Please don’t be “crabby” with me…

Hi friends! What a week! Between snow storms (and snow days) it was hard to get my bearings but I was so happy it was Friday so I could do a live painting show. I was really looking forward to it since the last two Fridays I was away. I didn’t have time to blog about the live broadcast this morning which was probably just as well because I had to restart the show due to a computer glitch.  I’ts one of those days LOL! Here is what we painted:

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Here is a replay of the unglitchy show. Big thanks to everyone who found me live today because I certainly did not make it easy.

Supplies can be fund at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Turner watercolors *the 18 set I am using is on sale for $19.99! Colors: Perm Scarlet, New Gamboge, Turq Blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher

Palette

The Langton Prestige Watercolor Paper

Mimik Brushes

Reference Photo

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In hindsight I think I liked the crab better without the background so feel free to leave it out if you wish. I am always happy to take one for the team:) Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

How to Mix Skin-Tones with Watercolor

Hi friends! I get asked a lot about mixing skin-tones in watercolor. That is kind of a loaded topic because really there are many ways to do this and also many different shades of skin. The common aspect to all skin tones is that they are neutral shades. Today I will show you my go to skin tone mixes that will yield a variety of tones and also show you how to use a convenience palette such as Jane Davenports Neutral palette. I will also show you how to mix skin tones from her crazy bright palette to illustrate the point that you can use whatever colors you have to make some pretty nice skin tones (but it takes a lot more work to do that from bright colors!)

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The above example uses colors from a traditional watercolor palette, I like mixing skin tones best from these colors. The next two examples are using the neutral palette from Jane davenport with many convenience colors:

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I don’t know why I made these ladies look so grumpy LOL! And just to prove that you can mix neutrals from any palette I painted the face below with colors from the Jane Davenport Brights palette:

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Want to see the color mixing in action? Then watch the video for a free hour and a half long skin tone mixing workshop!

 

I would like to share my favorite color recipe, you can adjust it as you see fit but it is very versatile!

  • Yellow Ocher (or raw sienna, golden ocher naples yellow deep-any earthy brownish yellow will work)
  • Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber (or whatever rich brown you like, try to find one without black in it if using a mixed pigment)
  • Permanent Rose or Alizerain Crimson (cool red for lighter/cooler skin tones) Cad red, pyroll red, scarlet (warm red for warmer/darker skin tones)
  • Ultramarine blue (this does a bang up job at mixing with brows to make shadows or cool down an area) *Cerulean blue is helpful to mix in to fair cool skin-tones like the example on the bottom right of the first image.

Sometimes you need to add in a green because the blue yellow combo will not give you a nice green, if you do make sure to use it elsewhere, such as mixed with red for a shadow and mixed lightly into the skin color, just remember that red is the opposite so you can use it to tone down any green. Mixing skin-tones will teach you a lot. Not only do you need to learn how to neutralize and balance your colors but also saturation, you need to add water to lighten up a color and omit it for richer darks. It is a wonderful way to develop your skills so I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS if you found this tutorial helpful please share it with a friend! (Handy sharing buttons below:)

Live! Owl in Watercolor Tutorial, 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add: Here is the final painting from the live stream! As always the replay is available below:) Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we will paint a barn owl in watercolors! This is a colorful loose painting and everyone is welcome to paint along. Here is a quick color study I did of today’s painting:

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This video tutorial is sponsored by Jerry’s Artarmama! You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live during the show you will need to watch at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

Supplies:

  • 9″x12″ 140# watercolor paper Fabriano Artistico
  • Watercolors (Winsor & Newton) Permanent rose (pv19) Cerulean blue (PB35) Ultramarine Blue (PB29) Burnt Sienna (PR101) Yellow Ochre (PY43)
  • Round watercolor brushes (assorted sizes) Mimik Squirrel (faux)

Reference photo: https://pixabay.com/en/barn-owl-owl-bird-animal-wildlife-275942/

***Class discounts that support these free tutorials!

Hundreds of classes on sale for under $20 at Craftsy!

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blog_bg-button2017TamArt-450**20% off Lifebook 2017 through 1/31/17 with coupon code: FIREWORKS2017

And….

Also! I am interviewed on the Live Inspired podcast this week, you can listen free here.

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Phew, that is a lot going on huh? I hope you enjoy the fun free painting class at 12:30pm ET today, til then, happy crafting!

This is Literally a Piece of Cake!

 

Hi friends! I had a bit of time free yesterday afternoon so I did a quick half hour live stream of the cheesecake I painted in my sketchbook with mermaid markers.

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Here is the replay:

Since I streamed this on my own I save the Q&A til the end so if you are curious as to what people asked about this painting you can listen at the end of the broadcast for that, the tutorial portion is about 30 minutes. Grab whatever water-based markers or watercolor you have and paint along! BTW I will have another live stream tomorrow at the regular time: 12:30pm Eastern time and I think I am finally going to tackle painting an owl, it has been requested a lot so I thought I’d give it a go, wish me luck!

One more thing…

It is the final days to enroll in Lifebook 2017 at a discount, use coupon code:  FIREWORKS2017 through January 31st to save 20% off Lifebook 2017. I hope to see you in class, you can find out more or enroll here.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pineapple Painting!

By request here is a tutorial on how to paint the fun pineapple with mermaid markers. You can use watercolor or waterbased markers for this!

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Watch the video for this fast and fun project!

I hope you give this a try and til next time happy crafting!

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!

Let’s Paint a Pretty Bird & Q&A

Hi friends! You might have noticed if you follow me on YouTube and Facebook that I have been doing surprise live streams. I will continue to do my Friday at 12:30pm ET stream with Sarah as long as I am not traveling so don’t worry, those are here to stay but I also like popping in live when I have time to paint and chat.I decided to make the replay available after the live stream for everyone to see, I save questions til the end so if you want to hear them you can or you can stop watching when the tutorial is over. I hope this is helpful!

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I am using the new Jane Davenport Watercolors from American Crafts! Grab whatever watercolors you have and join me for a fun time!

Supplies:

  • watercolors
  • 140# watercolor paper (Cold Pressed)
  • White Gel Pen(Uniball Signo is my fave)
  • Reference photo

Want more inspiration?

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SALE!!!! Lifebook2017 extended the 20% off coupon through the end of January, use coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save! I am one of the teachers of LifeBook 2017! You get a new downloadable class every week for a year from top noth mixed media instructors all of one low price! Don’t wait, the 20% off coupon expires January 31st!

Don’t forget we have our regular live stream tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there and til then happy crafting!

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