Stamp School: Inky Backgrounds & Silhouette Stamps!

Hi friends!Today we are going to play with inks and make some fun cards!

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Don’t be shy, try these fun and inky techniques! Jut make sure to put a craft mat, piece of freezer paper or old plastic place-mat on your table to work on. It is a lot of fun! Watch the video to see how!

There are many supplies you can use to create similar works of art so don’t be shy, experiment with what you have! I am using supplies from Gina K Designs where they have free shipping on USA orders over $50 and reasonable international rates.

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Apply ink to cardstock directly with an inkpad. Apply ink to a craft mat, spray with water and soak up the ink with the cardstock. Flick watered-down ink on the card. Repeat until you like the way it looks and let dry.

2. If desired stencil a design on top with ink.

3. Stamp silhouette images over background panels using black ink. Ink edges of panel in black and adhere to card base.

The cards I made were 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″ (A2) and the small panels were 2 1/2″x3 1/2″ (atc size) and the farm panel was 4″x5 1/4″

*Please note, Affiliate links are used to Gina K Designs and I receive a small commission on the sale without costing you a penny more. It helps keep my videos on YouTube free and I thank you for your support and til next time happy crafting!

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Brush Set Giveaway & Easy Golden Sunset Tutorial!

Howdy friends! The fine folks at Fabart have a giveaway and an awesome coupon code for you today! You can save 20% on any of their products using coupon code: 7L35VMG2 and you can enter to win your choice of a fab art brush set simply by leaving a comment on this blog post specifying what you would like to win in your comment. I will pick a winner in one week (Feb 27th.) Today I have a very simple project for you, a 3 color golden sunset designed for a beginner to paint. It is fun and relaxing and the results are fantastic!

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Sponsored by Fabart! Use coupon code: 7L35VMG2 to save 20% on either (or both) of the brush sets I demonstrated.


Important notice! Fabart updated the contents of the set I used from the demo to add some of the specialty brushes that were before only found in the interchangeable set and remove some of the more redundant brushes so you get a greater variety regardless of which set you choose. Also the brushes I used today now come in a space-saving pouch instead of the hard zip-up case I showcased. (I am using one of the first prototypes of the set was was not aware of the new configuration at taping) Here is a handy reference of the brushes in this kit and what they are used for:

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If you want more brush info check out my “What is this brush used for?” video!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint: Pthalo Blue (a cool blue), Gamboge (or cad yellow, Indian Yellow or any warm yellow) Scarlet (or Cadmium Red or any warm red) *Stick to the 3 colors you pic for the tutorial, they should be strong bright colors.
  • Brushes (All are in the 12 piece brush set linked above) You will want a small pointed round, a dagger, a large round (#8-#12) and a couple of flats ranging in size from 1/2″-1″ or so.
  • Watercolor paper (I used 140# cold press Fabriano studio)
  • Other: Masking tape or clips and a board to attach your paper to, 2 water buckets, paper towel

Follow the steps in the video to learn how to paint this pretty sunset! Thanks to Fabart for sponsoring this project, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Fabart brush set! If you decide to order use the coupon code: 7L35VMG2 for 20% off! Make sure to tell me what set you want in your comment! I will draw a winner in a week! Good luck and happy crafting!

Please don’t be “crabby” with me…

Hi friends! What a week! Between snow storms (and snow days) it was hard to get my bearings but I was so happy it was Friday so I could do a live painting show. I was really looking forward to it since the last two Fridays I was away. I didn’t have time to blog about the live broadcast this morning which was probably just as well because I had to restart the show due to a computer glitch.  I’ts one of those days LOL! Here is what we painted:

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Here is a replay of the unglitchy show. Big thanks to everyone who found me live today because I certainly did not make it easy.

Supplies can be fund at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Turner watercolors *the 18 set I am using is on sale for $19.99! Colors: Perm Scarlet, New Gamboge, Turq Blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher

Palette

The Langton Prestige Watercolor Paper

Mimik Brushes

Reference Photo

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In hindsight I think I liked the crab better without the background so feel free to leave it out if you wish. I am always happy to take one for the team:) Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

How to Mix Skin-Tones with Watercolor

Hi friends! I get asked a lot about mixing skin-tones in watercolor. That is kind of a loaded topic because really there are many ways to do this and also many different shades of skin. The common aspect to all skin tones is that they are neutral shades. Today I will show you my go to skin tone mixes that will yield a variety of tones and also show you how to use a convenience palette such as Jane Davenports Neutral palette. I will also show you how to mix skin tones from her crazy bright palette to illustrate the point that you can use whatever colors you have to make some pretty nice skin tones (but it takes a lot more work to do that from bright colors!)

