Freshly Baked Cookie Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I baked a sumptuous batch of vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and decided to draw one before they all got gobbled up! It is a calorie free way to extend the pleasure of sweets!

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I really enjoyed drawing this so I probably spent longer than needed on this drawing/painting but I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop! You can see the time-lapse in the video below. I spent about an hour and a half on this drawing.

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Did this tutorial make you want a cookie? I might need to make another batch LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I think I enjoy drawing food more that eating it! Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I am so glad that drawing food isn’t fattening or I would be in trouble because I think drawing food is way more satisfying that eating it and the enjoyment lasts longer! I spent a little over an hour on this mixed media sketch of a slice of pizza.

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I also re-homed my gouache paint. I had originally stored them in individual plastic boxes with lids because they cracked and fell out of a traditional palette and I didn’t want to waste them but I liked having them ready to go when I wanted to paint. I don’t want to bother with unscrewing tubes of paint, I am that lazy. You can see how I had them stored here. But as they dried out I realized that I did not need that much space to store them and I wanted to be able to access all of my colors at once and have them fit more compactly on my table so I went to Harbor Freight last night and found a little 18 compartment box for under $3 that would do the trick. I would have rather had a 24 compartment box but those were huge so I decided to combine colors that had the same pigments and left my 3 least used colors (black, grey and “flesh tone”) in their individual boxes. The only other drawback was that the compartments were removable so I had to glue in the dividers (Iused hot glue) to make a seal so the paint couldn’t run underneath it if got juicy. Make sure you do that if you decide to use this as gouache storage.  I did see this palette that looked like it would be a good option as the wells go all the way up to the lid but I didn’t want to spend the $10 LOL! I also added a few drop of glycerin in each pan to keep it from cracking in the future, I think after a few more uses they may settle into a nice solid cake so when I run out and refresh my paint with a new set I will add glycerin in from the get go. About 5 drops per tube and stir it in with a toothpick, use less if using less than a tube. You can see the new palette set up in the video as well as the painting demo.

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The thing I really like about using gouache and Prismacolors is that what you see is what you get when you look st the pencil lead or dry paint, there is little or no color shift so you can work quickly and with confidence. What are you working on today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

Sketchbook Sunday: Bell Flowers

Hi friends! Today I am going to sketch from a photo I took in my sister’s garden. Isn’t it pretty?

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Unfortunately I did not do it justice.

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I thought about scrapping the whole project but I also think seeing someone work through problems in art is a valuable teaching tool and that is what you are going to see today. Me fixing many issues as they arise in a sketch. I hope you find it useful (or at least get a chuckle over my mishaps LOL!) Here’s the video!

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I hope you enjoyed this video and til next time happy crafting!

Optimistic Retro Fruit!

Hi friends!  I love bright colors and kitschy designs so when I doodled a little postcard with orange slices on it yesterday:

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I knew I wanted to explore this subject more and thus was born my optimistic fruit from my imagination:

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Fun huh? This took me about an hour to create but through the magic of YouTube you can see it come to life in about 15 minutes. I hope you enjoy! It is not a difficult painting, it is a fun piece you can doodle and get to know your supplies with. Feel free to use any water-soluble pastel or crayon you have and paint along. I’ll also list the exact supplies I used below, they are a bargain and I have been having a ball playing with them:)

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So, I asked my hubby about creating something like this in a large format for the kitchen (I have like a 3’x4′ canvas burning a hole in my studio) and he seemed OK with the idea but not overjoyed by the thought but I think it would look really cool with maybe some of my other tropical inspired paintings. What do you think. I mean, it’s a kitchen, it can’t make it any worse right? LOL! I just want being in the kitchen to me more pleasant, I want a kitschy kitchen haha! I think it would look good with my black and white checkerboard floor, white cabinets and blue walls, what do you think? Also if I d the large acrylic do you want a tutorial? Oh, on another note I might have a live stream watercolor palette tour this evening, I am thinking after dinner, maybe around 7pm Eastern time just to give you a heads up.  And one more thing, we just updated the shop with new paintings for July so check it out if you want to own a Lindsay original. Phew, that was a lot of info, have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday & World Watercolor Month!

Hi friends! Just popping in quick today with my Sketchbook Sunday video!

I decided to paint a sunny pasture because today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is Sunny Days. July is world watercolor month and it is such a fun challenge, all you do is create watercolor art and tag it #worldwordercolormonth on social media and you can see what others are painting too. There is a facebook group that is so inspiring but even if you don’t use facebook you can search the hashtag online and get inspired. I am a member of the facebook page but other than that I have no affiliation with World Watercolor Month or Doodlewash (the website that puts it on) but it is a wonderful way to get involved and be inspired with watercolor painting! Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Tuesday?

Howdy friends! I was off visiting my parents on sunday for Father’s day and although I managed to get my YouTube video posted for sketchbook Sunday I completely forgot to blog it. Oops!

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This project was a collab with Anne-Laure from Following the White Rabbit, an urban sketcher, and with warmer weather making it possible for more of us to go out and paint I thought it would be fun! You can see her painting of the same scene here. If you want to paint along you can share your work with the hashtag #sketchwithLandAL

 
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If you want more tips for watercolor be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post: 15 Watercolor Hacks to lean how to get more for you money when watercolor painting including free stuff you can use from around your house. You can also use the coupon code 15HACKS to get 30% off any of my classes on Teachable. I recommend the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting if you want to learn to basics and get painting fast!

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun card making tutorial, til then happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Lupines!

Hi friends! Today I thought we would paint a flower in abundance in my neck of the woods: Lupines! If you drive around Maine this time of year these flowers spring forth from fields, near ponds and lakes and even on the side of the road.

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I love the look of these flowers so much I decided they would be a great sketchbook practice, enjoy!

If you liked this flower demonstration please consider checking out my new online class Watercolor Flower Workshop. This course teaches you how to paint freehand flowers with little or no drawing required. I’ll teach you useful flower painting techniques so you can grab your paint, a brush and paper and create free-flowing floral arrangements with ease! Save 50% through June 30th with coupon code FLOWERPOWER or by clicking this special discount link.

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I hope you have a chance to play in your sketchbook today! Happy crafting!

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