LIVE! Magnolia Branch & Goldfinch LIVE 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! This morning when I was looking at reference photos trying to decide what to paint everything was beautiful to me. Kind of like when you are hungry and you go grocery shopping and everything looks good!

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I decided to use 3 reference photos to compose this piece:

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One of the reasons I think I feel so inspired by every lovely flower I see today is because I just launched my brand new Watercolor Floral Workshop! I have been working on a system to breakdown watercolor flower painting to its basic roots, then work with water to make the final paintings look as loose and fluid as you want while still retaining the flower structure. It took a lot of trial and error to come up with a technique that made it look effortless and yet completely reproducible even for artists new to watercolor flower painting.

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As a thank you to my special friends who jump in early on Watercolor Flower Workshop you get 50% off during the launch. Use the coupon code FLOWER POWER if the discount doesn’t show up.

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This class features over 6 hours of step by step watercolor instruction over 11 lessons. I am even working on an alphabetized archive of my past flower tutorials should you find them useful. This course  also contains the complete Lilac and Rose Painting workshops I just Taught in person at Heirloom Productions last week (a $100 value for just those 2 lessons!) as well as 9 other technique packed demonstrations.

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I break my lessons down into easy steps so you can learn brush strokes, composition and how to work with the water so you can create an expression of beauty and not and undefined blob (we’ve all been there.) After the basic lessons and flower demos we move on to a more advanced painting with loose negative-painted background. It was so much fun to develop this class for you!

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I hope you join me on this watercolor adventure! You can visit the Watercolor Flower Workshop page to find out more information or to enrol at 50% off! If you have any questions about the course you can ask me during the live stream today or leave a comment below:) We will be painting this sweet goldfinch and magnolia blossom at 12:30pm ET today and as always the replay will be available after the broadcast but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in at 12:30pm on YouTube!

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I hope to see you at 12:30 on YouTube for a fun and free tutorial and don’t forget about the 50% off Launch special on my new course Watercolor Flower Workshop  (Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear)

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Let’s Paint a Bleeding Heart Flower with Watercolor Pencils! {Beginner Tutorial)

Hello friend! I spent the day reorganizing and decluttering my studio.  About halfway into it I thought “What have I done!?!” (you can see the scary in-progress picture on my the Facebook page) but I am liking the way it is coming together now. If I feel ambitious I’ll work on it some more tonight…something tells me that the couch and TV will have a stronger pull though! 😀 I had a request to paint a bleeding heart flower and a few people wanted more watercolor pencil tutorials so here is what I came up with:

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It is pretty simple to do, I daresay if you own watercolor pencils you can follow along with me with no trouble. Remember you can always pause the video if you need to.

I was caught by surprise a bit at the end of the video, to finish the painting I simply flicked some of the pink, green, blue and brown on the wet painting to add interest.This is easy, a great project to start with and we only used 5 pencils. I did use some of my watercolor paint at the end for the background but you can lift color off the pencil or not put in a background, it is totally up to you! Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Magnolias in Watercolor!

Howdy folks! Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers so I was happy to create this painting tutorial when it was requested. Here I will show you how to draw and paint them…don’t we all need a bit of springtime right now?

If you have any questions just let me know! Remember the best way to learn to paint is to paint! Don’t worry about failing, it’s only a piece of paper and nobody has to see it if you don’t want them too. Even if you are unhappy with an attempt don’t toss it yet, it always improves with age, I think the painting fairies visit at night and spruce it up a bit because it always looks better in the morning! Thanks for stopping by, stay warm and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Video Tutorial: Cosmos

Howdy folks! I felt like painting a quick and easy card this morning so I decided to turn on the camera while I made this card:

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Relax, it’s easy, I’ll take you through all of the steps from sketching the flowers (super easy, no worries there) to painting it in real time. At any point you can pause the video if you need more time to catch up.

Sorry about the abrupt ending there, I have not tried to change the 20 minute record time on my camera yet LOL! So as an overview you will need:

  1. A round brush (I used a #10 but any size between a #6-#10 is fine for this)
  2. Watercolor paints, use what you have, or what your kids have, the childrens watercolors by Prang are actually quite good and only $3 a set! The colors I used were: Ultramarine blue, Aliziran Crimson, cadmium yellow and sap green. Don’t be afraid to try what you have before you buy new.
  3. Watercolor paper. I used a premade watercolor card by Strathmore, Blick has a box of 100 with envelopes for $22 on sale, that’s how I buy mine, it’s great to have them on hand. Or you can just use watercolor paper. Get decent paper though, the above mentioned cards are inexpensive but good quality. Avoid the children’s watercolor paper because it is usually rubbish and will be frustrating to work with.
  4. Painter’s tape if you want tape down your work.
  5. Also you need a pencil and a bucket of water.

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You can do this, I hope I packed the video with enough tips and techniques to make it worth your while. Comments and feedback are appreciated! If you want to delve into more complex projects please consider one of the watercolor PDF tutorials I have for sale in my shop. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Learn to Paint: MagnoliasLearn to Paint: Blue BuntingLearn to Paint: CrocusLearn To Paint: Winter ChickadeeLearn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

Learn to Paint for $1!

Howdy folks! I am so excited to share some news today! I am now offering painting packets at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I love to paint and I am happy to share what I know with you. My first offering is a lovely birch tree painting that anyone can paint in an afternoon:

You get a multi-page PDF file with 20 step by step photos and simple, clear instructions. You can print it out or follow along on your computer screen. In addition you get  a hi-res jpg of the finished piece so you can print it out and study it while you paint. Normally my painting kits will run between $3-$5 but since I want everyone to try this I am running an introductory special so you can snag it for $1.

If you do give it a try I’d love to know what you think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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