LIVE! Fun & Colorful Rainbow Lollipop in Watercolor! 12:30pm ET

Edited to add photo of the finished painting. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! I got a lot of requests to paint a real-time lollypop after the sketchbook sunday time-lapse twisted lolly I painted a couple of weeks ago so I thought this fun jumbo one would be a fun subject! (Plus if I don’t paint it soon I fear my kids will make it disappear!) Here is the photo (BTW you can buy them at the Dollar Tree!)


You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure you tune in at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.


One week left to save 50% on my new class Learn to Draw with Lindsay (Regular $79-sale $39.50) with coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price dosn’t show up automaticaly. (For The drawing class payment plan use coupon code DRAWMEX3, regular price is 3x $30/ price with coupon is 3x $15 with coupon DRAWMEX3)

I am been so heartened by the response to my course so far, the artwork students have shared in the classroom as blown me away! Here is a lovely comment I received the other day:

Hi Lindsay, what a great drawing course. I have been painting for 30 plus years, drawing was my weakest, until now. I’m starting to see things in shape, I think the most helpful is starting with a circle or shape then fill in with the shapes of whatever you are drawing. This has been the best money I have ever spent. What I love I can look at these lessons over & over until I get it!! ~Linda

If you would like to join the hundreds of students who are learning to draw with accuracy and confidence check out Learn to Draw with Lindsay to learn more or enroll today! If there was another class that caught your eye the coupon code DRAWME will take 50% off the one time payment as well but only until 3/31/18.

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PS. I will be adding some bonus lessons in the watercolor classes soon! Keep an eye out for that!

PSS. To use the DRAWME coupon for any of the classes in my school simply click the orange “ADD Coupon” when you checkout:


I hope the little video isn’t silly but I don’t want anyone to miss out and sometimes it’s not obvious where the coupon goes:) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to paint with you later! Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Realistic Raspberry!

Hi friends! Please excuse me if I have more typos than usual in this post, I was up most of the night with a kid with a stomach bug (so much for getting one more beach day in before school starts.) 😦 Today I am going to show you how to use glazes or layers to build up color and detail as we paint a raspberry.


I am using a split primary palette, that means I am using a warm and cool version of each primary.  The colors I am using are from the essential set from Daniel Smith but you can use whatever brand you have. See below for suggestions. If you don’t see a color you have just swatch out the color and look at it and see which way it leans. Honestly, I mix more by eye than color name and you will too as you gain more experience.

Warm red: Pyroll Red, Cadmium red, Scarlet, Pyroll scarlet (look for a red that leans toward orange)

Cool red: Permanent alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Rose Madder, Magenta (look for a purple leaning red)

Warm yellow: New Gamboge, Cadmium Yellow, Indian Yellow (look for a yellow that leans to orange)

Cool Yellow: Lemon Yellow, Hansa yellow, Cadmium Lemon, cadmium yellow light (A green leaning yellow)

Warm Blue: Ultramarine (French Ultramarine), cobalt blue (purple leaning blue)

Cool blue: Pthalo blue, Prussian blue (green leaning blue)

Try and get the most clear and vivid colors you can because you can always dull them down but you can’t brighten a dull color. To learn more about a split primary palette view my free tutorial here or for a more in-depth tutorial check out this wonderful Craftsy class. I also wanted to mention that I enrolled in Anna Mason’s excellent Craftsy class Fantastic Fruit Texture and Form ans while her style is very different from mine I am enjoying how she builds up layers of tight detail. I have not got too far into her class but I have already found valuable take-aways (like picking up a small brush once in a while LOL!)

Video! *BTW I am also reviewing and demonstrating the use of a new light box, if you are not in the market for a light box you can skip to 8:45 for the real time painting tutorial. If you are looking for a light box this one has my approval!

140# watercolor greeting card  *these are 3″x5″ but I used 5″x7″ in the video
Daniel Smith essential set watercolors (pyroll scarlet, Quin rose, Hansa yellow, new gamboge, pthalo blue, ultramarine)
Uniball signo white gel pen 
*Note, instead of using the pen you can use masking fluid prior to painting.

Reference photo

Litup Light Box Review

I have to be honest, I was not in the market for a light table but I was intrigued when the company asked me to review this, I typically used transfer paper to transfer my sketches to watercolor paper and that seemed fine. I really did not think I would use a light table that much and they are typically $200-$400 for a decent size table that would be of use to me as an artist.

I was wrong, I can see myself using this every time I paint.
Bright, even, strong light
Sturdy and well made
Easy to set up and use (plug it in, turn it on)
Long enough cord (about 5 feet)
I can transfer a light pencil sketch and use what ever I want (pencil, pen, marker etc) on my good paper and not be stuck with the colors available with transfer paper.
Price, it is on sale for $119.99 (comparable light table at my online art supplier runs $300)

I really can’t think of a negative, I mean $120 is a chunk of money so make sure it is something you will use.

I did not think I needed this but now I am so glad I have it because I can transfer detailed drawings onto watercolor paper with no waxy lines, it will make pen and ink work a breeze too!

I asked about embossing with stencils and they said it should work just be carefull not to scratch the table, I think placing a page protector or clear plastic bag under the stencil will prevent this.

I also want to mention that I have not had this light table long so I can’t comment on how long it will last. The reviews on amazon are excellent though and it has an 18 month warranty.

I give the litup table a big thumbs up and recommend it to anyone wanting a light table at an affordable price. It is on sale for $119.99 (regularly $129.99) during back to school time. You can find out more here.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review but I did receive the Litup light box for free. Links for the art supplies are affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp and I receive a small portion of the sale at no addition cost to you. Thank you for your support and til next time happy crafting!.


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