Pen & Ink and Watercolor Daffodil Tutorial (YOU can paint this!)

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to draw and paint this daffodil:


All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolor paint and watercolor paper! Let’s get started!


Koi Watercolor set of 24 Amazon has the best price $20.26, they also have the best price on all sizes 12-48 pan sets, Blitsy has it for $30 but they offer free worldwide shipping when you spend a certain amount OR Simon Says Stamp sells it for $36 and they also offer shipping to most countries

Strathmore watercolor cards #140 cold pressed
I get the 100 pack of 5″x7″ size because I go through a lot of them and it is the best deal on Amazon, But other sizes and assortments are available. Blitzy has the best price on the 10 pack of 5″x7″ for $7.64 (but it is more expensive than buying in bulk on amazon)

Waterproof pens (Faber Castell Pitt Pens in Sepia color)

Other: I clip my watercolor cards to a scrap of foam board with binder clips as I find 5″x7″ watercolor cards don’t really need to be taped down on all 4 sides unless you want a white border on them.

I hope you give this tutorial a try, if you don’t have a waterproof pen you can sketch in pencil, paint with watercolor and add the pen lines on top for a similar result. Use what you have or you can use my special discount affiliate links above to purchase exactly what I used. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I really needed this spring painting today because this is what I woke up to! C’mon Mother Nature, take a hint, it’s Spring already LOL!


Bunnies in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! Thank you for voting yesterday to help me decide on this weeks live tutorial! You picked these sweet bunnies as our subject.



The totals were really close though so I plan to create recorded tutorials of the other sweet animals as well, how could I not? You can watch the live tutorial (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with us live and ask questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for this fun paint along! Til then Happy Crafting!

Year of the Rooster (in watercolor)

Hi friends! Since it is year of the rooster and I have had a few requests I decided to paint one and try out a new set of watercolors!


The paints are Schminke Akadamie student grade paint and I am working in my Aquafine sketchbook so this was done with all student grade supplies (yep, use what you have:) Watch the video and paint along if you like!

I added spatters after I was done filming and you can see that in the top photo. I will have a proper review of these paints in a few days. as you may have noticed (probably not, you are busy I am sure) I have cut back to posting about 5 times a week. I am undertaking a massive home declutter inspired by Marie Kondo’s book The life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. So far I have done clothes, books and linens. It is quite a process. If you are unaware of her book, basically you gather all of your possessions by type (all books for instance) put them in a pile on the floor and pick each one up and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” and if yes you keep it and put it back on the shelf and if not you discard it. It’s amazing how any things collect in your house. I am famous for accepting hand me downs of all types, a recommended book, piece of furniture to be refurnished, art supplies, weird funky clothing and accessories, the list goes on. I usually enjoy these things but lately (for the past 6 months or so, maybe more) they have been making me feel anxious and claustrophobic.  It is time to clean out! I am simultaneously looking forward to and dreading the craft room tidy. I don’t enjoy creating as much as when I had less. Also I have all of my teaching supplies mixed in with my personal supplies which I reckon is a big part of the problem. Also there are crafts that just don’t appeal much to me anymore. I have probably made all of the candles I care to make for instance and I have supplies I bought when new to a craft that no longer suit me. I am saving that for last because I want to refine my decision-making process before I start. It is not going to be easy. I think I might film parts of the process because I have found it helpful to see how others tackled certain categories. I am really gung-ho on this project right now and I am wondering if any of you are going through the same no art mojo spring cleaning marathon phase? Let me know in the comments, we can cheer each other on! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Brush Winner & a Mermaid

Hi friends! First off I want to congratulate Danielle Grater for winning a set of FabArt paint brushes! Don’t worry if you didn’t win because you can still use the 20% off coupon: 7L35VMG2 to snag some for yourself! My life has been pretty hectic lately, how about yours? I find that I am much more at peace with the world if I take a little time out each day to create for fun. The other day before my family was up I saw with my coffee at my desk and painted this mermaid. You might recognize the palm tree form a tutorial a couple of days ago.


Paintings like this are a stream of consciousness, I don’t really have a plan, it is more like playing. I like to do this kind of work in an art journal or sketchbook so it doesn’t feel too formal. If it turns out bad, no worries I just close the book LOL!

Supplies (Use what you have or find them below via my special discount affiliate links)

Make time for a little art everyday using whatever you have handy. You will be so glad you did! Happy crafting!


LIVE! Sunflower in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube we will paint sunflowers!


You can watch the live show or the replay below but if you want to chat live and ask questions make sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

I hope to see you shortly on YouTube and til then happy crafting!


This is Literally a Piece of Cake!


Hi friends! I had a bit of time free yesterday afternoon so I did a quick half hour live stream of the cheesecake I painted in my sketchbook with mermaid markers.


Here is the replay:

Since I streamed this on my own I save the Q&A til the end so if you are curious as to what people asked about this painting you can listen at the end of the broadcast for that, the tutorial portion is about 30 minutes. Grab whatever water-based markers or watercolor you have and paint along! BTW I will have another live stream tomorrow at the regular time: 12:30pm Eastern time and I think I am finally going to tackle painting an owl, it has been requested a lot so I thought I’d give it a go, wish me luck!

One more thing…

It is the final days to enroll in Lifebook 2017 at a discount, use coupon code:  FIREWORKS2017 through January 31st to save 20% off Lifebook 2017. I hope to see you in class, you can find out more or enroll here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pineapple Painting!

By request here is a tutorial on how to paint the fun pineapple with mermaid markers. You can use watercolor or waterbased markers for this!


Watch the video for this fast and fun project!

I hope you give this a try and til next time happy crafting!

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