Painting “around” a stamp (Cray cray watercolor)

Painting “around” a stamp (Cray cray watercolor)

With the classes I teach, I get a fairly regular question – how do you paint a scene when a stamped image is “in the way”? And in this video, I show you one way to handle it – paint right through it, or partially through it, then use a darker color on the stamped image in “front” of the painted background.

And since it’s World Watercolor Month, and today’s prompt is Ocean Creatures….this little crayfish seemed perfect for today!

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Some colors won’t work with this technique – and you really do have to paint right up to the edge of the stamp. But when possible, let the lightest layer of color travel into the stamped image, and only add the darker colors later when you can be more careful with smaller amounts of the other hues. And oh yeah. White details. Uh huh!

The little hermit crab is painted with the same technique – just painting partly over the image, painting the crab with darker colors, then adding white pen!

Urban Sketcher Outing, and a winner

Urban Sketcher Outing, and a winner

I may have mentioned here before that I belong to a few art groups now – Plein Air Washington Artists, made up of all kinds of plein air folks (lots of oil, and some watercolorists)….Northwest Watercolor Society, all watercolor of course (they have a show coming up and I am FREAKING over trying to pick what to enter by the deadline this week!)….and Urban Sketchers Tacoma, or Tacoma Urban Sketchers as I keep mistakenly calling it, lol.

If you’re looking for local artists to join up with – especially those without a crafty community where you live – look to see if there’s an Urban Sketchers group in your area. While the “societies” aren’t exclusive – you don’t have to have anything more than usually $50 and some watercolor supplies – they tend to be more serious fine artist types of folks. But the urban sketchers I’ve found are a real mix: LOTS of newbies, people who doodle and sketch at all kinds of levels. I recommend anyone who’s taken my Drawing 101 class should join one; you are MORE than qualified to take part!

Our group hosts an outing about once a week or so – you can pick what you can make it to, some are during the week and others on weekends. We meet at a given time and place, go out to sketch, then re-gather at a set location 2 or 3 hours later to see each other’s work. Some are ‘wow’ pieces, some are loose studies, some are total practice (I have had several that I just didn’t show! ha!) We take a big group pic – See shots from their blog post about our Tumwater trip yesterday. (There’s a link there to a bunch of pics from the day.)

I wanted to see how my idea for using DS watercolor sticks was going to play out – I had one sketch-fail (not shown) and discovered my sweaty palm had a ton of pigment on it when I was done; so holding one of the two rubber-banded groups of sticks wasn’t as smart as I thought! I wrapped them in a rag I had and played around with sketching a tree while waiting for the group and that was less messy. I have other ideas for rigging this setup to make it work – just touching an aquabrush to the end of the stick worked well, it’s just the holding part that got messy. The handful of sticks was VERY comfortable to paint from.

My other piece was a sketch in pencil, made with my new Tutto3 pencil – it has three sizes of lead, different hardnesses, and an eraser, all within one pencil. Very comfortable weight, I really do like it a lot. (See this post for more about it.)

I finally did learn how to replace a lead in my Tutto, so whoever had left me a message somewhere on social (I can’t remember where I saw it!): Open the pencil barrel, then grab the one you want to replace right at the copper part near the spring and tug the nib gently. Drop the lead into the open barrel in the handle. Use the pokey thing to push the old lead fragment out the front of the nib, then reassemble the pencil. You’ll have to click it a bunch with the pencil facing down to advance the pencil to be usable.

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! Well, not exactly. No chicken dinner involved, it’s a stamp set. However, the winner, selected at random by random,org, is….
Gayle Sanders!

CONGRATULATIONS! EMAIL ME!

And today’s Bible journaling video, since you’re here….

Floral Edge Card (Power Poppy Copic Coloring)

Floral Edge Card (Power Poppy Copic Coloring)

Recently I promised this card – it takes me a bit longer to list all the colors on screen in videos so I needed to find some time to work on that. And I now have it ready for ya!

***ooops! The video decided to go live Friday, unexpectedly. So this is your Monday video.

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Lots of colors on this one….depends on what colors you want to use for each flower.

The edge of this card is so lacy and delicate – and creates some real interest, doesn’t it?

Copics and Paper Piecing (Love from Lizi)

Copics and Paper Piecing (Love from Lizi)

And now…for something completely different! (cue the Monty Python music!) I’m not normally a kit gal. Or a patterned paper gal. Or a sketch gal. Or…well, all I usually do is color. Ha! But my dear friend Kristie is on the design team for Love from Lizi, and asked every so shyly if I’d consider using a Lizi kit sometime. It’s hard to say no to someone as sweet as Kristie!

Lizi sent me the July kit – and if you want to see every item in it in detail (each paper, etc), go watch Kristie’s unboxing video. Mine has a fast overview of the kit, then jumps into my crazy cards!

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As I said I’ve rarely used patterned paper now for years – but in figuring out “how” to use them, I always liked sketches back in the day. Which reminded me that I hadn’t told folks that I moved the OWH sketches over here to my blog when the website went belly up. (I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to keep up the site now that the org is long closed, so figured this would be easier.) So you can see all the sketches in a giant PDF over on this page:

It felt like being back in OWH days to make cards with sketches and paper again like these – kind of a refreshing little crafty vacation!

The images were all colored with the same basic scene – sand at the bottom (E31 and maybe E33 or E35 for darks), water (B45 and B97 with white pen) and sky (B41 to be a duller color to match the papers).

Curly girl…..her bow is pieced from the same paper as I used in the background, and the little “banner” in the bottom right was replaced with a loose collection of epoxy dots. The image panel is larger than was on the sketch, too.

The camera ate my coloring footage – lol – but I stamped her drink FIRST then stamped her, masking out that umbrella with a sticky note. I flipped the angle on the kittywompus panel, and I actually layered the patterned paper AND image with the same color as the card base. The purple strips match her little swimsuit, and are an easy addition since they’re peel off stickers.

I debated whether this gal needed the long tall panel beneath her – but the patterned paper in the mid panel was SO busy I needed to pick something with less contrast between its colors so she’d pop out. Otherwise she got lost in all that little detail in the patterns.

I adhered the patterned papers to the stamped image BEFORE coloring it with the greys – which makes it look like it’s all dimensional. You did know you can color right over patterned paper, right? Whee! The little flower and leaf had white outlines when I had cut them out, but I decided they needed heavy black outlines to coordinate with the strength of contrast in the rest of the card. And that little scalloped border is actually five punched circles of patterned paper!

I did paper piecing on her bow, swimsuit, and surfboard….I added a strip across the middle because I wanted to use the last scrap of pink paper, but since I didn’t have a single long strip, there’s just one part sticking out of the left and one from the right – no one but you knows about my little cheat, so don’t tell anyone!

Last but not least – this one had footage that disappeared entirely. Yeah, gremlins haunted me after returning from my trip! I picked a simpler sketch so I could use this pretty pink cardstock from the kit.

Drawing a Copic Sundae

Drawing a Copic Sundae

Happy Independence Day!

I thought with tomorrow being the 4th of July in the United States, a little red white and blue treat is in order.

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And in case you need some stuff…..have fun shopping!

Have a safe celebration!
Sandy

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