on the other hand I am excited for the adventure that awaits them.

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Speaking of school…I think it is always important to learn new things. It helps keep our mind fresh and supple and puts us in the atmosphere of growth where we can find fulfillment and happiness. This might mean signing up for a class or giving a supply that you were frustrated with in the past another go to challenge and push yourself. You can find ways to grow and learn everywhere! I purchased a RENDR sketchbook a while back because it was supposed to be no bleed through paper for markers and mixed media but I soon realized that “no bleed through” meant “no blend” as well. I felt bad about buying this kinda pricey paper that I couldn’t seem to use but I decided to put it out yesterday and try it again. This time I decided not to fight with it but to do what the paper wants: layering. This also got me using my alcohol markers in a new to me way. I typically work small coloring stamped images blending from dark to light in a very quick fashion. I had seen some beautiful marker illustrations recently on instagram and I realized that these artists were using markers totally differently that I was by layering! This allowed them to work a bit larger and get really vibrant results. I never realty thought of my markers as a “serious art medium” as all markers (except for Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers *use coupon code SALE818 for an extra 15%-25% off through midnight today and Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers which are on sale now!) are fugitive, meaning they will fade in the light but hey, this is Sketchbook Sunday and my sketchbook isn’t getting direct sunlight! See a time-lapse on the layering technique here!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Rendr Sketchbook there was zero bleed through on the back of the page but it doesn’t blend well so you are better off layering on this paper. If you have this paper give yourself time to learn to use it as there is a learning curve, I like it so much better than when I first got it.
  • Ohuhu markers I used pens from the 100 set  Review here
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • I also used col erase pencils for the beginning sketch but I didn’t need to erase so the others would have been fine but if you want the erasable version here it is
  • Extra fine tip Posca pens for opaque highlights

 

***BTW today is the last day to save 45% on any of my teachable classes with coupon code OFFLINE45 

And one more deal you don’t want to miss…

Consumer crafts is offering 15%-25% off total purchases on their website (*excluding WOW of the week) through 9/3/18 11:59pm PST with coupon code SALE818.  Craft fairs and holiday crafting is right around the corner and this is a great chance to grab some deals on craft basics, art supplies and more. You never know what you are going to find so it is a bit of an adventure and the deals can’t be beat!

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I have purchased a lot of my stencils, dies, craft storage, beads, pencils and markers from Consumer crafts as well as basic craft supplies for the library kids classes I used to teach as well as art gift sets and decor. If you know you need some of these products it pays to stock up when they have the total purchased discounts, they don’t happen often. Some, but not many, exclusions apply.  Use coupon code SALE818 to get the extra discount! Sale ends tonight at 11:59pm PST.

I hope you have a wonderful day! If you have today off I hope you spending it with family and friends or maybe creating some art! Til next time happy crafting!

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Trying Oil Based Markers for the Frist Time

Hi Friends! Today’s project is a strange one using supplies I am unfamiliar with:

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Watch the video to see me work through this project:

Today I am creating with the supplies in the July 2018 Smart Art Box. I had never used oil based markers other than the metallic ones you might touch up a frame with so this was a challenging supply for me to create with but I think it’s good to bust out of your comfort zone once in a while and try something new and different. If you would like to be surprised with a box of art supplies each month check out our sponsor Smart Art Box, they ship free within the US and also ship to 15 other countries *Additional shipping charges may apply to international orders.

Supplies:

  • Pebeo oil based markers set of 5 (primaries plus black and white)
  • Canvas panel
  • #4 flat brush
  • Gamsol
  • I also recommend you have a palette so you can mix some colors for greater variety.

Note: You will need to prime each marker to get it ready for use as the ink is sealed in the barrel until a consumer activates it. Do this ahead of time so you won’t have to stop working.

Project tips:

  1. These markers are oil based but dry fast. You can block in your line work and then fill in with paint without much worry of the outlines smearing. If you need to blend or cover a large area I recommend dispensing some paint on a palette by pressing the tip firmly to the palette until the paint flows and mixing it with gamsol to the desired color and then brushing it on the canvas.
  2. I recommend working with smaller shapes than I did as I had to struggle to fill them and I had to stop to mix paint lot. This would be better for smaller art I think.
  3. If you get frustrated let the paint dry and come back and add highlights and outline again for definition if needed. Art is supposed to be fun so if you get frustrated take a break.

I hope you enjoyed this video, sometimes art is a struggle but it is always good to try new things. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shabby Chic “Farmhouse Flowers” Mixed Media FUN Art!

Hi friends! If you joined us live on YouTube today you would have seen this painting unfold, if not you can watch the replay below!

