Watercolor Weekend: Palette Setup + my dot card!

Watercolor Weekend: Palette Setup + my dot card!

Watercolor Palette Setup

I’ve been on the hunt for a good palette to recommend. I had a few things I was looking for….

  1. Metal. I just like a good metal palette. (I have a bunch of expensive Italian palettes that can’t be had over here, and couldn’t find a way to have them imported.) Plastic palettes have the un-fun problem of having the paint blobs pop out. Yikes!
  2. Wells to wash. Lots of palettes have the mixing sections in the centers, surrounded by the paints. While it might be easier to drag paint out of wells, it’s also pretty impossible to give ’em a really good washing. I like to sometimes run it under water to get it good and clean.
  3. Pans. There are palettes with built-in wells, but depending on how they’re constructed, paint and liquid can move around from one well to another pretty easily. In pans, I find that a wet palette is a little easier to toss in the bottom of my bag (I do try to keep it flat if it’s good and wet) without making a mess.

So….the Schminke palette is pretty close to my fancy European palette! The only differences are the mechanism to hold in the pans, and the shape of the wells. Pretty minor, eh? So I now have this Schminke palette, filled with my Daniel Smith Essentials PLUS the 18 colors on my new dot card. (Total of 24 half-pans.) If you want to make a swatch sheet for this palette yourself, click HERE for the pdf. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My Daniel Smith dot card!

In the fall, the good folks at Daniel Smith asked if I’d pick my top 18 cards so they could make a dot card out of them. EEEP! Apparently enough of my followers from around the world have mentioned my name to them that they think I’m a bigger deal than I am. LOL. Anyhoooo….here it is. Cool huh? Colors are all linked in the supply list below.

Want a free dot card? Place an order at Ellen Hutson for at least one Daniel Smith product – and you’ll get a free Sandy Allnock dot card while supplies last! Hurry! You can try out my colors before buying tubes.

sandy-allnock-dot-card

“The Sandy Allnock Bundle”

There is a discounted special kit made JUST for my watercolor peeps. Yep, it even has my name in the title. It’s right HERE. That would be a great start for your watercolor adventure if you’ve not jumped in yet…and if you order it quickly, you could qualify for that free dot card!

The rest of watercolor weekend:

Over at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, I’ve got a second post and video – painting trees! They’ve assembled another post too, right HERE with a weekend special. I’ve heard rumors of what they’re putting together tomorrow, too, and can’t wait to go see it myself!

TOMORROW – Sunday March 12, at 1pm Pacific, I’m hoping to host a live YouTube chat on watercolor! I have no idea how it works but I keep getting emails from YT that my account qualifies, so I’m gonna give it a try. Please don’t get upset if technology eats me alive – lol! Just knowing how the “firsts” go, this could be a challenge. But I’ll give it a try!

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.

My 18 colors:

also included in my palette, in addition to the 18 above:

Other supplies:

Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

If you’re an addict like me – you have a lot of tiny cling stamps in your stash! I’m up to 8 of the Stampin Up plastic cases full of them….yeeesh! For some folks it’s hard to see what the stamps look like when they’re all grey cling; so try making little tags with test images! If you keep them in the sets they came in, you can tuck a tag into the package. If you use cases like me, cut a piece of watercolor paper the size of your case, and stamp all the images so you know what you have! In today’s video, I’ll show you all 10 of the new sets that just came out, and give a few tips along the way. Stay tuned to the end, I *just* picked up some new markers and they could prove very interesting for AI watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Below are the swatch cards I made in the video; click on the image caption to go purchase the stamp set at Ellen Hutson coz I know you also need cardstock. (How did I know that? Coz I do too. LOL)

Samples

I created a few card-sized paintings with only the stamps listed above–there are SO many options for layouts and combinations!

Zig Art & Graphic Twin Markers

I *just* got these markers – so don’t go expecting a ton yet. LOL. In the video literally was my first application of any color with one pen! I did make a quick sample, and yes the color came out more intense; these pens seem to want a smoother paper even more than the Clean Color pens do. (I use CC on Arches Cold Press, but I’m weird.)

