Let’s Talk Layers: Using watercolor pencils and wax colored pencils together

Hi friends! I find that a lot of the time my students are displeased with their colored pencils work it is because they haven’t gone far enough with it yet. We think because all the paper is covered we are done but that is not often true. Not only do you need to cover the expanse of your paper but you need to build up areas as well. Think of it like a topographical map. the areas of your painting that are the focal points will have layers like a mountain range on a map would. Sometimes you want to add more pencils but you have filled the paper’s tooth and it won’t stick so what do you do then? In today’s video I will show you ways to build up layers and create a finished looking artwork. I will share tips of what to do when the pencil won’t stick and tricks for those final details.

You can find a fully narrated real-time tutorial of this painting in Critique Club. Below is the time-lapse.

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In other news I bought a new tea kettle. Thank you for your help in deciding:) Happy crafting!

Still Life in Gouache on Questionable Paper…

Hi friends! Today I have a lovely still life to share with you!

I found an old block of watercolor paper I bought about 20 years ago. The sizing has gone bad on this paper but that’s OK, it will work fine for gouache (an opaque watercolor)so that’s what I used it for today! A 2 hour live narrated version of this tutorial is available at Critique Club. There are 42 other long format tutorials in Critique Club right now with 2 new tutorials added each month. These in depth lesson help you stay inspired and build your skills as an artist and you have access to them all as long as you area member. Critique Club membership is $5 a month and in addition to all of the lessons you can submit up to 2 painting for a critique from me. The lessons in Critique Club are in a variety of media making it wonderfully educational to artists curious about different supplies. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or join today!

This is the gouache set (affiliate link) I used. I will be posting a comparison between the jelly cup gouache sets in a few days in case you were wondering about them. Thanks for visiting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday with Sushi!

Hi friends! Today I have the first of several quarantine still lifes. I have been enjoying setting up stil-lifes with item I have around the house to draw and paint from. When life slows down you can pause and observe the ordinary. Also we have lost power/internet due to a snowstorm this week and are expecting to lose it again tomorrow with high winds expected so we have to be resourceful with what we have on hand. I think that’s one thing this quarantine is teaching everyone. It’s not all a bad thing.

I took that photo the other day after my daughter made sushi. I setit up on my coffee table because I like the wood grain. We have to be resourseful LOL! I thought it looked so pretty! Below is my painting.

This was a joy to paint and I hope you enjoy the time lapse. There is a full 2 hour narrated tutorial up in Critique Club for members in case you want more info.

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Remember to use what you have, you will be surprised how well the supplies you have on hand can be adaped to different techniques, besides, it just makes since to see if what you have will work before buying something new. I need to remember that myself because I do like new supplies LOL! It IS really satisfying to use up supplies and make what you have work tho, it’s kinda addicting!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend and Easter if you celebrate it. It’s a bummer not to be able to see my parents and sister’s family like we usually do but hopefully it will mean things can go back to normal sooner. We are all healthy here, I hope you are too! Take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting!

Markers + Colored Pencils on Toned Grey Paper is the Best!

Hi friends! I really enjoyed creating this drawing. I think one of my favorite sketching combinations is markers on toned paper. It is such an interesting experience.

Watch the video and see how it all came together!

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You can find a real-time tutorial for this project in Critique Club. Critique Club is a monthly membership group that allows you to upload 2 of your original paintings a month for personalized feedback from me and it gives you access to dozens of in-depth, more advanced tutorials. I add two new long tutorials and a new creative prompt every month and while you are a member you can access all past tutorials and prompts. You get all of this for $5 a month and you can cancel anytime:) If your goal is to grow and improve as an artist Critique Club is for you! Learn more here! That’s all for today! It’s March, that means Spring is on the way and soon we will have real flowers growing outside to paint (in the north anyway:) and that is an inspiring thought. Happy crafting!

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!

Rust can be Beautiful! Texture in Watercolor Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share this painting with you today because I had so much fun painting it!

I filmed and narrated the entire 2+ hour duration of this painting and you can find that tutorial in Critique Club. The tutorial is broken up into 6 smaller segments so you can easily take breaks and not lose your place. There are so many techniques in this painting that can be applied to other watercolor paintings as well. Critique Club is a monthly membership that costs $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. While you are a member you can access any of the past real-time lessons that are longer and more advanced to what I post on YouTube. In addition each month you get a creative prompt and you can upload up to two paintings you are currently working on for feedback on so you can grow and improve as an artist. It is my hope that this customized feedback, or critique, can help you become the best artist you can be! This is a gentle community of artists wanting to learn. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or enroll today!

Now for the Sketchbook Sunday Time Lapse!

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I hope you enjoyed this painting and I hope it inspires you to draw or paint something with lots of texture soon! Remember you can find the real time tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and til next time happy creating!

Gettin Figgy With it!

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I have a fig!

You can see how I painted it in today’s time-lapse video. The real time version is up in Critique Club if you are interested:)

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I hope you are having a great Sunday and ti next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Geraniums

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I am painting geraniums! These hardy plants do well in Maine, I got a potted geranium from my sister last week from mothers day (that’s the one we will paint) and a hanging basket from hubby and the kids. The hanging basket is currently on the porch but I am waiting to plant the potted one until the weather warms ups a bit.  I did feel bad for the hanging basket one night and brought it in but so far so good. I hope it can deal well with the cold and lack of sunlight. Tomorrow is supposed to be 70 but thunderstorms, hail, and windy rain. I might have to bring him in again and save him from the shock!

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As always my sketchbook Sunday paintings are in time lapse but I do have a real-time lesson for this painting in Critique Club.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you had a chance to work in your sketchbook this Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday & Fortune Cookies

Hi friends! I was craving something “real” to paint, is in something I could actually hold and examine. Usually I would find a plant or flower or moss (something outside in nature) but since everything is buried under snow right now I had to get creative. That was when I noticed some leftover fortune cookies from some take out we had the other day and this painting was born.

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This painting was done with many breaks in between. The nice thing about it being a packaged item is that I didn’t have to worry it would wilt or rot before I finished the painting! For anyone who is interested the real-time version (all 85 narrated minutes of it) is available in now Critique Club which is my monthly membership club for folks who want individualized feedback on their paintings as well as some of the more advanced (long) sketchbook Sunday tutorials. You can learn more about that here and sign up if it is something that would be valuable to you in your journey as an artist.

As always with Sketchbook Sunday, here is a time-lapse of this weeks painting. Even the time-lapse is long LOL!

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I urge you to look around your house and see what ordinary objects inspire you and do a sketch of it. You can spend as little or as much time as you like on it. This will train your brain to see beauty in the everyday. Til next time happy crafting!