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!

Galaxy Watercolor: Fantasy painting part 2

Galaxy Watercolor: Fantasy painting part 2

For those anxiously awaiting the reveal: the characters floating in the hot air balloon in my last video…were bears! There’s a 2 day sale on at CCC —two sales piled on top of each other actually!—for just my subscribers – so it’s your lucky day! Scroll on down for more info on that.

These two bears flew across to a new galaxy looking for another planet for us – and it looks like they found one! These cute stamped bears from Colorado Craft Company – Stargazers – were just perfect for this, so I had to paint them in the new galaxy they located for us!

Video

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The bears were stamped at an angle so they’re pointing the way I wanted….and I masked off the bottom so it could fall into the shadows…and the ground wouldn’t look crooked.

Here’s another version with the whole bear stamp including the grass – and a brown bear pair. They still have a wild view but are on a more normal planet that has grass. LOL.

And the bunnies! They’re such a “me” stamp. Let me lay down on the ground and just look up at a sky like this, please!

Turned into cards!

I’ve trimmed them down for 5×7 cards and added sentiments….

Special 2 day sale!

I’m excited to get a special coupon code to you – it’s good July 7 & 8, 2022 only! Buy Two Get One Free using coupon code B2G1SA at checkout at Colorado Craft Company! ALSO: they’re trying to clear the shelves to make room for NEW Christmas stamps, so the current ones are already marked down 15% – and that means if you buy 3 similarly-priced stamps they average 33% off, and 3 similarly priced Christmas sets average 48% off together….the one time we LOVE math, right???

One more CCC idea that I shared on Juneteenth is this little mindblowing idea I had….I wasn’t sure it would work this way with the Sketchmarker Aqua and Fountain Pen, but….yeah. COOL. If you don’t have the stamp set and want it, here’s your sign! Go see the quick tutorial here.

More Galactic CCC tomorrow…

I’ll be back tomorrow with the art mice and guinea pigs in the Paint the Town stamp set, so subscribe to my blog or bookmark it to be sure you don’t miss out!

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Watercolor a Spiral Galaxy – fantasy painting part 1

Watercolor a Spiral Galaxy – fantasy painting part 1

I’m starting the first full week of World Watercolor Month off with a bang – a new class and a whole week of galaxy paintings! Thus I’ll be following the prompts this week only with perhaps colors that the prompt makes me think of.

As for galaxies – I’ve noticed that, for many years, a lot of us (me included!) just put a bunch of color on a piece of paper, add stars, and call it a galaxy. It was pretty, and easy, and fun….but in all honesty, those are nebula clouds, and are even zoomed-in views at that since we can’t see the whole shape. It’s just blobs. So I set off a few weeks ago on an adventure to learn how to paint real galaxies.

I’ve put together a new class, Galactic Watercolor, and this might end up being Galactic Watercolor I, as I have so many more celestial ideas I want to tackle! The galaxies in this class are all irregular ones – far more forgiving shapes than what you’ll see in today’s spiral galaxy video. I’m only just starting to figure out some techniques for those, so if there’s enough interest in this one, I can start on a new one later.

Video

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This idea came because as I was thinking about all the planets I’ve been practicing, I saw an art journal page with a hot air balloon on it – the two ideas came together, combined with something else special coming on Thursday, and this painting became the pre-quel to the other one! Be sure to subscribe to come back and see it – you’ll smile, I promise!

There are lots of colors you could use for the background darks, as well as several products I’ve found work well for stars….my favorite currently is Indigo, sometimes with a touch of Lamp Black, and using watercolor grounds for stars; I like that the grounds water down nicely to be able to make a slightly less opaque white too.

If you’re interested in participating in World Watercolor Month, there’s no signup needed – just join in! Paint and share your work. Every day, or just on days you’ve got time or are inspired! You can use traditional watercolor, crafty inks, coffee, lemonade – LOL! Use #worldwatercolormonth and/or #worldwatercolormonth2022 to share your work with everyone else participating. Go see their work too and leave them some love! The prompts are optional:

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Watercolor Ice Cream Cone | World Watercolor Month 2022

Watercolor Ice Cream Cone | World Watercolor Month 2022

Hello and welcome to JULY! I love World Watercolor Month – it’s an excuse to totally throw myself into painting. If you’re not a watercolor-y person though there’ll be some fun for you on my blog and YT this month – sometimes I’m liberal in my interpretation of what watercolor is – is it….coloring water in another medium? Might be! But for today – it’s truly watercolor painting. And an capstone to my week of ice cream!

Video

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If anyone finds the website of the ice cream shop in Seoul, let me know….I want to see more of their inspiration!

