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Watercolor Flowers Series #4: Garden Bloom


Thanks to all of you for your patience in waiting for another in my Watercolor Flowers Series!  This one was filmed a while ago, but it’s been sitting in the queue waiting for its moment to shine!

Watercolor Flowers Series #4

This time we’re working on much looser watercolors – trying out some masking fluid, and just letting that paint flow where it wants to go! I shot this video a while ago, so I’ve had more experience with watercolor and papers since then. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that fun? I do believe this is going to be a longer series than first imagined…I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would when I first started.

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4a

Each time I practiced painting the same watercolor flowers, different things happened – so you can come out with all kinds of looks by just letting the water and paint mix in different ways!

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4b

One thing I’ve learned recently is to purchase a full set of a coloring medium. I gave away my set of 24 Kuretake paints 2 weeks ago, and I’m awaiting the arrival of my new 36-color set!Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers 4b2

And FYI, I’m cooking up some new things for my blog in the near future…I’m making friends with Dick Blick, one of my favorite suppliers of art materials; they carry tons of artists tools and paints and papers, and since our crafty stores can’t justify carrying all that, I’ll be sharing some fun things I find in the art store. And coupons. LOL. You’re welcome!


I hope if you try this technique for watercolor flowers, you’ll drop me a link in the comments – I’d love to see your interpretation!

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A new day: Copic/Watercolor meet up!


I’ve shared a number of Copic watercolor techniques before…but not Copic PLUS watercolor! So why not?

Dear Copic/watercolor: meet and be friends!

I was at a craft retreat the weekend before last, and Dawn from WPlus9 was there and working on samples for her release today. When she wasn’t looking I snuck the “A New Day” set and stamped a few on some watercolor paper so I could play too! And I’ll be ordering this set this morning – it’s soooooo pretty!

Watch the video below to see how I created the cool Copic airbrush background (read THIS post if you want to know more about the system and what you need to get started) – I can’t believe how beautiful that texture came out! You can also click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

So now you know I finally did it…Copic and watercolor on the same piece! 🙂 And without trying to make one medium look like the other! I’m definitely going to be exploiting the fact that my airbrush looks amazing on this fancy shmancy paper, too.

Sandy Allnock - A New Day Copic + Watercolor2

This is such a sweet little set, and will be perfect to make Copic/watercolor cards for some friends who’ve been going through rough times lately. It seems like these seasons come all at once – everyone’s got stuff, know what I mean? So the promise of a new day, a fresh tomorrow…that’s something that’ll work for everyone. Off to shop for this set as soon as they’re live! 🙂 OH and the new sprays from Wplus9 will just happen to hop into my cart too – wayyyyyyy too cool for school!


Not sure if I have other ways to make copic/watercolor on one card with both mediums, but you know I’ll be trying!

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Good Friday: Pietá in watercolor


I’d like to share something little more somber than my usual. Today is Good Friday…the day we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross. I have a few thoughts to share before the video.

Good Friday

According to the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 15, this is the account of the later portion of Good Friday afternoon:

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

Tradition (and common sense) tell us that Mary was there for all of the horror. She was documented as being there when Jesus asked John to care for Mary as his own mother. She surely would not have left his side as He hung on the cross. And would have been there to help Joseph of Arimathea take the body down.

Artists have been moved to capture this moment, this “Pietá” – Mary holding the dead body of Christ at the foot of the cross – for centuries. As have I, today.

My watercolor is based on sketches I made in front of Michaelangelo’s Pietá in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I stood in front of this sculpture….and wept. I cannot begin to fathom what Mary went through. Seeing her son this way…

pieta by Michaelangelo

Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Painting details: Kuretake Watercolors on Canson, Montval 140lb using a #6 Black Velvet Silver Brush.

Sandy Allnock Good Friday Pieta2

I used to wonder why this is called “Good” Friday, when it went seemingly tragically wrong that one day. But without this day…there would be no Easter. That makes it Good in my book.

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Watercolor Background Tutorial – Faux Glazed Glass


Gooooood midweek to you, my friends! I teased today’s Faux Glazed Glass watercolor background tutorial a bit ago….and sadly, the yummy gold paints are so hard to get, I’ve delayed this post til now. I wanted to wait til they’re in -and now they are!


