To the Stars (watercolor in blue and yellow hues )

I have some watercolor blending tips to share with you today – along with a comparison of different blues and yellows in my palette. And a sweet little stamp set from Neat and Tangled! And yes – GASP – there’s glitter on this card! EEEP! lol!

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

To make a full background like this, I started with glossy accents on the stars – that will act as a resist, and also add shine to the stars. Let it dry completely before painting.

I wet the entire area first, and once it was evenly wet, I began to add Indanthrone in the area around the moon. Then added the Paynes Blue Gray toward the outer edges. Paint and water “collect” at the edges of a painting, but if you leave the paper cut larger than needed (in this case as a 1/4 sheet it’s 6 x 4.5) then the edges get cut off anyway. Dry outward from the center to keep drying as even as possible.

The Nickel Azo, New Gamboge, and Aussie Red Gold create a moon with different hues in it; the Aussie is more orangey when used in a thicker way. Yellow Ochre is a nice color for simple skin tones.

Last tidbit: I used some really old glitter on the wings, so couldn’t link it – I don’t use it enough to finish a jar before its no longer sold. Ha!

Simple Watercolor scene – Friendly Foxes

Simple Watercolor scene – Friendly Foxes

I’m a lover of most any fox stamp set….add Stacey Yacula’s name to it as the designer and it’s a match made in heaven in my book! Today I’ll show you some watercolor … with a realllllly simple background you can use on any scene you’re creating!

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

Don’t forget you can alter colors in your palette – adding a little Aussie Red Gold to the Burnt Sienna really warmed it up! And making a warm grey was easy by adding a little Yellow Ochre to Neutral Tint.

The smaller brush is a Round 8 – used for the foxes and the shadows in grasses. The sky and main green in the grasses on that first pass were created with the Round 12 brush.

Another video is live today – over on Ellen Hutson’s channel with my new feature, Color All the Things. This month – a vacation card! (It might not be live for a few hours so if the link doesn’t work, check back later.)

New class for kids!

New class for kids!

In honor of my niece’s graduation this weekend – I’ve hurried to get this Creative Self Portraits for Kids class set up before leaving. Hoping it all works as I’m not taking my computer with me, but if anything goes haywire I guess we’ll find out if I can fix things on my phone, right?

Class preview video – watch below or click HERE to see it on YT!

See supply lists and sign up for class HERE.

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

I’m not usually a flower-colorer….but the realistic Loving Tulips stamp from Power Poppy inspired me to also create a sketch of one of the last tulips of the season. So sad they’re going away but I’ve taken lots of pics to keep working from! There’s a card a little later in this post.

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

So pretty….I think I captured that tulip and all my love for it! The pencil made the colors pop more than the Copic marker did. Marker tends to die just a little on drawing paper. (This is in a Sketchbook I usually use for pencil work.)

If you’re interested in learning to color tulips yourself, there’s an advanced Copic class for that! It’s Timeless Tulips….

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Such elegance in just this simple stamp. Even the text is designed beautifully! Once I get up in the morning I’ll post a 1 minute speed coloring of this over on Instagram !

The list of Polychromos colors used….

Don’t forget to add a special treat by decorating the back of a card!

Copic Rose Garden

The stamp inspired me to create the feel of a lovely rose garden – by request of some followers over on Instagram. I love these kinds of mushy backgrounds, and though few will ever try one (they take time and ink!) it’s at least fun to see!

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

Here’s a nice closeup of that background…..pretty eh?

The whole cardfront is just mounted on dimensional adhesive -easy peasy lemon squeezy. And flat. Ish.

These are the colors I played with but as always – play with what you’ve got. You may well find better combos that I never tried!

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Sunshine!

Sunshine!

Today I have a few random tidbits for you….first, a hilarious weather meme that perfectly describes my week…I love creative, funny people! Next week is a rain week + travel, so I’m thrilled we had a gorgeous week filled with sunshine and warmth!

Guest video

My guest video for May is over at MFT – go leave some love on the blog post too! Click HERE to watch it on YT and leave comments over there.https://youtu.be/KK2Iy9rIk1Y

And a little news!

