New Class: Casting Shadows

New Class: Casting Shadows

I’m excited to finally have a labor of love ready to roll over at Art-Classes….an intermediate drawing class all about casting shadows! Note: it’s on sale for the first week. #justsaying

Let me tell you a little more about it…lots of my subscribers are cardmakers, and some have discovered their own previously-undiscovered talents at drawing. This class is for both, but in different ways, so let me tell you a little bit for each.

Notes for Cardmakers

The class is intermediate, AND listed with a prerequisite of Drawing 101. That means you’ll get the most out of the course if you’ve taken Drawing 101 already. However – some folks might never care to learn to draw at all, but want to learn to shade. (I’ll refrain from the argument that shading IS drawing, so if you’re trying to avoid it, any kind of scene-making on cards IS drawing.)

You CAN take the class, watch the videos and see how the various types of light are applied and get much out of it. Just seeing a picture come alive and being able to understand the light in it has great value.

But in this course, I’ve included a very short video in each lesson applying that type of lighting concept on a stamped card scene. These are NOT coloring technique videos – but they’ll show a little how you can use that kind of lighting in your cardmaking scenes. You don’t need to have the stamps for class (they’re not listed in preclass lesson–they’re within each lesson itself), but you can see a peek at them in the video below.) –you can look for stamps YOU own and find a scene with that type of lighting – ie a sunset with long tree shadows, or a stamp with any kind of open bowl or cup shape to create interior shading.

The stamped examples in class have ONLY the shadow portion in the video, for most of them – so please don’t take this course expecting to get lots of crafty videos. But you will likely get a decent amount of education out of the course anyway, if you apply the learning. Once some other folks take the course, they can also post reviews telling you if they think it’s worth the cost if ONLY a cardmaker.

Painters – Sketchers – Artists

This class is going to help those who create their own art to use shading in new ways! Early in the class, we’ll go through the “math”ish portion of the lessons, learning the technical way to triangulate the light. But I’m an artist, and encourage learning simply how to make shadows believeable!

The course can be taken in any medium; making sketches in a sketchbook is highly recommended to internalize the lessons. You can create more finished art pieces too – all in whatever media you wish. Demos are done in graphite pencil, Conte pencil (with white pastel pencil on toned paper too), watercolor pencil (black), and black pen. You can watercolor your sketches, or do them in Copics – anything at all will be great!

If you have taken the Drawing 101 prerequisite, you may well have all the supplies needed!

Video preview

Here’s a peek at what you’ll be creating in class:

Ready to sign up?

The course is discounted until February 10th, 2019, just sayin’! 🙂 Click on the photo below or right HERE to sign up!

Penguin Week #4: Woodland Critter Huggers Garland (stop-motion animation)

Penguin Week #4: Woodland Critter Huggers Garland (stop-motion animation)

Wheee! I’ve apparently fallen in love with penguins…because I discovered I’ve picked up a ton of penguin stamps this year! I decided to combine them in one big ol’ week full of penguin cards – I hope my penguin-loving friends will enjoy the stamps, and my technique-loving friends will enjoy learning too!

Woodland Critter Huggers Garland (stop-motion animation)

I spent an entire exhausting but FUN day making a lot of these critters – there are a few “standard” ones pictured on the packaging of the Lawn Fawn Woodland Critter Hugger dies –  but there are SO many possibilities! In Penguin Week, I just had to create a little “penny” (as a little friend of mine calls them!) See some tips below for a few things to think about! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Look at all these little cutieeeeeees!!!!

I started by diecutting both sets of dies from all the different colors I used – black, white, grey, tan, yellow, red….some I ended up cutting extra pieces of, but just having them all cut out let me start putting different combinations together.

Don’t forget you can cut pieces off…just losing the ears opened up a ton of options, especially for the penguin! There’s a triangle piece for the raccoon’s tail (sorry, it’s cut off in this pic below) and that works great for a bird beak.

