Vintage Postcard Painting Tutorial & LUKAS 1862 Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today’s video is a bit on the long side (shocker, I know) but I wanted to do both a review of my new set of 48 halfpan Lukas 1862 watercolors and do a tutorial of a pretty vintage postcard of a butterfly and pansies.

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Here is the reference image:

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Watch the video and paint along! The review is first so if you want to skip ahead 12 minutes to the tutorial you can:)

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I used LUKAS 1862, you can use whatever you have, even thinned down acrylic!)
  • 14-# watercolor Paper 6″x9″ (Aquabee)
  • Brushes #2 #8 round (Mimik Squirrel)

Lukas 1862 Watercolor 48 half pan review:

Pros:

  • Artist quality paint with tried and true pigments
  • 35 out of 48 colors are single pigment colors
  • Price (half or less than other artist quality brands) The paints are available in sets as well as single half pans, with pans and 24ml tubes ranging from $2.50-$7.69 each currently on sale a Jerry’s Artarama. (I have not used the tubes)
  • Highly pigmented-strong colors
  • Unique characteristics between colors (some are smooth, some granulate, some transparent some semi opaque)
  • Glazes well
  • The palette that comes with the paint is an enameled metal (steel? it is magnetic) and the pan holder tray lifts out for easy cleaning and so you can have additional mixing area.

Cons:

  • I feel that the paint could use a bit of honey or more gum arabic to improve luminescence and transparency but that can be added and it is a nit-picky thing.
  • The palette stained with the pthalocyanne colors but it was minor and it probably will come off with a magic eraser (but I don’t have one right now)
  • When I bought my set the list of colors on the website was not accurate. Below is a picture I took of my swatch, hope you can read my handwriting.

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Bottom line, if you are looking for an affordable artist grade watercolor set give them a try. A 12 half pan sets starts at $30 or grab a few tubes or pans and see what you think. I hope you enjoyed this review and tutorial! Happy crafting!

LIVE! 12:30pm Eastern Time, Beautiful Vintage Moth in Watercolor (and maybe mixed media}

15936408_10208122599768174_8311229058637729676_oHi friends! I missed doing last weeks show so much (snow storm power and internet outage) but I am back this week and I hope you will join me today at 12:30pm ET for a fun live painting class! I found this lovely vintage moth advertisement that is in the public domain and I painted a loose sketch on an ATC and shared it last week and many folks asked for a tutorial so I decided to do one larger with more detail today. Here is the reference image:

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Here is a PDF pattern you can print and trace on your watercolor paper.  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the youtube watch page. Also if you are using a tablet make sure you don’t have it in full screen mode if you want to see the chat.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Other: water buckets, paper towels and I grabbed some rubber stamps and stencils in case I want to add to the background!

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I hope you can join me for the live show today at 12:30pm ET, til than happy crafting!

Review: American Journey Watercolor Sticks

Today I am taking a look at the set of 24 American Journey Watercolor Sticks. They are watercolor pigment in a clear paraffin wax binder. I wanted to find out if they are more like a watercolor pan or a watercolor crayon.

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For my test I am working on Strathmore Windpower paper. Watch the video to see how they perform!

Details:

The American Journey watercolor sticks are available in sets or open stock. The sets have a handy storage palette to keep them in. Open stock the sticks sell for $7.99 while a 12 color set in a palette goes for $59 bringing the per stick price to $5, a much better deal.

Pros:

  • Price: They cost a bit more than Winsor & Newton watercolor sticks but are 2x as big. They are the same size as Daniel Smith but a bit cheaper
  • Pigment info listed on sides of watercolor sticks, stable lightfast pigments are used. If you are picky about your pigments I suggest getting colors open stock.
  • All usable product-you can save the shavings if you sharpen the crayons to use as watercolors. You can use all the product so no waste.
  • Drawing with the crayons give you more of a “watercolor pencil” experience rather than a watercolor crayon experience
  • Transparent (as long as the pigments used are) Most watercolor crayons are opaque and these are luminous and transparent, the reds are stunning and worth buying to supplement a watercolor crayon set that you might already have.

Cons:

  • When used direct to paper from the stick (aka sketching and coloring) I don’t feel like you get as good color payoff as you would with a traditional watercolor crayon or water-soluble oil pastel. I don’t think this is a con for some people but if that is what you want with this product I think you will be disappointed. Also these American Journey sticks are more expensive than Caran D’Ache watercolor crayons which are better for a dry, direct to paper technique. It boils down to personal taste though.
  • Not great for glazing as colors easily lift.

Bottom line:

I like this product for sketching and then picking up pigment with a wet brush for washes (like pan color) for use on white paper. They are different from a watercolor crayon because they are transparent. I think they are better for direct painting without a lot of glazes because they are very liftable. If I had to recommend one color I would try any of the reds and they really stand out as different from other similar products.

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LIVE! Pretty Pastel Macarons in Oils! FREE Real Time Painting Class @ 12:30pm ET

Let’s paint pretty pastel macarons in oil paint at 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube! Here is the painting:

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And here is the reference photo from GraphicStock (I can post it here because I have a graphicstock subscription)

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I don’t have a pattern to trace because we are going to sketch the design together on the canvas with oil pastels or oil paint. I will be using water-mixable oils for the sake of easy clean up but feel free to use traditional oils or acrylics if you like. The steps will be about the same! You can watch the live class or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live you need to watch at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time today for a fun & free oil painting class! Til then, Happy crafting!

LIVE free watercolor seascape class at 12:30pm ET Today!

Join me in an hour to watercolor! If you you want to hand out in the chat be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page. We will paint this:

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You can watch live on YouTube or in the player below:

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QOR watercolors

Mimik Brushes

Canson 100 watercolor Paper

Reference photo from John Warren at Paint my Photo

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See you at 12:30 ET today or in the reply! Happy crafting!

 

 

Easy Birch Trees in Acrylic!

This is a quick painting that can be done in a half-hour. Watch the video and paint along with me!

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Grab your acrylics, brushes, a canvas and a palette knife and give it a whirl!

 

I hope you enjoyed this fun little painting tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Sheep! Long Painting Tutorial for Beginners!

Hi friends! Thanks for encouraging me to post this long tutorial, it was one of the photos I took at the common ground fair last week. It was really fun to paint!

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Here is the reference photo:

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And here is the video! Get comfy, make a hot cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and let’s paint!

Supplies:
8″x10″ DaVinci Pro Panel
Turner Arcryl Gouache (or the acrylic colors you prefer)
12 Shades of Gray Acrylic Set (or you can mix your grays)
Black Swan Brushes
Hog fan brushes
Watercolor pencils (any brand is fine)
palate and water bucket

Directions:
1. Sketch the sheep on the panel with watercolor pencils.
2. Paint the background shades of green (mixes of green, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, lemon yellow) and let dry. Try not to cover your sketch as much as I did to save time later!
3. Start painting the sheep using a small filbert and tapping strokes. Start with white in the highlight area and pick up gray and add it is as you move to the shadowed areas.
4. Add details with a mix of black and greyed brown.
5. Use a combination of fan brushes and yellow-green paint to paint the foreground grass and then add detail grass with a liner brush.

I hope you spend some time painting this weekend! BTW, if you hear the gentle sounds of rain in the video it is because I filmed it Wednesday and we got 5″ of rain LOL! I am lucky I wasn’t swimming in my basement studio! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video, that to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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