Paint with me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time Today! Veggies!

Hi friends! I was playing with watercolors last weekend in my awesome Fabriano Venezia sketchbook and I loved the “play” so much I thought it would make a fine live show project!

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to tune it at 12:30pm on the YouTube watch page.

Sponsored by 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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Hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET! Happy crafting!

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LIVE! Still Life with Oranges in Gouache 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today we are going to do something a little different! We are playing with gouache on a dark surface! I am going to work on matboard but if you like you can paint a sheet of watercolor paper (even an old failed painting) with ink to get a dark surface. I’ll also be trying a new brand of gouache that is really inexpensive!

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I want to work with gouache more because the techniques can be transferred to other opaque mediums like Acrylics or oils, so, if you want to paint along with those mediums you can! The live stream or replay can be watched in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

  • Gouache paint: Arteza
  • Black mat board
  • Brushes: Any firmer watercolor brushes or synthetic brushes used for acrylic will work. I like the Zen, Aqualon, Majestic of Fusion lines of Royal and Langnickel for Gouache or this soft grip set by them will have what you need.
  • White watercolor or pastel pencil for sketching *These generals pencils are high quality at a low price
  • Other: Bucket of water, paper towel, plate or plastic palette *You can keep any unused paint and re-wet it later!
  • Reference photo by Viacheslav on Paint my photo

ALSO….My shop is live!

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Original watercolors for sale here! In addition to undertaking the arduous task of editing new videos and closed captioning older videos my husband has opened this shop on our website! I can’t explain what a difference it has been just in one week of having him on board! I hope you can join me for some live painting fun at 12:30pm ET!  Til then happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Landscape! (Timelapse)

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely scene of a mountain, forest and lake in watercolor. I loosely based the painting on an image from The Artist Photo Reference: Landscapes book I bought last month. I love this book because there are so many photos of different lakes, mountains, trees and skies and you can adapt the photos to meet your needs. Unfortunately they are out of print so you just have to see what used bookstores ave for sale on Amazon. I was able to get all of the book in the series at an awesome price last month on Amazon. Good luck if you are hunting them down.

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If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the video through once all the way before painting, then you can restart the video and pause as needed (or use the gear at the bottom of the player to slow down the video) so you can go at your own pace.

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I hope you enjoyed this easy beginner tutorial! Painting does not need to be hard or complicated. Take a bit of time each day to practise and you will progress in no time! Happy crafting!

We are painting Live in 30 Minutes! Tea & Tulips 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Sorry for the late post but time escaped me as I worked on the practise for today’s live watercolor tutorial:

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You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live and ask me questions be sure to watch on YouTube.

Tutorial Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama! http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ 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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And here is a pic of the photo I’m working from! I hope to “see” you soon during the live stream! Happy Crafting!

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PS…one more thing…if this tutorial moved a little fast for you and you want more comprehensive beginner instruction please consider checking out my online course. My Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class will start you off on the right foot with everything you need to know to get painting right away (the right way!) You can go at your own pace and you get lifetime access so you can come back to the lessons at any time. Find out more here or join over 800 happy students and enroll today!

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Live Watercolor Lesson Today & Tips for Setting up a Small Art Space!

Edited to add the finished painting. Have an awesome weekend!

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Hi friends!  I am so happy I have internet, I was expecting to lose power with the crazy blizzard we had yesterday so I even had a backup video to post if that was the case but that tutorial will wait til Sunday and today we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm Eastern Time. During the slow week between Christmas and New Year I set about arranging my winter art space in my office upstairs. Normally I prefer to work and film in my basement but it gets chilly in the winter and loud as you can hear when the furnace kicks on. So in the winter my art area downstairs is more of a storage room and I work in my office. Here is a look at my creative corner.

