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Colored Pencil Hex Charts + Jumpstart Class Prep

I’m so excited to share today’s post with all my colored pencil followers! You all have been so patient with me; I was waiting til I had all 3 main sets of pencils to do any of the hex charts, because I knew how much email would be generated asking for the other brands (LOL!)….so today I have all three for you. Plus – a class! First, lets’s do the get-ready-for-class video…

Pencil Supply Tags

I now have so many pencil sets and cases, I thought maybe tags will help me grab the right pencils for the right project. (A girl can hope, right?) Since it’s also new-release day at Purple Onion, I used the new Stacey Yacula stamps to make the tags. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I made cards with some of the new release stamps too, so you can see them a tidge better. Little sleeping mouse under the stars has a pillow I drew so he’d be comfy while napping under the stars.

Second, the bunny is saving a hug for you inside his little wreath…

And of course – a puppy had to look like my dogs, right? I decided the floppy ears suited Vienna best; she’s been voluntarily sitting “up” with her paw reaching out on her own lately – even without a cookie dangled to entice her!

At long last…the colored pencil hex charts! And Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class is open for pre-registration – preclass videos are there, supply lists are there…and I’m madly working on shooting and editing all the videos for class. It’ll all be done and ready soon, but I figured you guys could get busy prepping for class, getting charts colored, etc. Enjoy! And be sure to share with your friends – I know a lot of pencil folks haven’t been following me, since they figured I’d never get into pencil at this level. LOL.

 

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO WATERCOLOR OR WATERCOLOR PENCIL CHARTS.

(Sorry for the all-caps but this post has generated repeat questions in both comments here as well as all over social media.) Watercolor and watercolor pencils need WATER. Printers usually can’t deal with watercolor paper – ink flakes off. And it’s not waterproof. Please understand that if I find a way around it I will. But for now – no.

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.

  • Purple Onion/Stacey Yacula new release stamps used (full release HERE)
  • Colored Pencils: Choose one brand, or try the class with another you own. RYB are listed in case you wish to try out a brand.
      • Full set  DB | AMZ
      • Singles  DB
      • If buying just a couple colors to try, get a Red Yellow Blue White
    • Polychromos   (buy a HEX CHART if desired -this is on a separate site)
      • Full set  DB | AMZ
      • Singles  DB
      • If buying just a couple colors to try, get a Red Yellow Blue White
  • Papers: 
    • Neenah or any cardstock that runs through your printer
      • Classic Crest Solar White EH
    • Stonehenge DB | AMZ HIGHLY recommend trying this paper.
    • Bristol (choose 1, or get the Stonehenge above)
  • Pencil Storage
    • 150 pencil case AMZ
    • pencil cases (canvas) DB
    • pencil cases (faux leather) DB
    • PDF download for tags 
    • Pencil Sharpener – recommend both:
      • Electric QuietSharp  DB | AMZ
      • Handheld  EH | DB | AMZ  many other brands work fine
    • Gamsol EH | DB | AMZ  or  other Odorless Mineral Spirits, or Baby Oil  AMZ
    • Solvent jars AMZ
    • Blending Stumps EH | DB | AMZ
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Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

 

Hello friends! I’m over at the Ellen Hutson channel today with a sneak peek at Sunday’s release – with some Distress Oxide inking tips! And peeks at what’s coming up on my channel and hers on Sunday!

New Drawing Class!

I’ve made the Drawing MiniCourse live – so enjoy getting started if you’ve taken Drawing 101! It’s a fundraiser class, and each quarter I’ll be making a donation of 25% of proceeds to charities preserving these animals and their habitats! See the trailer video below, and the class over HERE at Art-Classes!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the opening day for Colored Pencil Jumpstart, the preclassroom will hopefully (gasp!) be ready by tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to sign up and start shopping for supplies and getting hex charts colored in for a while til I get all the lesson videos finished up! Hex Charts for Primacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos will be here on this blog as soon as I can get them set up – sometime during the day today!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s Copic project. Compensated affiliate links are 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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Simple watercolor leaves for your ladybug

