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Paint by Lifting: Underwater Seahorses

 

Paint by Lifting: Underwater Seahorses

I’m *still* obsessed with underwater scenes! Not just the Copic ones from Underwater Scenes class. But watercolor too! I keep buying any underwater stamp I see….and these sweet little seahorses just needed to end up in my studio. I love the range of sentiments on them too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The twine here is very old, I don’t even know who made it – but I decided to keep the card really flat and make just a mini panel of twine that could be taped on the back. No lumps for mailing!

Supplies

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On winning and losing (Aretha, Kofi Annan, and more)

On winning…

I forgot to post a date to end The Giveaway! So I’m going to give it one more week and announce winners tomorrow, since more people are stilll entering. Pass the word! Here’s the video with the reason for the party…

And Losing….

This week we lost two people I have such respect for. Aretha Franklin, the Queen (long before B!) – went to join her dad’s choir in heaven. Aretha’s influence will be with us for generations to come! It’s hard to pick a representative performance of hers to share as a tribute – but the Women of Soul performance of Amazing Grace might just cause you to go get a tissue….and then get up and dance. (Full video is HERE just scroll down to the past performances section and scroll with the arrow to Women of Soul. It’s a 58 minute extravaganza with talents like Melissa Etheridge, Arianna Grande, and more.)

I know that just got you started. Try the 10 minute version. Lawdy. She’ll take you to church. Really.

We also said goodbye to Kofi Annan just yesterday…..an honorable and dedicated man from Ghana who spent his life as a service to the world. He was at the World Health Organization, then worked his way up through the UN until he became General Secretary in 1997, staying in that position til 2006.

When I see a life that’s had an amazing impact on our world, part of my grieving process lately seems to be portraits. Just little watercolor sketches, but…there’s something healing in the heart when we honor their memory this way.

This Kofi Annan portrait is partly on Facebook as a live-recording:

And lest we end with losing, let’s go back to winning.

A peek at what’s coming: Watercolor Jumpstart class! See the Facebook Live video HERE. Class will be coming once the site work is complete, sometime in September maybe? October at the least.

One last thing, since I’m posting on a Sunday….some of you saw my VBS adventure on social media, others mighta missed it: here you go!

 

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Painting a scene with Copic Various Ink Refills

 

Painting a scene with Copic Various Ink Refills

I recently binged on playing with my refill inks on Yupo….and while I played, I realized – a portion of my playtime backgrounds looked weirdly enough like coral! And with my recent Underwater Scenes obsession….it was a matter of time before I painted one this way! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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Color a Tattooed Strong Man

Sandy Allnock Sugarpea Stay Strong Card

 

Color a Tattooed Strong Man

Today’s card is an image I wanted to color as soon as I saw it! I did have a big old OOPS midway through the whole things, so stay tuned for that…but I think I fixed it at the end and it’s even better than it was if the first idea had worked! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a close view of the recovery of the “oops” – the center has dimensional adhesive to pop it up, and the sides are glued down to the cardstock, making it look nicely curved!

I debated whether to use different colors of cardstock, but thought white would really make the image sing. Well, if a guy like this sings. I’m not really sure I wanna hear what that sounds like! ha!

Supplies

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Moon men….with craters!

 

Moon men….with craters!

Reverse Confetti came out with this little stamp set a while back – and it’s taken me til now to get it in the queue! I thought I’d color it in pencil since there are lots of small areas that are tougher to get a Copic nib into….and I played around with SILLINESS in having one moon man tethered to the other with an altered flag. (Yes, it’s scary inside my head!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And don’t you just love a card with a story like this one? I can just imagine the conversation between these two little moon men. “Hold on little buddy! I gotcha!”

Supplies

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Five things about you … and a PARTY!

 

Hello friends! I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different today…a PARTAY! It was five years ago this month that I left the 9 to 5 to pursue my passion as an artist. I still can’t believe it….I’ve made it past the point many small businesses fail, and I’m still here! THANK YOU for your part in making this an amazing journey!!

From those who follow along, leave comments and turn their thumbs upward…
to those who create projects inspired by my work and use my affiliate links to help support the journey…
to the hex chart lovers who use it and tell all their friends how helpful it is….
to the amazing students who take classes and learn and grow and express themselves through their art…
to the phenomenal family of patrons who donate a little or a lot to keep things afloat around here….
to the industry manufacturers and retailers and designers who are such great partners…
you are all AMAZING. Thank you!