Isn’t this cute? I kinda love it! It’s perfect for my artistic sweet tooth.

World Watercolor Month Shenanigans!

  • Charlie’s got all the official info and prompts over on his page HERE
  • My zipper pouch can be purchased HERE
  • Watercolor classes and mini classes are on sale HERE – whatever the $ amount is that you get as a discount, I’ll match that amount to donate to ICAF!
  • I’ll be painting a lot on THIS instagram account. And of course my normal posts on THIS account which may have watercolor but other mediums too!

ICYMI

In case you missed this week’s ice creams….

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Coloring Realistic Ice Cream Cones

Coloring Realistic Ice Cream Cones

Hey there – Mother Nature heard me whining that my morning walks were still requiring jackets at 53F…..guess what? 90s this past weekend! GAH!!! I knew it was coming so did some prep last week….I bought a new fan, stocked up on beverages and popsicles and…ICE CREAM! Before the heat hit I decided this week’s theme would be ice cream, and created a ginormous set of printables for you and called it “Peace Love and Ice Cream!”

Video

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These are the colors that were out on my desk after finishing all this coloring…..and look at that sweatshirt sleeve! Yes I filmed before the heat got bad in the studio….I sat out under a tree instead all weekend!

The set of printables

Grab yours here: Peace Love and Ice Cream printable set

In the zip file you’d download if you purchased this set, you’ll get nice flat versions of the colorings from today that you can keep along with the folder of images so it’s handy dandy.

The more complicated ice cream – with three flavors. You might want the version without the stippled details for things like lemon ice cream – light colors might seem a bit odd with all the black detail. But the limited detail is also a great way to learn your shading by putting it in yourself!

These, I’ll just tell ya, are too tiny! ha. I really wanted to get in more detail and couldn’t. But a tip on the soft serve with sprinkles: add them in with a gel pen or with stickles or other colored substances; coloring around tiny ones like this is too hard!

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Drawing a snowman so real he might MELT!

Drawing a snowman so real he might MELT!

It’s the end of my June week of snowmen and snow scenes – and I think you might like the fun textures in this one! I’ve got little tips throughout the video – so even if you’re not going to make a picture this big (8-1/2″ x 11″), you’ll find some goodies in here to use in your own projects.

This post is sponsored by Toheto – they emailed and asked if I’d like to try one of their light pads. I almost said no but….in a recent purge of the studio I tossed a bunch of cords I was “sure” no longer belonged to objects here, and…well, my old light pad was rendered useless by that decision! So thank you to Toheto for bailing me out. I like this one better than my previous; you can charge it then use it without a cord getting in your way which is super helpful! It has a few light color settings too. And it’s a nice big size – the finished drawing shown is a letter-sized sheet, so it is a good size!

Video

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The drawing had a few goals for me.

  1. Crunchy snow textures in colored pencil were at the top of the list.
  2. Using my “vintage” Prismacolor pencils – Beryl, Sanford, and Eagle
  3. That hat and scarf!
  4. The light pad arrived just before I started – and it actually really helped in making masks!

I think I met them!

I’m debating printing my Christmas cards this year – just making some special ones by hand….I’ve never done that before, but if I have the budget to print them, this little guy might just be the ticket!

I switched to a different storage system for my pencils – not just colored pencils but a lot of different drawers full of them! And the bottom three contain my pastels. I do like these because I can lay them on the desk – they aren’t helpful to take to the sofa, but I don’t often do much art that way anyhow. The trees portion of this project was perfect for that because I could just take the blues and a black with me and do a large section.

ICYMI

In case you missed this week’s social posts related to the weekly theme:

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How to draw a row of cute custom snowmen + new class!

How to draw a row of cute custom snowmen + new class!

I know many of you have HEAT in June…at my house my furnace still comes on in the morning! I wish summer would get here, but in the meantime, here’s some wintry inspiration for those who need to cool off a bit!

New class

This came about because of the new Colored Pencil Winter Wonderland class – when I got out my Gamsol I noticed it was below 1/4 full! While that’s plenty for a few drawings, I always panic when things start looking low…and I started looking around at other colored pencil artist sites to see what solvents they like – and picked out a few to try.

And now…the Video

Spoiler alert: Gamsol was not immediately surpassed by any of these in performance, especially not by price.

Watch the video below or click to watch it on YouTube.

And now…SNOWMEN!

Sketch out a bunch of snowballs – stacking 2 seemed to be cuter than 3 to me, as well as easier. Color up the blobs with blue – I started with dry blending from powder first, then added the solutions to each snowman.

Make hats and scarves for them! Different styles, materials, textures. Have fun! And don’t forget to use the leftover pigment on the brush to make the fluffy pompoms on hats.

