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Watercolor Techniques for Art Journalling

This is a repeat post from this morning with a correct video – tech issues, my apologies!

NOTE: Read to the end of the post for some quick info regarding these techniques with a new product that just came out at CHA.

Watercolor techniques for art journalling

I’ve been wanting to work on a few art journal pages with all the goodies from Prima that I keep buying -and storing. LOL. Anyone else relate? Well after playing with the Oil Pastels during tag week, I knew I was going to get them out to play again! I matched them up with the Prima pencils – which I now have all of, since I suffer from #fullsetsyndrome (can I get an amen there?). Add in some other goodies – and well, here you go…..Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I think the Glossy Accents additions are one of my favorite things about the page….

Sandy Allnock Watercolor techniques 1

The sentiment is from the bird stamp set- I stamped it onto plain old typing paper, tore the edges, rolled up one side, then sprayed it with the Prima gold spray (there are a couple gold colors HERE). Shiny and yummy! Sandy Allnock Watercolor techniques 2

The stitching was done by hand with plain old needle and thread. Be glad I don’t sew my clothes, ha! I did just random stitching; I glued the panel down really well with 1.5″ Be Creative tape, but I decided a few stitches to tack down everything well wouldn’t hurt.Sandy Allnock Watercolor techniques 3

And last but not least, the promised set swatches. I’d advise picking colors that go well with whatever you would color most, and go with those. If you buy all 5 sets, you’ll have 18 duplicates. (I think. I counted it all out a few weeks back, and I can’t find my note I wrote back then! Lots are the black 120 or the white 01.)

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Visit the Prima Booth on Periscope with me HERE!

Comparison to Distress Crayons?

I know the question is hanging in the air since Tim revealed  the new Distress Crayons at CHA. I had the opportunity to discuss this project with him, and I wanted to add this note to this blog post: while not addressed in the video, of course, this project could not have been done in this way with the distress crayons. They cannot be used to stamp an image like this. These Prima Oil Pastels are a completely different product with completely different properties, and I’ll be sharing an upcoming project with the Crayons and discussing more of their properties at that time.

Giveaway and other notes

giveaway

As I was purchasing pencils – I made an oopsie and purchased an extra set of the “Earthtones” – so I’d like it to go to a good home! Please comment on this post and tell me: have you tried the Prima pencils? Which set is your favorite?

I’m travelling to San Francisco today to go to the Periscope Summit which begins Thursday evening. So don’t expect that your phone will stop ringing quite yet! I know it’s been a terribly busy week on Periscope, and I hope the Summit will be fun for you to join in virtually too. I hope to bring an artist’s perspective to what goes on there – and I can’t wait to see what we can all learn!

I am planning to provide a CHA wrap up blog post Friday – depends on internet service and time available, please subscribe to stay tuned!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Black Capped Chickadee watercolor

Sandy Allnock Black Capped Chickadees

Today – by popular demand – my black-capped chickadee watercolor painting is 1) on YouTube, and 2) on Society6 – which means it’s available for prints and more! Read on below for details.

Black-Capped Chickadee watercolor

Some of you were able to catch the live Periscope broadcast last week….for those who didn’t make it – you get to see the speed version today! I’m no longer going to leave the Thursday “Open Studios” on replay; the idea is to show people what it really takes to create a work of art, and the ability to speed it up and scrub through on YouTube and now on Periscope – that pretty well defeats the purpose! So if you’re around on Thursdays, feel free to pop in from time to time throughout the day (starting 8am Pacific time) and check in on progress. This time I filmed, but will not be filming them all for reposting on YouTube. (And this one was filmed on my “big” camera, this is not the low-end footage that is saved by Periscope.) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The painting was created on Arches hot press watercolor paper, using PhMartin Hydrus watercolors, and Silver brushes.

Society6

Are you ready for idea #2 for holiday gift-giving? Give the gift of art! I’ve purchased items from several artists at S6 – so bop around on the site and find something that’s perfect for the person on your list!

