I LOVE the Way This Watercolor Painting Turned Out!

Hi friends! Last week while I was on vacation to my favorite secluded spot I took a photo at sunset. I shared it on Instagram and asked if anyone would be interested in a tutorial when I got back home and many of you were! Here is the painting:

And here is the photo:

This is an easy sunset to paint and you only need 3 colors! They are pretty common colors you probably have if you ever painted in watercolor before. Grab your supplies and let’s paint!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Watercolor paints *I had Davinci in my Palette: Any brand is fine tho:) Cool Red (Alizarin Crimson or Permanent rose or Quin Rose or Red Rose Deep), Cool Blue (Pthalo Blue or Pthalo Turquoise or Prussian blue), Cool to neutral yellow (Hansa yellow light or Cad yellow light or Lemon)
  • Watercolor paper: I used Strathmore windpower (but it’s overpriced on amazon) Try Arches instead, it’s better and cheaper.
  • Brushes
  • Tape

***Last Days to save 50% on my Watercolor Landscape Workshop!

(regular price $79, with deal $39.50) Use coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF if the discount doesn’t appear automatically. Offer ends 8/1/19

I have really enjoyed seeing my students progress in this course and hearing their awesome feedback, Here are what a few of my students had to say about Watercolor Landscape Workshop:

Lindsay, I have taken classes in acrylics, watercolor, and even some in oils, all over the country. Your classes are by far the very best!! I enjoy how thoroughly and patiently you explain every step. I have had no formal training in any of these areas, so I really do appreciate that I can always be successful while having fun with your tutorials!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents as an artist and as a teacher!

-Marianne

Hi Lindsay! For the first time, taking your class my clouds look like CLOUDS! They are not perfect but I’m loving your instructions. Especially the use of color. Great techniques and using the correct pigments together make a huge difference. Thank you! Can’t wait to progress along with the landscapes. Also I wanted to add that I am learning so much from you! Like for example how to watch the video and then allow myself to flow and work quickly! Not to overthink! And I love it! You are an awesome teacher of good technique! Thank you for sharing your skills!

-Stacy Simon

Very excited about this Watercolor Landscape Class. I LOVE your classes and free tutorials!! So fun continuing to learn about watercolor. You are the best teacher and so carefully explain techniques that a beginner can easily follow. These paintings are beautiful! 

-Crystal Neuendorf

I enjoyed all of these it helps to understand an order to how to do things Also the mixing and having the colors limited. I started water coloring about 3 years ago I think and have thoroughly enjoyed doing things but I want to include the beautiful world around me and thought this would help. I think it will thank you so much. You are a terrific instructor and I follow u on you tube.

-Noreen Latimer

If you want to join the hundreds of watercolorists improving their watercolor landscape painting skills please check out Watercolor Landscape Workshop! Click this special discount link to take advantage of the final days of the launch month special! Use coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF If the discount doesn’t automatically appear. Deal ends 8/1/19. Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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Live Watercolor Paint Party Tonight! 8pm ET

Hi friends! Surprise! I am having a watercolor live stream tonight at 8pm ET on Youtube! Here is a quick rough sketch of what we will be painting.

I was really inspired by the teal blues and bright reds in this scene. Isn’t is unusual and lovely? You can watch the live stream or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch at 8pm on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

Exciting News!
My new Watercolor Landscape Workshop is now open for Enrollment! Save 50% with coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF or by clicking one of the special discount links in this newsletter. (Regular price $79, with coupon $39.50) I have been working on this online course for a while. I wanted to break down landscape painting into easy elements that you can learn with confidence and then put them together to create beautiful paintings.
We will work on skies, rocks and different kinds of trees so you can add variety and interest to your landscape with ease!
And then we will paint 4 complete paintings step-by-step and in real time. I’ll take the mystery out of landscape painting so you can paint the beauty of nature with confidence!
This course features over 7 hours of brand new exclusive video tutorials you can’t find anywhere else. In addition to the all-new content you will find in Watercolor Landscape Workshop I have also added an organized archive to over 50 of my past real-time watercolor landscape tutorials so you can find what you want in a flash! You will never lack inspiration when you are in this class!
I hope you see you for the live stream on YouTube tomorrow and if you want to learn more about Watercolor Flower Landscape please click the special discount link to find out more or enroll today! I’d love to see you in class! Use coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF if the discount doesn’t appear. Offer ends 7/31/19

I’ll see you tonight for the livestream, til ten happy crafting!

Beginner Watercolor Iris with pen scraping!

Hi friends, This lovely iris flower can be painted quickly in a relaxed style.

