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Garden Charmers in watercolor

Garden Charmers in watercolor

The sweet Garden Charmers stamp set from Penny Black has a pretty bird and lots of beautiful flowers – I’ve combined one of the clusters of flowers with the bird to create a 5″ x 5″ watercolored scene – with clouds! 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.

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No-Line Watercolor Mothers Day Flowers

No-Line Watercolor Mothers day Flowers

Mother’s Day is around the corner – but this stamp could be used for the holiday, or combined with any stamp set to create a card for any time! I used Avery Elle pigment inks to stamp with; if your stamp only has red flowers, you can use red to stamp with – mine had flowers and leaves, so a yellow (mimosa) made the most sense for mine. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I nearly discarded the outside frame – then realized I had actually centered it well (which is rare!) so I tossed some loose watercolor on it and adhered both down to the card. So simple and pretty – and no waste!

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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Watercolor a dog park

 

My life is one trip to the dog park after another. Can anyone relate? Having two energy-filled puppies means playing hard is required every day, so we alternate between an hour of hard running at the park or an hour and a half walk around our neighborhood. So today’s card is inspired by those daily adventures!

Watercolor a dog park

For today’s video I combined two MFT stamp sets to create a little scene; the little girl in the stamp set had a glass of lemonade in her hand, but I masked her hand out behind one of the pups so she could just be standing with all the doggies. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card is finished off with a dotted die from Avery Elle and mounted on brown cardstock, with a little twine just for fun. 

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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Art Impressions Watercolor in the MISTI

Note: All Art Impressions stamps are 15% off this week – #justsayin!

Several folks asked what I would do with this little girl stamp….well let’s see, shall we?

Art Impressions Watercolor in the MISTI

For a lot of AI watercolor, a MISTI is overkill – when you’re just adding lots of little flowers, you want to move the stamps around. But with a large image, like in the “sets” you can get, sometimes using the MISTI makes it all a bit easier. At the end of the watercoloring process, stamping a few select outlines again really helps sharpen everything up! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t she sweet? I used her for a couple Easter cards this year, too – just painted eggs in her basket and hid some under the bushes!

YT Live Sunday 2pm Pacific

I tried broadcating YT Live last week, and that didn’t go so well….my phone and YT weren’t on speaking terms. I’m going to try it again this weekend, so if you have questions about the new site or anything, that’ll be a perfect time to ask. Just go to my YouTube page and refresh a time or three. (Or four. It took ten minutes worth of tries before I gave up last week!) If it doesn’t work on YouTube, open another tab and hop over to Facebook, and I’ll chat on the artclassesdotcom page.

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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My favorite thing (today): watercolor

 

This stamp set is called “My Favorite Thing” – so why not use my favorite medium? Well my favorite for today. Because ask me tomorrow and it might be different. I love to color with #allthethings! 🙂

My favorite thing (today): watercolor

After showing you how to put together a palette in my recent video – today you can watch how I use the palette…I’m trying something new to figure out how to show you what I’m doing to mix colors, and it took twice the amount of editing time, but I hope this helps. (I may not be able to do this often but might try on occasion!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The footage was zoomed in for the little boy stamp, so don’t think the palette shown was tiny! lol.

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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LIVE YouTube Broadcast for Watercolor Weekend!

Hello watercolor warriors! Watercolor weekend continues….let’s get rolling on day 2!

I’m gonna try this. I keep seeing emails from YouTube that I should try it out, so this afternoon, I hope you can join me for a chat! Yes it’ll be live, so you’ll want to be there at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern)…..if you can’t make it, it *might* be able to be viewed later, I’m not really sure. If it’s a train wreck, I won’t save it. (LOL!)

Leave me your questions

I know some of you won’t be around at that hour to join in – so leave your questions in comments here on this post, and I’ll see if I can get to them, too!

Another watercolor post

I’ve heard rumors that Carly over at Ellen Hutson has been working like mad on a special post pulling together tons of watercolor info – lots that I’ve produced. I even heard “infographic!” Not sure what time it’ll be up but they gave me this link to share. Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!

Share your art

Keep up your weekend watercolor practice, and use the hashtag #watercoloringwithsandy – I’d love to see what you’re painting this weekend! I noticed a bunch of folks are trying out the trees – and they look great!

Weekend specials

Be sure to check out the sale on all my favorite watercolor things! They’re in one big category – just click on the image to get to it and shop away!

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Watercolor Weekend: Palette Setup + my dot card!

Watercolor Palette Setup

I’ve been on the hunt for a good palette to recommend. I had a few things I was looking for….

  1. Metal. I just like a good metal palette. (I have a bunch of expensive Italian palettes that can’t be had over here, and couldn’t find a way to have them imported.) Plastic palettes have the un-fun problem of having the paint blobs pop out. Yikes!
  2. Wells to wash. Lots of palettes have the mixing sections in the centers, surrounded by the paints. While it might be easier to drag paint out of wells, it’s also pretty impossible to give ’em a really good washing. I like to sometimes run it under water to get it good and clean.
  3. Pans. There are palettes with built-in wells, but depending on how they’re constructed, paint and liquid can move around from one well to another pretty easily. In pans, I find that a wet palette is a little easier to toss in the bottom of my bag (I do try to keep it flat if it’s good and wet) without making a mess.

