A Fall Themed Still Life

Hi friends! Wow, it is so gorgeous outside! We have unseasonably warm weather and the trees are all shades of red, green, gold and orange contrasted with bright cerulean blue skies! It’s a great time to live in Maine (do me a favor and remind me of this in January, OK.) I was keen to do some fall decorating so I bought some gourds and pumpkins and I thought I would do a simple still life for you!

And here is the photo I snapped.

Just to be clear, simple doesn’t mean fast LOL! This is a longer video but I didn’t want to skimp on technique or cut out portions that would be useful. I have had a lot of viewers ask about how I would paint a white object so I wanted to how that as well.

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One more note, my YouTube tutorials have outpaced my blog posts so if you are looking for something new I have a couple new cardmaking tutorials up on YouTube that haven’t been posted here yet. I didn’t want anyone to miss out:) Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday a Day Late! Tree Frog

Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!

Anyway, on to the video!

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That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

Strawberry Season (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is “Favorite Color” and mine is crimson red so I decided to paint these strawberries!

You can find the 1hr 44min narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under June 2020 bonus project #1. In case you haven’t heard, Critique Club is a membership group where you can upload up to 2 painting you are working on per month for an in-depth critique from me. My goal is to help you grow and improve as artists! I also post 2 long narrated tutorials per month for members that tend to be on the intermediate/advanced side. You also get access to all the past tutorials (37 in all so far!) so you will have inspiration for miles and it’s only $5 per month. Learn more or sign up here. Thank you for your support!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peony Sketchbook Sunday

Hi Friends! Here is a quick little drawing with a springtime mood…

It didn’t take long to sketch and color. I hope you can make some time for art today!

This video is sponsored by Bianyo! They are offering 20% off discount on their 72 count classic marker sets here and a 20% off discount on their 36 count marker sets as well as their wonderful marker pads here. *Their marker paper is bleedproof and slightly translucent so if you want to trace an image to color you can with that paper.

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It’s a beautiful day in Maine today, I took the dog to walk on the cross country trails and I got so warm I had to remove my hat and mittens! Spring is on the way (at least it will feel like it for the next couple of days LOL!) Enjoy your day and til next time happy crafting!

Inktober 2019 Wrap Up! How did I do?

Hi friends! I did it, 31 drawings in 31 days! I am so glad I finished Inktober this year because I noticed improvement from day 1 to day 31. You can see the drawing in today’s video and learn a bit about the process. It’s long and chatty so be forewarned:)

I kept to my theme of drawing hands and also went with the Inktober prompts. With those strict guidelines I allowed myself some leeway with the supplies I used. They all contained some ink even if it was just a scant outline. Here are my go-to supplies but others were used as well.

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Here are the sketches I did this week. You can see week 1 sketches here, week 2 sketches here, week 3 sketches here and week 4 sketches here.

Day 28 prompt “Ride” I use black fine-liner and watercolors with colored pencil accents on this.

Day 29 “Injured” This was alcohol marker, black fine liner and pen and colored pencil accents.

Day 30 “Catch I wanted to do a mystical scene (catch a falling star meets crystal ball fortune teller) I used fine-liner to outline my hand sketch and ball and painted the background with 2 layers of black watercolor, then lifted out smaller circles and added metallic watercolors and flicked on metallic watercolors for the background. I used watercolors, colored pencil and metallic watercolors on the hand. I like to draw watches, several of my hands were wearing watches, I rarely wear a watch tho LOL!

Day 31 “Ripe” I drew a smelly sock (hubby’s idea!) but I wish I went with more of an athletic looking sock and used wavy lines rather than swirly flourishes for the stink-lines. I had to add flies to make sure I got the “stink” across. I used alcohol markers with colored pencil and acrylic pen accents.

I had to take a day off after Inktober and honestly I felt a bit of a let down not having a challenge to work on so I decided for November I am going to do a mini oil painting a day. I used to paint in oils all the time and I have loads of small canvas panels. Maybe some of them will be nice enough to give as Christmas gifts. I think I will shoot for 5 days a week, not every day because I would really like to take a day off per week. If you have been wanting to challenge yourself and grow as an artist I highly recommend trying a monthly challenge. There are so many to find online. If you would like to join a small group of artists that are growing their skills and get feedback from me on your current work check out my Critique Club and see if that is right for you. We would love to have you!

