Need art supplies?

Need art supplies?

Just a little quick note: Ellen has a sale on everything in THIS category this weekend. Just saying! I’m off to paint with Plein Air Washington Artists today…hoping my brushes are having a good day. Lol!

And while you’re here—it’s National Puppy Day…I love looking through baby pics of my kiddos!

Have a lovely day!

Two Swing Sets: Simple Pencil Coloring

Two Swing Sets: Simple Pencil Coloring

Sometimes we make coloring a lot harder than it needs to be – too much panic about colors, shading, scenes, etcetera! In today’s video I’ll provide a little peptalk for the coloring-challenged….because if coloring stresses you out, you’re doing it wrong!

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

This simple card – one layer – shows just how simple a scene can be. Little additions like the placement of the image and a haze of grass…not a ton is needed to create a super sweet card.

Just for a little fun and unique-ness to the card, I trimmed a little from the front panel, letting the inside show through…and then created a haze of the color of the girl’s dress to coordinate with the picture.

PSST: If you need pics to pin, the second swingset video is over at MFT – and it’s a Copic #humanrainbow video!

Click HERE to see it on their blog!

Animal Tiki bar cards

Animal Tiki bar cards

A llama walked into a tiki bar….. I know there’s a joke here somewhere, right? Ha! Well the Market Stand stamp set from Avery Elle – combined with Peek-A-Boo Pets (there are several animals, it’s so cute!) and Llamazing – inspired my three cards for today! Scroll down for detail on each one. Which is your favorite?

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I’ve put together a little graphic for your pinning pleasure – click on the image to make it bigger, but be sure to pin it from here so you can get back to the blog post.

I made three versions of this card – in three different coloring mediums! While I stamped one of them I figured I’d do it on several kinds of paper. The good thing – I could use Lawn Fawn, Jet Black Ink because it works with all three mediums I wanted to color with!

The little llama from Llamazing seems to be sneaking into the tiki bar late at night to take a sip! This is colored in Copic Markers; I added torches to the top of the stand, and white sparkly liights all around to light up the bar. Stamped on Neenah Cardstock
I added the pup from Peek-A-Boo Pets, and watercolored the pup to look like my Vienna! She’s a total servant so she’d be a great bartender! I painted the sky first in Daniel Smith Watercolors then painted the light green trees, then darker green trees. Stamped on Arches Cold Press Paper
For the beachside tiki bar, I stamped a Happy Hedgehog to serve as barkeep! I colored this in Polychromos Pencils using powdered pencil technique for the sky (more on that in Colored Pencil Jumpstart class). Stamped on Stonehenge Paper

Ps: since it’s the first day of spring, it’s also free ice cream cone day at DQ!

#justsaying

Clean and Simple Lilies plus “Glassy” text

Clean and Simple Lilies plus “Glassy” text

The Darling Lily stamp by Altenew is so pretty, and so ready for Easter – and yet has no Easter sentiments. But it makes for a lovely thank you card or any theme throughout the year – pretty flowers are always in season.

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

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.

Just a few colors to use on this pretty lily….

I kept the deisng super simple – just a layer of white paper, and a Desert Storm card base to match the coloring panel.

I love how white pencil shows up, yet remains soft!

The Bible journaling page was created first by making a cross from 2 strips of washi tape; I stamped the flowers and leaves on the right half with the tape in place. I removed it, then stamped the upper left flower while masking off the horizontal bar only with a sticky note. The rest were stamped on top, though I wished after that I had masked the tail end of the stem of the flower!

The demo of the text was created in one of my books – the workbook, printed on Bible paper. It’s a great place to practice art and techniques before putting them in your Bible. Or, like me, a way to go backward and teach something I did in my Bible, but since that page is taken – I can still create it on Bible paper in the workbook!

The only place you can get signed books and workbooks is at Ellen Hutson (links below) – be sure to order one for your Mom for an Easter gift!

How to experiment with the human rainbow

How to experiment with the human rainbow

It’s been a while since I’ve covered the Human Rainbow…and thought the new release from Art Impressions would be the perfect time!

Bonnie Krebs, owner and designer, is one hilarious lady. Just look at the sentiments on her stamp sets!! I picked out five of the stamps to show you today from the new release, and did a quickie coloring on video of parts of them, but mostly the purpose in today’s post is to get folks back to experimenting with their colors to create a human rainbow of skintones!

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.

The Cowgirls are such fun– three ladies having a hoedown all their own! I added a crowd to enjoy their performance.

The Yoga Set cracked. me. up! Exercising and eating cake TOGETHER? Heck yes, sign me up for that gym!

I combined Birthday Laugh Lineswith Never Too Old Laugh Lines to create a card with the old couple making their way to – or from – a birthday party.

The Housework set is very much like my style of housekeeping. Little to none! Having pups around always mucking things up isn’t much incentive…lol!

Last but not least Loads of Fun makes me think I might need a new ironing board, so as an old lady I can also go surfing!

