Hi friends! You know how Discovery channel will have “shark week”? Well I feel like I am having granulation week LOL! The want monster has been super interested in all the super granulating watercolors coming out. The sensible part of my brain knows that have have plenty of watercolors and can come up with a more than adequate collection of granulating options from my stash. So, I am listening to “sensible Lindsay” and using what I have.
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Granulating watercolor paints such as Daniel Smith Primateks, I recommend the sticks as they rewet better and dried tube paint and they are a better value. Look for French Ultramarine, Sodalite, Serpentine and any of the cobalt colors are good bets for granulation *This Supervision tube set looks really good too if you want to add some granulating colors to your palette. **Schminke also has some supergranulation sets
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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)
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!
Hi friends, I had the most fun playing with pastels this week!
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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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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