Sketchbook Sunday: Portrait of my Daughters

Hi friends! I signed up for a class a couple of weeks ago to improve my skills concerning painting people in watercolor. I tend to paint a lot of still lifes and the occasional landscape but I rarely put a person in there even though it can add so much to a painting. So for the next few weeks on Sketchbook Sunday you will see time lapses videos of my at home assignments from the class. I worked on this painting off and on over the course of a week.

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It felt good to push myself and try something new. I think no matter where you are on your art journey it is important to remain in an atmosphere of growth so you don’t get burned out (especially if you do it for a living.) I hope you enjoy my time-lapse and learn a  bit from my struggles:)

I used my M Graham palette for this as the painting is large (15″x22″) and I needed to have room to mix large washes. Affiliate links to Consumer Crafts, Hallmark Scrapbook and Amazon are used. Consumer crafts recently added many top artist paint brands and the prices are really great. In addition to M Graham, they carry Daniel Smith, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Van Gogh and more. It is worth a look if you need to replace some colors or stock up.

Colors I used:

  • Ultramarine blue (this is DaVinci)
  • Quin Red
  • Yellow Ochre 
  • Burnt Sienna
    (the above colors I used for my skin tone mixes as you can get a really nice range of neutrals from it, I recommend trying that color palette if you are looking to mix skin tones.)
  • Sap Green
  • Van Dyke Brown  (this is Qor) If you don’t have Van Dyke brown you can use sepia or burnt umber, it is a cool deep brown color.
  • Gamboge (I said Cad yellow deep which you can use but I double checked and I used Gamboge, really any warm yellow is fine)
  • My Palette is a 12″x16″ Jones Palette

Other Supplies:

  • I used a half sheet of Langton Prestige 100% watercolor paper (painting size 15″x22″) which is very similar in surface and equal in quality to Arches Cold Press 
  • I used a variety of brushes but mainly my Mimik synthetic squirrel value set, and I used a wedge brush for the leaves. The cute brushes with mermaid tails are by Jane Davenport
  • Prima Julie Nutting Skin Tone Watercolor Pencils are unfortunately discontinued and out of stock everywhere:( however, the colors are duplicated in the following sets: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals. The sets can be found discounted at Hallmark Scrapbook for around $10 each. And they are also available on Amazon: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals
    *BTW I am really disappointed that Prima discontinued this set as it is so useful!
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I hope you enjoyed the process, I must say after working on this for a week it was satisfying to see it come together so quickly in time-lapse LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Sketching Citrus! Sketchbook Sunday…er Monday LOL!

Hi friends! First I want to wish all of my fellow Americans a happy Labor Day! It is considered the end of summer in these parts as the days are getting shorter and all the kids are back in school tomorrow! September always feels like a fresh start to me. My twins started High School this year so that means no more popping down to the local elementary school to lend a hand with this or that. It’s so weird! You kids go through life and get a little more independent each day and in turn you can be a bit more independent yourself. It’s a bit sad to see them getting older but on the other hand I am excited for the adventure that awaits them.

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Speaking of school…I think it is always important to learn new things. It helps keep our mind fresh and supple and puts us in the atmosphere of growth where we can find fulfillment and happiness. This might mean signing up for a class or giving a supply that you were frustrated with in the past another go to challenge and push yourself. You can find ways to grow and learn everywhere! I purchased a RENDR sketchbook a while back because it was supposed to be no bleed through paper for markers and mixed media but I soon realized that “no bleed through” meant “no blend” as well. I felt bad about buying this kinda pricey paper that I couldn’t seem to use but I decided to put it out yesterday and try it again. This time I decided not to fight with it but to do what the paper wants: layering. This also got me using my alcohol markers in a new to me way. I typically work small coloring stamped images blending from dark to light in a very quick fashion. I had seen some beautiful marker illustrations recently on instagram and I realized that these artists were using markers totally differently that I was by layering! This allowed them to work a bit larger and get really vibrant results. I never realty thought of my markers as a “serious art medium” as all markers (except for Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers *use coupon code SALE818 for an extra 15%-25% off through midnight today and Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers which are on sale now!) are fugitive, meaning they will fade in the light but hey, this is Sketchbook Sunday and my sketchbook isn’t getting direct sunlight! See a time-lapse on the layering technique here!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Rendr Sketchbook there was zero bleed through on the back of the page but it doesn’t blend well so you are better off layering on this paper. If you have this paper give yourself time to learn to use it as there is a learning curve, I like it so much better than when I first got it.
  • Ohuhu markers I used pens from the 100 set  Review here
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • I also used col erase pencils for the beginning sketch but I didn’t need to erase so the others would have been fine but if you want the erasable version here it is
  • Extra fine tip Posca pens for opaque highlights

 

***BTW today is the last day to save 45% on any of my teachable classes with coupon code OFFLINE45 

And one more deal you don’t want to miss…

Consumer crafts is offering 15%-25% off total purchases on their website (*excluding WOW of the week) through 9/3/18 11:59pm PST with coupon code SALE818.  Craft fairs and holiday crafting is right around the corner and this is a great chance to grab some deals on craft basics, art supplies and more. You never know what you are going to find so it is a bit of an adventure and the deals can’t be beat!

