National Hug Day

National Hug Day

It’s National Hug Day – so I’ve interrupted my plan for today so I can give out GROUP HUGS! First–a sale over at Ellen’s:

In the midst of the shutdown, I wanted to do something special for federal workers and contractors who are furloughed or working without pay through no fault of their own- a free class! And a sale on drawing classes for everyone else! (Scroll down for info.)

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 didn’t include the Copic colors in the video – sorry. I was rushing to get this done and slipped into the blog queue. But I did snap a pic of the colors:

This is a really cute stamp – lots of critters, and no masking needed!

FREE class for affected federal workers & contractors:

Instructions for affected workers (spouses are ok too!):

  1. Create an account at art-classes.com
  2. Send an email to administrator@art-classes.com from the email you’ve registered with (or at least tell me in the email what the account email is if you’re writing from a different address)
  3. Include a MODIFIED identification photo – government employee ID OR $0.00 pay stub, etc. Modified means to BLACK OUT personally identifying info like social security or account numbers, phone numbers, or addresses. If the email gets hijacked into outer space I don’t want your info compromised! I just need to see something that shows you’ve been affected.
  4. I’ll email back once Whimsical Sketching is added to your account, and I’ll delete the photo with your info – I don’t want to save it.

Drawing classes are on sale through 1/27/19

Note that a new intermediate class called “Casting Shadows” is coming on 2/1/19; Drawing 101 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

Interactive Poptart Toaster Card

Interactive Poptart Toaster Card

POPTARTS!

The kid in me gets so excited by poptarts! I always loved the ones with the frosting – strawberry was the BESTEST flavor! And the sprinkles!? Gah! They know how to sell a kid on loving a product!

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.

Of course that meant I had to make a card with Lawn Fawn’s new Let’s Toast set – with the poptarts! And I made one of my crazy backgrounds to go with it, but it’s super easy.

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

Marker colors were centered around reds and blacks/greys, but you could pick your own favorite color scheme for your kitchen scene.

The action wobbler action makes the additional poptart jiggle with fun – it’s always a great way to get a card to be a toy instead of just a card.

Puns?? YES PLEASE.

And another video? Yep!

For those worried that I’m cutting back too much by reducing one YT video, here’s proof I’m still doing all the extras, too: my guest video will be up at Ellen Hutson’s blog in a few hours – check in later today! (Her blog makes posts live later than mine.)

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

I’ve got a few things to let you know about….and aren’t you the lucky one, subscribed to my blog, so you get to hear about them when others have to wait? First a watercolor tip, then a little info on new classes!

Don’t clean your palette yet!

The post on Ellen’s blog went awol so I’ve copied portions of it if you’re interested in the cards. Hopefully the blog post will fix itself! 

See captions below each for a little about the making of the cards:

The first of the cards uses the new Hands die – all those great ethnically-painted hands are celebrating someone doing a GREAT JOB! I diecut the Block Words out of white cardstock, then cut the same out of black and inserted them so it’s nice and flat, and popped up all the hands. The confetti? Nuvo drops!
Next up are the clean and simple Fortune Cookie cards – all I needed was some dimensional adhesive, and the stamp set that has so many fabulous sentiments for the insert and the card.
My favorite of these cards pleases my sweet tooth! I used the cookies from Ginger HouseBaker Lady elements to create a background with Twilight ink  the Letterboard dies to make the tray, and a sentiment also from Baker Lady. The cookies can be decorated as I did with Nuvo drops – or think about all the gems, glossy accents, and other products that can be used! There are stamps that you can use with them but just cutting out the dies lets you have freedom to decorate your own way! 
If you’re a Bible Journaler – you might want to know about the books! I wrote one book with tutorials/instructions, and a workbook that I showed in the video – that is printed on Bible paper. It’s awesome for trying out techniques and practicing things before going to your Bible. I painted on a page that has rocks to color in – and by mixing browns and greys together, it created some beautiful rocks!  

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for the above projects. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Kids Drawing Class (available now)

This weekend I launched the new KIDS drawing class! It’s only $5, and would be a great Christmas gift along with some new crayons and markers for the littles in your life. There’s a little promo video on the class page you can watch to see if it suits your little’s abiilities. Note that some of them watch my crazy YouTube videos and do a bang-up job, so even if this looks past what they can do, you might be surprised!


