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Artist Retreat coming in 2019: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tour: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I promised a little report back soon after my trip – so here’s a downpayment! First, a tour of The Gallery Inn where I stayed. Below that, more info! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Retreat info

I’m only beginning to think about planning – and I’ll update this post if things change up – or firm up!

  • What: An artist retreat in Puerto Rico! The focus will be on sketching – with possibly some watercolor. The reason? It takes most of us forever to finish a watercolor painting, and by the time there’s some teaching time, too, we will get little done!
  • Where: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico! No car needed, we’ll walk to locations nearby, and if we decide to do an outing we’ll arrange group transportation.
  • When: January or February 2019, likely fly there on a Wednesday or Thursday and fly out Sunday, though you can plan to stay longer on your own to tour around more.
  • Who: Anyone who is:
    • interested in a trip where art is the focus
    • has already taken my Drawing 101 class
    • can handle stairs, walking, and a warm climate
  • Cost: Unknown at this time. Fee for class time won’t be huge – my point in this retreat is to get more people to the island, and to have us all spend money with local businesses there. (We might have to try mofongo at every restaurant in town!) Use your favorite travel sites to estimate your airfare cost, and look up The Gallery Inn on them for a ballpark on price; they did say they do an artist discount for a trip like this. (Please don’t contact them to ask about it – I haven’t booked anything yet and calls will just confuse them! Assume full price and be happily surprised with whatever discount they might provide.)
  • Miscellaneous details: I’ll add to this as other thoughts come up, too
    • Renting a car isn’t required, though a taxi or Uber from the airport will be needed. The Gallery Inn has only 6 parking spaces.
    • You needn’t speak Spanish to go on this trip, though learning a little before you go would be nice! I went knowing barely any Spanish and got along just fine; though I’ll be changing that for future trips!
    • We’ll do a little sightseeing/shopping along the way, but the focus will be on creating. If you want to see things and take a lot of pictures, you may wish to stay longer, or skip some of the art sessions and go on tours. In fact if anyone wants to go along and NOT create art with us, I’m happy to fill up the Inn and support Jan’s business.

A sale and a look ahead

Ellen Hutson’s having a big sale this weekend….so to help you save a little on your craft supplies that you can put in the piggy bank for Puerto Rico, I’ve collected a list of stamps that are coming up on my blog/YT channel in the next month or two if you want to pick them up early. Note that some have been in my queue for ages waiting to be restocked – so if they’re in the shop now, it’s time to go get ’em! I try to juggle my posts so that the items I show are available for you at the time….but if y’all buy everything up this weekend, that may not happen too succinctly in June and July. LOL. Happy shopping!

Upcoming projects will use these items….

Below are links to some of the supplies I’ll be using for upcoming projects. Compensated 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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Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

Nighttime Roller Coaster Card in just three colors!

When I saw this little roller coaster stamp set, I just had to buy it and make a card – and it brought back so many memories of going to amusement parks! We usually went during the day but I always loved it when I was old enough to go in the evening – everything sparkled in the moonlight, and the rides were so much fun in the dark when you could go up high and see the twinkling lights! And I also thought the paint combo in my wristband palette would be perfect for this!

So there’s my card inspiration…hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the wristband palette out in the wild….

I want to go wait in line with them! Save me a ticket!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Anyone planning a vacation? Try turning your destination into a card background! This cute little camper from Sunny Studios is perfect to celebrate those summertime road trips. The backgrounds in the speed video use techniques taught in the Hex Art class; the realtime videos have been added as a bonus lesson at the end, so if you already took the class you can go back and watch it. Note there’s no voiceovers but I do have colors listed on screen, and the techniques from class written on screen too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

First, Yosemite….the distinctive mountains in the background, with a line of pine trees, some water, and grasses in the foreground:

Second, a desert scene…the marble technique created the cliff-type rocks, and the pebble technique made me wonder how they got that RV perched up there. LOL!

And third, a beach scene with a stronger sunset…can I go sot on that beach please?

There’s a coupon code for the Hex Art Class in the video…you’re welcome! :

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Clean and simple…and CUTE! I saw the darling panda set from Flora and Fauna and wanted to play with it; sometimes there are sets of stamps that seem rather random but once you put different stamps together – they are so stinking cute. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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Copic Coloring: Succulent or Rose?

Copic Coloring: Succulent or Rose?

When I saw this stamp, without reading the title – I was sure it was a giant rose closeup. But..it’s a succulent. And a rose! In today’s video, I color both….hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamp is lovely as a succulent…

…but isn’t it beautiful as a rose?

This stamp is also lovely in watercolor…and a non-square card:

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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Postcards from Puerto Rico

Postcards from Puerto Rico

Hello everybody! I’m having a heck of a great time here in Puerto Rico, and thought I would share a few photos of my paintings for those who haven’t been following on Instagram.

 

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Colored Pencil Tutorial: Layered Succulents

Colored Pencil Tutorial: Layered Succulents

In today’s video – I show you how to layer up these cute succulent stamps and make a cute CAS (Clean and Simple) card with Prismaocolor pencils! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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an ode to tiny palettes (for travel/plein aire watercolor)

Puerto Rico, here I come! I fly out today and leave my pups in the able care of the housesitter…..and I’m off to paint paint paint! I was talking with my dear friend Lisa Spangler about palettes since she’s the Queen of Tiny Palettes – and she agreed to also do an overview of her palettes. When I shopped I bought different ones than she had so we’d have a good broad range to share with you. So be sure to go to Lisa’s blog to see more when you’re done here!

The Puerto Rico trip is the start of a fundraiser: after I get paintings finished, I’ll put them up for auction to raise monies to help our fellow citizens. I’ll be creating some there, but also some when I return home and have time to paint more. So stay tuned! And feel free to give money to charities there now in advance of the fundraiser…no need to wait if you’re feeling ready to be a giving human—giving is good for your heart!

An Ode to Tiny Palettes (for travel/plein aire watercolor)

All the palettes I purchased are from Etsy…got to love supporting small creative businesses! In the video I show you the palettes, what I liked about them, and fill them – then in a month or two I’ll go back and let you know how they actually worked. (I may have more specific immediate details on Instagram so keep your eyes open there for the next week, too!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here are stills of each palette…..Wristband palette, Acrylic Palette, Big Brush Tin Palette, and Wood/Leather Travel Watercolor Kit.

Color swatches for each of the palettes: you may not be able to read my scribbled notations, but if you check the list in the supplies section, they’re in order of what’s shown here.

Don’t forget to go see Lisa’s blog post – she has different tiny palettes!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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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Mondo Sakura with Copic bokeh background

Mondo Sakura with Copic bokeh background

The background isn’t for the faint of heart (or those without reinkers!) but – you can still follow the flower coloring! But this pretty Sakura (Cherry Blossom) stamp set from Ellen Hutson, designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole, is irresistable for this background. Just try a google search and look at all the bokeh branches of flowers behind any branch closeups! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Stay subscribed…another video is in the works on how to do this kind of thing in watercolor too!

Bible journaling for this week…

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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.