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Day 1: Go for the Gold: FREE cardmaking class!

This class is no longer interactive, but you are welcome to view and learn from this content anytime!

Welcome to the Go for the Gold class! I’ve been working on this for the better part of 6 months…and I’m delighted to share it with you now!

This FREE cardmaking class is filled with 7 days of inspirational gold cards….pastes, paints, pens, lots of my favorite things to play with! The class doesn’t cover every gold item out there, or every shade of it available….you may already have similar items in your own stash, too. But I hope some techniques will get you excited to kick off the fall and winter cardmaking season!

Kicking off the class with some #crafttruth!
Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sale is over.  For this week of class, I’ve also coordinated a sale on most of the items I’m using in class. YAY, right!?!? Save 15% on every in-stock item in the Go for the Gold category only! Shop today through Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 (midnight Pacific Time) and save. Upon checkout please type in the following coupon code: goforthegold  – Not valid on prior purchases and cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

Day one post write up is HERE – below is the video:

Why all the holiday cards so early? The samples in this class are fall and winter seasonal cards, since those holidays are staring at us down that long tunnel…(only 13 weeks til Christmas!) BUT we need to get some of these gold products in our hot little hands now, because if they ship when temperatures freeze, the mica in some begins to break down or change consistency. Some get goopy, others get watery, others separate….so I wanted to help everyone order them well before winter arrives. And with global warming knocking us around, that could be sooner than we expect!

Go for the Gold FAQ:

  • What does it cost? Nothing! It’s free!
  • Where do I sign up? No need to sign up anywhere. Posts will be here on my blog and YouTube channel!
  • What supplies do I need? Some of the supplies you may already have at home! Almost all the supplies I used are gathered into a category HERE at Ellen Hutson. To make it easier to find things, they’re divvied into categories. Each daily blog post will list the items used on that card.
  • Is there a discount on supplies? Yes! 15% on everything in the category HERE from now until the end of class. Coupon code goforthegold!
  • Will the class remain available forever? Yes! It’s part of my blog and YouTube channel so you can come back any time.
  • Are you sure it’s free? Yep!


Each of the 7 days, the lesson posts will be linked here. If you’re a subscriber to this blog, you’ll also be receiving the posts by email; if you’re a subscriber on YouTube, you’ll potentially receive the video by email too. This is for easy reference!

  1. Day One: Ornament Card / video
  2. Day Two: Crackle and Spray / video
  3. Day Three: Make Gold Paper / video
  4. Day Four: Liquid Gold / video
  5. Day Five: Twinkling Lights / video
  6. Day Six: Shiny Beeswax / video
  7. Day Seven: Golden Brush Pens / video
  8. Go for the Gold Wrapup – with comparisons of all golds used, side by side

Playlist with all videos; they’ll be added as they go live

It’s Your Turn: #goforthegoldclass 

Now it’s time for YOU to join in the fun! Qualify to win a prize (list below) by linking up your own NEW mojo creation below. Use one of the ideas in class to create your own card!

Prizes: Winners are listed HERE.

  • 4 packs of stampy goodness…winners chosen randomly from among participants! One entry per day max.
  • 1 pack of stampy goodness to a random commenter on ONE of the participant blogs!!
  • GRAND PRIZE of a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson!
  • Winners will be announced on Sunday October 4!

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Izink Testing


I’m slowly getting used to the whole idea of getting messy. LOL. These Izink inks are pretty fun – I’m really intrigued by the possibilities!

Izink Acrylic Pigment Inks

I was blessed to receive some Izink colors from the good folks at Clearsnap so I could try them out and see what they do. I’ve been seeing them pop up around the web, and was just curious. Acrylic. Pigment. Yet watercolor. I needed to test it, I didn’t believe it was true! Which is another thing I’m slowly getting used to; do you remember the days when I never wanted to get inky and test things? I think I’ve been taken over by aliens!

If you’d like to see what these inks’ properties are, check out the video below – or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube! And see below for a list of which inks have that lovely irridescence to them. #nomnom shiny!

I really do love the quote for the art journal page, too.