Watercolor background tutorial

I’ve been having SUCH a good time with these paints. As well as my watercolors. And when I saw the vase pictured in the video – I knew the paints would be part of my CASE! The background really does look like the vase – I surprised even myself! Can you believe this rich color came from “just” watercolors? Check out how I created it in the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

The Faux Glazed Glass background came out so pretty I nearly didn’t diecut into it. I had thought about just adding a sentiment. But then…that would be a panel covering up this deliciousness! So I bellied up to the BigShot and started diecutting, and am so glad I did. I just LOVE how this came out! (The die is currently out of stock, but keep tuned to my blog and I’ll let you know when it’s back in!)

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor background tutorial

For those missing my Copic videos – never fear! More are coming. They were crying as I made another watercolor background tutorial, and I’m going to be showing them some love—but mixing it up with other media too. The markers are like kids – they need to learn to share! Heehee!


More watercolor background tutorial ideas will be coming in the future…this was too much fun not to play with some more!

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Magical Monday: Rome Watercolor Paintings


And thus it begins – Rome watercolor paintings! I have a gajillion photos I want to paint (ha, don’t worry, I won’t burden you with them all!)…and decided to jump in and tackle this one! (And if you missed the trip slideshow, click HERE!)

First of the Rome watercolor paintings

I’ve been doodling around with watercolor quite a bit – lots that ended up in the circular file. But for some reason I decided to get out a sheet of the GOOD watercolor paper, and turned on the camera *just* in case it wasn’t a waste of a sheet of it. And guess what? It worked! I can tell you it surprised even me. It is AMAZING the difference that quality paper makes. I know I say that in my cardmaking all the time…now I can vouch for it with painting too. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

I wish I could do a voiceover on a video like this…so far I honestly have no idea how to explain what I’m doing. I do have a few details I can provide:

  1. I used these Kuretake watercolors. These have become my go-to paints now, after all the playing I’ve been doing. Not that you can’t do amazing things with others, but my hand seems to automatically reach for these at this point.
  2. I’m weird in that I mix paints on the paper and layer colors, just like I do with my Copics – most people mix on a palette. I know I need to be a grownup and start doing it the ‘real’ way, but this has just seemed easier. Well, except I didn’t get the colors of the buildings quite right, but I’m good with how this came out anyway.
  3. Good paper matters. Seriously. For my crafting I’m still fine with the inexpensive papers like this or this or this, but I may try some of the good stuff and see how it stamps and paints. The good papers seem to just ‘love’ the watercolor in a whole new way – the colors seem to come out richer, I guess that might be the best way to explain it? Once I try out a bunch I’ll do a side by side video and show you what I mean. I’m still learning too much to feel like I can do a definitive comparison video.
  4. I used Princeton Neptune Brushes. I’ve linked to the ones used in this video at the bottom of this post, over on Amazon – but I get mine at Daniel Smith. (Though they don’t put anything but their own brand on their website, so no linking.) Right now they’re the brushes I use most, though I am by no means experienced enough to be able to say they’re the brushes I’ll settle on. But they last longest for me – no hairs coming out, no weirdness. I rinse them well and NEVER put them in the water jar…I squeeze water out in a towel and dry them flat.
  5. I’m about to embark on trying out some REAL watercolors. Not crafter watercolors. That means tubes, palettes, and the like. EEEP! I can’t tell you how that scares me. But I’ve heard about some killer watercolors I’m going to go find in Seattle. Daniel Smith and Dick Blick, watch out. Me and my wallet are comin’ for ya!

Sandy Allnock Rome Watercolor Paintings

For sale

And by request…this and more Rome watercolor paintings are now in my store!




Are you looking forward to more of my Paris, London, Edinburgh and Rome watercolor paintings?

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Watercolor Flowers Series #3: Black-and-white Mashup


Today I’m joining the Friday Mashup Bloghop celebration of their 200th challenge – and I’m adding it to my Watercolor Flowers series! They asked for a mashup…and when I mash a lot of things together, I try hard to aim for Clean-and-Simple too; mostly because it’s too easy to overdo a multi-challenge card.