So….the Schminke palette is pretty close to my fancy European palette! The only differences are the mechanism to hold in the pans, and the shape of the wells. Pretty minor, eh? So I now have this Schminke palette, filled with my Daniel Smith Essentials PLUS the 18 colors on my new dot card. (Total of 24 half-pans.) If you want to make a swatch sheet for this palette yourself, click HERE for the pdf. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My Daniel Smith dot card!

In the fall, the good folks at Daniel Smith asked if I’d pick my top 18 cards so they could make a dot card out of them. EEEP! Apparently enough of my followers from around the world have mentioned my name to them that they think I’m a bigger deal than I am. LOL. Anyhoooo….here it is. Cool huh? Colors are all linked in the supply list below.

Want a free dot card? Place an order at Ellen Hutson for at least one Daniel Smith product – and you’ll get a free Sandy Allnock dot card while supplies last! Hurry! You can try out my colors before buying tubes.

sandy-allnock-dot-card

“The Sandy Allnock Bundle”

There is a discounted special kit made JUST for my watercolor peeps. Yep, it even has my name in the title. It’s right HERE. That would be a great start for your watercolor adventure if you’ve not jumped in yet…and if you order it quickly, you could qualify for that free dot card!

The rest of watercolor weekend:

Over at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, I’ve got a second post and video – painting trees! They’ve assembled another post too, right HERE with a weekend special. I’ve heard rumors of what they’re putting together tomorrow, too, and can’t wait to go see it myself!

TOMORROW – Sunday March 12, at 1pm Pacific, I’m hoping to host a live YouTube chat on watercolor! I have no idea how it works but I keep getting emails from YT that my account qualifies, so I’m gonna give it a try. Please don’t get upset if technology eats me alive – lol! Just knowing how the “firsts” go, this could be a challenge. But I’ll give it a try!

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.

My 18 colors:

also included in my palette, in addition to the 18 above:

Other supplies:

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Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

If you’re an addict like me – you have a lot of tiny cling stamps in your stash! I’m up to 8 of the Stampin Up plastic cases full of them….yeeesh! For some folks it’s hard to see what the stamps look like when they’re all grey cling; so try making little tags with test images! If you keep them in the sets they came in, you can tuck a tag into the package. If you use cases like me, cut a piece of watercolor paper the size of your case, and stamp all the images so you know what you have! In today’s video, I’ll show you all 10 of the new sets that just came out, and give a few tips along the way. Stay tuned to the end, I *just* picked up some new markers and they could prove very interesting for AI watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Below are the swatch cards I made in the video; click on the image caption to go purchase the stamp set at Ellen Hutson coz I know you also need cardstock. (How did I know that? Coz I do too. LOL)

Samples

I created a few card-sized paintings with only the stamps listed above–there are SO many options for layouts and combinations!

Zig Art & Graphic Twin Markers

I *just* got these markers – so don’t go expecting a ton yet. LOL. In the video literally was my first application of any color with one pen! I did make a quick sample, and yes the color came out more intense; these pens seem to want a smoother paper even more than the Clean Color pens do. (I use CC on Arches Cold Press, but I’m weird.)

These are pens by Zig Kuretake – and here’s the basic differences I see in just a short time between Clean Color and Art & Graphic Twin:

  • my full set came with a rack for storage. HOORAY.
  • 10 cents more per pen, but you get two nibs.
  • no “marker condoms.” (For those who have zigs and had to peel off the plastic….these don’t have that.)
  • nibs – one is a bullet nib, the other is a brush nib – but it’s not a foam nib like some others (like Tombow). It’s a plastic? rubbery? nib, and even makes squeaky noises sometimes.
  • the color selection is nearly identical. I was curious so started swatching in a sketchbook and found some colors that don’t come in the Twin, and some new colors added.
  • the ink appears to be a little different in my first tests; the Twin don’t seem to blend as easily, but possibly they need more than my sketchbook papers, I’ll try out other stuff. But they also come with a blender pen, which I wasn’t able to get to blend anything. Again, maybe the paper.
  • sets – Kuretake did it again on sets (lol) – my pet peeve is ending up with duplicates when you build sets slowly. The chart below shows the colors in each; if you just want some colors, you could get all the 4s, or both 6s or both 12s, and only the 4s will have a duplicate. Or just buy them individually. Or do like me and get the whole set. (Coz I knew I would do so eventually….yeah.)

Later today on Instagram, I’ll post a short video doing some lettering with these pens, be sure to pop over to see it. 🙂

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.

I figured visuals for the stamp sets might be helpful instead of a list:

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Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

Delicata ink pads are certainly beautiful to stamp with – they have lots of shimmer and shine to them. I’ve used the Gold for quite some time – but Imagine Crafts sent me some other colors to try – so I did!

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

In the video, the first few minutes show the card…so for those not interested in Bible journaling, just watch that first bit to see the pretty floral card. Bible journalists – you might want to pick up some of these inks because they don’t go through the paper! There’s even a black shimmer that has some good contrast to it – so it might be something you’d want to try if you stamp much in your Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Bible page came out soft and pretty – that background watercoloring, then stamping and painting with all that shimmer. Yum! And please do consider jumping in for the 30daysofbiblelettering.com challenge – whether you post your creations on Instagram or not. I’ve done just wording in notebooks, so you don’t have to do a fancy project. Just get some practice in! (And keep an eye out…one of the devotions this time is by me!)

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.