Sandy Allnock Izink Art Journal Page

Forget about GOOD.
Good is a known quantity.
Good is what we all agree on.
Stick to good and  you’ll never have growth.
-Bruce Mau

So many times I feel like we settle for good. We strive for average. When really we need to shoot past good. Past what we think we can do. The good is the enemy of the great…because it lets us stop. right. there.  #preachingovernow 🙂

The story about the bunnies

I talk to my stamps, as you know. And ever since THIS post where I used a stamp in the Wishing You set as a “sad” bunny sitting in monkeypoop (ya gotta watch the video, it makes more sense than this sounds!), I was feeling bad for using them in a “mean” setting! I knew I had to post something to counter any bad mojo I would have left on the stamps….so that’s what I did here on today’s cards. LOL. Sorry, bunnies! See, you have my heart.

Colors Available

As I showed in the video, some Izink colors are iridescent or pearlized, and others are just glossy. If you’re looking for just a few colors and want to choose one or the other, here’s how the 26 colors break down:

  • Iridescent : Amethist, Cactus Citronelle, Gold, Mango, Opaline, Orchid, Silver, Topaz, Tulip, and  Volubilis.
  • Glossy: Avocado,  Ambre,  Anemone, Bamboo,  Gentian,  Geranium, Iris,  Jasmine,  Lotus, Mimosa, Orchid, Rose, Safran, Tomato,   Tulip,   Turquoise

Scope today!

I did a superfast Periscope broadcast today to show the difference in how the Izink and Brusho work in painting roses. Below are the cards that came out of that, with this perfect sentiment that’s on my new ohmygoshIamgoingtouseitalot list…watch it HERE for only 24 hours (until Tuesday am)!


Card Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Easy Ombré Holiday Cards – celebrating with Hero Arts!


Are you ready for a celebration? Today is the day that Hero Arts finally opens their brand new redesigned website! I was priveleged to get a sneak peek at it yesterday and kick tires…you are going to be. so. excited! I noticed they added some things to the store that weren’t there just last week – so I’m hooking you up at the end of this post with my top recommendations. (ie: I bought these, so there might be videos coming up with them sometime. LOL!)

Easy Ombré Holiday Cards

Every year I do a bunch of different things with my holiday cards – I do some easy ones, some middle-of-the-road ones, and some diving-in-and-going-crazy cards. Those are for my “A,” “B,” and “C” lists – based on their appreciation level for handmade cards! Ha! We all have those friends and family who just don’t “get it,” right? So we need quick cards for them. And a little more for those who care about the handmade cards. So today, I bring you cards that would be quick and easy to mass produce in their simplest form…or you can dress them up for the fancier crowd! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Weren’t those fun and easy!? I wish you could touch them on the letterpress paper and see how soft they are. And ya gotta love the Ombré Green and Ombré Red ink pads! It’s simple to make a background that looks soft and blended – toss a little snow on, and some bling, and it’s all ready for Christmas!

Sandy Allnock Easy Ombre Ink cards

Sabbatical followup

When I spoke yesterday of taking time off after finishing my Boston teaching gig – it’ll be taking time off from teaching at stamp stores only. I’ve received lots of lovely “farewell” messages…please don’t think I’m leaving my blog! lol. Just the in-person teaching. Which…might leave me time for more online teaching. Good, right? 🙂

Card Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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 Hero Arts Shopping Cart

In the video I promised I’d show you what fell into my cart. *eeeeep* This is what happens when I go crafty shopping! #walletneedsasabbaticaltoo

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Painting Perfect Trees


One of the most common questions I’m asked is how I make trees on my cards with scenes. That’s a bit of a toughie to explain….but I have a different answer for you now. And I’m so stoked!

Painting Perfect Trees (Bob Ross??)

Watercoloring trees just became *so* easy. Hero Arts created two layering stamp sets for two kinds of trees; they’re intended to stamp Christmas trees and fall trees*- but think of them as maples and pines and you’ll see lots more year-round possibilities! You can make wonderful scenes now with these….and I’m here to show you how! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

*These stamps are flying out of stock everywhere. As soon as they’re back in, I’ll let you know! Be sure to subscribe!

These actually *are* as easy as they look. At least the single tree in both stamp sets! It’ll take practice to get scenes going, but you can do it…I have confidence in you!

Sandy Allnock Fall Trees

These fall trees can transform so easily into spring trees. Just stamp all but one of the stamps in a variety of greens, then watercolor them to create the green tree. When it’s dry (for hard-edged flowers) or damp (for soft-edged flowers), stamp the one with the big dots in a floral color like a pink or purple. Ba da boom, ba da bing, you’ve got a little tree for spring!

