Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Welcome to my little stop on the Colorado Craft Company bloghop! 

I’m embarking on my usual winter sabbatical – taking off til the end of the year from big tutorials. But I do have a little “short” to show you, as well as step by step photos for one of my two cards. AND a video from earlier this year showing the technique too. Let’s get to it, shall we?

The full release is available now- and if you use my link, you qualify to win the full release of either Anita Jeram or Kris Lauren (I’m only showing you two sets here, be sure to view the rest of the hop or just TAP TO GO SHOPPING while there’s still stamps in stock!

YT Short: Stamping and gouache

My video today is a SHORT which means it’s under a minute long. YT won’t let me embed a short so tap the link below and see it on YouTube.

Countdown to Christmas

If you found  that short quick and helpful,  be sure to subscribe to my YT! Tap the BELL beside the button and click ALL so it notifies you when I have a new upload. As my COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS I’m going to try to post a little short every day!

TAP TO SEE VIEW MY SHORTS COLLECTION.

The steps on the penguin card

In a stamping platform like a MISTI, stamp the image, and paint your design in gouache. This is an opaque paint, so it’ll cover the lines. But don’t worry, you can stamp over it once it’s dry! (You can try this with acrylic but gouache dries flatter and faster.)

Then paint the figures in whatever stamp you’re using. You might go past the lines, so just stamp it again when done, easy peasy! To finish mine off, I drew in a squiggly line and painted on lights – and used the same colors for some lights in the sky too.

The pup card

I used the same process for this one but didn’t take photos….I painted it to look like my Vienna!

BONUS: full stamping & gouache tutorial

Here’s a long form video that shows the same technique but with a different CCC release. 

Comment Q: which of these two is your favorite?

LMK in a comment – because you know you need to leave one to qualify to win a prize! Three ways to win:

  1. CCC will give away one free clear stamp t0 a commenter on my blog! They’ll choose these randomly and contact the winner.
  2. If you use MY affiliate link to make a purchase you will be entered to win the entire new release from one of the two artists. (Winner’s choice!)

Comment up until Midnight (ET) DEC 3rd.. CCC will announce the winners DEC 5th on their blog.

 

Blog Hop Links:

  1. Adrienne Kennedy
  2. Amy Tsuruta
  3. Amy Young
  4. Bibi Cameron
  5. Caly Person
  6. Daniel West
  7. Erin Thompson
  8. Jennifer Kotas
  9. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  10. Kassi Hulet
  11. Kelly Griglione
  12. Kelly Taylor
  13. Koren Wiskman
  14. Michelle Lupton
  15. Nancy Sheads
  16. Sandy Allnock <–me! Last but not least! 🙂
  17. Instagram:
  18. Adam Karle
  19. Jasleen Kaur
  20. Jenn Gross

Good luck!

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  1. Colorado Craft Company 
  2. Daniel Smith Gouache 
  3. Joybest airtight palette
  4. Jack Richeson travel brush set Blick || Amazon 
  5. My Sweet Petunia: regular MISTI Stamping Tool ||  Mini MISTI 

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Watercolor fiesta (my last video!)

Watercolor fiesta (my last video!)

It’s GIVING TUESDAY! Ever since I ran Operation Write Home as a charity years ago, I’ve appreciated giving so much more than ever. I mean, I always knew organizations needed money. But the idea of running on a shoestring really hit me hard back then—and anything I can do to help other orgs become sustaining so they can focus on the work, not the money. Here’s a little blast from way back in the past:

Whatever your cause and passion, please do go give something today. Set up a regular giving plan with them….I’ve got plans for monthly giving – even tiny amounts – with 4 organizations, and I move heaven and earth to be sure I can cover those. (I even missed my cable bill earlier this year to help keep food going to Ukraine through World Central Kitchen!)

This year, Giving Tuesday’s on one of my YT days. AND it’s my final ful ltutorial for 2023! So I decided to make a bigger push toward getting something ready for today. Late last night I finished getting the files uploaded for a new class, and put the final touches on a page all about CHARITY at art-classes.com ! I hope you can find something to participate in, whether large or small.

Tutorial: Watercolor fiesta (my last video!)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Green Thumb Watercolor: Poinsettia

Another in the Green Thumb series! It’s been added to the Green Thumb Watercolor Sketches class with the sketch – or you can try your hand at sketching your own! I used Indanthrone and Azo Yellow for this one – a bit of a wild combo since Indanthrone like to stay center-stage. Funds generated from this course will benefit the Nature Conservancy. 

Arctic Bear Watercolor

This level 4 Arctic Bear Watercolor class has sooooo many tips in it! I went back in my mind to so many troubles I had as a new watercolorist taking on more than I was ready for. If you have problems, I’ve been there! This isn’t an easy painting by any means, but for those who give it a try, I promise  you’ll learn a lot regardless of how your bear comes out. Funds from this course will support Polar Bears International..