Yes, my shirt has the poem “I wiil teach art here and there…”

I popped over to Daniel Smith to do some shopping before my NY trip (my watercolor blocks are down to just one or two sheets in each so I bought a few more to start fresh for my NY trip – I always panic and take more paper than I know I’ll need!). I was “called into the office” while at the counter (where I was also signing up for another Tom Schaller class – OMG I am so excited he’s coming back). And guess what? We picked dates for my first 2 day Watercolor Workshop!!

It’s not on their site yet, but I know some of you have said you would come out to Seattle for a workshop if I taught one, so here’s your notice: September 14-15 (Sat-Sun), 10:30-4:30, $200.

I’ll post again and mention it on social media once the class info is online and you can sign up. I still need to figure out the class topic. Below is a painting from last weekend’s plein air trip with PAWA, Plein Air Washington Artists – about 30 of us went to the Arboretum.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Cotton Candy Cards – 5 ways

Cotton Candy Cards – 5 ways

It’s kinda not funny when a stamp set makes you out yourself as a lover of finely spun sugar, but there ya go. You know my secret! I recently saw Avery Elle’s Cotton Candy stamps and dies – and indulged my secret love.

I especially encourage YOU to get yourself some Avery Elle….remember when I told you about some companies undergoing rough times recently? Avery Elle is another target – so do a good deed and go shop directly on their site, and leave some positive love in the comments section on your order! Buying direct at full price once in a while is one way you can help keep our industry thriving! (The links to AE supplies in the list at the bottom of this post are affiliate links – if you want to purchase directly from AE, please do. I’d rather they get the support!)

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Shaker card – with some EbyE (Essentials by Ellen) embellishments – Crystal Clear Hearts and Butterfly Sequin mix.

This background looks a lot like colored cotton candy! Squirt some colorless blender on Neenah and drop some reinkers on, and then let it flow around as it dries.

More of a traditional alcohol-ink-looking background but with Copic refills. This is on photo paper, and if you get grumpy when things like this sometimes stay sticky, the acetate overtop makes that no problem at all!

Texture from crumpled tissue paper is smoothed out a little under vellum!

And last but not least – fluffy cotton balls!

I added liners to each card with the sentiment on it – coordinating the inside colors with what was on the cover.

Watercolor practice – Daniel Smith Floral Half-Pan Set

Watercolor practice – Daniel Smith Floral Half-Pan Set

I was asked by my friends over at Daniel Smith if I’d create a tutorial of the floral practice sheet I made a few months ago – and it fell off my to-do list! The good news? While making a step by step photo tutorial, I also kept the camera on, so you get to see it on video. Ain’t you lucky!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

I hope you enjoyed that! I tried some fancy editing and filming tricks, kind of to show off that brush (more in a moment on that) – and so I could have more interesting photos than just overhead, since I was doing a multi-step photo tutorial. I shot it by propping my phone at different angles — it was a ton more effort than I thought it would be! Don’t expect a ton of that unless I hit the lottery and buy more cameras. Ha!

And now a little news (ish):

Brand Ambassador!

Just a few days ago I received this little treat in the mail from DS – I didn’t know I had any kind of “title”!?!? But it’s very sweet recognition of all the love I have for their watercolors – and very official!

Just so you know, I’m not staff or on retainer, they don’t pay me. When I first began with their paints and I was chomping at the bit to explore, they did give me a bunch of the tiny tubes (which I blew through really fast and rapidly began buying the bigger ones myself.) When I take classes at the store, sometimes students who don’t know me mistake me for staff because I know everyone there by first name, (say hi to my personal shoppers Janice and Patrice next time you’re there!) and the DS big cheeses sometimes pop in to the classroom to look over my shoulder and see what I’m doing. Whatever impressions that leaves with people – I’m not on staff, I’m just family!

I’ve been “paid” with lunch a few times a year when we plot to take over the world — and I pick John and Katherine’s brains about how to get myself to Italy soon for a big plein air competition held there. They also “pay” me with a little advertising; if you’ve met them as they travel the world, I hear they mention me whenever they cross paths with crafters…it’s amazing to me when I hear there are people in far away lands who even know who I am! *blush*

The blog post is exciting for me, since I don’t usually reaxh out into art circles, and their blog reaches out across a wide spectrum. It’s a step toward some of the goals I have as an artist that I spoke of in THIS video. It’s worth a few minutes if you missed it when it posted recently!

