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Watercolor Flower Series #10: Clean Color Real Brush Freesias

 

I bet you thought my watercolor flowers series was done, didn’t you? I think I have a few more left in me!

Watercolor Freesias

I don’t know if you like Google as much as I do. What did we do before it? I wanted to know what color Freesias were when I got this stamp set – and there are SO many! And the red and yellow one was by far the one that caught my eye. So that’s what I used for coloring today’s flowers – and I included a trick I found for those colors that just don’t like to break down with water. It’s a pretty slick tip that can work with lots of markers! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors used on my flowers: Blue 032 for the background, Green 043 and 046 for the leaves, Red 022 and 024 plus Yellows 050 and 052 for the flowers. Clickable links in the supply list below if that helps you!

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor Freesias Clean Color Marker

Open Studio

Coming tomorrow on Periscope…hope you can come on by!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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.

  1. Stamps: Altenew Fresh Freesia
  2. Favorite brushes: Black Velvet, Short Round 6,  2 or 4
  3. Hardboard surface, variety of sizes
  4. ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers:
    032, Persian Blue
    022, Carmine Red
    024, Wine Red
    052, Bright Yellow
    050, Yellow
    043, Olive Green
    046, Mid Green
  5. Paper choices: My favorite and the one used here is Arches Rough —- Canson XL is student grade but works good too!
  6. Inks I like to use with watercolor: Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black or VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black 
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Painting Transparency

 

Hello friends! It’s time for an additional holiday treat for you from Ellen Hutson…it’s a small release, and a bunch of the products are the dies to match stamp sets you might already have. Sweet, huh? Check out the full release HERE….and let me show you cards with two of the new dies!

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Painting Transparency

I was playing around with some of the sets of dies in this new release – and wanted to find a way to paint them! As I was testing out ways to lay out the flowers and accidentally overlaid edges of some and watched the bleed together, I got excited to see if I could deliberately make it happen. This would work with lots of die or stencil shapes – and with more than watercolor pencils too!  Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The idea would work great with the leaves in the die set too – but it’s so pretty with the empty flower shape….I love the soft, transparent blending that happens with wet pencil next to wet pencil!

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The sentiment from the Scribbles set was bent on a curve, and perfectly matches the little line of pretty ornaments. I added some Glossy Accents to polish off the card!Sandy Allnock Painting Transparency2

Bonus this afternoon!

I’ll try a similar idea LIVE with Copics on Periscope this afternoon, so I hope you can join in for that!

Next stop on the bloghop!

What’s a new release without LOTS of inspiration? Hopefully you came from Lisa Adametz‘s amazing blog – next you need to hop on over to the talented Teri AndersonAnd if you get lost – go to the CLASSroom for the full list!

Giveaway

And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post with a valid email address by October 27th! (And you realize what this means? If you want to get the products I used here today – you can do it before they’re out, and still get something else if you win! Sweetness!)

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by October 27th, with a valid email address; winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, October 30th!

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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Vintage Watercolor

 

Sometimes I pick up an art supply that totally inspires something new and different for me – and this little set of brush pens? Nailed me!

Vintage Watercolor

The pen set contains grey, black, sepia, and a water brush – perfect for vintage style watercolor! Back in the ‘old days,’ before color printing was the norm, ads were in black and white – and if you look up some of that on Google, you’ll get inspired just like I did! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Tim’s Runway set is one that I probably wouldn’t have picked up without this vintage watercolor idea running in my head. The stamps are sooooo pretty, but they just hadn’t grabbed me til I looked for something with a specific era in mind!

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I wanted to see what would happen if I tried 1) a cutesie image and 2) a masculine card. Results? Easy and simple! The tv screen had me particularly thrilled….love how the hard edges play off against the soft blend on the screen!

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And then of course a holiday card – a whimsical and yet vintage car and tree! The snow on the sentiment totally made this image come alive!

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Updates

If you’re on a desktop or laptop (or looking at my site in desktop view!), there’s a widget in the upper right corner that tells you if I’m broadcasting live right now. Cool huh? Plus, I’m headed to Alaska today for a Toastmasters conference — and I’ll be competing in a speech contest there too! Wish me luck! I’ll be in touch on social media as I’m able….you know I’ll be around!

Supplies

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

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Day 7: Go for the Gold: Golden Brush Pens

 

Happy World Card Making Day! It’s the best day of the year for us, right!?!?! And happy last day of Go for the Gold class! Have you shared the class with your friends?

