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What to do with practice watercolor paintings?

What to do with practice watercolor paintings

If you practice watercoloring a lot (and you should!), you may have a lot of poor or so-so paintings hanging around. Not worthy of framing, or gifting…but you just can’t part with all that paper. What to do? Make something out of it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I made a bunch of bookmarks that can be used for a fundraiser at church…with nice heavy layers of paper, they can charge a decent amount for them too – just add ribbons before the sale!

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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A shell in your pocket: Nicole Tamarin Seashells

 

A shell in your pocket

Sometimes a really beautiful stamp set just leaps into your cart, right? (Ok more than sometimes!) But this one – the sentiments blew me away as much as the pretty shells! I debated what to color these with – landed on Inktense Pencils –  and I know I’ll be playing with them and my Copics too. Because, beautiful, right? 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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Painting practice with Guacamole (Uhhh avocado!)

Painting practice with Guacamole (Uhhh avocado!)

Just like with any medium, it’s helpful to repaint the same thing several times in a row to gain the most learning from your attempts. So make a “crowd” of avocados to really learn how to paint one! Watch the video below or click HEREHERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The inside just has a few layers of paper – then a sweet tiny bit of stamping. 

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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Mixing it up on Pirate Island (watercolor)!

Hello friends! It’s the first Thursday – which means I’ve got a treat for you over at MFT’s blog! 

 

In that post, I mentioned that July is World Watercolor Month – so you know what that means, I’ll be painting up a storm! (And no, Copicistas, I won’t be going solo on watercolor….but will be including a lot more watercolor on Instagram for the month!)

New Watercolor Classes at Art-Classes.com Coming Up!

TWO new watercolor classes are coming to art-classes.com – launching July 1st! My monthly newsletter subscribers got a little sneak peek….and their excitement lets me tell ya it should be a lot of fun!

If you want to get yourself ready for World Watercolor Month, I’d recommend getting your watercolor stash prepped.

  • If you’re running out of a color or two? Stock up!
  • If you’ve wanted to try Daniel Smith Watercolors and haven’t yet, try out my dot card now (it’s cheap!), and then pick some colors to buy.
  • See how I set up my palette and have yours all ready.
  • Haven’t yet made a color chart with reds yellows and blues yet? Get on it!

Neither class leans on having ANY specific colors. And you *can* take them with other brands of watercolor, too, but your results may be a little different. Brushes: #8 and #12 round Black Velvet brushes. Full supply lists will be available in July, but if you’ve got these items and some Arches Cold Press, that’ll get you going!

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Compilation: 9 Fox coloring videos!

I’m out of town on vacation (ok a working vacation, but ya know. Gotta do what you gotta do!) And since my house-and-pet-sitter doesn’t make videos…I kinda needed a plan B.

One of my lovely followers had a genius idea for my vacation posts…to do some fun reprises of old posts you might have missed! Today….I collected the crazy number of videos I’ve done with foxes – can you believe this craziness?! lol! Supplies aren’t listed in this post, but click through to the blog post or YouTube page to get links if you need ’em. Note that a bunch are older, so links might be dead if they aren’t available any longer.

Complementary Foxes, Technique Tuesday (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Jump for Joy, Lawn Fawn (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Friends for All Seasons, WPlus9 (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Dreamers, Elizabeth Craft Designs (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

The Fox, Gorjuss (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Cliff Climbing, Mama Elephant (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Interactive Card, Dr Ph Martins Rainbow Ride (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Choosing Copic Colors with Hex Chart – Fox Hollow, Newtons Nook (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

Soft Birch Forest, Purple Onion Designs (watch on YouTube) (see blog post)

 

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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.