Introducing…my 2019 palettes!

Introducing…my 2019 palettes!

Happy almost-new-year! It’s been an adventurous month of watercolor…and after much hemming and hawing, I decided on new colors for my palette. Some artists change theirs out way often – I’ve tried keeping my main palette of 24 colors pretty consistent for about the last 3ish years, so that as I’ve created videos and classes, I wouldn’t be constantly poking at everyone to buy yet ANOTHER color.

However it’s time. My old palette had colors in it that I thought I would use but when it came down to it, I rarely did! So those colors got booted. Others were replaced by colors with another flavor, or other properties. And the job of choosing got a little easier once I got the small half pan palettes — which gave me more options to slide in some other colors I’d like to play with. They’ve all been sitting in my other 24-pan palettes for all this time, so when I wanted to “play” I had several out all over the place. So now….hopefully I can grab the right grouping in a palette to get some new colors with properties I want to play with!

In the video I show you the old colors vs new, or at least most of them….all the individual links are here in the blog post, and only some of them are in the YT description – it’s kind of a crazy amount of linking. LOL!

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

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My main palette

  • Watercolor Paints and main palette
    • Nickel Azo (EH DB)
    • New Gamboge (EH DB)
    • Aussie Red Gold  (EH DB)
    • Yellow Ochre (EH DB)
    • Burnt Sienna  (EH DB)
    • Burnt Umber (EH DB)
    • Perylene Maroon (EH DB)
    • Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB)
    • Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB)
    • Quinacridone Rose (EH DB)
    • Imperial Purple (EH DB)
    • Moonglow (EH DB)
    • Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB)
    • Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB)
    • Cobalt Blue (EH DB)
    • French Ultramarine Blue (EH DB)
    • Phthalo Blue GS (EH DB)
    • Indanthrone Blue (EH DB)
    • Serpentine Genuine (EH DB)
    • Sap Green (EH DB)
    • Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB)
    • Perylene Green (EH DB)
    • Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB
    • Neutral Tint (EH DB)

Floral Set

DANIEL SMITH Floral Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Floral set includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade (EH DB) Cascade Green (EH DB) Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB). My additions: Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Mayan Violet (EH DB) Pyrrol Orange (EH DB) Cadmium Red Medium (EH DB) New Gamboge (EH DB) Sap Green (EH DB) Spring Green (EH DB)

Earth palette

DANIEL SMITH Earth Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Earth set includes: Buff Titanium (EH DB) Raw Sienna Light (EH DB) Bronzite Genuine (EH DB) Venetian Red (EH DB) Burnt Sienna Light (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB). My additions: Quinacridone Deep Gold (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB)  Amazonite Genuine (EH DB) Jadeite Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Amethyst Genuine (EH DB) Purpurite Genuines (EH DB) Rhodonite Genuine (EH DB)

Colors of Inspiration palette

DANIEL SMITH Colors of Inspiration Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Colors of Inspiration set includes: Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Shadow Violet (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB). My additions: Indian Yellow (EH DB) Aussie Red Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Yellow Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB) Kyanite Genuine (EH DB) Blue Apatite Genuine (EH DB) Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB) Rose Madder Genuine (EH DB) Opera Pink (EH DB)

Sketcher palette

DANIEL SMITH Sketcher Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Sketcher sets Includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium (EH DB) Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (EH DB) Transparent Red Oxide (EH DB). My additions: Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Sedona Genuine (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Payne’s Gray (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB)

Blues palette

DANIEL SMITH Blues Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Blues set includes: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (EH DB) Cerulean Blue (EH DB) Lunar Blue (EH DB) Indigo (EH DB) Sodalite Genuine (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB). My suggestions: Buff Titanium (EH DB) Lunar Earth (EH DB) Perylene Maroon (EH DB) Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Green Gold (EH DB) Green Apatite (EH DB) Hookers Green (EH DB) Deep Sap (EH DB) Perylene Green (EH DB) .

Ultimate Mixing palette

DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Included: Buff Titanium  (EH DB) Hansa Yellow Medium(EH DB)  Quinacridone Gold (EH DB)  Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB) Permanent Alizarin Crimson  (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium  (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade  (EH DB) Phthalo Green Blue Shade  (EH DB) Goethite Brown Ochre  (EH DB) Burnt Sienna  (EH DB) Indian Red  (EH DB) Raw Umber  (EH DB) Jane’s Gray (not able to be purchased.)

My own mini-palette

This has a mix of some of the colors from my palette above. I’m exhausted with all the linking so…just look at that list. LOL!

