A Tale of Two Garlic Paintings & Epic Bread!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share my best bread ever! This is my 3rd sourdough loaf. I did a a bread machine batch 2 days ago and it was decent but didn’t rise much, then yesterday I did a recipe that made 2 loaves and I rose one loaf on the counter and baked it that day and I put the other loaf in the fridge to rise slowly overnight and that my friends is this epic beauty!

It slices so well too and was chewy and delicious! The starter was really easy and only took 5 days (this was day 6 starter) and you can find the recipe on Kitchn. I chose to use this one because it was the quickest, simplest and used all purpose flower and that’s what I had.

One thing I changed was I brushed on some olive oil and sprinkled on sesame seeds, kosher salt and garlic at the last 10 minutes of baking. OK, this is not a food blog, it’s and art/craft blog and so today we will paint…er, well we are painting food.

I painted this twice, once in a toned grey watercolor sketchbook and again on cotton watercolor paper and that is what you will see in today’s real time tutorial.

Supplies: Affiliate links used.

  • Daniel Smith Primatek paint (Blick) I also recommend the Daniel Smith sticks, they are pan formulation paint, I slice off a chunk and put it on my pans. *These tend to be cheaper than buying the paint in tubes especially for the more expensive PrimaTek tubes, You get about 3 full pans worth in each stick. These are not great for drawing like a crayon tho, they are like a cylinder of concentrated solid paint.
  • Watercolor paper: Fabrino Artistico CP natural white block 9″x12″
  • Other Supplies: Heavy enamel Metal Palette, Paul Rubens watercolors (these go really well with the Daniel Smith Primateks and are usually very affordable)

Here is a photo of the version on the toned grey sketchbook.

So, are you making bread? I feel like everyone is making sourdough right now and I think it’s pretty cool! Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday with a Side of Garlic!

Howdy friends! Today I was inspired by an ingredient on my kitchen counter…


Watch the video to see who it came together. If you are interested in a real-time tutorial of this painting you can find it in Critique Club. Critique club is a monthly membership group you can join for $5 a month and upload up to 2 paintings a month for in-depth feedback from me. You also get 2 real-time lessons (the long versions of 2 sketchbook Sunday tutorials) per month as well as past archived lessons while you are a member. You can learn more or join here.

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I also have a pastel course if you would love to learn more about the medium. You can get more information on Soft Pastel for Beginners here. Later this week I’ll have  a review of the pastels I used in this video in case you want more info on those, spoiler alert, I really like them! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Garlic in Oil Pastel!

Hi Friends! I loved seeing all of the garlic, gourds and pumpkins freshly harvested at the Common Ground Fair last week. A friend recently gave me 2 heads of garlic from his garden and I really wanted to paint them. I decided to use a cheap ($5) box of oil pastels for this. Have a look at how they turned out. You can follow along and paint with me using oil pastels, soft pastels or crayons, it’s all good!  Watch the video to see how!

Whenever I use oil pastels I am transported back to being in 2nd grade.
I loved it when out teacher announced it was cray-pas day! In grade school our homeroom teacher did art projects with us, there was no “art” teacher and my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Poulin,  was really gifted in that department. I have even done some of her projects in my kids classes. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you like in New England (or someplace else with gorgeous leaves) make sure you get out and paint them or at least take a photo! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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