Hi, friends! This week I was inspired by some lovely flower arrangements at a funky restaurant. I snapped a photo of one before I left because I wanted to paint it. Here is the photo I took:
And here is the painting we will paint today!
You can follow along and do what I do or you can use the photo and paint it differently. Watch the video for the real-time lesson and paint along! I recommend sketching on scrap paper and then transferring it on your good watercolor paper so you don’t have to be worried about erasing and marring the good stuff plus if you don’t like your painting you have the sketch already done and you can try again!
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If you have any friends who would enjoy learning to paint please share this blog with them! I hope you enjoyed this supersized lesson and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! Here is a fun and easy watercolor anyone can do!
It will only take 30 minutes and it is a great way to unwind after a long day. Watch the video and paint along!
Supplies (affiliate links used)
- a pencil
- Watercolors: I used the 36 half pan set from Arteza (Use coupon PROMO10 for 10% off on the Arteza website) Also on Amazon
I will list the Atreza colors as well as common names so you can use the paint you already have:) * next to Arteza name
*Oxford Blue or Ultramarine
*Naples Yellow or Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
*Mahogany or Burnt Sienna or English Red
*Olive Green or Sap Green
*Scarlet red or Crimson
- Brushes: Creative Mark Mimik, #8 and #12 round, 1″ flat, 1/4″ dagger (menta) or Princeton Neptune, 3/8″ scrubber (menta) or maxine’s mop
- Watercolor paper
- Reference photo, I couldn’t seem to direct link but scroll down, it is on this page.
I hope you enjoyed this beginner tutorial and until next time happy crafting!
Edited to add giveaway winner: Congrats to Tara Chan who won the complete sketching set from Royal & Langnickel! Please check your email for details:)
Hi friends! The time has finally come! Learn to Draw with Lindsay is open for enrollment! All the lessons are up in the classroom and ready when you sign up! You can work through the lessons at your own pace and, as with all of my online classes, you get lifetime access!
This class contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction to teach you the fundamentals of drawing. The first 10 lessons focus on charcoal and graphite and are designed to teach you to draw what you see.
You will learn how to:
- Break a complex picture up to basic shapes
- Turn basic shapes into three-dimensional forms by shading
- See the difference between tonal values
- Use linework to help your drawing
- Draw scenes in correct perspective
- Use negative space to accurately place your subject.
- Start drawing today by employing techniques to turn off the inner critic and start creating!
Then we branch out into other drawing mediums that can help you make the leap from drawing to painting!
I have taught students of all ages to draw and you do not need “natural talent” to be successful. I created this class so anyone can learn to draw on their own schedule from the comfort of their home at a much lower price than my in-person classes. The regular price for this course is $79 but I want my faithful viewers to get the best price so I am offering it for half off this month. Use the coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price doesn’t show up. If you have painted for years but have struggled with the drawing or had to rely on patterns to get started this class is for you! If you are a homeschooling family wanting to broaden your art curriculum this class is for you! If you have a curious mind and want to experience the rewarding feeling of joy and satisfaction when you learn to draw what you see this class is for you to! Everyone is welcome in my classroom! Click here to find out more or enroll at 50% off today!
EDIT: If you are buying a payment plan use the coupon code DRAWMEX3 to get the discount on each payment.
To celebrate the launch of my new class I thought it would be fun to draw and paint with inexpensive chalk pastels. We will be painting an orchid on toded paper, you can use any shade of paper or cardstock you like but grey of soft blue would be especailly lovely for this. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30 ET today!
You only need a few basic supplies to take my new class. This set from Royal & Langnickel has everything you need for the first 10 lessons and they are giving a set away to one lucky reader! I will choose a winner at random from a comment left on this blog post! Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is only open to USA and Canada residents. Thanks to Royal & Langnickel for providing the prize!
Lastly I want to thank you for your support as I was building Learn to Draw with Lindsay, your kind comments on Instagram and emails asking after the class made my day. I hope it meets your expectations because I know that you can learn to draw and create whatever wonderful artwork you put your mind to! Thanks for sharing in my excitement today and as always, happy crafting!
Hi Friends! I just got back from my morning walk and saw about 30 Canadian geese hanging out near a small pond. I wonder if they are heading south? It was neat to see them up close. I wish I had my camera with me. Oh well. Today we are going to paint a swan scene. I found a wonderful website with public domain photos taken by the talented Jon Sullivan, it is called Public Domain Photo and I used a portion of this photo to paint this painting.
You might want to print out the photo as you follow along with the video. The colors I am using are: ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, yellow ocher and sap green. You can mix everything you need from only those colors. I tried out a cat’s tongue brush in the tutorial too but you can just use rounds. I am not sure I really like this brush, it feels to small. It is not a Neptune as I thought but it is from Princeton. Also not e that I sound different in this video, I did my first voice over on this, what do you think?
