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World Watercolor Month: All you need to know! *plus prizes, winners, a sale, a new class….

This is possibly the most random post ever. I’m going to blame it on having taken a little spill this week – fortunately I’m okay…just banged up! I have bandages on the “heels” of both hands and the thumb of one, both knees…and my head is fortunately hard enough to have avoided a concussion…but the randomness of this post might attempt to convince you otherwise. LOL! But on a good note…there’s probably something here for everyone, right? Let’s get to it!

World Watercolor month is HERE! All kinds of watercolor fun!! I’ve been working on LOTS of special things for you guys throughout July. I have 13 videos scheduled – they’re either watercolor, coloring water (in other mediums), and 2 are water in its other “forms”! Be sure to follow along, it’s going to be a blast! PLUS I’m going to hopefully have 1 minute speed painting videos on Instagram and Facebook all month…if you know people who just love to be mesmerized by water and pigment moving, please feel free to share my accounts with your friends. It’s a lot of work to do, and I’d love to inspire lots of folks with them!

World Watercolor Month is housed over at Doodle Wash….please do join in with them and use #worldwatercolormonth for tagging your work and seeing what others paint. While following daily prompts is NOT required, nor is it necessary to keep up daily…prompts are provided because sometimes they’re just helpful!  Here are Doodle Wash’s prompts for daily painting:

My alternate prompts: Some of these above may not lend themselves well to Bible journaling and cardmaking; some lend themselves to full paintings and maybe not what we might do in our little watercolor world. So I came up with another list that I’m using, with words that can be interpreted lots of ways…think of them as nouns, verbs, and alternate meanings in different contexts. I’ll be adding a second hashtag to DoodleWash’s #worldwatercolormonth by using #wwcm2018 – read on about prizes below!

World Watercolor Month Prizes

For every 50 World Watercolor Month uploads using my #wwcm2018 hashtag on Instagram and Facebook, I’ll be giving away a class of the randomly dran winner’s choice…winners will be announced early in August!

World Watercolor Month Sale

To celebrate World Watercolor Month, all my watercolor classes are on sale HERE for 2 weeks- PLUS there’s a brand new intermediate Copic class called Underwater Scenes (coloring water in stead of watercoloring!) that is open today!

THREE IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. The site is only allowing one class at a time in your cart, so you need to do multiple transactions for multiple classes. Sorry! I can’t get that fixed yet.
  2. If you get gibberish html when logging in, that’s the website’s poor way of saying, “I’m sorry, that was the wrong password or user name.” You can try again, reset your pw, and if the email gets lost in your spam, email me and I can change it for you.
  3. For some reason the latest webstore update from last night is requiring me to manually approve the processing of payments to make the classes accessible. I’ll be checking in often, but please be patient. Not at all sure why it’s doing that all of a sudden. Wahhh!

Stamping for Families Winners!

In the Stamping for Families bloghop last weekend, I offered up two prizes of a free class – one to a commenter, one to a participant…email me with which class you want!

  1. Commenter Amelialesley!
  2. Participant Kirsty!

Bible Journaling Video

And, lest there not be enough random content in this post….this week’s Bible journaling video…of course in watercolor! If you aren’t subscribed to my Bible journaling channel and would like to receive those videos each week, be sure to click on the YT logo in the corner to head over and subscribe! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Okay. I think I’m done. LOL! Happy July!

 

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Whimsical Town Thanks Card

 

Whimsical Town Thanks Card

Sometimes I buy a stamp set *just* because I neeeeeeeeed to color it – this is one of those sets! Fortunately I stamped several so I can play with this arrangement on a card several times. (Thank you MISTI!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the road I opted to use a strip of black cardstock to match the layer under the town…and used a white pen to make the dotted line rather than the stamp. (because I was lazy! LOL)

Hex Charts!

In case you’ve missed it….there are now four hex charts available! Copic chart has been around a while but now there are 3 brands of colored pencil. (Note that there won’t be watercolor or watercolor pencil charts – we can’t run watercolor paper through our home printers or use waterproof ink.) All charts are HERE.

And the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class content is available!  (You can join in class ANYtime, there’s nothing live that you need to be there for.)

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 Ink Backgrounds (with Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder)

Copic Ink Backgrounds

A while ago I did some testing comparing Alcohol Ink Backgrounds and the same ideas using Copic Various Ink Refills. I discovered at that time that the techniques can be used with Neenah cardstock if the paper is saturated with colorless blender first….so today, I have some more playtime to share to expand on that idea! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The first one was with light colors, and the texture created was very subtle. Coloring the flowers on top of the light color was very easy even with light colors.

I created the sentiments for each card using the “Hello Brushstroke” die from Ellen Hutson – diecutting with ScorTape on the back of it so it became a sticker, then adding Glossy Accents. This first one I stuck down in the wrong spot – it wasn’t centered, but wasn’t off-center enough to look intentional, so I created an exclamation point  by using half an H to make it! Each sentiment was covered with Glossy Accents.