Sandy Allnock Christmas Trees

We’re always looking for good images for guys too, right? Make some trees on a card for them too! Pines are unisex – keep the design clean, or add a deer or an eagle, and you’ve got a great masculine card!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Watercolor Flower Series #9: Paint a white poinsettia

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today….check out all of them in the release!! (Click HERE if you’re in love already and need them ALL. I did!)

Now that you got a look at all the yummies, let’s jam with my two projects….both with very different coloring techniques!

Watercolor a white poinsettia

I have a video today for this first card – I used distress inks with the Mondo Poinsettia stamp set and matching die set! In the video you’ll see a few tricks to help make your watercoloring a little easier…I discovered that leaving my diecut in place in the paper it’s cut from helped to keep it still as well as serving as a palette! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’m excited to start playing around with foil in coming months as the holiday season is rolling around…I kinda skipped it when everyone else got their laminators, even though I have one. I figured I’d save myself a new technique to play with for Christmas!

Supplies for Poinsettia:

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Are you ready for another card after all that sweet watercoloring? Let’s jump over to another season: halloween!

Sandy Allnock - Color a pumpkin patch

Color a pumpkin patch with Copics

My second card uses this sweet little halloween stamp set called Got Candy – I love non-scary cards for  halloween! Even the ghosties here are just adorable. On Thursday I’ll have the video posted to show you how to color this one – including all the perfect Copic colors to use for pumpkins. If you “need” (ha) this stamp set, drop it in your cart today while you get the poinsettias so you’re ready to roll when the video lands in your inbox. That moon, which opens to reveal a surprise sentiment, is from THIS die set from last year. #justcallmeyourenabler LOL! #sorrynotsorry

Supplies for pumpkin patch:

Waitaminute, my videos aren’t landing in your inbox? We’ll have to fix that:

  1. Subscribe to my blog by clicking HERE (and read a little about the free gift I give to my new subbies!)….
  2. And/or subscribe to my YouTube channel.


MONDO-POINSETTIA-STAnd, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, Mondo Poinsettia 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 August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend!

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is the oh-so-talented Laurel!

The bloghop list:

  1. The CLASSroom  <–grand giveaway!
  2. Lisa Adametz 
  3. Sandy Allnock <—you are here!
  4. Laurel Beard 
  5. Heather Campbell 
  6. Darlene DeVries 
  7. Julie Ebersole 
  8. Sharon Harnist 
  9. Angel Johns 
  10. Stephanie Klauck 
  11. Amy Kolling 
  12. Emily Leiphart 
  13. Nichol Magouirk 
  14. Jennifer McGuire 
  15. Maureen Merritt 
  16. Kay Miller 
  17. Carolyn Peeler 
  18. Julia Stainton 
  19. Laura Sterckx 
  20. Amy Tsuruta 
  21. Kimberly Wiener 
  22. Carissa Wiley 
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Faithbook Series 1: Lost and Found Watercolor Eagle

And thus, on this Independence Day Weekend, I inaugurate my monthly faith project! And I think you’ll find this one fairly well-themed for the holiday! 🙂

Faithbooking, aka Bible Journaling

Faithbooking is like scrapbooking or art journalling…except documenting your faith journey! I’m planning on my monthly Faithbook post to be just one other way to share techniques…so even if you’re not a faithbooker, I want to make them valuable learnings for you anyway. And maybe you’ll be inspired to join in the fun too! You can watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The painting is, of course primary here, but I added Thickers for the title, and hand-scribed my journalling at the bottom.

Sandy Allnock Faithbook1 Watercolor Eagle page


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Watercolor Flower Series #8: Vintage Flowers


More in the Watercolor Flowers Series?!? No way, right? YES way! This one is way out of my comfort zone, too!

Vintage Flowers

The Watercolored Anemones set from WPlus9 is a set created from a watercolor painting by Dawn (see it below the video), the owner of the company; she created it so we could all use our pigment inks and make watercolor-looking flowers with layering the stamps. But I wanted to see what would happen if they really had some watercoloring….so I tried it! Watch the video below, or check it out HERE on YouTube.

The brush I used is THIS one, and the paper is THIS one. Here’s Dawn’s painting:

And that Gold Crackle Texture Paste!? Be still my beating heart! I’m thinking Christmas cards…oh man. I may buy a couple jars of that stuff in case you guys buy it all, it is soooooo pretty and shiny! (PS the paste may be out shortly here…but you can try here too!)

