How to Paint a Burger // Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! I had so much fun drawing today’s sketchbook Sunday piece for you today!

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Best of all I did this with all inexpensive producs from Arteza! Watch the video to see it come together!

Supplies from Arteza  *Save10% on their already low prices with coupon code: PROMO10 on these, or other supplies from Arteza  *Affilate links used

Birthday Week Deal! Any Class for $42!

I turned the big 4-2 this week so I thought it would be fun to put all of my courses on sale for $42 for a week. Use coupon code HB42 to get the discount! Just click “Add Coupon” after clicking to enroll and add HB42 in the box, or simply click on the class you want below and it will take you to the discounted price. You can also get a 46% off discount of payment plans if that fits your budget better. I had a lot of interest in my older classes recently so now you can grab them for a song. If you click on one of the thumbnails below the discount code will already be applied:)

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This offer is good through 7/20/18. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketching Desserts and New Supplies! {Inktober}

Hi friends! After falling off the Inktober bandwagon I finally did a sketch!

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Watch the video to see the process!

This was my take on yesterday’s #inktober2017 prompt “Juicy” and I had fun rendering this sweet treat in inks. I began drawing with india ink in my fountain pen and coloring with inks. I did use some watercolor to expand my colors. They both worked fine so use what you have. Supplies below.

  • Fountain pen safe india ink: (this is the exact ink I use, I can’t believe I found it!)
  • Fountain pen: Jane Davenort Inkredible pen, load the cartridge with fountain pen safe india ink as the inks that come with the pen are not waterproof)  *note, this is the old style pen, you can get the white and gold one from janedavenport.com
  • Bleed proof white opaque watercolor (I love this thinned with water for gauzy colors with ink of for sharp opaque highlights used straight from the bottle)
  • This is the watercolor paper I did my swatch on
  • And the art journal I worked in
  • First edition mermaid markers (from comparison at end of video)
  • All of the new Jane davenport products are available on her website (watercolors, inkcredible inks, new style pen etc)  *And will be in Michael’s stores across us and Canada after November 10th
  • Reference photo

I snapped a photo of the mermaid marker in comparison. The colors are not perfect matches but some will do in a pinch. I have not run out of any ink in my mermaid markers yet but I have refilled my Beinfang Watercolor brush pens with these liquid watercolors and they worked perfectly (you can even mix these colors to get just the right shade) so that is another option.

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If you want to see more of the new Jane Davenport products that will be out next month you can see my unboxings on my YouTube channel. The first box contained the inks I used today and more art journal/papercrafting stuff and the second box was more of the mixed media product stuff. I plan on doing a review of the new art media stuff so you can see what would add value to your stash and what just duplicates what you already have (and I think that this will be different for different people.) Let me know in the comments if there is anything in particular you would like to see me use first. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Finishing Something…

Hi friends! There is nothing as satisfying as finishing a daunting task. This week, I completed the illustrations for Kelly Brooks-Bay’s new Book Sea Glass and the Lighthouse two whole hours before the deadline! Some revisions may be needed as par for the course but I am really pleased to have it completed.

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I am also almost done decluttering my craft-room using the Konmari method. I have been filming as I worked on this monumental task of physically holding everything I owned and deciding whether to keep it or not. I am very happy with how it is going and I will be happy to give you a full report with an indexed video (so you can skip to subject you want to see) in a couple of weeks. Working on two big projects at once reminded me of some valuable lessons: 1. You can reach any goal if you are willing to work for it and 2. Persistence beats perfection. Basically, show up everyday, do YOUR best and keep at it until the job is done. There is nothing better than the feeling of finishing something. I want to know in the comments what you are working on or if you jut finished a daunting project recently. Let’s cheer each other on! Happy crafting!

You Don’t Have to Get Ready if You Stay Ready {mini pep talk}

Hi friends! Have you ever had a really daunting task? I am the queen of short, instant gratification projects. I could write a blog article every day for a year with no problem but if I had to write a 365 page book I would be overwhelmed, even if I had a year to do it! I realized that tasks can seem manageable or daunting depending on how we look at them. I am currently in the middle of a children’s book illustration job. The deadline is tight and I ordinarily would not have accepted a job with such a short deadline but the success of the book depends on it being ready for this years catalog for bookstores. Also I am friends with the author and I don’t want to screw up someone else’s dream. I had to start the process with the cover of he book which I would prefer to do last after getting a feel for the book and the other illustrations. People, despite good advice, judge a book by it, that is a lot of pressure! Creating the cover was like pushing a boulder up a hill on an unfamiliar path, you think you are at the top but the author needs a change, so you plod away some more and you think you reach the top and the publisher needs a change and then you finally do reach flat ground. phew!

