Sketchbook Sunday: 3 Paintings of Lila

Hi friends! Today I am sharing the third in a trio of paintings of my daughter Lila.

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These were assignments for a figurative watercolor class I am taking to build my skills and grow as an artist. Honestly, I probably would never paint the same subject three times in a row unless it was assigned LOL! You probably remember the Monochrome and Low Key paintings as I have shared them during sketchbook sunday over the past two weeks. We wrap up this series with a high key version of the same painting. My daughter Lila likes this one best!

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You can see how it all come together in this time-lapse video.

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These paintings were really educational to do and I definitely see where painting the monochrome first really cemented the values on my brain so when I went to use color I got the values right instead of relying on color for distinguishing shapes and form. Since I worked on each of these over the course of a week it was also educational for me to re watch the process to see the stages of the painting as it progressed. I hope you give a series of paintings like this a try at least once, it is a really useful method for getting true values and getting to know your subject. Til next time happy crafting!

 

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Gourds: Wet in Wet Technique (beginner tutorial)

Hi friends! This tutorial got mixed reviews and I can see why, it took me way longer than I had hoped to teach it. And looking at the end result I would have had a more refined painting after almost an hour. However, this is a beginner tutorial and I don’t like to rush techniques in my beginner tutorials. I also like to use student grade paints in my beginner tutorials so I can show you how to overcome some of the issues you might face when attempting it for the first time with student grade supplies.

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If you are not a beginner and the finished painting doesn’t look good to you I suggest you pass on this one and wait for my more advanced Friday livestream paintings. I don’t mind:) I want to make sure beginners have tutorials with some gentle guidance as they work through their paintings for the first time. I hope you understand:) So, with that disclaimer out-of-the-way, let’s paint! This is a real-time lesson so you can paint along.

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FYI I will be reviewing the set of 48 Mungyo watercolor paints that I used in today’s tutorial on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy as Pie!

Hi friends! What a weird week. Anytime we have a Monday holiday my schedule goes out the window. I have been working on some larger paintings for a class I am taking which has cut into my video creating time so I didn’t have a Sketchbook Sunday video but I did film a time-lapse of this slice of pie. It was the last piece of pie we bought at a bake sale to support out local cub scouts and I thought it looked so pretty so I decided to take a break and paint it!

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I used Mungyo watercolors for this, I have been getting requests to review these for years and I finally found a set to buy on amazon. So far I think them but they remind me a lot of the Jane Davenport and Prima watercolors. I need to do a brighter painting with these before I review them but so far so good! BTW Ifound some really cheap and awesome pencil extenders on amazon, they were 3 for $2.79 and free shipping and I don’t have prime but they still came fairly quickly!

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I think whenever you feel inspired to paint you should! Even if you only have a few minutes. Those glimmers of inspiration are precious and often don’t come around when you have endless hours to create so seize them when they do! You can get more done in a limited time than you think.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Using freehand elements to improve your cards!

Hi friends! Have you have tried to stamp a scene with multiple images on a card and felt like everything was floating, nothing matched or it just didn’t feel whole? Today I will show you how you can add a few hand drawn elements to make your card feel cohesive and complete.

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Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

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Make sure when you are hand drawing elements that you use a pen that matches your stamping ink color and will work with your coloring medium. I used a black sharpie because it was black like my stamping ink and was waterproof so it wouldn’t smear when I painted it with watercolors. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Portrait of my Daughters

Hi friends! I signed up for a class a couple of weeks ago to improve my skills concerning painting people in watercolor. I tend to paint a lot of still lifes and the occasional landscape but I rarely put a person in there even though it can add so much to a painting. So for the next few weeks on Sketchbook Sunday you will see time lapses videos of my at home assignments from the class. I worked on this painting off and on over the course of a week.

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It felt good to push myself and try something new. I think no matter where you are on your art journey it is important to remain in an atmosphere of growth so you don’t get burned out (especially if you do it for a living.) I hope you enjoy my time-lapse and learn a  bit from my struggles:)

I used my M Graham palette for this as the painting is large (15″x22″) and I needed to have room to mix large washes. Affiliate links to Consumer Crafts, Hallmark Scrapbook and Amazon are used. Consumer crafts recently added many top artist paint brands and the prices are really great. In addition to M Graham, they carry Daniel Smith, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Van Gogh and more. It is worth a look if you need to replace some colors or stock up.

Colors I used:

  • Ultramarine blue (this is DaVinci)
  • Quin Red
  • Yellow Ochre 
  • Burnt Sienna
    (the above colors I used for my skin tone mixes as you can get a really nice range of neutrals from it, I recommend trying that color palette if you are looking to mix skin tones.)
  • Sap Green
  • Van Dyke Brown  (this is Qor) If you don’t have Van Dyke brown you can use sepia or burnt umber, it is a cool deep brown color.
  • Gamboge (I said Cad yellow deep which you can use but I double checked and I used Gamboge, really any warm yellow is fine)
  • My Palette is a 12″x16″ Jones Palette

Other Supplies:

  • I used a half sheet of Langton Prestige 100% watercolor paper (painting size 15″x22″) which is very similar in surface and equal in quality to Arches Cold Press 
  • I used a variety of brushes but mainly my Mimik synthetic squirrel value set, and I used a wedge brush for the leaves. The cute brushes with mermaid tails are by Jane Davenport
  • Prima Julie Nutting Skin Tone Watercolor Pencils are unfortunately discontinued and out of stock everywhere:( however, the colors are duplicated in the following sets: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals. The sets can be found discounted at Hallmark Scrapbook for around $10 each. And they are also available on Amazon: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals
    *BTW I am really disappointed that Prima discontinued this set as it is so useful!
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I hope you enjoyed the process, I must say after working on this for a week it was satisfying to see it come together so quickly in time-lapse LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Sketchbook Sunday! Indigo Buntings

Hi friends!  I had so much fun painting these birds in my sketchbook!

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Watch the video to see the time-lapse!

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If you would like real-time step by step lessons on painting birds please check out my course Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl where I go in-depth into painting birds and feather.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Live Show Today & Easy Beginner Landscape!

Hi friends! I got a bit behind blogging this week because I was creating a new section for my Watercolor Flower Workshop class on using the wedge brush and it’s up in the classroom now so if you are enrolled you have access to it! I also wanted to let you know that I have my regularly scheduled live show today at 12:30pm on YouTube and I will be painting with my least favorite color (Oxide of Chromium Green) to see if I can make it useful. I have been really hard on this color so today I will put it through its paces and see if I can make good use of it. Wish me luck and tune in at 12:30pm ET if you want to see what I do with it! I will post a reply with the art I make later today but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on what will either be really educational or hysterical, either way you can’t lose LOL! For now though I have a very easy beginner landscape (not using the aforementioned offensive green) that anyone can do with basic supplies!

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Watch the real-time step by step watercolor video below and paint along!

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I hope you enjoyed that beginner tutorial and I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET on YouTube and help me figure out what to do with the color that has vexed me since I begin watercolor painting all those years ago. Happy crafting!

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