 

Watercolor leaves for your ladybug

Did you ever catch bugs as a child, and keep them in little jars? I remember doing that – fireflies, ladybugs….we’d poke holes in the lids, tuck leaves in and add a few drops of water in hopes of keeping the little creatures alive. Alas, I eventually learned that these critters were never meant to live in jars! But – with stamps, I can return to the joy of watching a ladybug crawl along a leaf – but by painting it! Watch the video to see some simple tips to create graphic leaves to feed your Honey Bee Little Ladies! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You could make endless cards with these little buggies….so many diffferent leaves and angles. Add a light blue wash for a sky background before painting the leaves and change it up even more!

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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Fruitastic CAS cards: NEW Pinkfresh liquid watercolors

 

Fruitastic CAS cards: NEW Pinkfresh liquid watercolors

Are you hooked on all the new liquid watercolors coming out lately? There’s more! And I have to say – the colors in this set just make my heart happy! I’m not even a pink girl but that Bubble Gum? YUM! These 1/2 ounce bottles contain lovely colors that I’ve used for today’s CAS cards you’ll see below…..and scroll further to see something else I painted with these since the making of this video! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I tried out the fruit against several card base colors, and liked white and black a lot but OHHH were these fun on Desert Storm!

I didn’t have pictures of the actual bottle labels – but here’s one from the company: 

Here’s a closer look at 2 of my cards…

 

Bloghop and giveaway!

The Pinkfresh Studio blog will be giving away (1) set of Liquid Watercolors, and (2) $50 giftcards. And I’m giving away a $25 giftcard on this blog post…winners will be picked from the comments! Winners will be posted on Sunday, June 10th on Pinkfresh’s GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks.


The hop list is on their blog, go see it to hop along and enter to win on ALL the blogs!

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 Bokeh Cherry Blossoms

 

Cherry Blossoms with Watercolor Bokeh Background

Recently I created a bokeh background for Mondo Sakura (also cherry blossoms) in Copic Marker. So I thought – look, here’s another pretty cherry blossom stamp set, why not see if I can pull it off in watercolor? 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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Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Swings – Video Hop!

 

Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Swings

Nothing says lazy summer day like a big, shady oak tree with a swing, right? Use the AI watercolor tree trunks, then create beautiful leaves to sit beneath! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The first tree is lacy and mixes a lot of distinct colors.Another tree is looser with only a few areas of hard edges. And finally, a soft tree that focuses attention on the shade and the swing by letting the top edge fade out!

Video Hop!

Today we’re hopping to celebrate Ardyth reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers this month. After you’ve finished watching my video, please leave a comment ON YOU TUBE for your chance to win, and then click on the link in the video description below the video for the next person in the hop.
There are more than 20 participants on this video hop and there are prizes to be won!
  • One comment from each video on the hop will be chosen to win 2 Catherine Pooler inks of your choice.
  • One comment from the whole hop will be chosen to win a $25 Gift Certificate to Ellen Hutson LLC.
  • One comment from the whole hop will be chosen to win a prize pack valued at over $100 from A Jillian Vance Design.

And because today is also Ardyth’s birthday, she’s contributing three $25 Gift Certificates (one to Ellen Hutson LLC, one to Catherine Pooler Designs and one to A Jillian Vance Design) to three randomly-chosen comment on her video on YouTube.

 Next video in the hop is Justine!

If you get lost along the way, go to Ardyth’s blog for the full list of particpants. All prizes will be announced on Monday, June,11 so you have until then to comment.

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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The Human Rainbow: Alter a stamp for African boy hair

 

The Human Rainbow: Alter a stamp for African boy hair

I love to make ethnically0-different cards….celebrating the Human Rainbow! I wanted to turn this little boy into a little African American kiddo playing with Vienna and Giallo (good luck picking up EITHER of my dogs nowadays. LOL)…In addition to the tutorial, I give you some ideas where you can share your cards for others to use because…well, why not? 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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Artist Retreat coming in 2019: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tour: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I promised a little report back soon after my trip – so here’s a downpayment! First, a tour of The Gallery Inn where I stayed. Below that, more info! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Retreat info

I’m only beginning to think about planning – and I’ll update this post if things change up – or firm up!