I forgot to give the deer feet, dangit! Then there’s my two dogs – Giallo’s ears are made from the piece that makes the white facial section for the deer. Vienna’s eye spots are made from the deer’s tail.

I’m not sure the koala is a koala, but…his nose seemed to be koala-shaped enough to try! The bears were fun – the white one could be a polar bear or a yeti! Just cut off the pointy ears and give them the roundie shapes.

And one of my favorites – the walrus! His snout is the eye patch turned upside down, with white pen whiskers!

Which is your favorite?! These are so cute as a garland that they’re staying up in my studio – even if it’s not close enough to Christmastime to decorate yet. They make me smile! I adhered them to ribbon by gluing a rectangular panel to the back of each one with the ribbon sandwiched in between.

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.

 

Shimmery Christmas Cards (Retiring sets on sale)

Shimmery Christmas Cards (Retiring sets on sale)

There are a bunch of Ellen Hutson sets that are going away, and before they fly off the shelves for the last time, I made some Shimmery Christmas Cards from a couple sets you might like! They’re fun and mass-produce-able cards, and are on a good deep discount, of course, so it’ll stretch your holiday card budget a little further. Note that the inks used also now come in mini ink cubes (including a set of 4!), which I didn’t have but I listed them in the supply list. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Shop the whole category of retiring products HERE. I’ve collected my tutorials using some of the retired products below:

And a last look at today’s cards using the Concord & 9th glitter paper (only a few pads of this are available, get one quick if you wanna use it!)

Supplies

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Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

 

Hello friends! I’m over at the Ellen Hutson channel today with a sneak peek at Sunday’s release – with some Distress Oxide inking tips! And peeks at what’s coming up on my channel and hers on Sunday!

New Drawing Class!

I’ve made the Drawing MiniCourse live – so enjoy getting started if you’ve taken Drawing 101! It’s a fundraiser class, and each quarter I’ll be making a donation of 25% of proceeds to charities preserving these animals and their habitats! See the trailer video below, and the class over HERE at Art-Classes!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the opening day for Colored Pencil Jumpstart, the preclassroom will hopefully (gasp!) be ready by tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to sign up and start shopping for supplies and getting hex charts colored in for a while til I get all the lesson videos finished up! Hex Charts for Primacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos will be here on this blog as soon as I can get them set up – sometime during the day today!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s Copic project. Compensated affiliate links are 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.

Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Clean and simple…and CUTE! I saw the darling panda set from Flora and Fauna and wanted to play with it; sometimes there are sets of stamps that seem rather random but once you put different stamps together – they are so stinking cute. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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.

WCMD#2: Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

WCMD#2: Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Are you just popping in for WCMD? I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging me on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending my halloween cards to participants!

Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Sometimes you just stumble on an idea…and it’s perfect for that stamp set. This one? Yep. That happened! I began thinking I was going to distress the edges and then color in the image. It’s not in the voiceover, but when I put the Antique Linen ink on in that first swoosh, I thought….oh. no. I thought I had a lighter ink picked out! Whoops! But since I had already put the ink down, I decided to plow on and see what would come of it. And Wow – this worked! More info below the video…..Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A note about this Bristol – I just now saw, as I was writing this post, that this particular bristol is retiring. Phooooooey! That’s what I get for letting it sit on the shelf. But if you’re a Distress Ink afficionado, you likely know what paper will work here. I also added the Strathmore Bristol to the list below and am ordering a pack to see if it works the same as this other Bristol that I used.

You may also have noticed a new white spray bottle peek into the frame – that’s my new Tonic Nuvo bottles. I’m playing with that vs my Distress bottle, to see which I like better….so far this Tonic gives me a really helpful fine mist, but I’ll reserve judgement to try it with more projects, and will eventually let ya know.

Giveaway!

Don’t forget the giveaway – participate by creating a card inspired in some way by one of today’s videos, and upload it using #wcmdwithsandy ! I have 18 cards to send out to random folks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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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