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Watercolor a llama thank you card

Llama

This sweet llama from Flora and Fauna just cried out for a scene – some sky, some mountains, and a little grass. Just enough to make it interesting! Check out the video to see how I watercolored this one! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Beam me up! Color an alien invasion

Little known fact: When I was little, I was SURE that I was going to be abducted by aliens. 100% sure.

Beam me up! Color an alien invasion

I saw this stamp set and wanted to color these pudgy little aliens – and let them get beamed up to their ship! Though…I’m truly not sure how all three are going to fit inside the spaceship cabin…but I’ll let them worry about that once they get there, okay? ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Just look at these pudgy little guys! I wanna poke em like the Pillsbury dough aliens.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Creating Distance in a Scene: N&T Schoolhouse

Prehistoric Watercolor

Whether or not you make school-themed cards – I hope this one is worth a watch! I’ve had several folks ask about how to make a background that doesn’t fight with the foreground. Well, not asked in those words, but it’s the gist! So today, I’m addressing that. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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MFT Guest post + New Copic Class + Hero Kits

There’s  a sweet Copic video over on the MFT blog today…run, don’t walk, and check it out!

 

Supplies

  • Magical Day stamp set
  • Smooth White cardstock
  • Copic Markers
  • Black licorice cardstock
  • Daffodil cardstock
  • Glossy accents

Colors used in the background:

NEW CLASS coming Saturday!

NOTE: there’ll be no blog post emailed on Saturday to remind you – I’m trying to be a good steward of your email inbox! So check in at Art Classes and check out the class when you get up Saturday morning. Or if you’re a YT subscriber, you’ll see a video preview of it on Saturday!


Hero Arts Kits

You may have noticed the August My Monthly Hero kit sold out after only a couple days! If you keep missing ut, guess what? You can get rolling now – early – for the September kit! Deets below as well as on the Hero site HERE.

  • $34.99 per month
  • Subscribe by 8/28/17 8pm PST and get the SEPTEMBER My Monthly Hero Kit.
  • Get your kit with FREE SHIPPING (Domestic only)
  • Guaranteed to get a kit!
  • Auto-Renews Monthly
  • Access to special subscriber-only exclusives and promotions

 

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Big snail? Little palm? Quick Copic-colored card (and a sale!)

Big snail? Little palm?

It’s time for the annual sale over at Purple Onion Designs – so get busy shopping! I’m keeping my video short so you have more time to look through all the cute designs by Stacey Yacula – she’s totally my fave designer over there. And lemme know on this card….is the snail really big? Or is the palm tree really small? hahaha! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t little Tucker the cutest snail  you ever did see??

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Custom Patterned Paper + Plant Lady #thehumanrainbow

 

Custom Patterned Paper + Plant Lady

The Leading Ladies collection at Ellen Hutson is growing! This sweet plant lady has a green thumb…even though I don’t. (Hey at least I can on a card, right??) I’ll show you how I colored here in my #humanrainbow style, as well as creating my own patterned paper with some NEW papers from Ellen, too! (Colorable! woohoo!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A few more color combos, courtesy of Crafty Lady stamp set!

And one more share…last night I was playing around coloring a garden for the plant lady. This is as good as my gardening gets – MARKERS! lol.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Safari City Selfie – Lawn Fawn Wild for You

 

Safari City Selfie – Lawn Fawn Wild for You

Have you ever taken a selfie using a backdrop of a place you weren’t at? Or sometimes it’s just for a “better view” of that place? Welllllll these little critters wanted to pretend they were on vacation – in their selfie! It’s all colored on cream Neenah cardstock. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Copic shading light colors – Hippo Bird Day

Copic shading light colors – Hippo Bird Day

I was recently asked about how to do shading while keeping the colors light. Well, rather than just going for light colors only, there are a few tips I have to color these darling hippos so they look light – but they still have dimension! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

