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100,000 Subscriber Giveaway!

100,000 Subscriber Giveaway!

Vienna watched the football game cuddling with me – and watching the ticker get closer and closer to 100,000…she huddled behind me with her head on my shoulder as the fireworks to celebrate the milestone got underway – LOL!

Watch the video to celebrate – made with footage and photos to celebrate some of our fabulous family of artists and crafty chicas! Be sure to leave comments here and on YT to have a chance to WIN! (See below!)

Go leave a comment here and on the video for double-chances to win:

Stay tuned to the end for wacky dancing! TWO giveaways… In one week I’ll randomly draw a winner from commenters on this blog post AND on YT – international can enter, they’ll pay shipping! GOOD LUCK!

  • GIVEAWAY #1: ARKON is joining this party and giving away one of their Remarkable Creators Bundles!!!!!
  • GIVEAWAY #2: I’m giving away TEN Jumpstart classes! (Choose your medium!)

THANK YOU for being part of our amazing community!!

Cuteness overload: A bear cozy!

Cuteness overload: A bear cozy!

Check out this new kit from Ellen Hutson! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one—it comes with enough supplies to make 12 cozies…..you could make them with friends! 😍😍😍 It comes in a cute reusable bag and everything—sweet!

Choosing Copic Greens (Coloring frogs and a free chart)

Choosing Copic Greens (Coloring frogs and a free chart)

Let’s talk about choosing Copic green colors. Greens are a color that Copic doesn’t do well; I’m not particularly sure if it’s not the color’s fault – they’re a bear to mix yourself. Or maybe they’re a frog, not a bear!

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This fun new Frog set from Art Impressions just makes me laugh so hard – I really identify with that frog on the left, tongue out lookin’ for snacks!

I decided to print out one of my free charts (see below) and test out some green combos that I haven’t used much!

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COLORING TIPS

If you’re in any doubt – or if you just want to try something new – testing out combinations of colors is a helpful exercise to go through! I tested out some greens on mine, and chose three combos (see below this photo for each one):

If you’re new to coloring with Copics, you might be interested in the Copic Jumpstart class – lots more colorables are in that class!

FINISHING TIPS

The other colors I chose began with oranges – a nice bright, light contrast to the greens, and part of a triadic combination (3 colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel). I also had to add a tiny touch of purple as the 3rd in the triad, and yellow because, well, yellow!

Check out the IGTV speed coloring too:

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Channeling ‘Peter Draws’ – a favorite YouTuber

Channeling ‘Peter Draws’ – a favorite YouTuber

I’ve been asked a lot who *I* watch on YouTube. I don’t actually watch much of art/craft videos at all, partially to keep myself from subliminally copying anyone else’s work. And partially because I am limited in the time I can watch, and if videos have a lot of circuitousness before they get to the tutorial part, well….I just don’t have time for that.

Peter Draws is different.

He doesn’t do tutorials. He. Just. Draws.

And that’s what I’ll be doing in today’s video. Along with answering a few of the questions submitted by my Patrons. Peter-style. I’m not as funny as Peter, but hey. “That’s ok,” as he says. (He needs merch with that on it!)

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If you haven’t watched Peter’s videos, I suggest trying them out. He’s sooooo mellow and relaxing. I tried to channel his slow, soft speaking style in this video, and it was hard! But he’s great to listen to when you don’t want to have lots of content to follow. His stories are simple, often hilarious, and quirky. And I find I have much in common with him.

A funny little tidbit from one of his videos I finally watched a few weeks ago – he was talking about how he should eat healthier. But he eats lots of frozen meals because, well, no dishes, no pots or pans, and it’s easy. But he should eat salads. He should try to get to like salads. He should buy lettuce. But lettuce is a commitment.

I about fell over laughing.

I am so with him on that. If you don’t eat salads much, then a whole head of lettuce is intimidating. The number of salads you’ll have to eat, as one person, from that round ball of greens is overwhelming to me. Commitment, omg. That was just perfect!

SOME PETER FAVORITES

Anyhow, here are links to a few of Peter’s videos. It’s hard picking them, because, well, the art in the thumbnail has nothing to do with the fun chatter in them, so I had to listen through a bunch of them to find ones with some of my favorite stories! Any of them are pretty entertaining though.

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Copic on Watercolor Paper

Copic on Watercolor Paper

Rather than “Copic on Watercolor Paper”, this tutorial might be entitled “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.” lol! But the stamp set is so cute I’m showing you my card anyway.

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Trinity Stamps hit it out of the park for us crafters with this Crafters Heart set, with *one* little exception: there are no Copics in the drawing!? ha! I know, I know, I use #allthethings so I’m mostly fine with it. But I’ve not used my Copics much lately (in the studio) and neeeded to get my jam on. Is it legal to color a stamp like this in anything that doesn’t show up in the stamp!?

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COLORING TIPS

My first try at this card was using alcohol inks; I only have about 5 colors, and they’re well…not nice colors. But I tried this on Neenah with them, and it bled like mad. as did Copic on Neenah when painted like this; so much fluid just makes the color go all over! My solution: switch to Arches watercolor paper!

  • Use Copic friendly ink, this will bleed a lot otherwise.
  • Use good watercolor paper (all cotton) so it absorbs the color and doesn’t spread it out.
  • It doesn’t bleed through, at least at the quantity of ink I used, so you could get away with a 1 layer card.

FINISHING TIPS

My fussy cutting isn’t what it once was, so to “hide” that fact, I used the same Arches for the card base to make that less noticeable. (It showed up horribly on a red card base which was my first try!) I also added Glossy Accents to all the little colored bits – really added some spectacular shine and a touchable element.

I also rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper – is that passé nowadays? Do people still round corners?

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Watercolor a floral heart: (wet-in-wet painting)

Watercolor a floral heart: (wet-in-wet painting)

When I bought this pretty floral heart stamp, I knew I’d watercolor it – with such a BIG stamp, it’s easy to do some watercoloring, and in the video I’ll show you how to mix colors – and to do some wet-in-wet painting!

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TECHNIQUE TIPS

To reserve white, be conscious of where you want the white; paint with a light color up to it, so you’ll have soft transitions, only dropping darker color into the flower centers.

Mix different greens out of blues and yellows in your palette – paint osme leaves with one kind of green, then miix up a different one to paint between them, and let them all blend together softly. In a final pass after it’s dry, pick a few leaves to “push” to the back by painting them dark green.

FINISHING TIPS

Not every card front needs to be full size – I cut this one about half an inch short, and the layer on the inside shows through; originally it was white peeking out but that distracted from the white flowers. So I painted a strip of scrap watercolor paper and added it to the liner inside!

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