Then add mittens – and give them things to hold! How cute are they with their art supplies?

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From Value Study to finished drawing

From Value Study to finished drawing

A bit ago I said I was going to do more studies before finished works….this time I did it! Do I get applause? hahaha! Sometimes we just need to take a bow in our own studio so I’m doin’ it!

The study here was done on toned paper – sometimes it’s easier to add highlights and shadows rather than trying to create so many midtones! Conté crayons are messy but they make me work quick and easy rather than laboring. I didnt even stress much about any blending, just blocking in shapes and tones. Once I finished this I had a much better idea where this piece was headed.

Video

Can you guess from this picture what my favorite little vignette part of the drawing is? Scroll down to look at the finished art before you click to watch and see if you found my little treasure. Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

The finished piece was a lot of fun! About three days taking up space in the studio – but worth it, methinks. My favorite spot is that window peeking through the archway. I was surprised I actually pulled that off.

That taxi gave me fits. It’s a little rounded and pudgy now, but at least it seems like it might be a car. Ha!

Original drawing for sale

That’s right here if you need it hanging on your wall.

ICYMI

In case you missed this week’s social media tips with silhouettes….Click on the linked text in the captions. The bunny stamp is here, and Lamp black and Lunar black are compared in the telephone pole video.

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Tree silhouette over dusk sky (and little Sketchmarker update)

Tree silhouette over dusk sky (and little Sketchmarker update)

After using the Sketchmarker Aqua last week, and testing them against other pens, I had a few emails asking what’s up with the alcohol pens, so it was time to update ya!

The Sketchmarker company is HQ’d in the region affected so terribly by the war in Europe – and had a hiatus of a sort, and are getting back on it now. That followed some confusion with an intermediary distributor – and that meant I have most of a full set, yet not a full set, so there’s no hex chart yet. However, I trust that’ll loosen up at some point, but I’m giving them grace to get all the balls back in the air before bugging anyone over some missing pens. I’ll let you know as soon as I have a hex chart ready; the best way to be sure you’re the first to know about it? Sign up for the email list at art-classes.com, since that’s the first place I usually send out updates like that! (I’ll be updating you here and YT and social too, but that email list is typically just new-product-related; right now it’s still in weekly email mode with the Peace Love and Art challenge but after that will revert to only sending emails when there’s a new thing.)

Okay let’s get on to today’s project – and the theme for this week: Silhouettes! And don’t worry, you don’t have to be someone who draws a lot to accomplish a nice silhouette – you can use a stamp and just create a few simple elements to create a scene! I’ll show you some stamp ideas on social media all week.

Video

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The Sketchmarker colors used in this drawing:

Something to note: these pens are quite affordable when buying a set – the bigger the pack, the better the discount. They’re $2.25 per pen when you buy 96! (That set is a bit over $200) However you might just want a few colors, and those singles are more costly, $4.85. Please don’t go getting mad at retailers when you see that; the set referred to on Amazon is directly from the manufacturer, and any crafty store has to price a bit above what they buy it for so they can stay in business. Some manufacturers price products at the same cost as retailers, just to prevent everyone getting upset.

Once I do create a hex chart I’ll work out some recommendations that are the colors that best fill in the Copic set of colors, so if you just want to add a handful, I’ll help you work that out at that time.

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Sketching Yellowstone…and an awkward admission

Sketching Yellowstone…and an awkward admission

Earlier this week I compared craft and artist grade watercolor markers, and while swatching does tell you a few things, nothing convinces me whether I like a product or not like using it in “real world” art situations. Seeing how colors blend and move, layer and lift – that is so hard to test on little blops of color! So since I’m in the mode to travel virtually to national parks (because, dang gas prices are keeping me home!)…..let’s go to Yellowstone today!

Video

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These markers are pretty sweet; I was glad to see I could draw into the wet paper. The colors are much more nuanced than crafty pens, and can create very realistic trees and rocks.

Patreon

The first 2/3 or so of today’s video is about the sketch….please be kind about the last 1/3. I stink at asking for help and find it so embarrassing. It took me sooooo many tries to see if I could get the wording right and not sound like some kind of grifter or something. If you’re interested in becoming a patron, click here for more info. Bless you for considering it! Those who take classes are also helping a lot too – so if you’re taking those, thank you!

Travel Sketches Class

While today’s video is different than what’s in the Travel Sketches class (it’s taught with crafty markers on cellulose Canson XL so the color moves better), you can use the techniques in today’s Yellowstone sketch in class too!

ICYMI

In case you missed this week’s social media fun…links are in captions to go see the original posts.

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