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers Series 8


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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 think this card was well worth all the attempts to make it work….what do you think?

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Getting Started with Watercolor

Welcome to this long-awaited post all about watercolor! I started in with watercolors last fall, and have been trying to learn all I could from experimenting. Many of my readers have wanted me to make recommendations – and that’s so hard! There are many good brushes, papers, and paints, and much of the decision-making has more to do with YOU and what you plan to do with it.

A little about me if you’re new to my blog: I’m an artist by training, though hadn’t really delved into watercolor; my career as a graphic designer has been exchanged in the last few years for the world of papercrafting, which is also incorporating much of my fine art talent as well. This post is intended primarily for crafters – or new watercolorists who just want to try things out. 

This is a really really really long post. Please feel free to bookmark it or pin it and come back. But scroll to the bottom, I have a little giveaway! Before I get into the meat of things, let me tell you what’s going to be coming up: this post is in a few sections, so you can scroll to the area you’re interested in, or just make your way through from the top.

  • Brushes
  • Paints and papers
  • Technique basics

As I show different product images and comparisons:

  1. Below the photos, I’ll list a little information and links to purchase that item if you desire.
  2. At the END of each section, I’ll give you my overall purchase recommendations if you don’t want to wade through all the info above it. 

Links are primarily affiliate links in this post: that means that if you purchase an item using some of these links, I receive a very small commission. There’s no extra cost for you when this happens, but it really does help defray the cost of this blog. And uhm, the cost of all these papers and brushes. LOL. None of the products shown have been given to me. Yes, my wallet is glaring at me! 🙂

I only link you to items that I think are worth purchasing. Even so, there may be some items that you purchase and think, “She’s nuts, this is horrible.” Because we all have our own opinions, right? But I’ve been using these items and do like them – some more than others, as you’ll see in the notes below each one.

Are you ready? Buckle in, let’s go!


An artist’s brush is a VERY personal choice. I mean VERY. It’s challenging to find a brush that I think other painters would be happy with, since I only live in my own skin. But….I’ll share what I learned and hopefully you’ll learn from my experience! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

I decided to limit the test to round brushes only. That’s a brush shape that I think best suits papercrafters, though there are many other shapes that can work too. These are all #4 brushes:

7 brushes

The first three are student brushes, and we go up from there. Remember….this test did NOT include every brush out there. Do not be offended if your favorite is not listed here.

  1. Princeton Select – 2, 4, 6 (student grade)
  2. Robert Simmons Sapphire – 2, 4, 6 (student grade)
  3. Robert Simmons White Sable – 2, 4, 6 (student grade)
  4. Raphaël Kaërell Synthetic Sable  – 2, 4, 6
  5. Silver Brush – Black Velvet Line – 2, 4, 6 *my pick for crafters
  6. DaVinci Cosmotop – 2, 4, 6 *beveled handle
  7. Blick Master Synthetic – 2, 4, 6  *guaranteed for life, pretty sweet


Water brushes or Aqua brushes:

  1. Pentel – individually or a three pack.
  2. Faber Castell Water Brush
  3. Zig – detailer, medium, large, and broad
  4. Prima – set of two, the only one I know of that has long handles
  5. Tim Holtz/Ranger – detailer or broad
  6. Caran d’Ache Museum brush – I have this one in my cart!

Other things mentioned in the video:

  1. Nesting water cups
  2. Brush roll for short-handle brushes, or a long-handle version
  3. Make your own brush roll tutorial


Brand: Silver Brush’s Black Velvet line is the one I love. At least for now! All the ones listed above are great though, if you have one already or if your art store doesn’t carry these.

Sizes: My favorites are 2, 4, and 6 rounds. If you only have budget for one – go for a 4.

Water brush: I’ve had the best luck with the Pentels and Faber Castell not dripping out prematurely, but my Zig does well most of the time….I love that they have the tiny brush on the small one.



This test was a labor of love! I have bought so many papers that I think I’m stocked up for a good long while. And yet…I still can say I love all of these for different reasons. And I won’t stop buying. I am a total paper lover. Some definitions:

  • Cold press: a textured paper. It comes in fine grain or rough grain in many brands. If the grain is not mentioned, it’s most likely fine grain.
  • Hot press: smooth paper, great for stamping.
  • Weight: most watercolor papers come in 140lb or 90lb. For consistency purposes I’m using all 140lb for this test.
  • Pads, blocks, sheets: You can purchase many of these papers by the sheet; I’m using pads and blocks. Pads are attached on one side, blocks have adhesive around 3 or 4 sides – so they don’t need to be taped to a board to stay flat during painting.
  • Euro fold: a pad that folds on the short side.