  • What: An artist retreat in Puerto Rico! The focus will be on sketching – with possibly some watercolor. The reason? It takes most of us forever to finish a watercolor painting, and by the time there’s some teaching time, too, we will get little done!
  • Where: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico! No car needed, we’ll walk to locations nearby, and if we decide to do an outing we’ll arrange group transportation.
  • When: January or February 2019, likely fly there on a Wednesday or Thursday and fly out Sunday, though you can plan to stay longer on your own to tour around more.
  • Who: Anyone who is:
    • interested in a trip where art is the focus
    • has already taken my Drawing 101 class
    • can handle stairs, walking, and a warm climate
  • Cost: Unknown at this time. Fee for class time won’t be huge – my point in this retreat is to get more people to the island, and to have us all spend money with local businesses there. (We might have to try mofongo at every restaurant in town!) Use your favorite travel sites to estimate your airfare cost, and look up The Gallery Inn on them for a ballpark on price; they did say they do an artist discount for a trip like this. (Please don’t contact them to ask about it – I haven’t booked anything yet and calls will just confuse them! Assume full price and be happily surprised with whatever discount they might provide.)
  • Miscellaneous details: I’ll add to this as other thoughts come up, too
    • Renting a car isn’t required, though a taxi or Uber from the airport will be needed. The Gallery Inn has only 6 parking spaces.
    • You needn’t speak Spanish to go on this trip, though learning a little before you go would be nice! I went knowing barely any Spanish and got along just fine; though I’ll be changing that for future trips!
    • We’ll do a little sightseeing/shopping along the way, but the focus will be on creating. If you want to see things and take a lot of pictures, you may wish to stay longer, or skip some of the art sessions and go on tours. In fact if anyone wants to go along and NOT create art with us, I’m happy to fill up the Inn and support Jan’s business.

A sale and a look ahead

Ellen Hutson’s having a big sale this weekend….so to help you save a little on your craft supplies that you can put in the piggy bank for Puerto Rico, I’ve collected a list of stamps that are coming up on my blog/YT channel in the next month or two if you want to pick them up early. Note that some have been in my queue for ages waiting to be restocked – so if they’re in the shop now, it’s time to go get ’em! I try to juggle my posts so that the items I show are available for you at the time….but if y’all buy everything up this weekend, that may not happen too succinctly in June and July. LOL. Happy shopping!

Upcoming projects will use these items….

Below are links to some of the supplies I’ll be using for upcoming projects. Compensated affiliate links are 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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Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

When I saw this little roller coaster stamp set, I just had to buy it and make a card – and it brought back so many memories of going to amusement parks! We usually went during the day but I always loved it when I was old enough to go in the evening – everything sparkled in the moonlight, and the rides were so much fun in the dark when you could go up high and see the twinkling lights! And I also thought the paint combo in my wristband palette would be perfect for this!

So there’s my card inspiration…hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the wristband palette out in the wild….

I want to go wait in line with them! Save me a ticket!

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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Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Anyone planning a vacation? Try turning your destination into a card background! This cute little camper from Sunny Studios is perfect to celebrate those summertime road trips. The backgrounds in the speed video use techniques taught in the Hex Art class; the realtime videos have been added as a bonus lesson at the end, so if you already took the class you can go back and watch it. Note there’s no voiceovers but I do have colors listed on screen, and the techniques from class written on screen too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

First, Yosemite….the distinctive mountains in the background, with a line of pine trees, some water, and grasses in the foreground:

Second, a desert scene…the marble technique created the cliff-type rocks, and the pebble technique made me wonder how they got that RV perched up there. LOL!

And third, a beach scene with a stronger sunset…can I go sot on that beach please?

There’s a coupon code for the Hex Art Class in the video…you’re welcome! :

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.