A New Watercolor Poppy to Paint!

Hi friends! As you might have realized I like to paint poppies and there were some beautiful ones growing on Monhegan Island when I was out there last week. Here is one I painted from a flower in someone’s garden.

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Watch the video for a step by step tutorial and paint along!

If you enjoyed this free painting tutorial please check out my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Course. It gives you the basics on the tools and supplies as well as foundational techniques so you can create stunning watercolors no matter what subject you choose to paint! From color mixing and holding a brush to creating 3 stunning paintings this class gives you the information you need with no filler boiled down to 5 hours of lessons you can complete at your own pace and you can keep the class for life! I hope to see you in class:)

Supplies:

Sketch and paint along with me! Feel free to pause the video if needed (or slow it down or speed it up:) There is a little gear at the bottom of the video player screen that lets you change the speed and quality of the video. Speed it up and I sound like a deranged chipmunk, good times. I took lots of photos on Monhegan Island so I hope to bring you some more coastal Maine painting tutorials soon. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Lilacs! {Real Time Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! I had a bit of free time on Saturday night so I live streamed this painting tutorial of Lilac flowers in a mason jar.

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I missed hanging out and painting with you on Friday because I was away on a school trip so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to paint with you:)

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This video origanally broadcast live on Saturday night. During drying times I answered viewer questions and I also took questions at the end of the show, if you don’t care for the chatter you can fast forward through the Q&A bits and not miss any instruction:) Video!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: I used my LUKAS 1862 watercolors from the 48 half pan set for this but they are sold out on Jerry’s and Amazon (and the prices of the sets have gone up) BUT I did find a screaming deal on the 48 pan set of Rembrandt which is a better quality paint than the LUKAS 1862 and currently a lot cheaper. Colors used: Cobalt Teal, Andethrone Blue, Olive Green, Perm. Yellow Light, Purple, Diox Violet and Burnt Sienna
  • Arches 140# CP paper 
  • Mimik Brushes 3/4″ flat, #8 round
  • 1/2″ angle flat Majestic brush
  • Pastels

Lilac flowers are one of my favorite signs of spring, what spring flowers are your favorite? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS: If you want more real timewatercolor instruction be sure to check out my new watercolor course Essentail Tools and Techniques for Watercolor on sale for $39 (reg. $79) this month only!

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LIVE! Watercolor Painting on YUPO Paper 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from today’s live stream:

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Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time we are going to have fun exploring water-coloring on YUPO paper!

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Recently Yupo Paper has been popular with alcohol ink artists (I’ll be posting a tutorial on that soon!) but I always enjoyed it for watercolor. I first tried out the paper about 15 years ago and liked it so much I bought a pack of huge sheets that I am still working through today! I had a few requests to demonstrate it so I figured that would be fun to do today. In the photo above you can see a quick teacup painted on regular cotton watercolor paper (top) and YUPO below and you can see the difference the papers make. If you have ever wanted to loosen up more in your work I recommend giving YUPO a try! Here is the reference photo for today’s painting.tea-with-lemon-783352_640.jpg

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

Supplies! I scouted out this mornings steals on Amazon and will share links and prices below. By purchasing via my special discount links you get awesome deals and you help support my free live tutorials, thank you:) *As always follow along with what you have at home, having more supplies does not make you a better painter:)

  • Watercolors: Here are some deals on Student & Professional grade watercolors that I personally use:  Sakura Koi set of 24 (never seen the price this low!) $14.18  *They also have a good price on the 48 set!, Prima Tropicals Set of 12 in metal tin $14.16 (great mixing set!), Prima Decadent Pies set of 12 in metal tin $12.13 (Great for landscape panting) and Cotman Sketcher set of 12 $12.99 (this is what I teach with) For Professional grade paints today’s deals are: Holbein watercolors at about $2 per tube when bought in sets (vs $9 when bought individually) Mission Gold sets $38+ (They are always cheaper on amazon for some reason and I am using the 24 perfect pan set in today’s tutorial) and Daniel Smith 6 tube essentials set (A GREAT mixing set) $25 *The price on this fluctuates between $25-$45 on Amazon and retails for $60 on some sites.
  • Yupo Paper: 9″x12″ pad of 10 sheets $13.55 *other sizes available too!
  • Silicone tools to wipe out highlights (these nail art tools are the same as expensive art silicone tools at 1/4 the price!)
  • Watercolor brushes (you want ones that do not hold a lot of water because Yupo does not absorb anything) this set of 5 Majestic brushes for $16.32 has all you need!
  • You will want a fine tip pen for today’s project, I am using a ultrafine sharpie because I know it will dry. I will use this to draw my design directly on Yupo paper.
  • *Yupo paper is also great with alcohol inks and markers, tutorial on that coming soon!
  • Pattern to print and trace

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Tips & Tricks for Yupo!

  1. Yupo is made of plastic so it does not absorb the paint and water so use little water or it will take a long time to dry.
  2. If you don’t like your painting you can rinse away watercolor, although some colors might stain.
  3. Yupo will not warp so you can use the cheaper lightweight Yupo with no problem whatsoever.
  4. Thick watercolor application may remain stick when dry especially if you are using a paint containing honey. Make sure to frame your masterpiece with a matte and glass (not Plexiglas because it can flex and stick to the paint) if you want to keep it for posterity.
  5. Go with the flow! Yupo is a very fluid and slick surface to paint on, let it do its thing and don’t try to control it too much.
  6. Avoid using a heat tool or blow dryer on Yupo, the heat tool can warp the paper and the blow drier will just push your paint and water around. Patience grasshopper.

I hope you check out this fun project. I think Yupo would make a great paper for kids too, you can simply wash it off and reuse as much as you want for little kids watercolors and finger-paintings. There are just a lot of uses for this wonderful “paper” and I hope you get your hands on some to try! Have you or would you try Yupo? let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Tea-time With Flowers & Lemons Watercolor Tutorial on YUPO Paper!

