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Watercolor Weekend: Palette Setup + my dot card!

Watercolor Palette Setup

I’ve been on the hunt for a good palette to recommend. I had a few things I was looking for….

  1. Metal. I just like a good metal palette. (I have a bunch of expensive Italian palettes that can’t be had over here, and couldn’t find a way to have them imported.) Plastic palettes have the un-fun problem of having the paint blobs pop out. Yikes!
  2. Wells to wash. Lots of palettes have the mixing sections in the centers, surrounded by the paints. While it might be easier to drag paint out of wells, it’s also pretty impossible to give ’em a really good washing. I like to sometimes run it under water to get it good and clean.
  3. Pans. There are palettes with built-in wells, but depending on how they’re constructed, paint and liquid can move around from one well to another pretty easily. In pans, I find that a wet palette is a little easier to toss in the bottom of my bag (I do try to keep it flat if it’s good and wet) without making a mess.

So….the Schminke palette is pretty close to my fancy European palette! The only differences are the mechanism to hold in the pans, and the shape of the wells. Pretty minor, eh? So I now have this Schminke palette, filled with my Daniel Smith Essentials PLUS the 18 colors on my new dot card. (Total of 24 half-pans.) If you want to make a swatch sheet for this palette yourself, click HERE for the pdf. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My Daniel Smith dot card!

In the fall, the good folks at Daniel Smith asked if I’d pick my top 18 cards so they could make a dot card out of them. EEEP! Apparently enough of my followers from around the world have mentioned my name to them that they think I’m a bigger deal than I am. LOL. Anyhoooo….here it is. Cool huh? Colors are all linked in the supply list below.

Want a free dot card? Place an order at Ellen Hutson for at least one Daniel Smith product – and you’ll get a free Sandy Allnock dot card while supplies last! Hurry! You can try out my colors before buying tubes.

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“The Sandy Allnock Bundle”

There is a discounted special kit made JUST for my watercolor peeps. Yep, it even has my name in the title. It’s right HERE. That would be a great start for your watercolor adventure if you’ve not jumped in yet…and if you order it quickly, you could qualify for that free dot card!

The rest of watercolor weekend:

Over at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom blog, I’ve got a second post and video – painting trees! They’ve assembled another post too, right HERE with a weekend special. I’ve heard rumors of what they’re putting together tomorrow, too, and can’t wait to go see it myself!

TOMORROW – Sunday March 12, at 1pm Pacific, I’m hoping to host a live YouTube chat on watercolor! I have no idea how it works but I keep getting emails from YT that my account qualifies, so I’m gonna give it a try. Please don’t get upset if technology eats me alive – lol! Just knowing how the “firsts” go, this could be a challenge. But I’ll give it a try!

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.

My 18 colors:

also included in my palette, in addition to the 18 above:

Other supplies:

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Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

Welcome to my stop on the bloghop- you should have come from Shannon McComb’s blog! I’m the very very last….maybe the very very nearly best? I can say that since I’m typing this before my post goes live….I’m betting by knowing the names ahead of me, there’s tons of talent in this hop!

Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

The Human Rainbow is my little initiative here on the interwebs to get a little diversity out there into crafty land. Today’s card celebrates the variety of kiddos – in a school! I’m using Friends Forever….love these cute little peeps!Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It doesn’t have to be hard to set a “scene” – a simple brown frame filled with green makes an easy chalkboard!

Bloghop

  • PRIZES! There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day, yesterday + today). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 3/17/2017. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

These are the amazing talents in the hop….be sure to go visit each one! 

Coming this weekend

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a visit….it’s Watercolor Weekend, and I’ve got some treats for you! Including a LIVE broadcast on YouTube on Sunday at 1pm. Well, if I can figure out how. LOL. Coz, technology is a thing. Bring your watercolor questions!

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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Complementary Foxes (second try!)

To those who saw the earlier mis-post – hope the tease didn’t make you too upset! Lol. Blog scheduling is a crazy thing. I did add to this post, so read on….

First

… a little shout out to the grammarians in my readership!

Complementary: kämpləˈment(ə)rē/

  1. combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another.
  2. relating to complementary medicine.

Complimentary: ˌkämpləˈmen(t)ərē,ˌkämpləˈmentrē/ <—two pronunciations, who’d a thunk?

  1. expressing a compliment; praising or approving.
  2. given or supplied free of charge.

Today’s video is about using complementary colors – combining colors opposite of one another on the color wheel to “enhance the qualities of each other.” I hadn’t thought about that as an explanation of why they work – but it’s pretty cool!

Complementary Foxes

I got such excited feedback on the last 3-color pencil video I made that I thought I’d try it again – this time with foxes! No orange pencils were used….can you believe it? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t it amazing to see yellow and purple turn into such a pretty combined color?

An opportunity for a compliment

While we’re talking complements, I also have a way for you to send a nonpartisan compliment. I asked a friend in the White House Correspondents Association if we could send cards and letters to the journalists there. (I saw that Tom Hanks sent an espresso machine again – cool idea!) Being a reporter is a tough job to have right now, and cards to just say thanks could help them to keep on. Funny punny cards especially! Cards and letters from kids would be much appreciated too. Please send to the address on my contact page by March 15, 2017. Know that cards will be opened and reviewed before sent in a packet together, and cards of a partisan nature will not be included. Thanks!