After buying a few items from Society6, I decided to give it a go myself. (I have ordered some of my own pieces, and am awaiting their arrival; if you’d like to wait so I can tell you what the quality is like on *my* art, I’ll give you an update when that happens.) I’ve posted a number of my pieces on my Society6 page; some are available as prints only, others lend themselves to iphone cases, pillows, or mugs. Note that they put some on duvet covers and shower curtains which is….well, weird! I didn’t seem to have a choice, once I picked the items I did want, they just added the others.

I receive a few dollars per item purchased at Society6, so it’s one way you can support the work I do! And I thank you for it! Here’s a little sampling of the kinds of things you can find there….click HERE to visit the store!

Sandy Allnock Society 6 launch

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Mixing Watercolor Types

I’m so excited to be a guest artist over on the Newton’s Nook blog! If you’re just popping in today and we haven’t yet met – nice to see you! I live in Washington State where I live with my own kitties – Punch and Tsuki. (I know lots of you Newton’s Nook fans love cats like me!) I’m a bit of a coloring nerd…any medium, any time is my jam, and of course the sweet stamps at Newton’s Nook Designs are perfect for that!

 

I received two sets to play with and today I’m sharing some watercolor tricks with you using Christmas Cuddles! Later this week I’ll be sharing a Copic marker video here on my blog, too, along with my hex chart! Be sure to subscribe so you get the notification…plus you’ll get my freebies when you do!)

I’ve seen folks stress out about what to do if they don’t have a color they want in a particular brand of watercolor. And ya know what? It’s totally and completely ok to mix brands! (GASP!) I also have lots of folks asking how make a nice smooth background in a sky….so I’m showing you a paper towel technique on rough watercolor paper, and it worked pretty darned well! Check it out in the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I love using Arches Rough Watercolor Paper when I watercolor; there’s just something about the way paints move on this extra-textured paper that’s unique! If you’ve ever struggled with getting watercolor to flow the way mine did, try the paper and see if that helps.

Sandy Allnock Mixing Watercolor Types2

I mixed Weathered Wood Distress Ink (stamped as well as painted) with Hydrus Watercolors for this card. The #6 Black Velvet Brush I used on this card is one of my absolute favorites from the Silver Brush company – they get such a nice fine point on them, and that’s important for me in getting my brush into the nooks and crannies. Their 1″ flat brush works well for backgrounds too.

Sandy Allnock Mixing Watercolor Types3

Thanks so much for joining me for this little kitty fun….have a meowy Christmas, everyone!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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Christmas Countdown Calendar + Crafty Sales!

 

Are your kids excited about Christmas coming up? Make a fun countdown calendar to help them know how many more “sleeps” to wait! (Did anyone else count in sleeps like I did?)

Christmas Countdown Calendar

Sometimes I feel like I make projects that are no-brainers. This is one that I had wanted to make last year and just hadn’t gotten around to it! But the 12 Days stamp set along with Mini Window dies were perfect for a countdown calendar….add this year’s Advent set to it and it’s a ready made calendar treat! Whether you use the 12 Days set inside, or put messages or some other kind of image in  it, this is a happy little project to make. As a matter of fact, if you keep the insides non-Christmassy, this could help count down til ANY anticipated day. Like a child’s birthday! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

A few weeks ago when I worked on this, I did a live Periscope broadcast….I painted a page-full of packages, 12 stacked up on top of each other. After going to all that trouble, I suddenly realized I couldn’t run that paper through my die cut machine! haha! So….I re-engineered things and came up with a long strip – this can be hung down low where a small child can reach.

Sandy Allnock - 12 day Christmas Countdown Calendar

The template

Download the Calendar Template – there are instructions on page 1 that reiterate a few of the steps shown in the video.

Sales

Anywhere you go there are sales on right now – I’m just giving you the deets on what little I have from emails I’ve seen. You know the drill, shop early for best selection! Remember when you put an item in your cart and it says it is “in stock,” that item is not yours until you check out and pay for your order. That applies to almost every online store, so get to that “complete order” button pretty quickly! 

