Live Show Today & Easy Beginner Landscape!

Hi friends! I got a bit behind blogging this week because I was creating a new section for my Watercolor Flower Workshop class on using the wedge brush and it’s up in the classroom now so if you are enrolled you have access to it! I also wanted to let you know that I have my regularly scheduled live show today at 12:30pm on YouTube and I will be painting with my least favorite color (Oxide of Chromium Green) to see if I can make it useful. I have been really hard on this color so today I will put it through its paces and see if I can make good use of it. Wish me luck and tune in at 12:30pm ET if you want to see what I do with it! I will post a reply with the art I make later today but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on what will either be really educational or hysterical, either way you can’t lose LOL! For now though I have a very easy beginner landscape (not using the aforementioned offensive green) that anyone can do with basic supplies!

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Watch the real-time step by step watercolor video below and paint along!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed that beginner tutorial and I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET on YouTube and help me figure out what to do with the color that has vexed me since I begin watercolor painting all those years ago. Happy crafting!

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Acrylic Lupine Landscape for Beginners!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share the acrylic painting tutorial I prepared for project graduation the other night. I wanted to have an example to go by if kids couldn’t think of anything to paint. Unfortunately I didn’t have any takers on the lupine demonstration but that’s OK because they all thought up stuff to paint and they had a nice time which was the whole point!

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I filmed the tutorial before I left because I want to make sure it was short enough to complete in an hour and simple enough for a beginner and I figured it might be useful to someone else either to paint for themselves or teach someone else so here it is!

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Supplies:

  • Turner Acryl Gouache: By the tube or in sets.
    Colors I used:
    White
    Sky blue
    Ultramarine
    Mixing Violet
    Sap Green
    Burnt sienna
    Mixing Magenta
    Perm. Lemon
    *You can use any acrylics you want though:) Acryl Gouache is a matte acrylic and not a traditional gouache but you could also use gouache is you prefer.
  • Synthetic golden Tacklon brushes, 1″ filbert/oval wash, 1″ flat wash, #6 round, 3/8″ angle
  • 11″x14 canvas (feel free to use canvas pad, or a canvas panel if you don’t want a stretched canvas, it’s up to you!)
  • Other: Palette paper, paper towels, water in a jar for brush cleaning, Newspaper or something to protect your work area

Feel free to try this painting in whatever media you like! I think it would work up really well in gouache or even watercolor but be sure to leave room for the flowers and paint the greens around them if you go that route. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Babbling Brook “Plein Air” Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! Today we are going to travel to the local Audubon trails and do some painting on location!

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My husband and I filmed on location and I hope you enjoy it.

Here is what I typically take out painting (*Affiliate links used)

Here is the photo I took of the scene I painted:

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Let me know what you think of on location videos. I love to paint in the beautiful landscape of Maine in the summer and if you are interested I’d love to take you along with the magic of video! I hope you had a pleasant Mother’s day and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor on YUPO Live at 12:30pm ET today! Southwest Landscape Tutorial!

Hi friends! Have you ever wanted to “loosen up” in your watercolor painting? If so, I have just the thing for you: Yupo!

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Yupo is a synthetic paper that is loads of fun to play with! A lot of people are using it for alcohol ink these days but I have always loved it for watercolor (so much so that I bought a ream of it about 18 years ago and I am still using it up! Luckily it is synthetic and doesn’t go bad LOL.) Yupo is a very smooth thin white sheet of plastic that never buckles or warps while you paint on it. If you don’t like your painting you can rinse it off and try again. It easily takes watercolor pencil too which was a fun surprise I discovered today and it is awesome even with less expensive paints! I used to use this with my M Graham watercolors (which are my favorite but since they are in my big studio palette I rarely use them on camera because I can’t fit the palette in the video) but I often found the surface to be sticky due to the honey content I think but I don’t have this issue with my Prima watercolors which are really nice watercolors at a low price aimed at crafters. Are you curious? Well you can paint with me live today at 12:30pm ET and find out more! You can see the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

