Smart Art February Box Marker Play!

Hi friends! Today we are going to have a peek into the February Smart Art Box.


I am never sure what will come in these boxes but it is always a fun surprise to see what’s inside. I was pleased to see that they has some Chameleon Color Tops because I have the original set of 22 Chameleon pens (think alcohol based blendy-pens for grown-ups) and I struggled with them because they blend light to dark and I tend to work dark to light. I couldn’t resist grabbing my older markers to try with the new tops and I used the combination to make this fun sketch perfect for Easter.


Watch the video to learn more about the supplies in this months box and to see how I sketched a cute Easter chick!


This tutorial was sponsored by Smart Art! Find out more about their art subscription box here. They ship to many countries too! Currently I don’t see any leftover February boxes for sale at Smart Art but if any become available you can find them in the “past projects” section of the website.

I was pleased to see that there were Chameleon Color Tops and a Chameleon Pen in this months box as I had the original set of 22 which I reviewed here.

Below you will find links to the individual products I showcased. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

  • I like Chameleon Color Tones, they have an innovative product and the people who work there are lovely. There is a bit of a learning curve to these markers and color tops but they are fun to play with! The Color Tops add a fun new dimension.
  • I really liked the Strathmore marker paper that came in the kit, it is more like a cardstock then the typical thin marker paper most companies sell. If you are also a rubber stamper or mixed media artist I encourage you to try this as it is sturdy enough to go ona card and layer other media on. I also liked that I could use water based markers (and spread the ink with a wet brush) as well as alcohol markers (and lift the color with a blending marker) both equally as well. Most cardstocks are one or the other, this is fabulous! It comes in larger size pads too if you want to make bigger art.
  • Art Alternatives fineliners: These are really inexpensive pens but they write very smoothly and react with water.


I had fun playing with these supplies, I encourage you to try the techniques I shared with the supplies you have at home and if you think a monthly box of surprise art supplies would suit you check out Smart Art Box. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Paint with me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time Today! Veggies!

Hi friends! I was playing with watercolors last weekend in my awesome Fabriano Venezia sketchbook and I loved the “play” so much I thought it would make a fine live show project!


You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to tune it at 12:30pm on the YouTube watch page.

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Hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET! Happy crafting!

Vintage and Modern Card Ideas with the Same Stamp!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you two very different cards using stamps from my Budding Spring Stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Both of the cards also feature peg stamps!


The first card involves scene building, masking and watercoloring with ink pads to create a storybook like scene.


The next card is quick and modern for those times when you want a cheerful card in a flash!


Watch the tutorial to see how I made them:

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*Here is the glue I use to mount my unmounted stamps, a bottle lasts for years and you can squeeze drops onto a non stick surface, let it dry and make your own glue dots too!

Other Supplies:

1. Stamp the main images in scene masking if needed.
2. Press ink pads to tile to create your watercolor palette.
3. Wet the background and pick up ink with the waterbrush and add it to the wet background.
4. After the background is dry you can color the other elements.
5. Fill in the scene with peg stamps masking if needed. You can also spatter on ink to give an impressionistic look to the landscape.

I hope you try these fun ideas on your next card! Happy crafting!

We are painting Live in 30 Minutes! Tea & Tulips 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Sorry for the late post but time escaped me as I worked on the practise for today’s live watercolor tutorial:


You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live and ask me questions be sure to watch on YouTube.

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And here is a pic of the photo I’m working from! I hope to “see” you soon during the live stream! Happy Crafting!


PS…one more thing…if this tutorial moved a little fast for you and you want more comprehensive beginner instruction please consider checking out my online course. My Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class will start you off on the right foot with everything you need to know to get painting right away (the right way!) You can go at your own pace and you get lifetime access so you can come back to the lessons at any time. Find out more here or join over 800 happy students and enroll today!



LIVE: Vintage bottles with Wildflowers Today 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished painting. Have a great weekend!


Howdy friends! Are you ready to paint? We will have a fun and relaxed tutorial today using watercolors and soft (aka chalky) pastels. You can use whatever brands you have but I will include a supply list below. Here is a quick color study I sketched:


Here is the reference photo. I have a printable pattern here if you want to print and trace it.


You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.



Also, don’t forget there is only 2 days left to save 35% on my watercolor classes with coupon code HOLIDAY17 (offer expires 1/1/18)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm today! Happy crafting!


LIVE! Field of Colorful Poppies 12:30pm ET

Edited to add the finished painting! Have a great weekend!


Howdy friends! I decided to take a break from winter this week and paint a riot of color inspired by this photo by Lina Angelov on Unsplash :lina-angelov-106534.jpg

Won’t you join me? We will sketch together so no pattern will be provided but I assure you this will be easy enough for a beginner. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


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I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today for a fun colorful and free painting lesson! Invite your friends and til then happy crafting!

Inktober Day 6…7…8… eh, who’s counting?

Hi Friends!  I totally skipped Inktober Friday and I did not go with the Inktober prompt yesterday, instead I am honoring 2 viewer requests: 1. Draw a Pumpkin and 2. Use Inktense pencils:


You can see my process in today’s video!

Supplies I used:

OK, now for my excuses reasons I did not have an inktober sketch Friday or today. Friday it took all I had to get the live show up and going and the kids were off school (4 day Columbus weekend) and today I did actually sketch but I wasn’t in my filming location (because that was strewed with various supplies for a card tutorial coming up this week) and honestly the sketch is not totally done but perhaps I will snap a pic of in the morning and post it to Instagram. Look at me, falling of the wagon and making excuses already LOL! The kids are off tomorrow too and we just bought paint to repaint the girls bedrooms so I am not holding out hope that I will get tomorrow’s Inktober done either but you never know. I’ll be painting something either way:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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