Sending “Mice” Wishes!

Hi friends! Oh I do love a good stamp pun, don’t you?

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I have to admit I am usually not a big user of cute stamps but I have loved the House Mouse stamps since my friend Tracey introduced me to them years ago, I stamped out a few of hers to color and I was hooked. Before you knew it I had my local stamp store (sadly, no longer in business) special ordering me stamps and one time I hit the mother lode at a yard sale and bought a bunch. Until recently you could only get House Mouse stamps mounted on wood, I have a lot of those and while they are beautiful sitting on my shelf they could be tricky to stamp because they were so detailed. I love that most of their designs are available in unmounted rubber now (and some even in clear sets with sentiments!) because I get the detail of the rubber but I can put them on my curved block (I am using a Mega Mount in my video but the Rock-a-blocks also work well and are much cheaper) and get a perfect impression every time. I have to say I wasted a lot of paper stamping those old wood mounted ones. Tip, if you have the wood mounted House Mouse Stamps you will get a great impression if you lay the stamp rubber side up on your table, ink it up and lay your trimmed cardstock on the rubber and rub the back of the paper. I had to mention that because I have lots of the wood mounted ones and they are too pretty to unmount LOL! Don’t you dare call Hoarders on me!

I will also share some fun coloring tips and tricks in today’s video!


Supplies:

Tips:

  1. Use a curved block for better detail (I used the Mega Mount from Impression Obsession, Rock-a-Blocks from Crafters Companion are also good)
  2. I used a thin strip of wood from a hand plane to stamp my sentiment on.
  3. Experiment layering your coloring media for rich colors!

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I hope you learned some cool tips and tricks that you can use on your next card! Please note that links to Hallmark Scrapbook are affiliate links and I earn a small percentage of sales made through the links, you do not pay more by clicking through the links but you help support these free video tutorials. Thanks so much for spending some time with me today and tl next time happy crafting!

Hey Chickadee!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good weekend. We are taking it easy, I have one kid down with a cold+allergies so we spent today puttering around the house. I delved into the nooks and crannies of my craft room to try and unearth my extra brayers and lino-cutters (it had really been bugging me that I could not find them when I hosted my Gelli print party last week) to no avail but I did find some mosaic supplies, glass paint and about 200 unfinished resin pendants. Good grief, I am expecting a knock on the door from Hoarders any moment! We did have a little flood in the basement today but luckily it did not get to my craft room or hubby’s woodworking area. On the bright side the cellar floor got a good washing LOL! Tonight I have a fun little painting tutorial for you!

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It is geared for beginners so you might want to watch it at 2x speed if you are advanced. It is painted with #5 & #10 round brushes and only 3 colors of paint.  I hope you like it!

Supplies:
Strathmore watercolor cards
Cotman Watercolors
#10 & #6 Synthetic rounds
Cut up piece of credit card, water bucket, paper towel

Colors:
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna

Reference Photo
This tutorial is slow enough for beginners to paint along with me.

I want to thank Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this video and I thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I was cleaning kids paint palettes the other day…

Hi friends! I had a kids painting class a couple of weeks ago with kids ages 4-12 so of course I gave them big sheets of paper and “good” tube watercolor paint to use. The nice paper was inexpensive white sulphite drawing paper that holds up well to watercolor for kids (no lifting paint though) and the “good” paint was Royal & Langnickle tube watercolors which are lovely and vibrant but student grade (hey, they get to feel like real artists and I do not have to worry about the cost or the kids using toxic chemicals. win-win.) The kids also got to use “good” brushes and not the awful plastic ones that come in kids sets so they were really happy. So I told them that they were all artists using the same stuff my adult students used and it was important to keep the colors bright and fresh and to rinse out the brush between colors and they actually did it! At the end of the class looking at all of the usable paint left in the palette I did not have the heart to rinse it down the drain so I did this instead:

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Basically free spray inks! I use these to color paper, with stencils and for dyeing ribbon for crafts, not for items you will launder though. You are probably wondering why I did not let them dry in the palette and use them again, well 2 reasons, 1. they are student grade and they would want to dry out and crack and fall out of the wells eventually and 2. I did not have a place to store them as the palettes do not have lids. So, what do you think? Was this a good use of leftover paint or a waste of time? Let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!

Confused by Color mixing? Let’s make a color wheel!

