Painting With My Least Favorite Color!

Hi friends! One sure-fire way to kick-start your creativity is to try something new! It might be using a different kind of brush or paint or simply a color you don’t like. Forcing yourself to look at a pigment that had been a problem in the past can help you create combinations you never considered before. That was the case with Oxide of Chromium Green. It is a dull, overpowering (odd that something can be dull and overpowering at the same time huh?) opaque green that has vexed me for years. Today I decided to see if I could learn to love it.

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Do you have this color? Well, then follow along with this video!

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***Did you know I have a Craftsy class?***

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Craftsy has all classes under $20 this weekend including my Mix it Up Mixed Media Step-by-Step Class! The digital download is on sale for $14.99 and the DVD is only $19.99! Craftsy also offers a streaming service called Bluprint where you can stream thousands of professionally produced classes from cooking, quilting, crafts, painting, gardening and more for $14.99 a month! It’s like Netflix for crafts! You can try it free for 7 days by clicking here!

Thanks so much for joining me for this fun experiment and til next time happy crafting!

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Bright & Colorful Parrot in Watercolor (Way Easier than it Looks! Beginners Welcome!)

Hi friends! I just finished up my practice painting of this fun and bright bird!

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Wouldn’t this be a cheerful painting to hang in your home? I hope you give it a try because it was so fun and easy to paint! Join me on YouTube at 12:30pm Eastern time to paint this. The replay will be available here after the broadcast but tune in on the YouTube watch page if you want to chat live. Also I would love it if you tuned in on YouTube during the live because YouTube decided it is not going to count views from embedded player on live streams anymore. YouTube uses live views to determine whether or not they recommend the video to viewers (even to subscribers) in the future. To be honest my live streams have struggled with views lately and I have debated whether it is even worth doing them so if you love the Friday live streams please share the events and tell your friends about them.  If you don’t like them that’s fine too, the view numbers will tell me that:) I just want to spend my time providing what you find useful and valuable whether it is prerecorded or live.

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45% off Classes Through Labor Day!

With the long holiday weekend ahead of us I want to offer you 45% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code: OFFLINE45 through Labor Day 2018.  You have as long as you like to complete any of these classes so you can grab them now and take them when you have time, you have lifetime access! That means you can return to them whenever you need a refresher too! This coupon is good on one time payment and payment plan options. To redeem the coupon simply click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter OFFLINE45 to get the discount or simply click the discount links for the class you want below:)

Learn to Draw with Lindsay: This class is designed to teach anyone how to draw without gimmicks. You will learn to draw what you see. You will learn how to sketch, shade, decipher tonal values and how to apply your new drawing skills to other media. This beginner class is for anyone wanting to improve their drawing ability and contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction. Enroll or learn more here.

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting: This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about watercolor so you can get painting fast. This class is a good foundation for your watercolor studies. In the first part of this class you will learn about supplies, develop techniques and practise the skills you will need to create whatever paintings you desire in the future. In the second part of the class we will put all of the skills you learned into practise as we complete *four beautiful paintings. This class is my most popular course. *This class originally had 3 final paintings but I added a 4th on negative painting. Student always have access to any content added to classes they are enrolled in. Find out more here!

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl: This class will teach you how to realistically and expressly paint birds in watercolor. We work on capturing the subtle texture and shading in feathers and we add hints of colored pencil to enhance our feathered friends when desired. NEW! I have added an alphabetized bird painting tutorial archive to this class should you want to find past bird tutorials I have done that are not included in this course.  Click here for more info or to enroll.

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Watercolor Flower Workshop: This is my most recent class and it is all about loosely painting expressive flowers in watercolor. Have you ever tried to paint loose and ended up with a hot mess? Well, this class will offer the structure you need so you can create a floral scene from your imagination that is well-balanced, beautifully composed and loose! This class focuses heavily on brush control so it’s good for folks that need help with brush strokes and are curious about some of the odd specialty brushes that are out there. I soon will be adding a wedge brush section to this class! In addition to the all new step by step real-time instruction provided in the course there is also an alphabetized archive of other watercolor flower tutorials for your convenience. Learn more here.

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In addition to the never before seen content in these classes you have access to my support in the online classroom. Under every lesson there is an area for you to post photos of your artwork and ask me questions. I love giving feedback and seeing your beautiful artwork! Here is what some of my students have said:

Thanks so much! Love this class I do each section so many times because it is fun and i keep learning! Thanks again! -Karen L Jackson on Watercolor Flower Workshop

I LOVE THIS COURSE! Actually can paint a flower without a drawing! -Joanna Stratten on Watercolor Flower Workshop

Hi Lindsay, what a great drawing course. I have been painting for 30 plus years, drawing was my weakest, until now. I’m starting to see things in shape, I think the most helpful is starting with a circle or shape then fill in with the shapes of whatever you are drawing. This has been the best money I have ever spent. What I love I can look at these lessons over & over until I get it!! -Linda on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

I am blown away by the excellence of your lessons! Things that I have struggled with are making more sense when I sketch along with you. So glad that I will be able to go back and reference your videos! -Irene Addison on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

Hi Lindsay, Great Class!!! Simple and easy to follow. Thx for putting this together. I can’t wait to start the next painting! -Tina Amoroso on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

Finished the duck and this course! Loved it! Thank you so much for these watercolor painting classes. I just got the Rembrandt 48 half pans and am excited to use them….. I can actually do some watercolor painting thanks to your classes. Crystal Neuendorf on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

 

I love helping people discover the hidden artistic ability within them and I welcome anyone who want to paint better (and more often) to join one of my watercolor classes! Just make sure to use the coupon code OFFLINE45 if the discount does not appear (coupon good through 9/3/2018.) Again I want to thank you so much for your support! I hope you have a relaxing weekend with your family and friends and maybe get a bit of art done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Pretty Sunset Cityscape LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm ET! We are going to paint this lovely cityscape, Liberty Bridge in Budapest Hungary, and it’s very easy!

