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Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

Better Together Bloghop – Airbrushed Heart

A collaboration between Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson birthed these tweet little birdies (haha!) – and I had to airbrush them into a sweet little heart. See the rest of the cards on the hop using the list further down in this post – many cute cards to come, I’m betting! I’ll have another card later this week on Ellen’s blog so keep an eye out! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of shapes can be airbrushed behind images – and if you don’t have an airbrush, just use some inks and a blending tool! 

Bloghop

To celebrate the release, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th. 

Hop starts here:The CLASSroom

 

Bible journaling video today

For those who participate in Bible Art Journaling – today’s is watercoloring God-rays!

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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Art Classes Students + a YouTube Change + Copic challenge

Betty White’s birthday was this week….I couldn’t resist trying to paint her! I used the back of a reject painting, so don’t ever throw stuff away, you can always practice on the other side of watercolor paper!

Facebook Group

Lots of students have been sharing their homework in our Facebook group – it’s all classes mixed in together so you can see what other students are creating in other classes and decide if you think you want to try one.

I’m going to test out Facebook Live for Drawing 101 students Sunday 21st at 1pm Pacific time; we’ll be looking at how to use a grid to enlarge an image. In future live broadcasts I’ll do ones with tips for different classes on the website. While students not in class are welcome to watch, I won’t be answering questions that are already covered in class, just elaborating on a particular tip related to class.

And a note about the group: you guys know I overwhelm my plate with to-do’s on a regular basis. I’m checking in on the Facebook group each evening, so if I don’t answer there right away, know I’ll be swinging in later. I did ask Rosy this week to be a moderator, though, so she’s being super helpful and encouraging, and can help approve new members when I’m not around. (But she’s in Hawaii so you might still need to wait for time zones a little bit!)

Join Facebook Group

#CopicColors Challenge

Copic is doing something kinda fun this year – highlighting a trio of markers each month and inviting artists to participate. (Spoiler alert, I’ll get to be part of one soon!) You can see this month’s color selection HERE.

A YouTube change

YouTube announced changes to their program; to combat “spam” channels, they changed the threshold for being part of their partner program, and drastically increased both the subscriber count and watch time minimums. With only a month’s notice. My main channel is fine. But my Bible Journaling channel is new (started in September), so it hasn’t met the watch time count yet. Channels need to meet the numbers by February 20th. It’s not crucial to be part of the YT program, and channels can join later once their channel grows, but many in the YT community are frustrated by this, feeling icky about being kicked out of the program. But read on to find out how you can help. First – my own numbers:

  • Requirements — minimum 4,000 hours of watchtime in the past year + 1,000 subscribers
  • My main channel — has 200,000 hours in the past year and 78,500 subscribers
  • Bible journaling channel — has 2,400 hours since September 1 and 2355 subscribers

If you’re interested in Bible Journaling, I’d love if if you’d turn on a playlist and let some videos run (even silence them if you want, haha!). You can also SHARE the channel on your social media and see if you have friends who’d be interested in that kind of content. To find playlists, go to the channel and click on the “playlists” tab.

If you watch videos from other small-ish channels, do the same for them. Go turn on their playlists and let ’em run. Share them with others. Do a little every day for the creators you appreciate, and let’s see if we can combat the YouTube rules!

 

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Watercoloring Coffee Cups – Right at Home ‘Cup of Joy’

Watercoloring Coffee Cups – Right at Home ‘Cup of Joy’

The cute cups in this stamp set by Right at Home are large – easy for coloring – but have thin lines; that gave me the idea to use them for some no-line watercoloring. I used a distress oxide (an ink that dissolves a little with water) to stamp it. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors used for painting this picture: Quinacridone Gold, Quin Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Permanent Yellow Deep, Sepia

And did you know what today is? Artist as Outlaw Day! How should we celebrate!??

