Beginner Watercolor Hydrangea Tutorial!

Relax and paint this vase of beautiful Hydrangea flowers.

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This tutorial is great for beginners or more seasoned painters who want a relaxing way to get out their paints and play! Please paint along with this real-time tutorial!

For this project you will need (Affiliate links used)

  • Watercolors (JoiArt) The set I used contains 24 paints and the small brushes I used in the tutorial.
  • Brushes 1/2″ or #7 flat, #6 round (included in JoiArt watercolor set)
  • Watercolor Paper (6″x9″ Bee)
  • Reference photo

Do you like these beginner watercolor tutorials? If so let me know in the comments below. If you would like more step by step flower tutorials please check out my online class: Watercolor Flower Workshop and learn to paint a variety of flowers in different arrangements!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Colorful Mountain Landscape Beginner Watercolor Tutorial!

Hi friends! Here is a fun and easy watercolor anyone can do!

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It will only take 30 minutes and it is a great way to unwind after a long day. Watch the video and paint along!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • a pencil
  • Watercolors: I used the 36 half pan set from Arteza (Use coupon PROMO10 for 10% off on the Arteza website)  Also on Amazon
    I will list the Atreza colors as well as common names so you can use the paint you already have:) * next to Arteza name
    *Oxford Blue or Ultramarine
    *Cerulean Blue
    *Naples Yellow or Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
    *Mahogany or Burnt Sienna or English Red
    *Olive Green or Sap Green
    *Scarlet red or Crimson
  • Brushes: Creative Mark Mimik, #8 and #12 round, 1″ flat, 1/4″ dagger (menta) or Princeton Neptune, 3/8″ scrubber (menta) or maxine’s mop 
  • Watercolor paper
  • Reference photo, I couldn’t seem to direct link but scroll down, it is on this page.

I hope you enjoyed this beginner tutorial and until next time happy crafting!

 

Live Show Today & Easy Beginner Landscape!

Hi friends! I got a bit behind blogging this week because I was creating a new section for my Watercolor Flower Workshop class on using the wedge brush and it’s up in the classroom now so if you are enrolled you have access to it! I also wanted to let you know that I have my regularly scheduled live show today at 12:30pm on YouTube and I will be painting with my least favorite color (Oxide of Chromium Green) to see if I can make it useful. I have been really hard on this color so today I will put it through its paces and see if I can make good use of it. Wish me luck and tune in at 12:30pm ET if you want to see what I do with it! I will post a reply with the art I make later today but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on what will either be really educational or hysterical, either way you can’t lose LOL! For now though I have a very easy beginner landscape (not using the aforementioned offensive green) that anyone can do with basic supplies!

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Watch the real-time step by step watercolor video below and paint along!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed that beginner tutorial and I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET on YouTube and help me figure out what to do with the color that has vexed me since I begin watercolor painting all those years ago. Happy crafting!

There will be a live show today, but what will we paint?

Edited to add a picture of what we painting in the livestream. This is a good tutorial for beginners as there is no drawing. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! I have been out of sorts all week. I keep making creative project attempts but nothing is turning out, it feel like I am pushing against a brick wall. I can’t settle on what I want to paint today, I can’t even seem to decide whether to do the live stream upstairs in my office or down in my studio which may be warm enough to tolerate without the space heater running. I will have my regularly scheduled live stream at 12:30pm Eastern time today as scheduled because I am a big believer in forcing my way through a creative block rather than waiting for the muse to find me. That said next week is school vacation for my kids so I am going to take next friday off from live streaming. So if you enjoy the live shows better catch it today at 12:30pm ET! You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live you will want to tune in at 12:30 on the you tube watch page.

I did narrow down what I want to use because I had a neat little craft hack yesterday, I cut down the Dr PH Martin palette that my Mission gold watercolors are in to fit inside an extra QOR watercolor tin I had. That was my creative highpoint for the week I think. LOL! I will also use Arches watercolor paper and Creative Mark Mimik brushes but you can use whatever watercolor and paper you like. Here is the reference photo I used.

I am pretty certain my creative funk has something to do with the eternal winter we are stuck in. We are supposed to have sunshine and upper 50s today (so I will get outside to try to soak up some good vibes and vitamin D) but then we will be plunged back into winter this weekend with 30 degree weather and snow/wintry mix in the forecast. I am so done with winter. Oh, well, this shall pass, hopefully by 12:30:) See you on YouTube! Happy crafting!

