Art Impressions Watercolor: Summer Edition

Art Impressions Watercolor: Summer Edition

A few months ago I had promised to use these beach sets when summer arrived – and GAH it’s half over! Sorry ’bout that. But better midsummer than late summer, right? The #worldwatercolormonth prompt reminded me to make this one; it’s “beach fun” today, and this is about as beachy fun as you can get!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I recommend making a practice sheet for yourself – try them out with different colors, even different brands, and write down what you used so you can replicate it. (Or avoid it as the case may be!

I have a gajillion blocks – – all the standard rectangles, but also one of the Catherine Pooler rounds that has the soft edges to it, Lawn Fawn ones with the scalloped sides that are easy to grip – and the AI ones with the little tiny blocks for all the little tiny flowers and leaves that you need to make scenes with. The die below comes in a set – the script as well as the outline Big Scripty Hello.

If you missed the video where I showed the two sets of Tombow markers (labeled with AI’s brand) – that’s HERE.

A window in Sunnyville (plus another guest video!)

A window in Sunnyville (plus another guest video!)

I had another stamp set that inspired me to watercolor a card for today’s World Watercolor Month painting – Splashes of Color! The simplicity of the images, the sunny concept, the nice bold lines….I knew this would be just perfect!

See the rest of my info about this month on the page HERE)

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I put Glossy Accents onto the images before painting the background, which made it really easy too paint around them:

The finished card has a piece of wood-painted scrap of watercolor trimmed to be the windowsill and window frame; I also painted a strip for the curtain (you can also just use patterned paper too!)

I hope you’re joining in on the World Watercolor Month fun! My video over at Ellen Hutson’s blog also shows off some fun watercolor….Paris in the rain!

Negative Painting – Flowers and Butterflies

Negative Painting – Flowers and Butterflies

I’ve covered negative painting/coloring a bunch of times – it’s a technique where you color things AROUND the subject, darkening them layer by layer to push items in the background further back and leaving the foreground lighter. It’s complex, and challenging to get white things to be white; in the painting I also do some positive painting on the flower petals.

I’m calling this also “relaxing” – the prompt for World Watercolor Month today! See more of my daily little speedpaintings HERE, and all of my WWCM info HERE.

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The butterfly is likely smaller than he should be…I wanted to use the flowers from one of my pics from Puerto Rico, and add a butterfly – and probably didn’t think it through all that well, but it’s still pretty!

And for those who will inevitably ask, I did add it to Society6 for ya! (This link is to the framed photos page, just scroll down to find options for unframed, bags, pillows, et al). Lest you worry that I’m hawking products….I get excited if my Society6 payment is over $6 in any given month, so I offer these more as a service to those wanting a piece of my art rather than to make much moolah at all. LOL!

Copic Negative Coloring

Did you know you can do negative coloring with Copics too? On Social Media later today I have a speed video of how I did this card with a butterfly background stamp. Super easy – scribble light colors over all of it, and do the negative coloring in between with darker greens and bluegreens!

I popped one hand-cut butterfly, added Glossy Accents to it, and also popped a circle-punch with the sentiment – and a little bit of glossy dots around it!

Watercolor Supplies:

Card Supplies:

Watercolor a Hummingbird – with a dot card

Watercolor a Hummingbird – with a dot card

Sometimes I make a card and think…..ain’t no one out there who will ever try this. My fine art pieces I don’t expect anyone to attempt, but…when it’s a card I usually try to keep it doable! But this one…well you’ll have to let me know!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If I were to paint this as a standalone without the stamp I’d approach it differently – I’ll try to do that sometime.

But I’m hoping that something in this little nutty project helped you learn something about loosening up – even if it’s “I will NEVER do what she just did!” heehee!

Lots of hummingbird stamps are available – and will work with this technique:

Peekabook Submarine Card – Ellen Hutson New Release Bloghop

Peekabook Submarine Card – Ellen Hutson New Release Bloghop

It’s new release day – with a HOP this time! Ellen doesn’t often do them for her own releases so I’m excited to see what everyone has to share; especially others who used the Subbing In set, my fave in this release!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When watercoloring a background for a card like this, it’s helpful to tilt it at an angle to keep the paint moving – and I turned it upside down so the heavier, darker color is at the bottom of the water.

I loved having the lil critters driving the submarine! Those eyeballs make me GRIN! And can you believe this card was painted with just 3 colors?

I made a few samples of the other sets for Ellen’s shop…first, Good Egg with a little Copic and white pencil on a simple popped Desert Storm cardstock panel:

The Porthole die was crying out for a bunch of jellyfish and octopi swimming outside! Lots of layers of color plus bubbles with white pen highlights.

Life’s a picnic….I piled the basket full of goodies, and added a little pattern from an older stamp set to the left side of the card!

Cooking lady – she’s colored in Copics, and has a whole set of shelves behind her that were stamped in light ink and shaded just slightly with W markers to match the ink color.

Bloghop!

We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Sketch. And a pencil.

Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Sketch. And a pencil.

I recently bought a new pencil. I know, I know, it’s an art supply, how can that warrant excitment? Well, Leonardo Pereznieto is the artist behind it, and he worked with a German company to create this spectacular little tool. And since it had me thinking scientific voodoo was going on in how it operates – I decided to combine it with the scientific achievement of Apollo 11 and make a video! See more info in this post below after you watch it.

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube

I purchased the full kit with the black pencil – here it is with its replacement erasers, leads, etc. It also comes as a silver pencil. (same price)

The eraser lives under the silver cap. I’m betting I’ll need to beg them for a new cap at some point. #klutz lol

In the supply list I’ve linked a bunch of different polaroid dies (I like the size of the EH ones because you can fit a bunch on one card nicely) – as well as a bunch of different space stamps.

The spiral sketchbook has the same paper as the Stonehenge pad I’ve been recommending for pencil work. Love the surface and texture.

Original photo is on Wikipedia

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