Now, instant gratification “me” would be running for the hills (or maybe start a massive declutter of her house instead of buckling down and getting this job done…) but luckily responsible-artist-in-her-right-mind “me” grabbed the wheel and set this ship strait. I sat down with a stack of white paper, a copy of my friends manuscript and a pencil and sketched out 12 illustrations, and you know what? They were pretty darn good. I was so caught up in the immense size of the project and short deadline that I forgot that I have trained my whole life for this. I draw every day. I am always creating. I am ready for this. I don’t need to go 0-60 because I am always cruising down the art highway at 65. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.

A few works in progress I am evaluating, it is always best to take a break before you are “done” and see them with fresh eyes.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by a project whether it be a work, school or personal project remember that you have been training for this, or, if you haven’t, cut yourself some slack and just start somewhere. Just starting is often all you need to do. I hope you are having a great week! We will have a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm eastern time, I hope you can make it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

This is Literally a Piece of Cake!

 

Hi friends! I had a bit of time free yesterday afternoon so I did a quick half hour live stream of the cheesecake I painted in my sketchbook with mermaid markers.

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Here is the replay:

Since I streamed this on my own I save the Q&A til the end so if you are curious as to what people asked about this painting you can listen at the end of the broadcast for that, the tutorial portion is about 30 minutes. Grab whatever water-based markers or watercolor you have and paint along! BTW I will have another live stream tomorrow at the regular time: 12:30pm Eastern time and I think I am finally going to tackle painting an owl, it has been requested a lot so I thought I’d give it a go, wish me luck!

One more thing…

It is the final days to enroll in Lifebook 2017 at a discount, use coupon code:  FIREWORKS2017 through January 31st to save 20% off Lifebook 2017. I hope to see you in class, you can find out more or enroll here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Werewolves & Watercolor

Hello friends! I just got back from running with my neighbor again (my second run..er, jog with bits of walking here and there of the day might I add) and it is beautiful out with the full moon lighting the way. Well, it was good until I thought about werewolves and I couldn’t get to her house quick enough and right before I got there a deer jumped out into the road.  Luckily I realized it was a deer (and not some scary werewolf) or I would have dropped dead of a heart attack that had nothing to do with my fitness level.  So now I am having a cup of decaf tea (instead of wine-go health!) and finishing up some computer stuff. I have been doing a lot of watercolor painting this week and I finished up this painting yesterday. I have this project as a PDF tutorial in my shop with step by step photos and instructions in case anyone wanted a more complex project than what I have been doing in the free videos.

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My tutorials for sale contain a PDF printable set of instructions (The beginner kits have lots of step by step photos) a printable pattern and a high-resolution picture of the finished painting (heck, you could print the painting on watercolor paper if you did not want to bother painting it LOL!) It only costs $3, what a deal!

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I had a few great questions in the comments after the last two free watercolor painting videos so I decided to answer them in a quick {ish} video tonight:

If you had a question that I did not think of just leave a comment and I will get back to you:) Well, that’s it for tonight, my runner’s high is wearing off…now I’m mostly hungry. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rainbow Party Card!

Howdy there! Rainbow designs have been so popular for parties lately. Today I am going to show you how to make a cute one layer card with a rainbow theme! By the way I will be signing copies of The Rainbow Pants (the wonderful childrens book written by Kelly Brooks Bay and illustrated by me) along with the author this Saturday 9-10 a.m. at Highland Pre-School, 29 Kennebec Road in Hampden. It is part of the Hampden Children’s Day festivities so if you have little ones and you are in the central Maine area come by and say “howdy!” OK, now that I have gotten that shameless plug over with here is the card we are going to make today. The cat stamp if by Lost Coast Designs.

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All you need to make this is painters tape (or masking tape), scrap paper, cardstock, alphabet stencils, markers, ink pads and a stamp. I used Roltap mini brayers bit you can use a rectangular shadow stamp instead or make your own roltap mini brayer. Check out the video:

There you have it, easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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