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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Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

Swatching Art Impressions Watercolor Sets

If you’re an addict like me – you have a lot of tiny cling stamps in your stash! I’m up to 8 of the Stampin Up plastic cases full of them….yeeesh! For some folks it’s hard to see what the stamps look like when they’re all grey cling; so try making little tags with test images! If you keep them in the sets they came in, you can tuck a tag into the package. If you use cases like me, cut a piece of watercolor paper the size of your case, and stamp all the images so you know what you have! In today’s video, I’ll show you all 10 of the new sets that just came out, and give a few tips along the way. Stay tuned to the end, I *just* picked up some new markers and they could prove very interesting for AI watercolor! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Below are the swatch cards I made in the video; click on the image caption to go purchase the stamp set at Ellen Hutson coz I know you also need cardstock. (How did I know that? Coz I do too. LOL)

Samples

I created a few card-sized paintings with only the stamps listed above–there are SO many options for layouts and combinations!

Zig Art & Graphic Twin Markers

I *just* got these markers – so don’t go expecting a ton yet. LOL. In the video literally was my first application of any color with one pen! I did make a quick sample, and yes the color came out more intense; these pens seem to want a smoother paper even more than the Clean Color pens do. (I use CC on Arches Cold Press, but I’m weird.)

These are pens by Zig Kuretake – and here’s the basic differences I see in just a short time between Clean Color and Art & Graphic Twin:

  • my full set came with a rack for storage. HOORAY.
  • 10 cents more per pen, but you get two nibs.
  • no “marker condoms.” (For those who have zigs and had to peel off the plastic….these don’t have that.)
  • nibs – one is a bullet nib, the other is a brush nib – but it’s not a foam nib like some others (like Tombow). It’s a plastic? rubbery? nib, and even makes squeaky noises sometimes.
  • the color selection is nearly identical. I was curious so started swatching in a sketchbook and found some colors that don’t come in the Twin, and some new colors added.
  • the ink appears to be a little different in my first tests; the Twin don’t seem to blend as easily, but possibly they need more than my sketchbook papers, I’ll try out other stuff. But they also come with a blender pen, which I wasn’t able to get to blend anything. Again, maybe the paper.
  • sets – Kuretake did it again on sets (lol) – my pet peeve is ending up with duplicates when you build sets slowly. The chart below shows the colors in each; if you just want some colors, you could get all the 4s, or both 6s or both 12s, and only the 4s will have a duplicate. Or just buy them individually. Or do like me and get the whole set. (Coz I knew I would do so eventually….yeah.)

Later today on Instagram, I’ll post a short video doing some lettering with these pens, be sure to pop over to see it. 🙂

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.

I figured visuals for the stamp sets might be helpful instead of a list:

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Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

Delicata ink pads are certainly beautiful to stamp with – they have lots of shimmer and shine to them. I’ve used the Gold for quite some time – but Imagine Crafts sent me some other colors to try – so I did!

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

In the video, the first few minutes show the card…so for those not interested in Bible journaling, just watch that first bit to see the pretty floral card. Bible journalists – you might want to pick up some of these inks because they don’t go through the paper! There’s even a black shimmer that has some good contrast to it – so it might be something you’d want to try if you stamp much in your Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Bible page came out soft and pretty – that background watercoloring, then stamping and painting with all that shimmer. Yum! And please do consider jumping in for the 30daysofbiblelettering.com challenge – whether you post your creations on Instagram or not. I’ve done just wording in notebooks, so you don’t have to do a fancy project. Just get some practice in! (And keep an eye out…one of the devotions this time is by me!)

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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Wet in Wet Watercolor Background – Elfie Selfie

Wet in Wet Watercolor Background – Elfie Selfie

During CHA this year, I showed folks who came by the booth how to create a fun background with watercolors – just dropping paint into a pool of water. They enjoyed it and I hope you will too! I used the new Elphie Selfie set from Lawn Fawn – utter cuteness!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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Brusho. In. SPACE! Brusho control tips

 

Brusho. In. SPACE! Brusho control tips

As a kid I was a huge Muppet fangirl. Especially of the PIGS IN SPACE! segments. So….here’s an ode to the show (that has pretty much nothing to do with Pigs in Space!) When this space stamp set came across my little world, well…..yeah. I had to go there! With Brusho, too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The intensity of color in Brusho pigments is really pretty amazing. While it’s a product that needs practice – it’s well worth it for the effect!

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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Hovering Butterflies

Hovering Butterflies

I’ve had this stamp set for ages and just hadn’t pulled it out…well that’s a-changing! I love that these butterflies are detailed enough to be pretty but simple enough to have open space to color – and enough solid black space to add white pen! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Close-to-the-ground shadows should be nearest the object; flying butterflies should have shadows that land on the surface of the ground underneath them. The higher they are, the further from their shadow – and the lighter and softer the shadow.sandy-allnock-zig-clean-color-butterflies

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.