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United We Flourish Bloghop: Watercoloring “Shadow” Flowers

Quick note: Puerto Rico needs your help! Please give to Americares, one of the charities helping there. I’ll have more info later this week on a few others I’m looking into.

I’m hoping you’ve been snagging some of the United We Flourish stamp sets – these are partnership stamp sets that Ellen Hutson arranges with some of our favorite companies – and focuses on an uplifting set! Our world REALLY needs encouragement nowadays, and we need to recognize that only together will we take strides forward – #unitedweflourish! These sets are perfect for that, and this month’s Altenew set is no different! Read on to find out my plan for these 2 cards.

And by the way – I went up to Ellen’s warehouse to help out on Friday; I’ve been asking if I could come volunteer for a day, and since they had the big project of packing up the sets, (ie no training needed!) they invited me to come help! I colored up a few Copic versions of this card front…and tucked them into 3 stamp sets. Let me know if you get one! And if you find your insert is upside down or backwards….well, then you’ll know I packed them. LOL! See the quick video HERE.

United We Flourish Bloghop: Watercoloring “Shadow” Flowers

On Instagram, I had colored some “shadow” flowers in the background of some Irises – and decided today I’d attempt that in watercolor with the new Poppy Fields set! It’s way easy to do, and will help your watercolored stamps look like they’re part of a soft, fresh flower garden! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Who I send cards to

Lots of folks ask me what I do with all the cards I make…..

  • I send lots to patrons (they get 1-2 cards per year), and that’s a way for those who want some happy mail to get on the list.
  • I send lots to random students. I have addresses in the database from the purchases, and that’s a great way that I like to spread some sunshine around the globe! Because yes, sometimes my randomizer selects people with faraway addresses, yep yep!
  • I send lots to first responders. I did this recently in a public way, encouraging everyone to send cards to Houston folks HERE – but remember, you can do that ANY time. For instance, if you hear about a police or fire event in a particular town, go to Google and look up that town’s police department. You can send any department a card anytime. FYI just because we don’t say so publicly on Facebook, we can do so individually and quietly…..being good to other humans needs no #hashtag.

In the video I mentioned sending cards to “famous people I admire.” And I thought maybe I’d try that with some folks making good news who I admire. There are some prominent folks setting the pace for donating and assisting in Houston, like Harry Connick Jr – though I think I’d make him a more masculine card, eh?

Other folks are standing up for causes, beliefs, or missions I approve of. I recognize them when reading the paper or watching the tv and being inspired by the way they speak out, or the action they took! Folks like this give me courage to stand up for what I believe in too, and I want to start reaching out to send THEM some sunshine too – to encourage them to KEEP doing the right thing.

Googling for home addresses of famous people often doesn’t work; but…

  • You may need to do some real research and it may take time. Be patient.
  • Find out, if you can, what group or company they’re associated with or work for…..a tv network or show, a university, a charity, a book publisher, a movie studio, etc, and send it to that organization.
  • Email the org to ask if that’s a good place to send a card to the person; FYI keep your email SHORT so it gets read and not filed!
  • Some may have talent reps – and you could send something to their agency that would get to them.
  • Don’t be weird and insist on a direct address; be willing to just hope that it gets forwarded to the person….but do be creative in thinking about how you can find out where to mail something.

Oh and be sure to include your return address on the envelope. With the weird world out there, you don’t want your note to get tossed in the trash for looking spammy.

Bloghop!

If you came here from Lisa Adametz – you’re on the right track! If not, the hop starts at Altenew.
Next stop on the hop is the PHENOMENAL Sharon Harnist!

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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New for Bible Journalists (and a Houston pet report!)

Brand new channel!

Last week, I launched a new channel. Some of you found it…my patrons got first peeks! And now the rest of my Bible Journaling friends can go check it out.

The new channel is HERE.

A few things about it…..

  • I won’t be blogging the posts – maybe once in a while just so folks don’t miss it all, but it’ll be You-Tube-only content for now til I figure out what I’ll be doing with it all.
  • That means subscribing and having the videos emailed to you will be the way to get notified, or else check your YT subscriptions on Sunday mornings. Click the little button right next to the “Subscribe” button to have them emailed to ya.
  • I’ll be posting stills on Instagram and Facebook on Sundays with a link, so that’ll be one other way remember to go look, but you know how unreliable those social platforms are at showing you what you actually care about, eh?

