Sketchbook Tuesday?

Howdy friends! I was off visiting my parents on sunday for Father’s day and although I managed to get my YouTube video posted for sketchbook Sunday I completely forgot to blog it. Oops!


This project was a collab with Anne-Laure from Following the White Rabbit, an urban sketcher, and with warmer weather making it possible for more of us to go out and paint I thought it would be fun! You can see her painting of the same scene here. If you want to paint along you can share your work with the hashtag #sketchwithLandAL

Supplies: (affiliate links used)

If you want more tips for watercolor be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post: 15 Watercolor Hacks to lean how to get more for you money when watercolor painting including free stuff you can use from around your house. You can also use the coupon code 15HACKS to get 30% off any of my classes on Teachable. I recommend the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting if you want to learn to basics and get painting fast!

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun card making tutorial, til then happy crafting!


Sketchbook Sunday: Apple Blossoms

Hi friends! I was so taken by the beautiful apply blossoms I saw on my walk the other day I decided to paint them in my sketchbook!


The ordinary can be so beautiful!Here is a time-lapse video of the process. I really like the way these turned out!


What are you sketching today? Happy crafting!

LIVE! Sweet Summer Slices! Watermelon Watercolor Lesson at 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add a photo of the final painting. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

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Hi friends! We are going to have our first hot summer like day today in Maine and I am so excited! My husband suggested that I paint watermelon (see what a good idea it was to put him on the payroll!) and I thought it was a fine idea! I am going to show you how to use plastic wrap to create the crisp and icy texture of watermelon flesh but there is some drying time involved. I will show the entire demo in the live stream today but I have prepared another piece of paper that will be dry by then so after I show the plastic wrap technique I will have the dried version to continue on with. If you want to paint live with me you will also want to prepare your paper to that point. As always the replay will be available so you can follow along later and pause while things dry.


The first thing you want to do is transfer the pattern (or freehand the picture) on to your watercolor paper.


Then wet one of the slices with clear water and add in rose-red.


Then drop in a smidgen of yellow ocher here and there and outline the rind with sap green. You may need to blot out some white between the rind and the red flesh.


Then place a piece of plastic wrap on the wet paint and scrunch it if needed to make a texture like this. Let this try. You can remove it before it’s totally dry if you want a softer texture or let it dry with the plastic on it for a crisper texture. You can also weight it down and leave it overnight if you wanted a super dramatic texture but that is not necessary for this. You want to repeat these steps for every slice of watermelon in the picture, refer to the first photo in this post as a guide.


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

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Programming note…

No live show next week as I will be teaching at the Heirloom Paper Art Festival in W. Springfield MA! Will you be there? Join me for a class or say Howdy if you see me on the show floor!

Sketchbook Sunday: Succulents!

Hi friends! Today’s sketchbook sunday is a succulent arrangement we gave my mom for mother’s day.




Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!



Babbling Brook “Plein Air” Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! Today we are going to travel to the local Audubon trails and do some painting on location!


My husband and I filmed on location and I hope you enjoy it.

Here is what I typically take out painting (*Affiliate links used)

Here is the photo I took of the scene I painted:


Let me know what you think of on location videos. I love to paint in the beautiful landscape of Maine in the summer and if you are interested I’d love to take you along with the magic of video! I hope you had a pleasant Mother’s day and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Spring Watercolor Wreath (and a brush lettering cheat!)

Hi friends! I am honestly terrible at brush lettering, you will not learn how to properly letter anything in this video but I will show you how I cheat at it and I’ll show you how to design a pretty watercolor wreath


Sponsored by Smart Art, a wonderful monthly subscription art box company! All the supplies can be found in the April Smart Art Box but if you missed out on that I will list them out below with amazon affiliate links.

This project was more fun that I thought it would be and I really like the wreath I painted and how the paint played on the crisp and smooth paper. There was a tiny bit of buckling on the paper from the watercolor but not too bad. I tried experimenting with watercolors on that paper but it was really too thin to do more than a few small accents. I hope this inspired you to try something new! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Beautiful Coastal Maine Landscape LIVE at 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this beautiful photo that my friend Kelly Brooks Bay (author of Sea Glass and the Lighthouse and The Rainbow Pants) took in Kennebunkport Maine the other day.


Kelly, in addition to being a talented writer and photographer, is also our local librarian now and I though this would also make a nice project for the free monthly painting class I do there. I have been on a bit of a hiatus at the library but I am excited to get back there and paint! At the library I teach with Cotman watercolors on Strathmore and Canson watercolor greeting cards. We use the 12 color Cotman pocket box (which is only $13 right now) because it has the necessary colors to mix most other colors. I will be using the large painting I make today as the demonstration piece for my library class. I hear a lot of people poo-poo student grade paints but if it wasn’t for affordable supplies we wouldn’t be able to have this program at the library. I like Cotman paints, they’re reliable and you will see in today’s live stream that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful painting. It’s the magician not the wand that makes the magic!

You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live you will need to watch from the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern Time.


Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

  • Watercolors (Cotman) I am using the full pan studio set because it is easier to get a big brush in there but all the colors needed are in the $13 pocket box
  • Paper: Canson Montville I am painting 12″x16″ but the 9″x12″ block is $15 vs $25 for the former, you can see available sizes from that link.
  • Brushes: You want absorbent brushes like Creative Mark Mimik, Princeton Neptune, or Royal & Langnickel ZEN or MENTA which can be found in your big box art and craft stores for about $5 each.
  • Also, pencil, white eraser, 2 buckets of water, paper towels, cut up bit of credit card aka credit card scraper

A SALE on my Drawing Class through 5/9/18!

Today we sketched out our painting and it was easy. If you would like to be able to draw whatever you see with cofidence consider checking out my latest class. Through 5/9/18 you can SAVE 30% on Learn to Draw with Lindsay with coupon code BLOGFRIENDS (if discount doesn’t appear automatically.) Check out Tuesday’s blog post to see inspiring student artwork and read student testimonials!


New art in the shop!

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That’s all for now! See you at 12:30 on YouTube for live watercolor painting fun! Happy crafting!


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