For folks who are new to my blog – my apologies for some functionality issues…I’ve hired an amazing team of designers to overhaul my site, and will relaunch all brand new and shiny in about a month, they tell me! (Though I’ll count on 2 months, because I know how these things go!) But if you want an easy way to go back and get an overview of my cards, try going through THIS Pinterest board – I pin everything from my blog in one place. You can also subscribe and get my top 7 design tips emailed to you….that’s got 21 of my most popular cards in it!

If you missed some Periscopes, there are still some left over on my Katch page for a little more time. I leave them there for an extra 24-48 hours beyond the first 24 that Periscope leaves them up. I’ll be scoping today from a special cardmaking party with some friends you might know – so stay tuned for the ringing of your phone in case they let me put them on camera!

So enjoy this Day 7 lesson, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a class wrap-up with overall comparisons of the golds, and the list of winners. If you still want to take advantage of the sale, I’ve gone through the site to find a short list for you of gold items still available. GET ON THE NOTIFICATIONS LIST if you want some of the things that are out of stock. Just saying.

Golden Brush Pens

Since this is the last day of class…which means there’s no time to order in supplies to use to enter the Inlinkz to win a prize….I figured I’d use something that lots of you already probably have – gold brush pens! In this video I compare Kuretake Brush Pens to Zig Wink of Luna pens, and of course since this has been a cardmaking class, I had to make it a shaker card. I don’t think any cardmaking class is complete without one! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The two pens tested here seem to be very much alike – which does make sense since it’s the same manufacturer for both. The nibs seem to be the same, and the ink is close to the same; the Wink of Luna seems to be just a hair brighter, perhaps, but almost imperceptibly so.

Bonus card

On Periscope I shared a white version of the card in the video – also so pretty! And I compared the Brush pen, Wink of Luna, and Wink of Stella. On black, all that shows up is a wash of glitter, so you’ll want to use that just on light papers. 🙂

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Your last chance!

Today’s the last chance to enter to win the drawing for prizes….don’t forget that one prize will be awarded to someone commenting on a project entered into the Inlinkz too, so go visit the other participants! Be sure to enter HERE – and the prizes are listed on that page, as well as the full list of all the lessons in class. Thanks so much for joining me for this little golden adventure!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Most are on the 15% off sale during the live class, some are not. 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.

Save 15% on every in-stock item in the Go for the Gold category only! Shop today through Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 (midnight Pacific Time) and save. Upon checkout please type in the following coupon code: goforthegold  – Not valid on prior purchases and cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

There are a few of the gold items from class left in stock as of Friday night: Croco, (Prima’s is HERE but is not part of the sale), Ferro is still available in a number of the more vintage colors, POW glitter paper, Stampendous Gold EP, Pearl Pen Set, Inka Gold, Wink of Luna.

 

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Day 5: Go for the Gold: Twinkling Lights

 

I seem to be channelling Bob Ross quite a bit lately…..so let’s see if we can use his help to make a tree. And use a little sheep’s help to make it twinkle!

Twinkling Lights

I have an issue with this Lawn Fawn stamp set. Because it’s called Baah Humbug! What a sad name for such a darling little set, right? LOL! My little sheep is having lots of fun decorating for Christmas – and making it shiny gold and silver! (Cue the Burle Ives song!) To see how I drew the tree, watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

And Don’t you just love how the set of 3 Pearl Pens makes the lights look dimensional? Squee!!

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On Periscope today I did a little session on coloring with zigs – and the audience helped with deciding on the background!

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Your turn!

I hope some of you try out the tree on a card…I’d love to see us grow a forest of pines in the Inlinkz gallery for class!

Supplies

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

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Artists’ Coloring Books + Clean Color Pen Labels (free download)

 

The craze is on….and I’m on board! To help me color better, I’ve got a free download later in this post to help your Zig Clean Color Pens become a little easier to work with…so read on!

Artists’ Coloring Books (also Colouring Books!)

You just might have noticed that adults are getting out more of their own crayons, markers, and pencils than ever before. It’s become a “thing!” We in craftyland have always known about the therapeutic effects that relaxing with markers can have. It’s about time it caught on, right? Today I have some amazing coloring books that are from the Netherlands, thus the alternate spelling of colouring – and now they’re in stock finally at Ellen Hutson! I’ve been working to get these out to you guys, because I *know* how much you’re going to love them. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Updates since shooting this video

I did try Copic on one page of these books. While it works, the blending is tough; it feels a little more like using a Tombow or Distress marker, it doesn’t naturally want to blend. I recommend the Zig Clean Color pens, or any watercolor; just don’t flood the page with a ton of water or you might get buckling. But small amounts of watercolor work great and the paper doesn’t warp from that. 🙂 The shapes in these books are small, though, so large floods of water aren’t an issue unless you try to do backgrounds.