  1. Ellen Hutson – below are your coupon codes…click HERE to go shop! Don’t miss the special Bargain Bonanza section, too! Affiliate links.
    • EARLY BIRD SAVINGS From 12:00am Friday, November 27th Pacific Time (3:00am Eastern), through 9:00am PT, save 20% on every item currently in stock. At checkout use one time use coupon code early2015   
    • ANNIVERSARY SAVINGS If you are a bird who slept in, you can enjoy savings of 15% on all in stock items any time over the weekend  through Monday December 1st at midnight PSTAt checkout use coupon code anniv2015  
    • CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS  Savings of 20% on any remaining in stock items on Monday, November 30th beginning at 12:00am through 9:00am PSTAt checkout use one time use coupon code cyber2015 
  2. Dick Blick 20% off purchase of $50 or more using coupon code 16916 until 11/29/15. Click HERE to shop!  And go get your in-store coupons HERE!
  3. Simon Says 15% off everything. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAYSALE. Click HERE to shop.

The rest of these are not affiliate links – just wanted to share what I’ve seen coming through my email!

  1. Purple Onion Designs –  sale until 12/6: all stamps 25% off.  More specials for Black Friday/Cyber Monday coming. Click HERE to shop.
  2. Lawn Fawn – Free shipping, plus a free stamp set on orders over $35 (matching die over $50). Click HERE for details.
  3. Paper Smooches –  15% off your order using coupon code BFSALE15. Click HERE to shop.
  4. Altenew – 20% off a different item each day. Click HERE to find out the day’s deal.
  5. Neat and Tangled – 25% off all orders on Friday using code SOTHANKFUL. Click HERE to shop.
  6. MFT – 30% off everything using code THANKS now through Monday. Click HERE to shop.
  7. Avery Elle – Through Monday, free shipping on US orders and $4 off international shipping. Free stamp included on orders over $40. Click HERE to shop.
  8. Impress: 40% off one item of your choice Friday or Saturday with coupon code blackfriday2015. Click HERE to shop.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Watercolor Snow

 

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! I love putting this together each year. Well two years in a row at least! If you’d like to see last year’s day one tag, click HERE. Let’s go!

Watercolor Snow

I spent time searching the couch cushions to find some time to try out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels – and I think they’ll be fun! In today’s tag video I’ll show you how I made the multicolored watercolor snowy background…it’s so easy, your kids can help you with it! Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I love that these Oil Pastels can vary the look based on how much water is added – AND that the color doesn’t re-activate once dry! Perfect to use for kiddos with sticky fingers opening tags this holiday season, am I right? And oh – Postcards or envelope stamping? Yes please. No worrying about the USPS smoodging a stamp!

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Watercolor Snow

Giveaway!

handmadegiveawayHandmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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Artist and Adult Coloring Books

 

Coloring books have been all the rage lately – everyone’s talking about them! Check out the articles in Huffington Post and Parade, just for a few. It’s as though the rest of the world is finding out what we as artists and crafters have always known – coloring is relaxing!

Artist and Adult Coloring Books: the straight skinny!

What is the straight skinny? From Urban Dictionary: the bare, whole, and honest truth about a situation.

As I’ve shared some of the pages colored in my books, I’ve received lots of the same questions – and this post is an attempt to answer them. Please watch the video and then read info below in this ginormous post. (Did I say ginormous? I think it needs to be in all caps like GINORMOUS!)

I’ll be adding to this post if I get more info or buy more books (please, someone save me from shopping for more books!), and each coloring book is listed below with my notes about it. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube! (Warning: it’s a LONG video! My patrons promised me you wouldn’t mind!)

My friend Kathy (crazy amazing colorist) over at The Daily Marker has shared her books as well – see her video HERE for what she’s found. She also gives good advice about just coloring and relaxing. No stress!