Paint this relaxed beginner watercolor landscape in real time!

Hi friends! Today we are going back to basics with a fun and relaxing watercolor landscape of a forest, lake and meadow.

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I received such lovely feedback from viewers on YouTube and Instagram that I think I will make more of these real-time beginner tutorials which can also be used as warm-ups for more advanced painters! It’s great way to fill that watercolor sketchbook! Watch the video and follow along!

Supplies:

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Beginner watercolor tips:

1. Don’t be afraid of the water, wet that paper well! That’s why it’s called watercolor:)

2. Wet paper = soft blended edges and dry paper = crisp and hard edges. so be sure to wet the paper if you want it to blend and work on dry paper when you want crisp details.

3. Take a break, your eyes will play tricks on you after working on a painting too long so giving your eyes a rest will help you come back to work refreshed with a new truer perspective.

4. Paint! Whenever you can with whatever you have for supplies. That is the one thing that will make the most difference in your art.

When I painted this piece and recorded the video is was a quiet Sunday morning and I was the only one up in the house. I got to enjoy a cup of coffee and greet the day with a paintbrush in hand and I think that is the ideal way to start the day! How about you? Let me know if you would like more lessons like this and til next time happy crafting!

Yes Virginia, There IS a Live Show Today!!!

Edit 10pm 10/27/17: If you are experiencing problems with the video quality please try again in the morning. I am having issues with YouTube processing but it should be fixed soon. When it reverts back to the original stream you may have to scroll in about 5 minutes to the tutorial but the picture will be clear. Thank you for your patience:)

Howdy friends! I am so happy to let you know we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm today! Here is the sample I whipped up this morning!

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EDIT: Here is the live show painting:

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This is a beginner friendly tutorial so don’t be shy, hey why not call a friend and paint along together! Let’s spread the love of painting!! I love that you can begin painting at ANY age, you can progress at 60 just as quickly as you can at 18 and learning new skills keeps your mind quick and supple. Heck, even if it didn’t keep your brain sharp at least you’ll know how to paint:)  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask questions to me or the moderators then you want to watch the broadcast at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

I decided to use Sennelier watercolors today, but you can use any brand you like. I recommend if you are trying a new brand of paints to start with a small set (the 12-14 sets are the most affordable per color) or a couple of tubes in colors you need anyway as you can intermix brands with no trouble. The benefit of Sennelier, for me, is the ability to layer without mud. They are my favorite plein air colors (and my palette is very beat up and has sand embedded in some of the pans to prove it!) because I can splash the paint around quickly, but also build up layers of translucent paint without making mud. This painting is done pretty much in one layer so it really doesn’t matter what watercolor you use though, just have fun! Also, about the paper, I did my sample on Aquabee #140 100% cotton 6″x9″ watercolor paper. This is my “practise” paper and it is much cheaper than Arches, you get 50 sheets for under $14. If you are starting out or on a budget give it a try! It is acid free so if you make a masterpeice on the Aquabee it will last too! 😀 I will do my live painting on the Arches paper so if you want I can show them side by side at the end of the live stream and you can see the comparison. Use whatever watercolor paper you have. You can do this!

Supplies:

We will sketch and paint together today so there is no pattern available. I will also talk about composition and adapting a painting to suit your style, you are the king or queen of your painted scene!

Want more watercolor instruction?

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Make sure to use the coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t show up automatically to save 20%! I hope to see you in the free live painting lesson today and til next time happy crafting!

Oh, I almost forgot! The winners of the Jerry’s Artarama gift cards are:

Jean Arizona

Jaycee

Laurel Evelyn Hall

*Check your email for confirmation:) I replied to winners in the comment thread of the giveaway post too! Have a great weekend!

Easy Dragonfly Painting with Matching Mat & Watercolor Pencil Tips!

Hi friends! Here is a fun painting you can make today!

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I am using watercolor pencils and it is so easy to do. Learn how in today’s video!

Watercolor pencils and waterbrushes are from sponsor Arteza! Save 10% with coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 here! Check out their other art, craft and quilting supply basics at super low prices too:) 10% off coupon good through 9/17/17

Supplies:

This project should take between 30-45 minutes to complete but feel free to pause the video and take breaks because the most important thing is that you learn and enjoy the process!

Want more in-depth watercolor lessons?

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