NOTE: I chose to do the paint tests on the pad itself, rather than taping it to a board; that was not because I didn’t know to tape them down, but because I wanted to test and see if some papers had more ‘curl’ to them after being completely soaked with water and paint.

As for paints – I chose to only assess pan (cake) paints at this time. I’m trying to find apples-to-apples things to compare, and bringing tube paints and palettes into the mix can muddy the waters, so to speak. I kept the colors similar too, so there would be fewer factors to compare. And I did not include all the paints in the testing, I had to pick four to keep it easy to follow as I photographed everything.

At the end of this post I’ll give you my opinions on what you might like to try out! In the meantime watch the video below, or click HERE to watch on YouTube; you’ll see a few of these papers being painted (there are more here on this blog post than are in the video.) Watch below or click HERE to view it in HD on YouTube.

And now…let’s get to the paper pics! Click on the IMAGE to see it larger – I know sometimes squinting at the detail of paper texture is just too hard to see, so a click will blow them WAY up for you.

SandyAllnock 1CansonXL

Canson XL is a decent and inexpensive student-grade paper. It curls the most out of the 8 that were tested, but not much if it’s taped to a board to secure it. The paints moved pretty readily on this paper, and the Holbein paints moved out in ‘bloom’ shapes. Windsor-Newton paints held the most integrity in the paper texture. The Kuretake dried with a very even texture and coloration.SandyAllnock 2MoulinCPfine

I’m testing three Moulin du Roy papers by Canson, this one is the Cold Press, fine grain. I won’t repeat what was said above about the paints, as some paint behaviors are the same across all and only change with the texture of the paper they’re used on.

With a higher quality paper, the Kuretakes began to take on more painterly edges, which are nice. Note though with the Crayola paints – they seem to just smooth out whatever they’re used on, and colors do get muddy sometimes.

The “Enhanced Surface Cohesion” means the surface better tolerates multiple layers of paint without trashing the surface of the paper – so these Moulin du Roy papers take a lot more beating than other papers might. They’re also more erase-able than other papers. I’ll be putting that to the test over time.


SandyAllnock 3MoulinCPRough

Another Moulin paper from Canson – Cold Press, rough texture. It takes a little more professional control to manage on this kind of paper, and it can be a challenge to stamp on. However it affords great paint textures, and can be a lot of fun for creating traditional watercolor effects.

SandyAllnock 4CansonMontval

This Montval paper is one of the “blocks” I tested: these are paper pads with the edges sealed with an adhesive; a simple razor blade can detach the painted layer once finished, and there’s no need to adhere the paper to a board. You can see there is absolutely no curl with a paper like this.

SandyAllnock 5Arches

When getting into Arches paper (cold press rough), the quality (and price) begin to rise. The texture of this rough grain cold press moves any of the paints quickly – you can see that upon drying, this one became almost completely covered in paint as it moved out to the edges of the paper. The Holbein paints still hang onto some of the integrity of their painted texture, while most of the others seemed to quickly lose detail; though this was a fast swash of paint, and the response painting an image is obviously quite different than this. Stay tuned for me to do more technique tests this summer with these papers.

SandyAllnock 6MoulinHP

Back to another Moulin paper (satin grain hot press), with the Enhanced Surface Cohesion again. Hot Press papers are very smooth, which makes them great for stamping. This particular one gets slightly more expensive than the other Moulin du Roy papers.

SandyAllnock 7Fluid100
This Fluid 100 cold press block is now working us toward the higher end of the ones tested; the block adds to the expense. The way the color flows on this makes my little heart go pitter patter – and have you been noticing that the Holbeins have been maintaining their color a little better than the others? The Crayola are often brightest, but also are very hit-or-miss when they get mushy at times.

SandyAllnock 8artisticofabriano

The final paper pad is Artistico by Fabriano, another artist-grade paper, and just looking at the swatches of paint, it’s easy to see that the effects of the paint remain, aside from the Crayolas which only smooth out. (I think the paper quality made them wet their pants.) There are a number of other Fabriano papers I have in my collection – the company’s medium range papers – and they’re also great. But I ran out of steam and they didn’t make it for the test.