Those free Human Rainbow charts!

I’ve moved the free charts over to Art-Classes! I also added to it and called it the Rainbow Chart Collection – but the main chart is still the same as the one you may have gotten over here.

If you hadn’t noticed I’ve been slowly moving stuff over there – because this blog is going to be overhauled in coming months, and I want everything to still be available for ya! (Note that any charts or digis you bought on this site are only accessible here, I am not able to move everything over.)

Here are the charts – click HERE or on the photo:

Half-a-stamp Stamping

Half-a-stamp Stamping

Sometimes less is more….and sometimes half a stamp is all you need!

The cool part about stamping only part of an image – or only including half an object on a canvas, for that matter – is that it gets the viewer engaged. They imagine what else is there. They’re intrigued by just what is going on there. In each of the examples in this post, I went through my stamp collection to find sentiments that would start the idea of a story going – scroll down to see a little more on each one.

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Click the graphic to make it larger – but pin from this blog post rather than the attachment, so you can get back here to the images below.

At first I only had the Balloon Bear peeking in from the bottom, and as I looked for a sentiment to go with him, I saw “Let it go….” and immediately had to stamp one more balloon up in the air as if he’d let it go!

In this version of Balloon Bear, he’s just peeking in from outside with a balloon gift….it makes you wonder if he’s standing on something, is he peeking into a door or from behind a tree? Lots for the imagination to ponder…

Fancy Hat Bear, when peeking in from the side, is a little shy. So telling her to go be fabulous in a sentiment seemed good to encourage her to step out boldly!

In another version of Fancy Hat Bear, I wanted her to look like she was throwing a kiss, so when stamping her I wiped off the eyes – and added lines instead so she could look dreamy!

Can you think of stamp sets you’d use to try some half-lea

Color Vintage Easter Bunnies

Color Vintage Easter Bunnies

The Art Impressions Basket of Blessings set has some really pretty rabbits to color for Easter cards. Lots of ways to color them – but I chose vintage. Using watercolor pencils on drawing paper!

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’ll be in a five-day watercolor workshop all week…if you need me for anything, I’ll be slow at responding.

thanks for understanding!

Here are the Albrecht Durer pencil colors I used….

The bunny in front is darker than the one behind to create depth.

And that ribbon? Not thick! There’s no knot in the larger yellow ribbon….

…it just has some tiny twine holding it in place. With a little adhesive to assure the yellow ribbon doesn’t come undone.

Bird Feeder Shaker Card (new release from Ellen Hutson)

Bird Feeder Shaker Card (new release from Ellen Hutson)

It’s new release time over at Ellen Hutson!! This little birdie set got me especially excited – I wanted to feed them, because filling the feeder made me feel like perhaps spring IS on the way!?!? A late snow this year is causing me to neeeed some spring cheer!

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 colored the birds in Zig clean color pens….(for the previous post about birds – click HERE.)

And the shaker is a homemade kind – just cut a rectangle, trimming carefully around the bird beaks with a fingertip knife. Alternately you could add the birds on and diecut them.

The sweet little flowers and butterflies in this sequin set are perfect for a feeder! And the feeder is simple to draw. A flat top and bottom, and a round lid and string. Easy peasy!

Painting water – Paper Smooches Bloghop #playjournal

Painting water – Paper Smooches Bloghop #playjournal

Welcome to my stop on the Paper Smooches bloghop! Did you know Kim’s back!?!? I’m squeeeeeeeeee-excited! It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW MARCH 2019 release with you – one stamp set and some dies!

I love Kim’s cute and simple stamps especially for newbies to learn coloring. Though….today’s aren’t exactly newbie projects. LOL!

Yes plural on the word “projects” – I not only wanted to paint that water on the orca card, but wanted to update a little info about the #playjournal challenge. Read on for more on both – and prizes at the end of this post!

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.

First – the video is below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it fun to be able to play with paint and make a scene out of such cutiepie stamps!?

The new products at their online store and the rest of the supplies are in the list below. And for more on the #playjournal challenge and the prizes to come….see THIS page.

Bloghop and prizes

To add extra fun to our blog hop…Paper Smooches is offering a $30 gift card to their shop to FOUR lucky winners!! Comment by midnight Central time on March 8th and check the Paper Smooches blog on March 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners!

Four MORE chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.  If you don’t already like the PS FB page, please do!
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  • Share our blog hop on Instagram
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details. 

Stamp with Watercolor on a card

Stamp with Watercolor on a card

I’ve shown a technique to my Bible journaling peeps – and finally remembered to come do it on my crafty YouTube as well! It’s stamping but not with ink or markers — stamping with watercolor!

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 kept the card design simple after all that…I added a “thanks” colored with a Copic in the same colors as the bands painted on that pot on the left. And used some paper layering – 2 stripes sticking out on the right, 1 on the left.

My Bible journaling version….the video is HERE.

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