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I took many photos last weekend in my sisters garden and thought this would be such a fun flower to paint.

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My favorite part of this painting was scraping lines in it with a dip pen. You can use a cut up piece of credit card or toothpick for this as well but the pen was really nice to hold. Watch the video and paint along!

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.

I love painting simple flowers like this on greeting cards because it is a fun and easy way to share your art and you will never be without a card when you need one. If you like painting loose style flowers check out my course Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn the trick to painting just about any flower type you want by breaking it down to easy strokes and you will learn how to arrange the flowers in gorgeous compositions like wreaths and bouquets! Learn more or enroll here. Til next time happy crafting!

Time for Watercolor Bunnies & 40% off Classes!

Hi friends! First up I want to tell you that I am running a 40% off special in my school! Use the coupon code LUCKY to take 40% off any of my classes OR click on the following links and the discount will appear automatically: Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor, Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl, Learn to Draw with Lindsay, Watercolor Flower Workshop or Soft Pastel for Beginners! This deal is good through 3/17/19 (St. Paddy’s Day!) so grab a one if you want one!

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The other day I was practicing painting bunnies in my sketchbook and  posted the above pic to Instagram and asked if anyone wanted a tutorial and the white bunny with the flower crown was the most popular so that is what we will paint today! I might paint the brown one too at some point, it would be fun near Easter time!

These products can be purchased from the Arteza website or on Amazon. If shopping on the Arteza Website please use coupon code FRUGAL10 to take 10% off your order:  (affiliate links used) *I recommend checking prices on Amazon as well before ordering as there can be differences in price and special deals there too:)
** also I wanted to mention that the pan watercolors are more “modern” colors and the tubes are more traditional (better for mixing I think)
Gotta save my peeps some green!

Supplies:

  • Arteza Watercolor sketchbook 
  • Arteza pan watercolors *Currently a lightning deal on Amazon
  • Arteza tube watercolors on Amazon (12 color set I have added in my pan set)
    *I put them in half pans in the extra row to fit the basic 12 tube colors. Arteza also has a 24 tube watercolor set, And a 60 watercolor tube set *You can use the tube paint fresh or dry it in a palette. If you fill a palette to dry I recommend adding 2 drops of honey or glycerin to each pan so it won’t crack and fall out when dry.
  • Colors used: Yellow ochre, sap green, olive-green, indigo, rose, violet, burnt umber (or sienna)
  • Brushes: #2, #6 round

That’s it for me today! I have so many projects in the works (including a huge DIY stamping ink recipe video!) so I best get back to that but thanks for stopping by and spending some of you day with me! Don’t forget coupon code LUCKY to get 40% off any class in my school if you were looking to pick one up and til next time happy crafting!

Colorful Mountain Landscape Beginner Watercolor Tutorial!

Hi friends! Here is a fun and easy watercolor anyone can do!

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It will only take 30 minutes and it is a great way to unwind after a long day. Watch the video and paint along!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • a pencil
  • Watercolors: I used the 36 half pan set from Arteza (Use coupon PROMO10 for 10% off on the Arteza website)  Also on Amazon
    I will list the Atreza colors as well as common names so you can use the paint you already have:) * next to Arteza name
    *Oxford Blue or Ultramarine
    *Cerulean Blue
    *Naples Yellow or Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
    *Mahogany or Burnt Sienna or English Red
    *Olive Green or Sap Green
    *Scarlet red or Crimson
  • Brushes: Creative Mark Mimik, #8 and #12 round, 1″ flat, 1/4″ dagger (menta) or Princeton Neptune, 3/8″ scrubber (menta) or maxine’s mop 
  • Watercolor paper
  • Reference photo, I couldn’t seem to direct link but scroll down, it is on this page.

I hope you enjoyed this beginner tutorial and until next time happy crafting!

 

Painting With My Least Favorite Color!

Hi friends! One sure-fire way to kick-start your creativity is to try something new! It might be using a different kind of brush or paint or simply a color you don’t like. Forcing yourself to look at a pigment that had been a problem in the past can help you create combinations you never considered before. That was the case with Oxide of Chromium Green. It is a dull, overpowering (odd that something can be dull and overpowering at the same time huh?) opaque green that has vexed me for years. Today I decided to see if I could learn to love it.

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Do you have this color? Well, then follow along with this video!

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.

***Did you know I have a Craftsy class?***

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Craftsy has all classes under $20 this weekend including my Mix it Up Mixed Media Step-by-Step Class! The digital download is on sale for $14.99 and the DVD is only $19.99! Craftsy also offers a streaming service called Bluprint where you can stream thousands of professionally produced classes from cooking, quilting, crafts, painting, gardening and more for $14.99 a month! It’s like Netflix for crafts! You can try it free for 7 days by clicking here!

