Sketchbook Sunday: Chickadee!

Hi friends! Today in the sketchbook I decided to sketch a bird that has been plentiful around my bird feeders: the chickadee!

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I used a reference from the Artist Photo Reference: Songbirds book. I picked up a bunch of the Artist Photo Reference books used on Amazon back in December and they have been the best investment. I highly recommend them if you can grab them at a good price.  Here is a time-lapse video of today’s sketch!

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If you would like more detailed, step-by-step real-time instruction in painting birds please consider checking out my class Texture Toolbox Feathers and Fowl. Save 20% with coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t automatically appear. Birds are one of my favorite subjects to paint and I want to share the skills with anyone else who would like to learn:)

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find a few minutes to sketch in your sketchbook today! It is sunny and warm here today so it would be a great time to sketch outside! Let me know what you are working on in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday: Rainbow Roses!

Hello friends! Today in my sketchbook I decided to paint a rainbow rose!

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This was a fun loose watercolor that I enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils. Watch how it all came together in this weeks Sketchbook Sunday timelapse:

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I also wanted to share this lesson I added in my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Class. If you purchased this class in the past you have access to it in now in the classroom. If you would like to enroll you can use coupon code DRAWME to save 50% on the class (Regular price $79, sale price $39.50 with coupon code DRAWME through 3/31/18)

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The Hydrangea lesson is focusing on the skill of negative painting and I think it rounds out the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course very well. If you are new please make sure to do the lessons in order so you get the most from the class as the hydrangea lesson assumes you have already completed the previous lessons in the course. I can’t wait to see your work in the classroom!

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You can also save 50% on my new Learn to Draw with Lindsay Class or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl (and I am working on an extra goodie for students of that course too!)  but don’t wait if you want to save 50% as that deal is only good through 3/31/18. *Enter coupon code DRAWME if the discount isn’t shown.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Sketchbook Sunday video, tell me, what are you working on in your sketchbook today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Sew a Quilted Sketchbook & Pencil Wrap!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun sewing project for you using the quilt as you go (AKA fun and done) technique. We will make a sturdy cover to hold a sketchbook, pencils and other supplies.

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This is a fairly quick project to make and wonderful for beginners. Watch the step by step video to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:

  • 6 fat quarters of fabric in coordinating colors
  • Sewing machine threaded with coordinating color thread
  • Batting or felt for inner layer
  • Chalk
  • 1/4″ sewing elastic
  • Button
  • Needle and thread for hand sewing
  • Rotary cutter and quilting rulers/mat

Measurements to fit a 6″x9″ sketchbook (adjust to make other sizes)
Batting/felt: 10″x14″
1/4″ Elastic: 18″ long
Fabric: I stacked 5 of the fat quarters and cut a 3 1/2″ x 18″ strips. I cut the stack to 10 1/4″ for the body and I made the pocket from the remaining 7 3/4″ long strips.
Backing fabric 14″x18″ (this is the 6th fat quarter you didn’t cut)

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Directions:
1. Center the batting/felt on the backing fabric and sew down the strips using the quilt as you go method shown in the video.

2. Sew the shorter strips together to make a larger piece of fabric for the pocket.

3. Trim the excess backing fabric to an even 1″ all the way around and fold-over twice to overlap the striped side of the fabric neatly and press to make a nice looking binding. *Trim excess fabric from the corners to avoid bulk.

4. Press seams flat on the pocket fabric, fold it in half long-ways and stitch closed on the long side and one short side. Turn right-side out and tuck raw ends in.

5. Stitch down binding as neatly as you can.

6. Sew pocket on the backing side of the quilted project.

7. Mark a straight line on backing fabric where you want the elastic to run and sew on the elastic every 1″ or so. Leave a loop at the end for closing.

8. Hand sew a button on the striped side of the fabric where the elastic starts.

9. Divide the pocket if desired by sewing. Measure to make sure the sketchbook will fit.

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I hope you found this project inspiring. I have several people mention that they would love to make something like this but did not have a sewing machine. While you can hand-stitch the project I think an easier method for hand sewists would be to find a fabric place mat and fold up one edge to from the pocket and hand stitch on the elastic. It would save you some seams and still be sturdy! Will you make this project? Let me know in the comments below! Til next time happy crafting!

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