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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.

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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!

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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.

Birthday Bash – with LaLaLand

Birthday Bash – with LaLaLand

Happy 5th birthday to Club LaLaLand! They’ve been making kits for a long time and when I heard there was a party, I had to join in!

There’s no video today – instead, several cards. And a party over in their facebook group. And a few designers are each offering $25 prizes in addition to me, but there’s no hop – I think the way to find each one will be on Instagram using #clublllcturns5 – check in on those posts to see their instructions for the giveaway.

My giveaway is on this blog post – since I can hopefully track you down via email if you win! Prize requirements:

To enter my $25 giveaway, followers will get one entry for each – so leave a comment on each place so they know you followed/joined:
1. comment on THIS blog post
2. follow La-La Land Crafts on instagram
3. join Club La-La Land Crafts facebook group
4. tag a friend on LaLa’s Instagram giveaway post
Winner will need to create an account on their site to have the $25 credit applied. Winner will be notified via email.

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.

This is the kit as it arrived in my mailbox….shiny gold made me feel awfully special! Value of contents is $71.99.

FYI: deadline for new subscribers to start with this August Kit is August 29th.

Stamps are already mounted and just needed some trimming apart – I used these scissors to do that. The dies also needed to be snipped apart.

If you’re wondering about the sentiments….

My cards! First a CAS birthday card – using the “happy” that’s already in a gift box, and “birthday,” all one word. I popped the black panel on dimensional adhesive as well as the balloon. I attached the little bow with this glue pen. Details were added with my favorite white pen – and I cut out a highlight to glue onto the balloon. Color on the panel underneath is applied with Copic Airbrush (see the buyers guide, recently updated, HERE.)

Next up – cute little girl with a gift box! I added lots of white pen detail to her dress and gift box, then drew my own scene around her. Coz that’s kind of how I roll. LOL.

Last but not least the group of critters! They’re all one stamp, no masking needed (YAY!)

Drawing Magical Castles

Once again a stamp set inspired a fine art piece! I’ve been wanting to get out the watercolor pencils for a while now, and it was time – and after I sat and looked at Heffy Doodle’s Happily Ever Crafter (GREAT name!), I kinda had to make my own castle art! (See the rest of this post – there’s a card video too!)

I also wanted to make a castle this week because it’s the last day of VBS – and the kids are all being crowned today! Yep, really nice looking crowns, and it’s prince and princess dressup day. If I figure out how to look like a princess, then watch my instagram feed to see if I look royal at all. LOL!

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.

It was so much fun to just make up the castle shapes and relax with my watercolor pencils…I’ve been doing a lot of working from photos and plein air lately, so something this whimsical was a great change of pace! Drawing students, try this out – it’s a great exercise!

I stamped a scene with the Heffy Doodle set….and decided to stamp one on Neenah for Copic marker coloring, and one on watercolor paper. The Copic version: an ART CASTLE!! Yep. Had to go there. “ART” flags on top of the castle, and magical art supplies in the princess’ hand!! Heehee!!

I added a little tiny apron too, so she doesn’t get her princess gown covered in paint!

The watercolor pencil version is in the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils too. And I’m trying something I told you about here recently: I’m learning how to do IGTV! If you want to watch this one being colored, hop over to my Instagram.

More inspiration….

Reason #2 for this drawing was mentioned – it’s VBS week! And our theme is all about castles, princesses and princes: Heirs of the King! On Sunday I posted a video HERE with another project inspired by VBS in my Bible.

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