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The above example uses colors from a traditional watercolor palette, I like mixing skin tones best from these colors. The next two examples are using the neutral palette from Jane davenport with many convenience colors:

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I don’t know why I made these ladies look so grumpy LOL! And just to prove that you can mix neutrals from any palette I painted the face below with colors from the Jane Davenport Brights palette:

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Want to see the color mixing in action? Then watch the video for a free hour and a half long skin tone mixing workshop!

 

I would like to share my favorite color recipe, you can adjust it as you see fit but it is very versatile!

  • Yellow Ocher (or raw sienna, golden ocher naples yellow deep-any earthy brownish yellow will work)
  • Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber (or whatever rich brown you like, try to find one without black in it if using a mixed pigment)
  • Permanent Rose or Alizerain Crimson (cool red for lighter/cooler skin tones) Cad red, pyroll red, scarlet (warm red for warmer/darker skin tones)
  • Ultramarine blue (this does a bang up job at mixing with brows to make shadows or cool down an area) *Cerulean blue is helpful to mix in to fair cool skin-tones like the example on the bottom right of the first image.

Sometimes you need to add in a green because the blue yellow combo will not give you a nice green, if you do make sure to use it elsewhere, such as mixed with red for a shadow and mixed lightly into the skin color, just remember that red is the opposite so you can use it to tone down any green. Mixing skin-tones will teach you a lot. Not only do you need to learn how to neutralize and balance your colors but also saturation, you need to add water to lighten up a color and omit it for richer darks. It is a wonderful way to develop your skills so I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS if you found this tutorial helpful please share it with a friend! (Handy sharing buttons below:)

Surprise Livestream Today! Sketchbook Marker Angel Tutorial!

Hi friends! I though I would pop in with a fun live-stream today at 10am Eastern Time to paint one of the most requested items in my sketchbook, this angel:

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You can watch the live-stream in the player below but if you want to chat live with us you need to watch at 10am on YouTube.

Supplies:

  • Waterbased markers (I am using the Mermaid markers from Jane Davenport but you can use what you have, even Crayola or grab your watercolors if you prefer)
  • Waterbrush or a watercolor brush and bucket of water
  • Colored pencils
  • Drawing pencil and eraser
  • Watercolor paper or sturdy mixed media/drawing paper
  • Reference Photo

I am looking forward to painting with you today! Here is another secret, I am going to do another surprise livestream after this one here, that replay will not be available until next week so if you feel like more live art today we are having a bit of a marathon! Woohoo! Happy crafting!

Live! Owl in Watercolor Tutorial, 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add: Here is the final painting from the live stream! As always the replay is available below:) Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we will paint a barn owl in watercolors! This is a colorful loose painting and everyone is welcome to paint along. Here is a quick color study I did of today’s painting:

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This video tutorial is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarmama! You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live during the show you will need to watch at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

Supplies:

  • 9″x12″ 140# watercolor paper Fabriano Artistico
  • Watercolors (Winsor & Newton) Permanent rose (pv19) Cerulean blue (PB35) Ultramarine Blue (PB29) Burnt Sienna (PR101) Yellow Ochre (PY43)
  • Round watercolor brushes (assorted sizes) Mimik Squirrel (faux)

Reference photo: https://pixabay.com/en/barn-owl-owl-bird-animal-wildlife-275942/

***Class discounts that support these free tutorials!

Hundreds of classes on sale for under $20 at Craftsy!

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blog_bg-button2017TamArt-450**20% off Lifebook 2017 through 1/31/17 with coupon code: FIREWORKS2017

And….

Also! I am interviewed on the Live Inspired podcast this week, you can listen free here.

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Phew, that is a lot going on huh? I hope you enjoy the fun free painting class at 12:30pm ET today, til then, happy crafting!

This is Literally a Piece of Cake!

 

Hi friends! I had a bit of time free yesterday afternoon so I did a quick half hour live stream of the cheesecake I painted in my sketchbook with mermaid markers.

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Here is the replay:

Since I streamed this on my own I save the Q&A til the end so if you are curious as to what people asked about this painting you can listen at the end of the broadcast for that, the tutorial portion is about 30 minutes. Grab whatever water-based markers or watercolor you have and paint along! BTW I will have another live stream tomorrow at the regular time: 12:30pm Eastern time and I think I am finally going to tackle painting an owl, it has been requested a lot so I thought I’d give it a go, wish me luck!

One more thing…

It is the final days to enroll in Lifebook 2017 at a discount, use coupon code:  FIREWORKS2017 through January 31st to save 20% off Lifebook 2017. I hope to see you in class, you can find out more or enroll here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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