Speed Paint + news + winners

Speed Paint + news + winners

Warning: LONG post with lots of bits!

Winter Farm

I’ve been on a YT sabbatical, believe it or not – LOL! I know, I know. A sabbatical means no one hears from you. But for me it just means you hear from me less. And with things that I feel like doing rather than things I feel like teaching. Today…I just felt like some loose painting. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my Daniel Smith Watercolors and size 8 and 12 round
Silver Brushes on a block of Saunders Waterford cold press. Photo is based on a photo by Shirleygen at PMP-art.com ; if you’re looking for photos to inspire you that are legal to use, sign up for a free membership there!

Now at Society6

I’ve added some watercolors….soon you should see everything under the “new” section. For some reason they take a little while to populate so hopefully by morning they’ll be at the top, along with some other new things! But here’s a preview:

Winter Farm, watercolor
By request: Get the cardinal now as greeting cards HERE
Misty Ocean, watercolor
Transparent Sun, watercolor

Guest video

Today is my guest post over at MFT – using purples for shadows on yellow flowers! My Copic Jumpstart students have seen this, but watching the impact on a flower, well –  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Facebook Live Christmas Parties

I’m going to do a few parties….

New classes coming

And….kind of excited to announce some new classes coming!

  • Mini Drawing Class for kids: Dogs and Cats! On hopefully Monday, if I get everything done, it will post – it’s going to be just $5….they’ll learn how to draw/color in a variety of Crayola mediums. Yes, I said Crayola! 
  • On Christmas Eve, a new Mini Mixed Class: Red Roses! It’ll have the same rose in pencil, colored pencil, Copic, and Watercolor. I think. I’ll be shooting it next week. As a mini it’ll be $15.99, and will be on sale right at the launch – so if Santa asks what you want, you can ask for a gift certificate!

Giveaway winners

Last week for the Pretty Things hop…..here are the winners:

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons: Dana Driscoll
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Linda Thurston
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils: Mary Werner
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils: Catherine Garcia
Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

Pretty Things Bloghop: Winter Cardinal – with a story

WARNING: This video is a bit different than my usual. It includes a story in the voiceover that might not be good for your little ones; if it makes you uncomfortable, just turn off the sound and watch with Christmas music for a more cheerful version.

Winter Cardinal

The word “cardinal” is from the Latin cardo, meaning hinge. Something that has cardinal qualities is so important that it functions as a keystone or axle; other things hinge around it. Our difficult life experiences, as well as the positive ones, can be the anchors around which God develops our character. They don’t define us, but can instill deep compassion in us for the hardships of others.

An experience from decades ago contributed to shape who I am; it’s not one I’ve shared with anyone until very recently. In today’s video, I share that story as a way to encourage others who have been through traumatic experiences, that you might know you are not alone.

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

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Help for survivors

If you need assistance coping, please reach out to someone. Especially during the holidays – these can be a rough few weeks ahead. There are many who care…..I’ve listed just a few hotlines:

The bloghop and prizes

There are 18 lovelies participating in the hop, and some prizes along the way too! I have some packages of lightly-used art supplies to give away to help 4 randomly drawn commenters make something pretty too::

  • A set of three packs of distress crayons
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils
  • A tin of Spectrum Noir colored pencils
  • A pack of Faber Castell Art Grip watercolor pencils

Now hop along and go see what everyone else is making today:

  1. Sandy Allnock (you’re here)
  2. Josefine Fouarge
  3. Rubeena Ianigro
  4. Leigh Houston
  5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
  6. Tania Ahmed
  7. Ana Reese
  8. Tracy Freeman
  9. Amy Tsuruta
  10. Tracie Pond
  11. Sharna Waksmulski
  12. Alix Davis
  13. Janette Kausen
  14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
  15. Kimberly Wiener
  16. Seeka
  17. Joanne Maree Soukup
  18. Crissy Salima Smith

My painting is now at Society 6, and any proceeds are being donated to RAINN. I’m hoping to add some more of my recent work to the site over the weekend- let me know if there’s something in particular you’ve wanted prints of and if I still have it here I’ll photograph and add it. Because Christmas is coming! The original is framed and will be hanging at my church in the next few weeks.

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Christmas Tag (with a feminine twist!): Sweet Little Penguin Tag

 

Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Ellen Hutson always creates a beautiful series of Christmas Tags with a feminine twist! This year I’m paired up with the amazing Carissa Wiley and I’m going to guess I’ll be outglittered by her sparkly self…she is SO talented! (Go see her tag here!)