The video that went live yesterday is a special one for 9/11…hope you enjoy.

And that pet report!

I told you guys I helped send a team to help rescue pets in Houston – they put together a FABULOUS report full of great pics HERE! I would give without getting pics back – but this was a bonus to see them in action with lots of furry friends!

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Watercolor a barrel of monkeys!

 

Watercolor a barrel of monkeys!

Have you ever played with those monkeys that come in a plastic barrel? They’re red, blue, and yellow, maybe more colors nowadays….but they were a favorite when I was a kid. I’d make all kinds of long strings out of connected monkeys! This set could do something similar…or they can hang on a vine! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Cute little guys, eh? And I mean what I said in the video. Someone needs to make a barrel of monkeys and post it on Instagram, I’m dying to see someone try it! I’m just short on time 🙂 

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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Loose watercolor flower cards – Honeybee + Ellen Hutson + Helping Texas!

Let’s send donations and cards of encouragement to Texas! 

Loose watercolor flower cards – Honeybee + Ellen Hutson

I had a big stack of watercolor cards and postcards staring at me – I stamped up some sentiments from this beautiful new set from Ellen Hutson and Honey Bee – limited release, so pick it up quick! – and just started going to town with flowers! If you’ve taken the Fresh Florals Class, it’s some encouragement to you to get loose and wild with your painting! Note that this stamp set works so well with some other Honey Bee stamp sets that Ellen bundled them up at a discount!!! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

So quick…so pretty!

 

Send some sunshine to the Gulf – and help me fundraise!

I had this video made before the hurricane….but I’m going to send ALL 25 of the cards I made out of these cards and postcards to first responders in the Gulf. Sunshine is exactly what’s needed, right!?

I’ve put together some addresses that you can send cards to, as well as organizationss we can all donate to. For every comment on this post by Friday Sept 1st, I’m donating $5 – so be sure to leave a comment telling me how many cards YOU commit to send out in the next 10 days. Yes, 10 days is my deadline, or you know you won’t get around to doing it!!

For the addresses and orgs to donate to, click HERE  or on the image below! After leaving a comment, that is!

Facebook Live videos mentioned in today’s video:

Throughout July (World Watercolor Month), I did a bunch of Facebook Live videos – so for those who love realtime watercolor – have at it! Click on each photo to be taken to that video on Facebook.

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 llama thank you card

Llama

This sweet llama from Flora and Fauna just cried out for a scene – some sky, some mountains, and a little grass. Just enough to make it interesting! Check out the video to see how I watercolored this one! 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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Creating Distance in a Scene: N&T Schoolhouse

Prehistoric Watercolor

Whether or not you make school-themed cards – I hope this one is worth a watch! I’ve had several folks ask about how to make a background that doesn’t fight with the foreground. Well, not asked in those words, but it’s the gist! So today, I’m addressing that. 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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Watercolor Sketchbook Flip-through, Review, and Advice

Watercolor Sketchbook Review and Advice

Lots of folks who’ve seen me posting pics from my sketchbooks on Instagram have been asking for advice on sketchbooks. Which one to get? What features should you look for? What do you learn from using one? Well, I’ve reviewed a ton – I’m not even going to show a bunch of the duds! But….I can say that I started off looking for books that will allow me to make really awesome paintings on awesome paper. But I left with a new understanding: using a sketchbook has a new purpose for me…to loosen me up. If I’m using an el-cheapo sketchbook and doing a REALLY quick sketch, I’m loose and free….and I want to practice that until it becomes my natural style of painting. For now, that’s not the case….but there’s hope, right?

See each sketchbook from the video in photos below, with links for ones I could find; a few I couldn’t locate online but check your local art store if you want to try that one out. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My advice

…is to get 2 sketchbooks: one with nicer watercolor paper for days you feel like practicing technique. And then a mixed media or multimedia book and MAKE YOURSELF DRAW AND PAINT EVERY DAY. Yes I used all caps. Because honestly, that’s what you have to do to improve! Okay, off my high horse. On to the sketchbooks! Links may be affiliate links; if you use these I may receive a percentage at no extra cost to you. Read more.