I thought I’d share this, even though it is not the most beautiful space because it is very functional and a realistic option for many people. Let’s face it, few of us have a spare room we can devote to art. I took over a corner of my unfinished basement 10+ years ago and did the best with what I had. The black fabric hanging from the ceiling is to dampen echo while recording. I am thinking about ordering some acoustic foam panels but as you know I am a resourceful tight-wad LOL:) I found a calendar based on the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I hung that on my wall. It is one of my favorite productivity books. The small shelf in front of my desk holds my laptop. I try to keep my workspace as clear as possible.  I put my most often used tools on the shelf to my right. If you are a lefty you would probably want the shelf on your left. I took an old spice rack and put in my Prismacolor Pencils and Spectrum Aqua Watercolor pencils as well as a few odd-ball Albright Durer Watercolor pencils and Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils. They all work well together so why not?

Next to that is a bookshelf (BTW all of my studio furniture are cast-offs from other parts of the house emptied during my year-long declutter process) I have my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and my Studio 71 brush markers and some odds and ends. Alcohol markers play well together too and since I have a lot of them due to reviews over the years I have enough for a full assortment upstairs and downstairs. My kids can help themselves to any of these supplies as well. I have a little bit of everything on this shelf, some watercolor crayons, my Rembrandt watercolor 48 set, a paper trimmer, a tray with mini ink pads and in the tip out bins I have acrylic paint pens, clear stamp blocks, watercolor crayons and a random junk bin. I have my favorite reference books and some art paper pads on the shelf below. Basically I want to have a versatile assortment of supplies to create with on hand so I don’t have to run downstairs all the time to get more supplies. I do keep on shelf empty (under the pencils) for bringing up supplies for particular projects and when I am done it goes back downstairs.

I raised up the height on my drafting table so I can stand or sit to work. I can’t sit too long or my back gets stiff and sore. That is a reminder that I need to move so I will go up and down the cellar stairs a few times to limber up and usually I think of something I need to fetch for a project or I have something to return. Since I work at home I might start a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher or do another chore that is active. I find these small brain breaks help keep me stay fresh and inspired. No two crafters had the same space available but I hope this inspires you to make a spot for art in your home. A card table with a rolling cart under it can house plenty of supplies so see what you can do with what you have. I have a door to my backyard right next to my desk which s great in the spring, summer and fall but this time of year it is drafty so I just sealed it with a weatherstripping kit it and what a difference it made to the warmth of the room. I recommend doing that if you have  a drafty area as it will save you money and will make working more comfy. Here is the view of my backyard. There is also a bird feeder I can watch from my desk:)

I hope you got some ideas there. Now on to today’s tutorial. We will be painting live from this reference photo. I was in the mood for something bright and summery:)

You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page. Sarah is not feeling well today but my daughter Maizy will be filing in relaying questions to me.

Supplies (Use any kind you like, I’ll link what I am using below)

I hope you are having a great start to 2018! Good luck digging out if you were hit by the storm. I stepped onto my porch and snapped this pic. I am so glad I kept my porch decorations up, I think I will until the kissing balls start to turn brown, I am so pleased with how well they are lasting and how fresh they still look. See you shortly for the live show! Happy crafting!

 

LIVE: Vintage bottles with Wildflowers Today 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished painting. Have a great weekend!

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Howdy friends! Are you ready to paint? We will have a fun and relaxed tutorial today using watercolors and soft (aka chalky) pastels. You can use whatever brands you have but I will include a supply list below. Here is a quick color study I sketched:

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Here is the reference photo. I have a printable pattern here if you want to print and trace it.

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.

 

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Also, don’t forget there is only 2 days left to save 35% on my watercolor classes with coupon code HOLIDAY17 (offer expires 1/1/18)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm today! Happy crafting!

 

LIVE! Snowy Deer in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Edited to add finished photo of painting.

Well, this deer ended up looking a bit awkward and if you watched the video til the end you saw the unfortunate inking of the face. I patched her up with a bit of colored pencil and called it a day. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hi friends! I can’t wait to paint with you today! It has been such a busy week that I am craving some watercolor and chit-chat with my peeps! I was thinking about what I wanted to paint this week and I came across this photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash and it just struck me. I love the soft, calm beauty of it.

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I hope I can do it justice. You can watch the livestream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.

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

Hope to see you later for the live stream! Happy crafting!

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