Our inspiration picture is this one: gotta LOVE all the black and white with a pop of green, all with kraft underlying it. And detailed ribbons and stitching!

I made a quick lil video for my tag – and giftwrap! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t these the sweetest lil penguins ever!?!? Watch my Instagram for more of them in coming weeks – I won’t be making lots of videos or doing blog posts through December, but I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas cards with crazy backgrounds on IG and Fb!

The giftwrap is so super easy….just watercolor on kraft!

And for those who are in the Clearly Copic Glass class.…this is a crazy version of the candy jar lesson!

Bible Journaling this week

All through Advent I’ll be sharing techniques for backgrounds – this time I actually used acrylic paint!

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.

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

 

Happy #GivingTuesday! In my mind it’s the BEST holiday of the year. I’m ecstatic that in 2018, we as a community of folks here on this blog and at my teaching site, we’ve donated over $12,000.000 to charitable causes! There have been charity auctions and fund drives, we raised a TON for Puerto Rico, for hurricane relief, and the Safari Animals class is an ongoing fundraiser: a portion of proceeds goes to wildlife charities.

A little charity news in my world: In January I’ll be going back to Puerto Rico, and attending a fundraiser performance of Hamilton – starring Lin Manuel Miranda! Proceeds will benefit Flamboyan Arts Fund. PLUS I’ll be meeting the cast afterward, as well as Chef Jose Andres and others – I am so excited I could SQUEAL! To shake the hand of such a humanitarian will be an honor. While on the trip, I’ll hopefully be able to meet with the charities we supported and bring back a report; it’s a quick trip and I’ll see what I can do to see the solar panels and roofs.

What charity is close to YOUR heart? Have you asked your family for donations in your name?

Turn a solid stamp into a painting

I’ve been thinking about solid stamps for a while now – and finally found one to try my idea. It might just change the way you look at silhouette stamps! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it pretty in it’s design simplicity? Just a little layered cardstock sets it off perfectly.

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.

Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly + winners

Loosely Painted Holly

Happy Anniversary to Ellen Hutson and her crew! One more post this week to celebrate the achievement…it’s not easy to keep a business open in the marketplace today, and to do it with honor and integrity! I’m so proud to be associated with them – and I know many of you have become faithful customers too….yay for great customer service, eh? Anyway – I’m trying a technique I’ve used a few times before – on buttercups and poppies – and now on holly! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I think I’ll be painting lots of flowers this way….so loose and fun!

In case you missed it yesterday – there’s a Black Friday sale going on over at Art-Classes that lasts all weekend into cyber Monday! The winners of yesterday’s giveaway are on the blog there.

24 Tags of Christmas WINNERS!

I’ll be emailing for mailing addresses…congrats!!! (Black Friday winners from Art-Classes are listed HERE. The sale continues on classes through Monday!)

  1. Terri Scott
  2. Heather Spaw
  3. Marie Duncan
  4. Sally Puckett
  5. Diana Mills
  6. Robin Ridpath
  7. Olga Dendrinou
  8. Allison Waibel
  9. Brienne Coombs
  10. Kerry Fitzpatrick
  11. Aisha Roberts
  12. Margot Ferrera
  13. Susan King
  14. Joyce Stewart
  15. Melissa Friedrich
  16. Stacey White
  17. Marie Abernathy
  18. Teresa Dawson
  19. Theresa Petermann
  20. Robin Gasser
  21. Jo Colchado
  22. Lilibeth Mendoza
  23. Susan Eliot
  24. Frances Sheegog

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.

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

 

Two special things are going on here today….one is an instagram hop (see below) – and the other: this is “nativity week”! I noticed I had 2 nativity type of scenes scheduled, and decided to add 2 more and fill up the week (except for Thanksgiving!) with more. So…..today the Shepherds watching their flocks by night are getting a little attention!

Nativity Week #1: Penguin Shepherds

This is the silliest of the series – penguins shepherding polar bears! A friend of mine was actually kinda scared for the penguins, since she saw the polar bears not as the “flock” but as menacing. Eeep! Well…..there ya go, right? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t they the cutest little shepherds ever!??!! I don’t think their flock is menacing at all! heehee!

Instagram Hop

It’s Ellen Hutson’s 12th anniversary in business – and a bunch of us are surprising her with an instagram hop! So be sure to look for this image to jump in and hop along,,,,my post is 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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