Let’s Get Loose with Today’s Live Painting Tutorial! 12:30pm ET!

Hi freinds! It’s Friday and that means time for a fun and free live painting class! Speaking of watercolor classes there is only a couple more days to save 48% on my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class, find out more here. This is the quick sketch I did to prepare for today’s live show:

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We are going to start with a loose watercolor pencil sketch and then start flinging the paint around, sounds like fun huh? You can watch the live tutorial or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me any questions you will want to watch on the youtube watch page.

Supplies:

If you enjoy this free watercolor lesson you will probably love my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor!  

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I have been asked hundreds of times to create a class that shows you the basic techniques that any painter should know to start their watercolor journey off on the right track. I have distilled all of my best tips and tricks for watercolor painting including color mixing, what paper and brushes to pick, wash and texture techniques (and even how to hold a brush) down to just over 5 hours of content packed video lessons. You can go at your own pace working through the 11 lessons in the course and have 3 completed paintings to show for your efforts when you are done. Best of all you will have the confidence knowing you have all the tools you need to attempt any painting you like in the future. To top it off I have put the class on sale for $41 (regular $79) because I turned 41 this week and it is the project I am most proud of creating this year:) The sale runs through monday the 17th, why not join the hundreds of students who are now confident watercolorists. Here is what a few of them have to say:

“Thanks so much for this class Lindsay as well as all the videos you do. You are so encouraging and motivating.” -Virginia Staib

“Lindsay, you’re the greatest! I’m pleased with the results of my still life after a second try. I’ve definitely enjoyed your in-depth course. Still need work on glass but it’s the best I’ve done. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to more classes.” -Priscilla M. Ware

“I hate for this to end. I have never done watercolor before because everyone said it was so hard but you made it so enjoyable, I’ve done oil and acrylic but I think……I really like the water color. Especially how you never waste any paint! It was so much fun and relaxing. I want to learn more, more, more so I hope you will have another one.” -Sherry Sandberg

“Lindsay, I am enjoying your class so much! You have such a nice manner and make everything look easy! Your lessons are such a pleasure, it is like spending time with a fun friend who also happens to be an artist!” -Gerri Dauer

The class is broken up into two parts. In the first part we go over techniques on their own and color mixing. We also learn washes. It is important to isolate these skills so you can practise and perfect them.

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In the second part of the course we put those techniques to good use as we complete three finished paintings. Learning a technique is only useful if you see how to apply it in a painting.

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In the iris painting we learn wet-in-wet wash, plastic wrap texture, scraping, glazing, shading, color mixing, masking fluid and cutting highlights.

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In the landscape we learn wet-in-wet washes, lifting, layering, composition, perspective, spattering, masking with tape, side load shading, scraping, shading, color mixing and reflections.

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In the still life we learn masking with masking fluid, controlled wash, wet-in-wet wash, salt texture, layering for texture, glazing, lifting, shadows, reflections and glass refractions.

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You can see that many techniques are repeated in the painting lessons, that’s because application and repetition over different subject matters will help you learn where you can use those techniques on your future paintings making the techniques you learn in this class extend to your art outside of the classroom.

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If you love watercolor but feel you are missing some of the foundations or you want to brush up (pun intended) on your skills and have three new paintings to show for it consider enrolling in Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Today! On sale for $41 (regular $79) through July 17, 2017. The discount should show up on the page but if not use coupon code BIRTHDAY41 to get the deal. Don’t miss out, learn the essentials 48% off! Thank you so much for your support, it keeps me inspired to create tutorials everyday!

I hope you can join us live at 12:30pm Eastern Time for this fun, free & loose watercolor class!

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Paint with me LIVE in 2 Hours: Peony in Inktense!

Hi Friends! This week during our free live Friday class we will draw and paint this beauty! We go live every Friday at 12:30 Eastern Time, so mark it on your calendar!

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If you have Inktense water soluble pencils it is a great time to use them, if not you can paint along with the watercolor pencils or paints you have. If you have been thinking about getting Inktense pencils check this out, I will go over the benefits of these pencils as well as the drawbacks so you can see if it is worth the investment. You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to hang out and chat with your fellow painters make sure you view it on the YouTube watch page.

Find Supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Inktense pencils: (or use any watercolor pencils)
Inktense colors used:
Mustard #1700
Cad. Yellow #210
Apple Green #1400
Fall Green #1530
Iris Blue #900
Carmine Pink #520
Shiraz #600
Fuchsia #700

Paper: #140 hot press watercolor paper or 100% cotton Printmaking paper (I am using Fabriano Artistico HP)  (I tear down a full sheet to 7″x11″ or 1/8th of a sheet)

Brushes: #4 cats tongue/filbert or round brush, #8 round

Other: Paper Towel and water bucket

Reference photo by Paolo Vieceli at Paint my Photo

 

I hope to see you in the cat during the live class. Sarah will be here to take any of your questions during the broadcast so don’t be shy if you don’t understand something, we are here to help. Until then, happy crafting!

PS, if you want more cool art techniques professionally filmed and in HD quality check out my Craftsy class and save 50% today!

