Have You Lost Your Marbles? Let’s Find (and paint) Them!

Hi friends! I have been going through all the drawers and cubbies in my studio this week taking stock of supplies, seeing what I have and making sure everything is in good working order and stored in predicable places. When I do this I inevitably find some treasures, like my box of marbles! I thought I must have gotten rid of all of my marbles when I did my big declutter a few years ago (I did give away a massive box full) but I didn’t remember that I had a full set in my “dominoes to be altered and random fabric dye” drawer. You have one of those drawers too, right? So I set a few up and did a painting.

If you want to learn more about painting glass check out my Watercolor Glass Class! It’s chock full of instruction, demos and you will create four beautiful paintings before you are done!

Supplies can be found in my signature set with Jerry’s Artarama or use what you have at home. You might also want a white pen and colored pencils but they are optional. I hope you find your marbles too and paint them! Happy crafting!

Live Stream Today & Watercolor Glass Glass is Here!

Hi friends! I am happy to report that I have finally finished the much anticipated Watercolor Glass Class! As always I want my blog friends to get the best price so use the coupon code SHINE or click any of the special discount links in this blog post to save 50% throughout the month of August 2020. 

Thank you for being so patient waiting for this class. I have been working on it since January but finding quiet times to film with construction and then the kids home due to the pandemic has been challenging. But we did it and I think this might be my best class ever! With over 8 hours of in-depth step-by-step instruction, you will know the ins and outs of painting glass and how to deal with any unique variable you come across.

I’ll share 3 different approaches for creating transparent glass: We will start by learning how to use masking fluid and where it will give the best results as well as the pros, cons, and concerns of that product. I’ll show you an easy method of using white pen or gouache for quicker glass renderings perfect for sketchbooks or when you just want to jump in and start painting without a lot of planning and finally I will show you the heavily planned and methodical techniques of building up layers and painting around the whites for flashy, refined sparkle.

You will learn how to paint clear glass and colorful glass and learn how patterns and textures on the glass affect the other objects around, inside, and behind the glass. By the time you are done with this course, I am confident that you will be able to paint any translucent glass that comes your way!

In addition, I have added a bonus section with resources for finding interesting things to paint and shopping recommendations. I have even organized an archive of past still life tutorials featuring glass if you are looking for more to paint! As with all of my class you can ask me questions as you go along and upload your paintings for feedback. You get all that for $39.50 (That’s half off the normal price of $79) just for being an early bird. You can click here and enroll at a discount or learn more about this new exciting class!

And…
…today (Friday, August 7) at 12:30 Eastern Time I will be having a live stream on YouTube where we will paint this sweet little railroad lantern perfume bottle. It’s a beautiful mix of glass and tarnished metal and so fun to paint! Join me for the free live painting lesson and you can ask me any questions you have about the new class too! Just make sure to tune in on YouTube at 12:30pm ET if you want to chat live.

A replay of the live stream will be available if you can’t join live. I have a pattern available for you here and a reference photo. Just grab your basic set of paints and watercolor brushes and you will be ready to roll!

I hope to see you later today for the live stream and maybe even in the Watercolor Glass Class! Happy crafting!

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

Save 50% on my new drawing class Learn to Draw with Lindsay!  *Use coupon code DRAWME if the discount does not show (Use coupon code DRAWMEX3 for 50% off a payment plan)

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