The Questions

  1. Which books are good for which medium? Every book is on different paper. Some are thinner or thicker, some are printed on one side or two. I’ve listed each book below and some SUGGESTIONS for mediums. It’s not an exhaustive list, but you need to test for yourself. See the video for info on how I test.
  2. Which ones bleed through the back of the paper? Pretty much all of them, just some minimal exceptions. I always put a piece of cardstock behind whatever I am coloring or painting in the book. However – consider there are a LOT of pages in each book, and think about how fast you color. How many months worth of coloring joy do you have with just coloring one side? Question answered. 🙂
  3. Can I treat the paper with anything to keep it from warping? Some folks use different art mediums to coat pages first. I find that’s overkill for the way I work; if I want art to be fancier than I can get in a coloring book, I just begin to create a work of art instead and save my mediums for those pieces.
  4. What do you do with your pages when you’re finished? I leave them in the book. Just like I did when I was a kid! To me these are not finished works of art.
  5. If I frame it, will it fade in the light? If you use artist quality mediums, you might be okay; I’m not certain if really awful paper and really lovely paints cancel each other out. If you use regular craft markers, it’ll likely fade – so just change the picture out periodically, that’s all.
  6. Will coloring in these help me become a better artist? Yes and no. No because you’ll likely never be coloring on these papers in your regular art or craft projects. Techniques need to be altered, sometimes drastically, to work in these books. But YES because any time spent with a pen or brush in your hand is a good thing, right? I try out color combos in my coloring books – that’s a great way to learn how colors look together.
  7. Can I flatten a page that got crinkly with water? Try ironing it carefully between sheets of copy paper. However if you use anything thick, or paints with mica, those may iron off on the copy paper.

The Mediums: Test yours!

We as artists and crafters have a variety of mediums at our disposal. These books, though, were made for a general audience – people who pick up pencils or crayons at the drug store. Keep that in mind as you try things out! Dedicate your least-favorite page in a book to testing and try out all the mediums, keeping good notes on what it was and how you applied it. I’ve listed below a bunch of ideas – but please, try out what you have! Don’t make it hard on yourself, unless Santa needs to tuck an item into your stocking, of course, just put it on your Christmas list! Affiliate links are used throughout this post. Read more.

  • Crayons: Why not! Just get a good sharpener.
  • Pencils: I like Prismacolor pencils, but with coloring books – use whatever kind you like. Cheap ones from the drug store are usually just fine. With most coloring books, you’ll use up a lot of the medium, and lots of folks don’t want to use up expensive brand pencils. For a sharpener, I love this one.
  • Pens: Before getting to markers, let’s talk pens. Some of the books, as you’ll see below, have either areas you can zentangle (doodle) in – or they have SUCH tiny sections to color that you really do need a tiny nib! I have two pens I use in those cases – Fineliner Triplus
  • Watercolor Pencils: With these, color on the paper, then move the color around with a damp brush. (My favorite brush is this one but try out what you already own.) I have two types, but try out whatever you have:
    • Prima watercolor pencils: these seem to break down nicely with water on most of the papers -just use a very small amount to keep paper wrinkling to a minimum. They come in sets of 12, so pick a set with colors you like.
    • Inktense Pencils: the color is applied the same way, but after the first layer dries, you can put another color on top without moving around the dried color.
  • Water-based Markers: There are lots of options here! Try coloring both on the paper, and test coloring on an acrylic block or a piece of plastic and picking up color with a brush. And you can try out lots of other brands that aren’t listed here too, but these are my favorites:
    • Tombow: they seem to work most consistently and break down into watercolor best across different books; the brush nibs seem to push the color around best on many of the books I tried out.
    • Marvy Le Plume: I love the teeeeny tiny writing nib end! They also have a brush nib – they sometimes pill a little when applied direct-to-paper. But they watercolor pretty nicely.
    • Distress Markers: I only found that picking up color from a block worked; these pill up on most papers if you color directly with the brush nib.
    • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: These have an actual brush for a nib. On some papers colors blend without water, but not on all. The brush nib can be too wide for tiny detailed areas.
  • Watercolors: These can be as inexpensive as dollar store paints or as high end as you want to go! My favorite two types for coloring books, and again using very little water: Kuretake Gansai Tambi and Koi Sketchbox.
  • Alcohol-based Markers: I wouldn’t recommend these in general for blending most coloring books. The color blends within the fibers of the paper, and there’s not really fiber for the color to get into. But – that said, if you want to do as I did on a few of these and use flat color – go for it! I get Copics HERE.