Arches Watercolor Sketchbook

  • Arches cold press, paintable on both sides if desired. 5.5″x8.5″
  • Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Pentalic Aqua Journal with brush

  • LINK
  • Acid-free, European-made; pages lie flat.
  • Includes brush & holder, ribbon marker, elastic closure, and storage pocket. 48 pages.
  • 8″ × 5″ , 48 pages of140 lb Protege White Nylon Travel Brush, size 7.

Stillman and Birn Mixed Media Sketchbooks  

  • LINK
  • Hard-cover spiral bound sketch book; 26 sheets of extra heavy-weight 180 lb.cold press paper

Windsor Newton Watercolor Pad

  • LINK
  • 9×12, cold press, 12 pages.

Fabriano Watercolor Sketchbook

  • 5.5×8.5, 30pages. Can’t find it online, it seems. Sorry!!

Strathmore Softcover Watercolor Art Journals

  • LINK
  • 24 sheets, 140 lb  cold press paper; only one side is paintable.
  • 5-1/2 x 8″ and 9¾” × 7¾”

Strathmore Field Watercolor Sketchbook

  • LINK
  • Spiral, hardbound leather-like cover, 15 pages of alternating 140 lb, cold press and 60 lb sketch paper.

Holbein Multimedia Book

  • LINK
  • Spiral-bound book, 28 sheets of 80 lb mixed media paper. Comes in many sizes, shown is 9-1/4″ × 6-1/2″

Canson Montval

  • LINK
  • 140lb cold press; perforated. 20 sheets. 5.5″X8.5″ paper

Canson Mixed Media

  • LINK
  • Lightweight 98lb mixed media paper, 60 sheets, 9″x12″.

Bee Super Deluxe

  • LINK
  • 14×17, 60 pages, natural white, textured multimedia paper is double-sized to accept wet media.  Spiral bound; waterproof leatherette cover.

 

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Prehistoric Watercolor: No tomorrow (plus a winner!)

NOTE: sale on all watercolor classes on my teaching site lasts through this month. Use coupon code wwcm for 15% off on watercolor courses!

Prehistoric Watercolor

Recently I shared a card on Instagram (scroll down) that engendered the question – how’d you do dat? (lol) – well, let’s take a look at it in watercolor, okay? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the inspiration – stamp set is Prehistoric by Neat and Tangled:

Winner!

Congrats to the winner of the GC from the Altenew Bloghop last week: bonnielovespurses! I’ve emailed her with info to claim her prize.

Reminder, winner from the YT giveaway will be selected after 76k is reached. (Yes, the party started early, yeah baby!)

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 week: Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you’ve arrived from Lydia Evans’ blog, you’re on the right track here on the Altenew bloghop! See details including amazing giveaways later in this post.

Altenew Bloghop: Watercolor Parrot Paradise

Welcome to my stop on the hop!  I decided to take a vacation in paradise on a card, since I don’t have a tropical vacation on my calendar….and took my watercolors with me! I figured out how to paint an easy background on a card like this – you’ll facepalm when you realize how simple it is to do this on cards! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Parrot Paradise stamp set can be used in tons of other ways too – check out all the shapes of the leaves that can layer beautifully, too:

The ease of painting right over the image really makes painting a card front like this easy!

And the parrot can also be used with your own painting in the background…this video was privately shared with my patrons earlier this week:

And now….those bloghop details!

Altenew Stamp/Die/Ink Release Blog Hop + Giveaway  

  • Giveaway on Altenew blogs: Fie $50 gift certificates! Leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win.  
  • Giveaway on my blog: $30 gift certificate *just* from my blog commenters by July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT!

Next on the bloghop:  Eunyoung Lee!

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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Happy birthday, G! And a guest feature to check out

I’m featured over HERE for World Watercolor Month – some not-before-posted paintings are there, so go over and leave a comment to say hey!

It’s hard to believe….my little man is a year old tomorrow! I picked out some pics from the year to make your puppy ovaries ache a little. *grin* If you’d like to give him a birthday present, scroll on down.

 

If you’d like to help the little man continue his journeys in parks – please make a $5 birthday gift in his honor to SODA, Park Pals, or Grandview! He needs his parks…all the pups do!