Watercolor a barrel of monkeys!

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 ūüôā¬†

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.

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

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.

Watercolor a llama thank you card

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.

Creating Distance in a Scene: N&T Schoolhouse

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.

Watercolor Sketchbook Flip-through, Review, and Advice

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″ √ó 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¬†9¬ĺ” √ó 7¬ĺ”

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″ √ó 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.

 

Prehistoric Watercolor: No tomorrow (plus a winner!)

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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