Let’s Sketch a Sassy Blue Jay & Help Me Pick This Weeks LIVE Painting Project!

Hi friends! I am a big believer in sketching and drawing everyday. These need not be epic finished works done with fancy supplies. These can be quick sketches using whatever you have on had (even your kid’s crayons!) Sketch fast and deliberately without bothering to erase. As you practice you will improve and nobody has to see your sketches if you don’t want them too, that is the great thing about working in a sketchbook, it closes:)

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I was inspired with the contents of this months Smart Art Box to sketch boldly with markers and I hope you grab a marker and sketch along. It was just the thing I needed since all of my time lately has been consumed with a book illustration project and Decluttering my craftroom, both very taxing endeavors LOL! To tell you the truth I love seeing sketchy pencil lines in artist’s work, it is like a roadmap as to how an artist arrived where they did. I suggest you start sketching with a light color and then draw over the “good” lines with your darker colors as you progress through the piece. In today’s video I will teach you how to sketch this blue jay in real-time. Enjoy:)

Tutorial Sponsored by Smart Art! You can subscribe and receive the same boxes I get every month or purchase past boxes. All of the supplies I am using came in the March 2017 Smart Art Box. I have listed the supplies below as well. You can purchase the box I am using here while supplies last.

THE SUPPLIES

  • Alcohol Markers in Shades of Blue (#COLORING)
  • Waterbased Markers (STABILO PEN 68 MARKER WALLET SET OF 15)
  • PEN & INK SKETCH BOOK 5.5”X8”
  • Reference photo

I had a lot of fun with this kit, I have never had a pen and ink sketchbook before and I like this size a lot. I can see myself stashing it in my pocketbook for impromptu sketching!

Please help me pick my next LIVE tutorial project!

I will be moving the regular weekly live show from Friday to Thursday this week at 12:30pm Eastern Time because I am chaperoning a school field trip on Friday (my teenagers are thrilled.) Since we just had another big snowstorm I thought it would be nice to paint something springy! I can’t decide what I want to paint so I will let you decide! Leave a comment below with your choice of subjects and I will tally them up tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for helping me!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the weekly live painting class, I can’t wait to see what you pick for us to paint, till then happy crafting!

Edit: I just tabulated the votes and so far the Bunnies are ahead so that is what we will paint on YouTube live today but if you want me to do recorded tutorials of the other subjects just let me know! Thank you so much for helping me decide, you are the best!

Hot Wax=Fun Art!

Hi friends! This project was such a joy to create. I can’t remember the last time I just had fun exploring a new-to-me art form and I hope it inspires you to try it too! Today I am experimenting with Encaustic art which is painting with sticks of colored wax you melt. It is so fun and the texture you get is wonderful!

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I have wanted to try this for a while but the cost of getting started was prohibitive, luckily I got all the supplies I needed to get up and running in this months Smart Art Box! Watch the video and see how this piece came together!

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Supplies:
Surface: Ampersand Art Encaustic Board
Media: Encausticos Wax Pigment Sticks
Brushes: Hog angular 1/2″ a #4 round
Silicone Spatula
Coffee Mug Warmer & Aluminum foil for palette
Stamped tissue paper
*I also use oil pastels from a previous smart art box for more color options

Encaustic art directions:
1. Cover the coffee mug warmer with tin foil and melt your color on it.
2. Use a brush or silicone spatula to quickly transfer the melted wax to the painting board.
3. Clean the brush by “rinsing” it is clear wax medium and wiping it on a paper towel. The brushes you use for encaustic will need to be kept for encaustic as you will not be able to remove all of the wax.
4. Embed collage element on the painting using hot wax as a “glue” if desired.

Tip! A heat gun on low can be used to rework an area of a painting. Just make sure not to get it too close to the painting and use caution.

This is my favorite smart art box yet and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Happy Crafting!

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