Visit the charity page for more!

The courses launched over all these years are listed on the Charity page, as well as the printables. I’ve added some just for today, in case there’s a class that tugs at your heart too!

Supplies

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Eggnog lady sweetened the Black Friday deal!

Eggnog lady sweetened the Black Friday deal!

So tell me, did Eggnog Lady crack you up too? By the comments she received, I think she served her purpose! ha! She’s not making another appearance, but she DID whisper an idea that was a good one: ADD TO the goodies we’re giving away this weekend!

First, there’s the original drawing – about 8×10 – that I knew would make a lovely printable. I needed to not only create this so I could work out the drawing details for the line drawing, but then make samples. 

Black Friday deals made sweeter

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

(If you missed Eggnog Lady…)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Beary Good Friends printable & class

The course is ONLY available when purchasing the Beary Good Friends printable…so it’s not listed publicly on the site. But since you can get the printable just by adding $50 to your cart, then the class comes along with it automatically! (After this weekend it’ll be priced at $14, but if all you want is the printable and class, you can get that for a sweet $10!)

YouCan Toucan class

At $100 you’ll ALSO get the YouCan Toucan class — which has three printables in it too! The lessons are in colored pencil, water-based marker, and alcohol marker. If you get to $100 you’re getting plenty of stuff! This class will be available after Black Friday weekend, but right now it’s on sale for only $23.99.

Happy art mail, anyone?

I was talking with an art bestie recently about how our overflowing sketchbooks are full of a lot of stuff that’ll never see the light of day. And there’s some good stuff in there! So I’ll be willing to part with a few of those for people who purchase $200+ in the Black Friday sale at Art-Classes. I’ll probably look at the kinds of things you purchased, and maybe send something related if I can! 

Check others’ art shops today!

If you have a favorite artist—I’m talking an indie person, not a multiperson shop—may I encourage you to go look and see what they’re up to? We’re all frantically trying to get eyeballs today, and everyone can use YOUR help in getting the word out. Artists appreciate that kind of support so much!

COMPARISON: Watercolor vs Gouache / Atmospheric Perspective Paintings

COMPARISON: Watercolor vs Gouache / Atmospheric Perspective Paintings

Cue the battle music and the smoke machines: IT’S A DUEL! It’s time for a head-to-head comparison between gouache and watercolor!! In the video I’ll be showing you the same painting in both, showing how to create an effect in one medium then in the other. 

Tutorial: Watercolor vs Gouache / Atmospheric Perspective Paintings

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Atmospheric perspective in gouache

Creating the colors and values to depict (and even exxagerate) the depth in a scene in gouache requires mixing the colors. There’s no accidental mixing by colors moving around on their own – it’s all conscious desicsion-making.

Some of the big benefits of gouache are….

  1. It’s a slower process; water’s not causing panic as color flows.
  2. You can stop and take a break without having to worry that the paper will dry.
  3. You can paint over areas that didn’t work out.

Atmospheric perspective in watercolor

Since watercolor pigments move within the moisture on the paper, it’s easy to get a flow of color with softly blended edges. Thicker paint moves more slowly, wet mixes flood out into the area they’re dropped into. Less paint creates that desaturated, faraway look, and thicker mixtures are great for foreground detail.

Some of the big benefits of watercolor are….

  1. Quick flowing process; the watercolor took about 2/3 as long as the gouache painting.
  2. Soft edges easily can be created with wet-in-wet techniques.
  3. Detail can be added using my favorite needle (“inlaid liner” brush!

So which is better?

That’s all a subjective choice! I find there are some subjects that lend themselves better to one or another—and sometimes I don’t find out til I’ve tried it a few times. Ha! I love having the option to try the other water media if one doesn’t work. My gouache work is taking on a more loose, painterly, oil painter style, unlike many gouache artists who carefully exploit the “graphic” nature of shapes and color blocks that gouache can create.

Oil painting class

I’m in Samuel Earp’s Online School to learn gouache from studying the process that oil painters use. It’s really helping a lot already! While oils can get more blending than I can achieve with gouache (that may change as I explore techniques), I’m learning a ton about mixing colors for the right atmospheric perspective in landscapes.

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  1. WATERCOLOR:
    1. Daniel Smith Watercolors:
      1. French Ultramarine Blue
      2. Payne’s Blue Gray
      3. Transparent Red Oxide
      4. Green Apatite
    2. Arches Cold Press Pad
    3. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8 
    4. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Brush – Inlaid Liner (Needle), Size 8 
  2. GOUACHE:
    1. Daniel Smith Gouache:
      1. Ultramarine 
      2. Titanium White 
      3. Permanent Green Light 
      4. Hansa Yellow Deep
      5. Burnt Sienna 
      6. Lamp Black 
    2. Joybest airtight palette 
    3. Jack Richeson travel brush set –BlickAmazon 
    4. Canson XL:  BLICKAMZ

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