Learn to Draw a Sumac Leaf in Marker and Colored Pencil

Hi friends! Today I have a leaf drawing and coloring tutorial for you. We will use toned paper which reduced the look of streaks and choppy blending.

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That’s all for today! I was sewing some masks yesterday and decided I wanted to reorganize my sewing supplies since I recently cleared out some drawers. I think that will be a fun afternoon project! Maybe I’ll film it, interested?

Til next time, happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday & My October Personal Art Challenge

Hi friends! I was planning on doing Inktober this year but decided that I would just do my own thing. I wanted to improve my figure drawing skills so I am drawing people every day this month.

This was day 2 of my personal art challenge. If you want to see the daily artwork you can follow me on Instagram. You can see the time-lapse of this painting below!

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That’s all for today! Are you doing an art challenge this month? I might try to work in the 6 Drawtober prompts this month as well. I think personal art goals are really great for growing your skills. I am looking forward to working on this! Happy crafting!

Gas Station in Gouache: Sketchbook Sunday


Hi friends! I’m not usually inspired to paint architecture but when I saw this photo of an old gas station I thought it had a warmth and life to it and I was excited to give it a whirl!

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I used this new set of inexpensive 24 jelly cup gouache from Artsy. I like this palette because it has a foam seal to prevent the paint from drying out or leaking and a carry handle that keeps the box upright. There is also a 5% off coupon on Amazon currently making this set less costly than other brands. I find the quality similar to the HIMI and ARRTX gouache so choose the set with the paint colors and palette you prefer.

The reference photo is from the Artist Photo Reference: buildings and Barns. There are currently 26 used copies on Amazon, I ordered mine from the seller Thriftbooks and they were awesome. I highly recommend all of the books in the Artist Photo Reference series. They are out of print but I was able to find the ones I didn’t have on Amazon used and inexpensively.

When painting in Gouache you can use any brushes you have for acrylics or stiffer watercolor brushes. I personally like the Zen All Media Brushes from Royal & Langnickle. They are available at most craft stores and are $3-$5 each and hold up very well.

I hope you had a creative day! Happy crafting!

The Fanciest of Pastels (Sketchbook Sunday!)

Hi friends, today for sketchbook Sunday I am breaking out my new fancy Sennelier oil pastels!

You can find the real-time version of this lesson in Critique Club. Critique club is a monthly membership group where you can upload up to two paintings a month for a critique from me. You also get access to dozens of real time narrated art tutorials with two new ones posted each month so you will never lack for something to paint as you grow your skills as an artist. Click here to learn more!

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These oil pastels were so fun to use and I can’t wait to play with them on a larger paper. What supplies are you currently excited about?

Sketchbook Sunday Flip Through & a Quick DIY!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good Sunday. I spent the day tackling some projects around the house (more on that later) and as promised I have a flip through of the sketchbooks I used on vacation as well as a completed one because I was not as prolific as I thought during my week off LOL!

Stuff I mentioned:

  • Some of the sketches you see are available as real-time lessons over in Critique Club *You can scroll down to the curriculum and see a list of all the projects.
  • Some time-lapses can be found by searching Sketchbook Sunday on my YouTube channel
  • This is the loose watercolor flower workshop I mentioned
  • And this is the comic faces video from Becca Hillburn at Natto Soup that I followed along with on the tiny face sketches.

Today I decided to tackle a couple of projects that have been grating on my nerves. The overstuffed living room coat closet (too many shoes, winter gear and a vacuum cleaner that attacks anyone who dares to open the door) and the front porch that had stuff stored on it that belonged in the garage and shed. The closet was pretty easy and now it is spacious, yay! Quick win! The porch took a couple of hours but I needed to take everything off it and wash it from top to bottom and hubby put the heavy stuff in it’s proper place. Now it is a lovely retreat! Somehow we had manged to collect 3 door mats on the porch: a Christmas one, a scrubbie one for mud season and a rubber welcome mat that was best suited for non winter. I wanted to use it but it was looking pretty shabby and my porch was so clean that I didn’t want a tired old mat on it.

So I grabbed some paint and sponge brushes and pounced color to match my house on the raised areas.

And viola! A practically new mat!

I love a good DIY! I hope you had a good day and til next time happy crafting!

Macarons in Gouache!

Hi friends! These pretty pastel macarons are fun to paint!

You can find the 1hr44m narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under July 2020 bonus project #2

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Til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday a Day Late! Tree Frog

Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!

Anyway, on to the video!

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If you liked today’s video you might enjoy Learn to Draw with Lindsay. In this class, you will learn to draw what you see without gimmicks or complicated grids. You will be drawing what you see with confidence in no time! Learn more here or enroll today!

That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

Strawberry Season (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is “Favorite Color” and mine is crimson red so I decided to paint these strawberries!

You can find the 1hr 44min narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under June 2020 bonus project #1. In case you haven’t heard, Critique Club is a membership group where you can upload up to 2 painting you are working on per month for an in-depth critique from me. My goal is to help you grow and improve as artists! I also post 2 long narrated tutorials per month for members that tend to be on the intermediate/advanced side. You also get access to all the past tutorials (37 in all so far!) so you will have inspiration for miles and it’s only $5 per month. Learn more or sign up here. Thank you for your support!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pelican in Pencil & Happy Father’s Day!

Hi friends! Happy Father’s to all the dads out there. I hope you have a special day:) Today we are going to work in a variety of black, gray and white pencils in a grey sketchbook.

You can also use charcoal and chalk for this. The grey of your paper will take out some of the work of shading. You can find a real time version of this tutorial in Critique Club. Critique club is a monthly membership group in my teachable school that allows you to upload 2 paintings a month for an individualized critique from me to help you grow as an artist. You are not required to upload any artwork though, if you want to join just for the bonus tutorials and camaraderie of other like minded artists that’s fine too:) All are welcome! In addition each month you get 2 new long format intermediate/advanced art tutorials from me. You also have access to all past tutorials while you are a member (there are currently 36!) and you can get inspired by past creative prompts as well if you need inspiration. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or sign up today!

Now, on to the time lapse!

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I think we are going to take a drive to the coast today. I hope you find a nice way to spend the day and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Raspberry

Hi friends! It’s amazing how fast the trees change this time of year. It seems like only days ago the trees were bare and now I walk the dog through the woods and everything is green, even the wild raspberry bushes along the trails. It is such a mood boost to see green leaves, flowering trees and to feel the warm sun on your face. With that summery feeling in mind I present today’s sketchbook Sunday time lapse!

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That’s it for me today. I have several videos I haven’t had a chance to blog on my YouTube channel if you missed them and need an art/craft fix. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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