The Books (Links at the end of this post)

I’m sharing below the books I have purchased; please don’t ask me about others, because I don’t have plans to buy more. I have years of coloring in just these books, ha! However, if I get new ones, I’ll add them to this post. In the descriptions below the sample images, I’ve listed some info about the book or the line of books. LINKS to each book are at the end of this post.

Adult Coloring Books Creative Haven

Creative Haven: Least expensive of the ones I tried.  I only have two but I assume they’re all on the same paper. Images are very detailed, lots of cute ones, but blending colors in these is more than a little challenging.

  1. Specs: 64 pages – 8¼” × 11″ (21 cm × 28 cm)
  2. Printing and paper: 31 designs in each book, printed on one side only; pages are perforated. Thin paper.
  3. Authors and designers — there’s a wide collection from a variety of people: African Designs, Art Nouveau Animals, Art Nouveau Designs, Creative Cats, Entangled, Flower Fashion Fantasies, In Bloom,  Japanese Prints, Lotus Designs, Modern Tattoo, Nature, Mandalas, NatureScapes, Steampunk, and Whimsical Gardens
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, and any watercolor medium with very light use of water.

Adult Coloring Books Calm Meditation

Calm and Meditation –  On extremely thin paper, but the lines? Nice heavy lines. I’m going to try some crayon with these since my crayons can probably handle it…stay tuned for the photo above to change out when I get time to do that!

  1. Specs: 128 pages. 8¾” × 11″.
  2. Printing and paper: 61 designs in the book, printed on one side. Extremely thin paper.
  3. Authors and designers —Patience Coster.
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon. Water is really challenging.
Adult Coloring Books Zolocolor
Zolocolor: Designs in this book are widely varied – some loose and scribbly, some geometric, but all very graphical. You can do fun zentangling amid all the shapes, both organic and rigid ones. Some have a lot of black ink, some less. Mediums above: Top/back doodled piece is done with Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, the other two use a mix of Tombow and Marvy LePlume pens, no water.
  1. Specs: 96 pages. 8½” × 11″ (22 cm × 28 cm).
  2. Printing and paper: 46 designs in the book, printed on one side only. Thin paper.
  3. Authors and designers —Byron Glaser and Sandra Higashi.
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, any waterbased pens – the spaces are small so pilling shouldn’t be a bad issue. For Zentangling, the Staedtler or Copic Multiliners are fab.

Adult Coloring Books Charley Harper

Charley Harper Coloring Books: Renown illustrator Charley Harper has a unique style that lends well to coloring books – they’re one of the most fun image styles I came across. You can see more of his work HERE….expect a CASE of his style sometime, I think that’d be fun! The paper in this book is thin but has less of a coating than in other books, so I think it’ll have some interesting technique effects – but still limit the amount of water. I want to give this one a go with regular old crayons!
  1. Specs: 64 pages. 9″ × 12″ (23 cm × 31 cm)
  2. Printing and paper: 32 designs in each of the two books, printed on one side only. Thin paper.
  3. Authors and designers —Charley Harper
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, Inktense pencil with light water, crayon, any watercolor medium with very light use of water.

Adult Coloring Books Color MeColor Me – There are a few books in this series (Stress Free, Calm, and Happy…pick what YOU need most!), and they’re created by an art therapist as well as an artist – so maybe these have magical powers?! The papers have colored printing on the edges and back sides of most of them. Water or Copic pulls that color through to the front while you’re coloring but seems to dry back fine.

