Draw a cute pushcart with waterbased markers

Draw a cute pushcart with waterbased markers

Last week I’d promised another cute watermelon project and while I’m sure not a lot of people were on pins and needles waiting…*I* was wanting to get to this! I could “see” the cart in my head and was awaiting the full set of Sketchmarker Aqua markers; I’d planned on having a list of suggested colors for both these and the Sketchmarker alcohol pens, but….alas! I’m still using the Animals set instead. And I still had a huge amount of fun here!

Since it’s drawing and doodling month at Art-Classes, you can expect a few drawing projects in the coming weeks! Today’s video starts with the simple components of a cart that you can mix and match to create your own design.

 

 

 

 

 

And three quick ideas on ways to combine the pieces:

Tutorial: How to draw cute pushcarts in watercolor markers

The video includes TWO examples in watercolor marker after the drawing basics….one that’s super simple, and another that’s a little more complex. You’ll learn some techniques to use with water-based markers along the way!

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!

Watermelon cart

This simpler cart is created on Canson XL, which is much easier to blend with most brands of water-based markers. There’s not a ton of details or compartments….but isn’t it adorable? Whatever theme you decide to try, think about how  you can decorate elements with colors representing that theme. Making a wintry cart? Blue background with snowflakes! Creating a coffee cart? Use lots of yummy browns and golden colors.

Artventure Cart

Drawn on Arches Cold Press, this one had a few challenges – the paper is tougher to blend on, so thinking ahead to divide the art into sections that can be watercolored quickly is a must. But the texture and richness of the color on this paper beats the cheaper paper if you’ve got the desire to learn other ways to get around the paper’s troubles!

Prints and more

I’ve uploaded the Artventure Pushcart to Society6 in case some of you need a little cart for your studio! I wish it came with free art supplies….ha! At the time I’m writing this, I only have one link until they populate the rest of the items but hopefully by the time you look, you can scroll to the bottom of the page to find other items. 

More ideas

This kind of drawing can be created in all sorts of mediums! Traditional watercolor, alcohol markers, pencils, you name it. Just draw out your shapes and start adding the fun!

If you’re making a frameable drawing for someone for a birthday or Christmas, customize it with items THEY love. A gardener would love a cart with plants and tools. A car guy would get a thrill out of a manly cart laden with tools.  Think outside the box – let me know if you get stuck!

On social media the rest of the week I’ll have a few more carts to share, so pop over to Instagram and check them out each day!

Supplies

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How to use Sketchmarker and Copic Color Charts

How to use Sketchmarker and Copic Color Charts

Color charts, color charts, color charts – it’s a FIESTA! I hope these will be helpful to you all in participating in the fundraiser below – Sketchmarkers are new-ish in America where I am and not a lot of people know much about them. If you’ve been pondering trying a few colors, I’ve got some suggestions you can shop from and participate in the fundraiser all weekend long. 

 

Color for Ukraine Fundraiser

This post is in support of a fundraiser that you can read more about here: if you want to join in, buy Sketchmarkers at Ellen Hutson OR Amazon and the profits will be donated to support Ukrainians! And there are THREE hops going on this weekend on Instagram…lots of crafters, sketchers, and artists from all over the WORLD! I’m in the Saturday and Sunday hops, so go see all the fun and enter to win a HUGE prize.

Read Ellen’s story here.

In addition to the prize offered by the sponsors of the fundraiser, I’ve got a new hex chart that I just launched: Sketchmarkers! Every purchase of the chart this weekend will have 50% of the proceeds donated to the fundraiser. Scroll on to see the hex chart and two FREE charts. Even if you don’t use Sketchmarkers you might want the conversion chart!

 

Video: How to use my marker color charts 

A little of the making of the charts, and how to get updates when they happen!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube and leave comments over there.

The 3 Sketchmarker Charts

Sketchmarker Blending Groups Chart

First is a chart of color suggestions – I’ve had one of these for Copic for years, now I have one for Sketchmarker. Download it for free – you’ll get one version with my numbers on it and a blank you can choose your own combos to keep on hand.

Sketchmarker – Copic Conversion chart

Two charts….one is listed by Copic numbers and the other by Sketchmarker numbers. This one will be great to use when following a class or tutorial in one brand but using the one you have in your art room!

Sketchmarker Hex Chart

Last but never least, I worked my fanny off to get this done in time for this weekend! It’s not perfect, these charts never are, but…this week was just a bear! I had the blues and greens down pat days ago but no matter spending 16 hours a day working on the reds and yellows, I just could NOT get them the way I wanted. But….perfect is the enemy of the good, so I’m calling it good. It’s still helpful for finding color combos as well as figuring out what colors are similar enough that you don’t need them all.

