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Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

When I saw this little roller coaster stamp set, I just had to buy it and make a card – and it brought back so many memories of going to amusement parks! We usually went during the day but I always loved it when I was old enough to go in the evening – everything sparkled in the moonlight, and the rides were so much fun in the dark when you could go up high and see the twinkling lights! And I also thought the paint combo in my wristband palette would be perfect for this!

So there’s my card inspiration…hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the wristband palette out in the wild….

I want to go wait in line with them! Save me a ticket!

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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Postcards from Puerto Rico

Postcards from Puerto Rico

Hello everybody! I’m having a heck of a great time here in Puerto Rico, and thought I would share a few photos of my paintings for those who haven’t been following on Instagram.

 

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an ode to tiny palettes (for travel/plein aire watercolor)

Puerto Rico, here I come! I fly out today and leave my pups in the able care of the housesitter…..and I’m off to paint paint paint! I was talking with my dear friend Lisa Spangler about palettes since she’s the Queen of Tiny Palettes – and she agreed to also do an overview of her palettes. When I shopped I bought different ones than she had so we’d have a good broad range to share with you. So be sure to go to Lisa’s blog to see more when you’re done here!

The Puerto Rico trip is the start of a fundraiser: after I get paintings finished, I’ll put them up for auction to raise monies to help our fellow citizens. I’ll be creating some there, but also some when I return home and have time to paint more. So stay tuned! And feel free to give money to charities there now in advance of the fundraiser…no need to wait if you’re feeling ready to be a giving human—giving is good for your heart!

An Ode to Tiny Palettes (for travel/plein aire watercolor)

All the palettes I purchased are from Etsy…got to love supporting small creative businesses! In the video I show you the palettes, what I liked about them, and fill them – then in a month or two I’ll go back and let you know how they actually worked. (I may have more specific immediate details on Instagram so keep your eyes open there for the next week, too!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here are stills of each palette…..Wristband palette, Acrylic Palette, Big Brush Tin Palette, and Wood/Leather Travel Watercolor Kit.

Color swatches for each of the palettes: you may not be able to read my scribbled notations, but if you check the list in the supplies section, they’re in order of what’s shown here.

Don’t forget to go see Lisa’s blog post – she has different tiny palettes!

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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Alexandra Renke Bloghop: Inlaid Watercolor

 

Alexandra Renke Bloghop: Inlaid Watercolor Dies

Inlaid dies are intricate – but lovely! In this video you’ll see little tricks for cutting out a sentiment without “wasting” a piece of watercolor paper too! The palette, by the way, can be seen in the free Preclass lesson in Blue Skies – you don’t have to take the class to see me swatch out each color and decide if you want to try one out. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

UPDATE: She loved the card! And the presentation went really well. Yay!

If you haven’t seen the book website yet – go visit HERE.

ICYMI

This is a video from a few weeks ago with a popular technique I shared using Alexandra Renke dies:

Bloghop

And now you’ll want to go visit the other stops on the hop to see more amazing creations!

  1. Julie Ebersole
  2. Karin Högger 
  3. Ardyth Percy-Robb
  4. Frau Pony
  5. Laurel Beard
  6. Alexandra Seußler
  7. Sandy Allnock –you are here!
  8. Julia Klein
  9. Carissa Wiley

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.

Alexandra Renke floral dies – with pics:

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Stamped Watercolor Cards – The Stamp Market

Stamped Watercolor Cards

My ode to the fantastic Debby Hughes – she dared to paint on stamps with watercolor, and that led me to explore! See a few experiments, then go try some of your own! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This creates such a pretty floral design…

But the fun graphical hexagons? Yeah, baby! I love how the colors mixed and textures and broken edges worked out.

Go visit some of the other Ellen Hutson Designers using the new Stamp Market products 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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Artist Encouragement Cards

Sandy Allnock - Artist Encouragement Cards Tutorial video

Artist Encouragement Cards

Sometimes….just simple splashy watercolor is just the right thing to do. Easy peasy, flick it on and let the watercolor sing! In the video I talk a little about colors to avoid together, and a few general tips. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamps used here are so pretty and versatile – these could be sent any time of year, any occasion! Just pick a fellow artist/crafter and send out a little encouragement by mail!

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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Bird Wreath, New Classes…and my BOOK!

Guess what? It might be Monday, but I’m over on the MFT blog. They’re changing up things so I might be on Mondays from here on instead of Thursdays. Go see how to paint this “tweet” little wreath!

