Bubbly Betta Fish // Gouache on Canvas

Hi friends! Sorry this post is late, I uploaded it to YouTube yesterday for Sketchbook Sunday but was too busy yesterday to blog it. My son is getting ready to take is drivers licence test and needs more hours of practice to be eligible so we drove down to visit my parents and sister and her family. We had a great time but got home late and I could barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through my email.

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So better late than never right? This painting was a struggle. I almost tossed it in the fire pit about halfway through. But the awesome thing about almost giving up hope on a painting is the freedom in knowing “well, I can’t make it any worse!” and then you can relax and have fun. I hope this in enjoyable to watch and I hope it shows you that everyone struggles sometimes.

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Today I am using supplies from the March 2019 Smart Art Box. Occasionally they have extra boxes for sale here, Otherwise you can find the supplies below:

So the next time you are frustrated with a painting don’t be afraid to take a break and then go wild with it. After all, what’s the worse that can happen? Happy crafting!

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Draw & Paint Crocuses! Easy Real Time Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today we will draw and paint some crocus flowers! This would be pretty to paint on a greeting card to send someone a springtime greeting. Crocuses are often the first flowers of spring and they even pop up through the snow! Talk about optimism!

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In this beginner watercolor tutorial you will learn how to paint translucent flower petals and add details.

Supplies (Affiliate links to Arteza and Amazon used, if shopping on the Arteza website use coupon code FRUGAL10 for 10% off)

If you would like more flower painting watercolor tutorials check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop! I hope your first full day of spring is a good one and til next time happy crafting!

 

Easy Goldfinch and Cosmos in Watercolor Tutorial

Hi friends, here is a bright and cheerful painting you can paint!

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Clearly I am ready for spring and I love watching these sweet birds on the thistle feeder out my back window. To tide us (in the North) over until warm weather returns you can paint this sweet painting. Watch the video to see how!

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If you liked this tutorial and want more in-depth instructions for painting birds you may enjoy my class Technique Toolbox: Feather’s and Foul. That class explores painting birds and feathers in detail should you want more:) Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Gourds: Wet in Wet Technique (beginner tutorial)

Hi friends! This tutorial got mixed reviews and I can see why, it took me way longer than I had hoped to teach it. And looking at the end result I would have had a more refined painting after almost an hour. However, this is a beginner tutorial and I don’t like to rush techniques in my beginner tutorials. I also like to use student grade paints in my beginner tutorials so I can show you how to overcome some of the issues you might face when attempting it for the first time with student grade supplies.

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If you are not a beginner and the finished painting doesn’t look good to you I suggest you pass on this one and wait for my more advanced Friday livestream paintings. I don’t mind:) I want to make sure beginners have tutorials with some gentle guidance as they work through their paintings for the first time. I hope you understand:) So, with that disclaimer out-of-the-way, let’s paint! This is a real-time lesson so you can paint along.

Supplies:

FYI I will be reviewing the set of 48 Mungyo watercolor paints that I used in today’s tutorial on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Colorful & Quirky Fall Leaves in Watercolor (with BRUSHO accents!)

Hi friends! Today we will have a fun and easy loose style watercolor project for our livestream:

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This started out as a loose watercolor but they I wondered what would happen if I added Brusho (a powdered watercolor) and so I did. Immediately regretted it but then decided to leave it be and come back later and I found that I quite liked the effect. You can do it or not, it’s up to you! I think adding pen helped sharpen up some of the leaves giving me the effect I was after in the first place. You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch at 12:30pm Eastern time today on YouTube.

 

Supplies (amazon affiliate links used)

I hope to see you at 12:30 for some colorful painting fun! Happy crafting!

Watercolor on Kraft? Yes Please!

Hi friends! Today I have a two-fer of a technique for you, I am going to show you how I paint an ice cream cone. One with traditional watercolor technique on watercolor paper and also on kraft (toned tan) mixed media paper so you can see two ways to use your humble watercolors!

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Watch the video and feel free to follow along. This is a real-time beginner friendly tutorial and when you are done you have two greeting card size paintings to keep or share!

Supplies (Amazon affiliate links used)

Which version do you like better? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Donuts 2.0 Live Painting Tutorial & Starving the Inner Critic…

Howdy friends! I am very excited to paint with you today, after a project I was not happy with I came up with this for today’s tutorial:

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Originally I planned to paint 3 donuts on a board. I was using a few reference photos and it started off strong but in the end the result was flat and I was frustrated.

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I wondered if it was just me so I asked a few trusted friends what they thought and the word “flat” was mentioned several times so I knew I had to go back to the drawing board but I had no big desire to paint this again and if I am not excited to paint it again why would you be?

I wanted to take a moment and talk about self-doubt and criticism.

We all want to improve and the longer you paint the easier it is to slip into a plateau. Every so often you enter a pocket of growth and things are wonderful. It’s that feeling of learning something new and advancement that keep us addicted to our craft. The dark side is when we level off or even back slide on a project that can make the nasty inner critic come out to play. One thing that helps me be gentler on myself is to pretend I didn’t paint it. I can let the time I invested in a painting or the frustration I felt (I used masking fluid on this, y’all know my thought on that!) while working on it and it can really alter your perspective. if a student of friend showed me this panting I would see the all of the good stuff, the rich color, the joyful spirit and the rustic texture on the wood. I’d like it if I didn’t paint it LOL! I look at it and start Monday-morning-quarterbacking it:

  • Ack, why did I use masking fluid, it would have looked just as good to use an acrylic paint pen or gouache for the sprinkles!
  • Why did I paint the background so light? Now I can’t have a chocolate donut.
  • For goodness sake, sharpen your pencil, you have a sharpener right there, look at those messy lines!

I would NEVER allow a student to be so hard on themselves and when I think that if I criticize my art a student could see this and think “well, if that painting isn’t good enough then mine isn’t either.” Now, that my friend is a sure-fire way to shut up that nasty little judge in my mind for good. It’s important to improve and grow. There are several things I am changing to the painting we are doing today because it will look better and be quicker. We should only criticize our work to help up improve, not to berate ourselves. We can honestly look at our work for what it is without taking it personally but let’s not be mean to ourselves because other people are watching. If you are painting and you say it’s not good and your children or grandchildren hear you they may be discouraged from trying, especially if it looks great to them! When we are kinder to ourselves we are also kinder to those who we love and are influenced by us and I think that is a great reason to fire out inner critic and retrain him for work in quality control.

And now, Let’s paint!

You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with other fun painters in the community or ask me questions during the live stream be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

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  • Watercolors: SHINHAN I recently bought these paints after several viewers asked me to review them and I really like them, I did both donut paintings with them and they are a steal! I will post a review once I have used them more and investigated some of the pigments I am not familiar with. I used colors with pigments known to be lightest in this painting. Colors used: Red, Brown, Ultramarine, Permanent yellow deep, Raw Umber, Viridian, optional-white. I have the 30 color SHINHAN set $25.73  but the 13 color set for $13.91 can be used if you substitute raw umber for yellow ocher so you can try out these paints for even less money. Per tube the 30 color set is the best deal tho.
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Optional: White gel pen or posca pen and Colored pencils
  • pattern

I also wanted to let you know that it’s August (in case you don’t have a calendar hahaha) and that means I have new original art for sale in the shop. Prices start at $40 and USA shipping is included ($10 for international) and is available for the month of August on a first come, first served basis. Click here to see this months paintings!

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I hope you will paint along with me at 12:30pm ET! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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