It’s going to be a beachy day!

Hi friends! This weeks has gone from highs in the low 50s to the 80s! Only in Maine folks. As someone who is always cold I couldn’t be happier and plan to takeout the the kayak or paddle-board this afternoon at peak heat. I am sure the pond is ice-water-cold but I will gladly stay above it and soak up some sun! The weather man says we have 2 good days before we are plunged back into reality and I plan to enjoy them!

Today we are going to paint a peaceful, easy beachscape. Use any paint you have and join me!

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I hope you find some joy in your day. I have been rather stressed out this week so hopefully I can get out on the water and unwind today! Happy crafting!

Paint this relaxing mountain scene in watercolor (perfect for beginners too!)

Hi friends! Do you need to relax? We all do so here is a lovely peaceful watercolor tutorial. All you need is a few paints and a waterbrush (or round brush and cup of water) so gather your supplies and let’s get stated!

If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the tutorial through before you try and paint it that way you can anticipate the steps as you paint along. Seasoned painters can jump right in. I hope you like it! I want to note that the paper I am using is a very textured and inexpensive handmade watercolor paper from India. It’s 100% cotton and I think it is made from recycled materials. I came across it at Fiddleheads in Belfast and it was so cheap I had to give it a try and then order a pack when I realized how nice it was! The texture in the paper gives this simple painting a nice result.

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If you want more training on painting landscapes in watercolor please check out my online class “Watercolor Landscape Workshop” and you can save 50% through the end of the month by clicking this special discount link or by using the coupon code NOFOOLING at checkout (Regular price $79, with discount $39.50) OR take 50% off any other class this month by adding the coupon code NOFOOLING at checkout. Simply click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter the coupon code to receive your discount. Offer ends 5/1/2020.

I hope you get the chance to relax and paint soon and til next time happy crafting!

Relax with this easy watercolor landscape

Hi friends! Today I have an easy beginner landscape for you. I painted this on a 5″x7″ piece of handmade watercolor paper. This painting would be ideal to paint on a watercolor greeting card or postcard to mail to a friend or family member.

This video was filmed early in February before the country shut down. keep that in mind if anything sounds weird.

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Mark your calendars! Tomorrow at 3pm ET I will be hosting another livestream. I’m aiming for weekly lives during the shutdown to visit with you and keep that connection we all need more than ever at this time. I will vary the times and topic of the stream, last week was watercolor painting, tomorrow will be scrapbooking/cardmaking. Even if you don’t do paper crafts I still urge you to join us at 3pm ET on YouTube as you can chat will fellow creatives in the live chat. It’s nice to get together when we can’t physically get together I think. I hope to see you then! Also, I am offering 50% off all classes in my teachable school for the month of April with coupon code: NOFOOLING. Below are links with the discount included. *If you don’t see a discount simply click “add coupon” at checkout and add the coupon code.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you for the livestream at 3pm ET tomorrow! Happy crafting!

Easy Beginner Garden Gate in Watercolor and Giveaway!

6/13/19 Giveaway closed. The winners are: Dixie, MaryEdna, Kathie, Bonnie Bornstein Fertel and Wandersy. I have emailed you with the email address you use for commenting. Congratulations. 

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this lovely scene in a relaxed manner!

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Watch the video and have fun!

Very Easy Garden Door Real-Time Watercolor Painting Tutorial for Beginners
This video is sponsored by the Pottering Artist Magazine by Alison Fennell. You can purchase the magazine here. For a chance to win a copy of the Pottering Artist Magazine and an 8×10 watercolor print simply leave a comment on this blog post. Five lucky winners will be selected and notified on 6/13/19

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  • Watercolors: Paul Rubens NEW floral set of 24 colors used: Rose red PV19, ultramarine PB29,*burnt umber PBr7, *Cobalt teal PB36, Permanent Lemon (PY3 Hansa yellow light), Hookers Green (PG17), *Yellow Ochre
    * indicates common eastern name, all signal pigment colors **I will be reviewing this paint set after I do a few paintings with them, so far I like it and it’s a great value!
  • Paper: Paul Rubens 140# hot press block 7.5″x10
  • Brushes: Zen tulip set sizes: Rigger 2, Round 8,10, Flat 8, ¾”, Cat’s Tongue ¾” *Great all around value set!
  • Ceramic palette *any white ceramic plate will work nicely or any palette you prefer
  • Watercolor pencil in grey, I use “gunmetal” in the Spectrum Aqua range *You could also use water-soluble graphite, just choose a lighter color and go easy with it.
  • Other: 2 water buckets, paper towel or rag, patience and an open mind!
  • Reference photo

I hope you enjoy painting this and if you do share this post with a friend! Happy crafting!

 

Snowy Sunrise Watercolor For Beginners

Hi friends! Today I have a nice and easy watercolor tutorial for you!

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I shared this photo on Instagram the other day of the view out my window at sunrise. I loved the color of the sky!

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A few Instagram friends asked me to do a watercolor tutorial of it so I did! Enjoy!

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  • Watercolors (Renesans) Magenta, Indian Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Hookers Green Dark, Sepia, White
  • Watercolor Paper Fluid Hot Press 6″x8″
  • Brushes: #12 & #6 round, 3/8″ dagger, 1″ flat for wetting paper (feel free to use whatever size and shaped you prefer) And a stiff brush such as an old toothbrush for spattering.

This painting is great for beginners or seasoned painters who want a little warm up. It was fun to paint and I really enjoyed this paper and look forward to using it again. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Snowy Winter Sunset – Paint With Me!

Hi friends! I invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and paint with me. You don’t need many supplies and you can paint this in under an hour!

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The colors you will need are:

  1. A cool red like Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder or Permanent rose
  2. A warm Yellow such as Cadmium Yellow, Gamboge, Permanent Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow.
  3. A warm blue like Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt blue.
  4. A cool soft blue like Cerulean (look past a pastel looking blue hopefully made with PB36) or sky blue. Avoid a cerulean that looks intense and vivid. Sometimes companies call Phthalo Blue (PB15) Cerulean but it is too intense for this. If you don’t have a good cerulean than you can leave it out

Keep in mind you only need one of each of the suggestions for a total of 4 colors in all. You will also need a 1″ flat brush, 9″x12″ watercolor paper, pencil, masking tape, a rag and 2 water buckets. Enjoy the video tutorial!

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I hope this was a nice break in your day and let me know how you got along if you painted this! I love bringing these free watercolor tutorials to you and if you find value I them please share them with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Sharing is caring and I do appreciate it! If you enjoyed this tutorial but feel like you need more beginner instructions please check out my online course Essential Tools for Watercolor Painting here and save 20% with coupon code TRYME. I makes a great last-minute holiday gift too! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Landscape! (Timelapse)

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely scene of a mountain, forest and lake in watercolor. I loosely based the painting on an image from The Artist Photo Reference: Landscapes book I bought last month. I love this book because there are so many photos of different lakes, mountains, trees and skies and you can adapt the photos to meet your needs. Unfortunately they are out of print so you just have to see what used bookstores ave for sale on Amazon. I was able to get all of the book in the series at an awesome price last month on Amazon. Good luck if you are hunting them down.

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If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the video through once all the way before painting, then you can restart the video and pause as needed (or use the gear at the bottom of the player to slow down the video) so you can go at your own pace.

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I hope you enjoyed this easy beginner tutorial! Painting does not need to be hard or complicated. Take a bit of time each day to practise and you will progress in no time! Happy crafting!

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