I definitely couldn’t have succeeded this far without any of you, and I’m completely humbled by your support! I’ve made this new little intro video for my YouTube channel, as a thanks to you all and a hope to inspire more people along their journey as artists too….watch it below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Plans

I do have plans, you know me….I’ve always got something in the hopper! Just a little of what’s coming:

  1. Book launch on October 23, 2018! Read more about it on the website HERE.
  2. More awesome classes, including a Watercolor Jumpstart, Typography for Bible Journalers, and I think an advanced Copic Glassware class—all coming this fall, if I can get on it! Because, #3.
  3. A re-launch of art-classes.com in a more functional form! lol. It had some issues due to how the original site was constructed and the plugin developer’s issues, so I’ve hired an agency to overhaul it and make it work right. I’m taking a huuuuuge risk with making such a big investment, but I feel so badly about the tech issues that have developed. This should help us all! Once it’s done by the end of September or so, the classes listed in #2 will hopefully launch. Trying to juggle it all before #1 takes over, too!

Giveaway!

Did someone say giveaway? Really? Well heck yeah, let’s do this! Since we’re celebrating five years, let’s do this in fives:

  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will get the class of their choice at art-classes.com!
  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will receive a medium flat rate box of mojo in the mail – stamps and dies and goodies all wrapped in all the mental mojo I can scoop up from my studio!
  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will receive one of my crazybackground cards!

To enter, do one or more of these…I’ll be choosing winners from all of these:

  1. Leave a REVIEW on any courses you’ve taken at art-classes.com. Somehow the review tab got removed (AGH!) and it would help me tons if you left some comments! Be sure they’re about the courses, not the site goobers; those will go away and I’d like to give encouragement to others about what you’ve learned – and that they can learn too.
  2. Leave a COMMENT on this post.
  3. Leave a COMMENT on YouTube on the video above.

Supplies

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Watercolor Ostriches

 

Watercolor Ostriches

I love coloring animals – and I especially love coloring animals that are unique! There are a couple ostriches by now, but this set is the one I picked up to try out. The sentiment on my card is one that’ll be really useful…”Things will get better.” Seems in the days we’re living in, I have lots of friends to encourage with that stamp!

While I had a blast painting these cute ostriches and their little scene…I want to be sure you know there’s a swear word in one of the sentiments in this set. I was a bit shocked anyone would do that, but, it is what it is, right? I’ve removed the stamp from my set, and when it makes it eventually into the giveaways I do, someone will get it without that one. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I have sooooo many friends I could send this card to…..lately we’ve all wanted to bury our heads in the sand!

Supplies

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Saddle Up Card: Draw your own wagon!

 

Saddle Up Card – draw your own wagon!

I don’t say this often but – I just LOVE this past release from MFT…so many cute sets! This cowboy and cowgirl are no exception! They have a few accessories in the sentiment, and one of them inspired this card – that wagon wheel. It’s so easy to make your own partial wagon – a distressed wooden block indicates that easily, whether it has a flap on the back for a cake, or just shows the wagon itself! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The bonus card with the little boy has a much simpler wagon – it just has the sentiment stamped on the wagon.

And if you need a hex chart for your pencils….they’re all HERE –or click:

Supplies

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Leading ladies – in hallways! (Plus #WWCM2018 winners!)

 

Leading ladies – in hallways!

Two brand new Leading Ladies from Ellen Hutson are out today!  And as I often do…I’m giving you some ideas for simple backgrounds to give them a “setting.” They’re both indoor ladies so I thought hallways would work – you can let me know if they do! They use the perspective lessons from Drawing 101, so if you’ve taken that class, you’ll be right on board. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Medical Lady has a bunch of great sentiments that go beyond sending cards just to doctors and nurses or for get well. 

Same with Teacher Lady – I don’t have kids with teachers to send cards to, but this sentiment is perfect for a friend card!

Latest Bible Journaling video

For those who might not know about it, I have a channel just for my Bible journaling with a new Sunday video each week! This one is a compilation of my World Watercolor Month videos! Be sure to join the Facebook group, it’s busting at the seams with new folks!

WWCM winners!!

I was so proud to see so many of you out there following along with #wwcm2018 – and others using the official #worldwatercolormonth prompts, and yet others just having a blast watercoloring anything at all! Woohoo! Here are the randomly selected winners out of nearly 200 entries – I snagged their paintings to post so you can get just a tiny taste of all the work created! Ladies you can either purchase the class you wish if you want it instantly and email me to refund it, or email me and let me know which you’d like, and I’ll add it to your account. Congratulations!

Rainbowmartian

deefa_doris

desperatehousewifeecraft

maryjomullen

Supplies

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