 

Blue Skies

Those on my Art-Classes email list got a heads-up on signing up….but you get to hear about it today! I have TWO classes launched on painting and coloring skies and clouds – one in Copic, one in Watercolor. A discount for everyone on these classes, lasting through April 22nd!

The BOOK!

I am excited to let you know there was a little Easter miracle…my book finally showed up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! I waited all through March, and on the last last last evening…it was there. With the wrong photo and title – ha! It’s partially changed in some places, but…I’m celebrating anyway while they figure it out and get it all fixed! Book website is HERE!

While I know the non-Bible-journalers may be disappointed in the book topic…please know I’m going to be keeping up my regular blogging and cardmaking and art stuff! You’ll have to put up with an occasional “squee” from me about the book, but you’ll get the regular content you come here for. Don’t abandon me, okay? Love you guys!!

 

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Watercolor a Set of Guinea Pig Cards

Set of Watercolored Guinea pig cards by Sandy Allnock

 

Watercolor a Set of Guinea Pig Cards

These furry lil guys are just aDORable – both cute and funny! I made a set of matching cards, and show you a dew tips to make super simple scenes. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Who doesn’t need a flying pig on a Monday, right?

Since tomorrow’s my birthday….some birthday piggies!

And another for the Monday crowd….it does feel like the pellet factory ’round here! haha!

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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Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop: Handdrawn Floral

Handdrawn Florals Watercolor Card by Sandy Allnock

 

Welcome to my stop on the Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop! So much exciting inspiration to be had….so let’s get to it! Bloghop details and supply lists are at the end of the post. Let’s go paint!

Watercolor Flowers Series #26: Handdrawn Floral

I’ve been doing floral watercolors for quite some time now – there’s a giant playlist you may want to go sit through sometime if you haven’t yet. Tons of techniques! This one creates a very soft look with washy layers, over images stamped in Avery Elle Daisy Pigment Ink. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The finishing touches on the card were to trim the panel to 4″, then pop it onto a card base using dimensional adhesive. I also stamped the sentiment in Avery Elle Mermaid ink and clear-embossed over it.

Here’s the chart I made recently of the colors….go pick some favorites and get busy painting!

Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop

I’m the last stop on the hop – so you’ll want to go join in from the very top.

  1. Avery Elle
  2. Julie Ebersole
  3. Caryn Davies
  4. Lisa Spangler
  5. Heather Campbell
  6. Emily Midgett
  7. Yainea
  8. Melania Deasy
  9. Carissa Wiley
  10. Katie Gehring
  11. Amy Kolling
  12. Carly Tee Minner
  13. Ashley Marcu
  14. Elena Roussakis
  15. Laurel Beard
  16. Sandy Allnock

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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Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Liquid Watercolors Comparison by Sandy Allnock

 

Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Watercolors that come in liquid form (not pans or tubes) aren’t new – but there are some new brands in the crafty world lately, and I wanted to show you some side-by-side comparisons. While it may be dissatisfying for some that I don’t have a strong “yes” or “no” on any of them, I do have some advice for you if you’re considering a purchase – scroll down for the rest of the post, as well as watching the video below (or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors

  • 10 colors in 0.5-oz plastic bottles (same ones as many reinker bottles come in)
  • Colors: nice range, a few strong colors, but a lot that are soft – thus no need to water down to get a light color.
  • Great for introductory watercolor for sure – pick out a few colors and try your hand at watercolor.

Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors

  • 8 colors in 0.5-oz glass bottles with droppers
  • Colors: bold range, and includes one brown (can adapt it by adding yellow to make it warmer, etc)
  • Great for mixing a wide range – try making one of THESE color charts , you’ll be impressed.

PhMartin Hydrus Watercolors

I’ve had these for a few years now, and still have LOTS of color left. See set breakdown HERE.

  • 36 colors in 1-oz glass bottles.
  • Colors: wide range, though there are lots of similar colors.
  • Price point is lower than the other two per ounce – just over $8.50 (vs $10 or $12). But – then you then have a full oz of each color. So it’d depend on how much you plan to paint.

Cards

Here’s the side by side comparison of the four cards….

FYI The Art-Classes website went belly up yesterday. Don’t worry the content is still there, your account and classes still exist. But it just looks terrible and you can’t watch classes at the moment. Vienna is standing guard over there (okay she’s actually sleeping) til I find the guy in the far east who wrote the program and can fix it somehow. He’s never around when his plugin dies. waaahhhhhh!

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.