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I have purchased a lot of my stencils, dies, craft storage, beads, pencils and markers from Consumer crafts as well as basic craft supplies for the library kids classes I used to teach as well as art gift sets and decor. If you know you need some of these products it pays to stock up when they have the total purchased discounts, they don’t happen often. Some, but not many, exclusions apply.  Use coupon code SALE818 to get the extra discount! Sale ends tonight at 11:59pm PST.

I hope you have a wonderful day! If you have today off I hope you spending it with family and friends or maybe creating some art! Til next time happy crafting!

How to Paint a Burger // Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! I had so much fun drawing today’s sketchbook Sunday piece for you today!

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Best of all I did this with all inexpensive producs from Arteza! Watch the video to see it come together!

Supplies from Arteza  *Save10% on their already low prices with coupon code: PROMO10 on these, or other supplies from Arteza  *Affilate links used

Birthday Week Deal! Any Class for $42!

I turned the big 4-2 this week so I thought it would be fun to put all of my courses on sale for $42 for a week. Use coupon code HB42 to get the discount! Just click “Add Coupon” after clicking to enroll and add HB42 in the box, or simply click on the class you want below and it will take you to the discounted price. You can also get a 46% off discount of payment plans if that fits your budget better. I had a lot of interest in my older classes recently so now you can grab them for a song. If you click on one of the thumbnails below the discount code will already be applied:)

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This offer is good through 7/20/18. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday! Loose flower Bouquet and Watercolor Brush Livestream!

Hi friends! First up I want to let you know I am live streaming a show and tell of my watercolor brush collection at 2pm eastern time on YouTube. If you have any questions or want to see a brush demoed please tune in on YouTube.  And it’s sketchbook sunday! Here is what I did in my sketchbook today!

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Video!

Supplies:

If you would like step by step instruction on watercolor flowers with brushstroke practice lessons please check out my new class Watercolor Flower Workshop and save 50% off through 6/30/18  *Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear.

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I hope to see you at 2pm ET for the live watercolor brush show and tell! 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!

Sketchbook Sunday: The Eyes Have It! & April Artwork

Howdy friends & Happy Easter! We are about to head out to my sister’s for Easter dinner but before I go I wanted to share today’s Sketchbook Sunday project.

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I had planned to paint some Easter candy but I wasn’t feeling it and the first (and only) rule about sketchbook Sunday is “Paint what you want to!” So I did:) I do have a real-time tutorial for painting an eye in watercolor here if you would like to see it. As always my sketchbook sunday paintings are time-lapse. This sketch took me about 45 minutes in real-time.

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

NEW Art for April is in the Shop!

We just refreshed the shop on my website with new artwork! These are all original paintings and available on a first come, first served basis for the month of April. I believe that everyone should be able to afford original art so my prices start at $45 and include free USA shipping. Thanks for taking a look!

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I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Easter and please have safe travels if you are visiting family and friends today. Til next time happy crafting!

 

Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More!

Hi Friends! I have decided to turn on my camera while I create for fun. During these sessions I listen to audio books or music and zone out in the creative process. I never know if the project will turn out well or not, I just enjoy the process. This painting took over an hour to create and it was a lot of fun just playing with products!

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I packed the video full of quick tips and techniques that you can apply to your next painting!

Supplies (Feel free to use what you have!)

*Affiliate links provided are to Consumer Crafts who sells vastly discounted art and craft products. They have fantastic prices on Darice and Crafters Companion products and many other brands too.

During this speed paint video I will talk about the process of creating this piece and how layers are built starting with a watercolor wash, adding metallic inks and layers of darker paint. The we build body with gouache and finally add detail with colored pencils. After the colored pencil layer is laid down you can adjust further with more watercolor if desired, just be aware that it will not stick fully to the pencil area. We will talk tips and techniques through this painting that took me more than 1 hour to create in real time. I hope you find these tips helpful in your next painting and til next time happy crafting!

Video sponsored by Audible

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