I ordered the rest of the books the instant I could, and one of them, the Art Nouveau, I snagged at the LSS I was teaching at last week. So watch Periscope today for more on that coloring book – hopefully I’ll have some time during my travels home to do a quick airport scope and show you what’s done thus far on my first page in that book!

Zig Clean Color Pen Labels: Free download!

And guess what? October is around the corner – and The Daily Marker 30Day Coloring Challenge will be here before you know it! Get your pens ready with some labels!

While the markers are growing on me – their labelling is not. It’s making me a little crazy to try to squint at the tiny print, or to flip the marker around to figure out where the number is actually written. After all this time I finally sat down and made a template!

Simply download it and print onto 3M’s 3700-R labels, or Avery’s 5195 labels….or whatever equivalent your local office supply store has…you just need 2 sheets, so go in with a friend and split the cost. (I got mine at my local Office Depot. Just look on the package for the Avery/3M numbers). Then just download the PDF HERE and print away! See the video above for how I did my color swatch on the labels.

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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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Clean Color Pen tips + Avery Elle Monsters

Got any October birthdays coming up? How about packaging up some monsters to give them?

Clean Color Pen Tips

The new Monsters set from Avery Elle made me smile just looking at it – and I just had to color up these little guys! I also decided to attempt another background – and maybe answer a question about these Clean Color Pens that lots of folks have asked: Are my markers defective if they go on “dry”? Probably not, but it depends on the paper you’re using. If it’s textured, then a light touch with the markers will make the pen “skip” over the raised bumps on the surface of the paper. Try slower strokes, holding the pen more vertically, and press just a little bit harder. (Try each separately and see if just one works – I find that the “slow” tip works best for me.) To see more tips, watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I hope my crazy background helped to explain a little more about how these pens work – and how you can repair an image with water, using an aquabrush or a brush with water and a paper towel.

And I might have neglected to mention I added fun water drops with Glossy Accents – it really adds to the crazy fun effect!

Sandy Allnock Clean Color Monster Card

The stamp set comes with a bunch of different sentiments to put on the box – so you can make this for a variety of occasions!

Periscope today…maybe!

I’m planning to do a Periscope broadcast today if I can – and will color something else from the Avery Elle release. The only thing possibly stopping me – I need to be practicing my Toastmasters speech, as I’m on a tour of all the local clubs so I can get feedback and improve the speech before I have to compete again next week! eeep! In case I’m able to do it, check my Periscope page HERE for the link to download the app….and watch Instagram and Twitter (as well as the app) to find out when it’s live! If not today, it’ll be tomorrow! Let me know in a comment which of the new release you think I ought to color up!

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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Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs! A surface to color

 

I’m a coloring nerd. You guys know that! And I’m always trying out stuff to see what else I can color on! Let’s take these Inchie Arts products on a test drive!

Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs

I was blessed to be sent some products from Lisa over at Inchie Arts to use for a class at my LSS. The class never actually happened (insert big sad face!) – but does that stop me? Heck no! I had fun trying out different mediums on these twinchies (3×3) and ATCs (ATCs). You can easily pop these onto cards – or make other items out of them like I did. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Why try out these products instead of cutting them out yourself? As you saw in the video, the surface is different from your regular papers. It’ll handle your mediums a bit differently. Copics sink into the soft surface and blend pretty nicely!

Sandy Allnock Purple Onion Twinchies

I tried my hand at some rough zentangling – I think I need to take a class! LOL! But I colored this one with pencils, and that worked great to blend with baby oil and a blending stump. The stamp is from Rubber Moon – Sunny Carvalho is the designer, I just love Sunny’s quirky style, it’s so unique! The class I almost taught was with this line of stamps…but alas, that didn’t happen. But big thanks to Rubber Moon for sending me some stamps to play with!

Sandy Allnock Twinchie Circle

And last but not least- I finally got to use my Waffle Flower Lotus stamp set! This one has been in my stash since they sent it to me a while back for the release (I used the shark that day – you gotta see that penny slider card if you missed that when it went live!). And the color scheme was in my head since I saw the set…and I’ve decided it’ll be the jumping off point to redecorate my bedroom and bathroom! This piece created with ATCs (turned sideways) and Clean Color Pens will be in my bathroom to inspire me to get busy on the renovation this fall – and I need to treat it with some of this product to make it waterproof first! I used this stamp set for the scripture.

