Let’s Paint a Weeping Angel Statue @ 12:30pm ET, Today LIVE!

Hi Friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we are going to draw and paint a lovely (and maybe a bit scary for all you Doctor WHO fans out there) weeping angel statue.  There is no pattern because we will sketch it together! Yay!

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask me questions as we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET and if you are on a tablet make sure to not have it in full screen mode (or turn your device to portrait mode) so you can see the chat.

Supplies are available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! *They are currently having a BOGO on many of my favorite brushes including the Mimik synthetic Squirrel brushes! Check it out!

Watercolors: I am using M Graham as many people have been asking about them lately:

140# CP (cold pressed) Watercolor Paper

Brushes: Mimik Synthetic Squirrel (I recommend the value pack set of 8)

Also, you will want a pencil, soft white eraser (we are sketching!) 2 water buckets and paper towels.

ALSO the 20% off discount for Lifebook 2017 has been extended through the end of January! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% off a year of classes an inspiration, find out more here. I just finished up filming my first class for the year long workshop, it will air in March, here is a picture of the finished page.

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There are 23 other wonderful mixed media artists sharing their secrets too so I hope you have a look at what Lifebook 2017 has to offer and I thank you for your support. 🙂

Get your supplies ready and we will see you at 12:30 ET for some painting fun! Til then Happy Crafting!

Learn to paint an eye in watercolor! {Step by step real time tutorial}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to paint an eye.

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We will mix and layer colors and lift away highlights.

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Watch the video for step by step instructions.

Paint colors: (I am using Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors)
Cerulean Blue PB35
Alizerain Crimson PR206
Prussian Blue PB27
Yellow Ocher PY43
Burnt Sienna PR101

Brushes: #8 round, #2 round mimik squirrel

Any watercolor paper is fine, I am using a scrap of 90# CP aquabee

I hope you found this tutorial useful! Thanks for watching and til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Postcard Painting Tutorial & LUKAS 1862 Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today’s video is a bit on the long side (shocker, I know) but I wanted to do both a review of my new set of 48 halfpan Lukas 1862 watercolors and do a tutorial of a pretty vintage postcard of a butterfly and pansies.

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Here is the reference image:

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Watch the video and paint along! The review is first so if you want to skip ahead 12 minutes to the tutorial you can:)

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I used LUKAS 1862, you can use whatever you have, even thinned down acrylic!)
  • 14-# watercolor Paper 6″x9″ (Aquabee)
  • Brushes #2 #8 round (Mimik Squirrel)

Lukas 1862 Watercolor 48 half pan review:

Pros:

  • Artist quality paint with tried and true pigments
  • 35 out of 48 colors are single pigment colors
  • Price (half or less than other artist quality brands) The paints are available in sets as well as single half pans, with pans and 24ml tubes ranging from $2.50-$7.69 each currently on sale a Jerry’s Artarama. (I have not used the tubes)
  • Highly pigmented-strong colors
  • Unique characteristics between colors (some are smooth, some granulate, some transparent some semi opaque)
  • Glazes well
  • The palette that comes with the paint is an enameled metal (steel? it is magnetic) and the pan holder tray lifts out for easy cleaning and so you can have additional mixing area.

Cons:

  • I feel that the paint could use a bit of honey or more gum arabic to improve luminescence and transparency but that can be added and it is a nit-picky thing.
  • The palette stained with the pthalocyanne colors but it was minor and it probably will come off with a magic eraser (but I don’t have one right now)
  • When I bought my set the list of colors on the website was not accurate. Below is a picture I took of my swatch, hope you can read my handwriting.

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Bottom line, if you are looking for an affordable artist grade watercolor set give them a try. A 12 half pan sets starts at $30 or grab a few tubes or pans and see what you think. I hope you enjoyed this review and tutorial! Happy crafting!

Loose Peony Painting for Beginners! Let’s have fun painting!

Hi friends! I took it easy work-wise last week, it was the funny time between Christmas and New Years Day when you just feel relaxed, lazy and are totally fine with it. One of those days I had a hankering to splash paint about and this was the result:

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I also turned on the camera when I did it so here is a fun and loose beginner tutorial. It is also helpful for folks wanting to loosen up I think.