Watercolor Flowers Series

If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen a few of my videos in the series (HERE) – and this one isn’t quite in the same vein as the others, but it’s still watercolor. Today’s card is both CAS and one-layer…mashing #21  (Sketch + Dry Embossing) with #71 (Black & White + Bling). I got the idea when I had accidentally stamped this stamp in the wrong ink…and decided I’d try doing that deliberately this time. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

It was quite the unique challenge to do watercolor flowers in black-and-white only….and I also wanted to mention you might get a similar look to this with distress inks BUT – the Memento will hold up better and keep some of its solid lines. As soon as you hit the distress inks with water it’ll start to break down pretty madly. Fair warning.

I’ll be sharing some other colored stamps of this particular image on Instagram today – my plan is to try coloring this in a few ways this morning as part of the #thedailymarker30day challenge!

Sandy Allnock Friday Mashup21+71Note and question for subscribers!!

This is the first week with the new email delivery system, and I’m thinking about something…yesterday’s bloghop post went up later than the 5am time I’ve picked for my blog posts to get emailed out. So this morning, you probably got yesterday’s AND today’s, all in one. At least I’m hoping that’s what happened? I may adjust the time that my posts get emailed out – make it at noon or something, so morning bloghops get emailed out that day. My question for subbies: What time of day and time zone do you visit blogs? 

The rest of the challenge blogs are HERE – go see what everyone else is creating!


More in the watercolor flowers series is to come, of course, so be sure you’re subscribed (in the sidebar on the blog, or at the bottom of the page if you’re looking on a mobile device)!

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Hippos, Birds, and Blossoms


Hello, and welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’m excited about the release of today’s new products from Essentials by Ellen – so excited about them that I couldn’t stop myself from making TWO videos. Eeep! I be cray cray, eh? Just love what the amazing Julie Ebersole has created…let’s get busy and check out just a few – be sure to read all the way through because there’s an awesome giveaway too!

Check out all the new goodies in this release!!


New products: Wish Big and Mini Window Dies

This hippo is the BESTEST, isn’t he?!? He looks positively puzzled…which is my expression half the time! lol. And he’s got a sweet little birdie buddy to hang out with – which I also love, two friends who are different from each other but friends nonetheless. Our world can use more of that!

For my project, I created a watercolored one-layer card, and that big green balloon in the middle is a window peeking to the inside. Cuteness! I love that the die set has windows of all sizes – and even one that opens in the middle. Darling idea! Watch the video below or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a peek with the window open…the “to you” is on the back of the window that opens, and that cake peeks through from the inside of the card. For those that noticed the oops: my hand landed in that paint! Argh. I turned off the camera thinking I might have to start over. But – I put a lot of water on it, dabbed it off, more water, more dabbing. Once it was dry I took a this eraser to it and it was all gone. YEAH! Magic for just over a buck!

Sandy Allnock - Hippo Birdie2u

And here’s that cake on the inside. I love making cards with a treat inside! (And now I seriously want some chocolate cake!)Sandy Allnock - Hippo Birdie 2u


Supplies for Hippo Birdie:

Note that I’m travelling – if I’m not able to add a link to these specific products click HERE to go to the entire collection of Essentials by Ellen!


Sandy Allnock Coloring Bold Blooms

New products: Bold Blossom dies, Bold Blooms stamps

And now for some dies! As you know, I like to share ideas for those who don’t like to color – or who are coloring-challenged. This video shows both the easy way – stop before you get to the harder part – or doing more coloring to make the flowers even more dimensional. Either works great! And in addition to the standalone Bold Blossoms dies, there’s a Bold Blooms stamp set shown in the video (used for the sentiment) that has similar flowers, and there’s a die set that matches it. See it all over at Ellen Hutson’s site.  Watch the video below or click HERE to watch directly on YouTube!


Supplies for Bold Blossoms:


wish_big_EESTJ-013-15And, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, called Wish Big (graphic attached) to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd; winners will be announced March 4th!

Bloghop Links!

I’m so humbled to be in such amazing company with some of my crafty heroes! *gasp* Go see what they have to offer!