Sandy Allnock ATC Waffle Flower Clean Color Pen

I hope you enjoyed this fun little test of these Inchies….I’d been looking for an open slot here on the blog to share them, as well as lots of the stamps shown. Note that these were all stamps sent to me by the manufacturers – I’m so grateful when companies share things for me to try out!

Bonus project

Woohoo, I found time to get it done! I have had these butterflies staring at me for so long – and when I saw the impressions made by the die I showed in the video – I got this one out! I diecut it several times, and then watercolored it…

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After watercoloring with my Holbein paints, I tapped a Versamark pad on it and dipped it in clear embossing powder and heat set it….then dipped it again while hot, reheated…and repeated the process til the whole piece had a nice thick and even coating!
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WINNER!

The winner of the Technique Tuesday Agapanthus stamp from THIS blog post: Patti Willey! Email me your info from my contact page and I’ll get your prize out to you! And patrons – your giveaway winner is posted on the patron wall.

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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How to paint rain

 

Sometimes painting rain is a bit more necessary than painting sun – and with this darling stamp set from Mama Elephant, a rainy sky was a must! My little friend Penny (you may remember when she taught me to paint HERE) came to help me out with her new watercolor technique. She’s the CUTEST!

Painting Rain

Just this weekend we had a *wee* bit of rain. I live in Washington, how crazy is it that we haven’t had any in months?!I did learn a new word that you might want to know: petrichor. It’s that lovely after-rain smell…..I want MORE PETRICHOR!

But maybe just shooting this video inspired Mother Nature to send a couple drops our way. It didn’t last long, but I’m hopeful! Maybe if we click the “like” button enough on this video, she’ll return!? Watch it below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Even though my attempt at Penny’s technique was a fail, I still love the splotchy dots it gave me! And I was really glad I got the stamps all covered up with masking before then, or I might have had quite the mess on my hands!

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My patrons get to see this Copic version of this card (below) – you could become a patron to get those bonuses each month, or take my Backgrounds Class that shows how to do the rain technique on a different card!  (Be sure to purchase the class on a browser OTHER than Internet Explorer; you’ll get a link and password emailed to you right away, or you can click on your account here to get the link faster.)

Just shot a little bonus video for my patrons 🙂 @heymamaelephant #copicmarker #lovemypatrons

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Attention Southern California!

I think the classes are almost all filled up – there were only one or two seats left when I talked with Stamp Fever in Orange last week, but if you want to check, feel free to call the store to see! (714) 974-3552 Excited to see you guys on the weekend!

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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Soft Watercoloring: Prima Pencils + Hero Arts

I’ve always admired the soft, pretty coloring that my friend Debby does – if you don’t follow her, you ought to! I was just talking with her a few days ago and she told me she’s planning on doing more videos (weekly maybe, woohoo!) for her channel, and I’m ecstatic! Lots of her videos end up in Online Card Classes, but now we get to see them in addition to classes. Hooray!

Soft Watercolor

I recently purchased some Prima Watercolor pencils – these come in sets of 12: Basics, Earthtones, Soft Neutrals, Scenic Route, and Spring & Fall. I wasn’t expecting to like them so much – but I do! The colors seem to really turn into flowing watercolor fast – even better than the Inktense pencils that I’ve used before. So far I haven’t found any that don’t blend easily! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

The scalloped stitched cloud border is one I was happy to find when looking through my Pretty Pink Posh dies – I might finally retire my scalloped border punch that I’ve used for cards like this and this! I seem to regularly get emails from folks asking where that punch is – and I’m guessing it’s long discontinued at this point.

Sandy Allnock Soft Watercolor with Pencils

The “You are not here” wood mounted sentiment is one by Stampers Anonymous; it seems to not be available any more. So sad! It’s perfect for using in this exact way – all the little critters in a row with a gap for the missing beloved friend!

I also want to let you know I’m starting something a little new – vlogging on a new channel! I’ve been wanting to do more short-form chats as well as perhaps some livestreams, and interactive things….and this is my first little video in that vein! Feel free to go subscribe if you like chatty videos like this; I know lots of folks don’t have time for this, and that’s totally fine 🙂 I may or may not be blogging about posting videos there, so you’ll want to subscribe. 🙂 Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YT where you can find that little “subscribe” button!

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.