  1. Specs: 208 pages. 8½” × 9½” (22 cm × 24 cm).
  2. Printing and paper: 32 designs in the book, printed on 2 sides with color. Thin paper, slightly slick.
  3. Authors and designers —Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter.
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, most watercolor mediums with very light use of water, test which one works best for you.

Adult Coloring Books Just Add Color

Just Add Color – Very interesting designs in these books! Lots of unique modern lines. I picked up the Animals but who knows, I may need more. (Botanicals, Carnival, Circus, Day of the Dead, Folk Art, Geometric Patterns, Mid-Century Modern Animals, and Modern Patterns). The art above was colored in Inktense pencils, using just a little water.
  1. Specs: 64 pages. 8½” × 10″ (22 cm × 25 cm).
  2. Printing and paper: 30 designs in the book, printed on 1 side. A little heavier paper than most.
  3. Authors and designers —Jenn Ski (for this book pictured) and various (other books).
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, most watercolor mediums with very light use of water, test which one works best for you.
Adult Coloring Books Color Me Costco
Color Me Your Way – I found these quite a while ago at Costco – and I’ve found other unique ones at zoos and wildlife centers. So keep your eyes open!
  1. Specs: 28 pages. 11″ x 16″ (huge!)
  2. Printing and paper: 26 designs in the book, printed on 1 side. About medium thickness, slick.
  3. Authors and designers —Pamela Smart
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, most watercolor mediums with very light use of water. The Zig Clean Color work very very well on these.
Adult Coloring Books Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom – A wide variety of image styles. The paper is a nice bright white, so you can get intense colors. Mediums above: Prismacolor pencil moth, mandala in Clean Color pen (limited blending), Prismacolor fox, Copic butterfly floral – flat, no blending on this paper.
  1. Specs: 96 pages. 9¾” × 9¾” (25 cm × 25 cm).
  2. Printing and paper: 90 designs in the book, printed on 2 sides. Thin paper but bright white.
  3. Authors and designers —Millie Marotta.
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, some watercolor mediums with very light use of water.

Adult Coloring Books Secret Garden

Secret Garden – one of the most popular books! Detailed illustrations with hidden images, suggestions for drawing images to complete the picture. Above the fish are done in Copic – very light touch to try to get limited blending. Tree is done with Marvy LePlume pens. I have heard there’s a version of this book with heavier paper, but I did not have that one to test.
  1. Specs: 96 pages. 10″ x 9.9″
  2. Printing and paper: 90 designs in the book, printed on 2 sides. Thin paper, an off-white.
  3. Authors and designers —Johanna Basford
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, most watercolor mediums with very light use of water, test which one works best for you. Copic does very limited blending.

Adult Coloring Books Art Therapy

Art Therapy – The only books with hard covers. Imagery in the one I have varies widely, taken from stained glass art. Some drawn well, others not so much.

  1. Specs: 128 pages. 8¼” × 11¾” (21 cm × 30 cm).
  2. Printing and paper: 124 designs in the book, printed on 2 sides. Slightly heavier than some papers.
  3. Authors and designers —unknown
  4. Mediums I prefer: Colored Pencil, crayon, most watercolor mediums with very light use of water, test which one works best for you.

Pepin Artist Coloring Books

These are an exception to the rest of the books; I’ve shared about these books before, and I have more information and samples for you now. (See that earlier post HERE – video included).

What makes them different: The paper. It’s lightweight drawing paper. That means it’ll accept mediums in a very different way than the other books listed so far. The illustrations are made with very thin lines and they’re halftone – meaning they’re lighter than black. So your finished piece can look like a no-line painting!

Note that they also have fewer pages, and are the most expensive of the ones included in this review – though spending less than $20 for this much fun is really a deal anyway. (Think about it – if you bought a pad of drawing paper – add on beautiful illustrations – and the cost doesn’t seem nearly so bad, right?)