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The only drawing you need to draw is the bridge and we will do that in the tutorial today. It’s just a couple of lines so please don’t worry about it:) You could also leave the bridge out if you want. 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!

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If you enjoyed this free live stream lesson you might also enjoy one of my online art classes. My latest class Watercolor flower Workshop is on sale for 50% off through the end of the month. Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. *FLOWERPOWER Discount code is only good on the Watercolor Flower Workshop class through 6/30/18.

 

I hope to see you today at 12:30 for a fun painting tutorial, til then happy crafting!

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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The Other Giraffe…

Hi friends! I am still traveling but I wanted to have a watercolor video for you today so I decided to record the “other giraffe” example from the rainbow giraffe livestream a few weeks ago.

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Enjoy!

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Happy crafting!

LIVE! Let’s Paint a Rainbow Giraffe in Watercolor! 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! I am a  child of the 80’s and I couldn’t help feel nostalgic for my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper after I painted these rainbow giraffes last night!

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I turned to Instagram and Facebook and asked friends which giraffe I should paint. There were strong support for both but the close up had a bit more of an edge plus it is more difficult so I think I will do the close up one but also give instructions for the tall one if that is what you prefer. Both patterns will be provided in the material list and they are jpg format so you can print them whatever size you want. My practice pieces were done at 6″x9″ and the one I am painting live will be 9″x12″. You can do what you like!

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

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items.) Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

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  • Watercolors (you can totally use any brand with a good assortment of bright colors, this would be a great project to paint with kids too!) If doing this project with kids try Lukas studio. *They are a great starter set but make sure you supervise them as they are highly pigmented, you don’t want kids eating the paint or redecorating your walls! I’ll be using Turner watercolors (Rose, Pyrolle scarlet, lemon yellow, pthalo blue, *turquoise, Ultramarine, Diox violet, burnt sienna) *=optional
  • Watercolor paper. I am using Strathmore Windpower, it is cheap and wet in wet techniques look really pretty on this. *I am using the 9″x12″ pad, you get 15 sheets for $7.99 and it’s made with recycled materials!
  • Brushes: A variety of rounds in any brand you like! Try Mimik Kolinsky, it is faux fur and a bit stiffer than the Mimik Squirrel. I have the value set
  • Other: Masking tape, credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 water buckets
  • Reference photos: Tall giraffe and close up face *you will want to crop or zoom in
  • Patterns: Tall Giraffe or Close up face giraffe

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The techniques you learn today will help you “rainbowize” and animal, how fun is that! I urge you to share you painting gifts with someone. If you have children or grandchildren this is the perfect project to show that the “ordinary watercolors” they have at home can be bright and vivid! Let them draw freehand or help them trace it if it helps. Art kept me out of so much trouble as a kid and I think it is important to have an outlet to express yourself any way you want. It harms no one and is constructive and confidence building.

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I hope to see you on YouTube at 12:30pm for some rainbow painting fun! Til then happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Beautiful Coastal Maine Landscape LIVE at 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this beautiful photo that my friend Kelly Brooks Bay (author of Sea Glass and the Lighthouse and The Rainbow Pants) took in Kennebunkport Maine the other day.

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Kelly, in addition to being a talented writer and photographer, is also our local librarian now and I though this would also make a nice project for the free monthly painting class I do there. I have been on a bit of a hiatus at the library but I am excited to get back there and paint! At the library I teach with Cotman watercolors on Strathmore and Canson watercolor greeting cards. We use the 12 color Cotman pocket box (which is only $13 right now) because it has the necessary colors to mix most other colors. I will be using the large painting I make today as the demonstration piece for my library class. I hear a lot of people poo-poo student grade paints but if it wasn’t for affordable supplies we wouldn’t be able to have this program at the library. I like Cotman paints, they’re reliable and you will see in today’s live stream that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful painting. It’s the magician not the wand that makes the magic!

You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live you will need to watch from the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern Time.

 

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  • Watercolors (Cotman) I am using the full pan studio set because it is easier to get a big brush in there but all the colors needed are in the $13 pocket box
  • Paper: Canson Montville I am painting 12″x16″ but the 9″x12″ block is $15 vs $25 for the former, you can see available sizes from that link.
  • Brushes: You want absorbent brushes like Creative Mark Mimik, Princeton Neptune, or Royal & Langnickel ZEN or MENTA which can be found in your big box art and craft stores for about $5 each.
  • Also, pencil, white eraser, 2 buckets of water, paper towels, cut up bit of credit card aka credit card scraper

A SALE on my Drawing Class through 5/9/18!

Today we sketched out our painting and it was easy. If you would like to be able to draw whatever you see with cofidence consider checking out my latest class. Through 5/9/18 you can SAVE 30% on Learn to Draw with Lindsay with coupon code BLOGFRIENDS (if discount doesn’t appear automatically.) Check out Tuesday’s blog post to see inspiring student artwork and read student testimonials!

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New art in the shop!

Have you ever wanted to own an original painting by me? Here is your chance, prices start at $45 and USA shipping is included in the price.

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That’s all for now! See you at 12:30 on YouTube for live watercolor painting fun! Happy crafting!

 

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