Owl in Watercolor Tutorial, Hey beginners, this one’s for you!

Hi friends! Today we have a watercolor tutorial using 3 colors perfect for beginners!


Watch the video and paint along!

Supplies (affiliate links used)


Do you want to learn the basics of watercolor painting so you can paint whatever you want? Check out my online class Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting! This class contains the techniques you need to know to paint beautiful washes, develop textures and mix colors. I also walk you through 4 step-by-step painting lessons so you can put what you learned into practise right away. Let me help you develop the skills and confidence you need to create whatever you desire to paint! You can go at your own pace and you can return to the lessons anytime you like to refresh your skills. I’d love to have you as a student! Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!




Let’s Paint a Beautiful Coastal Maine Landscape LIVE at 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this beautiful photo that my friend Kelly Brooks Bay (author of Sea Glass and the Lighthouse and The Rainbow Pants) took in Kennebunkport Maine the other day.


Kelly, in addition to being a talented writer and photographer, is also our local librarian now and I though this would also make a nice project for the free monthly painting class I do there. I have been on a bit of a hiatus at the library but I am excited to get back there and paint! At the library I teach with Cotman watercolors on Strathmore and Canson watercolor greeting cards. We use the 12 color Cotman pocket box (which is only $13 right now) because it has the necessary colors to mix most other colors. I will be using the large painting I make today as the demonstration piece for my library class. I hear a lot of people poo-poo student grade paints but if it wasn’t for affordable supplies we wouldn’t be able to have this program at the library. I like Cotman paints, they’re reliable and you will see in today’s live stream that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful painting. It’s the magician not the wand that makes the magic!

You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live you will need to watch from the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern Time.


Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

  • Watercolors (Cotman) I am using the full pan studio set because it is easier to get a big brush in there but all the colors needed are in the $13 pocket box
  • Paper: Canson Montville I am painting 12″x16″ but the 9″x12″ block is $15 vs $25 for the former, you can see available sizes from that link.
  • Brushes: You want absorbent brushes like Creative Mark Mimik, Princeton Neptune, or Royal & Langnickel ZEN or MENTA which can be found in your big box art and craft stores for about $5 each.
  • Also, pencil, white eraser, 2 buckets of water, paper towels, cut up bit of credit card aka credit card scraper

A SALE on my Drawing Class through 5/9/18!

Today we sketched out our painting and it was easy. If you would like to be able to draw whatever you see with cofidence consider checking out my latest class. Through 5/9/18 you can SAVE 30% on Learn to Draw with Lindsay with coupon code BLOGFRIENDS (if discount doesn’t appear automatically.) Check out Tuesday’s blog post to see inspiring student artwork and read student testimonials!


New art in the shop!

Have you ever wanted to own an original painting by me? Here is your chance, prices start at $45 and USA shipping is included in the price.


That’s all for now! See you at 12:30 on YouTube for live watercolor painting fun! Happy crafting!


Stamp School: Cutaway Card & Beginner Tips for Scene Stamping and Watercoloring

Hi friends! Do you get confused when you try to mix several stamps together to create a scene? Today I’ll show you how to do it as we create this fanciful one layer card!


When you are mixing stamps, especially from different sets, it can get chaotic real quick. That’s why we are keeping it simple by using watercolor to tie everything together. This flat card is not boring though, because of the clever peekaboo cutaway we have put on the front so the inside can be just as fun as the outside. Watch the video to see how!

Video! *Note, this is a beginner video so advanced stampers might want to skip around or watch in fast mode:)

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Please note: This is a beginner stamping and watercoloring tutorial. Feel free to skip around if you are a more advanced stamper:)


When stamping use your largest images first then fill in with the smaller ones.

Use a big brush for a loose washy look and a small brush for detail.

Dig through your stash for old shape cutters that might make cool cutaways on your cards.

If you don’t have watercolors use reinkers or press a dye ink pad to a place to make a makeshift palette!

I hope you try this technique using the stamps and color media you have! Let me know how it goes in the comments below and share this project with any beginner stampers you know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’ve been Doodlewashed & Cotman Review/Demo!

Hi friends! I wanted to share that I was featured on the doodlewash website this week! Doodlewash is the home or world watercolor month and there are lots of inspiring profiles and product reviews on the site. It is worth a look if you like watercolor! I have a much requested review of my own today, a review of my beloved Cotman Watercolors. They are affordable and reliable and easy to find all over the world. Also I will demo the watermelon painting at the end of the video!


Check out the video review here:

Cotman watercolors by Winsor & Newton are probably the most accessible watercolors you can find on a budget. They are available in tubes and pans. Today I will show you the sets I have:
12 sketcher box
24 USA whole pan set
45 UK half pan set
Cotman tubes

Easy to Find
Uses real pigments and most colors are lightfast

These are student grade paints so there is less pigment in there compared to professional paints.

I recommend these to anyone starting out in watercolor or those wishing to try out a new color on a budget. There is noting wrong with these paints and while you might be able to find a better quality paint at a lower price you always know what you will get with these. I give them a thumbs up!

I wanted to thank Aafke Vultink for her idea of saving the wrappers, she gave me permission to share her swatch photo and she explains her process on her blog.


I hope you found this review helpful! For those of you who aren’t painters don’t despair, the kids are back in school so I have more time for more varied projects now! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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