Color a Lemon Tree

Color a Lemon Tree

It’s time for a new release from Ellen Hutson – and the stamp set I decided to use for the video is Squeeze The Day! I created a little cascade of lemons so it looks like the branch of a lemon tree; change it to greens and it can be a lime tree!

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

Some of the leaves are stamped – the rest drawn in. But if the pen work scares you, then instead draw them with markers, and do the pen work after the coloring is all done.

Colors I used for my lemon tree…

The dots of BV00 really add to the lemon skin texture!

You have got to check out the Voices In My Head Stamp Set– and see if the sentiments are things you say in YOUR head, too! I combined the stamp set with one of the Speech Bubbles Dies, and airbrushed it and stamped some images from Good Times.

Good Times is a collection of a bunch of seemingly random images – until you see the dog riding the scooter. I stamped him with a little leeeeeean so he looks like he was made just to drive the scooter and drag balloons around town! (I’m picturing him with velcro on his feet, riding a self-driving scooter!)

There are two dies I didn’t show in the video – Big City Dies and Landscapes Dies will be coming next week. Who doesn’t need versatile dies that will be great for years to come? Here’s a little peek….

Guest Video at MFT!

And over on MFT’s blog and YT channel is this cutie from Hey Sunshine – poolside!

Painting an Italian Window – Venetian Neighborhood

Painting an Italian Window – Venetian Neighborhood

The Venetian Neighborhood background stamp (below) from Hero Arts inspired me to finally paint this photo taken on my last trip to Italy a few years back:

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I added a cascade of flowers and rearranged things a bit. It took a few tries to get to this painting….know that it takes repeated work to finesse a piece of fine art. But I love a good challenge!

Here’s the Venetian Neighborhood card…I made it larger than a normal sized card so I didn’t need to cut down the paper much. (If you trim it down to A2 card size, you cut off some edges of windows.)

I mentioned a while back I’m going to keep going back to the Stamped Just For You set from Hero – and here’s another!

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

When this stamp set from Gina K came out, I had to get it, you know me! Making a variety of puppies from one stamp set? Yes please!

This video is a little different than usual –I stamped all the dog ears so you can see if this set makes your pup. I know it’s important to know if it includes the right shaped ears to make your doggie!

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I hope your pup is among the ones possible – maybe with different coloration than I’ve used!

I also of course had to make a card with my pups. Covered in mud! It’s their favorite hairstyle…..

Sketchy Card Series – Colorado Craft Company

Sketchy Card Series – Colorado Craft Company

BONUS! I know some of you want more more more….so when I was asked if I’d consider sliding in an extra video to show you these really fun stamps from Colorado Craft Company, well….yeah I had to do it! Amy, the owner, sent me a little pack with the TeeRific and Shopping Therapy stamps (and the Bible set as a bonus, whee!) – so I decided to put one on my channel and one over on Ellen’s.

Let’s get rolling on the shopping set! Since these stamps just “end” at the top, you kind of need to figure out how you’ll handle that. Just let it end out there in space? Draw a line? Snug the stamp up at the top of the card? (Which would be really cool!) Or – like I did – create a sketched space within which the stamps can live.

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A sketchy card like this can be invented out of your head like I did – or use a card sketch at a place like Mojo Monday to figure out a design idea.

I’m using Zig clean color pens, so I used a waterproof pen to do the drawing portion – so make sure whatever pen you choose will work well with the medium you’ll be coloring with. And honestly – this “look” would be awesome in black and white too!

I used a different layout for the Dad card….I’m going to give this one to a friend to send to her golfing pop.

The video shows how to make a pile-up of trees in the distance.

And if you’d like to see the Father’s Day version – check it out below or over on YouTube!

Coloring for Vellum Envelopes

Coloring for Vellum Envelopes

Vellum envelopes can be for elegant invitations or fancy cards – or just for something FUN! The postal carrier deserves a little smile, too, right? And your recipient will love seeing bright happy color in their mailbox too! I’ve got a few tips to keep in mind when creating a card like this to get some big bang for your efforts!

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Be aware of the size of your handwriting; I didn’t leave myself quite enough here for the size of my Mom’s new address so it was a little squishy! The snail would still be adorable sneaking in from the left side, and the mailbox can peek from the right, to create more room if you need it.

I picked strong, bright colors to make sure the colors really popped. There’s an E87 marker in there that I think snuck in somehow. LOL!

I had a special return-address stamp made for myself a few years ago, a self-inking one.

Drawing a Parrot (Oil Pastel) + Pretty Bird card

Drawing a Parrot (Oil Pastel) + Pretty Bird card

This week’s fine art treat is brought to you by the Pretty Birds stamp set from Picket Fence! I have a thing for parrots, so even though the stamps are (I think?) cockatoos, I went the parrot direction anyway! I wrote a children’s story that I have yet to illustrate about the rainforest – and a parrot would be one of the characters.

