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Simple Watercolor scene – Friendly Foxes

Simple Watercolor scene – Friendly Foxes

I’m a lover of most any fox stamp set….add Stacey Yacula’s name to it as the designer and it’s a match made in heaven in my book! Today I’ll show you some watercolor … with a realllllly simple background you can use on any scene you’re creating!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Don’t forget you can alter colors in your palette – adding a little Aussie Red Gold to the Burnt Sienna really warmed it up! And making a warm grey was easy by adding a little Yellow Ochre to Neutral Tint.

The smaller brush is a Round 8 – used for the foxes and the shadows in grasses. The sky and main green in the grasses on that first pass were created with the Round 12 brush.

Another video is live today – over on Ellen Hutson’s channel with my new feature, Color All the Things. This month – a vacation card! (It might not be live for a few hours so if the link doesn’t work, check back later.)

New class for kids!

New class for kids!

In honor of my niece’s graduation this weekend – I’ve hurried to get this Creative Self Portraits for Kids class set up before leaving. Hoping it all works as I’m not taking my computer with me, but if anything goes haywire I guess we’ll find out if I can fix things on my phone, right?

Class preview video – watch below or click HERE to see it on YT!

See supply lists and sign up for class HERE.

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

Drawing an Open Tulip – Copic Marker and Pencil

I’m not usually a flower-colorer….but the realistic Loving Tulips stamp from Power Poppy inspired me to also create a sketch of one of the last tulips of the season. So sad they’re going away but I’ve taken lots of pics to keep working from! There’s a card a little later in this post.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

So pretty….I think I captured that tulip and all my love for it! The pencil made the colors pop more than the Copic marker did. Marker tends to die just a little on drawing paper. (This is in a Sketchbook I usually use for pencil work.)

If you’re interested in learning to color tulips yourself, there’s an advanced Copic class for that! It’s Timeless Tulips….

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Such elegance in just this simple stamp. Even the text is designed beautifully! Once I get up in the morning I’ll post a 1 minute speed coloring of this over on Instagram !

The list of Polychromos colors used….

Don’t forget to add a special treat by decorating the back of a card!

Copic Rose Garden

The stamp inspired me to create the feel of a lovely rose garden – by request of some followers over on Instagram. I love these kinds of mushy backgrounds, and though few will ever try one (they take time and ink!) it’s at least fun to see!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Here’s a nice closeup of that background…..pretty eh?

The whole cardfront is just mounted on dimensional adhesive -easy peasy lemon squeezy. And flat. Ish.

These are the colors I played with but as always – play with what you’ve got. You may well find better combos that I never tried!

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Sunshine!

Sunshine!

Today I have a few random tidbits for you….first, a hilarious weather meme that perfectly describes my week…I love creative, funny people! Next week is a rain week + travel, so I’m thrilled we had a gorgeous week filled with sunshine and warmth!

Guest video

My guest video for May is over at MFT – go leave some love on the blog post too! Click HERE to watch it on YT and leave comments over there.https://youtu.be/KK2Iy9rIk1Y

And a little news!

Yes, my shirt has the poem “I wiil teach art here and there…”

I popped over to Daniel Smith to do some shopping before my NY trip (my watercolor blocks are down to just one or two sheets in each so I bought a few more to start fresh for my NY trip – I always panic and take more paper than I know I’ll need!). I was “called into the office” while at the counter (where I was also signing up for another Tom Schaller class – OMG I am so excited he’s coming back). And guess what? We picked dates for my first 2 day Watercolor Workshop!!

It’s not on their site yet, but I know some of you have said you would come out to Seattle for a workshop if I taught one, so here’s your notice: September 14-15 (Sat-Sun), 10:30-4:30, $200.

I’ll post again and mention it on social media once the class info is online and you can sign up. I still need to figure out the class topic. Below is a painting from last weekend’s plein air trip with PAWA, Plein Air Washington Artists – about 30 of us went to the Arboretum.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Cotton Candy Cards – 5 ways

Cotton Candy Cards – 5 ways

It’s kinda not funny when a stamp set makes you out yourself as a lover of finely spun sugar, but there ya go. You know my secret! I recently saw Avery Elle’s Cotton Candy stamps and dies – and indulged my secret love.

I especially encourage YOU to get yourself some Avery Elle….remember when I told you about some companies undergoing rough times recently? Avery Elle is another target – so do a good deed and go shop directly on their site, and leave some positive love in the comments section on your order! Buying direct at full price once in a while is one way you can help keep our industry thriving! (The links to AE supplies in the list at the bottom of this post are affiliate links – if you want to purchase directly from AE, please do. I’d rather they get the support!)

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Shaker card – with some EbyE (Essentials by Ellen) embellishments – Crystal Clear Hearts and Butterfly Sequin mix.

This background looks a lot like colored cotton candy! Squirt some colorless blender on Neenah and drop some reinkers on, and then let it flow around as it dries.

More of a traditional alcohol-ink-looking background but with Copic refills. This is on photo paper, and if you get grumpy when things like this sometimes stay sticky, the acetate overtop makes that no problem at all!

Texture from crumpled tissue paper is smoothed out a little under vellum!

And last but not least – fluffy cotton balls!

I added liners to each card with the sentiment on it – coordinating the inside colors with what was on the cover.

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