From Blob to Bloom!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun project that was experimental from start to finish!

I hope you embrace some artistic play today and try this! If you would like a real-time version of this lesson you can find it in Critique Club. Check out the player below for the timelapse full of tips!

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I hope you have an inspired day and til next time happy crafting!

A NUtcracker in Mixed Media and a Giveaway!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend. We just got back from my daughters’ holiday concert at their school. Since they are seniors it will be the last one and it was just wonderful to hear the kids sing and play. They are so talented and all of their hard work paid off! Before we get to today’s project I wanted to give you a heads up that I am teaming up with Derwent for their holiday giveaway over on Instagram. Check out my giveaway post with the picture of the amethyst in colored pencils and leave a comment on that Instagram post for a chance to win a Derwent Lightfast set of 72 pencils. I will pick a winner from Intagram comments on 12/14/21 at 6pm so you have till then to enter. Only comments left on that Instagram post will be entered in the drawing. Full rules are also on the giveaway post. Good luck to all that enter!

My video for today tho used another set of pencils by Derwent as well as markers and gouache. It was so much fun to create this artwork and I hope it inspires you to paint a favorite Christmas ornament or nick-knack you own. You can find a real-time version of this tutorial (along with 70 other in-depth art lessons) in Critique Club.

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That’s all for today! My mom took us all to dinner after the concert so I don’t even need to make supper so I am going to head down to my workshop and get some Christmas projects done! Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Inktober Wrap Up Sketchbook Flip through!

Congrats to all who participated in Inktober, or any other drawing challenge this year! What fun it was and though it is tiring at times it is so fun to finish it! If you would like a closer look at any of the Inktober drawings you can see them on my Instagram page. You do not need to have an Instagram account to click on my page to view them.

If you like this style of work you may enjoy Critique Club Where I have 68 long, real-time live narrated tutorials, creative prompts and inspiration (and 2 new lessons added monthy!) you will be learning how to use all of those mixed media supplies and you can even receive personalized feedback fro me. Details here.

FYI there was a weird bit of freaky picture distortion at the bottom of the screen like an old VHS tape for a few minutes in the middle of this Livestream. There was speculation that the raven painting was haunted, then again it’s Halloween and I just watched Poltergeist so I might be imagining things LOL!

Here is a list of supplies I used during the month. Affiliate links to Blick and Amazon are used and I do earn a small commission if you purchase through my links but it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you for your support!

Please keep in mind that you do not need all of these things to create the art I shared. I use different supplies based on where I am drawing and what reviews I might be working on. One set of alcohol markers, pencils, or watercolors is fine as long as they do what you want them to do. The list below is for your convenience in case you want to know more about any of the products I used. Let me know if I forgot to link something, it’s totally possible that I will.

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I hope you had a nice weekend and a happy Halloween. We usually don’t get many trick or treaters but we were wiped out of candy by 6:30pm and had to start handing out bags of microwave popcorn and Nutrigrain bars! Hubby made a dash to the closest convenience store and restocked. I’d never seen anything like it! Well, if my house gets TPd we can use it as a paper mache project LOL! Happy crafting!

You can mix Alcohol Markers with Watercolor crayons for awesome results!

Hi friends! Today I hosted a livestream on YouTube and we painted this:

Here is a replay. I stopped a few times to take questions from viewers so if you want to scroll past those moments feel free:) I hope you enjoy this relaxed lesson and hopefully paint along!

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BTW A real-time lesson for the knitting hands painting I showed in the video is up in Critique Club. Happy crafting!

The Making of a Mixed Media Painting

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I made an atmospheric background on which I would later use other art media on top.

Check out the video, it’s real time and quick so if you have a spare 15 minutes you can give it a try!

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After the paper was dry I took my Arrtx Alp grey tone marker pack (because it has a great selection of warm and cool greys that are all logically numbered) and defined the tops of the buildings. I also decided to play with the sky a bit and use some soft pastels. Then I added some fine liners and pastel pencils to the front row of buildings.

At this point I was kind of afraid of messing it up but I thought it needed more so I sketched on some birds with pastel pencil and then went over them with a waterbrush filled with ink to make them blacker and crisper.

So what do you think? Do you like how I finished it off or should I have quit while I was ahead? I’m happy with it and it was a lot of fun! If you are looking for something fun and artsy to do next month why not join me for Paintsgiving on Sktchy! *This link includes a $5 discount when you add the class to your cart but if you don’t see it use coupon code: WeirichPG Regular price is $39.99, with discount $34.99. Offer good on Paintsgiving class. Happy crafting!

Mixed Media Parrot! Let’s layer up lots of supplies!

Hi friends! Today we are going to put Hahnemulhe Bamboo Mixed Media paper through it’s paces!

You might remember this bird from a watercolor tutorial I did a few years ago, it’s a longer on in case you prefer a slower approach in real time.

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That’s all for now! Happy crafting!

Substituting products on Mixed Media Paper!

Hi friends! Have you ever seen a tutorial that you would like to try only to find out that you don’t have the supplies the artist is using? I think we have all been there. Today I will show yuo how to get a very similar look with 3 different media so hopefully you can find a product that will suit your style or give you ideas on how to make what you have work better!

I also want to mention that this painting took nearly 4 hours so please don’t expect similar results in 30 minutes. I didn’t want to time lapse this so I had Jason edit it down but keep it real time so you could get a feel for the techniques better but I realize that might make you think it was drawing quicker than it was and I like to keep it real:) Often when someone isn’t happy with their art (especially colored pencil or marker) it’s because it’s not done yet. I hope this video inspires you!

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Here is a closer look at the artwork:

Colored pencil with touches of white pen

Adding a base media can save time and give great results!

Watercolor base with colored pencils & white pen.

And my favorite…

Alcohol marker base with colored pencils and white pen.

Which one did you like best? Happy crafting!

Trying to repaint a painting from my sketchbook (and struggling)

Hi friends, I had a lot of requests to paint this bee eater bird after I shared a painting I did on one from World Watercolor Month.

So I got out a sheet of fancy watercolor paper and even fancier paint and thought, this will be a piece of cake. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t. I decided to post this video in it’s entirety because we all have struggles in our art and seeing how other’s deal with them can be helpful. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • The Art Whale Watercolors that I used on the original bird in the sketchbook are back in stock if you wanted to snag them
  • I used M Graham in the video because these were unavailable. M Graham is a higher quality paint but the granulation in the Art Whale really brought my original to like I think. (yellow ochre, English red, viridian, ultramarine, pthalo blue)
  • Gouache
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Reference photo


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Happy crafting!

Clearly this painting is fantasy because the bottle still stands!

Hi friends! I was worried that my bottle was too small in this painting and it made my cat look huge but then several viewers on YouTube said that the only weird thing was that there was a bottle there at all because any cat would have knocked it down (and the pumpkin too!)

So true! This painting was a lot of fun to do. If you would like a real time narrated video of this you can find it in Critique Club but if you are not interested in watching and listening to me paint for over 2 hours you can catch the time lapse below:

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That’s al for today! Happy crafting!