So go see Teri’s blog next – she always has amazing creations to share!

After you’ve had a chance to peek at the whole new line – what’s your favorite must-have item in this release of new products?

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A Peerless Watercolor Stroll in Paris


Bonjour tout le monde! Je suis Sandy, et j’ai un tableau por vous aujourd’hui! Peerless watercolor, heading for a peerless city: Paris! I’m practicing a little of my college French…ooh la la!  I hope I remember more of it by the time I arrive in Paris this afternoon. I was blessed to discover that during the recent (ugh) news from Paris, I was able to almost completely understand newscasters speaking French…though I’m challenged to say much of anything anymore! Oh my French teachers would be so sad. But maybe it’ll be like riding a Parisian bike!

Peerless watercolor

In the video I’ll show you my first Peerless watercolor painting of an actual person image…I’ve done techniques, flowers, and a little object here and there, but this is more ambitious than I perhaps should have tried? But it was a fun try at least! This is the 4th take…the others didn’t come out very well, and though this had its challenges, I decided to call it DONE! Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

Sandy Allnock - Peerless WC Paris Stroll

I’ll let you know how my little book for my Peerless Watercolor set works out; the Bonus Pak (Small) is the one I purchased but I linked you to some other options too. You can google for storage solutions for the other size of Peerless too, but know that these “2×2” pieces are actually a little larger. They appear to be handcut, since each is different – which, to me, is a nice thing, I like feeling as though someone cut a chunk of painted paper especially for me, and that it wasn’t some “perfect” machine. In the video I show you what I did with my extra pieces that had to be cut off.

Ps–that cold moved into my chest but not til after seeing great sights in Scotland! Once I get to Paris later today, I’ll lay low for the evening and get rolling on Thursday. Pray! 🙂


Have you tried Peerless watercolors yet? Or is there another type you love to paint with?

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Tartan and Argyle (ish) Watercolor background


Hello from Scotland! I’m visiting with the supersweet Debby Hughes right now – oh my GOSH I’m so excited to get to see her on her home turf!

Watercolor background

I thought I’d take a little Scottish inspiration from fabrics for today’s project. I looked for ideas on the internet – and wanted to figure out something to do with those patterns in watercolor, since I’ve been in watercolor mode preparing for this trip. Today’s video shares the results – using some masking fluid and easy waterocloring to make 2 versions of a fun soft watercolor background! Watch it below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I think I like the argyle better til I look at the tartan….then I’m sure I like the tartan on the smoother side of the Strathmore. Then I like the argyle better for the way it came out so soft where colors mix…oh man. I can’t decide. Can you?

Sandy Allnock Argyle Watercolor

Here’s a still comparing the two patterns on the two sides of the paper:
Sandy Allnock Tartan and Argyle
Ps…for those who are praying folks—please pray against this cold! My sister had one and I had held it off, but before getting on the train this am, I felt sniffles and a sore throat coming on. I had given my travel insurance (ie my cold meds) to her, and hope I fing more on the way to the train today…this cold ruined her trip, and I don’t want that same fate. Pray! 🙂


Do you have a favorite kind of watercolor background that you like to make?

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Watercolor Flowers Series #2: Flower Dance


I’m on the second in my series on painting watercolor flowers, woohoo! I’m using my Koi again… preparation for my two-week trip to paint my way through Europe! This time it’s a more graphical style of painting – no background, just letting that white space speak on its own. (If you missed last week’s floral #1, click HERE.) Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I love the loose look of this style of watercolor flowers…and it might serve me well while traveling to Europe and trying to paint quickly! I’m not sure if the weather will be cooperative, so I’m looking for various ways of capturing what I see easily, in case it’s raining. Sadly it’s not spring, so I probably won’t have need to watercolor flowers. 🙂

Watercolor flowers No2b by Sandy Allnock

Things of Note

  • Below I’m linking you to the supplies for both #1 and #2 in the series….so you can combine your purchases all in one. 🙂
  • If you’re on a computer/device that supports it, let me know if you see the coolio share buttons on the left side? (They won’t show up in email.)
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From the feedback so far on last week’s flower – the watercolor flowers series is likely to continue!