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Watercolor Flower Series #8: Vintage Flowers

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flower Series 8

More in the Watercolor Flowers Series?!? No way, right? YES way! This one is way out of my comfort zone, too!

Vintage Flowers

The Watercolored Anemones set from WPlus9 is a set created from a watercolor painting by Dawn (see it below the video), the owner of the company; she created it so we could all use our pigment inks and make watercolor-looking flowers with layering the stamps. But I wanted to see what would happen if they really had some watercoloring….so I tried it! Watch the video below, or check it out HERE on YouTube.

The brush I used is THIS one, and the paper is THIS one. Here’s Dawn’s painting:

And that Gold Crackle Texture Paste!? Be still my beating heart! I’m thinking Christmas cards…oh man. I may buy a couple jars of that stuff in case you guys buy it all, it is soooooo pretty and shiny! (PS the paste may be out shortly here…but you can try here too!)

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers Series 8

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

I think this card was well worth all the attempts to make it work….what do you think?

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Magical Monday: Copic Coloring Sand

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Sand

It’s SUMMER! Woohoo! My toes are starting to lose the winter mildew that’s so common in the rainy Pacific Northwest…and earlier than usual since it’s been so warm! That inspired me to get out my Lawn Fawn Life is Good set to color up some sand castles. I may not get a real beach vacation but I’ll take a virtual one!

Copic Coloring Sand

For this card I did some fun little masking first – I stamped the sand dunes and put the castle and lighthouse behind them. Enjoy the video below or click HERE watch it in HD on YouTube!

The crabbie in the hammock is totally my favorite part of the card! His little glossy shine along with the shells – they just take the card up a notch!

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Sand

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Hope you get a little beach time – on a card if not at a real beach! :)

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Inside Outside Card: Make My Tail Wag

Sandy Allnock - Inside Outside Card

Oh me oh my. I’ve been dying to share this Inside Outside Card with you but have been waiting for it to be back in stock. (I get so frustrated when I go to buy something and it’s all out!) That said – they might go fast after this video. Just saying!

Inside-Outside Card

There are a few stamps that lend themselves well to having something going on both inside and outside – those somethings that line up. And when I saw Make My Tail Wag from My Favorite Things, I just knew I had to create a scene that continued from the outside to the inside of a card! It’s all done on the 80# Neenah, too (available in a 25 pack or ream) – the 110 would have been too thick for the layers on the front. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

So much FUN, don’t you think? It may have taken double the coloring time for this, but it’s totally worth the impact of that inside outside image. If you know of other stamp sets that would be perfect for this, let me know, I need to do it again! :)

Sandy Allnock - Inside Outside Card 1

I think the poor pup who’s lost his stick needs some new friends. Whatcha think?

Sandy Allnock - Inside Outside Card 2

How to align the stamping, inside and out

I didn’t film the stamping part – it took a bit to figure out using my MISTI – but basically I stamped the dog peeking over the fence for the inside first, and stamped one on tracing paper. I flipped it, then was able to line up the face for the other side. Does that make sense? If not I’ll try to do this with some other stamps sometime to show you the process. Way fun and easy once you get the hang of it!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Tech blech!

Hey friends – I’ve been going through html nonsense lately. If you tried to go to my site and got security warnings, PLEASE don’t be scared. I’m not under attack by a hacker, there’s nothing to worry about infecting your computer. My scans are clean – it’s just some funky code in SOME browsers.

  • Google Chrome: I’ve had all kinds of trouble — seems that with the latest upgrade, the version of Canary I had no longer worked. I deleted and re-installed regular Chrome, and all is right with my world now. Download HERE.
  • Firefox appears to be fully functional. Download HERE.
  • Safari seems to be functional. Even if it only refreshes a day late! Ugh, long story. Download HERE.
  • Internet Explorer has always been bad – anyone who does web programming hates IE, so if you’re an IE user and have any issues with any websites, I would recommend abandoning that browser; it’s terrible for coders and tech folks just can’t fix everything so that you see it right. One guy I know creates a separate site that has less content, just to pacify IE viewers – so you could be seeing an edited version of the internet, just because you’re using IE.