These are pens by Zig Kuretake – and here’s the basic differences I see in just a short time between Clean Color and Art & Graphic Twin:

  • my full set came with a rack for storage. HOORAY.
  • 10 cents more per pen, but you get two nibs.
  • no “marker condoms.” (For those who have zigs and had to peel off the plastic….these don’t have that.)
  • nibs – one is a bullet nib, the other is a brush nib – but it’s not a foam nib like some others (like Tombow). It’s a plastic? rubbery? nib, and even makes squeaky noises sometimes.
  • the color selection is nearly identical. I was curious so started swatching in a sketchbook and found some colors that don’t come in the Twin, and some new colors added.
  • the ink appears to be a little different in my first tests; the Twin don’t seem to blend as easily, but possibly they need more than my sketchbook papers, I’ll try out other stuff. But they also come with a blender pen, which I wasn’t able to get to blend anything. Again, maybe the paper.
  • sets – Kuretake did it again on sets (lol) – my pet peeve is ending up with duplicates when you build sets slowly. The chart below shows the colors in each; if you just want some colors, you could get all the 4s, or both 6s or both 12s, and only the 4s will have a duplicate. Or just buy them individually. Or do like me and get the whole set. (Coz I knew I would do so eventually….yeah.)

Later today on Instagram, I’ll post a short video doing some lettering with these pens, be sure to pop over to see it. 🙂

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.

I figured visuals for the stamp sets might be helpful instead of a list:

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

Delicata ink pads are certainly beautiful to stamp with – they have lots of shimmer and shine to them. I’ve used the Gold for quite some time – but Imagine Crafts sent me some other colors to try – so I did!

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

In the video, the first few minutes show the card…so for those not interested in Bible journaling, just watch that first bit to see the pretty floral card. Bible journalists – you might want to pick up some of these inks because they don’t go through the paper! There’s even a black shimmer that has some good contrast to it – so it might be something you’d want to try if you stamp much in your Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Bible page came out soft and pretty – that background watercoloring, then stamping and painting with all that shimmer. Yum! And please do consider jumping in for the 30daysofbiblelettering.com challenge – whether you post your creations on Instagram or not. I’ve done just wording in notebooks, so you don’t have to do a fancy project. Just get some practice in! (And keep an eye out…one of the devotions this time is by me!)

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.

Wet in Wet Watercolor Background – Elfie Selfie

Wet in Wet Watercolor Background – Elfie Selfie

Wet in Wet Watercolor Background – Elfie Selfie

During CHA this year, I showed folks who came by the booth how to create a fun background with watercolors – just dropping paint into a pool of water. They enjoyed it and I hope you will too! I used the new Elphie Selfie set from Lawn Fawn – utter cuteness!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.

Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!  I also have my own special (and totally unrelated to the new release) kind of theme, based on the weather at my house – I would rather be CRUISING! #ineedavacation! If you’ve come from Lisa’s blog, awesome…if not, start out at the top of the hop HERE!

Before I get rolling – here’s the release list….

Cruise Ship View: Copic Scene

When I saw the “Spa Day” set – I just wanted to color an icy cold refreshing drink. Seriously. I was filming while my Seattle region was buried under snow (I know, I know, a few inches and we’re toast!). And the thought of looking out the porthole of a stateroom on a cruise ship? Oh man. Channel me some warm sunshine!! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Snorkeling View: Copic Scene

The second project I did is an underwater scene using Otterly Awesome stamps and Otter Ware – a coral reef filled with playful otters! I got out my watercolors for this, of course….Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

NEXT STOP:

Go visit the lovely Laurel Beard !

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.

Copic card:

Watercolor card:

Watercolor a Coastal Scene

Watercolor a Coastal Scene

 

Watercolor a Coastal Scene

The technique on today’s card using Shine Bright is similar to one I shared at a make-and-take at CHA2017 a few weeks ago. I’ve added quite a bit – the sky, primarily! I wasn’t sure it was going to work and am delighted to report that it did! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

ICYMI

The video mentioned at the end of this was part of a paint-along series I created a while back – ICYMI (in case you missed it):

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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