A word about that brush

For my crafting – and much of my painting – I’ve used Silver Brushes, the Black Velvet line. And they’re still great brushes! Please don’t think I’m done using them or don’t like them any more. I’ll still use them for my craft videos. They’re an excellent quality synthetic blend at a great price; they’ll help you become a better watercolorist for certain, but without breaking the bank.

The Winsor & Newton Kolinsky sable brush I showed today is….well, it’s a super expensive brush! I’ve been slowly treating myself to good natural hair brushes for my fine art over time, and I’m finally getting to a place I can make good use of them. I’ve had this one for about 2 years (thank you Janice for talking me into it!) and haven’t used it because I was afraid of it! It is overkill for crafting….but it. is. so. delicious. Such a fine point on it, and the broad strokes it makes are just plain YUM.

In the little Instagram video I posted a few days ago, I used a different brush, my daVinci Maestro – it’s a #14 and is also an insanely amazing brush. I just added it to my collection a few weeks ago; I wanted something a little bigger than the #10 for large paintings. Again, far more expensive than is warranted for crafting – the Silver Brushes will continue to be used for my cards, but Santa really loves you, either of these will make you happy. (There’s an Italy painting coming up in a couple weeks with the Maestro.) I’m saving up to get another Maestro in a really big size, maybe later this year if I’m a good girl. (Hey Santa….!!!)

The half pan sets

The physical palettes you get with these sets are NOT fancy. They’re plastic (and I have a thing against plastic, it just doesn’t work well with watercolor, I prefer metal or ceramic mixing areas in a big way), and you can’t really mix in the lid. So they’re good for direct-to-paper painting unless you have a separate plate/tile/butcher tray to mix on. I use these little sets sometimes for Bible journaling or plein aire travel since they are tiny. These were developed so DS could offer a half-pan sampling of a couple colors at a reasonable price – they didn’t want to just box up half-pans so found these tiny palettes to put them in.

When DS makes a half pan, you get more paint than what you and I would fit into a half pan, by the way. They fill it 1/3, let it dry and condense down, then squeeze in more, let it condense again. It takes a lot of time to make these – but they’re a really good value. From their side, they get us addicted to new colors, and well….that’s good business even if these sets are a ton of work to produce, eh?

These are the other set sample I created in roughly the same way–swatches of the colors that came in the set, and seeing what could be painted from only these.

Links to each set are at the bottom of this post.

Please clap?

Here is the shameless plug: head over to the step by step photo tutorial on their blog; in the preview link I received, I can’t see if there’s a comment section on the post, but if there is, fill ‘er up! They’ll post the tutorial on their social media if not, so you can find them on Facebook and Instagram and leave some love there for me. The art world is clueless about who I am so I need my crafty tribe to make me less lonely and scared as I put myself out there! heehee….

One more important thing

This blog post doesn’t wax on enough (ha) – but recently Carly posted my watercolor palette colors all in one place in the Ellen Hutson shop – she’s a rockstar eh? So instead of trying to link over to my palette video I have an easier place to say “hey here’s my colors!” The video about my palette is also on that page for quick reference. I might have her add my fave Silver Brushes there, too.

Sunny Meadow Fair – new stamps at Purple Onion Designs

Sunny Meadow Fair – new stamps at Purple Onion Designs

It’s that time of year again…Purple Onion is launching another set of Stacey Yacula designs! It made my heart happy when I heard from Michele that it was coming, and to see how cute it is; since Stacey now also designs for MFT, I worried about how things would fare with her stamp line over at Purple Onion.

But she once again hit it out of the park! Just shows you can’t use up creativity…the more she uses, the more she seems to get!

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Watch the happy little video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. No voiceover, the circus music was too much fun!

Going to a fair is always a feast for the eyes – I always feel like it’s eye candy everywhere you look, and my 5×7 card is no different!

The stamps are layered up with dimensional adhesive – sometimes I wonder if fussy cutting is more or less work than masking!

All that delicious layering….yeah baby!

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