This weekend I’m donating 50% of Sketchmarker Hex Chart purchases to help Ukrainians!

PS Especially if you’re a regular reader and Copic user – leave a comment about how YOU would use any of these charts. Let the Sketchmarker folks know the treat they’re in for!

Next week’s altered schedule

After the week I’ve had, I’m giving myself a little time to breathe…no Monday video. Maybe only one this week. I lost my dearest aunt and godmother on Friday, and I’m a bit wrecked from that on top of the work in this chart project. I never did get to the watermelon project – so when I get my feet back under me I’ll be here. Subscribe and you’ll get an email when that happens!

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How to doodle a Copic watermelon

How to doodle a Copic watermelon

We finally got our version of the heat wave where I live! I know a lot of you have had it worse than we do for longer….but I’ve got no air conditioning so do I get to gripe a little about 89 degrees inside the studio? LOL! Anyhow…this week’s theme is one that will hopefully keep us all cool – WATERMELON! And we’ll start with a doodle since the drawing and doodling classes are on sale all month long. Yay!

 

 

 

Tutorial: How to doodle a Copic watermelon

I bet you never really thought to bring your Copics to the doodling game, did you? It’s really easy to doodle on TOP of Copic with any kind of pen – dip pens, microns, gel pens, all that works just great on the same kinds of papers you would use for Copics! This one is on Neenah – a 12″ x 18″ sheet…I found a ream of it for sale locally and broke the bank so I could have some large cardstock to work with!

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!

This is not a mandala.

I know some folks will worry that there’s a spiritual significance here, but honestly – it’s a doodle. It’s also not going to be ‘perfect’ which, I hope by now you realize is my jam. I do me, and I don’t worry about trying to get every line the same and every leaf shape to be identical. On a drawing like this, close enough is great for me and I celebrate it!

 

Do a doodle!

Whatever shape you decide to doodle on, color it first…and it doesn’t even matter if you color it nicely since detailed pen work goes on top! Then relax and add your doodles. They can radiate around a central point like this one, or just be random and fun!

If you want more step by step lessons, and to bring in all kinds of fun patterns into your world – the Whimsical Patterns class is all about white and metallic gel pens on back paper! Some of the patterns are gridlike, some circular like this watermelon, and some just freeform landscapes! Very relaxing and a lot of fun. All the Drawing and Doodling classes are on sale all month if you want to get  your jam on in all kinds of media!

More watermelon please!

I’ve got tons of watermelon ideas in my head after doing this drawing – how about stamped critters ON a watermelon, or a watermelon planet in a galaxy, or a watermelon dress on a figure, or a watermelon popsicle, or…..well, you get the idea. Pop over to my instagram this week for fresh new ideas all week long! Post your own ideas and I’ll share some of the craziest ones to my Stories!

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2 things and a rant: Changing our Art Language

2 things and a rant: Changing our Art Language

Today’s video is a little different….it’s not a tutorial, but it’s something I hope we can have a substantial conversation about! I really want artists to feel better about themselves; but we are our biggest saboteurs! We trash our abilities and our work, even in subtle ways with words we don’t realize are speaking negativity into our minds—hampering our ability to grow.

 

Video: Changing our art language

In today’s video, a flashback to “two things and a rant” that I used to do years ago, I’ve got two things:

  1. Sea Shepherd fundraiser printable continues through Sunday
  2. July’s HUGE list of classes on sale ends August 1!

And the rant…all about the language we use and how it can damage our psyche – causing us to have major artist block when facing a blank piece of paper!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube and leave comments over there or at the end of this post.

If you’d like to hear more about how I worked through this painting, it’s over in Patreon for members of that community.

Changing our art language

For years now I’ve been working through peeling certain words from my vocabulary; and as Toastmasters has showed me, once we become aware of our language issues (like uhm and uh) then we hear it more in others all the time! As I get further from the place I used to be, and am no longer dissing my work or skills, I’ve really seen it happening all over the place. 

Don’t say: “I’m just a ____.” It makes the art medium/genre we work in less important. Less artistic. And….imply that it’s less valuable. While it may come from a humble heart not wanting to sound like a pro/expert, it’s also dismissing your own creative efforts as not very good.

Do say: “I’m an artist who makes ___.” This honors your work, your talents, and your supplies.

Don’t say: “I wish I could ___.” Wishing implies there’s some magical fairy who needs to sprinkle you with pixie dust. We know that’s not coming! It implies that those who can do the thing you’re drooling over have had that pixie dust – and not that they’ve worked hard for decades to get where they’re at.

