LIVE: Bee & Blossom Watercolor Tutorial @ 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Here is what we painted today in the live stream! Remember the live streams occur on Fridays at 12:30pm Eastern Time, hope to see you next week! The archived video is available in the player below:)

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Here is a color study and 5 minute sketch:

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We will sketch it together during the live stream. Remember if you want to chat live with your artsy friends you will want to watch at 12:30pm Eastern time on YouTube but I will record it and you can watch the reply in the player below anytime:)

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for a fun & Free watercolor painting class! Happy crafting!

A “pink” and orange challenge!

Have you heard of the company Pink Persimmon? Well, I saw their stamps for the first time a couple of months ago and fell in love! I really wanted the Little Red Wagon set but it was sold out, well, they were back in stock last weekend and I snagged a set! Here is a card I made with it:

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham

I also got the “Oh Deer”, “Ribbit” and “Polka Dot Mushroom” too and I used stamps from those sets on this card:

Stamps: pink Persimmion

Stamps: pink Persimmion

Crafty Tricks: Use both sides of the clear stamp as I did on the larger mushroom. Put the stamp on the block backwards and stamp it like a shadow stamp, wipe off the stamp and apply it correctly then stamp the outline over it, easy coloring! I cut a wave out of a scrap of paper and used it to mask the “sky” area of the card and blotted a green inkpad on the bottom of the card for grass. I colored the images on both cards with M. Graham Watercolors, another quick tip, if you are trimming your images out there is no need to stay inside the lines when you color, let the paint fly!

If you check out their blog they are having contests all month to celebrate their birthday (1 year!) and if you participate you could win yourself some stamps! Gotta love free stamps!

That’s all for now, It is such a beautiful day today I’m gonna get the kids outside to enjoy it! Till next time Happy Crafting!

Masking how-to

Masking is one of the best tricks a stamper can have up her sleeve. It gives depth, perspective and lets you use your stamps in totally different ways. There is an awesome feature on masking in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News (I just so happen to have never-before-seen work featured in that issue too!) so if you want more techniques be sure to pick up a copy at your local stamp shop (I think Barnes & Nobles carries it too) or subscribe on line before it is sold out! Here is a card I made last night using a positive and negative (mortise) mask:

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!, Watercolors: M. Graham & Co.

Here is how you do it:

Easy masking step-by-step!

Easy masking step-by-step!

Well, I am off to a 6 year old’s birthday party and the card is for him. I know the kid will be more interested in what is in the present than the card but his mom is a scrapbooker and she always recycles my cards of her scrapbook pages so I always try to make something they both will enjoy and I hope you enjoyed it too. BTW the stamp set I used is by Stampin up, it was a splurge for me (around $30) but worth every penny, it is such a fun easy set to use. To color it I used my M. Graham & Co watercolors on plain cheap Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I love the easy fun look it gives it (plus water-coloring is the quickest coloring method I know) and I love the results! Have a great weekend, It is going to be sunny and near 80 in the northeast!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

A diffrent way to use a digi-stamp, watercolor tips and make your own bow-maker!

Boy do I love it when I find a new use for something I already have! I have a bunch of digi-stamps (heck, I make them!) and they are fun to print and color but how about using them as a painting pattern?

Orchid Digi Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clear Stamps: Inkadinkado, Watercolor Paper: Arches, Ink SU!, Other: Ribbon

Orchid Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clear Stamps: Inkadinkado, Watercolor Paper: Arches, Ink: SU!, Other: Ribbon

That is what I did here. I simple opened up a new document in word, went under insert, picture ans selected my Sketchy Orchid stamp (only $1 in the shop BTW) and sized it about 4″ wide and printed it. Then I used a piece of graphite transfer paper to transfer just the basic lines of the flower on to a piece of 6″x12″ watercolor paper folded in half. (if you don’t have transfer paper just rub pencil lead on the back of your printout, flip the paper over and trace, easy peasy) Then I used my M Graham & Co. watercolors (these are my favorite, I’ve used them exclusively for 8 years) to paint the flower. Total time: 1 hour including set up and embellishing!

Buy quality paint ans store it in a pallette like this and you will save lots of time and money!

Buy quality paint ans store it in a palette like this and you will save lots of time and money!

This is how I keep my paint, I buy it in tubes and squeeze it out into a large well palette and let it dry. The M Graham paints contain glycerin and honey so they never mold and they stay slightly moist between painting sessions. My paint is ready to go when I am and since I just take what I need out of the palette each time none goes to waste! When I am done I spray the center mixing area with water and wipe it with a paper towel or rag.

My fancy bow maker!

My fancy bow maker!

I wanted to make a fancy loopy bow for this card but I don’t have a bow maker so I grabbed two clothespins and a jar I had laying around and made one myself. You can adjust how big you want the loops to be by moving the clothespins further apart. Wrap the ribbon in a figure 8 around the pins then tie a short length of ribbon around all the ribbon between the pins, very easy and quick! Money saved: $10!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try your hand at water-coloring your next card, use one of my stamps as a pattern, don’t worry, I’ll never tell you didn’t draw it yourself 😉 Til next time happy crafting and painting too!

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