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Grab your paint, paper and brushes and paint along!
Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint: Gamboge (warm yellow), permanent rose, Alizerain Crimson, Green gold, Prussian blue (LUKAS 1862 brand used)
  • 140# watercolor paper cold press
  • A variety of round brushes

 

I will have a full review on the LUKAS paints this weekend. So far I am liking them:) So, are you going to paint this? I hope you give it try! Happy crafting!

Cheap Watercolor Poppy Painting!

Hi friends! I have taken a few days off for Christmas but I wanted to share the painting I did with the $5 set of watercolors I reviewed the other day.

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I hope you use what you have and paint along!

I got this set of watercolors under the Phoenix Art label at Ocean State Job Lot for $5 recently. I was surprised at the quality of these and I want to use them for some gouache type paintings. I have heard they are the same as the LUKAS opaque set of watercolors at Jerry’s or the Artist Loft brand. I have also seen them compared to the Pelican watercolors but since I have not tried any of those brands I can’t say for sure. They remind me of the Grumbacher Deluxe set of opaque watercolors but honestly I liked these $5 paints better than the $47 Grumbachers but they were similar. They are a lot like a tempera cakes and I like how easily I can take out the pans, I plan on using this set in my children’s art classes, there is a lot of product in the pans as well and they seem to be very slow wearing. For $5 I am very pleased with them! If you see this set in your travels I recommend trying them out!

I wanted to remind you that you still have time to enter to win a set of knitting needles or brushes from Fab Art (winner drawn tomorrow) and stamps from ArtNeko (winner drawn Wednesday) so make sure you leave a comment on those blog posts for a chance to win! I hope you had a happy, safe and relaxing weekend. I had a wonderful Christmas with good food, folks and fun and today was a big ol’ hang around in jammies day. However you spent the weekend I hope it was lovely. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Poinsettia in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern time today!

Hi friends! I hope you can paint the poinsettia with me live in 30 minutes on YouTube!

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Today we are going to use some different pigments than usual, 2 are simple pigments and 3 are mixed pigments. I will tell you all about the benefits to each kind of paint and I will also give alternatives so bring whatever paint you have to follow along, we will get you through it! Here is a color study and swatch, use whatever you have that is closest!

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You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live be sure to view on the YouTube watch page!

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Don’t miss Craftsy’s last BIG sale! Grab a last-minute class to give as a gift (or for yourself) for $19.99 or less!

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*Any class you purchase after clicking my special discount link helps support the free tutorials I post on YouTube, thank you as always for your support:) I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET for festive and fun painting! Happy crafting!

LIVE! Loose & coloreful Sheep in Watercolor! 12:30pm Eastern Time Today!

Hi friends, here is what we painted live at 12:30pm today:

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Here are the color studies:

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You can download a PDF printable pattern here of the sketch for today’s tutorial. If you want to chat with us you will need to watch the video on the YouTube watch page but I will record it and the video will be available in the player below as well!

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

Supplies:
Watercolors (Permanent Rose, Yellow Ochre, Pthalo Blue, Burnt Umber) Sennelier La Petit Aquarelle watercolor set of 24 

140# watercolor paper: Arches

Watercolor Brushes: Mimik Kolinski

Reference photo by Christine C at Paint my Photo

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Exciting news! I have over 2000 students in my Craftsy class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step AND it has all 5 star reviews! Above is a link with a coupon code that will give you 50% off the class (regular $29.99, you pay $14.99) and you can take it yourself or give it as a gift!  *Discount appears in cart, expires March 3rd, 2017

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Also LifeBook 2017 begins in 2 weeks! Give yourself the gift of a year full of weekly art classes from 24 top-notch mixed media artists for the low price of $115 BUT WAIT use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 to take an additional 20% off! That brings the basic course down to about $92 or only $1.77 a class! A year long class that costs less than a cup a coffee a week:) Nice! Other money saving bundles are available too, find out more here.

My deepest thanks for purchasing any of my online classes, they help support my free tutorials on YouTube:)

See you on YouTube for this weeks live painting tutorial! Happy crafting!

 

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