Hi friends! I get asked about color theory a lot so today I decided to show you how I mix colors and tell you what 6 colors I recommend for watercolor but it can be applies to any paint medium. I also recommend white if painting in acrylics or oils.

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I even have a free printable handy-dandy checklist of supplies for watercolor here. Now, watch the video to see the color mixing magic happen!

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Trust me, play with your paint and start mixing. Watching a video is good but you will learn by doing. Your color may have different names or maybe your color are in pans and you do not have the names BUT you do have eyeballs so simply look at them and see what the undertones are in your primarys.

Red
Warm: Cadmium Red, Scarlet, Vermilion (any red that looks more orange than purple)
Cool: Alizarin Crimson, Quin. Magenta, Red Rose Deep (a red more purple than orange)

Blue
Cool: Pthalo, Prussian, Turquoise (A blue more green than purple)
Warm: Ultramarine, Cobalt (a blue more purple than green)

Yellow
Cool: Lemon (a yellow more green than orange)
Warm: Gamboge, Cad Yellow, Indian Yellow (A yellow closer to orange than green)

Once you can spot the colors undertones you will know what paint to pick for mixing the color you want.

I also like Sap Green, Yellow Ocher and Burnt Sienna because I use a lot of these colors and it would take a lot of time to mix these (although you totally can) on every painting. Play with the paint, it is the best way to learn. My dad always said the best way to learn how to build a house is to build a house. It’s the same with painting (and he was a contractor and I am an artist so you can totally trust what we say!)

I hope are less confused about color now. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Lupines!

Hi friends! Wow, it’s Friday! I had such a busy week! I taught 3 art classes at my local library in collaboration with my town’s Olde Home Week (you know it’s fancy when you add an “e”!) Both watercolor classes were packed which was so nice, I hope my students return next month when OHW is done. This was my first idea for class but I was not happy with it…

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So I reduced the size and went with a simpler plan for a class of beginners and it was good I did because every one finished in the nick of time, right before the librarian was about to kick us out ha ha!

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Do you want to try it? Here is the card tutorial.

Go ahead and flip the orientation and make it bigger if you like. I posted the larger photo in case you wanted to give that a whirl. The larger one has more of a focus on a couple flowers in the front but it is pretty much the same thing. I had the children’s watercolor class make the bigger version with focus on the flowers and they did fantastic! All my students did, I really hope the join me again next month. Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Clematis in Watercolor!

Hi friends! I have a relaxed painting tutorial for you tonight, it was requested by a couple of viewers recently:

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I used my QOR watercolors on a 140# Strathmore greeting card. I sketched the design with watercolor pencils but you can use a regular pencil if you prefer. You can find the lovely reference photo by Nicola B. at Paint my Photo.

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Yes, I do realize I forgot to scrape the veins on the last petal, luckily I noticed it before the paint dried (unluckily it was after I turned off the camera LOL!) I hope you give this fun painting a try, and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Geraniums {Quickly or Slowly LOL!}

Hi friends!  If I had a dollar for every technical difficulty I have suffered with over the last week I could afford to go to another stamp show LOL! I won’t get into all of that but I was finally able to figure out a work-around to render a long HD quality video that was still small enough in size to upload on my rural internet connection which I think consists of soup cans and string. Ironically after discovering this awesome trick for my current software we had some problems with our computer and the only way to fix them was to do a factory reset and uninstall all software and I can’t find my original disk to reinstall it. Looks like I’ll be upgrading anyway. Oh well, when computers get you down paint something pretty! We are going to be painting a sunny windowsill with geraniums on it:

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The reference photo I am working from is from the very talented Ruth Archer at Paint My Photo.  I wanted to share a picture of my palette so you could see the mixes. The colors I used are: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Quin. Rose (or any pinkish red)

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In this long tutorial we will paint the picture in real-time. Feel free to grab your paints and work along with me. I am working on an 140# cold pressed Arches block. I begin by sketching the design with Prima watercolor pencils but you can use what you have. I am using M Graham & co paints but again, any brand is fine. Scroll down for the shorter tutorial.

If you just want a sped up brief video this next one is for you, OR if you want to see if this painting is something that you might like to try, if so, then paint along with the longer version.

I hope having both is helpful to you and I am really happy my computer cooperated! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I posted the long version because so many YouTube viewers requested it (I do listen to my readers!) If you liked this video please share it on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter, there are handy buttons at the bottom of the post to help you do this and I appreciate it so very much!  Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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