Ever After Winner & 20% Off Coupon!

Hi friends! Yippee, today I get to draw a winner for a spot in the multi instructor fairy tale themed art extravaganza Ever After! And the winner is Penny who wrote:

Hi – I would love the opportunity to be part of the ever after 2018 group as I started painting end of last year and I can learn so much from the classes! I am holding thumbs!

Congrats and enjoy the class when it opens on July First! I am sorry to those that didn’t win a spot but I do have a treat, a 20% off coupon code for Ever After 2018. Use coupon code MAGIC2018 to get 20% off through July 5th 2018!

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This is going to be an awesome class with 15 talented mixed media art instructors! I can’t wait to teach you and see what the other teachers have in store! If you have a sense of fun and whimsy you are going to love EverAfter 2018!

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They are offering several options for students wanting to take this class, they have just the fairytale class option, or the fairy tale plus style development classes and they have money-saving bundles that include previous years Ever After classes as well. Don’t forget to use the 20% off coupon code MAGIC2018 if you sign up! Please visit the EverAfter 2018 page for more information or to enroll!

Programming note: We will have our weekly live stream tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm ET! Til then happy crafting!

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Student Spotlight: Linda Foster {and a sale!}

Hi friends! I am so lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. I enjoy sharing my passion for art here on my blog, on YouTube and in my classes. I find myself constantly inspired by my students and the excitement they feel when they create is infectious! Today I want to share a couple of projects from my student Linda Foster. She is in my drawing course Learn to Draw with Lindsay and she is doing an amazing job! BTW I am offering 30% off the one time purchase price of this course through May 9th, use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t show up:)

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Portraits are probably the most intimidating thing for students to draw and I was delighted to see the elegant way she drew the portrait of a girl and the skillful way she shaded her. Isn’t she lovely?

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Portrait of a girl by Linda Foster

One of the more challenging lessons in the course was drawing the texture of a birch bark log. The marks, peeled bark and shading is almost abstract and can be confusing but Linda took it one step at a time and created this textural delight in graphite!

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Birch bark by Linda Foster.

We also branch out into other media in the class, here is Linda’s deer in Conte crayon. Doesn’t he look peaceful? I just love her work!

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Deer in Conte Crayon by Linda Foster.

I would like to thank Linda Foster for allowing me to share a few of her drawings from the class. I love to see the student work posted in the classroom. I give individual critiques on all of the artwork that is uploaded so the student as well as other students can learn more. Not everyone want’s to share their artwork and that is totally fine so I want to send a special thanks to all of the students who do share because it helps students who are a bit shy about uploading their work too. I want to welcome anyone who would like to learn to draw to have a look at my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. Here is what some other students had to say about it:

Thanks for the tips. Gee, the way you’ve arranged all of this is just wonderful, Lindsay — never a problem viewing what you’re doing, your voice is crystal clear, the lesson projects are challenging because they teach new skills yet are simple enough for beginners, plus the Q&A and comments section is so helpful. It’s obvious you’ve worked hard on this setup and it’s absolutely perfect! LOVE your classes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Oh, and another thing I like about your class is that you not only provide a list of suggested supplies for the lessons but also give students ideas for substitutes if it’s not possible for them to purchase all of these items, i.e., just use a number 2 pencil if you don’t have drawing pencils;  you can buy white erasers at the Dollar Store; if you already own another brand of watercolor pencils, just go ahead and use those; if you have no drawing paper, just use a sheet of typing paper. Your whole goal is to allow others to enjoy art like you do and that doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  The challenge of your lessons provides a learning experience while the simplicity allows even beginners to be able to finish the projects and produce a drawing they can be proud to show to family and friends. You hand us all a big dose of confidence, Lindsay! Plus your classes are very reasonably priced.  In fact, when I’m finished with your drawing class, I plan to sign up for your watercolor class. Under your guidance, I can go back and learn the important basics I didn’t get in a class I took previously.~Kathleen L. mechanic

Hi Lindsay! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials on YouTube for a couple of years and I just joined this art class today! Thank you so much for offering it to us! I have spent over 50 years telling myself that I can’t make art due to my lack of talent, but you have helped me to realize that I CAN make art that I enjoy viewing! All I have to do is follow your instructions! You are so fun to watch, and your instructions are easy to follow! I love your enthusiasm! You’re the best! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are aspiring to be better artists! ~Nancy Whitmore

Hi Lindsay, Great exercise! I am happily covered in graphite from head to toe but somehow that makes me feel more like a real artist! lol 🙂 I am grateful for this lesson as I have much to learn with values. Seeing things through your eyes and hearing how you explain things helps me learn new perspectives in art 🙂 I truly appreciate all your instruction 🙂 ~A happy pupil, Pam Karasy 🙂

If your goal is to learn how to draw or improve your drawing skills I would love for you to enroll in my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. You can take as long as you like with the lessons and return to them as often as you like. You get lifetime access! That’s one of the thing I love about online classes,you can study whenever you want and take as long as you like and it is much more affordable than my in person classes. This series of classes would cost over $150 to take in person at my studio and you would have to be there at a set time (not to mention potentially paying a babysitter and parking.) But with online classes they are on YOUR time and through May 9th 2018 you can save 30% (Regular $79, sale $55.30) just use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t already appear.  I want to thank my student Linda Foster for letting me share her artwork from class with you and thank YOU for visiting today and til next time happy crafting!

