Easy Goldfinch and Cosmos in Watercolor Tutorial

Hi friends, here is a bright and cheerful painting you can paint!

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Clearly I am ready for spring and I love watching these sweet birds on the thistle feeder out my back window. To tide us (in the North) over until warm weather returns you can paint this sweet painting. Watch the video to see how!

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If you liked this tutorial and want more in-depth instructions for painting birds you may enjoy my class Technique Toolbox: Feather’s and Foul. That class explores painting birds and feathers in detail should you want more:) Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday! Indigo Buntings

Hi friends!  I had so much fun painting these birds in my sketchbook!

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Watch the video to see the time-lapse!

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If you would like real-time step by step lessons on painting birds please check out my course Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl where I go in-depth into painting birds and feather.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick & Loose Watercolor Bird!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick little painting I created a couple of months ago.

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I love the way the paint reacts on the handmade paper. The key to success with working on this paper is to go with the flow and let the paper and paint behave how they want. Watch the video and paint along in real-time:)

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Want more watercolor inspiration?

I have two classes available and you can use the coupon code TRYME to save 20% on either or both!

Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor is a comprehensive beginner course that gets you up and running with watercolor in the fastest way possible and helps you create good habits right from the start.

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl in the first in a series of watercolor courses focusing on a particular subject matter. In this intermediate class you will learn how to paint the variety of feather textures on three birds as well as a decorative peacock feather. This course also focuses on fixing mistakes and working from reference photos.

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Over the past few months I have been delighted to see hundreds of students create beautiful artwork (shared in the classroom) using the tried and true techniques in these courses. I hope you will consider enrolling or you can find out more here. Don’t forget to use the coupon TRYME if the discount does not show up automatically. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Giveaway Time & Tricks with Stencils & Stamps!

Happy Monday folks! I an thrilled to announce that Lost Coast Designs and Stencil Girl have teamed up for a blog hop today and you get a chance to win some new stamps and stencils! Oh Yeah! I’ll share the details in a bit but first here is a card I made with feather stencils from Stencil Girl and crow stamps from Lost Coast Designs:

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I used a lot of fun and frugal techniques in this card, I’ll even show you how to use your stencils in your die-cut machine to emboss the feathers…be warned my technique is not for the faint of heart:

I hope I have inspired you to use your stencils and stamps in new ways! So, do you want to win some of these goodies? We have a $25 gift certificate from Lost Coast Designs and two 9″x 12″ stencils from Stencil Girl up for grabs. A winner will be chosen at random from the comments let on the blog hop. If you want a chance to win leave a comment by next Sunday the 30th! If you want more chances to win leave a comment on everyone’s blog, here is a list incase you started here. 😀

StencilGirl Talk
LeighSBDesigns
Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Nasser
Cherri Robb
Judy Shea
Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler
Linda Kittmer
Carolyn Dube
Leslie B. Turner
Janet Joehlin
Karen McAlpine
Leslie Tucker Jenison
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Lindsay Weirich That’s Me! YOU ARE HERE!!!
Maria McGuire

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Good luck everyone and I hope you enjoy the inspiring projects created by the other designers. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Birds & Branches {and a freebie!)

Is it spring yet? Well, we have a month or two to go but there is no reason you can’t start crafting some springtime goodies! I created a new digital stamp set for the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop this week that is great for springtime, it is called Birds and Branches and it has 8 digital stamps that can be layered to build a variety of scenes or use them as is. Here are a few cards I made with the set:

Digital stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, PP: Cosmo Cricket

This is the last card I made of the set but it is my favorite, this came about because I mis folded my cardstock so I had to salvage bits here and there:

Digital stamps and houndstooth paper: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Green PP: cosmo Cricut, Sentiment: SU!

I decided that I would make a point of making coordinating envelopes to go with my cards while I had my supplies handy, it is so nice to have a coordinating envelope!

Take a few minutes to make a matching envelope!

Print, color and stick it on a card, so easy!

If you like the fancy envelope I used here you can download the template from this post. I cut it with my Cricut and SCAL software {save 10% 0n scal with coupon: 4190114

Here I simply punched a strip pf patterned paper the size of my envelope flap to match my card. Easy!

Digital sTamps: LSS, Punch and sentiment: SU!, PP: dCWV

Here is a look at the Birds and Branches set:

only $5 at Lindsay's sTamp stuff!

Now here is the freebie, I realized that I didn’t put any sayings in the Birds and Branches set so here is a set of 4 word art stamps for you 🙂

A Freebie, click the photo to download! Fonts licensed from LetteringDelights.com

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff senior DT has been up to this week:

Rebekah Doak *February Guest DT

Janet Rossi

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Bonus Project: Karin Martin {with a new digi challenge blog!}

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting! Oh and don’t forget all of my holiday and winter sets are 50% off until Sunday midnight in both my Shophandmade shop where you get a free stamp for every $5 you spend and my shop at MyGrafico where you get your stamps instantly 🙂

Style Swap {Day Two!}

As soon as I saw this cute Birds & Blossom Set from Sarah Paris Style I know I wanted to make a gift set:

Digital Stamps: Sarah Paris Style, Paper: DCVW

I used the sketch from 2Sketches4you to make this, I used Kazan’s Sketch #41 for the tea tin and the bonus sketch for the card, talk about easy!

I love these bird stamps, I'll be using this set again and again, I used the bonus sketh at 2s4y as my inspiration;)

Get inspired! Use a card sketch to decorate a tin! I used Kazan's #41 at 2s4u and Stamps from Sarah Paris Style!

The elements in the Birds and Blossoms set are black and grey. It was super easy to color them just the way I wanted. First I chose the png versions of the files I wanted and pasted them into a new 8.5″x11″ document in PSP. Then I used the paint bucket tool to color it in, easy peasy! The “inked looking” boxes around the elements are done by using the rectangular selection too to make a box around the image, then I used the art media tool (colored pencil selected at a large size) and I drew along the edges. I saved my printable sheet so I could print it again when I wanted to make another set. Here is a screenshot of my colored sheet:

Click this picture to see all of the stamps in the Birds and Blossom set!

You can find gift packages of the tea tins in department stores this time of year, they are fun to decorate and add to gift baskets, if you wait til after Christmas you can by them for half price and use them for gifts throughout the year. As a bonus the recipient has a pretty storage tin when the tea is gone! I had so much fun swapping products with Sarah Paris Style, be sure you stop by her blog to see the beautiful card she made with my doodle flowers set and check back at her blog tomorrow to see what else she has in store using Lindsay’s Stamp  Stuff products. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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