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I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun playing with acrylics! Yes, I said acrylics! I used other stuff too but the acrylics were the star!

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I hope you enjoy this long real-time tutorial, if it’s too long you can click on the gear icon on the bottom of the video player (after you start it) and choose to speed it up. I know an hour and a half is a long time!

Below are the supplies I ended up using. *Amazon and Consumer Crafts affiliate links used. Consumer crafts has really great prices and they have 20% off this weekend in the paper crafting category so you can snag the stencils and gelatos even cheaper, use the code: SCRAP518 if you end up placing an order. Also I linked to the Studio 71 acrylics because I have used them and they are a great deal and much cheaper than Liquitex but if you prefer the Liquitex brand you can find them here.

I ended up painting the edges of my panel white and then I mixed the violet paint I used in the painting mixed with white to make a lavender and I stamped a flourish design on the edges. I also stamped the corners with that stamp in white. This stamp is an old one from Tattered Angels but you can probably find a similar flourish stamp or stencil it. Foam stamps also work great for this, use what you have!

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I hope you enjoyed this mixed media project, I sure did and it was fun to work on a rigid wood panel vs paper. I am going to hang this up in my kitchen! Hubby is repainting the cabinets white and I think this will look charming! So, are you going to give this project a try? I hope so and be sure to let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Ever After Winner & 20% Off Coupon!

Hi friends! Yippee, today I get to draw a winner for a spot in the multi instructor fairy tale themed art extravaganza Ever After! And the winner is Penny who wrote:

Hi – I would love the opportunity to be part of the ever after 2018 group as I started painting end of last year and I can learn so much from the classes! I am holding thumbs!

Congrats and enjoy the class when it opens on July First! I am sorry to those that didn’t win a spot but I do have a treat, a 20% off coupon code for Ever After 2018. Use coupon code MAGIC2018 to get 20% off through July 5th 2018!

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This is going to be an awesome class with 15 talented mixed media art instructors! I can’t wait to teach you and see what the other teachers have in store! If you have a sense of fun and whimsy you are going to love EverAfter 2018!

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They are offering several options for students wanting to take this class, they have just the fairytale class option, or the fairy tale plus style development classes and they have money-saving bundles that include previous years Ever After classes as well. Don’t forget to use the 20% off coupon code MAGIC2018 if you sign up! Please visit the EverAfter 2018 page for more information or to enroll!

Programming note: We will have our weekly live stream tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm ET! Til then happy crafting!

Ever After Blog Hop & Giveaway!!!

Hi friends! I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching
on Ever After this year! I saw the beautiful artwork from many talented instructors last year and I am so happy they asked me to be a part of this years crew! And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this magical new collaborative
art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

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First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 14 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale & myth inspired lessons with you AND they will also divulge all their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! 🙂 Yay!
You can find out all the deets (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE.
My chosen fairy tale is The Wizard of OZ. My lesson will be inspired by this
fairy tale, I have some fabulous ideas cooking! I’ve not fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my drawing, layering and perspective techniques with you, much like you can see in this painting I did for Lifebook last year.

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Registration opens on May 15th 2018 and the class begins on July 1st 2018.
So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂
Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on this year’s Ever After to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂

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To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Ever After this year. I will announce the winner on 5/17/18.

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After this year. They too will be giving away a spot on Ever After so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

Have a great time following the blog hop, good luck and til next time happy crafting!

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Couch Art?

Hi friends! When I hear the term “couch art” it is usually referring to pretty paintings that you would hang above the couch but today I am going to share a sketch created from the couch.

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Sometimes you just need to let go of perfection, take away the pressure to produce and just draw with no expectation. I think that is why adult coloring books are so popular nowadays.  We just need some quiet time to create. Coloring, drawing and painting can be very meditative and soothing, in fact you might be hard pressed to worry about anything when you are being creative. 🙂 So, if you are feeling restless, anxious, tired or down have a rest on the sofa, make a nice hot cup of tea, grab your supplies and create some beautiful couch art. Take care of yourself and happy crafting!

Daydream Art Journal page (from a failed Inktober sketch)

Hi friends! This started out as a messy inkblot from a failed sketch but after a opened up my journal a picture appeared!

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BTW I did post a whopping 2 videos on my YouTube channel today, my regular inktober and a Konmari VLOG if you want something extra:) But here is the process of how I turned a rorschach looking inkblot into an art journal spread.

Video!

Supplies:

This was a fun, learn as you go project. That’s why I narrated it after the fact. I hope you try some of these techniques to rescue a page too! Happy crafting!

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