Did you do inktober? Let me know what you think below and til next time keep creating!

Watercolor Mushroom: A Botanical Perfect for Beginners!

Hi friends! Last summer while on vacation I painted a little mushroom in my sketchbook and shared it on Instagram. I had a few requests for a tutorial but I knew I spent quite bit of time on it and I didn’t know how to boil it down into a quick tutorial. Recently though many viewers have told me that they don’t mind the longer videos especially if they are learning so I decided to make a tutorial and take as long as it needed to teach.

This painting is done mainly in watercolor and you can keep it 100% watercolor if you like. I like accents of colored pencils and white pen but if you don’t you can omit them and it will still be lovely. Watch the video and learn how. BTW often what makes a project more advanced isn’t complexity but the time you have to put in to it. This will take time but I have no doubt that you can do this.

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Just a Reminder…

You have one week left to save 50% on my class Learn to Draw with Lindsay (use coupon INKTOBER if discount doesn’t apply automatically) or Watercolor Landscape Workshop (Use coupon code FALLCOLOR if discount doesn’t show up) so you can improve your art in a relaxed pace, ad-free environment and get direct feedback from me in the classroom. Offer good on one-time purchase class, ends 10/31/19. I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and til next time happy crafting!





Inktober Week 3 Progress -Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! Here we are at day 20 of Inktober 2019. I have enjoyed the additional drawing practice each day but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle some days! Here is today’s drawing for the prompt “tread” and my personal theme of drawing hands.

The real-time tutorial for this painting will be available in Critique Club tomorrow, you can find it in the classroom by tomorrow night. Critique club is a membership group for people who want to grow their artistic abilities. You can upload 2 original paintings you are working on for a custom critique for me per month and you have access to the all of the longer, more advanced real time tutorials in the group plus two new tutorials every month. You can learn more about Critique Club here. In the meantime you can enjoy the time-lapse of today’s artwork now!

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Here are the other Inktober drawings I completed this week. I actually was able to finish up a couple of sketchbooks I had been working on for a while, that feels great! I post my drawing daily to my Instagram account if you want to follow along. You can see my projects form week 1 here, and week 2 here on my blog.

Day 14 “Overgrown” 2 of my alcohol markers ran out during this drawing! I was able to custom mix refill ink from alcohol inks and blending solution to get me through the project.

Day 15 “Legend” I though about reading a creepy book and then turning around and seeing a creepy monster peeking over your shoulder LOL!
Day 16 “Wild” I was thinking of people wildly parting at a rock concert. Honestly, it was really hard to fit the daily prompts with my hand theme but I really like how this drawing turned out.
Day 17 “Ornament” This is pretty obvious but I liked how it turned out. I used inktense pencils on this one.
Day 18 “Misfit” This was hard to fit in my theme of hands but I kept thinking of the punk rock band the Misfits and so I drew rock-star hands spelling the word “Misfits” in American Sign Langue and then added music imagery including their iconic guitar and a pic with the Misfits logo on it. I’m not sure it many people got this one:)
Day 19 “Sling” This was a lot of fun although I spilled acrylic paint on it halfway through. The original sketch was sloppy and inaccurate so spilling the opaque tan ink on the page was a blessing as it wiped out a lot of my drawing so I could start over. This is a bartender slinging drinks, a Singapore Sling to be exact LOL!

Want to learn to draw better?

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Thanks for joining me on my Inktober journey, til next time happy creating!

Sketchbook Sunday Strawberry Ice Cream!

Hi friends! Today I decided to sketch something summery! I am always a bit sad when summer comes to an end. I love the hot weather, long days and carefree feeling of the summer season.

We can keep summer going a bit longer in our sketchbooks at least!

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That’s it for today! I hope you are having a lovely weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Drawing my Favorite Fruit!

