Sketchbook Sunday: A Pair of Pears

Hi friends! I went to visit my sister last week and my nephew picked me these pears from her pear tree. They were sitting on my windowsill and I thought they were to pretty to eat at least until I got a chance to paint them (they were delicious by the way!)

You can find the 1 hour and 25 minutes real-time tutorial in Critique Club. Critique Club is a membership group that allows you to upload 2 original paintings per month for an in-depth critique from me and gives you two intermediate/advanced long tutorials each month. Members also have access to past real-time tutorials posted for Critique Club Members. Critique Club costs $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. If you want to grow as an artist and have access to more advanced tutorials please check it out:)

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I hope you enjoyed this Sketchbook Sunday time-lapse! Remember the real time tutorial can be found in Critique Club and members get access to all past Critique Club tutorials as well so there will be lots to keep you creating! I am enjoying seeing my artists grow in the group and I’d love to have you join us. Thanks for your support! Happy crafting!

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What should I do with these wood slices?

Hi friends! I have had a crazy week and one of the calming projects I worked on to center myself was stamping and coloring on these wood slices.

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I tested out Prismacolor (left), Arteza (center), and Polychromos (right) and surprisingly the least expensive pencils did the best and didn’t wear down as quickly as the other two.

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I can see why coloring books are so popular! I chose some large open images so they would stamp well on the wood and so they would be big enough to get in there and color with my pencils. I got a box of 45 wood slices so I am wondering if you have any ideas to help me use the rest up. I am using the ones I colored here as coasters. I want to see how they hold up without sealer on them because sometimes if you seal a coater it sticks to a cup. I figured if it could absorb a bit of moisture it would be good. They would also make unusual gift tags and ornaments too (Although I admit I often lose steam on a project if I have to finish the backside as well LOL!)

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I like that this project gave me some relaxation during a high anxiety time for me and I got to use some stamps that I have not had out in a while. If you have any tips on using up the rest please let me know! I have a feeling I am entering a high-stress season of life and I’ll take all the calming help I can get! Happy crafting!

You Asked For it! Real Time Watercolor Portrait Lesson!

Hi friends!  I always get a bit nervous when I post a tutorial that is over an hour-long on YouTube. People say they want in-depth lessons but people also see the length and don’t want to commit that amount of time to watch. I get it. I don’t get the dislikes on the video but that’s YouTube trolls for you, or maybe it is people saying that it’s too long. However I also got many requests on my Sketchbook Sunday time-lapse portrait for a real-time lesson so I decided to make a portrait painting that you can follow along with in real-time. It was longer than I wanted it to be but I think it is easy to follow. I truly hope you like it.

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So if you were among the folks asking for a real-time portrait I hope you will try it.

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That’s all for today! If you enjoyed this tutorial please consider sharing it using one of the handing sharing buttons below. I hope you are having a lovely week and til next time happy crafting!

Colorful & Quirky Fall Leaves in Watercolor (with BRUSHO accents!)

Hi friends! Today we will have a fun and easy loose style watercolor project for our livestream:

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This started out as a loose watercolor but they I wondered what would happen if I added Brusho (a powdered watercolor) and so I did. Immediately regretted it but then decided to leave it be and come back later and I found that I quite liked the effect. You can do it or not, it’s up to you! I think adding pen helped sharpen up some of the leaves giving me the effect I was after in the first place. You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch at 12:30pm Eastern time today on YouTube.

 

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I hope to see you at 12:30 for some colorful painting fun! Happy crafting!

LIVE! Rainier Cherries and Blue Glass & Why it’s Good to let a Painting sit on your Easel all Week

Hi friends! I have been putting a lot more time in preparing for my weekly live streams and this week I got some prep time in on Tuesday. After the initial painting was “done” I set it on the easel in my office where I would walk by it several times a day. I also left my supplies out so I could add a touch here or there if I thought of an improvement. Let me tell you it’s a great way to work!

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Tuesday night when I thought my painting looked done I asked my family what they thought of it…

“It’s pretty but the background is ‘meh”~Maizy

“Nice basket of apples” ~Jackson

“Are those peaches?” ~Jason

Clearly there was work to be done. I added colored pencils to punch up the color and detail and added pastel to make the woodgrain in the background and add the sun dappled texture and light in the background. I also added some yellow pastel over the cherries to smooth out some unwanted texture on the skin.  I wish I took a photo of it when it was just watercolor but you will see that stage in today’s livestream. Before I liked the painting and now I love it! My family approves too! You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET today on the YouTube watch page.

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I really love mixing my media but if you prefer to keep this as a watercolor only painting you totally can. The only thing you will want to do is watch your white areas, You can use masking fluid for sharp highlights and blot out paint when it is still wet to preserve the white of the paper.  I will be painting this as a watercolor and then adding on, you can choose to add more glazes with watercolor or bring in colored pencil and pastel. Make it yours! I’ll see you for the live stream today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and til then Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Chickadee!

Hi friends! Today in the sketchbook I decided to sketch a bird that has been plentiful around my bird feeders: the chickadee!

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I used a reference from the Artist Photo Reference: Songbirds book. I picked up a bunch of the Artist Photo Reference books used on Amazon back in December and they have been the best investment. I highly recommend them if you can grab them at a good price.  Here is a time-lapse video of today’s sketch!

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If you would like more detailed, step-by-step real-time instruction in painting birds please consider checking out my class Texture Toolbox Feathers and Fowl. Save 20% with coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t automatically appear. Birds are one of my favorite subjects to paint and I want to share the skills with anyone else who would like to learn:)

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find a few minutes to sketch in your sketchbook today! It is sunny and warm here today so it would be a great time to sketch outside! Let me know what you are working on in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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Make stamp sets more useful by swapping colors!

Hi friends! Colors can effect moods. You can take the same image and color it with pastels for a new baby card or jewel tones for a birthday. You can also take the same stamp set and swap out colors and accent images to apply to different seasons like I did today! These cards feature the Woodland Harvest Stamp set, one of the 5 stamp sets I designed for Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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Here he have the fall version…

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…and here is the spring!

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Watch the video to see how to make the fall card while picking up some tips for coloring and die cutting. The spring card is made in the same way just using the tree stamp (branches only) for a frame.

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I hope you had fun trying the following techniques!
*Masking
*Coloring with alcohol inks
*Accenting with colored pencils
*How color choices affect the overall look of a card
*Shading
*Making wood accents
*Border die cutting tips

Before you go I have a quick question for you

Now that I have hubby editing my videos I can have him edit more out and make them shorter. I realize that 30 minutes is a lot to ask of you to watch a video. So please honestly let me know if you prefer the longer videos like today or an under 10 minute video or if you would like me to alternate long and short tutorials. You won’t hurt my feelings. I just want to make the most useful lessons I can for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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