Friday FUN! Let’s paint Live Loose Florals Today @12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished piece from the live broadcast. 😀

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Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a loose floral bouquet! Below is the practise painting I did before the live stream.

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We will have fun and let the paint do the work. I hope you will paint along. Please use whatever watercolor paint and paper you have on hand (even the kids supplies!) I will link the supplies I used below if you want to check them out. There was a great deal on the paints I used and I do earn a small commission when you shop through my affiliate links. 🙂 You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me questions be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET.

Supplies:

  • Cotman Watercolors (Permanent Rose, Cad Yellow Pale Hue, Hookers Green Light, Turquoise, Burnt Umber) *This is a great deal on the set of 45 pans I have. I recommend you remove the 5 colores we are using and put them on a palette or plate so you don’t get confused with all of the other colors in the kit. 🙂 I used poster putty to stick them in my palette🙂
  • Watercolor Brushes (Royal & Langnickel Majestic)
  • Watercolor paper: Aquabee #140 100% cotton (my practise paper) and the live painting will be done on Arches 9″x12″ 140# CP

We will sketch together and paint from out imagination! (That’s what happens when my printer breaks and I have printed out a reference photo yet LOL!)

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Reminder, next week we will be on Daylight Saving Time so if you don’t turn your clocks back you will need to adjust for your time zone (we will be on at 12:30pm ET Daylight Saving Time which converts to 1:30pm ET standard time.) Happy crafting!

Yes Virginia, There IS a Live Show Today!!!

Edit 10pm 10/27/17: If you are experiencing problems with the video quality please try again in the morning. I am having issues with YouTube processing but it should be fixed soon. When it reverts back to the original stream you may have to scroll in about 5 minutes to the tutorial but the picture will be clear. Thank you for your patience:)

Howdy friends! I am so happy to let you know we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm today! Here is the sample I whipped up this morning!

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EDIT: Here is the live show painting:

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This is a beginner friendly tutorial so don’t be shy, hey why not call a friend and paint along together! Let’s spread the love of painting!! I love that you can begin painting at ANY age, you can progress at 60 just as quickly as you can at 18 and learning new skills keeps your mind quick and supple. Heck, even if it didn’t keep your brain sharp at least you’ll know how to paint:)  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask questions to me or the moderators then you want to watch the broadcast at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

I decided to use Sennelier watercolors today, but you can use any brand you like. I recommend if you are trying a new brand of paints to start with a small set (the 12-14 sets are the most affordable per color) or a couple of tubes in colors you need anyway as you can intermix brands with no trouble. The benefit of Sennelier, for me, is the ability to layer without mud. They are my favorite plein air colors (and my palette is very beat up and has sand embedded in some of the pans to prove it!) because I can splash the paint around quickly, but also build up layers of translucent paint without making mud. This painting is done pretty much in one layer so it really doesn’t matter what watercolor you use though, just have fun! Also, about the paper, I did my sample on Aquabee #140 100% cotton 6″x9″ watercolor paper. This is my “practise” paper and it is much cheaper than Arches, you get 50 sheets for under $14. If you are starting out or on a budget give it a try! It is acid free so if you make a masterpeice on the Aquabee it will last too! 😀 I will do my live painting on the Arches paper so if you want I can show them side by side at the end of the live stream and you can see the comparison. Use whatever watercolor paper you have. You can do this!

Supplies:

We will sketch and paint together today so there is no pattern available. I will also talk about composition and adapting a painting to suit your style, you are the king or queen of your painted scene!

Want more watercolor instruction?

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl is the first in an intermediate series exploring specific subjects and textures and how to render them in watercolor. As a bonus we work on fixing mistakes in watercolor and I show you many ways to use reference photos to enhance your painting experience.

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Oh, I almost forgot! The winners of the Jerry’s Artarama gift cards are:

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*Check your email for confirmation:) I replied to winners in the comment thread of the giveaway post too! Have a great weekend!

Quick & Loose Watercolor Bird!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick little painting I created a couple of months ago.

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I love the way the paint reacts on the handmade paper. The key to success with working on this paper is to go with the flow and let the paper and paint behave how they want. Watch the video and paint along in real-time:)

Supplies I used:

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl in the first in a series of watercolor courses focusing on a particular subject matter. In this intermediate class you will learn how to paint the variety of feather textures on three birds as well as a decorative peacock feather. This course also focuses on fixing mistakes and working from reference photos.

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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.

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Supplies:

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!

Live Free Rose Painting Class Today! 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I had some time yesterday to plan today’s live stream and this is what I came up with:

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I really enjoyed painting this one although I am not thrilled with the 3 pale leaves in the upper right corner so I think I will leave them out, we can always free-hand them in later (so if you are tracing the pattern you can leave those out.) I think it is a wonderful lesson to learn how to capture the soft, smooth, velvety texture of rose petals by building luminous glazes. It is really a kinda advanced technique but as always I will break it down so even beginners can understand and I always make my replays available so you can work at your own pace and come back later if needed:) Below if the photo we will work from.

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You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask me questions as we go you will need to watch at 12:30 today on youtube.

Supplies (*Compensated affiliate links used. I earn a small commission on sales made via my links, it helps keep my tutorials free on YouTube without costing you a penny more, thank you for your support:)

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I hope you join me for a free live painting class today and if you love the friday live lesson please share with a friend! there are handy sharing links at the bottom of this post, you can pin it on Pinterest, share it on Facebook or even Tweet it! With all of the depressing stuff on social media these days let’s share something happy and fun! I’ll see you live at 12:30pm ET today, til then happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Calla Lilies in Watercolor {REAL TIME full tutorial!}

Hi friends! Earlier on Instagram I asked if I should keep this painting tutorial (which ended up taking longer than I thought) full length or if I should speed it up.

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The vote was unanimous to keep the tutorial long and in real-time with live narration. Well, you have been warned LOL! So, grab your watercolors and paint along with me!

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Supplies:
Watercolor (I am using Gansai Tambi)
Watercolor Pencils (Prima)
Watercolor paper (140# 5″x7″ Strathmore watercolor greeting card)
Masking tape, Paper towel
#6 Cat’s Tongue brush (or you can use round) Princeton
Reference photo

Do you think you will try this? I hope so! I was really pleased that you wanted me to keep the tutorial long, I want to be respectful of your time but art takes time and you deserve to spend time doing something you enjoy (every day if possible!) Thanks so much for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

Let’s paint Holly! (Cute watercolor Christmas card idea!)

Hi Friends! Here is a watercolor tutorial for you! Feel free to paint this larger than card size if you want, if you really like it you can always scan it and have it printed as a Christmas card!

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Here is a traceable pattern for you.

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And here is the free video watercolor tutorial. Enjoy!

So, how did you like using masking fluid? If you don’t have that you can always apply white acrylic paint after the painting is dry for snow, heck, you can even sprinkle some iridescent glitter into it for extra realistic fun!

Supplies:
5″x7″ Strathmore watercolor card
Watercolors: Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Hookers Green, Lemon Yellow
Brushes: #12 angle, #4 & #10 round, #2 liner
Other: Tape, pencil, water, masking fluid with old brush and soap, graphite paper

Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

 

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