I think I enjoy drawing food more that eating it! Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I am so glad that drawing food isn’t fattening or I would be in trouble because I think drawing food is way more satisfying that eating it and the enjoyment lasts longer! I spent a little over an hour on this mixed media sketch of a slice of pizza.

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I also re-homed my gouache paint. I had originally stored them in individual plastic boxes with lids because they cracked and fell out of a traditional palette and I didn’t want to waste them but I liked having them ready to go when I wanted to paint. I don’t want to bother with unscrewing tubes of paint, I am that lazy. You can see how I had them stored here. But as they dried out I realized that I did not need that much space to store them and I wanted to be able to access all of my colors at once and have them fit more compactly on my table so I went to Harbor Freight last night and found a little 18 compartment box for under $3 that would do the trick. I would have rather had a 24 compartment box but those were huge so I decided to combine colors that had the same pigments and left my 3 least used colors (black, grey and “flesh tone”) in their individual boxes. The only other drawback was that the compartments were removable so I had to glue in the dividers (Iused hot glue) to make a seal so the paint couldn’t run underneath it if got juicy. Make sure you do that if you decide to use this as gouache storage.  I did see this palette that looked like it would be a good option as the wells go all the way up to the lid but I didn’t want to spend the $10 LOL! I also added a few drop of glycerin in each pan to keep it from cracking in the future, I think after a few more uses they may settle into a nice solid cake so when I run out and refresh my paint with a new set I will add glycerin in from the get go. About 5 drops per tube and stir it in with a toothpick, use less if using less than a tube. You can see the new palette set up in the video as well as the painting demo.

Supplies: (affiliate links used)

The thing I really like about using gouache and Prismacolors is that what you see is what you get when you look st the pencil lead or dry paint, there is little or no color shift so you can work quickly and with confidence. What are you working on today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Sketchbook Sunday: Blue Lotion Bottle

Heck yeah I’m fancy, I put my hand lotion in a chic glass bottle! LOL! Hi friends, in this weeks installment of sketchbook Sunday I am painting this pretty blue bottle I bought a few weeks ago to house hand lotion at my kitchen sink.

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I wish I bought a second one for hand soap because the dingy plastic dollar store soap bottle I keep refilling looks really out-of-place next to this beauty! Who knew a $4 glass bottle from Christmas Tree Shop would class up the joint so much haha:) I have to admit I probably got too much happiness from this little blue bottle but that was what I was inspired to paint in my sketchbook this morning and that is what our sketchbooks are for. Painting what WE want without input or judgement of anyone else. Challenge yourself, make mistakes, play and enjoy it. That’s what it’s for! Watch the video for a time-lapse demonstration of this blue bottle in cheap gouache.

I just realized that the entire set of paints I used and the bottle combined cost less than $25, talk about a cheap date! Art doesn’t have to be expensive, supplies don’t have to be precious and you’re not going to “use up” all of your good ideas. The fact is that creativity is contagious. The more you create the more good ideas you will have. So, have you started using that sketchbook yet? What are you waiting for?

Supplies:

  • Gouache (or acrylic)  *Colors used: Prussian Blue, Cerulean blue, rose-red, yellow ochre, titanium white ***These Arteza paints are super cheap (less than a $1 a tube and work great!)
  • Brushes: (Mimik faux kolinsky rounds #1, #8)
  • Sketchbook: (6″x9″ Fabriano Venezia)  *This sketchbook is my absolute fave! It is pricey but so wonderful to work with!
  • For my palette I used a ceramic plate from Dollar tree and to hold my paint I used a small 24 box organizer from Harbor Freight

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I wonder what I will be inspired to sketch next week… Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Still Life with Oranges in Gouache 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today we are going to do something a little different! We are playing with gouache on a dark surface! I am going to work on matboard but if you like you can paint a sheet of watercolor paper (even an old failed painting) with ink to get a dark surface. I’ll also be trying a new brand of gouache that is really inexpensive!

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I want to work with gouache more because the techniques can be transferred to other opaque mediums like Acrylics or oils, so, if you want to paint along with those mediums you can! The live stream or replay can be watched in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

  • Gouache paint: Arteza
  • Black mat board
  • Brushes: Any firmer watercolor brushes or synthetic brushes used for acrylic will work. I like the Zen, Aqualon, Majestic of Fusion lines of Royal and Langnickel for Gouache or this soft grip set by them will have what you need.
  • White watercolor or pastel pencil for sketching *These generals pencils are high quality at a low price
  • Other: Bucket of water, paper towel, plate or plastic palette *You can keep any unused paint and re-wet it later!
  • Reference photo by Viacheslav on Paint my photo

ALSO….My shop is live!