Paint a Pineapple LIVE 12:30pm Today!

Edited to add the final painting from the live stream:) Have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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Howdy friends! I have to admit my practise painting for today’s live stream is a hot mess. That’s OK though because I know where I went wrong, and continued to go wrong until I had the equivalent of compound interest of wrongness on my paper. It is just as valuable to know what not to do as it is to know the steps to do it right. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, am I right?

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My painting went wrong when I decided to put in a background after painting my pineapple. It threw off all of my values (relative lightness and darkness of the subject.) I started painting with a white background in mind but then decided I wanted a colorful background so I spent the rest of the painting using mixed media techniques to try to pop the pineapple out of the background. Values are so important in any artwork. It is how we create depth and dominance in our focal areas. If you struggle differentiating tonal values my new Class Learn to Draw with Lindsay can help show you how to see your work in values and correct mistakes when they inevitably happen. We may not need the mixed media supplies in the live stream today but they are nice to have handy just in case. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today (Friday 3/30/18.)

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

Tomorrow is the last day to save 50% on my classes!

You can get Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor (Beginner), Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl (Intermediate) or the NEW Learn the Draw with Lindsay beginner drawing class for 50% off (Regular $79, sale $39.50) use coupon code DRAWME if the discount doesn’t show up.

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The students have been creating beautiful work in Learn to Draw with Lindsay, here are a couple of examples:

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Magnolia drawing created by student Janine Hall

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Portrait of a girl done by student Lori Ristau

I love hearing how happy my students are with the results they are achieving. Here is what a few of them had to say:

Hi Lindsay, what a great drawing course. I have been painting for 30 plus years, drawing was my weakest, until now. I’m starting to see things in shape, I think the most helpful is starting with a circle or shape then fill in with the shapes of whatever you are drawing. This has been the best money I have ever spent. What I love I can look at these lessons over & over until I get it!! ~Linda

Thanks for the tips. Gee, the way you’ve arranged all of this is just wonderful, Lindsay — never a problem viewing what you’re doing, your voice is crystal clear, the lesson projects are challenging because they teach new skills yet are simple enough for beginners, plus the Q&A and comments section is so helpful. It’s obvious you’ve worked hard on this setup and it’s absolutely perfect! LOVE your classes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~Kathleen L. Mechanic

Hi Lindsay! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials on YouTube for a couple of years and I just joined this art class today! Thank you so much for offering it to us! I have spent over 50 years telling myself that I can’t make art due to my lack of talent, but you have helped me to realize that I CAN make art that I enjoy viewing! All I have to do is follow your instructions! You are so fun to watch, and your instructions are easy to follow! I love your enthusiasm! You’re the best! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are aspiring to be better artists! ~Nancy Whitmore

Hi Lindsay, Great exercise! I am happily covered in graphite from head to toe but somehow that makes me feel more like a real artist! lol 🙂 I am grateful for this lesson as I have much to learn with values. Seeing things through your eyes and hearing how you explain things helps me learn new perspectives in art 🙂 I truly appreciate all your instruction 🙂 ~ A happy pupil, Pam Karasy 🙂

I am blown away by the excellence of your lessons! Things that I have struggled with are making more sense when I sketch along with you. So glad that I will be able to go back and reference your videos! ~Irene Addison

Don’t wait! The 50% off coupon DRAWME is only good in my online school through tomorrow. You can purchase a class now (on sale) and take as long as you need to complete it as you have lifetime access, in fact I sometimes add new goodies to class and you will have access to that as well! Learn more or enroll today! I hope to see you live at 12:30pm eastern time for a fun pineapple painting, til then happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday: Rainbow Roses!

Hello friends! Today in my sketchbook I decided to paint a rainbow rose!

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This was a fun loose watercolor that I enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils. Watch how it all came together in this weeks Sketchbook Sunday timelapse:

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I also wanted to share this lesson I added in my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Class. If you purchased this class in the past you have access to it in now in the classroom. If you would like to enroll you can use coupon code DRAWME to save 50% on the class (Regular price $79, sale price $39.50 with coupon code DRAWME through 3/31/18)

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The Hydrangea lesson is focusing on the skill of negative painting and I think it rounds out the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course very well. If you are new please make sure to do the lessons in order so you get the most from the class as the hydrangea lesson assumes you have already completed the previous lessons in the course. I can’t wait to see your work in the classroom!

