Have You Ever Wondered What These Glass Things Are?

Hi friends! I kept seeing these glass globes in antiques shops and import shops I I wondered what they were. I knew they must be nautical but I didn’t know exactly what they were or how they were used.

It turns out that Japanese fishermen used to use them to keep the top edges of their nets afloat in the ocean and then they would cut them free after they pulled in their catch so they would wash up on shore for beach combers to find. You can see me paint this and learn more facts about Japanese fishing floats in today’s video! If you would like a real time narrated tutorial of this project you can find it in Critique Club.

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I hope you enjoyed this project! I love nautical themes, and painting glass so this ticks all the boxes for me LOL! Happy crafting!

Refreshing Watercolor Class (FREE)

Hi friends! This was one of my world watercolor paintings and I painted it live on Youtube!

Here is a replay of that free long lesson. Please skip past the first couple awkward minutes of me getting the stream set up LOL!

If you like this you might also like my Watercolor Glass Class!

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I hope you have a great week and til next time happy crafting!

Peaceful Prairie Watercolor

Hi friends! I was scrolling on Facebook a few weeks ago and a group was recommended to me: Landscape photos for artists. I decided to check it out. I saw a pretty photo by Debra Gag of a barn in a field and I thought it would be a nice study in my sketchbook for practice.

If you love landscape painting check out my Watercolor Landscape Workshop. We go in depth into painting skies, trees and rocks and complete 3 full paintings where we put what you learn into practice. Click here to learn more about the class or enroll!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick little sketchbook project and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Cat Watercolor Tutorial

Hi friends! Today I have a fun tutorial of a sleeping kitten.

Watch the video to see how!

All of the supplies are from this inexpensive pagos watercolor kit. (affiliate link) and here is the reference photo.

I hope you enjoy the project. I am keeping this post short as I had my 2nd covid vaccine yesterday and I am totally wiped out today! I did manage to film a sat chat though so that will be up on YouTube tomorrow:) Have a great weekend! Happy crafting!

I did add freckles after all…

Hi friends, Today I have a loose watercolor portrait to share.

I wasn’t sure I would post this because I was just playing around with paint to relax while taking a break from a demanding project. I get so focused on “what do my readers want to see?” and not “What do I feel like painting” and sometimes that makes for cliché art. Anyhow, I hope you like it!

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Also, I used up the last page in this sketchbook. Let me know if you want a sketchbook tour! Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Botanical Style Watercolor Ranunculus!

Well friends, it has been a week of learning new things! First podcasts, and yesterday I learned how to do a livestream from my phone. I didn’t give advance notice because I was afraid I might not be able to figure it out but I did and it worked very well! This is what we painted.

Below you can watch the reply. This is a paint along style lesson so grab your supplies and paint with me!

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I hope you have a bit of creative time this weekend to try this fun project! I have been thinking of doing more of these botanical lessons, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Let’s Draw & Paint a Vintage Inspired Botanical (free line art included)

Hi friends! Today I have a cheerful flower to remind you spring is right around the corner!

I snapped a photo of my line artwork with and without the shading incase you want to look at it when you draw or print it out and trace it. These are jpg files so you can print any size.

Watch the video see see how to create this painting step by step!

If you enjoyed this lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop with lessons on painting many types of flowers and how to put them together in bouquets, wreaths and swags, the options are endless once you know the basics! Click here to learn more!

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I hope you enjoyed this lesson and till next time happy crafting!

Struggling through a painting…

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a painting I struggled with. I’d been out of sorts all week and I found it hard to focus or even decide what to paint. As I worked through this painting there were many times I just wanted to toss it in the garbage and I probably would have if I didn’t need it for work. This brings me to the thought that there are several ways we can deal with a problematic painting. You can pitch it in the trash, you can set it aside to return to at a later date when your might has had a chance to forget the struggle (probably the best option but you may risk losing interest in the project) or you can do what I usually do which is to fight through and finish it. How do you deal with this?

The real time version of this tutorial is up in Critique Club if you want to see the struggle in real time and see how I solved the many issues that came up in this painting. You can also watch the time lapse below.

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If you want to learn more about soft pastels I have a course: Soft Pastels for Beginners you might like and you can save 40% on that class, or any other class in my Teachable school by using the coupon code LOVE40 now through 2/20/21. The pastel class link above should contain the discount but if you don’t see it click “add coupon” at checkout and type in LOVE40 to get the Valentines sale price! Happy crafting!