Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! 🙂

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper.  Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind)  Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

Yes,Virginia, there is a live show today:)

Hi friends! After a wonky month of hit or miss live streams we are back to our regular programming! Today we are going to paint a fun and colorful fruity drink perfect for summer!

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The other day I cut up a watermelon for the kids but I didn’t have room in the fridge so I put the cut up melon in the freezer and the next day I put it in the blender with some lemon/lime drink mix and it was pretty tasty and great for a refreshing summer drink. Give it a try the next time you have extra watermelon! You can catch today’s video live at 12:30pm eastern time. You can watch the live show or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live you will want to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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See you at 12:30pm ET for a fun summer painting time! Happy crafting!

Painting Peaches! REal Time Watercolor Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun painting tutorial for you, a love bowl of peaches perfect for summer!

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Here is the reference photo I used courtesy of Graphicstock.

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Watch the video and paint along!

I decided it would be fun to paint a bowl of peaches on a weathered blue table after reading [listening to the audio book actually] The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. It was a really fun book and would make a great summer beach read. I think I might need to download a couple more of Sarah Addison Allen‘s book to read on vacation, she has a nice way of describing small town life and the bond of female friendships (in this book at least!)

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (Rembrandt) Cad Red Deep, Cad Yellow Deep, Olive Green, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna
  • 9″x12″ Arches watercolor block CP 
  • A variety of watercolor brushes
  • #10 & #4 round (Aqualon)
  • 3/4″ flat (Mimik)
  • 1″ oval Wash or any large brush for wetting the paper (Zen) *This kitThis kit would have all the brushes you would need and they are high quality.
  • Other: Pencil for sketching, white plastic eraser, 2 water buckets, paper towels

***If you need paper and want to try Rembrandt paint this kit has a 9″x12″ arches block and 7 tubes of Rembrandt for a steal (you will need to mix your greens though to paint today’s painting, I have this set and the block I am painting on today came in this kit. It is a nice way to sample Rembrandt paint before making a big investment too and an extra block of Arches watercolor paper always comes in handy!)

Follow along and have fun! Remember you can pause, slow down or speed up the video anytime you want. Click the gear icon at the bottom of the video player anytime you want to change the speed. Want more painting instruction? Check out my NEW Essential Watercolor Course. I hope you are having a great week and til next time happy crafting!

A New Watercolor Poppy to Paint!

Hi friends! As you might have realized I like to paint poppies and there were some beautiful ones growing on Monhegan Island when I was out there last week. Here is one I painted from a flower in someone’s garden.

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Watch the video for a step by step tutorial and paint along!

If you enjoyed this free painting tutorial please check out my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Course. It gives you the basics on the tools and supplies as well as foundational techniques so you can create stunning watercolors no matter what subject you choose to paint! From color mixing and holding a brush to creating 3 stunning paintings this class gives you the information you need with no filler boiled down to 5 hours of lessons you can complete at your own pace and you can keep the class for life! I hope to see you in class:)

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Sketch and paint along with me! Feel free to pause the video if needed (or slow it down or speed it up:) There is a little gear at the bottom of the video player screen that lets you change the speed and quality of the video. Speed it up and I sound like a deranged chipmunk, good times. I took lots of photos on Monhegan Island so I hope to bring you some more coastal Maine painting tutorials soon. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Realistic Cherries in Watercolor 12:30pm ET

EDIT: Here is a photo of the painting we did in today’s live stream. It was a lot of fun and not too difficult, I hope you give it a try!

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Hi friends! I have a skill builder exercise for you today! I will show you how to get the smooth, shiny and realistic texture and for of these juicy cherries from this photo.

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Here is a practice sketch I just worked up:

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We will paint this live at 12:30pm Eastern time today. You can watch live or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live you will need to watch on YouTube.

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***Last 4 days to save 50% on my watercolor course!!!

Grab my NEW Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Course for $39 (Regular $79) sale ends 6/1/17!

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Learn techniques for mixing brilliant colors, masking, perfect washes and more! This course contains the techniques I think every watercolor painter should know to easily create beautiful paintings that look effortless. Upon completion of this course you will have three beautiful finished paintings showcasing the techniques you learned. You can take as long as you need to complete this self-paced class and return to it as often as you want, you get lifetime access! This is a beginner course that combines basic and more advanced techniques in a relaxed paced, easy to follow format.  Learn more or enroll today!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and maybe carve out a little time to paint, the weather looks like it will be good for us in the Northeast so my painting might involve a ladder and trim! Thanks for spending some time with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Practice & No Live Tomorrow

Hi friends! I am quickly dashing off this blog post on my way out the door to chaperone a two-day school trip to a music festival. The sun is shining and everyone is in a great mood (I just hope they don’t allow musical interments on the bus!)

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I wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to do the live show tomorrow because I will on the trip but I did want to make sure you had something to work on so I have a watercolor leaf practice video for you. This is quick, if you have 10 or 15 minutes grab your paints and play!

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I hope you take a few minutes to paint today! If you are living somewhere where plants are in bloom and the weather is nice why not go outside and paint from life! It will build your observation skills like nothing else!

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If you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor instruction I invite you to check out my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor. It has 5+ hours of video instruction on color mixing, texture effects, washes and three real-time paintings to complete.

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I have also just added a private Facebook group for students to share their work (enrolled students can find a link in the Intro & Supplies module.) If you think you would benefit from this course check it out now because it’s on sale through the month of May for $39 but it goes up to $70 on June 1st. Here are what some student’s have said about the class:

“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight

“Lindsay, you gave the best demonstration of a controlled wash on the green and red bottles that I’ve ever seen. This has been an “aha” moment for me! Now I’m really practicing controlled washes with success.” -Pricilla M. Ware

“This was such a good lesson on the difference between warm and cool colors and what can be achieved when mixing! I learned a lot. Now to play…” -Terri Honz

“Lindsay this class is FANTASTIC!! It is well paced and includes so many wonderful techniques. :)” -Janet Walsh

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received for the course so far, it has far exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful to find a place where I can take my time to teach all of the important techniques I think beginners should learn and practice. If you would like to learn more you can check out Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor here or enroll today!

If anyone would like a tutorial for the other rose painting I showed in today;s video just let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to post it. I will have a live stream NEXT week:) Wish me luck on chaperoning the school trip and til next time happy crafting!

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:

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

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Supplies:
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

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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!

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