Big, Bold & Beautiful!

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun on this painting!

I was inspired by these silk flowers, boy, they make some really pretty ones now!

Watch the video for a full, real time tutorial!

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Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Watercolors in Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder/Permanent Rose(optional), Cad Yellow Light or lemon, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt sienna Tubes or Pans
  • This is the palette I have
  • Paper: Hahnemule Cezanne #140 CP 11″x14″ (cut from a full sheet) also available at most fine art retailers
  • Brushes (various) here are a couple affordable sets: These for loose and splashy techniques and these for tighter detailed techniques
  • Gouache for accents
  • White posca pen ex fine

Happy painting!

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!

Let’s Paint Geraniums {Quickly or Slowly LOL!}

Hi friends!  If I had a dollar for every technical difficulty I have suffered with over the last week I could afford to go to another stamp show LOL! I won’t get into all of that but I was finally able to figure out a work-around to render a long HD quality video that was still small enough in size to upload on my rural internet connection which I think consists of soup cans and string. Ironically after discovering this awesome trick for my current software we had some problems with our computer and the only way to fix them was to do a factory reset and uninstall all software and I can’t find my original disk to reinstall it. Looks like I’ll be upgrading anyway. Oh well, when computers get you down paint something pretty! We are going to be painting a sunny windowsill with geraniums on it:

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The reference photo I am working from is from the very talented Ruth Archer at Paint My Photo.  I wanted to share a picture of my palette so you could see the mixes. The colors I used are: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Quin. Rose (or any pinkish red)

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In this long tutorial we will paint the picture in real-time. Feel free to grab your paints and work along with me. I am working on an 140# cold pressed Arches block. I begin by sketching the design with Prima watercolor pencils but you can use what you have. I am using M Graham & co paints but again, any brand is fine. Scroll down for the shorter tutorial.

If you just want a sped up brief video this next one is for you, OR if you want to see if this painting is something that you might like to try, if so, then paint along with the longer version.

I hope having both is helpful to you and I am really happy my computer cooperated! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I posted the long version because so many YouTube viewers requested it (I do listen to my readers!) If you liked this video please share it on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter, there are handy buttons at the bottom of the post to help you do this and I appreciate it so very much!  Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Let’s Paint a Pretty Peony!

Hello friends! Tonight I have an easy painting tutorial, I am using a 9″x12″ watercolor block for my painting but feel free to paint this on a greeting card. We will begin by sketching a peony flower on the paper with a pink watercolor pencil and then we will paint a wet into wet background and proceed with painting the flower. Give it a try! This video will show you how easy it is!

I thought this painting needed something else so I painted a Japanese beetle on it (collective groan from all the gardeners) and I will show you how in this quick video:

You know what, this painting is still sitting on my table because it still does not feel done to me. Any advice? What do you think it needs? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Video Tutorial: Cosmos

Howdy folks! I felt like painting a quick and easy card this morning so I decided to turn on the camera while I made this card:

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Relax, it’s easy, I’ll take you through all of the steps from sketching the flowers (super easy, no worries there) to painting it in real time. At any point you can pause the video if you need more time to catch up.

Sorry about the abrupt ending there, I have not tried to change the 20 minute record time on my camera yet LOL! So as an overview you will need:

  1. A round brush (I used a #10 but any size between a #6-#10 is fine for this)
  2. Watercolor paints, use what you have, or what your kids have, the childrens watercolors by Prang are actually quite good and only $3 a set! The colors I used were: Ultramarine blue, Aliziran Crimson, cadmium yellow and sap green. Don’t be afraid to try what you have before you buy new.
  3. Watercolor paper. I used a premade watercolor card by Strathmore, Blick has a box of 100 with envelopes for $22 on sale, that’s how I buy mine, it’s great to have them on hand. Or you can just use watercolor paper. Get decent paper though, the above mentioned cards are inexpensive but good quality. Avoid the children’s watercolor paper because it is usually rubbish and will be frustrating to work with.
  4. Painter’s tape if you want tape down your work.
  5. Also you need a pencil and a bucket of water.

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You can do this, I hope I packed the video with enough tips and techniques to make it worth your while. Comments and feedback are appreciated! If you want to delve into more complex projects please consider one of the watercolor PDF tutorials I have for sale in my shop. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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