LIVE: Misty Mountains in Watercolor 12:30pm ET Today!

Edited to add the final painting from today’s live show! Have a great weekend!

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Hi freinds! Grab your paints and get ready for a fun watercolor painting lesson today! Here is my practise piece I worked up this morning:

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I wanted to paint my test painting on cellulose (student grade wood pulp paper) paper so when we paint during the live stream on cotton paper I can give suggestions to overcome some of the issues you may face using a wood pulp paper. If you have cotton paper it would be a good time to use it but if not I will offer suggestions on dealing with it:) You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me a question be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today!

Supplies:

I hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET for a painting tutorial! If you are local I will be at the Briar Patch Books in Bangor, ME from 4-6pm for a book signing with author Kelly Brooks bay for her new book Sea Glass and The Lighthouse that I illustrated! I am super excited for that! The book will be available on Amazon next week! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Friday FUN! Let’s paint Live Loose Florals Today @12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished piece from the live broadcast. 😀

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Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a loose floral bouquet! Below is the practise painting I did before the live stream.

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We will have fun and let the paint do the work. I hope you will paint along. Please use whatever watercolor paint and paper you have on hand (even the kids supplies!) I will link the supplies I used below if you want to check them out. There was a great deal on the paints I used and I do earn a small commission when you shop through my affiliate links. 🙂 You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me questions be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET.

Supplies:

  • Cotman Watercolors (Permanent Rose, Cad Yellow Pale Hue, Hookers Green Light, Turquoise, Burnt Umber) *This is a great deal on the set of 45 pans I have. I recommend you remove the 5 colores we are using and put them on a palette or plate so you don’t get confused with all of the other colors in the kit. 🙂 I used poster putty to stick them in my palette🙂
  • Watercolor Brushes (Royal & Langnickel Majestic)
  • Watercolor paper: Aquabee #140 100% cotton (my practise paper) and the live painting will be done on Arches 9″x12″ 140# CP

We will sketch together and paint from out imagination! (That’s what happens when my printer breaks and I have printed out a reference photo yet LOL!)

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Reminder, next week we will be on Daylight Saving Time so if you don’t turn your clocks back you will need to adjust for your time zone (we will be on at 12:30pm ET Daylight Saving Time which converts to 1:30pm ET standard time.) Happy crafting!

Yes Virginia, There IS a Live Show Today!!!

Edit 10pm 10/27/17: If you are experiencing problems with the video quality please try again in the morning. I am having issues with YouTube processing but it should be fixed soon. When it reverts back to the original stream you may have to scroll in about 5 minutes to the tutorial but the picture will be clear. Thank you for your patience:)

Howdy friends! I am so happy to let you know we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm today! Here is the sample I whipped up this morning!

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EDIT: Here is the live show painting:

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This is a beginner friendly tutorial so don’t be shy, hey why not call a friend and paint along together! Let’s spread the love of painting!! I love that you can begin painting at ANY age, you can progress at 60 just as quickly as you can at 18 and learning new skills keeps your mind quick and supple. Heck, even if it didn’t keep your brain sharp at least you’ll know how to paint:)  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask questions to me or the moderators then you want to watch the broadcast at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

I decided to use Sennelier watercolors today, but you can use any brand you like. I recommend if you are trying a new brand of paints to start with a small set (the 12-14 sets are the most affordable per color) or a couple of tubes in colors you need anyway as you can intermix brands with no trouble. The benefit of Sennelier, for me, is the ability to layer without mud. They are my favorite plein air colors (and my palette is very beat up and has sand embedded in some of the pans to prove it!) because I can splash the paint around quickly, but also build up layers of translucent paint without making mud. This painting is done pretty much in one layer so it really doesn’t matter what watercolor you use though, just have fun! Also, about the paper, I did my sample on Aquabee #140 100% cotton 6″x9″ watercolor paper. This is my “practise” paper and it is much cheaper than Arches, you get 50 sheets for under $14. If you are starting out or on a budget give it a try! It is acid free so if you make a masterpeice on the Aquabee it will last too! 😀 I will do my live painting on the Arches paper so if you want I can show them side by side at the end of the live stream and you can see the comparison. Use whatever watercolor paper you have. You can do this!

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We will sketch and paint together today so there is no pattern available. I will also talk about composition and adapting a painting to suit your style, you are the king or queen of your painted scene!

Want more watercolor instruction?

Save 20% on any of my watercolor classes with coupon code: TRYME

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor is a beginner course aimed at packing all the info you need to know to start your watercolor journey off on the right foot. You get 5 hours of video instruction and will compete 3 beautiful paintings during your class!

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl is the first in an intermediate series exploring specific subjects and textures and how to render them in watercolor. As a bonus we work on fixing mistakes in watercolor and I show you many ways to use reference photos to enhance your painting experience.

Make sure to use the coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t show up automatically to save 20%! I hope to see you in the free live painting lesson today and til next time happy crafting!

Oh, I almost forgot! The winners of the Jerry’s Artarama gift cards are:

Jean Arizona

Jaycee

Laurel Evelyn Hall

*Check your email for confirmation:) I replied to winners in the comment thread of the giveaway post too! Have a great weekend!

Quick & Loose Watercolor Bird!

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick little painting I created a couple of months ago.

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I love the way the paint reacts on the handmade paper. The key to success with working on this paper is to go with the flow and let the paper and paint behave how they want. Watch the video and paint along in real-time:)

Supplies I used:

Want more watercolor inspiration?

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor is a comprehensive beginner course that gets you up and running with watercolor in the fastest way possible and helps you create good habits right from the start.

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl in the first in a series of watercolor courses focusing on a particular subject matter. In this intermediate class you will learn how to paint the variety of feather textures on three birds as well as a decorative peacock feather. This course also focuses on fixing mistakes and working from reference photos.