Richer colors (RV04 and V04) made for a more powerful color comb0 but coloring in flowers was a little more challenging. The texture is mostly smooth after tilting the paper to keep it from settling in one area more than another.

Each panel was cut down to layer on a black panel which was edged with gold Delicata ink (tapping the pad along the edge of the paper) then popped up on dimensional adhesive on black card bases.

Last but not least, my favorite – I didn’t worry too much about coloring into the flowers and leaves except a choice few petals and leaves. I love that the inks settled in more textured patterns since I didn’t swish it around as much while wet.

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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Tip to tip Coloring: Dragons

Tip to tip Coloring: Dragons

I thought it might be time to remind everyone of an oft-forgotten technique to create a color “in between” two markers to create blending. Watch as I make a YG22 out of a YG21 and YG23! 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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Stamping for Families Bloghop – and a wee dog vlog!

 

Hi all! Today’s something a little different over here on the ol’ blog. There’s a video – just not a crafty one. Read on!

First- a little bloghop with some friends.

Some friends were talking on Facebook about how depressing things are at the moment…I can’t stop thinking about the thousands of kiddos separated from their moms and dads, and I’m praying that the huge-a-mongous fundraiser that went viral will help to reunite them all. You know what I love best about that fundraiser? People from all perspectives have joined in to do one thing. Together. Just to support families. We need more things that bring us together!

Anyhow…our little bunch of friends just wanted to make something…because art can heal, us, right? So if you’re feeling blue, then:

  1. hug your loved ones….
  2. and share a little of that love by making a card to send to someone you love…
  3. reach out and call your US Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support SB3036. It’s not comprehensive immigration reform that we need, but we know  it’ll take them forever to pass something big. The “Keep Families Together Act” would only deal with stopping family separation, and maybe they could all get on board with one thing at a time?
  4. then pay your love forward and donate to one of the groups helping reunite the families!

So below is what I made (sorry, no video!)…I hugged my pups since my family is far away….and I’ve made a $500 donation to RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. (They’re the beneficiary of the Facebook fundraiser, but I don’t trust Facebook to handle my content much less my donations (ha) so I went directly to RAICES to do mine.) I hope you’ll consider giving, too. Together, we can make a difference for families!

I used Upon a Star from Lawn fawn, and used Copic airbrush for the background. The card is made of two panels glued together to make a card that opens this way (see video on Instagram today to watch it “open”…. (see it HERE)

The left panel (4-1/4 x 11, scored in half) has the little fox on it. To get the mama fox in the right spot, I held the second panel up to the light, aligning the crease, and sketched where the baby was – then stamped mama in place. I trimmed the front panel by hand so mama would have a partial panel looking out at the stars, sitting behind her pup.

The inside of the card needed a little TLC…I airbrushed just the corner and embossed the heart constellation on it. This is the inside of the panel with baby fox on it; the other half of the mama panel is glued to the back of this, so the card back has 2 layers.

If you’re interested in more airbrush info, stay tuned, I have a couple videos coming up next month with some. 🙂

Supplies:

Bloghop Links + prize

I’m going to pre-apologize because I think Inlinkz won’t show up here since I no longer subscribe, but I’m hoping that you can still click on the link. And that you’ll join in, too! I believe the link-up will be open for a week, so you can make your own family-themed card to add to the collection!

For a prize, I’m offering up two classes: one to a lucky commenter,  and one to a participant in the hop. Fresh mojo only, no linking up old cards please! Winner will be announced on July 1.


And secondly – a dog vlog

I shot a superfast little vlog the other day just chatting about some July stuff coming up, and dog footage! We’ve had some major summer weather already – unheard of here to have a week of hot weather this early! The studio gets up to the 80s by midafternoon, so we’ve been getting up early to get to work, then chilling in front of a fan. But if this weather continues all summer, we’ll be heading for this waterpark more days than not!

World Watercolor Month is in July….I’m getting together a list of prompts for anyone who’d like to join me! You’ll be able to use the prompts to stamp an image and watercolor it, create cards or Bible journaling pages, tags or bookmarks…..anything to just get a little bit of watercoloring in each day. I’m going to try to create a daily 30 second video for Instagram, so be sure to follow along – and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any!

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Color a Horse in a Barn – Polychromos Pencils

 

 Color a Horse in a Barn – Polychromos Pencils

Hello friends! This is a special little post for my horse fans out there….a few asked if I’d color this stamp, so I bought it to do so! I tried out the Ink on 3 No Line ink as well….pleased with my first stamping of it but will hold off on a final verdict til I play with it more – you guys know me, I want to see if things work with lots of mediums! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card turned into an easel card; I had done just the diecutting with the MFT stitched dies, and it just screamed out to be a special presentation after spending so long coloring it! The scores on the base are at 5.5″ and 2.75″ – and I cut the base so it was narrower than the front panel.

