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.

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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.

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


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