Hi friends, I had a lot of requests to paint this bee eater bird after I shared a painting I did on one from World Watercolor Month.
So I got out a sheet of fancy watercolor paper and even fancier paint and thought, this will be a piece of cake. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t. I decided to post this video in it’s entirety because we all have struggles in our art and seeing how other’s deal with them can be helpful. I hope you enjoy it.
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The Art Whale Watercolors that I used on the original bird in the sketchbook are back in stock if you wanted to snag them
I used M Graham in the video because these were unavailable. M Graham is a higher quality paint but the granulation in the Art Whale really brought my original to like I think. (yellow ochre, English red, viridian, ultramarine, pthalo blue)
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Winsor & Newton watercolors *The bijou box I have is no longer available. Colors: Yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ultramarine, Intense (pthalo) green, Intense (pthalo) blue, perm. Rose, Winsor Yellow (lemon) and Scarlet Lake (any warm red is fine)
That’s all for today! I am planning to do a live flip through of all of my 31 world watercolor month paintings tomorrow at noon eastern time on YouTube if you are around. Otherwise there will be a relpay available. Just wanted to give you the heads up. Happy crafting!
Hi friends, it seems like every art supply company is coming out with specialty granulating watercolor sets these days and while they are tempting they are quite pricy and chances are you have many of the colors already. Granulation happens when large pigment particles settle out in wet washes and dry on your paper in intersting textures. The wetter your paper is the better effect you will get. Earth tones containing iron are good granulators, as well as cobalt colors and ultramarine. Most mineral based colors granulate well too and if you mix a mineral based pigment with a dye you get some really pretty color separation and granulation (think of Daniel Smiths most famous mixes like Moonglow and Rose of Ultramarine.)
Today we will use ultramarine blue, burnt umber (or burnt sienna or Van Dyke Brown), yellow ochre and a transparent red-brown to create some muted granulating mixes for these birds on a wire. Let’s paint!
How are you doing? I feel adrift this week with everything going on in the world. Art is so important during these times because you can turn off the worry side of your brain and get lost in the flow of creativity. If you are having trouble relaxing and getting started just pick up a pencil, brush or crayon and start drawing. Maybe swatch a supply or organize your supplies while listening to music or an audio book. If you have kids at home you can make a coffee table craft kit so you can create together while watching a happy movie. These times can be special if we use the time to be creative and spend time with the people we love. Take care and happy crafting.
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My friend Glenna took me to lunch yesterday and on the way home we spotted these pretty berries growing along the side of the road. We stopped and clipped some because we thought they would be fun to use in fall decorating or maybe wreath making but judging by how many berries fall off when we handle them we would end up with a stick wreath, not a berry one LOL! Feel free to use my reference photo to draw or paint from. You can also print it out and trace it if you don’t want to draw.
I will be premiering this tutorial at 8pm eastern time tonight on YouTube. I will be hanging out live in chat so I hope you come by. Make sure you watch on the YouTube watch page if you want to ask me questions as we go along or chat with fellow painters. You can watch it on my blog but the live chat is only on YouTube. The tutorial will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes but a replay will be available. I figured a long holiday weekend is the perfect time for a long tutorial as you can stop and take a break and come back to us when you have time.
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Have you ever wanted to send beautiful watercolor Christmas cards? How about decorate your gifts with gorgeous hand-painted tags that can be used as bookmarks or ornaments? In Hand-painted Holidays, new mini-course suitable for all levels, I’ll show you how! I’ll offer tips of making the most of your time and supplies and offer advice on making prints of your cards if you don’t want to hand-paint them all. I’ll show you haw to transfer a pattern (patterns are available for the 4 featured greeting cards) so you can start off on the right foot, and then we will warm up with 6 freehand gift tags that you will draw and paint with me step by step! Before you know it you will be painting beautiful Christmas motifs right beside me that you can proudly mail your friends and family. Best of all you will have time to complete these projects before the holidays roll around! This class sells for $39 but, as always, I give my friends 50% off when I launch my classes. Use coupon code XMASTREAT or click one of the special discount links in the blog post to enroll in Hand-painted Holidays for $19.50. I hope to see you in class, thanks!
If you have any question about the class you can leave a comment here or join me tonight at 8pm ET on YouTube for the live chat. See you then!
I was inspired by these silk flowers, boy, they make some really pretty ones now!
Watch the video for a full, real time tutorial!
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Supplies (affiliate links used)
Watercolors in Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Rose Madder/Permanent Rose(optional), Cad Yellow Light or lemon, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt sienna Tubes or Pans