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Over the past few months I have been delighted to see hundreds of students create beautiful artwork (shared in the classroom) using the tried and true techniques in these courses. I hope you will consider enrolling or you can find out more here. Don’t forget to use the coupon TRYME if the discount does not show up automatically. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Live @12:30pm ET Black Cat Painting Tutorial!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from the live stream. I also got permission to add reference photos below!

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Hi friends! I’ll be live on YouTube at 12:30 with a painting tutorial, you can watch live here. I will update this post with a finished painting after the live stream.

Supplies can be purchased from our 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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*Please excuse any typos! I will fix up the post after the live stream, I just wanted to make sure you had the needed materials to paint along if you chose to:) See you soon & happy crafting!

LIVE! Loose Watercolor Floral Bouquet Today @ 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I was feeling the need to paint a loose floral and this is what I came up with for today’s live lesson!

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I painted my sample on cheaper paper (6″x9″ 140# aquabee paper, it is actually 100% cotton so you painting will last but you get like 50 sheets for $16!) so feel free to use whatever you have, there is no lifting or scrubbing so any watercolor paper will do I think. BTW I use “cheap” paper but not “bad yucky” paper LOL! I will be doing the live demo on Arches 140# CP so it will be fun to see if there is any quality difference in the final painting. I hope you can join me! Don’t worry if you can’t join live because the replay will be available in the player below. If you are tuning in live and want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be purchased from our 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.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I’m using Yarka St. Petersburg/White Nights original set of 24) Colors & pigments #s so you can substitute if desired:)
    Carmine Hue PR170:1, Cadmium Orange PO36, Cadmium Yellow Med PY35, Emerald Green PG7, Russian Blue (aka phthalo) PB15
  • Watercolor paper (BTW the sample I did before the live show was on cheap watercolor paper, there is no lifting or scrubbing so you can really use anything but I’ll use Arches CP 140# torn to 6″x9″ in the live demo)
  • Mimik (faux) squirrel #4 & #8 round (they are in the value set or individually)
  • Optional: Dr PH Martins Bleed Proof White and or a white gel pen
  • Other: Credit card scraper, 2 water buckets, paper towel, spray bottle of water

***You might want to tape or clip down your paper but I left mine loose. Tape it if you are painting this larger than 6″x9″ or using thinner than #140 paper.

I just wanted to remind you…

…that my brand new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl has a special launch price through the end of the month so if you have been thinking about improving your skills with an intermediate level course check it out while it is half off!

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If you ever wanted to improve your bird painting skills and learn some gentle techniques for fixing mistakes in your watercolor painting give this class a try! You will learn how to create textures from fluffy down to sleek water birds and wispy feathers. During the swan demo you will learn the secrets to painting any all white object in watercolors. There is so much to learn that you can carry over to non-bird paintings too! Join the nearly 200 students who have enrolled in this class already and take your painting to the next level! Here is what some of the students already have to say about Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl:

Just beautiful Lindsay! I hope I can do it justice! I see where learning this will come in handy for painting lilies, or even snowmen on snowfilled winter scenes. Thank you for another informative,fun class! Also looking forward to more tips on correcting paintings gone wild! Very helpful! But how do I get the trash man to bring me back the paintings I pronounced too far gone?!? Lol Live and Learn! – Linda Fitch

Hi Lindsay ! I finally made it through the first class and so excited to start this one. You are a wonderful teacher and detailed which is great for a beginner like me. -Dianne Prewitt

This was fun and it felt good when my 5 year old grandson knew it was a peacock feather! -Jessal Strecker

Oh Lindsay, this is gorgeous! Just previewing the class content and am really getting inspired. -Elaine Legere

If you want to improve your paintings and skill creating texture, working with reference photos and fun ways to fix mistakes (using a couple mixed media techniques) I encourage you to check out Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl today! All the links in this post should have the 50% off discount attached but if not use coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up automatically:) Thanks again for all of the encouragement to provide these watercolor courses! 🙂 I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm et! til then happy crafting!

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I’m Back With a Live Show Today! Let’s Paint Something for Fall & Learn New Stuff!

Update! Thanks so much for tuning in today! I think this was the best live show we have had in months! Here is the final painting from the lesson today:

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Hi friends! I am back this week feeling much more caught-up, in control and relaxed (ohmm) so let’s have some watercolor fun! I was playing with a technique that I want to share: Packing Tape Masking! I am not a huge fan of masking fluid especially for a large area. It takes long to dry, it’s stinky and it can be hard to remove. I thought about using clear contact paper to mask off a large area but I didn’t have any so I grabbed the next best thing, packing tape! I wanted to test it out to make sure it worked. I wanted to be sure it didn’t let paint leak under and would come off my paper cleanly. The best part is I can sketch right on my paper, slap the tape down and cut off the excess! Instant gratification and so versatile!

Tip: Choose a packing tape that is not super sticky or press it against your clothes a few times to remove some of the sticky. Only press the tape down on the edges to seal out the water but not the middle so it will be easier to remove later.

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I wanted to paint from the reference photo below sho I could show some wood graining techniques but I didn’t want it to look fussy around the leaves. I wanted to paint right over them. Using this method will allow that. We will sketch this picture together during the live stream.

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As always you can watch the live broadcast or the reply in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions please tune in at 12:30pm ET on The YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be purchased from our 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.

*** I might add in a white gel pen and pastel pencils so if you are curious about those supplies let me know!

During the live shows I am often asked “what are your favorite (insert art supply here) so I made a favorites list here you can check out.  I will add to it as I think of things, I’ve tried sooo many products but I am just sticking to the things I use a lot and would recommend first on that list. Also shopping from that list helps support my free tutorials so thank you:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today and til next time happy crafting!

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