Just Plane Thanks (10 cards, 1 sketch)

Just Plane Thanks (10 cards, 1 sketch)

The card theme I send the most of is either thank you or thinking of you (general) types – because I send a TON of cards to my awesome Patrons. I recently sent out about 140, so I completely depleted my thank you stash, so I’m building it back up again for the next big card writing session!

I bought one airplane stamp set. Then saw another I loved. And bought it without realizing I had another one. LOL. I’m sure that I’m the only one it’s happened to! But – please don’t take it to mean that ANY stamp company is copying another. Generally they all are in production for MONTHS before anyone sees what they’re up to. Unless they’re Chinese counterfeiters, it takes reputable companies a LONG time to develop and produce their stamp sets. But given the number of airplane stamp sets from even more companies like Neat & Tangled and Hero Arts….there’s definitely a love in the air for flying vehicles! In today’s video I’ll show you the two I got and what I like about each, and you can pick what means most to you if you need an airplane set.

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sketches at Mojo Monday are among my go-to’s that I used to use for my cards…I picked Sketch 511 for this set of cards.

From the Sunny Studios sets, I used the sketch a little more traditionally, only altering the orientation of the rectangle in the top half of the card. The sentiment on these is from the Hello Bluebird set.

With the Hello Bluebird set, I made the main image a square, and flipped the design so the image was more at the top. The rectangle became a banner, which was a great place to put the sentiment.

This uses the Sunny Studios set too – and I kept elements of the sketch like the dangling banner in my adaptation, and a horizontal panel. I did eliminate the white pen work here too. I had to do some fancy knife work to cut around the flying banner, but you can also just adhere the banner on with glue instead.

Color a realistic bunny (Polychromos pencils)

Color a realistic bunny (Polychromos pencils)

I love little storybook images….and I love pretending I’m in a Beatrix Potter book with sweet little critters! I used a bunny I saw recently in a park as my inspiration to use browns and greys together, and provide some colored pencil tips along the way.

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I kept the design out of the center of the card…the rabbit is about in the middle but her scene is off-center both horizontally and vertically. The bow helps pull the eye that direction too, and all that white space provides rest for the eyes.

Colors used….all Polychromos:

I used the same pencils on the inside, but left the mouse more brown in the fur, and used the purple for the dress and yellow instead for the flowers. Writing a sweet little “thanks for being a patron!” note right beside her will be perfect!

32 speed paintings – and a charity auction

32 speed paintings – and a charity auction

Today….the last day of the month – it’s time to wrap up the last day off #worldwatercolormonth! I’ve combined all my speed paintings in one video (with a vlog at the beginning, maybe you only want to see that part!) – or you can go see the videos individually here.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Auction!

The auction is open for two weeks – bid high, it’s for charity!

Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors (Iridescent, Interference, Pearlescent, Duochrome)

Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors (Iridescent, Interference, Pearlescent, Duochrome)

There are four types of Daniel Smith Watercolors that don’t get a lot of use – mostly because it’s not obvious how or why to use them, or which colors to select! Me included. I had swatched out the ones on the dot card into my swatchbook, but as you’ll see in the video, I didn’t really trust tiny swatches to tell me much about the paints. (Scroll down for a gallery of swatches of the luminescent colors.

I googled to find out the differences between the different luminescent paints; John (the top cheese at DS) had explained it to me but my mind had shut down. LOL. So if this starts to tax your brain, don’t feel alone! He wrote up some of this info HERE – big credit to him for writing it down so I could read words and think through them! These are his descriptions:

  • Iridescent: Reflection – particle of light hits paint/pigment matrix and bounces back. Much like a mirror.
  • Interference: Refraction – particle of light enters the paint/pigment matrix and scatters light.
  • Pearlescent: adds opalescence – like an opal or pearl – to the color it’s mixed or glazed with.*
  • Duochrome: one pigment that bounces between two colors.

*I think of this more as glitter, myself. Except it doesn’t rub off like glitter…yay for that, right?

In the video below, you’ll see my Whiskey Painters mini palette with the colors (all below) – I cover a ton of info in a short time:

  1. The types of luminescents (Iridescent, Interference, Pearlescent, Duochrome)
  2. Black watercolor paper (to purchase or how to make it)
  3. Paint-outs, which show off the effects better than little swatches
  4. Fine art applications on several of my water-themed paintings
  5. Card Making application to test colors and make cards too

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Subjects to consider adding luminescent watercolor touches:

  • birds’ feathers
  • insects
  • fish
  • seashells
  • flowers
  • snail’s trail
  • spider’s web
  • silvery or golden moon
  • clouds aglow at sunset
  • rainbows
  • snow and ice
  • glint of water reflections.
  • metals like pewter, copper, silver, and gold.
  • fairies, dragons, mermaids and other fantasy figures.

I hope to paint some of these subjects deliberately in the next few months and play with more of these colors, to see more of what they do. If you’d like to keep an eye on my nutty watercolor adventure, pop over to my Instagram. In the meantime, the paintings seen in this video….

Cards

I tested out the colors that are in my little Whiskey Painter palette – but this would be an excellent test of the colors on the dot card if you have one. (The luminescents are only on the large dot card, I believe.) You can see which colors create effects you’ll like. Oh, by the way, write down which colors are which, I kinda just randomly put them all over and have no idea what’s what. LOL. Do as I say, not as I do!

For those who love Shark Week – I’ve collected a bunch of my favorite shark stamp sets in the supplies list at the end of this post!

Swatches of the Luminescents

As I said before, these little swatches don’t help a ton, but they might at least give you a general idea of what you’re getting when you try a color!


SHARK WEEK! Reef Shark Watercolor on Black

It’s SHARK WEEK! And I have to confess I have a thing for sharks. NOT the crazy violent shark stuff, but…I’m just fascinated by these amazing animals. And since I bought some of this black watercolor paper to try, an underwater painting seemed a good place to start! (If you are curious about these luminescent paints, come back for my next post, I’m prepping an epic one on them.)

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

As for the paper – I’m not completely sold on it, but then again, I’ve just bought it so I need to do more testing. I like Stonehenge brand drawing paper and was excited to see what they would make for a watercolor paper….while this has a cold press kind of texture, it doesn’t have the feel of cotton that I like in other brands.

My instant hot take is that your better bet is using some DS Black Watercolor Grounds on Arches – I like the ‘feel’ of that better. Plus then you don’t have a whole pad of black paper staring at you. lol.

MORE LUMINANCE IS COMING

I’ll have LOTS more info on these luminescent paints in my next post, it’s one of those epic ones with too much info in it and I want to finish it off right before posting it. However – here’s my minipalette (by Whiskey Painters) that I put all my luminescent colors into; I’ll show the swatches of ALL luminescent colors in the epic post coming up.

NOTE: These are colors I randomly went out and bought, not knowing what to do with them;you might want to get the dot card to try them all out and see what you’d use for what YOU are going to paint.

MORE SHARK WEEK!?

On my Bible Journaling channel – a shark! lol…..

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