Falling Leaves in Watercolor

Hi friends! Today’s video was inspired by two things: A photo I took when painting outdoors last week and a Critique Club member’s request (Thanks Elizabeth!) that I paint falling leaves.

Here is the photo I took:

And I am glad I got that photo when I did because we had a Nor’easter last night into today and I reckon all of the leaves are probably on the ground now! Luckily it was warm and we just got lots of wind and rain because I can’t deal with snow this early! We also lost power and internet so I am now catching up with the days work. Let’s go to the video!

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Happy painting!

Practice Your Sky Painting!

Hi friends! Need help with skies? This tutorial is for you!

If you want an in-depth class on painting landscapes please consider my Watercolor Landscape Workshop! I’ll walk you through skies, trees, rocks and more and then show you how to put the elements together to create 4 unique landscapes. You can learn more about that here. Now on to today’s free tutorial!

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That’s it for today! Thanks for watching and if you like it share it with a friend!

Confused about How Much Water To Use when Painting? I’ll show you!

Hi friends! I have had a few questions from readers lately wondering about how much water I am using. Specifically when I rinse my brush; do I blot it, tap of the excess or what and how much water am I mixing in my paint and adding to the paper.  Because my usually water bucket is large and unsightly I keep it off camera. I want to show the painting and palette as large as possible so you can see it better and I fear the camera might focus on the ridge of the bucket rather than on the artwork. But today, I found some smaller jars to put my water in so I can show you how much water I am working with. I hope you find it helpful as we paint this sweet scene together.

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Gather your supplies and join me for a paint-along as you learn about water control!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

  • Windsor & Newton Watercolors (24 half pan in professional series) Colors used: Burnt sienna, Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green
    On Amazon USA or way cheaper at Jackson’s Art (Worldwide shipping/low prices) On sale for $63
  • Watercolor brushes: #12 round, 3/4″ flat (you can use 1/2″-1″ flat), #2 round or liner
  • Paper: I used 8″x8″ Fluid Cold Press (I used Cellulose in this demo but I prefer cotton) Jacksons carries the 8″x8″ in both materials. Cellulose and CottonAmazon has the 8″x8″ cold pressed in cotton only.
  • Other: 2 water buckets, a rag, paper towel and a cut up credit card

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Snowy Winter Sunset – Paint With Me!

Hi friends! I invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and paint with me. You don’t need many supplies and you can paint this in under an hour!

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The colors you will need are:

  1. A cool red like Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder or Permanent rose
  2. A warm Yellow such as Cadmium Yellow, Gamboge, Permanent Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow.
  3. A warm blue like Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt blue.
  4. A cool soft blue like Cerulean (look past a pastel looking blue hopefully made with PB36) or sky blue. Avoid a cerulean that looks intense and vivid. Sometimes companies call Phthalo Blue (PB15) Cerulean but it is too intense for this. If you don’t have a good cerulean than you can leave it out

Keep in mind you only need one of each of the suggestions for a total of 4 colors in all. You will also need a 1″ flat brush, 9″x12″ watercolor paper, pencil, masking tape, a rag and 2 water buckets. Enjoy the video tutorial!

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I hope this was a nice break in your day and let me know how you got along if you painted this! I love bringing these free watercolor tutorials to you and if you find value I them please share them with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Sharing is caring and I do appreciate it! If you enjoyed this tutorial but feel like you need more beginner instructions please check out my online course Essential Tools for Watercolor Painting here and save 20% with coupon code TRYME. I makes a great last-minute holiday gift too! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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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!

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!

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