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These aren’t the artist-quality brand of Faber Castell oil pastels – but they’re some of the ones used in the kids Self Portrait Class I launched recently! I figured I’d see what else I could do with them. This set comes with a little do-hickey that creates lines and patterns, but I just used my stylus for this.

Ain’t he a pretty birdie?

I made a card from the stamp set – creating a green background with light highlights created with a colorless blender.

A watercolor hex chart??

A watercolor hex chart??

Sorry for that title, but I named it that because I am constantly being asked for a watercolor hex chart, and wanted something to come up in Google to answer that question without having to email, thus today’s post and video! And no, a watercolor hex chart is not possible for a variety of reasons, which will be discussed in the video – but I have TONS of good info anyway even without that chart!

So today I’m showing off the new chart book I made…..after months of having misplaced my charts, I found them! Now they’re in one book and hopefully won’t get lost. Includes a discussion of hex charts and why one is not possible or even much of a help for watercolorists. Toward the latter portion, a discussion of the properties of watercolors and how to swatch in a helpful way.

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Why no watercolor hexchart?

I know it’s a disappointment – but once I’ve explained it to folks asking the question on social media, they nearly to a person say “Ok, I get it, thanks!” But if you haven’t seen that, here’s a few of the reasons:

  1. Most printers cannot print on thick and bumpy watercolor paper. Even if yours can, the ink often flicks off due to the textured surface.
  2. Most printer ink is not waterproof, which means the toner is going to contaminate the paint. Not helpful to see actual colors.
  3. The way watercolor works is simply VERY different from Copic or pencil. Colors for shading aren’t chosen because of their relationship on a chart; you add neutral tint, a complementary color, or just another color from the rest of the painting to create a shadow color.

Also, contrary to the narrative out there in the world, you do NOT need to get splits (half pans) of every color out there. Really. I mean it. I use my main palette almost all the time even though I own a lot more colors – it makes me REALLY get to know those colors and how they work together and I learn from them. Once every year or year and a half I swap something out, or as discussed in the video, I can have an alternate palette with some other toys to play with. But I don’t ever think “hey I want to paint a tree but this tree isn’t ANY of these greens, I should get out a new one.” Instead I look for what I can mix with the greens I have to create what I need.

By purchasing a ton of half pans you’re also causing yourself not only a storage nightmare – some of you are buying a bunch of palettes to hold it all – but it’s also overwhelming to have so many colors. Then you’re stumped as to WHICH red to use to paint a rose. Or WHICH blue is best for a sky. I recommend getting a big dot card (there’s a 66 dot and a 238 dot card set, see discussion later in this post) and swatch things so you know what red or sky blue that YOU like best, and just buy a tube or a split of that one.

I know we’re collectors, but – you could literally just have a warm and cool red yellow and blue and be able to paint tons of things! I even painted this one from THREE COLORS – Quin Rose, Nickel Azo, and Iridescent Electric Blue. You don’t need #allthecolors – shhhh don’t tell any manuufacturers or retailers that I said that! lol!

About all those charts

A specific purchasing note: if you bought a hex chart here on this blog, here is where the purchase remains – I didn’t move them to your account on my teaching site. However I’m hoping to get all the purchases to be made over there from now on, so if you buy it there, it’ll be in your account over there.

Copic Hex Chart

The Copic Hex Chart was the first chart I made – basically for the reason that I’m lazy and don’t like to stop coloring to reink a pen, and would rather find a similar color! ha! It’s been around a long while and since they haven’t added new colors, this is the original one and hasn’t been updated. I print mine on all the papers I’ll color on, like on Desert Storm shown here – that way I can see how colors will look on my project before starting the coloring. (I don’t do the 2nd page of greys on all colors unless I think I need it.) There’s also a free Human Rainbow chart for Copics.

Colored Pencil Hex Charts

I added Colored Pencil Hex Charts for Prismacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos as well, and I make charts on the colors I’ll use for these mediums as well. Including black – to make that, print (or photocopy) the chart on to black paper and you can look at an angle to color in the hex shapes – then print it on acetate and overlay it. Then the numbers can be seen.

Watercolor swatches

My book contains pocket page swatch sheets for my 1.5 inch square swatches. I know there are stamps you can get for swatching now, but…well, I’m all about gettin ‘er done faster, and stamping just takes too long. LOL! I have multiples of SOME colors – so I can have a whole page of JUST my main 2019 palette:

The rest of my swatch pages are kept in roughly color-order. When doing it like this I can move swatches around, put other brands in, see their info next to each other. Lots of options! (You see notes on the backs of some of these swatches – it’s whatever words or data that didn’t fit on the front. You can also make notes on things you learn about that color – like what colors it plays nicely with!)

If you’re using the big DS Dot Charts to do your swatching, they’re mostly in the color order you’d need, so that’s a huge help in creating something like this. You can get the full 238 Colors chart – but honestly if you have swatches for the 66 Colors you really WILL be just fine.

Sale on classes ends tonight 5/27!

Acetate Critter Cards – with scenes (Hero Arts bloghop!)

