Watch this if you are scared of wasting supplies!

Hi friends! How are you doing? Do you need a bit of encouragement to stop worrying and start painting? well, I hope today’s video does that for you!

If you would like a real-time tutorial of this project along with 75 others, creative prompts, and the opportunity to get feedback on your art from me you can find all of those things in Critique Club for $5 a month. Or, if you are interested in learning how to paint loose florals intuitively you might prefer my Watercolor Flower Workshop where you can learn how to paint a variety of flowers and arrange them in bouquets, wreaths, or swags. Both classes are a lot of fun!

Supplies: *You can use any watercolors, paper, and water-soluble drawing sticks you have but here are the supplies I used. Affiliate links used.

So, did it work? Are you inspired to paint? I hope so! Til next time happy crafting!

Painting in the Round: Daffodils!

I am playing with some new paper today, let’s see how it goes!

Today I am trying out a store-bought round watercolor bock. I have made them in the past (tutorial here) and I really liked the format so I was curious to try out one that was commercially made. I plan on reviewing this paper once I have done a few paintings on it but you can see my first attempt in today’s video.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Many folks have a long weekend and if you do and you like to read I just finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. It was a viewer recommendation and it was simply amazing, I read it in one session. I was able to borrow it from the library but it’s not too expensive since it’s over a year old. I literally couldn’t put it down and it was really uplifting even if the first couple chapters don’t seem like it will be. Read, paint, and happy crafting!

Peaceful misty morning Watercolor lesson and free Livestream class today!

Hi friends! First up I am having a livestream over on YouTube in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry, there will be a reply if you can’t make it (I know it’s short notice.) We are going to make watercolor Christmas sweater tags! They can be ugly or cute (honestly, the uglier they are the cuter they look I think) and I will have some other simple designs to paint too. I hope you can make it! Anyway, on to today’s project, we have an easy landscape in watercolor:

Watch the video and paint along, it only takes 30 minutes but feel free to pause the video or rewind anytime you need. That’s the great thing about video, right?

You can find the brushes and watercolors I used in this affordable bundle (affiliate link) I painted in a fabulous handmade sketchbook from Rosi. Here is the reference photo I used. And, if you would like more instruction on painting landscapes please check out my Watercolor Landscape Workshop Class. Happy crafting!

I feel “Peachy” about this painting!

Hi friends! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday (or a lovely week if you don’t celebrate it.) We had a wonderful day vising family and feasting on good food! One of my all-time favorite foods is actually peaches and nectarines. Maybe that’s why I liked painting this so much?

I have a real-time lesson of this painting up now in Critique Club. The real-time lesson is over 2 hours long but it is broken up into 10 smaller parts so you can fit in the project as you have snippets of time. It also makes it more manageable I think so you don’t get overwhelmed. Critique Club is a membership group where you have access to 70 in-depth art lessons (with 2 additional lessons added each month!) creative prompts and the ability to upload your artwork for feedback from me. It’s only $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. Learn more or enroll here.

Here is the timelapse version:

Supplies:

  • M Graham Watercolors (or what you like) Quin Red (PR209) Cadmium Yellow (PY35) You can use Gamboge or Indian yellow (or any warm bright yellow) Yellow ochre or Raw Sienna Burnt Umber or Burnt Sienna (Pbr7) Ultramarine Blue (PB29) Hookers Green (PG7, PY110) *you can mix your own
  • Schminke Super granulating colors (You don’t need these, I am just having fun experimenting with them at the moment.) Galaxy black (Pbk11, PB29) also you can mix burnt umber and Ultramarine for a very similar look and texture Tundra Orange (PR233, Pbr7, PY43) You can use yellow ochre, burnt sienna and a touch of cad red or potters pink to create this.
  • Derwent Coloursoft Pencils: C720 white C640 brown black C600 mid brown C480 Lincoln Green C410 dark green C400 lime Green C450 yellow green C020 Acid Yellow C590 ochre C060 pale orange C080 bright orange C100 rose C120 red C180 blush pink C150 cranberry C250 purple Also a cool grey 50 and 90 from Prismacolor Reference photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/nectarines-peaches-fruits-6808372/

At the time of posting Blick has Derwent Colorsoft 50% off as well as the Derwent Inktense pencils, Inktense blocks, Pastel pencils, and XL Watersoluble Charcoal sets and XL Watersoluble Graphite sets! I haven’t really seen any other great Black Friday deals for art supplies (that are worth buying) but that sure is a good deal if you are looking for any of those products. Happy crafting!

