Sketchbook Sunday & Can I offer you some constructive criticism?

Hi friends! I’m so excited to share something I have been thinking about for a while. I often get asked by viewers if they can share their art with me and I love seeing it. I have noticed the amazing progress my students in my online classes make as they work through the lessons and get feedback on each one. They can improve the problem areas in a painting and keep the things that are working. I think being able to give that feedback honestly pushes their skills to new levels. I have wanted to offer that service to more people so that’s why I came up with Critique Club!

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You can post any painting or drawing that you are currently working on or have finished to get personalized feedback by me (and encouragement by others) and you can make corrections and post them if you like. Often a new set of eyes can pick out something “off” in a painting you might have missed or help you appreciate an overlooked good part in your paintings that you might have taken for granted. You can even learn by seeing other student’s art and their critique because we often find we share the same struggles.

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I wanted to make this group extra valuable so I decided to take two of my sketchbook Sunday projects each month and post them in real-time with narration so you can see how I work through the paintings, what is going on in my mind and how I overcome obstacles during the painting process. The poinsettia painting from this weeks Sketchbook Sunday is available in the group now and a new lesson will post in the group every 2 weeks. Even if you don’t have a chance (or you are a bit shy at first) to post a painting you can still enjoy the painting lessons. The cost of Critique Club is $5 a month and you can cancel anytime.

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Since it is Sketchbook Sunday I have a time-lapse painting of something I wanted to work on this week. I purchased this pretty little poinsettia two weeks ago for 88 cents at Mardens. I loved the unusual red and yellow pattern on the leaves and I though the yellow veining was especially striking. As always I am never quite sure how my Sketchbook Sunday paintings will go (that is part of the fun, challenging myself, experimenting and trying different techniques) and this was no different but I did learn a thing or two. I hope you do too and that it inspires you to work in your sketchbook today!

I highly suggest you try cropping a page either with tape or by drawing a box to work inside. Something as simple as that can give you a whole new perspective on your subject. Remember if you want a full real-time tutorial of this painting it is included with your Critique Club membership.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (Renesans) Carmine, lemon yellow, sap green, indanthrone blue and phthalo turquoise.
  • Watercolor paper (Hahnemuhle)
  • Brushes: #2, #8 round
  • Other: masking tape, pencil, eraser, and assorted colored pencils.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Sketchbook Sunday project and if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to grow your artistic abilities please consider joining Critique Club. You can learn more about it, watch the promo or sign up here. Happy crafting!

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LIVE! Sunflower in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube we will paint sunflowers!

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You can watch the live show or the replay below but if you want to chat live and ask questions make sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

I hope to see you shortly on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

 

Let’s Paint a Pretty Bird & Q&A

Hi friends! You might have noticed if you follow me on YouTube and Facebook that I have been doing surprise live streams. I will continue to do my Friday at 12:30pm ET stream with Sarah as long as I am not traveling so don’t worry, those are here to stay but I also like popping in live when I have time to paint and chat.I decided to make the replay available after the live stream for everyone to see, I save questions til the end so if you want to hear them you can or you can stop watching when the tutorial is over. I hope this is helpful!

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I am using the new Jane Davenport Watercolors from American Crafts! Grab whatever watercolors you have and join me for a fun time!

Supplies:

  • watercolors
  • 140# watercolor paper (Cold Pressed)
  • White Gel Pen(Uniball Signo is my fave)
  • Reference photo

Want more inspiration?

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SALE!!!! Lifebook2017 extended the 20% off coupon through the end of January, use coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save! I am one of the teachers of LifeBook 2017! You get a new downloadable class every week for a year from top noth mixed media instructors all of one low price! Don’t wait, the 20% off coupon expires January 31st!

Don’t forget we have our regular live stream tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there and til then happy crafting!

LIVE! 12:30pm Eastern Time, Beautiful Vintage Moth in Watercolor (and maybe mixed media}

15936408_10208122599768174_8311229058637729676_oHi friends! I missed doing last weeks show so much (snow storm power and internet outage) but I am back this week and I hope you will join me today at 12:30pm ET for a fun live painting class! I found this lovely vintage moth advertisement that is in the public domain and I painted a loose sketch on an ATC and shared it last week and many folks asked for a tutorial so I decided to do one larger with more detail today. Here is the reference image:

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Here is a PDF pattern you can print and trace on your watercolor paper.  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the youtube watch page. Also if you are using a tablet make sure you don’t have it in full screen mode if you want to see the chat.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Other: water buckets, paper towels and I grabbed some rubber stamps and stencils in case I want to add to the background!