I think I prefer narrating most of my videos live but for some of the longer more in depth projects I will use a voice over so I can speed parts up and so I can concentrate on my art rather than trying to talk, think AND paint. Don’t worry, I’ll save the voice overs for the long in depth projects. It will also give me a chance to create more intermediate and advanced tutorials. I ordered a better mic too, the one I used in today’s video was a $5 headset mic from Big Lots that I have had for years LOL! I hope you enjoyed the video, you can let me know what you think in the comments and as always happy crafting!
Brrr folks! I am really feeling the winter chill now! The best part of winter is observing it from the warm toasty indoors, preferably with a cup of hot coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. This is an easy watercolor lesson anyone can paint. We will use 4 colors: ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, lemon yellow and alizarin crimson (see note below the video about substitutions.) You will need a #6 round and #12 (1/2″) flat brush. I am painting on a Canson Watercolor card. This is a perfect first painting to try, ready? Let’s paint!
See, that was easy! Feel free to substitute colors:
Instead of this… Use this…
Alizarin Crimson Any pinkish/purplish red AKA a cool red
Ultramarine Blue Any purplish blue AKA a warm blue
Lemon Yellow Any green leaning yellow AKA a cool yellow
Burnt Sienna Any warm brown
By substituting and looking at the characteristics of a primary color you will become a better painter because it will develop your color instinct. You might prefer cadmium yellow light to lemon yellow or rose madder to alizarin crimson and that’s OK. Learn to substitute by identifying the color bias (is that red cool-more like purple or warm-more like orange) and you will develop your own unique palette and style and most of all enjoy playing with color! You will also learn how to mix vibrant shades with a limited amount of colors! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Howdy folks! I’m happy to report that my back is better today! Next time I get into a bounce house I will stretch first LOL! The other day a YouTube viewer asked if I could do a tutorial on painting pink gladiolus flowers, so I did.
Instead of using watercolor paint I used water based markers. You can use any brand: Tombow, Distress, Crayola, LePlume, Faber Castell, Whispers or Stampin Up. The key to this is to work on watercolor paper. You will also need a bucket of water and a brush or a waterbrush. Watch the 8 minute video to see how fast and easy it is!
This project was a lot of fun and it is a new way to use a supply most of us already have…in fact it might be fun to bring just my markers and waterbrush the next time I go out in nature to paint! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hello friends! Today I felt like painting…and sharing…and sharing my love of painting so I decided to make a video showing you how to paint this simple watercolor card:
Anyone can do this, all you need is a piece of watercolor paper (or watercolor greeting card), a round brush (either a #8 brush and a jug or water or a water-brush) and watercolor paints or watercolor crayons. Ready? Here we go!
So, what did you think? Ready to give it a try? I am hoping to bring you more easy watercolor tutorial videos if you want them:)
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Howdy folks! I have had fun this week painting with watercolors and I posted 4 new lessons in my shop Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. These new lessons are intermediate level. I don’t think they are any more difficult than the beginner projects but they do not have the in-depth explanation of each technique because if you painted my beginner projects (also in my shop) you would already know how to do them. Also if you have painted with watercolors before the intermediate projects should be easy. They are like a traditional painting packet you would buy in a tole painting shop or read in a decorative painting magazine. So basically in the beginner lessons I assume you have never picked up a brush in your life and in the intermediate kits I assume you know basic techniques 🙂 Here is what you can paint!
Winter chickadee (this would be cute on Christmas cards!):
Don’t worry, it is really easy, I like to have several paintings going at once so I have something to work on while I am waiting to parts to dry. One change I made to the intermediate painting kits is that the pattern is a re-sizable jpg so you could print it small to go on a card or larger if you like. Keep in mind that you can change colors and leave out (or add more) spattering because they are YOUR paintings, have fun! All the kits are $3 and think of how much you can learn and the fun you will have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy crafting (and painting!)
I picked a bunch of lilacs from the big tree at my parent house this weekend. I couldn’t believe they were in bloom already! I love their fragrance and seeing them all around my house in cheerful mason jars just makes me happy!
Lilacs are so easy to paint too! Here is a quick video showing you how to paint them in watercolor. You can even your children’s watercolor paints (The Prang brand is really good but any will work) if that is all you have. You will also need some watercolor paper, a #6 round (or the brush that comes with the kids’ set) and a 1/2″ flat (for the leaves) as well as a little salt (table salt will work just fine) and you will be painting lilacs in 10 minutes!
Wasn’t that easy? Hmmm, it’s like the staples “easy button” for painting! I like to mount these small paintings on greeting cards. It takes the pressure off knowing that every painting doesn’t need to go in a frame. Woulden’t it be special to receive a hand painted card? Oops, I just realized that I forgot to sign it!
If you enjoyed this free video tutorial please check out the beginner watercolor painting packets I have for sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. You get easy to follow step by step instruction with lots of photos all for $3 each! The birch trees kit is on sale for $1 so you can try with little risk.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!