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!

Rustic Textures in Soft Pastel (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today we are breaking out the pastels to create this painting of an old weathered door.

This was so fun to draw with soft pastels. Soft pastels are sticks of pigment, binder and clay and feel like a very pigmented chalk as opposed to oil pastels that can feel like lipstick. I know it can be confusing to know what kind an artist is referring to:) You can watch the timelapse of this demo in the player below. There are a lot of tips and tricks for working in soft pastel. If you prefer the 2 hour and 17 minute narrated real time tutorial it’s up now in Critique Club.


Supplies (affiliate links used) *I used a variety of pastels on this painting. Below I will list my favorites as well as getting started budget picks. I will link to Amazon and Blick, check both places as often prices fluctuate, and if you are buying a large set of pastels the savings can be big.

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I hope this inspires you to give soft pastels a try! Til next time happy crafting!

Struggling through a painting…

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a painting I struggled with. I’d been out of sorts all week and I found it hard to focus or even decide what to paint. As I worked through this painting there were many times I just wanted to toss it in the garbage and I probably would have if I didn’t need it for work. This brings me to the thought that there are several ways we can deal with a problematic painting. You can pitch it in the trash, you can set it aside to return to at a later date when your might has had a chance to forget the struggle (probably the best option but you may risk losing interest in the project) or you can do what I usually do which is to fight through and finish it. How do you deal with this?

The real time version of this tutorial is up in Critique Club if you want to see the struggle in real time and see how I solved the many issues that came up in this painting. You can also watch the time lapse below.

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If you want to learn more about soft pastels I have a course: Soft Pastels for Beginners you might like and you can save 40% on that class, or any other class in my Teachable school by using the coupon code LOVE40 now through 2/20/21. The pastel class link above should contain the discount but if you don’t see it click “add coupon” at checkout and type in LOVE40 to get the Valentines sale price! Happy crafting!

I really loved painting this!

Hi friends, I had the most fun playing with pastels this week!

You can find the real time 73 minute long fully narrated tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested along with 34 other intermediate/advanced mixed media tutorials all for $5 per month. What’s more, you can upload 2 paintings of yours per month for an in-depth critique from me. You also get monthly creative prompts to inspire you! Critique Club is designed to help you grow as an artist. Anyone who wants to get more out of their art is welcome to join this supportive group of like minded artists! Learn more or join today!

Now on to the timelapse!

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  • Paper: Canson MiTintes *I recommend the pads rather than full sheets unless you want to work large and have storage space for them. I have both and almost always reach for the pads.
  • NuPastels
  • Pan Pastels *I recommend starting with the painting set of 20, then go for the tints, shades and then ex dark shades. This will allow you to build your collection without duplicates (except black and white.) Pan Pastels are an investment so if you are not sure you will like them try painting with a cheap, yet colorful, set of eye-shadow and see what you think. The Pan Pastels will be a bit brighter and opaque (and cheaper in the long run) but at least you can see if it’s for you before spending a lot.
  • If you want an inexpensive pastel stick set to get started with I recommend the Faber Castel Goldfaber pastels.
  • Sponge tools for pastels
  • Reference photo

So, how did you like pastels? Do you want to give it a try? If you want to get going in pastels but don’t know where to start I have the class for you! You can save 30% on my online course Soft Pastel for Beginners with the coupon code PASTEL30 or by clicking this special discount link. In this class I go over tools and techniques so you can get the most of this exciting medium and then we paint four complete paintings step-by-step together so you can put all of the techniques you learned into practice. This pastel primer will give you all of the training you need to explore soft pastels and create truly stunning artwork. As with all of my online classes you can come back to the lessons anytime you want for as long as you want and you can upload your work for feedback from me. Learn more here or enroll today!

Well, that’s it from me today. I’m going to go visit my folks today and hopefully score some lilacs from their massive lilac bush (and hopefully some rhubarb too!) Have a wonderful Sunday, take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting!

It’s going to be a beachy day!