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Original watercolors for sale here! In addition to undertaking the arduous task of editing new videos and closed captioning older videos my husband has opened this shop on our website! I can’t explain what a difference it has been just in one week of having him on board! I hope you can join me for some live painting fun at 12:30pm ET!  Til then happy crafting!

Vintage Rose Painting Tutorial & How to Adapt Tutorials to YOUR Favorite Media!

Hi friends! We all have our favorite type of paint to use right? I get asked a lot to make acrylic painting tutorials and I do occasionally but honestly I like to use acrylics to base-coat things or for more crafty purposes rather than doing a full on painting with them. If I am going to paint a picture I am more likely to use watercolors, oils, pastels or (what I am going to demo today) gouache!

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That might leave someone kinda bummed out waiting for their favorite medium to be used but don’t fret, you can adapt a tutorial to fit your needs. Let’s say you loved today’s tutorial and you think it would be pretty on a planter. Gouache would not be durable enough for exterior use nor would it be good in a moist environment such as a clay pot but you can totally use acrylics for this. You can use oils too, even pastel. I consider materials like that to be layering mediums. Those are paints (or pastels) that can be built up in opaque layers following the same steps. If you are an acrylic painter and you feel your paint is drying too quickly you can use a slow-dry or retarding medium to keep your paints wetter longer to make blends possible. That is a great medium to have because it makes it possible to do all of the oil painting tutorials out there. Go ahead, grab those acrylics and follow along with Bob Ross oil painting tutorials! One thing I have realized over the years is that I make better tutorials when I enjoy the products I am using. We all have different favorites because we all have different personalities. The important thing to realize is that you should use your favorite brand and your favorite medium and not feel pressured to use what I do. I have had acrylic painters say that they feel “snubbed” by my tutorials focusing on other media and I never intended anyone to feel that way. If you prefer acrylics you can paint with them when I do a gouache or oil tutorial, mediums were created so you can use the paint you love to get different effects. The most important thing is that we create with the materials we love to use, I think we can all agree to that!

Video Tutorial!

I am so happy I rediscovered Gouache! I have the convenience of laying my paint in a palette and if I don’t use it all up I can let it dry and spritz it with water and use it again. If you are purchasing gouache and you want to be able to rewet it as I did avoid “Acrylic Gouache” which is a matte, opaque acrylic paint. I actually like acrylic gouache but I make sure not to put out more than I can use up. That is a durable paint though so you could use it on any surface that you would use regular acrylic paint on but it does not rewet.

Supplies:

  • Small synthetic brushes (flats, filberts, rounds)
  • Gouache (I am using the LUKAS brand set of 12 I got at Jerry’s Artarama for $6.99 and I use red and yellow M Gram Gouache but use whatever paint you like, even watercolor crayons will work well)
  • Surface: I am using a scrap of mat board (left over from picture framing) but stiff paper will work too

Tips:

  • Unused paint can be reused, simply spray your palette about 10 minutes before you start painting and it will work great!
  • You can rework an area even after the paint is dry, simply use a clean damp flat brush to smooth and blend an area.
  • Gouache can be used over watercolor paintings to correct mistakes or add dimension.

The other thing I like about traditional designers gouache is that it is a great bridge for watercolor painters wanting to branch out as regular gouache is simply an opaque watercolor.  I love that I can squeeze it on my palette and keep using it until it is gone, or as Ron Ronco would say “set it and forget it!” LOL  🙂 We all have quirks and roadblocks when we create, I hate waste and fiddling with tubes. Once I am in the zone I don’t want to stop and squeeze out more paint. My friend Kathy laughs at me because I remove lids and latches from drawers can caddys because I want super quick access to all of my supplies. You might like everything neat and tidy and out of sight and enjoy putting out fresh paint every time you sit down to create and that is totally fine and valid too. I think the path to creating regularly is identifying these traits and working with our personalities and not against them. That is why we have so many choices when it comes to art making, it’s not so we become overwhelmed, it is so we can find just the right fit for us. Use what you have and use what you like, that’s what I’m gonna do and I hope you do too:) Happy crafting!

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