New Dot Card coming

In the next few months I’ll have a new dot card coming out, but I don’t have an ETA on it as yet.

merry cookiemas!

merry cookiemas!

mama didn’t want to bug everyone with the holiday so close so we are writing to tell you she has a new class for you and a sale on all the other classes and she also did a speed video from a live thing she did where we appeared at the end but she cut us out of the speed video so you have to watch it on facebook if you want to see us.

merry cookiemas from G and V

new class

here is mama’s new class  and the other classes are on sale if you got a gift card for cookiemas and even if you didnt get one you still get the sale because if you have cookies it is the law that you have to share

speed video without dogs

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Poinsettia Speed Sketches

Before we get to the sketches: I’ll be on TV in a few hours! WBPI is airing a Skype taping of an interview with me today, Dec 20th, at 10:00AM EST. I know, not much warning! It’s super short, and I don’t know where in the hour it will broadcast; I’m hoping to get a recording of it to post on my Bible Journaling channel soon. If you’re free this morning you may watch via: Facebook Live – WBPI TV49 | Internet:, click on “watch live” | Antenna: 49.1 | | Comcast:  12 | WOW: 168 & 122 | ATT Uverse: 1049

Speed Sketching in Watercolor

I was playing around with a photo that I thought was challenging but beautifully seasonal…I’m not positive what I think of either of these but thought you might like to see them. I tried this painting several times, and this is closer than the first – but I may still need to paint it a few more times. Can’t let a flower kick my behind, know what I mean?

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

Some of the paint got well away from me but….yeah. lol.

Speed Sketching in Copic Marker

Just because the watercolor fought me, I also sketched the flowers in Copics– I’m far more comfortable with the medium, though it’s not challenging to me so I love the watercolor process much more.

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

That white poinsettia was harder than I thought!

I’m still goofing around with the new lights – but I seriously need to get back to work today or I won’t have anything ready to post in January, eeep!! Note to self: Next year take the *second* half of December for sleeping in, not the first half!

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

Don’t clean your palette yet! (plus new classes!!)

I’ve got a few things to let you know about….and aren’t you the lucky one, subscribed to my blog, so you get to hear about them when others have to wait? First a watercolor tip, then a little info on new classes!

Don’t clean your palette yet!

The post on Ellen’s blog went awol so I’ve copied portions of it if you’re interested in the cards. Hopefully the blog post will fix itself! 

See captions below each for a little about the making of the cards:

The first of the cards uses the new Hands die – all those great ethnically-painted hands are celebrating someone doing a GREAT JOB! I diecut the Block Words out of white cardstock, then cut the same out of black and inserted them so it’s nice and flat, and popped up all the hands. The confetti? Nuvo drops!
Next up are the clean and simple Fortune Cookie cards – all I needed was some dimensional adhesive, and the stamp set that has so many fabulous sentiments for the insert and the card.
My favorite of these cards pleases my sweet tooth! I used the cookies from Ginger HouseBaker Lady elements to create a background with Twilight ink  the Letterboard dies to make the tray, and a sentiment also from Baker Lady. The cookies can be decorated as I did with Nuvo drops – or think about all the gems, glossy accents, and other products that can be used! There are stamps that you can use with them but just cutting out the dies lets you have freedom to decorate your own way! 
If you’re a Bible Journaler – you might want to know about the books! I wrote one book with tutorials/instructions, and a workbook that I showed in the video – that is printed on Bible paper. It’s awesome for trying out techniques and practicing things before going to your Bible. I painted on a page that has rocks to color in – and by mixing browns and greys together, it created some beautiful rocks!  


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for the above projects. 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.

Kids Drawing Class (available now)

This weekend I launched the new KIDS drawing class! It’s only $5, and would be a great Christmas gift along with some new crayons and markers for the littles in your life. There’s a little promo video on the class page you can watch to see if it suits your little’s abiilities. Note that some of them watch my crazy YouTube videos and do a bang-up job, so even if this looks past what they can do, you might be surprised!

Intermediate class: One Rose Four Ways (launches 12/24)

I’m testing an idea for those who love ALL the mediums like I do…I know there are a number of folks who have taken all the Jumpstart classes, so I’m trying a mini class with FOUR mediums! If you need Santa to either 1) send you a gift card or 2) get you art supplies for classes, they are below – links in the captions. Class will be $15.99 like the other Mini courses.

It’s an intermediate class – that means I recommend the Jumpstart classes before this. But you can judge yourself if you’re ready. If you’ve taken them then you likely have the supplies needed (listed in captions). 

In class, I’ll be supplying a digi image of the rose, and a photo from PMP (so get a free account there) – you can transfer the image to your paper by printing (for copic or pencil), using graphite or other transfer paper, using a lightbox, or by putting the paper and print up to a window to trace it. 

Conte Sketching pencils in black (2B), a White Pitt pencil – soft, blending stumps, toned sketchbook. (I’m using grey but there’s also a tan.)
Stonehenge paper – a regular pad, or I’m using this spiral sketchbook. Polychromos (Blick, Amazon) colors are shown here – you can substitute with whatever brand you want to use.
Copic Sketch Markers R05, Salmon Red —-  Y17, Golden Yellow —-  R89, Dark Red —-  R59, Cardinal —- R37, Carmine —- YR04, Chrome Orange —- YG23, New Leaf —- YG99, Marine Green —- YG95, Pale Olive 
Daniel Smith Watercolors: Anthraquinoid Scarlet —-  Aussie Red Gold —- Sap Green —- Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8 –—  Short Round 12 —- and Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12 

Thanks for scrolling down through the post! I know it was a long one 🙂

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 ; 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… 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.

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