Stamping with Inktense blocks & a Stamp Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I am beginning to feel like a game show host with all of the fun giveaways lately! Up for grabs today are the butterfly and peony stamps I used in my video and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! This contest is open word-wide so everyone can play! All you have to do is leave a comment and I will pick a winner at random next Monday! Now watch this video for this fun technique!

You can also do this technique with colored chalk (pastels), watercolor crayons and in some cases watercolor pencils. Try what you have. You can also use water based markers for a different look but still beautiful. Try this technique with the stamps you have OR if you are inclined to shop for the ones I used you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on regular priced items your next order at Artneko. The Butterflies I used are also on the beautiful Cats set (A huge 8″x10″ pate) that is normally $29.99 but on sale now for $12.99 and the peony is available as a single stamp for $6 (reg price $8) or you can get it as part of this beautiful set of Assorted Ancient Asian Images for $14.99 (regular $29.99) I love it when the sets I picked to use are on sale! I have no idea when the sale is over so don’t wait if you want these. If you buy it and end up winning they will let you choose different stamps:) Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Paint Impatiens!

Hello friends! Tonight I have a very easy painting tutorial. We will paint double impatiens using Inktense Blocks by Derwent and a waterbrush on 140# watercolor paper. I am using soft press paper by Fabriano which is a cross between hot press and cold press, it is quite smooth and similar to Rives BFK printmaking paper. I like the smoother finish for working with the Inktense Blocks or watercolor pencils because it makes it a bit easier to blend as there is no texture for the pigment to get caught in. But, really, you can use whatever paper you like, even a heavy weight mixed media or drawing paper. OK, enough gabbing, let’s paint!

Let me remind you again that you can follow along with watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons or even soft pastels. Try what you have before you buy something new. I really am enjoying the Derwent Inktense blocks I just bought (well, all except the flimsy packaging but we’ll talk about that later) but my style tends to be quick and loose. If your style is tighter you will prefer the pencils I think. honestly, I think the pencils are much more versatile but I have wanted the set of 72 blocks for a loooong time and I came across a good deal 😀 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and it inspires you to loosen up and paint from nature. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

YUPO, Sea Horses & Monkeys {oh my!}

Happy Saturday friends! I had some fun this week playing with Yupo paper. Yupo is made of plastic and it is smooth and yet, by some force of magic watercolor sticks to it. You can use it with other mediums too such as markers, inks, watercolor crayons and even oil pastels. It is fun stuff. At the beginning of this video I will show you a piece of yupo that was stored in a folder touching the manila paper for years, the ink repelled, well I rinsed off the paper, wiped it down and was able to paint on it, I used that experiment for the background on yesterday’s card. You really do not need to be afraid of wasting this paper because you can just rinse it off if you like!

So you have probably thought “hey, Lindsay, won’t my painting get ruined if it gets wet?” and yes, a damp finger print will lift the paint off but you can spray it with a sealer or better yet, mat and frame it under glass. If you are like me and mat your watercolors and the put them in a clear art bag you should probably seal it before matting because if the bag presses up against the surface of the painting it might stick, especially if it is humid…then again, you could market it as “ever-changing art” LOL!

And now for something completely different…, in the comments of the above video on YouTube a few of you asked to see my Sea Monkeys, and I could not disappoint so here you go…

And a cameo by my dog Hazel who is about 3 feet from me during every video I shoot:) I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy. You can find YUPO paper at most art suppliers online. I have Yupo lightweight 26″x40 sheets I cut down but you might prefer to buy smaller sheets or pads for convenience of storage. Actually it is cheaper per square foot to buy the smaller sheets at Blick when I just checked so there you go! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Inktense blocks!!!

Yep, that is how excited I am, 3 exclamation points!!! I might get carried away and start writing in ALL CAPS too:) LOL! Thanks to reader Maureen for sending me a set of 12 Derwent Inktense Blocks to try. It was so thoughtful (she was probably sick of hearing me hemming and hawing about buying them ha ha:) so I opened them up and started playing when I had a few minutes today and of course I flipped on my camera and did a video, here are a few techniques I came up with:

They are fun! I can’t wait to have a moment to play with them some more, this is a busy week and I literally had to scrape myself off the couch to write this blog tonight so I apologize for any spelling errors and incoherent-ness that may be present.

BTW I have had some users say that videos were not loading for them and a viewer suggested unblocking things and updating things…really I am too tired to think so if you are having a problem or have a suggestion please leave it in the comments and you can help each other out with that. I know in my kindle lately I can’t watch any YouTube videos and it is an android device so there is definitely something going on. I’ll think on that some tomorrow:) For now it’s off to bed with me and til next time happy crafting!

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