What does this mean for you, dear reader?

For one, you’re safe. No worries. In addition to my site being scanned clean, I also keep none of your info when you make a purchase – that’s all behind the Paypal firewall and I don’t have access to any of that. Yay!

And for two – you can still read my blog in your email if you’re a subscriber. You can click the links to watch videos, purchase supplies, all that is still totally fine. Even if you can’t get through to my blog. And if you subscribe on YouTube, you can go directly there and stay out of my mess till it’s sorted – supply lists and links and things are always under the videos, so it’s almost like being on my blog!

And if you want to purchase from my blog and get the weird errors above, try a different browser.

REMINDER!

My EduDigis are on sale through the end of #thedailymarker30day2 challenge! Click HERE for Kathy’s original post about it with the linkup, and click HERE to go to the EduDigis section on my site. Again, preferably in a functional browser!

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And if you come to my site and things look functional but different – I’m going to be trying out new themes. Maybe that’ll fix things?!?! At least I’m hoping so. Phooooooey, interwebs! (I want to get back to coloring, not fixing my website!)

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Copic Coloring Birds and Mice – House Mouse

Sandy Allnock Copic Coloring Birds n Mice

Sandy Allnock Copic Coloring Birds and Mice

It’s Copic tutorial time again here on the ol’ blog…and today I’m mixing it up a bit. And I wish I could say I’m singing along while coloring birds and mice, but ya know…nobody needs to hear that!

Copic Coloring Birds and Mice

This little House Mouse stamp is just the cuuuuuuuutest! It makes me want to go find a nice remote place to go out and sing a tune of my own. Really remote though. LOL! In today’s video I’ll show you how to get extra detail by mixing your coloring media…watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Fun, wasn’t that? I love that there are things like supersharp pencils that you can use to add in detail that gets lost as you color. Sometimes a pen works best, but Prismacolors can give you a softer look. It helps when you’re coloring birds or little mammals – a pen can make the detail a little TOO sharp.

But to get the pencil tip into nooks and crannies, it’s really sharp. I use THIS sharpener, but it’s a bit high in price for some bizarre reason (I bought mine for about $50 while in college) – But there are a more sharpeners HERE, and the one HERE is a fraction of the price of mine and really good. If you missed it last week when I shared it, there’s a video on THIS PAGE on how to properly sharpen a pencil. Lots of good info in it.

Sandy Allnock Copic Coloring Birds n Mice

Specials just for you (ha)

  • If you’re an Ellen Hutson customer, be sure to always read the email she sends out at the first of the month. She gives you a coupon code in it, good all month long! (Emailed to customers only!) If you’ve never shopped there before, go pick up something so you can get the July code in your email. It’s well worth it.
  • Dick Blick coupon code for this week only, 15% off AND free shipping on $89+ orders – use code CDWR til Friday. Some of you were waiting on a coupon to shop for watercolor stuff, now’s a good time!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Well I’m outta here for today after my little fun with coloring birds and mice….see you again in my next post!

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Watercolor an Arbor – Art Impressions

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor Arbor

Art Impressions has had a beautiful set of watercolor stamps for a long, long time – some of you have known and loved them, others have been watching me share them on Instagram or teaching them in classes. And others of you – well, you are dying to get started. And I have a plan to hopefully help you get started without getting sidetracked!

Sidetracked? What does that mean? Well after all the AI watercolor classes I’ve taught, I’ve heard a lot of people say they bought a lot of the stamps, but just don’t use them. What?? Stamps not getting love?? That’s so sad! And what I’ve discovered from interviewing students is that they either:

  1. bought stamps that challenged their level of skill, and then they got intimidated, OR
  2. bought too many stamps and couldn’t figure out where to start, OR
  3. bought not enough stamps that don’t make a complete card.

