This Misty Forest is a Fan Favorite on YouTube!

Hi friends! I have got more comments on this tutorial than any in recent memory!

It’s easy to paint too! I hope you give it a try:)

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That’s all for today! Happy crafting!

Just because it ain’t quick doesn’t mean it can’t be easy!

Hi friends! I’m always a bit disappointed when I set out to make a “quick and easy” tutorial for YouTube but it turns into a “long and easy” one. The reason this bothers me is that I know seeing the length of the video will discourage some people from trying it because they think it will take too long or be too hard. However if I was to edit a 40 minute tutorial down to an approachable 15 minutes it really wouldn’t be fair to those who watch my videos to learn. They might think that something was wrong with them if they couldn’t make the same painting in 15 minutes not knowing it took me 45.

In today’s instant gratification society it’s hard to educate and entertain. I get that people want a beautiful project that takes 10 minutes or less, and those are fun, don’t get me wrong but some things take longer to explain. So, if you have the better part of an hour and the desire to learn and relax while painting a serene landscape than this is the project for you. If not, that’s OK too, I have lots of shorter watercolor videos as well on my YouTube channel.

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  • Paper: Canson Heritage 9”x12” CP pad (cut to 6”x12”) *A great Arches alternative
  • Watercolors: I am using the Mission Gold Perfect Pan set of 24 but I also have their tube paints and like them. I like the palette except for the fact that half of the pans are on the lid so when you close it half of the paint is upside down and the paint can ooze if you live in a humid location. I’d recommend their tubes if that is your situation. Colors: Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Phthalo Green, Yellow ochre, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson (any brand is fine to use for this tutorial)
  • Brushes: Creative Mark Mimik Value Set
  • Reference photo

And for those of you who actually want more in-depth watercolor training you might enjoy my Watercolor Landscape Workshop. I designed this glass to teach students how to paint beautiful watercolor landscapes and break complex scenes down into their parts so it won’t be so overwhelming. We also spend some time on my favorite landscape element: rocks! If you want to learn to paint landscapes with confidence I hope you will check out Watercolor Landscape Workshop! Thanks for spending some of your day with me today and til next time happy crafting!

I really loved painting this!

Hi friends, I had the most fun playing with pastels this week!

You can find the real time 73 minute long fully narrated tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested along with 34 other intermediate/advanced mixed media tutorials all for $5 per month. What’s more, you can upload 2 paintings of yours per month for an in-depth critique from me. You also get monthly creative prompts to inspire you! Critique Club is designed to help you grow as an artist. Anyone who wants to get more out of their art is welcome to join this supportive group of like minded artists! Learn more or join today!

Now on to the timelapse!

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  • Paper: Canson MiTintes *I recommend the pads rather than full sheets unless you want to work large and have storage space for them. I have both and almost always reach for the pads.
  • NuPastels
  • Pan Pastels *I recommend starting with the painting set of 20, then go for the tints, shades and then ex dark shades. This will allow you to build your collection without duplicates (except black and white.) Pan Pastels are an investment so if you are not sure you will like them try painting with a cheap, yet colorful, set of eye-shadow and see what you think. The Pan Pastels will be a bit brighter and opaque (and cheaper in the long run) but at least you can see if it’s for you before spending a lot.
  • If you want an inexpensive pastel stick set to get started with I recommend the Faber Castel Goldfaber pastels.
  • Sponge tools for pastels
  • Reference photo

So, how did you like pastels? Do you want to give it a try? If you want to get going in pastels but don’t know where to start I have the class for you! You can save 30% on my online course Soft Pastel for Beginners with the coupon code PASTEL30 or by clicking this special discount link. In this class I go over tools and techniques so you can get the most of this exciting medium and then we paint four complete paintings step-by-step together so you can put all of the techniques you learned into practice. This pastel primer will give you all of the training you need to explore soft pastels and create truly stunning artwork. As with all of my online classes you can come back to the lessons anytime you want for as long as you want and you can upload your work for feedback from me. Learn more here or enroll today!

Well, that’s it from me today. I’m going to go visit my folks today and hopefully score some lilacs from their massive lilac bush (and hopefully some rhubarb too!) Have a wonderful Sunday, take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Play with Pigment Powders!

Hi friends! Today for sketchbook Sunday we are going to play with watercolor pigment powders along with traditional watercolors for a bit of pizzazz!

Watch the video to see how! There is an hour long version of this tutorial up now in Critique Club.

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Don’t forget it’s your last week to save 50% on any class in my online school. simply use the coupon code NOFOOLING at checkout to take 50% off the class of your choice! It’s a great time to learn new techniques! Offer ends 5/1/2020. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paint this relaxing mountain scene in watercolor (perfect for beginners too!)

Hi friends! Do you need to relax? We all do so here is a lovely peaceful watercolor tutorial. All you need is a few paints and a waterbrush (or round brush and cup of water) so gather your supplies and let’s get stated!

If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the tutorial through before you try and paint it that way you can anticipate the steps as you paint along. Seasoned painters can jump right in. I hope you like it! I want to note that the paper I am using is a very textured and inexpensive handmade watercolor paper from India. It’s 100% cotton and I think it is made from recycled materials. I came across it at Fiddleheads in Belfast and it was so cheap I had to give it a try and then order a pack when I realized how nice it was! The texture in the paper gives this simple painting a nice result.

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If you want more training on painting landscapes in watercolor please check out my online class “Watercolor Landscape Workshop” and you can save 50% through the end of the month by clicking this special discount link or by using the coupon code NOFOOLING at checkout (Regular price $79, with discount $39.50) OR take 50% off any other class this month by adding the coupon code NOFOOLING at checkout. Simply click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter the coupon code to receive your discount. Offer ends 5/1/2020.

I hope you get the chance to relax and paint soon and til next time happy crafting!

Relax with this easy watercolor landscape

Hi friends! Today I have an easy beginner landscape for you. I painted this on a 5″x7″ piece of handmade watercolor paper. This painting would be ideal to paint on a watercolor greeting card or postcard to mail to a friend or family member.

This video was filmed early in February before the country shut down. keep that in mind if anything sounds weird.

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Mark your calendars! Tomorrow at 3pm ET I will be hosting another livestream. I’m aiming for weekly lives during the shutdown to visit with you and keep that connection we all need more than ever at this time. I will vary the times and topic of the stream, last week was watercolor painting, tomorrow will be scrapbooking/cardmaking. Even if you don’t do paper crafts I still urge you to join us at 3pm ET on YouTube as you can chat will fellow creatives in the live chat. It’s nice to get together when we can’t physically get together I think. I hope to see you then! Also, I am offering 50% off all classes in my teachable school for the month of April with coupon code: NOFOOLING. Below are links with the discount included. *If you don’t see a discount simply click “add coupon” at checkout and add the coupon code.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you for the livestream at 3pm ET tomorrow! Happy crafting!

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!

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  • Windsor & Newton Watercolors (24 half pan in professional series) Colors used: Burnt sienna, Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green
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  • 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

If you are new to watercolor and would like more training on the medium you might enjoy my online class Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting. Use the coupon code TRYME for 20% off, learn more here.

If you enjoyed today’s tutorial please share it with a friend! It helps me know what tutorials are worthwhile and which ones are not. There are handy buttons below if you would like to pin it on Pinterest or share it on other social media sites too and I totally appreciate it more than you will ever know. Thanks and happy crafting!

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!

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