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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.

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Magical Saturday: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sábado mágico: Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Hola, amigos y amigas! Hoy tengo un pequeño video feliz para ti: no tiene voz en off ni nombres de colores en el video. Sé que algunos de ustedes se enojan cuando no comparto eso, pero a veces … a veces solo necesito descansar un poco. Sabes que volveré con más videos de enseñanza, pero por ahora … solo toma una margarita y disfruta viendo, ¿de acuerdo? ¡Diviértete celebrando!

Magical Saturday: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today I have a happy little coloring video for you – it hasn’t got any voiceover or color names in the video. I know some of you get angry when I don’t share that but sometimes….sometimes I just need a little rest break. You know I’ll be back with more teaching videos, but for now…just pull up a margarita and enjoy watching, okay? Have a fun celebration!

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 Cap-Cleaning Tips

Copic Cap-Cleaning Tips

After using my markers for years, I decided to try cleaning the caps; I know some folks are religious about doing this, but it’s a huge task to take on – and I’d rather make art! But seeing a discussion recently about how pricey it is to clean them with Colorless Blender, and then an ensuing question about just replacing the blender solution with alcohol, I did some testing.

Tips are listed below, but watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When to clean:

Cleaning caps just for “beauty” purposes is overkill; Copics work just fine with dirty caps. Ask yourself: Am I cleaning because I’m procrastinating actually making art? Clean the caps, however, if you have trouble with ink spattering when you remove caps during use, or if nibs are drying out due to the seal not closing completely.

What to clean with:

Using Colorless Blender is “healthiest” for your markers, though it can be expensive for something like cleaning. You can use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (available in your local pharmacy) instead, BUT in limited fashion:

  • Alcohol can eat the printed text off your marker, so don’t use it to scrub the barrel of your pens.
  • Don’t touch it to the nibs – if it can damage printed ink, what will it do to a delicate foam nib?
  • If leaving caps to soak in alcohol, it can “scuff” the edges of the caps, making them look more used. (No actual damage is done, it’s just cosmetic.)

When using alcohol to clean, use the 99% – it’s stronger but works better than lower % alcohol.

How to clean:

Put a small amount of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in a ceramic or glass container, and swish caps for about a minute. Remove using tongs or tweezers of some sort, and wipe off with a paper towel. Clean out remaining ink with a Qtip, and replace on the marker.

Feel free to pin the graphic below to share these tips with your friends!

Need to know about changing nibs? Here you go:

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Feeling Foxy – Zigs + Daniel Smith Watercolor

Sandy Allnock Feeling Foxy Card

 

Feeling Foxy – Zigs + Daniel Smith Watercolor

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know I almost always buy the cute fox stamps – I just love coloring them! This one’s no exception. I did combine my Daniel Smith watercolors with Zigs here; I wanted the intensity of the Zigs for the fox, but I like few of the greens from the Clean Color marker collection. So as I always say…use what works! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When I combine different mediums I do get lots of comments saying, “Boy I just never thought of doing that!” So hopefully now you’ll remember the enxt time you don’t have a color available in one medium that you do in another!

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 + Pencil + Kraft Series: Ballerina Cards

Sandy Allnock Tutu Cute Ballerina card

 

Copic + Pencil + Kraft Series: Ballerina Cards

Here’s another in my series – playing with Copics and highlighting and adding details with pencil. These little ballerinas are ADORABLE! I was going to show coloring of both cards but the ballet studio took, well, way too long! Oh my. My love for coloring ALL the stamps doesn’t always leave me with time on my hands, does it? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’d like to keep up with these Copic + Pencil + Kraft posts, I created a gallery HERE!

And a bonus image – so you can see all the cute positions these little ballerinas are holding!

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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Alexandra Renke Bloghop: Inlaid Watercolor

 

Alexandra Renke Bloghop: Inlaid Watercolor Dies

Inlaid dies are intricate – but lovely! In this video you’ll see little tricks for cutting out a sentiment without “wasting” a piece of watercolor paper too! The palette, by the way, can be seen in the free Preclass lesson in Blue Skies – you don’t have to take the class to see me swatch out each color and decide if you want to try one out. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

UPDATE: She loved the card! And the presentation went really well. Yay!

If you haven’t seen the book website yet – go visit HERE.

ICYMI

This is a video from a few weeks ago with a popular technique I shared using Alexandra Renke dies:

Bloghop

And now you’ll want to go visit the other stops on the hop to see more amazing creations!

  1. Julie Ebersole
  2. Karin Högger 
  3. Ardyth Percy-Robb
  4. Frau Pony
  5. Laurel Beard
  6. Alexandra Seußler
  7. Sandy Allnock –you are here!
  8. Julia Klein
  9. Carissa Wiley

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.

Alexandra Renke floral dies – with pics:

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Slow down and make a card (Slothsome)

 

Slow down and make a card (Slothsome)

Slow down your life to make a card! And use your knowledge from Autumn Scenes class to make trees all year round!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Autumn Scenes Class is available year round – and this tree is from lesson one, but with more ‘splaining going on in class.

I created cards with a couple of the other stamps in the set too…just for fun!

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.