Hi friends! This weeks has gone from highs in the low 50s to the 80s! Only in Maine folks. As someone who is always cold I couldn’t be happier and plan to takeout the the kayak or paddle-board this afternoon at peak heat. I am sure the pond is ice-water-cold but I will gladly stay above it and soak up some sun! The weather man says we have 2 good days before we are plunged back into reality and I plan to enjoy them!

Today we are going to paint a peaceful, easy beachscape. Use any paint you have and join me!

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I hope you find some joy in your day. I have been rather stressed out this week so hopefully I can get out on the water and unwind today! Happy crafting!

Llama Love Notes!

Hi friends! I really enjoyed making these cards. I think they would be sweet Valentines cards or lunchbox notes.

I have lots of tips to share in this simple card making video. I hope it sparks some inspiration!

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I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! Happy crafting!

Expressive, Bold & Bright Bouquet!

Hi, friends! This week I was inspired by some lovely flower arrangements at a funky restaurant. I snapped a photo of one before I left because I wanted to paint it. Here is the photo I took:

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And here is the painting we will paint today!

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You can follow along and do what I do or you can use the photo and paint it differently. Watch the video for the real-time lesson and paint along! I recommend sketching on scrap paper and then transferring it on your good watercolor paper so you don’t have to be worried about erasing and marring the good stuff plus if you don’t like your painting you have the sketch already done and you can try again!

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*Want more flower painting lessons? Check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop and save 20% with coupon code TRYME OR learn the basics in this course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting. If you want more pastel training (not just for highlights) check out my course Soft Pastel for Beginners. The 20% off TRYME coupon will work on any course to learn something new and save some money today!

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If you have any friends who would enjoy learning to paint please share this blog with them! I hope you enjoyed this supersized lesson and til next time happy crafting!

Strawberry in Pastel // Odd Limited Supply Challenge

Hi friends! The kids have been home on vacation all week so my schedule has been a bit weird. I don’t have a typical Sketchbook Sunday post for today but I did challenge myself to use the intersting combination of supplies in the January Smart Art box.

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If you would like to see my recommendations for pastel supplies and get in-depth step by step instructions on using soft pastel please check out my Soft Pastel for Beginner Class and save 50% through 2/28/19. *Use coupon code COLOR if the discount doesn’t appear.

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Now on to the video!

This video is sponsored by Smart Art Box! Visit their website to purchase a subscription, see available past boxes and see what countries they ship to.

Supplies (from January 2019 Smart Art Box which can be purchased here while supplies are available)

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I hope you are having a nice weekend and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Rainier Cherries and Blue Glass & Why it’s Good to let a Painting sit on your Easel all Week

Hi friends! I have been putting a lot more time in preparing for my weekly live streams and this week I got some prep time in on Tuesday. After the initial painting was “done” I set it on the easel in my office where I would walk by it several times a day. I also left my supplies out so I could add a touch here or there if I thought of an improvement. Let me tell you it’s a great way to work!

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Tuesday night when I thought my painting looked done I asked my family what they thought of it…

“It’s pretty but the background is ‘meh”~Maizy

“Nice basket of apples” ~Jackson

“Are those peaches?” ~Jason

Clearly there was work to be done. I added colored pencils to punch up the color and detail and added pastel to make the woodgrain in the background and add the sun dappled texture and light in the background. I also added some yellow pastel over the cherries to smooth out some unwanted texture on the skin.  I wish I took a photo of it when it was just watercolor but you will see that stage in today’s livestream. Before I liked the painting and now I love it! My family approves too! You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET today on the YouTube watch page.

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I really love mixing my media but if you prefer to keep this as a watercolor only painting you totally can. The only thing you will want to do is watch your white areas, You can use masking fluid for sharp highlights and blot out paint when it is still wet to preserve the white of the paper.  I will be painting this as a watercolor and then adding on, you can choose to add more glazes with watercolor or bring in colored pencil and pastel. Make it yours! I’ll see you for the live stream today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and til then Happy crafting!