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I am painting peaches with alcohol markers and colored pencils:

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It was so fun to draw! You can find the real-time narrated full lesson to this art in Critique Club where you will also find over 11 hours of real-time drawing/painting lessons from my sketchbook Sunday series in real time and fully narrated lessons. In addition to all of the lessons and creative prompts, you can upload 2 paintings a month for an in-depth critique from me if you want! The goal of this membership is to keep you practicing, motivated and help you grow as an artist. You get all of this for $5 a month and you can end your subscription anytime. I hope to see you in Critique Club!

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Before you go a word about markers and supplies in general. I don’t want anyone to think you have to have brush tip markers for this. You don’t. If you have a variety of yellows, orange, pinks, and reds you can do this! Try using the chisel end for the large areas and the bullet tip for the fine areas. the honest truth is that you can create beautiful artwork with either type as long as you spend time learning how to use them. The set of 48 brush tip ohuhu markers I used as part of this illustration and lovely but the brush tip is not going to last as long as the bullet tip on the classic style and they are more expensive per marker and you get a smaller color range. I started off with Bic Mark-its and Prismacolor markers which were bullet and chisel tip markers and I still love those today. It is just what you get used to. If you have a set of markers already I bet they will do you just fine if you play with them and get used to their working abilities. I see a trend of jumping on the newest and greatest supplies without exploring what the stuff we already have can do. I get it, I love to try new supplies but the more I try the more I am convinced that most are equal to what we have already and with markers you really should use up what you have before they dry out. Then try the latest and greatest (or find refills.) I had some cheap Studio 71 markers that were well loved and I was going through them the other day to see what was still inky and what tips were frayed and I found about 10 markers with frayed tips. I almost tossed them but I decided to order some replacement Copic nibs I found on sale and I am going to see if I can repair the markers and I am going to see if I can make my own custom ink. Wish me luck and let me know if you would like to see a video of my experiment (if it works anyway LOL!)

I basically want to say that I don’t want to to feel like you have to have exactly what I am using because the pencils, paper, and markers in your stash are probably pretty darn close, there are only so many ways to make a marker or pencil. Only upgrade when you hit the limit of what you can do with them. And as always happy crafting!

Who Draws a Noodle Bowl? I do, That’s Who!

Hi friends! Today I want to encourage you to draw whatever the heck you want to! Don’t worry if it is too weird or too common. If you are inspired by it, draw it!

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I had more fun sketching this colorful ramen bowl than I have on anything else in a long while! Don’t worry if what you want to draw is odd, just draw it!

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That’s what your sketchbook is for! Your sketchbook is for YOU! Pick something interesting and challenging and give your brain a good workout as you pick apart how to draw it.  When you challenge yourself you grow, and growth is the key to avoiding burnout. If you are feeling bored in your current art/life routine find something that’s a little it bit hard but within reach of your skill level. This approach can apply to any hobby whether it be drawing, sports, music or any skill you wish to improve. Working towards mastering a skill, technique or medium brings long-lasting pleasure and the great thing is with art is there is so much to learn!

Since it is Memorial Day weekend there are bound to be sales and Arteza is offering an
EXTRA 20% off all supplies on their website with coupon code MEMORIAL20 I will link to comparable products that I have personally used from Arteza that would work for today’s tutorial so you can get a deal. Honestly, I have used most of Artezas products and I recommend them highly with the exception of their watercolor paints, they are OK and well priced but there are other budget brands that I prefer. 🙂
This watercolor sketchbook is very similar to what I used today. I also recommend their colored pencils,  Gouache (this is the 24 set, 60 set also available), Real Brush watercolor ink Pens (12-96 pen sets available) and Waterbrush set of 5 (pushbutton style, I used these in the video)

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon and Arteza affiliate and I earn a small commission on sales made after clicking on these links. It does not cost you any more to shop through these links (it costs you less if you use the coupon code!) and you help support my blog and youtube channel, thanks!

Specific supplies I used *Feel free to substitute with the supplies you already own.

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40% off any class with coupon code MEM2019

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Click the discount link for the class you want below to learn more about the course and the 40% off coupon will be automatically applied if you choose to purchase it.

This deal ends on May 28, 2019 but you can take as long as you want to complete the classes so it’s a good chance to stock up while they are on sale!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s sketchbook Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

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