How’d you like the recovery on my sentiment oops? LOL! Some days I gotta wonder about me and my lack of planning. 🙂

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Watercolor Sketchbook Flip-through, Review, and Advice

Watercolor Sketchbook Review and Advice

Lots of folks who’ve seen me posting pics from my sketchbooks on Instagram have been asking for advice on sketchbooks. Which one to get? What features should you look for? What do you learn from using one? Well, I’ve reviewed a ton – I’m not even going to show a bunch of the duds! But….I can say that I started off looking for books that will allow me to make really awesome paintings on awesome paper. But I left with a new understanding: using a sketchbook has a new purpose for me…to loosen me up. If I’m using an el-cheapo sketchbook and doing a REALLY quick sketch, I’m loose and free….and I want to practice that until it becomes my natural style of painting. For now, that’s not the case….but there’s hope, right?

See each sketchbook from the video in photos below, with links for ones I could find; a few I couldn’t locate online but check your local art store if you want to try that one out. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My advice

…is to get 2 sketchbooks: one with nicer watercolor paper for days you feel like practicing technique. And then a mixed media or multimedia book and MAKE YOURSELF DRAW AND PAINT EVERY DAY. Yes I used all caps. Because honestly, that’s what you have to do to improve! Okay, off my high horse. On to the sketchbooks! Links may be affiliate links; if you use these I may receive a percentage at no extra cost to you. Read more.

Arches Watercolor Sketchbook

  • Arches cold press, paintable on both sides if desired. 5.5″x8.5″
  • Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Pentalic Aqua Journal with brush

  • LINK
  • Acid-free, European-made; pages lie flat.
  • Includes brush & holder, ribbon marker, elastic closure, and storage pocket. 48 pages.
  • 8″ × 5″ , 48 pages of140 lb Protege White Nylon Travel Brush, size 7.

Stillman and Birn Mixed Media Sketchbooks  

  • LINK
  • Hard-cover spiral bound sketch book; 26 sheets of extra heavy-weight 180 lb.cold press paper

Windsor Newton Watercolor Pad

  • LINK
  • 9×12, cold press, 12 pages.

Fabriano Watercolor Sketchbook

  • 5.5×8.5, 30pages. Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journals

  • LINK
  • 24 sheets, 140 lb  cold press paper; only one side is paintable.
  • 5-1/2 x 8″ and 9¾” × 7¾”

Strathmore Field Watercolor Sketchbook

  • LINK
  • Spiral, hardbound leather-like cover, 15 pages of alternating 140 lb, cold press and 60 lb sketch paper.

Holbein Multimedia Book

  • LINK
  • Spiral-bound book, 28 sheets of 80 lb mixed media paper. Comes in many sizes, shown is 9-1/4″ × 6-1/2″

Canson Montval

  • LINK
  • 140lb cold press; perforated. 20 sheets. 5.5″X8.5″ paper

Canson Mixed Media

  • LINK
  • Lightweight 98lb mixed media paper, 60 sheets, 9″x12″.

Bee Super Deluxe

  • LINK
  • 14×17, 60 pages, natural white, textured multimedia paper is double-sized to accept wet media.  Spiral bound; waterproof leatherette cover.

 

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Prehistoric Watercolor: No tomorrow (plus a winner!)

NOTE: sale on all watercolor classes on my teaching site lasts through this month. Use coupon code wwcm for 15% off on watercolor courses!

Prehistoric Watercolor

Recently I shared a card on Instagram (scroll down) that engendered the question – how’d you do dat? (lol) – well, let’s take a look at it in watercolor, okay? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the inspiration – stamp set is Prehistoric by Neat and Tangled:

Winner!

Congrats to the winner of the GC from the Altenew Bloghop last week: bonnielovespurses! I’ve emailed her with info to claim her prize.

Reminder, winner from the YT giveaway will be selected after 76k is reached. (Yes, the party started early, yeah baby!)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.