Do say: “I’m working toward ___.” Even if your steps are halting beginner ones, this tells your mind that you have a goal. You have a vision to get toward that place in your art. Your brain will respond! Not instantly but in time it will stop blocking you every time you sit down because there’s a goal you’re working toward.

Don’t say: “I can’t/won’t ever be able to do ___.” Talk about training your mind to believe the goal is beyond you. Now there’s not even a fairy to hope for. It’s just a fact that there’s a brick wall, and you’ll be filled with fear every time you try. Remember it may take you longer or shorter of a time to reach where someone else arrived at; just because it’s taking time doesn’t mean you won’t get there.

Do say: “I’m excited to be learning to do ___.” Tell that little guy in your brain that he’s supposed to be happy every time you sit down to practice. That the blank page is supposed to be filled with anticipation and not dread.

The trifecta to avoid is saying “I wish I could do more than just stamp since I can’t draw.” How about turning that around: “I love to stamp other artist’s drawings and give them my own flair in coloring them.” That honors you, honors the artist who drew the stamps, and honors your supplies!

I’ve begun unsubscribing from channels or social feeds that are full of negative language, even if not intentionally done, so that it doesn’t creep back into my brain again. That might seem extreme, but we need to guard our minds in order to grow. Finding encouraging voices who help me see my potential and not my roadblocks is what keeps me in a good mental place.

The Painting

The results of the first pass, which happened while everything was very very wet:

The finished painting was a delightful surprise to me; I was applying techniques I’d learned in architecture classes I’ve taken from mentors of mine….proving once again to myself that a technique has so many more applications than just what it was taught to do!

ICYMI

In case you missed out on the fun on social media this week….tap on an image to go see more!

5 shark sketches, 5 mediums, 5 styles – in 1 stone paper sketchbook

5 shark sketches, 5 mediums, 5 styles – in 1 stone paper sketchbook

It’s Shark Week, which I weirdly look forward to every summer; I would be too terrified to swim with them so that’s not my fascination. I think it’s the fact that they’re such ancient creatures and are still roaming the seas!

In today’s video testing, I decided to create different types of sharks in different styles – and I’ll be making more sharks all week on social media so be sure to come join me! 

Fundraiser!

I’m raising money this week for Sea Shepherd to save sharks and other marine wildlife – with a Great White Shark Pair printable! 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity this week!

Thanks to Etched for offering me a free sketchbook to test – and for providing a discount for YOU, too! I’m going to go buy more because this paper was a lot of fun. 

Get 10% off your purchases at Etched with coupon code SANDY10

Tutorial/Testing: Etched Stone Paper Sketchbook

I’m grateful to Etched for sending me this sketchbook to test out, I love having new toys to play with! It’s going to be fun to continue the experiments in coming weeks, mostly on instagram. Stay tuned for more!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube and leave comments over there.

Test results

Graphite

Big win. I loved the smooth feel of the paper, ease of blending, and the richness that the paper pulls out from my 9B! And subtle tone changes are very possible too…..and it erases back to white just perfectly! It made my Great White Shark come out super.

Colored Pencil

…meh? I started with the blending solution (gamsol) and thought I’d create a bit of water around the shark but….that just looks dirty now. The eraser does work on things like the teeth – but not as well as with graphite. Maybe I overworked the heck out of it, I’m not really sure. But…that led to making this Mako Shark into Grandpa Mako! He just needed glasses to finish him off. 

Copic Marker

Alcohol marker was pretty much a fail. I suspected that, and was proven right; alcohol markers blend within the fibers of paper, and this stone paper keeps all the medium up on the surface. If you’re one who’s bothered by your markers bleeding through your paper, that’s what makes them blend well! I’ve used some very thick papers in hopes of finding something that wouldn’t bleed, but that causes layers to start building up and getting sticky on the surface….so use papers that let the ink bleed. And not this stone paper. lol.

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks, however, LOVE papers like this! And unlike the Yupo I often use, I didn’t have to worry about the ink staining the paper in that first drop…it instantly moved the color without leaving a stain behind! I decided to combine the inks with fountain pen just to see what the pen feels like on this paper and dang.. ..so smooth! Just be careful since the ink stays wet a little longer than on absorbent papers. But you’ll get no feathering – which is fabby.

Watercolor

The final fail….eeep! One facet of this stone paper is that it repels water. So, uh, yeah, no dice! I did see another artist use gesso then acrylic, so figured I’d test out using Watercolor Grounds first, but….still not much of a success. But this test taught me a few things:

  1. Light heat gun can work, but keep it away from the surface. It’ll melt!
  2. I really want to paint this on paper.

What else should I test in this sketchbook? Let me know your ideas!