And yes…the colors!

Here’s the top view of the inside of the card….

I had first colored this scene in Copics while at my stamping group….

 

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: Mani Thanks card

 

Copic Coloring: Mani Thanks card

The cards I make with shiny glass get lots of attention – and I do so wish I had some way to provide a scientific approach to making glass look glassy. “A stroke of this here, that there….and done!” But glass—and anything shiny—-take on the light and reflections around them, so they’re always different! If you want something specific, my recommendation is Googling a similar image, and doing that a lot til you get the “hang” of making it up yourself the way I do. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The embossing is on top of the Copic coloring – to try to color over embossing can ruin nibs.

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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Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

 

Spring Bouquet Card (Studio Katia)

These pretty little flowers were perfect for a technique using distress inks – and the MISTI. I created it on watercolor paper, and between the ink being open to movement with water, and adding watercolor….it came out so very pretty! 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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Enabler alert!!! 30 videos (and a screaming sale!)

 

Hi folks! I was scrolling through Ellen Hutson’s “oops” Category at that’s all on sale – and aside from all the goodies landing in MY cart, I thought I’d collect the items I have videos for. And guess what? Everything in that”oops” Category  is an ADDITIONAL 30% off with coupon code YAY- and there are lots of things that are already heavily discounted. That’s crazy on the discounts!!! But first….World Watercolor Month is in July!! I’ll be putting watercolor classes on sale, and doing some other fun things, so in case you need some supplies…here you go (and check OUT the prices on some of these, holy guacamole!)

 

Setting up a watercolor palette shows how to set up a palette if you haven’t as yet….  (Blog Post)

 

29 more videos

I’ve put the sale items above each video as links; if you need the full list of products, there’s blog post links to get you the rest of that information.

Holiday Words Dies,, Leaping Deer Die (Blog Post)

Essentials by Ellen, Tree Farm (Blog Post)

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Thistle (Blog Post)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 1, Set 2, Set 3 (Blog Post)

 

 

Lawn Cuts Dies Shut The Front Door (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Dies, Petal Plate (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Four-Legged Friends (Blog Post)

Crazy Cats (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Wild For You (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Stamps, Costume Party (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Window Dies (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Nuts About You (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Clear Stamps, Brring On The Joy (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Ninja Warrior stamps (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Sweet Sloths (Blog Post)

Hero Arts Angel Stamp set (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things stamps: Mermazing, Ocean Pals (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps: Polar Pals, Dashing Deer (Blog Post)

Paper Smooches, Courteous Cuties (Blog Post)

Penny Black, Red Blush Stamp (Blog Post)

Concord & 9th Stamps, Stuck On You (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna, Adventure (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna Life is Lovely (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, Berry Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, No Tomorrow (Blog Post)

Impression Obsession Clear Stamps, Beary Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti, Puppy Love (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Sheep Flutter (Blog Post)

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Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class – ready for you!

 

Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class

It’s time! If you’ve missed the early registration, no worries – class was open for those who wanted to get a jump on ordering supplies and coloring their hex charts. Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. Then read on for more class details!

Notes

  1. About supplies:
    1. To get started: If you have some colored pencils and some paper, any brand, you have enough to get started. I use a couple different kinds of pencils and paper throughout class just to prove you don’t have to have the fancy paper that I love – but you can see what results I get on different papers and decide what you’d like.
    2. Stamps: I asked Purple Onion to partner with me in having stamps for you in class; I think we scared her with wiping out stock so fast! So please be patient. Michele ordered more and they’ll go out in the mail as soon as possible. She’s created bundles of the Recommended and the Recommended + Optional – at a discount. If you only need a couple stamps though, she can’t accomodate handling discounts by the onesies. If you buy the whole group of stamps to get the discount you might be able to trade a friend, or save them for secret santa gifts this Christmas!
    3. Using other stamps: You can totally use other stamps you have. No need to use exactly what I’ve got! And you can also draw your own pictures, especially if you’ve been in my drawing classes. Wink wink!
    4. Digital downloads: Throughout class, especially the first 5 lessons, there are a bunch of downloads for practicing. So if your stamp order will be a while, there’s plenty for you to start with in the meantime!
  2. About signups:
    1. You can sign up ANY time. There’s no live content that requires you be there on a day or time to get content. It’s all accessible as soon as you purchase.
    2. There’s a funky Paypal-returning-to-Art-Classes thing in which it shows you a spinning yellow square. While it can be mesmerizing, just click out of it and go to your account. The payment should have gone through and class will be in your account.
    3. Some of you have bought enough classes that you have a “page 2” in your classes list. You can also just navigate to the class once you’re logged in, as if you’re going to go buy that class, and access the Curriculum from there; you don’t HAVE to go through your account page.

That’s about it from me….go get out your pencils and let’s have some fun in Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class!!

Sandy