I Created a Lesson for Angela’s Fehr’s New Watercolor Course & Giveaway!!!

Winner Update: Joyce was picked as our winner and has been notified. Thanks everyone for playing! Everyone else please enjoy the 50% off discount through November 17:)

UPDATE: The automatic discount code should be working perfectly now but if you click the link and it is not on sale then enter the coupon FIRSTDIBS for 50% off the Creative Watercolor Course.

Hi friends!Today I am so excited to announce that I have created a lesson for Angela’s Fehrs new Creative Watercolor Course! I met Angela Fehr because we both did Craftsy Classes this year. She is a lovely person and I think you will love what she has to offer.

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The class retails for $59 but if you click this link before November 17th you and use Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS can purchase it for $29! You will get 4 1/2 hours of watercolor instruction in 12 thoughtful lessons (one of which it taught by your’s truly!)

You will learn:

  • basic techniques and an overview of watercolour terminology
  • tools and materials recommendations and how to use them
  • using watercolour with masks & resists
  • wet-in-wet techniques
  • watercolour special effects
  • product demonstrations: pigment markers, pigment powder, watercolour pans, masking fluid, pen & ink, watercolour pigment sheets & more

In my 38 minute portion of the course I will be showing you how to use watercolor to make the most of your stamping and papercrafting supplies with quick and effective techniques that won’t break the bank! Here is a sneak peek at what I did:

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I also am blessed to be able to give away one spot in the Creative Watercolor Course! Leave a comment for a chance to win and I will draw a winner in one week. Don’t worry if you enroll and then win, in that case they will refund your purchase price or you can give the extra spot to a friend. So why wait! Use my special affiliate link which not only gives you a 50% savings (Using Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS if sale price does not show up) but makes it possible for me to provide the free tutorials I post regularly on my blog. Your support keeps the lights on and I thank you so much!

You can have other chances to win on these fine blogs:

So what are you waiting for? Enroll today in the Creative Watercolor Course, remember if you end up winning a spot in the class your fee will be refunded or you can give your spot to a friend and you both can can have fun! Either way you win with 4 1/2 hours of inspiration and new ways to use your watercolors! Winner will be picked on 10/23/16 and notified via email shortly thereafter. I also wanted to mention that the Creative watercolor Course is designed for crafters and hobbyists looking to make the most of watercolor in all of their crafting endeavors. You might also enjoy one of Angela Fehr’s other fine courses, there is even one to try for free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Live at 12:30pm ET Today: Watercolor Candies!

Hi friends! If you are in the mood for a bright cheerful painting session and good company be sure to join us for the free painting live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern time on YouTube.

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Here is a color swatch and a couple rough sketches. We are using the following colors: Quin Rose, Perm. Scarlet, Perm. Gamboge, Perm. Yellow, Pthalo Blue and Turquoise.

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You can use my sketch as a pattern to trace. Be sure to check out the reference photo by Lillian Bell on Paint my Photo (she is one of my favorites!)

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You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us (you folks do have a blast in the live chat!) you will need to watch this at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

You can find the supplies from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

ALSO I wanted to remind you of the early enrollment special for LifeBook 2017! I am one of the many teachers on the year-long artistic journey and I would love for you to join me! 20% off Life Book 2017 with coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 learn more or sign up here.

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I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm ET for a fun and free painting class! Happy crafting!

LIVE Today 12:30pm ET Hydrus Watercolor Demo!

Hi Friends! Today we will play with Dr. PH Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors live at 12:30pm Eastern Time. These liquid watercolors have been the topic of many questions and requests from the community so I decided I better get my hands on some!

Update! Here is the painting we did on the live stream, you can watch the reply in the player below:)

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I think I will demo painting glass bottles with them (Just don’t tell my co-host Sarah, she is still traumatized by our last watercolor bottle project LOL!) I saw this image by Kathy Throop over at Paint my Photo and thought it would be wonderful to render in liquid watercolors. Just don’t tell Sarah, I really need her to help me with the live shows so I can answer all of your awesome questions as I paint so be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page if you want to hang out and chat with us live!

This LIVE broadcast is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama!

****For more info on Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors or other Dr. PH Martin Products, including printable color charts please visit their website.

I will be doing reviews of all the Dr PH Martin products soon but I want to play with them a bit to see what makes them different from what is already out there. I also want to let you know that I am teaching a class on Dr PH Martin Bombay India Ink as part of the year long Wanderlust 2016 mixed media class. The class features 50 classes and 26 prominent mixed media teachers throughout the year for the low price of £99.00 (approx $138 USD / €125 Euros) and you can access the classes you missed if you are just joining now. The class is only on sale until July 2016 and you can watch any of the 50 lessons on line through June 2017 BUT all lessons can be downloaded and kept forever if you like:) Each month goes in-depth with a new media and 4 classes showing you the ins and outs of the product and inspiring projects on how to use it. You can find out more about wanderlust 2016 here. Happy Crafting!

A Prairie Painting Tutorial with a FREE Pattern!

Hi Folks! Today I have a viewer request! A prairie painting for Sarah Hoffman.

finalprairieYou can find the reference photo I used by Rachelle Eversole at Paint My Photo. Since I did not go over drawing the scene in the video I made a pattern for you, you can print it for free here.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it too, it was fun to paint!

Supplies: (Feel free to substitute for what you have on hand.)

140# 9″x12″ Strathmore 400 series watercolor block

3/4″  Angular brush, 1/4″ flat, #4 round

Cotman colors: English Red, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine Blue

Other: Credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 buckets of water.

 

Paint along and have fun! If you would like more painting tutorials click here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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