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You can also save 50% on my new Learn to Draw with Lindsay Class or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl (and I am working on an extra goodie for students of that course too!)  but don’t wait if you want to save 50% as that deal is only good through 3/31/18. *Enter coupon code DRAWME if the discount isn’t shown.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Sketchbook Sunday video, tell me, what are you working on in your sketchbook today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

I hope to have a live show tonight, but for now a mermaid…

Hi friends! I am writing this post on Tuesday night, my van is packed with camping gear and I am about to head into the wilderness with a spirited group of 46 8th grade students. I am excited to chaperone this school trip but I am not a camper. I will get back in town late Friday afternoon and depending on what shape I am in I’d like to do the weekly live show at 7pm. If you are subscribed to me on YouTube and you clicked the bell icon you will get notified when and if I go live 🙂 I didn’t want to leave you hanging incase I am totally beat after this trip so I prepared a little mixed media painting in my art journal for you:

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Providing I scheduled everything right you should be able to watch it in the player below, if not, wait and hour and try again (incase I messed up the times LOL!) Also, warning, this is a time-lapse, I know some people don’t like them but it was the best vehicle for this project. I hope you enjoy it!

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You know the drill, use what you have. Mixed media is the “wild west” of painting! Be a rebel, splash on some ink, break the rules and have a blast! The main reason the video was not live narrated is because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next! Relax, let go and create with abandon! Giddyup!

Before I go!!!

There is just 2 days to get 50% off my new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl! Learn the techniques to paint birds successfully and these techniques will cross over to your other paintings. Use coupon FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up.

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Learn more here or enroll today! Offer good through 10/1/17

Wish me luck on the camping trip and hopefully I’ll see you live on YouTube tonight! Til then happy crafting!

A LIVE Show Today & a NEW Watercolor Class!

Edit: Thanks to everyone who joined the livestream today! Here is how our birdie turned out. I loved the suggestion from the chat to add the red berries, so fall like! If you missed the live show you can catch the replay below:)

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Howdy friends! I might be a bit punchy and silly today because I was up into the wee hours of the morning putting the finishing touches on my brand spankin’ new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl! I’ll Tell you more about that and share a discount code in a minute but first I want to invite you to paint with me LIVE on YouTube today at 12:30pm Eastern time!

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You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions as we go be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page.

Here are the supplies we are using today:

I like to teach my classes with a limited palette so students don’t get overwhelmed by materials and it makes the classes much more budget friendly. If you already took my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class than you have just about everything you need for Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl!

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This course consists of four robust full length painting tutorials that cover a wide variety of techniques for capturing the soft, fuzzy and sleek texture of our feathered friends. The lessons are broken down into easily digestible chunks so you won’t get overwhelmed in this intermediate level class.

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Each lesson has a comment area where you can ask questions and share your work in progress. If you are having trouble we can get it corrected before the painting goes astray. But if it does go astray, no worries! I am going to show you my favorite ways to fix paintings that took a wrong turn using gentle mixed media enhancements with colored pencils or pens.

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All of the bird paintings come with patterns to trace but I do go over sketching a bit for those of you who prefer to draw free-hand. This is not a drawing class though:) I will also show you how I use reference photos to suit my style and where you can find ones that are free to use.

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If you have taken my first course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor, or followed along with many of my free YouTube tutorials then you are more than ready to tackle Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl. I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach you and to show my thanks I am offering a 50% discount for Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl through the end of September. Just use the coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. 🙂 I hope to see you at 12:30pm for a fun LIVE painting tutorial on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

*Note: The only additional supplies we use in Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl that were not used in Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor are colored pencils and a white gel pen and they are optional.

LIVE! House Finch in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! It’s been a crazy week so I am so glad to get a chance to hang out with you live and paint today! We are going to paint a house finch on a bare branch with a soft wet-in-wet background. We might even get a little crazy and toss some salt in for texture!

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I am really hoping the live-stream gremlins behave this week because honestly the YouTube live stream problems have been causing me some unneeded stress to the point of thinking about replacing the live show with a prerecorded tutorial. If you hear a bit of cracklely audio or blurry video please be patient, Sarah and I will troubleshoot as quickly as we can. Out internet was taken over by a new company a couple of months ago and my live streaming has not been reliable.  I have the fastest upload plan available so it is quite a frustrating bummer for me. All the equipment on my end checks out so I am not sure what is going on. All I ask for is a bit of patience, I am doing the best I can. Also if you don’t care if the Friday video is live or recorded you can let me know in the comments:)

You probably know the drill by now but in case you don’t you can watch the live stream or the reply in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions as we go along be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

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ALSO: Last 2 days to save 30% on my Essential Tools and Techniques Watercolor E-course! Use coupon code TEACHME if discount does not show up. (coupon good through 8/27/17 11pm GMT)

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Here is a lovely comment I received in the classroom this week:

Hi Lindsay, Thank you for a fabulous course – I found it to be very comprehensive, learning many techniques which allowed us to produce three really different paintings! Your style is engaging and inspiring and you have given me the confidence to paint more! I hope you have more courses planned!  -Marianna Panopoulos

This class gets you geared up with everything you need to know to paint along with any of my free tutorials on YouTube in the quickest possible way, and today it’s 30% off! As an added benefit the purchase of this class helps me produce more free tutorials on my blog so I thank you for your support:)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm eastern time today and til then happy crafting!

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