Let’s Sketch a Sassy Blue Jay & Help Me Pick This Weeks LIVE Painting Project!

Hi friends! I am a big believer in sketching and drawing everyday. These need not be epic finished works done with fancy supplies. These can be quick sketches using whatever you have on had (even your kid’s crayons!) Sketch fast and deliberately without bothering to erase. As you practice you will improve and nobody has to see your sketches if you don’t want them too, that is the great thing about working in a sketchbook, it closes:)

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I was inspired with the contents of this months Smart Art Box to sketch boldly with markers and I hope you grab a marker and sketch along. It was just the thing I needed since all of my time lately has been consumed with a book illustration project and Decluttering my craftroom, both very taxing endeavors LOL! To tell you the truth I love seeing sketchy pencil lines in artist’s work, it is like a roadmap as to how an artist arrived where they did. I suggest you start sketching with a light color and then draw over the “good” lines with your darker colors as you progress through the piece. In today’s video I will teach you how to sketch this blue jay in real-time. Enjoy:)

Tutorial Sponsored by Smart Art! You can subscribe and receive the same boxes I get every month or purchase past boxes. All of the supplies I am using came in the March 2017 Smart Art Box. I have listed the supplies below as well. You can purchase the box I am using here while supplies last.

THE SUPPLIES

  • Alcohol Markers in Shades of Blue (#COLORING)
  • Waterbased Markers (STABILO PEN 68 MARKER WALLET SET OF 15)
  • PEN & INK SKETCH BOOK 5.5”X8”
  • Reference photo

I had a lot of fun with this kit, I have never had a pen and ink sketchbook before and I like this size a lot. I can see myself stashing it in my pocketbook for impromptu sketching!

Please help me pick my next LIVE tutorial project!

I will be moving the regular weekly live show from Friday to Thursday this week at 12:30pm Eastern Time because I am chaperoning a school field trip on Friday (my teenagers are thrilled.) Since we just had another big snowstorm I thought it would be nice to paint something springy! I can’t decide what I want to paint so I will let you decide! Leave a comment below with your choice of subjects and I will tally them up tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for helping me!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the weekly live painting class, I can’t wait to see what you pick for us to paint, till then happy crafting!

Edit: I just tabulated the votes and so far the Bunnies are ahead so that is what we will paint on YouTube live today but if you want me to do recorded tutorials of the other subjects just let me know! Thank you so much for helping me decide, you are the best!

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Stamp School: Cardmaking Mistakes & How to Fix Them!

Hi friends! First up let me apologize for not having a live show today, we were hit by a ‘Noreaster with high winds and our electricity and internet were down today. I spent the day watching Harry Potter movies with the kids and painting watercolors in the living room. I can’t complain about a power outage because we have a generator and a wood stove, we are very lucky:) Several neighbors had large trees come down and rip electric wires off their homes and cause lots of damage. We fared quite well. I hope everyone who is digging out from this storm does so safely and if needed reach out to a neighbor for help or offer your home up to a neighbor in need. Take care of each other:)

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I wanted to share this video tonight for a couple of reasons, first off I wanted to give you some hope and inspiration for your weekend crafting, no matter how badly a craft seems to be going you CAN salvage it and secondly because I mentioned the 40% off selected peg stamp sets and accessories sale going on at Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I wanted you to have a chance to grab some deals before the sale ends tomorrow night.

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp window box with black memento ink on Neenah white cardstock and color with chameleon markers. Use the mixing chamber if you want a blended image and start coloring in the lightest area. Practice on a scrap piece of cardstock if you are new to these markers.

2. Stamp on flowers with peg stamps and dye inks.

3. Accent image with white and black pens. Add more color and shading with alcohol pens if desired.

4. Run a scrap of cream cardstock through a embossing machine with a wood-grain embossing folder. Color with distress inks, gelatos and gesso. Repeat steps if desired until you get the look you want. Fold up top and bottom of that panel to make a contrasting border on the panel. Attach panel to frat cardstock with grommets and thread twine through he holes to make a frame.

5. Stamp Thank you with black pigment ink an heat emboss.

6. Make a 5″x7″ side fold card with cream card stock. Ink edges and stamp border is desired and attach all card elements.

 

I hope it goes without saying, use what you have, you do not need to have the exact same brand of ink, pastel, marker, pen etc to make a fabulous card. The best supplies to use are the ones you have. Have fun working through those mistakes and til next time happy crafting!

Who wants to win stamps and make an easy card?

Today I have a limited supply project and a giveaway! You can win the stamps by ArtNeko I used to make this card:

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I considered editing down this video to make it about 5 minutes. I thought who needs a 17 minute long video on making such a simple card. I watched the video looking for spots to chop but every bit I though of chopping contained a tip that someone might find useful so if it feels too long feel free to skip ahead or watch it is double speed (click the gear at the bottom to speed it up) I figure it is better to leave the extras in for those who want them.