Artist Tip: Develop Your Visual Vocabulary (all mediums!)

Artist Tip: Develop Your Visual Vocabulary (all mediums!)

You may not have heard of the term “Visual Vocabulary” – but I’ll bet you’ve been using it! To many people, “Visual Vocabulary” refers to the foundations of art— line, shape, space, texture, color, etc.

But I find it more helpful to think of it as the artist’s toolbox, which has everything in it that you use in creating your art. That broadens it to techniques and a good understanding of the subject matter as well.

If you think of a toolbox full of screwdrivers, clamps, nails, and carpenter’s glue – a beginning worker might only have a few things available to them, but an expert may have an entire rolling cart full of tools. As artists, we grow our own toolkit over time, and tuck in all the little things we learn. Occasionally we even rediscover a tip in the bottom of the box that we’d forgotten about, too!

 

Supplies are linked at the end of this post.

Video: Develop Your Visual Vocabulary

Since I had posted a TinyTutorial about Visual Vocabulary yesterday, a few responses had come in while I was creating the voiceover, so included some of those in the video. I hope it’s helpful!

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!

3  areas to grow your Visual Vocabulary

  1. Foundations: Add more information about the basics of art to your toolbox! If you’re just starting out, take small bites, you don’t need to know everything right away
    • line quality (rough, smooth, thickness, strokes)
    • shape (component shapes, perspective, shading)
    • space (positive/negative areas, composition)
    • texture (smooth, rough, detailed, simple)
    • color (complementary, analagous, all sorts of color theory)
    • and so much more
  2. Technique: The basics of practice exercises with the medium itself will help your hand, brush, and brain remember what you’ve practiced.
    • understanding the pigment and how it moves, blends
    • mastering the tools needed
  3. Subject Matter: Begin to really study a subject and how to render it well. Once it becomes part of your toolbox, you’ll be able to pull that information back out when needed.
    • break it down to an element needed…instead of “landscapes” work on trees for a time, then skies, then fields. Study that element in a variety of circumstances, angles, times of day, etc.
    • study for extended time periods. A week, a month, whatever works for the amount of time you put into your art.

I learned so much from the process to create this painting! I didn’t realize how important to me MOTION is. The other paintings were pretty, but…what I wanted to create was a design that flowed across the page.

The other pieces created this week aren’t bad. They’re not what I hoped to create, that’s all. And just to make them feel better and not get dropped in the circular file, I’ve posted them as originals for sale. (The third one is a eucalyptus-only version in Cascade Green, not shown in today’s video.)

ICYMI

In case you missed it – here are links to this week’s social media posts!

Related Online Classes

The two classes mentioned in the video are Branching Out, a Level 2 class, with bigger, simpler shapes. Then there’s the new Christmas Berries class, which has more small detail in it.Both are great  and are still on sale for the remainder of the month for World Watercolor Month!

Closing thoughts 

Please do let me know in the comments if there’s an aspect of Visual Vocabulary you’d like me to address in the future; I’m finding there’s more interest in discussions like this, so I hope to be able to answer some questions for you!

PS: The paintings shown today are for sale over on my fine art website.

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Watercolor a glass ornament with Christmas berries

Watercolor a glass ornament with Christmas berries

 First…some housekeeping!

Hello everyone! I’m here on Tuesday instead of Monday this week because there’s a little something special for you today….CCC is doing a HUGE complete bundle giveaway to ONE lucky winner – their whole new release! To be entered you have to use MY affiliate link to shop from….which is this link!

There is no free shipping code….just use my link and free shipping will happen for ya. You’re welcome!

ALSO: I’m doing a give away of one set from the release, too— just leave a comment on this post!  The giveaway will end on the 21st at Midnight MST and CCC will pick a winner and notify you. Good luck!

 

Tutorial: Watercolor a glass ornament

I stamped the kitty inside the ornament, masking off the feet by wiping them off with a baby wipe before stamping….then the rest is painted — look Mom, no stamps! Be sure to watch the painting of the background where I lifted bokeh lights using a baby wipe – super easy way to add a little something something to a scene.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube and leave comments over there.

Isn’t that a cute little kitty? I hope there’s an air hole for him to breathe in there! By the way I did a super popular Bokeh background tutorial in several mediums earlier this year, if you missed that, check it out HERE.

The pup didn’t make it on camera but he’s still adorable! You can stamp any image inside this glass ball – or turn it upside down and make it a snowglobe!