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Let’s Paint a Macaw {and learn to draw!}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely bird. Don’t tell anyone but I am sneaking in some drawing too (maybe if I make it really fun people won’t realize that they are learning a lot, let’s keep this between you and me though, I don’t want anyone scared away!)

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I was thrilled to read in YouTube comments that several of you tried it right away and had good success! I hope you try it too, if you do let me know in the comments below! I am using inktense water-soluble pencils (Derwent) but feel free to use whatever watercolor pencils, inks or paints you have.

I know many of you have a long holiday weekend so what better time to try some of my free painting tutorials. If you post your creations online please le me know so I can see them!

Supplies:

  • I am using Derwent Inktense in the following colors:
    #0200, 0230, 1720, 1520, 1000, 2020, 0500
  • #6 round brush (Loew-Cornell Comfort 3000)
  • Strathmore 140# watercolor greeting card
  • Photo Reference (by MarcoPolo23 courtesy MorgeFile)

BTW on the right hand side of my blog I have started a list of website who have royalty free images that can be used as artist reference photos. If you know of other reputable sites (besides Paint My Photo or MorgeFile) please let me know so I can check them out. I’d like to come up with a good resource for you guys.

To all of my American friends have a safe happy holiday weekend and to everyone happy crafting!

Stamping with Inktense blocks & a Stamp Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I am beginning to feel like a game show host with all of the fun giveaways lately! Up for grabs today are the butterfly and peony stamps I used in my video and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! This contest is open word-wide so everyone can play! All you have to do is leave a comment and I will pick a winner at random next Monday! Now watch this video for this fun technique!

You can also do this technique with colored chalk (pastels), watercolor crayons and in some cases watercolor pencils. Try what you have. You can also use water based markers for a different look but still beautiful. Try this technique with the stamps you have OR if you are inclined to shop for the ones I used you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on regular priced items your next order at Artneko. The Butterflies I used are also on the beautiful Cats set (A huge 8″x10″ pate) that is normally $29.99 but on sale now for $12.99 and the peony is available as a single stamp for $6 (reg price $8) or you can get it as part of this beautiful set of Assorted Ancient Asian Images for $14.99 (regular $29.99) I love it when the sets I picked to use are on sale! I have no idea when the sale is over so don’t wait if you want these. If you buy it and end up winning they will let you choose different stamps:) Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watermedia Review {pardon the mess}

Today I will go over the different water-soluble media I have with the exception of acrylics because they are a different animal altogether. I will show you what I have for paint, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, ink sticks, pastels etc. I will compare kids supplies to artist’s quality and advise when to save and when to splurge. Here is a sampling of the media will will try out in the video:

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I will warn you, I have a lot of water-media. I have been adding to my collection for 15 years and I teach art professionally so please do not feel bad if you do not have as much. Nobody would go out and buy everything at once, get a few items and try them out, see what they can do and add to your collection as budget permits. I hope this video will help you make smart decisions when buying your supplies:

If you have any questions about the products I showed in the video or want to add your recommendations for products please leave a comment. I think it would be impossible to have every kind of water-media out there (it would be fun trying to collect it though!) but I hope I covered all the types of media so you can see what will work best for you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Win these stamps & try this faux sumi-e technique!

Hi Friends! We have another great giveaway from the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) today! You can win the stamps I used in this postcard:

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In today’s tutorial I will show you how to use a waterbased ink that bleeds with inktense blocks or watercolor paints to create to mimic the look of Chines brush painting and Sumi-e.  Watch the video to see how:

* You can see how I created my inktense block travel palette here.

Supplies:

  1. inktense blocks or watercolor paints
  2. crab, seashell and sentiment stamp from Art Neko
  3. postcard back stamp from Art Neko (this large stamp is on sale right now for .99 cents! regular $10, hurry!)
  4. thick smooth paper torn to 4″x6″ size
  5. black soot Distress Ink

Directions:

  1. Stamp images with black ink.
  2. Use a small brush to add paint, let the colors run.
  3. Paint swirls and accents around the card.
  4. Stamp large postcard lines on the back.

If you want a chance to win the Art Neko stamps I used on today’s project then leave a comment. I will choose a winner in one week. If you are heading over to Art Neko to shop make sure you use my discount code: Lindsay10% to save on your non-sale rubber. Good luck and happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Impatiens!

Hello friends! Tonight I have a very easy painting tutorial. We will paint double impatiens using Inktense Blocks by Derwent and a waterbrush on 140# watercolor paper. I am using soft press paper by Fabriano which is a cross between hot press and cold press, it is quite smooth and similar to Rives BFK printmaking paper. I like the smoother finish for working with the Inktense Blocks or watercolor pencils because it makes it a bit easier to blend as there is no texture for the pigment to get caught in. But, really, you can use whatever paper you like, even a heavy weight mixed media or drawing paper. OK, enough gabbing, let’s paint!

Let me remind you again that you can follow along with watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons or even soft pastels. Try what you have before you buy something new. I really am enjoying the Derwent Inktense blocks I just bought (well, all except the flimsy packaging but we’ll talk about that later) but my style tends to be quick and loose. If your style is tighter you will prefer the pencils I think. honestly, I think the pencils are much more versatile but I have wanted the set of 72 blocks for a loooong time and I came across a good deal 😀 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and it inspires you to loosen up and paint from nature. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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