My suggestion: watch my video below, first! And if you’re new to these stamps, I’d suggest starting with one of the small sets AI launched this year. Students in my classes are feeling very successful with them – because the number of stamps is limited (so you’re not overwhelmed) but are cute enough they make really great cards! Some of my favorites – Spring BasketFlowering Mailbox, and Open Window. If you want to add some options for flowers and grasses try the Flower Set or the Foliage Set, but you can do a great job with just the stamp sets alone.

NOTE: If you take one of my Painting for the Novice classes (dates/locations listed later in this post), you’ll receive one of the sets mentioned above and a handout showing how to make a card with all six of the sets. I don’t do videos on class material online, since that’s not fair to my awesome students. So today’s video is on a non-class card.

aiwatercolor_webWatercolor Painting for the Novice Class dates:

  • Art n Soul, Lacey WA | June 27 *class is full, but add yourself to the waiting list – if there is enough interest we may add another class!
  • Angela’s Happy Stamper, Herndon VA | Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Stamp Fever, Orange CA | August 13  6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Stamp Fever, Orange CA | August 14 6:30pm-8:30pm

Watercolor an arbor

Today’s project is an intermediate level painting – a watercolored arbor….it’s a beautiful stamp and  lends itself to lots of layouts and using all kinds of flowers and scenery around it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

These are some of the large paintings (about 11 inches wide) created at demos….these make lovely gifts, so if you get into creating these watercolors, you can check off your Christmas list! (I did make the mistake of not making them a nice 8×10 size, so you might take ‘standard sizes’ into account to make framing inexpensive!)

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor scene

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I haven’t linked to every one of the flowers and containers – though many are in the supply list below in this post.

A word about the watercolor paper used here – it’s Fluid 100, which is really nice paper, but it’s what’s called an “Easy Block.” That means it’s a block – it has adhesive to hold it flat on the pad so you don’t have to tape it down to anything to keep it from curling – but an Easy Block is only adhered on 2 sides. Lots easier to remove from the block than a pad that’s attached on 4 sides!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.   

If you want (need!?) to see all the wc stamps, try THIS link. Warning….this can be addictive. :)

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Oh my.

I have the BEST subscribers ever.

I am so going to save a link to Thursday’s post forever. And anytime I have a low day, I’m going to re-read your amazing and humbling comments! I just can’t even believe there are so many kind people out there, when you all sometimes can seem a little outnumbered by the not-so-happies!  Thank you so much! Melissa is going through your feedback and will be getting started. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Winners

As promised….random.org selected winners – congrats!! Email me your mailing addresses and I’ll get your packages out next week!

If you were waiting until winners were announced before checking out that Silver brush for yourself, you can get one HERE.

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New classes!

I’d been waiting for a while to get my new Lawn Fawn stamps in order to design the Coloring with Lawn Fawn class that’ll be taught at three stores this summer– and for the last two days, I finally got rolling! Students will have ATC-sized stamped scenes to color and tuck into a little envelope, which have now all been inked up for students; I’m a big believer in coloring from stamped images whenever possible, so I have been making close friends with my MISTI to get the stamping all done for the kits! I’ve dubbed the MISTI my “Bacon-Saver” since it has totally saved my bacon!

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These are the stores thus far that have this class scheduled…call the store if you’re interested in attending, I know a bunch of them are full and others soon will be – store contact info is HERE.

  • Queens Ink, Savage MD | July 9 3-6pm
  • Stamp Fever, Orange CA | August 15  1 to 3 pm
  • Stamp Fever, Orange CA | August 16  10 am to noon
  • Impress, Tukwila WA | Thurs. Sept 3-6:30-8:30

The Queens Ink classes are the latest to be added – In addition to the Lawn Fawn class, I’ve also scheduled the Rainbow Copic Art Journal class, and Watercoloring with Rubber Moon – working on those samples today!