New Watercolor Tutorial!

Howdy friends! I was dozing off watching TV and then suddenly remembered that I hadn’t blogged today! Then I realized I haven’t shared my latest watercolor painting tutorial either:

Learn to Paint Bird and Blossoms

It is a PDF tutorial available in my shop. It is a beginner level tutorial with lots of photos and a re-sizable pattern so you can paint it any size you like, not bad for $3 eh? I’m sorry to shamelessly promote and run but dang, I’m tired LOL! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting:)

Simple Watercolor Painting: Cattails!

Good morning friends! Today I want to share an easy watercolor painting with you. You will need watercolor paper, a pencil, a 1″ wash brush and a round brush (between a #5-#8) and watercolor paints in the colors Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher and Sap Green. Watch the video and follow along!

Easy huh?  Now you know about sedimentary colors and why they have a matte appearance on the paper as well as what they are made of. A little artsy science for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Blue Skies and Birch Trees Today!

Hello Friends! I have to say that this has been one of the most beautiful Autumns I can remember, crisp blue skies, colorful foliage and warmer than usual temperatures. Our family trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire last weekend inspired this hand painted card.

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I used watercolor paint, a 140# Strathmore watercolor card, painter’s tape and 1″ and 1/2″ flat brushes and a #6 round but you can use any soft brushes you have that are similar in size. Don’t forget my favorite tools: an old cut up credit card and sponge too! Watch the step by step video to see how easy it is!

I hope you give this painting a try and if you have any questions or suggestions you can leave a comment:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Watercolor Painting Tutorial: Bearded Iris

Evenin’ folks! It officially feels like fall ’round these parts. I watched my son compete in a cross country meet with 7 schools today and it was so chilly (I can’t imagine how all the shorts and tank-topped runners felt) that it must have taken all my energy to keep warm because I zonked out on the couch after dinner! I was chilly all day really, I brewed a pot of tea and put it on my coffee-cup warmer while I worked in my studio and drank cup after cup of raspberry zinger. It won’t be long until snow falls…anyway, I’m gonna keep it short tonight (yawn) and share another quick watercolor tutorial:

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I love irises and I filmed a quick video to show you how to draw and paint them. Today we will use a new item, wax, in out painting, nothing fancy, just a hunk of wax like an old candle or white crayon. We will also use my most useful, yet least fancy tool: a piece of cut up credit card. Have a look.

I hope these quick free watercolor tutorials help you discover the fun in watercolor painting. I try to introduce a new technique each time so you can create beautiful paintings while adding to your bag of tricks. If you want to learn more about watercolor or try longer projects please consider one of my PDF printable Learn to Paint With Lindsay painting tutorials. the new Autumn stream tutorial uses the wax technique you learned today.

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Well, I better mosey before I fall asleep at the keyboard. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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How About a Hand-Painted Mother’s Day Card?

It’s so easy anyone can do it! This pretty design is painted in less than 10 steps. You can find the instructions in my Learn to Paint with Lindsay! Sweet Pea painting packet.

And then all you do is adhere it to a card front, or maybe in a frame! Mom still likes to keep all of our artwork doesn’t she? If you like this watercolor painting project be sure to give these tutorials at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff a look:

Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see in a panting kit just leave a comment! I am planning more kits in the future and I’d love your input. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Painting Project!

Have you ever thought about learing to watercolor? Spring and summer is the perfect time to be outdoors and watercolors are so easy to bring with you so you can paint on the go. This Coastal Landscape lesson is the easiest one I have created AND it teaches you techniques you can use to paint any landscape you like.

All of my Learn To Paint with Lindsay beginner lessons use the same 3 brushes: a 1/2″ (#12) flat, a 1″ flat and a #6 round. I limit the beginner projects to these 3 brushes so you don’t have a to spend a fortune to get started. In the future when I add the Intermediate lessons to the shop I may add a couple of brushes BUT we will still be using the same 8 colors I recommend in the basic supply list.  My goal is to teach you how to paint and use your tools, I’m not selling paint or brushes:) What a drag it would be to have to buy a new tube of paint or brush every time you went to start a project! My goal is also to have you painting independently so you can paint whatever you like and you are not dependent on buying a lesson each time you want to paint (although I’ll try to keep challenging you with new techniques to build your skills!)

So, if you are looking for a relaxing painting project please have a look at all of the beginner watercolor projects available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Learn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting (and painting!)

Wishy-Washy Watercolors? No Way!

Happy Friday folks! Looks like rain in New England this weekend (we need it!) so it is a nice excuse to stay inside and paint! One of my favorite tricks for making my watercolors nice and bright is to use complimentary colors next to each other like I did here with red and green in my new Learn To Paint with Lindsay kit: Chinese Lanterns:

 

As with all of my beginner kits the cost is $3 and you get about 20 step by step photos and instructions to paint this. No previous painting experience is necessary. I’ll show you how fun and easy watercolor painting can be!

 Learn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

If you have some extra time this weekend why not check out the other Learn to Paint with Lindsay kits, the Birch Trees lesson is still at the special introductory price of $1 so why wait?

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting (and painting!)

Learn to Paint for $1!

Howdy folks! I am so excited to share some news today! I am now offering painting packets at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I love to paint and I am happy to share what I know with you. My first offering is a lovely birch tree painting that anyone can paint in an afternoon:

You get a multi-page PDF file with 20 step by step photos and simple, clear instructions. You can print it out or follow along on your computer screen. In addition you get  a hi-res jpg of the finished piece so you can print it out and study it while you paint. Normally my painting kits will run between $3-$5 but since I want everyone to try this I am running an introductory special so you can snag it for $1.

If you do give it a try I’d love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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