New Christmas Berries class

It’s both World Watercolor Month AND Christmas in July – so how about a watercolor class all about making Christmas cards? No stamps necessary here, we start with white paper! Though you might like the sentiments in the current CCC release, there’s some nice ones for making these into Christmas cards! Sign up for class here.

Don’t forget to enter to win!

The entries close on the 21st so leave a comment below – and shop with free shipping here to qualify for the giveaway of the full bundle!

One last thing for subscribers…

I’m doing a little work on the blog – and this is the first blog post written in the new theme. There may be some weird things going on; if you noticed anything different from before, let me know? I could be breaking stuff that’s sent to you by email. HA!

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Watercolor a breaking wave + answering  your questions

Watercolor a breaking wave + answering your questions

I asked on social media earlier this week for some questions I could answer in this vlog…some were more of tutorial suggestions but there were a few that could generate some storytelling while you watch me paint! By the way – there’s no white paint in this piece at all. Negative painting, baby!

Video

Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

Big thanks to those who replied to provide some questions for today’s video! I’m pretty awful at stuff like using Stories, so I know lots of folks are used to ignoring mine. LOL. But it was a fairly long video anyway even with just those – so it’s all good.

Paintings for sale

I’ve put several of my ocean pieces in the shop – the smaller studies are up for a good deal, check them out here.

ICYMI

Each week on the Friday video I summarize what’s been on socials. Partly so I can find things again easily later (ha!) but also so YOU can see what you missed and go catch it. Click on a picture to go to the social post.

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Watercolor Gentle Ocean Swells/Waves

Watercolor Gentle Ocean Swells/Waves

I got myself a little derailed in advance of this week – I thought Shark Week started today and I was. Totally. Prepared. Ha~ that’s not for two weeks yet! (Fun fundraiser coming when that happens, stay tuned!) So instead – I’ll dive into something I’ve been practicing behind the scenes – painting oceans and waves! This first painting is a pretty easy one, given the complexity I’ve gotten into…I hope some of you might try it!

Video

Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

I do recommend if you try it, don’t just go card-sized. I think that’s been an issue for a number of crafters who try my watercolor paintings and then come back frustrated. One of the things this subject requires is having pointed, not blunt, ends on the shapes – and it’s super hard to do that in a tiny 4×5 painting! But if you learn how to ease up on brush pressure and figure out how wet the brush should be to achieve a nice pointed tip – then you’ll have a much easier time translating that into a smaller piece!

FYI

If you’ve read this far….yes I’m working on the blog design again! It’s not ready for primetime yet but hopefully it functions for you. I’m aiming for a relaunch of it in August, once I get it all finished! 🙂

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Galaxy Watercolor: “Guinea Pig In Space!”

Galaxy Watercolor: “Guinea Pig In Space!”

Okay am I the only one who loved the “Pigs in Space” segments on the Muppet Show?

Bonus points if you watched more than one of those silly segments, ha!

CCC Sale continues

The sale that’s just for my followers is still on today! It ends tonight at midnight Pacific so get your shopping in today. The special coupon code just you – Buy Two Get One Free using coupon code B2G1SA at checkout at Colorado Craft Company!

CCC GIVEAWAY!

In case you missed it, CCC is giving away both of the stamp sets I used yesterday and today…PLUS a seat in the Galactic Watercolor class!! Go see the details!

The pig!

Okay let’s move on to my guinea pig in space! This little dude is so epic – looking out at the galaxy around him, having just painted his planet yellow. He’s so proud! On my Instagram later this morning, I’ll have a short video showing how I made his sweet little helmet – if you’re going to start sending all your stamps to outer space, this might be helpful info. LOL.

The guinea pigs have a mouse tagging along with them – I had originally thought they were painting the galaxy but maybe that turned into northern lights? I did add some silhouette grasses just to add an element for scale….they’re tiny guys.

And last but not least….CHEESE PLANETS! hahaha! Also on Tuesday on Instagram I posted a Tiny Tutorial with tips on making craters.

I turned them into cards by just trimming, adding a layer of gold, and a sentiment!

ICYMI

In each of my last-posts-of-the-weeks-theme, I include a look back…because I know no one but me looks at my social tutorials daily, ha! So if you see something here and want to see the reel, tap on the picture to go see the short tutorials.

That’s about it for today…just wanted to remind you of the sale in case you’d not gotten to use the B2G1SA coupon code yet. It expires at midnight! :0) BIG THANKS to Amy at CCC for sharing that with us all!

Have an awesome weekend – see you next week…..it’ll be SHARK WEEK! Woohoo!