Specs for all these books below:

  1. Specs: 16 pages. 10″ x 13.5″. (25 x 34.5 cm)
  2. Printing and paper: 16 designs in the book, printed on 1 side. Off white lightweight drawing paper
  3. Authors and designers —Pepin van Roojen
  4. Mediums I prefer: Light watercolor using some kind of water-based markers is my favorite for these books.  They’re large format which makes pencil take a long time, but it’s also gorgeous. Copic doesn’t blend at all, really. But take the bullet/writing nib of a water-based marker, draw along the thin lines of the drawing, then take a just-damp brush and color inside the shape. The color should move with most water-based pens.

Artist Coloring Books Still Life Bouquets

Artist Coloring Books 1960s

Artist Coloring Books Turkish

Artist Coloring Books Arabian

Artist Coloring Books Japanese

Artist Coloring Books Art Nouveau

Giveaway!

I don’t give out goodies very often – but….when I was sent my samples for this book I created a sample for….they sent two of each, pic is below! I’ll pick two winners – one from IG and one from here on the blog – and announce them next Friday. How to enter? Two ways:

  1. Go post a coloring page of your own on Instagram and tag me in it! Tell me in the caption what medium you use, I’d love to compile ideas for other things to try. Kids can enter too!
  2. Leave a relevant comment on this blog post!

Zenspirations Giveaway

Supplies:

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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Interactive Card: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Rainbow Ride!

 

I hope you guys are ready to take a little ride on an interactive card today! There’s LOTS more info in the post than there is in the video, since I made it quite a while ago – so be sure to read through!

Interactive Card: Dr Ph Martin’s Rainbow Ride

The little seated characters in the Tandem Ride set (there’s THIS one with a bike as well as the one I used HERE) inspired today’s card…I love foxes and ended up only getting the “additions” set with no bike – so I made a ride for my fox! I knew I had a rainbow die in my stash, and just needed to rig up the interactive part.  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Alternate rainbow dies

There are several companies with rainbow dies – in a comparison of them, note that the MFT dies are truly “round” like the Paper Smooches, but the Lawn Fawn have a little more of an oval shape, if that makes sense? So you might need to work out a different way to adapt the interactive mechanism. If you need to, hide the ends behind more clouds if the “ride” stops short. 🙂

rainbows

 A little more on the Dr Ph Martins paints

  • I filmed this video when I only had set 3. I loved the intensity of colors so much that I had to get the other two sets as well…I think I’ve developed a bad case of Full Set Syndrome, a term coined by Lydia!
  • If you want to try just one set, I think set 1 has the most “standard” variety, and set 3 has the pretty jewel tones….it’s so hard to pick that I decided I needed all three.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE! If you compare prices you may think you’ve found a steal on some sites, but be aware that there are both 1 oz and .5 oz bottles. Just saying. Be careful with anything you buy and watch stuff like that, stretch your crafty dollars! :0

Sandy Allnock - Interactive card - Dr Ph Martins Rainbow Ride

My Ph Martins Storage

I haven’t found a container that’s suitable for my 1oz bottles, but I did figure out a cool way to store them. I picked up a strip of crown moulding at my local Lowes – I screwed it into the studs along the wall above my desk, and voilá, a shelf! The moulding is 1-1/4 and the bottles are 1-5/8, so they hang over just slightly – enough to grab and go easily.

storage

Bonus!

On Periscope the other day, I attempted a painting of Nemo (below) with the Ph Martins on Yupo paper – and what fun! It’s not easy on Yupo, I’ll warn you – but you can see the beginning of this painting HERE until this weekend.

Sandy Allnock Nemo on Yupo

Tomorrow…

If you’re available, I hope you’ll come join me for Open Studio on Periscope! I’ll be watercoloring  all day, and I’ll have the camera on the whole time, technology-willing. Rather than watching a many-hour replay, you might like to stop in and visit a few times during the day and say hello. Tomorrow on the blog, I’ll have a list of supplies I’m planning to use, and a link to get to the broadcast, etc. Just wanted you to mark your calendars so you remember to pop in. See you then!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are 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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Watercoloring on Black + New MISTI

 

Two treats are in store for you today….first, I’ll be watercoloring on black cardstock with beautiful shiny paints. Secondly – you get a peek at the newly renovated MISTI stamping tool! (If you want to see more ideas for the MISTI stamping tool, be sure to check out my MISTI playlist!)