The Making of a Mixed Media Painting

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I made an atmospheric background on which I would later use other art media on top.

Check out the video, it’s real time and quick so if you have a spare 15 minutes you can give it a try!

Supplies Affilate Links Used

After the paper was dry I took my Arrtx Alp grey tone marker pack (because it has a great selection of warm and cool greys that are all logically numbered) and defined the tops of the buildings. I also decided to play with the sky a bit and use some soft pastels. Then I added some fine liners and pastel pencils to the front row of buildings.

At this point I was kind of afraid of messing it up but I thought it needed more so I sketched on some birds with pastel pencil and then went over them with a waterbrush filled with ink to make them blacker and crisper.

So what do you think? Do you like how I finished it off or should I have quit while I was ahead? I’m happy with it and it was a lot of fun! If you are looking for something fun and artsy to do next month why not join me for Paintsgiving on Sktchy! *This link includes a $5 discount when you add the class to your cart but if you don’t see it use coupon code: WeirichPG Regular price is $39.99, with discount $34.99. Offer good on Paintsgiving class. Happy crafting!

Mixed Media Parrot! Let’s layer up lots of supplies!

Hi friends! Today we are going to put Hahnemulhe Bamboo Mixed Media paper through it’s paces!

You might remember this bird from a watercolor tutorial I did a few years ago, it’s a longer on in case you prefer a slower approach in real time.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

That’s all for now! Happy crafting!

It’s Granulation Week!

Hi friends! You know how Discovery channel will have “shark week”? Well I feel like I am having granulation week LOL! The want monster has been super interested in all the super granulating watercolors coming out. The sensible part of my brain knows that have have plenty of watercolors and can come up with a more than adequate collection of granulating options from my stash. So, I am listening to “sensible Lindsay” and using what I have.


A real-time version of this painting can be found in Critique Club! For $5 a month you get access to 66 in-depth tutorials in a variety of media, 33 past creative prompts plus 2 new lessons and 1 new prompt every month to keep you inspired and creating! What’s more, is you can even submit 2 paintings a month for feedback from me! If you like longer classes and want to grow as an artist while supporting my channel check it out, we’d love to have you as a member! Check out the time-lapse below for tips on getting the most from granulating colors.

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

Have a look through your watercolor stash and see how many granulating colors you have. You might be surprised at what you find! Happy crafting!

A fall Bouquet to Paint Along!

Hi friends. Here is a fun watercolor that you can paint!

Grab your supplies, sit back, relax and paint with me!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

I’m thinking of pulling together the granulating watercolors I have and making a custom granulating palette. Is that anything you would be interested in watching a video of? With high priced granulating specialty palettes being all the rage these days I figure there are other cheapskates out there that want to DIY them. Any takers? Let me know in the comments. Happy crafting!

Substituting products on Mixed Media Paper!

Hi friends! Have you ever seen a tutorial that you would like to try only to find out that you don’t have the supplies the artist is using? I think we have all been there. Today I will show yuo how to get a very similar look with 3 different media so hopefully you can find a product that will suit your style or give you ideas on how to make what you have work better!

I also want to mention that this painting took nearly 4 hours so please don’t expect similar results in 30 minutes. I didn’t want to time lapse this so I had Jason edit it down but keep it real time so you could get a feel for the techniques better but I realize that might make you think it was drawing quicker than it was and I like to keep it real:) Often when someone isn’t happy with their art (especially colored pencil or marker) it’s because it’s not done yet. I hope this video inspires you!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

Here is a closer look at the artwork:

Colored pencil with touches of white pen

Adding a base media can save time and give great results!

Watercolor base with colored pencils & white pen.

And my favorite…

Alcohol marker base with colored pencils and white pen.

Which one did you like best? Happy crafting!