And now for paints!


  1. Crayola
  2. Sennelier
  3. Koi Sketchbox – DB 12 or 24; EH 12
  4. Kuretake Gansai Tambi – DB 12 or 18 or 24: EH 12, 24, or 36
  5. Windsor & Newton Field Box, 12 pans
  6. Holbein Palm Box, 12 pans

My recommendations

Papers for papercrafters: the Canson XL is definitely the best “buy” for the money, however its performance won’t take you from a so-so painting to something beyond. If you’re itching to see what the other papers are like, the Moulin du Roy pads are an excellent choice to try out something a little fancier, but not have to spend a ton; they are less money than you’d think. The enhanced surface cohesion could be a big help in creating interesting techniques.

Paints for papercrafters: In the video I showed more paints than what was in the 4some for the test; the two paint sets that I like a lot for crafting are the Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints (they come in 12 or 18 or 24 or 36) and the Koi Sketchbox (which comes in 12 or 24). Both are very affordable, and both will achieve what we need them to as crafters. I used the Koi for a lot of my painting while travelling in Europe, and the paints produced very well!

My personal favorites: The Holbein paints are on my love list. I didn’t expect that, but hoped for something good when I spent that much on them. (And now I need to buy more….aaaaah!) The Artistico paper is also a favorite, and will be a regular paper I use for my fine art work, and will likely be meandering about with all these papers for a while. I’ll be using the Canson XL in my classes that I teach, as it’s affordable – and in my Watercolor Flowers for Cardmakers class, students will get to try out a couple different papers.


Please understand that just buying good paper, the “right” brush, and quality paints — even these are not enough to transform you magically into an amazing painter. Good tools do go a long way, but you’ll still need to work at it and practice techniques. In this video, I’ll show you a few basics about the ways that *I* paint – you may or may not do things this way since there are many ways to skin a cat! But I hope this will help. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Used in this video:

  1. Flower stamp from Bohemian Garden
  2. Acrylic block
  3. Canson XL Paper
  4. Black Velvet Brush Round 4
  5. Koi Sketchbox
  6. Some inks that are good to use with watercolors: Ranger Archival or Versafine


Just because I wanted to celebrate actually getting this far in my research, I purchased TWO extra Round 4 brushes – the Black Velvet ones! And I’ll give them away to two lucky commenters on this post. Come back in a week and find out if it was YOU who won!

Last week’s winners

On THIS post, I was giving away two Copic Multiliners – and the winners are (drumroll please!)….VikkiCH and poconopam! Email me your addresses and I’ll get your pens out to you.

And now….I rest. This has been a heroic post, and I congratulate you on getting to the end of it. And me as well. I’m pooped! Chat later, peeps!


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Watercolor Flowers #7: Lost and found technique


Hello friends – and welcome to number 7 in my watercolor series – as well as a really fun Watercolor Bloghop hosted by my friend Paulina over at Pretty Pink Posh!

Lost and Found Technique

Today’s card is an idea that evolved over a long period of time; I saw mention on some kids art blog post eons ago about using salt with watercolor. They didn’t show visuals, just mentioned it as something to try. And I saw it also on someone’s art journal technique list. Again, no visuals. The idea stuck in my craw, though, and I decided to play with it and see what happened. A full day of experimenting ended with this card well after dark…..and it was worth a full day to get here! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

How crazy is that whole salt idea!? Oh Lordy. I wonder how someone stumbled on the idea. An accident at a lunch counter maybe? In any case, I *adore* the technique. I’ve got more in store to use this for other projects, so stay tuned in coming weeks!

Sandy Allnock Lost and found watercolor technique

Not only can you comment during this bloghop….but you can PARTICIPATE! There’s an Inlinkz over on the PPP blog to share YOUR painted creations.

There are also lots of sponsors for this hop…gift certificates from Pretty Pink Posh, Simon Says Stamp, Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn, WPlus9, My Favorite Things, MarkerPop, Mama Elephant,DeNami Design, Winnie & Walter, Paper Smooches, along with prize packs from Impress and Avery Elle up for grabs!

If you haven’t already, be sure to RSVP for the Watercolor Blog Hop event on Facebook. Paulina will be posting there over the weekend with cards that are submitted, sharing watercolor tutorials, and doing some extra giveaways over there as well!



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