Intermediate class: One Rose Four Ways (launches 12/24)

I’m testing an idea for those who love ALL the mediums like I do…I know there are a number of folks who have taken all the Jumpstart classes, so I’m trying a mini class with FOUR mediums! If you need Santa to either 1) send you a gift card or 2) get you art supplies for classes, they are below – links in the captions. Class will be $15.99 like the other Mini courses.

It’s an intermediate class – that means I recommend the Jumpstart classes before this. But you can judge yourself if you’re ready. If you’ve taken them then you likely have the supplies needed (listed in captions). 

In class, I’ll be supplying a digi image of the rose, and a photo from PMP (so get a free account there) – you can transfer the image to your paper by printing (for copic or pencil), using graphite or other transfer paper, using a lightbox, or by putting the paper and print up to a window to trace it. 

Conte Sketching pencils in black (2B), a White Pitt pencil – soft, blending stumps, toned sketchbook. (I’m using grey but there’s also a tan.)
Stonehenge paper – a regular pad, or I’m using this spiral sketchbook. Polychromos (Blick, Amazon) colors are shown here – you can substitute with whatever brand you want to use.
Copic Sketch Markers R05, Salmon Red —-  Y17, Golden Yellow —-  R89, Dark Red —-  R59, Cardinal —- R37, Carmine —- YR04, Chrome Orange —- YG23, New Leaf —- YG99, Marine Green —- YG95, Pale Olive 
Daniel Smith Watercolors: Anthraquinoid Scarlet —-  Aussie Red Gold —- Sap Green —- Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8 –—  Short Round 12 —- and Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12 

Thanks for scrolling down through the post! I know it was a long one 🙂

Speed Paint + news + winners

Speed Paint + news + winners

Warning: LONG post with lots of bits!

Winter Farm

I’ve been on a YT sabbatical, believe it or not – LOL! I know, I know. A sabbatical means no one hears from you. But for me it just means you hear from me less. And with things that I feel like doing rather than things I feel like teaching. Today…I just felt like some loose painting. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my Daniel Smith Watercolors and size 8 and 12 round
Silver Brushes on a block of Saunders Waterford cold press. Photo is based on a photo by Shirleygen at PMP-art.com ; if you’re looking for photos to inspire you that are legal to use, sign up for a free membership there!

Now at Society6

I’ve added some watercolors….soon you should see everything under the “new” section. For some reason they take a little while to populate so hopefully by morning they’ll be at the top, along with some other new things! But here’s a preview:

Winter Farm, watercolor
By request: Get the cardinal now as greeting cards HERE
Misty Ocean, watercolor
Transparent Sun, watercolor

Guest video

Today is my guest post over at MFT – using purples for shadows on yellow flowers! My Copic Jumpstart students have seen this, but watching the impact on a flower, well –  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Facebook Live Christmas Parties

I’m going to do a few parties….

New classes coming

And….kind of excited to announce some new classes coming!

  • Mini Drawing Class for kids: Dogs and Cats! On hopefully Monday, if I get everything done, it will post – it’s going to be just $5….they’ll learn how to draw/color in a variety of Crayola mediums. Yes, I said Crayola! 
  • On Christmas Eve, a new Mini Mixed Class: Red Roses! It’ll have the same rose in pencil, colored pencil, Copic, and Watercolor. I think. I’ll be shooting it next week. As a mini it’ll be $15.99, and will be on sale right at the launch – so if Santa asks what you want, you can ask for a gift certificate!

Giveaway winners

Last week for the Pretty Things hop…..here are the winners:

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons: Dana Driscoll
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Linda Thurston
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Mary Werner
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils: Catherine Garcia

Nativity Week #3: Copic Airbrush Christmas Cards

If you’ve been waiting for Nativity Week to get serious, this post is for you!

Nativity Christmas Cards (Copic airbrush)

While I created my beautiful backgrounds with a Copic airbrush, YOU can also do this with your own mediums! Try with distress inks…watercolor, powdered pencil – whatever you have that makes pretty backgrounds! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Penny Black has some really nice sentiment stamps – lots have a mix of Christian and secular sentiments. I’ll let you pick!

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #3 Fuzzy Fox Tag

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #3 Fuzzy Fox Tag

 

Fuzzy Fox Tag

The cute Warm Wishes Fox from Honey Bee is peeking into the scene on the tag – and I think that makes  him more playful than just standing front and center, don’t you?Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card uses the same tree, sweater, and fox technique, but adds some deep snow, too. And embossing over top of the coloring! 🙂

Cute little additions to the giveaway, don’t you agree? Got to love a little fox!

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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