Techniques with shimmer watercolor powders

I just bought these. Like, yesterday. I know, I know! I bumped another video coz I was on a roll and shot a video while I was playing! Christmastime is coming, and while this isn’t a Christmas card video, I really wanted to share some shimmer to get ya in the mood, eh?

I haven’t played with watercolor powders in eons, but if you’re into them and want to see more, click HERE. These are new-ish to me – not Colorburst necessarily but the Catherine Pooler set; and the Nuvo I hadn’t seen at all before. So you get my first try with them!

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

The water-inspired cards…..with gold paper liners inside and pretty gold embossing. (Wow Gold Rich)

Pretty flowers, and shiny metallics….

Simple trees – the Nuvo powders have a super soft shimmer to them.

The Cocoa Powder spray is SUPER shiny! Just not in a very directed spritz. lol.

Doodling on Airbrushed Background w/Lovely Labels

Doodling on Airbrushed Background w/Lovely Labels

I’ve been in a doodly mood lately – even worked on a class! But today I decided to play around with my white pen on some airbrushing…you can do the same with other mediums like ink blending in the background.

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.

The Craft Assistant, isn’t a necessary thing fo\r airbrush but – it’s super easy to clean, and you can see the colors on it easily. I adhere my paper lightly with a little ATG tape (or magnets if the whole surface isn’t being colored) and can then move and spin the board as needed for my project.

Make sure the colors you use in the background are dark enough that white pen shows up – and also know the pen will take on some of the color of the medium, usually. But it’s a soft yellow here which is lovely! This looks beautiful on my studio wall.

I also did some cards with the same technique. This first one uses the same colors, but before doodling I embossed one of the Lovely Labels borders in white, stamped the sentiment in black, and only doodled outside the border.

This one got a stamped border and white-embossed sentiment, then doodled the background in black.

If you just want to make backgrounds and not worry about where the sentiment will go while you doodle, just stamp!

UPDATED AIRBRUSH BUYERS GUIDE POST HERE:

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Tips for Inktense Pencil Coloring (Plus charity report!)

Tips for Inktense Pencil Coloring (Plus charity report!)

My Inktense pencils haven’t gotten much love lately – so today they get to come out to play! I had a question recently about what paper is best for watercolor pencils and is it the same for Inktense, so it was time to do a side by side test so you can decide for yourself!

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.

The differences become obvious to me as I’m coloring – and hopefully you were able to see them too!

I made quick swatches of some colors I selected; Inktense pencil leads often look VERY different from their color. It’s one reason I prefer my Albrecht Durer pencils, they’re more intuitive than Inktense.

This is the Canson XL. Smoother blending, but the color isn’t as rich.

On Arches Cold Press, the color is stronger, and there’s a little texture present; some of that is the paper, and a little might be pencil that didn’t break down in water, but I think most of it is water.

This one has a few changes: background added, doctor and nurse swapped positions left/right, and I colored it with Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils!

Charity report!

I am excited to finally have all the numbers crunched from the World Watercolor Month donations – and between the auction and all the watercolor classes purchased, we raised $1,944!!!!! I sent in the money last night to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation – with my GREAT THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for supporting a good cause!!!

Paintings are going out in the mail today!

PS!

If you missed it – please do go see the video from Saturday! Response has begun to come in….and I want to be sure everyone knows about it!

Upcoming Milestone Celebration (and a bonus Copic tutorial)

Upcoming Milestone Celebration (and a bonus Copic tutorial)

I have had a dream video I’ve wanted to make for a while…and hopefully I can pull it off for my 100k celebration on YouTube:

I want to create something across the community to encourage EVERYONE to celebrate their own achievements as artists, and to take their next step!

AND I NEED YOUR HELP!

To do that I need YOUR help! I need you to 1) write your artistic milestone on a couple pieces of cardstock, and 2) hold them up in a video clip or a couple stills, then 3) send them to me! Watch the video below or click HERE for a bit more info.

What kind of milestone am I talking about? It can be small or large. It might really just mean something to you – an “Aha!” moment that opened up your thinking as a creative person. Any medium. Any point in the creative process. You don’t have to show the creation, but you can if you wish! And your milestonoe needn’t be something you learned from me…I just want to celebrate your growth!

Here are a few ideas:

  • can color a turtle so it looks like it’s round!
  • finished watercolor class and framed one of my paintings!
  • can now tell the difference between warm and cool colors!
  • can paint clouds!
  • joined a design team!
  • wrote a guest blog for a company!
  • sold enough cards to pay for my daughter’s ballet lessons!

What is YOUR milestone? Are you willing to share it so others can celebrate with you – and be encouraged by you?

If so, fill out the form at the end of this post so your submission ends up in the right part of my inbox, and upload your video file or up to three still pics. Be sure to wait for it to upload (you’ll see a confirmation message.) If your file is too big, you’ll get a message about that. And if you can’t get it to work, then just send the form with a message to that effect and we’ll deal with it by email. If your file came through fine, you won’t hear back – but if something goofed up, I’ll email you.

What’s in it for you?

In the final video, I’ll link to the site-of-choice for each artist (it can sort of be a hop!) —your blog, Instagram, etsy, YouTube, or whatever site your art is on. (I reserve the right to not link to non-family-friendly sites.) You don’t have to be linked if you don’t wish.

You’ll also be entered into a drawing for stamps, dies, and art supplies! I have a growing prize box that I’ll divvy into flat rate envelopes and announce winners in the big video. Good luck!

Bonus video this week

If it takes a minute to upload your files, click HERE to be entertained while it does – and go see my Snowman card over on Ellen Hutson’s site. (It’ll open up a new window for you, so come back here to be sure your submission went in!

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Color a GIANT Cupcake to make 2 cards

Color a GIANT Cupcake to make 2 cards

I bought this sweet Cupcake stamp set without looking closely to see just how big it is. But that was a DELIGHTFUL surprise. If a small cupcake is great, a GIANT one is greater! Ha! This one is so big I split it in two to make two cards – PLUS I’ll have an IGTV video for you 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.

The colors used….

Cupcake…prior to its surgeries (fussy cutting and cutting in half!)

Sweetest blessing…

Sweet friendship refreshes the soul!

The Connect glue and Quickstick made the addition of the embellishments much easier.

Today I also have an IGTV with an alternate coloring – though still following the chocolate RULE! heehee! See it HERE.

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