  • Yupo paper (you can also use this paper with alcohol inks, acrylics and other media!)
  • Watercolors (Prima watercolor confections: Decadent Pies) *On sale for $17 currently. I also recommend the Tropical set as a good inexpensive mixing set.
  • Silicone tools (the set I have has tripled in price and take 2 months to arrive but I found a cheaper set that are single ended.
  • Brushes:*I am recommending this set of Royal Majestic brushes on sale for $16 as they have good control and do not hold as much water as my Mimiks because we are working on Yupo. Yupo is a plastic paper and water does not absorb so if you use a lot of water it will take a long time to dry.
  • Watercolor pencils Spectrum Noir Aquablend Naturals Set. The primary set would be good to have too. *you can get by with just the naturals set for today’s tutorial. I am seeing 12 piece sets coming out that are as are selling for as much as the 24 pencil sets linked above so I am not sure if they are changing them, if so grab the bigger sets now while you can:)
  • Other: Paper towel, bucket of water
  • I combined 3 photos from the Artist Photo Reference book Landscapes to make this picture. This series of books is wonderful if you can get your hands on then at a reasonable price. I was able to get the full set of books piecemeal from several used book sellers on amazon.They come and go, check back often here.

My Original artwork is available for sale!

Have you ever wanted to own one of my original watercolors? I have a selection available for the month of February on my website, first come first served.

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We will be adding a new collection of paintings every month and removing the old. You guys have been asking me to offer these for years and now hubby has made it happen. Thank you for the encouragment to do this. 🙂 We’ll see you at 12:30 for some wet and wild watercolor on Yupo! Til then happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Landscape! (Timelapse)

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely scene of a mountain, forest and lake in watercolor. I loosely based the painting on an image from The Artist Photo Reference: Landscapes book I bought last month. I love this book because there are so many photos of different lakes, mountains, trees and skies and you can adapt the photos to meet your needs. Unfortunately they are out of print so you just have to see what used bookstores ave for sale on Amazon. I was able to get all of the book in the series at an awesome price last month on Amazon. Good luck if you are hunting them down.

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If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the video through once all the way before painting, then you can restart the video and pause as needed (or use the gear at the bottom of the player to slow down the video) so you can go at your own pace.

Supplies:

I hope you enjoyed this easy beginner tutorial! Painting does not need to be hard or complicated. Take a bit of time each day to practise and you will progress in no time! Happy crafting!

LIVE @ 12:30pm ET 4 Color Watercolor Landscape {Beginner Friendly} Tutorial!

Hi friends! Join me at 12:30pm today for a fun live paint along! We will paint a colorful landscape using only 4 colors so we can do some mixing too! Here is the quick thumbnail and color workup I prepared. Don’t worry, the final painting will be more polished and detailed but a thumbnail helps work out colors and composition before you embark on a painting. You should give it a try (it is fun and low pressure too!)

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You can watch the live stream of replay in the player below but if you want to chat live during the stream be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

I hope you see you like at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube! Til then happy crafting!

Live! 12:30pm ET Let’s Paint a Lighthouse in Watercolor!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from Today’s Live stream. Enjoy the replay and have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Last week I had the opportunity to paint on Monhegan island with a group of delightful ladies from Louisiana. At the top of the island sits this quaint lighthouse.

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Here is the on location sketch I painted:

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I decided that I wanted to paint this again once I returned home so that is what we will do together live at 12:30pm ET today! You can watch live, or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live and ask me questions as we go be sure to catch the live stream on YouTube.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama. Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

My Mixed Mix it Up Mixed Media DVD is out…

…and on sale for $19.99 (Reg $44.99)  *Digital version is $14.99 this weekend too! If you have wanted to purchase my Craftsy class but prefered to have a DVD now is your chance. Craftsy selected my class to be in the DVD pilot program and I am so excited!!!

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If you are not into mixed media I also have an online watercolor class:  Essential Watercolor Course  with over 5 hours of in-depth watercolor instruction to start your journey into watercolor painting off on the right foot. Oh! Exciting classroom news, you can now upload your artwork directly in the comments section of the classroom, right in the relevant lesson,  so you won’t need to post in the Facebook group to share your work. I am so excited for this development!

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Pretty cool huh? I love this update because if you have a question while you are working through the course you can pop it right in the lesson where it is relevant, not only do you get help but it helps your fellow students! Sharing is caring my friends:)

I also wanted to let you know that there will be no live stream next Friday (vacation!) so make sure you tune in today if you want to catch the live show! See you soon and until then happy crafting!

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