Acetate Critter Cards – with scenes (Hero Arts bloghop!)

Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Celebration Bloghop! There aren’t many things that last for 45 years – in crafting especially! Some of my earliest stamps were Hero Arts ones – oh the memories….and they’re still in business all this long time later! See more details about the hop at the end of this post, as well as the link to see who’s next; it’s a 3 day hop so you might want to have a cup of coffee handy for hopping along!

They sent me one stamp set and its dies from their “from the vault” collection of older designs – and do you think maybe they know me a little, by choosing Cute Animals for me to color?? Whee! I combined them with some Acetate cards that have been collecting dust on my shelf….they’re always a fun way to add something super special to a card.

Today’s cards answer a question that comes up about coloring: do I color up to the edge of an image, and how do I do it without the marker blobbing at the edge where I stop? Well here’s a different way for scene-makers to color without that blobby line – just add the stamped image later on. I decided to spend *all*day*long* coloring for this post, though only had the camera on for one of the backgrounds. See pics of the rest of them all below the video!

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Wasn’t that fun? Hopefully it gives another idea for a way to add a scene without having to “stop” your marker stroke when you reach an image – just keep going, and add the image on the front of the acetate! You can certainly add a diecut directly onto the image, too – but the acetate gives it more of a “reason” to be glued on top. And you can also change up the colors from one fall class to make a year’s worth of tree scenes!

Coupon code for classes

If you’re new to me on this hop, HI! I’m Sandy and I love to color SO much that I started a teaching site – Copic classes are of course available as I talked about in the video; but you can learn about colored pencil and watercolor – or drawing classes, Bible Journaling and some inexpensive and super fun art classes for kids. Poke around and you might find something that’ll make your heART happy! And just for fun – I added a coupon code just for blog hoppers…yep it’s our little secret: use code hero to get 10% off adult classes throughout Memorial Day weekend!

The rest of the cards

See the captions below each card with a little more about each one and which class you can learn that background technique.

With this style of card, you can color your heart out on the scene without your marker needing to stop at the edge of the stamped image, thus pooling ink up along that edge.
Frog Card uses a lesson from Autumn Scenes class – a hillside full of fluffy trees in front of a lake with reflections of those trees. The reeds were just made with a dark marker, drawing in a long tall stem and adding a squiggle at the top for each reed.
I’ve created wood elements in a ton of YT videos – there’s THIS one with a wooden wall. You might also consider the Copic Hex Art class, which has wood and 41 more textures you can learn in one class.
Another autumn Scenes lesson – I arranged the trees differently and changed their colors, and added some grasses so the bear had somewhere to sit down.
Blue Skies classes can be taken in Copic or Watercolor (individually or a combo). My poor crooked sentiment wasn’t helped much by my swoop with a black pen, was it? Agh! But I do have relatives who won’t even notice.
Another Blue Skies scene over the plains for this sweet lion.
For a background like this, I refer you to the recent Rose Garden video on YT- very similar idea!

Bloghop!

As always, bloghop celebrations have not only massive creativity to inspire you, but also a huge list of prizes – so you’re going to want to join in on this one! Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and they will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

PS: Don’t forget: on my teaching site, you can use coupon code hero for 10% off through Memorial Day weekend on all adult classes!

The next stop on the bloghop is Simon Says!

Toucan Friends Card

Toucan Friends Card

These 3 little toucans in the Catherine Pooler set are such good and encouraging buddies – they needed to sit on one big long branch! Coloring them up with my Prismacolors was so relaxing and easy!

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The Prismacolor Pencil hues I used…..

All it took to make that happen was to use sticky notes to mask off the ends of each bird’s branch – sometimes the leaves if that was easy – then stamp flowers and leaves in the middle. I used a black pen to draw in any areas that didn’t meet up.

To the Stars (watercolor in blue and yellow hues )

To the Stars (watercolor in blue and yellow hues )

I have some watercolor blending tips to share with you today – along with a comparison of different blues and yellows in my palette. And a sweet little stamp set from Neat and Tangled! And yes – GASP – there’s glitter on this card! EEEP! lol!

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To make a full background like this, I started with glossy accents on the stars – that will act as a resist, and also add shine to the stars. Let it dry completely before painting.

I wet the entire area first, and once it was evenly wet, I began to add Indanthrone in the area around the moon. Then added the Paynes Blue Gray toward the outer edges. Paint and water “collect” at the edges of a painting, but if you leave the paper cut larger than needed (in this case as a 1/4 sheet it’s 6 x 4.5) then the edges get cut off anyway. Dry outward from the center to keep drying as even as possible.

The Nickel Azo, New Gamboge, and Aussie Red Gold create a moon with different hues in it; the Aussie is more orangey when used in a thicker way. Yellow Ochre is a nice color for simple skin tones.

Last tidbit: I used some really old glitter on the wings, so couldn’t link it – I don’t use it enough to finish a jar before its no longer sold. Ha!

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