Supplies:

  1. Art Neko Sympathy stamp & Framed Plum Blossom stamp (use coupon code Lindsay10% for a 10% discount of non-sale rubber!)
  2. Archival Ink
  3. Spectrum Aqua Markers and Tombow Blender Pen
  4. Hot Press Watercolor Paper
  5. Cardstock (kraft) and pattern paper scrap
  6. Grosgrain Ribbon
  7. Adhesive (ATG and hot glue)

Note about the Bow Making Tool, I was having some technical issues on my shophandmade store where I sold the Bow Making Jigs my hubby made, if you would like to order one you can send me an email at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and put “bow making jig order” in the subject line and I can send you a PayPal invoice. The Jigs are $20 plus shipping ($6 US Priority Mail, $16 international first class) and handcrafted from beautiful, durable hardwood.

I hope you found the tutorial on blending and all the random tips useful! If you want to win the stamps I used simply leave a comment below, I will draw a winner at random in one week (3/31/15) and this giveaway is open to everyone on the planet!  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Help me finish this art journal page & marker winner announced!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you some more coloring techniques with the fabulous Spectrum Aqua Markers, I’ll show you how I colored this:

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But first I need to pick 4 winners for the Spectrum Aqua Marker giveaway sponsored by Hallmark Scrapbook! If you are a winner please check your email because I have sent you info to claim your prize!

The winners are:

Ramona Wallace (USA-Nature Set)

Barb Macaskill (USA-Essential Set)

grandmastovall (USA-Floral Set)

Juliana H. (Germany-Primary Set)

Congratulations to all the winners! If you missed out don’t worry, the Spectrum Aqua markers are still on sale and available at Hallmark Scrapbook. I know a lot of you have picked up these marker sets so today I want to share how to color and blend skin tones since they seem to give people the most trouble. Color along with whatever watercolor markers you have.

I have heard from many of you that your paper tends to “pill” when you try to color with watercolor markers. To avoid that you want to use a paper that can handle the water that is in the markers. Typing paper and most cardstock are not sized enough to handle the water. A watercolor paper or mixed media pad works much better. When you are shopping for paper look for pads that say “can handle light washes” there are many papers that are designed for kids that will work well (like the cheap white sulphite paper I used on the jellyfish last week.) If you are still having trouble with your paper scribble your markers on a dish and use a damp brush to color with, a soft paintbrush will be less abrasive on your paper. Also notice how I did not work any of the paper on today’s sample too long. I use a Canson XL Mixed Media pad which is an affordable option and most craft stores, even Wal-Mart has it.

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As always try out these techniques with what you have, practice and do not be discouraged. It takes a bit to get the feel for how long you can let the marker set and how much water you need. One of my favorite things to do with new markers is to scribble some out and try blending them with a wet brush. Just playing with the colors on paper will teach you a lot and you won’t worry about making a mistake. I hope you found this helpful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Hello NEON!

I know some of have negative feelings of neon colors (flashbacks of the big hair and bright colors of the 1980’s) but there is no doubt about it, neon is back! I just got to try the new Neon Markers from Letraset and I’m sold. I’ve had enough of brown and muted colors, how about you?

 

The thing is you can always tone down and “muddy” up a color but you can’t clean up a muted color. I love my colors pure, you have so much more versatility that way! These markers are fade resistant too which is important because neon colors are notorious for fading. Here is a video where I show you how easy it is to blend with these neon watercolor markers as well as some mixed media techniques with supplies you probably have already. I gab a bit about stencils and storage and who knows what else in the beginning so if you want to skip ahead 4 minutes and get straight to the stamping I don’t mind LOL! Also feel free to follow along with whatever watercolor markers you have!

Here is the piece we made in the video, I did not end up adding anything extra to it after all.

 

I wanted to show you a close up pic of the marker in the color spritzer tool. I did not have luck with this tool before, come to find out I was not pushing my markers through far enough! See how the nib of the marker extends past the tip of the spritzer tool. the color spritzer is made by Stampin up, I think they still sell it.

 

Here is my first attempt with the markers, I had such fun I made a video LOL! It was so fun to get in my studio and just play after a long summer home with the kids!

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video tutorial: How to refill Waterbased markers and WOYWW

Edit: I added a typed recipe with exact measurements under the video 🙂

My obsession with wanting a new brand of water based markers (you all know of the ones of which I speak) had me looking at my tired old watercolor markers. Some were well-loved and drying out, others never seemed that juicy to begin with and some were still pretty darn great! So I decided to revive my tired old markers and show you how too. Here is an image I colored with my freshly reinked LePlume, Whisper & Tombow markers:

 

Not bad considering that I got many of them for 10 cents at a yard sale a few years ago LOL! Here is a quick 5 minute video on how you can do it too!

I got a lot of comments asking for the EXACT recipe so here it is! 1 Tablespoon water, 1 Tablespoon glycerin and one teaspoon gum arabic. If you don’t have the gum arabic you can leave it out and it will still refresh your markers. The gum arabic makes the ink glossier and more blendable like the Tim Holtz Distress markers 😛 Thanks to DeeAnn for that tip!

I am posting my workdesk a day early because I have a busy week. I am getting ready to go to a rubber stamp convention and I need to have a really condensed stamping-to-go bag. I was pulling some mini ink pads that I want to bring but I got distracted making bookmarks and reinking my markers. Still, not a bad way to spend a rainy day! I’ll have to pack tomorrow 🙂

You can see other creative folks’ desks over on the Stamping Ground blog, home of Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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