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The first class is up and the artwork from the students is AMAZING! But it is not to late to join! Things are just getting started on LifeBook 2017 and I would love to see what YOU create during a year of weekly mixed media art classes, find our more or enroll here.

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I hope you can join me for the live show today at 12:30pm ET, til than happy crafting!

Stamp School: Easy Layered Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! I know a lot of people are intimidated by using “messy” supplies on cards but I hope to help you get over your fear with today’s simple card:

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All you need is cardstock, a stencil, foam and rubber stamps and acrylic paint. You can use either a cosmetic sponge or foam brush to apply the paint and yes they can be washed and reused. Watch my tutorial to see how easy it is!

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The stamps and stencil came in a kit from Stampendous, they have 3 of them, one with an indian/elephant theme, one nature bird theme and this urban theme. I have all 3 and they make mixed media layering a breeze. When I first posted the video they had the sets at Simon Says Stamp and Blitsy but now both places are sold out:( I bet if you ask your favorite stamp store they will order it for you (these are brand new so they should:) plus that helps you local stamp store if you are lucky enough to have one, win-win!  If you are not sure if you like this sort of thing I recommend trying one and see if you care for it before stocking up on all 3. I hope they make more kits like this!

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Don’t forget to add some light-colored paper to the inside of the card if you are working on dark cardstock to make an area for writing. I use pattern paper scraps for this, hey, the back side is white, why waste it? A little bit of washi tape can also snazzy up the inside without making it to fru-fru!

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If you would like more in-depth lessons on Mixed Media please check out my new class at Craftsy, I am giving a 50% discount to all of my readers, just click the 50% off link here. I break down the process of creating interesting mixed media paintings into manageable step by step layers. I am really proud of this class and I think it can really help beginners learn the “Why” as well as the “How” of some of the popular mixed media materials and techniques out there all while keeping your budget in mind by getting the most use out of versatile supplies. I don’t like to buy a product that has only one use that ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust and I don’t think you do either! You can take the class at your own pace and you have lifetime access to the class so there is no rush BUT if you want the 50% off savings enroll in Mixed It Up Mixed Media Step By Step soon! I can’t wait to see your artwork in the classroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Classes in Springfield June 3rd!

Hi friends! I just wanted to give you a preview of the classes I am offering at the Heirloom Rubber stamp Show in Springfield this June. The classes are 2 hours long each (specific time TBA) and will be held at the “Big E” in West Springfield MA the day before the Stamp convention. Registration will open sometime next month but I want to make sure my peeps get first dibs on the class (they filled up really fast last year!) so if you are interested and want to be notified please sign up for my mailing list, this is not the daily blog mailing list you may already be on, this is my special announcement list that I only use if I have a class or special event coming up. Fore more details and class descriptions please visit my 2016 classes page.

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Sorry I didn’t have a video for you tonight, it has been a really busy weekend, we helped build and paint sets for the kids drama production yesterday and today we visited my folks. Let’s not forget losing an hour this weekend to daylight savings time LOL! Oh, before I forget, if you are not near W. Springfield but would like me to teach in your area let me know. I am putting feelers out to other conventions or craft stores that might like to have me teach so if you would like to take a class in your area let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: One Hot Mess!

So this week I took my What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday photo BEFORE I tidied up….

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Honestly, it does not look much better now LOL! I have been experimenting with glass and clay this week and I am teaching a quilling class tomorrow so I have my bins of quilling strips in the upper right corner. I will be filming a candle making tutorial and I have the supplies for that in a tray next to the quilling stuff. I pulled my clay drawer out of its chest because the drawers of molds, tools and other clay paraphernalia were so full that they would not open so a major clay reorganization project is in store for me this week, it has never been properly organized, I just seem to add to the stash…we all know how that goes! I have a box of eyelets out because I was making some Pandora style beads with glass and clay and I couldn’t wait to get proper bead cores but as far as I can see eyelets are just about the same thing. After I took this photo I went back to my torch to make another bead and the torch would not ignite  I just replaced the gas tank and I was using it hours earlier so I have no idea what is wrong  I can hear the gas hiss out but no spark…I wonder if I can light it with my long reach lighter…I’m kinda scared to though. I hoping it will work itself out and the next time I try it will light…a girl can dream 🙂

Want more desks? Or do you want to share your crafty space with the wold? Hop on over to Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground and you can play along and see lot’s of other crafty messes ..er, desks too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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