Watercolor on Black Paper

I received some darling stamps from my friend Stephanie at Clearly Besotted Stamps – and the sets (Stitched Mittens and Laugh out Loud) have lots of small images. That made them PERFECT for trying out watercoloring on black cardstock with Finetec paints! I’ve showed you the set of 6 golds and pearls before, but there’s a sweet set of 12 that’s got some interesting colors in it that you might find tantalizing. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Wasn’t that fun? Remember to be careful about how much water you use on the black cardstock; the Bazzill worked, but with some warping. It wasn’t really bad, and flattened out easily by pressing it in a book overnight. But run some tests on your paper to see just how much water you can get away with first.

Sandy Allnock Watercolor on Black - mittens

There’s a set of 6 gold paints (with larger pans than the set of 12) that would also work well – and those paints even come in single pans, too, so you could try out just one or two if you wanted.Sandy Allnock Watercolor on Black - ornaments2 The Laugh out Loud stamp set has some pretty funny sentiments in it….LOL!

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Heads up!

I’ve been invited to contribute to a new card class coming up – Tried and True…all about card designs that work! There’s a fun bunch of ladies participating – and it’ll run through the month of November. Check it out here!

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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Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

PS Just this once, Hero Arts will be making more of the kits – this won’t happen in other months, but after we broke the internet, they wanted to reward you for your enthusiasm!  You’ll need to be patient since it’ll take some time to get them made again. Happy shopping!

 

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.yupo alcohol

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic

Watercolor

I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and all the brands I tried worked about the same. As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

yupo flowers

I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!yupo wc leaf

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?yupo brusho

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. Soon I will have a Copic drawing (not stamped) that I did with Copic markers – it’ll be interesting to see how the marker goes on now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video. But I held off on it til I had this post done, so I’d have something to point to for basic Yupo information. More will be coming on other techniques to use Yupo for.

All that said, with a few alcohol inks I blew through a full pad of Yupo. It’s that. much. fun.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item.  Affiliate links are 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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Stamping a Floral Wreath – My Monthly Hero kit Oct 2015

While today’s pretty wreath can be created with any floral stamps – it’s perfectly sized for the brand new monthly My Hero kit….available for a limited time only starting at NOON Eastern time today! When they’re gone, they’re

Stamping a Floral Wreath (Featuring the MISTI tool)

I’m so grateful that Hero Arts sent me their brand new kit to try out and show you. The instant I saw the small size of the poinsettias, I pretty much knew a wreath was in order! All my other poinsettias are too large for this kind of an idea. (And guess what? I think this would be pretty with spring colors later on, too, no one will know it’s a poinsettia if you do it in other colors!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Using the inks that come in the kit would also do a great job on this wreath – I just wanted to see how they looked all soft and watercolor-y with the distress inks! And isn’t the font pretty for the sentiment? I’m going to be stealing this to use with some other holiday stamps, methinks.

Sandy Allnock Stamp a Floral Wreath

Bloghop

Need more ideas? Be sure to check out what everyone else has done with this very same kit! And peek in on my Periscope broadcast from this morning too (pic below the list)

On Perisocope, I stamped on Yupo paper; the standing, finished card below was on translucent, and the flat papers are on the white. In the scope I had some challenges which I discovered was because the stamps had “dried” overnight in the MISTI – not a bad thing, they just needed to be stamped a couple times to get primed up and ready to roll! The one on top on the right was stamped on the same white Yupo and did just fine. More testing with stamps on Yupo will come, I haven’t played with colored inks til last night. But on Wednesday I’ll have a Yupo Roundup with some ideas on how even a beginner could fall in love with this stuff using supplies you already have. lol. I know, I know. But at least it’s just the paper, right? LOL! Watch the Periscope broadcast to see more details!
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Supplies

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