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Taking the Bob Ross Challenge

I have watched a lot of Bob Ross videos in my day….not really tried many. But you might recognize our attitudes on approaches to art are similar so I think he’s seeped into my brain! I love that he always said “You can do it!” “Just add a happy little tree (or another cloud, or whatever)!” His attitude was always making art accessible for everyone. So for my little Earth Day celebration, I scrolled through the Bob Ross YouTube channel and found this painting I thought I’d try. He paints in oil though – so scroll down for some notes I made about what I adapted for watercolor. Bob’s video for his painting below is HERE.

Also in the video I talk quite a bit about where my art journey is at right now. I hope that talking about it doesn’t cause people to walk away from me, but….I need to be true to who I am as an artist and make changes as needed. I really appreciate your support!

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

My color palette is made up of all Daniel Smith colors, and you can get more about it all HERE. The colors used in these paintings are linked in the supplies at the end of this post.

On watercolor paper

As you saw I painted on cold press watercolor paper. Very much my comfort zone, and this one is a 1/4 sheet (I paint on sheets except when crafting.) Note that I used a flat brush almost exclusively, trying to keep to really large strokes to emulate the oil painting at least a little bit!

Adaptations on paper:

  • Sky has to reserve whites rather than rely on overpainting with white. I still left that center path of light like Bob did.
  • I painted through the mountains as he did; when the mountains will be darker, it’s easy to paint over them. I did have to leave highliights on the mountain and in the water, though – don’t paint everything.
  • Treeline highlights Bob uses are painted on top – mine were more dense because of that. Could have left a little more light in there, I suppose.

On canvas

I’ve only watercolored on canvas once – for a project for a set for a drama, and that was just big loose flowers. I had bought a bunch of canvases thinking it’d be fun to try! I learned a ton while doing this.

Adaptations on canvas:

  • I covered the canvas with Daniel Smith White Watercolor Ground and allowed it to dry fully.
  • I didn’t quite realize that the combination of being on canvas, the grounds, and the vertical angle was going to make the canvas practically washable! Spraying was dangerous, and you can see in the video that the paint kept sliding down. Some cool effects, but it was tough to manage.
  • Letting layers dry completely was crucial, as any water lifts off color underneath; successive layers need to be a bit thicker to get them to stay in place.
  • I really did love how color moved and blended, and will be trying again another time!

Have you tried a Bob Ross?

If not – I recommend it! Try in marker, pencil, or whatever medium you prefer. You never know what you’ll learn.

Happy Earth Day!

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.

One card, two scenes

One card, two scenes

Wheeee! Do you like new and happy things?? Well today I have a video for you AND some good news! First…the video……I used Doodle Bug’s “Oh Boy” stamp set with my Copics to create a scene with two vignettes within it. It’s a great way to handle a stamp set that has items in it that aren’t in proportion to each other for one scene – make part look close and part look far away!

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

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.

Here are the marker colors used….

This is a fun stamp set to color, especially for newbies. As a matter of fact it’s a perfect set to use in Copic Jumpstart class – lots of the kinds of shapes we learn to color!

And now the news!

For those who’ve been missing my Wednesday videos….Ellen’s asked me to do a monthly coloring video over on her YT channel. So yay for more coloring right? Pop on over there and enjoy another Doodle Bug set – with a girl and her truck!

Supplies for video over on Ellen’s channel:

Hedgehog Roundup

I thought I’d try a little something new. Bear with me while I explain!

In my experimenting with these Wednesday posts…I’m finding that YT viewers really don’t come over here to my blog at all. (LOL) I’d like to test out a little different approach to some of these Weds videos: creating a card blog post for card people….and let the card inspire a speed drawing or painting fine art piece on YT (or vice versa!), which would also let people know there’s a card post over here.

It may turn into a convoluted way to go about things, I’m not sure. But this gives me the heart-happiness of creating a fine art piece without the pressure of ‘teaching’ it (no voiceover), and the craft-happiness of sharing some cards with some favorite stamps.

If you’re a YT-only viewer, leave a shoutout in the comments here to let me know if you followed over here. Just so I know if giving you a card peek was worth making a related fine art video!

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.

The video for today is a sweet little hedgehog with a spring crown of flowers….she’s ready for Easter Sunday church, don’t you think? It’s drawn on Desert Storm cardstock with Copics, and accents added in colored pencils. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

If you’re a hedgie fan….good news: you can get a print or pillow with this piece. I ordered one of the tiny mini prints on the little stand, that is just so cute!

Cards!

I also wanted to share a little hedgehog coloring with Art Impressions recent Hedgehogs stamp set – I gave them each a fun setting, of course, because – well why not?

This lil guy is lookin sharp…at himself in a dressing room!
OOPS! Poor hedgie popped his biirthday balloon!
Napping in the desert…only a hedgie would consider a cactus a pillow!

Bonus video roundup!

I’ve collected a bunch of my videos with hedgies in them….and in the supply list a ton of hedgie stamps! Collectors: I apologize to your wallet! ha!

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And I need to give you an utter silliness warning:

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Hope you enjoyed some of these older videos!

Hedgehog fans: I collected a bunch of different hedgehog stamps – some are in videos above, some just look like fun!

Flash sale!

Flash sale!

Hello again! A second post in one day, whaaaa? Sandy’s gone nuts! Nope. I had rearranged some things here on the blog, and the sale part didn’t get copied to today’s mousie post. Oops!

Anyhow – wanted you to know that since we’re all in that tax pain moment, I’m going to let art do what it does best: ease our pains! Take 19% off over at art-classes.com ….and go paint or draw or color something. Forget your tax blues for a little while. Enjoy!

Sale lasts through tomorrow due to my messup; coupon code is TAXDAY19 . . . Feel free to pass the word to your creative friends!

Mae Mouse

This little mousie is so cute – and the stamp set comes with lots she can hold, or you can play paper mousedolls like I did and dress her up!

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.

I used my Earth+ palette – the 6 colors that came with it, plus some others I picked out to go with it!

The background – that was pure playtime! Give yourself a treat and just start playing around. Mix colors, drop one into another, and see what happens. After this was 90% dry I dropped in tiny drops of water to create these little bursts.

The panel has a nice white space to add the sentiment I need at some point…what occasion do you think would be good for this one?

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