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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Perk up! Coloring Coffee Cups (Inktense Pencil Tips)

Perk up! Coloring Coffee Cups (Inktense Pencil Tips)

I haven’t gotten out my Inktense pencils in a long while – so it was about time! And with coffee cups I thought they’d be fun to use to create highlights – this set from Technique Tuesday has a lot of different sizes, so there are lots of options. One required a pen fix – uniball to the rescue (LOL!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And if you need more sentiments, Technique Tuesday has another set with fun coffee sentiments – cute huh!

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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Layered Coffee Cups – Avery Elle, Cool Beans

Thus begins a trio of coffee-related videos by a non-coffee drinker. Just to prove we can love things without drinking them, eh?

Layered Coffee Cups – Avery Elle, Cool Beans

This card will share some tips for newbies to coloring – especially that the Desert Storm cardstock is really forgiving for blending! And if you fussy cut out the images, you remove the need to worry about staying in the lines. It’ll help get you going on blending while taking out some of the worries! 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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Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

 

Otterlicious Backgrounds: Alcohol Ink v Copic Reinker

A swimming otter is the perfect excuse to create some watery looking backgrounds! I noticed Some of the pads of Yupo are on sale in Ellen’s shop so it’d be a good time to remind you it’s out there if you’ve always wanted to try it out.

In this video I show three types of paper and compare Alcohol Inks vs Copic Reinkers. With my favorite discovery in the 3rd example, the card on the front of this pile!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

On Yupo Paper:

On Specialty Stamping Paper:

Extra practice on Yupo:

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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Hummingbird – Set of Thank You Cards, Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Hop

Hummingbird – Set of Thank You Cards

I’d like to start by wishing Paulina a happy FOURTH birthday! Yes, it’s her 4th year as Pretty Pink Posh, and I’m very happy for her – it’s not easy to keep a business afloat! #girlpower!

She sent me some of the new release, and I chose these really pretty little hummingbirds; they’re perfect for CAS cards with tiny little watercolored birds. I used Tombow markers, but you can try whatever water-based markers you have at home. (Don’t do this with alcohol markers, you’ll mess up your stamps!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Hop

Here’s the list for today’s bloghop….enjoy!

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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Mole Family Portraits Card

SCHEDULE NOTE: I’ll be attending a Bible Journaling Retreat
in central Indiana in February – if you’re able to come, sign up HERE.

Mole Family Portraits Card

I waited a long while for this stamp set- I had the idea for picture frames some time ago but needed a stamp set with just the right faces for the picture frames. Then had to work out where the pics would be displayed —- in a mole tunnel! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Lots of other ideas could work here too – bird family photos in a tree, people family photos in a scrapbook, you name it! Be sure to let me know if you use this idea, I think it has legs!

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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Wintry, Watery Critters – TWO videos, new Ellen Hutson Essentials

 

Hello there! I have a double treat for you today…not one but TWO videos! These are the new release sets from Ellen Hutson…and if you color, you may want to give them a look/ One technique here is advanced, the other is a beginner background that anyone with a couple blue markers can do – hope you find something here to inspire you!

Wintry Critters: A Frozen Copic Blizzard – Arctic Pals

A while back on Instagram, I colored some bears in a blizzard….and the outcry for a video was huge! I kept an eye out for more winter critters, and wouldn’t you know it – Ellen Hutson just released these! The penguins are my favorite – which is yours? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three colors used for the snow are B41, B60, and B000.

Watery Critters: Underwater Copic Sea – S’Whale

Coloring whales can be done simply – or you can get fancy and add water reflections. The backgrounds on these are SUPER easy, so beginners – don’t get intimidated! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used for the water: B99, B97, B95, B93, B91; for the whales: C5, C3, C1, 0

And if two videos weren’t enough….my Bible Journaling followers may want to check out this week’s video – where I turned my nativity set into a page! Note that I don’t blog my Bible Journaling channel right now – so if you want weekly notifications, go to YouTube and click the little bell beside the Subscribe button so you’ll get the Sunday morning notifications in your email!

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.