Thanks so much for joining me for this fun experiment and til next time happy crafting!

Bright & Colorful Parrot in Watercolor (Way Easier than it Looks! Beginners Welcome!)

Hi friends! I just finished up my practice painting of this fun and bright bird!

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Wouldn’t this be a cheerful painting to hang in your home? I hope you give it a try because it was so fun and easy to paint! Join me on YouTube at 12:30pm Eastern time to paint this. The replay will be available here after the broadcast but tune in on the YouTube watch page if you want to chat live. Also I would love it if you tuned in on YouTube during the live because YouTube decided it is not going to count views from embedded player on live streams anymore. YouTube uses live views to determine whether or not they recommend the video to viewers (even to subscribers) in the future. To be honest my live streams have struggled with views lately and I have debated whether it is even worth doing them so if you love the Friday live streams please share the events and tell your friends about them.  If you don’t like them that’s fine too, the view numbers will tell me that:) I just want to spend my time providing what you find useful and valuable whether it is prerecorded or live.

Supplies:

45% off Classes Through Labor Day!

With the long holiday weekend ahead of us I want to offer you 45% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code: OFFLINE45 through Labor Day 2018.  You have as long as you like to complete any of these classes so you can grab them now and take them when you have time, you have lifetime access! That means you can return to them whenever you need a refresher too! This coupon is good on one time payment and payment plan options. To redeem the coupon simply click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter OFFLINE45 to get the discount or simply click the discount links for the class you want below:)

Learn to Draw with Lindsay: This class is designed to teach anyone how to draw without gimmicks. You will learn to draw what you see. You will learn how to sketch, shade, decipher tonal values and how to apply your new drawing skills to other media. This beginner class is for anyone wanting to improve their drawing ability and contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction. Enroll or learn more here.

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting: This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about watercolor so you can get painting fast. This class is a good foundation for your watercolor studies. In the first part of this class you will learn about supplies, develop techniques and practise the skills you will need to create whatever paintings you desire in the future. In the second part of the class we will put all of the skills you learned into practise as we complete *four beautiful paintings. This class is my most popular course. *This class originally had 3 final paintings but I added a 4th on negative painting. Student always have access to any content added to classes they are enrolled in. Find out more here!

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl: This class will teach you how to realistically and expressly paint birds in watercolor. We work on capturing the subtle texture and shading in feathers and we add hints of colored pencil to enhance our feathered friends when desired. NEW! I have added an alphabetized bird painting tutorial archive to this class should you want to find past bird tutorials I have done that are not included in this course.  Click here for more info or to enroll.

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Watercolor Flower Workshop: This is my most recent class and it is all about loosely painting expressive flowers in watercolor. Have you ever tried to paint loose and ended up with a hot mess? Well, this class will offer the structure you need so you can create a floral scene from your imagination that is well-balanced, beautifully composed and loose! This class focuses heavily on brush control so it’s good for folks that need help with brush strokes and are curious about some of the odd specialty brushes that are out there. I soon will be adding a wedge brush section to this class! In addition to the all new step by step real-time instruction provided in the course there is also an alphabetized archive of other watercolor flower tutorials for your convenience. Learn more here.

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In addition to the never before seen content in these classes you have access to my support in the online classroom. Under every lesson there is an area for you to post photos of your artwork and ask me questions. I love giving feedback and seeing your beautiful artwork! Here is what some of my students have said:

Thanks so much! Love this class I do each section so many times because it is fun and i keep learning! Thanks again! -Karen L Jackson on Watercolor Flower Workshop

I LOVE THIS COURSE! Actually can paint a flower without a drawing! -Joanna Stratten on Watercolor Flower Workshop

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 on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

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 on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

Hi Lindsay, Great Class!!! Simple and easy to follow. Thx for putting this together. I can’t wait to start the next painting! -Tina Amoroso on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

Finished the duck and this course! Loved it! Thank you so much for these watercolor painting classes. I just got the Rembrandt 48 half pans and am excited to use them….. I can actually do some watercolor painting thanks to your classes. Crystal Neuendorf on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

 

I love helping people discover the hidden artistic ability within them and I welcome anyone who want to paint better (and more often) to join one of my watercolor classes! Just make sure to use the coupon code OFFLINE45 if the discount does not appear (coupon good through 9/3/2018.) Again I want to thank you so much for your support! I hope you have a relaxing weekend with your family and friends and maybe get a bit of art done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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