Clean and simple floral card in colored pencil and Copic

Clean and simple floral card in colored pencil and Copic

The Darling Lily stamp by Altenew is so pretty, and so ready for Easter – and yet has no Easter sentiments. But it makes for a lovely thank you card or any theme throughout the year – pretty flowers are always in season.

Video

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Just a few colors to use on this pretty lily….

I kept the deisng super simple – just a layer of white paper, and a Desert Storm card base to match the coloring panel.

I love how white pencil shows up, yet remains soft!

The Bible journaling page was created first by making a cross from 2 strips of washi tape; I stamped the flowers and leaves on the right half with the tape in place. I removed it, then stamped the upper left flower while masking off the horizontal bar only with a sticky note. The rest were stamped on top, though I wished after that I had masked the tail end of the stem of the flower!

The demo of the text was created in one of my books – the workbook, printed on Bible paper. It’s a great place to practice art and techniques before putting them in your Bible. Or, like me, a way to go backward and teach something I did in my Bible, but since that page is taken – I can still create it on Bible paper in the workbook!

The only place you can get signed books and workbooks is at Ellen Hutson (links below) – be sure to order one for your Mom for an Easter gift!

Supplies

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New: Rainy Days Classes, Plus an Insta-hop with prizes!

New: Rainy Days Classes, Plus an Insta-hop with prizes!

Finally! I’ve been working on these Rainy Days classes for so long now – I think I have webbed toes by now!

These new classes are on sale for one week. Just so ya know. No coupon needed. Here’s a preview of the three versions of class…see more info below.

I’ve made the techniques in each of classes different from each other – some are repeated, like doing raindrops on a window in each medium, because the technique warranted it. But I kept all three as different as possible so that the students who love all the mediums (like I do!) won’t get bored if they eventually take all three. (Yes, I get bored doing the same thing!) You can certainly try a technique in a different medium after seeing how it’s done in the class!

Click on the pic to go to that class:

Rainy Days Watercolor Class
Rainy Days Colored Pencil
Rainy Days Copic

There’s also an Ellen Hutsoninstagram hop going on right now since it’s National Craft Month – be sure to hop along and follow the instructions in my post, coz you’re gonna want to enter to win! VISIT MY INSTAGRAM

One Wreath Three Ways (Distress Oxide, Copic, Colored Pencil)

One Wreath Three Ways (Distress Oxide, Copic, Colored Pencil)

It’s always fun to get mileage out of our stamps – so why not try an atypical stamp set in a couple mediums, just to see what happens? I created these pretty wreaths in Distress Inks, Copics, and Pencil! The PinkFresh Oval Foliage stamp has so many possibilities!

Supplies for this project are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Video

Distress Oxide Ink/Watercolor is one of the ways most people may consider using a set like this – applying the peeled paint distress oxide ink then painting into it with a wet brush.

I added some berries to mine with a brush, as well as tiny details in the chipped sapphire to add some depth.

Next up: Copic! I stamped some “messy” partial leaves first, then laid down a couple colors (YG03 YG00) and restamped again in an uneven fashion to add some realism. I filled in some detail in G28 and added RV14 berries.

Finishing off each card meant layering the panels with green cardstock, popping it up on dimensional adhesive on the same color cardstock to keep the color to a minimum and let the wreath sing. Sentiments were stamped on matching paper and popped, cutting the banner on one side and tying a little twine for good measure.

The pencil version may surprise those who haven’t taken Colored Pencil Jumpstart – powdered pencil!

The tea strainer is the magic that makes it happen…scribbling the pencil into it to create powder, and lightly moving it around with a cotton ball.

The sentiments were placed in the lower 1/3 of the card – designwise it keeps the important parts out of dead-center so the eye moves around the wreath and not just stopping in the middle.

Supplies

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Color Rainbow Dinosaurus – Luminance pencils

Color Rainbow Dinosaurus – Luminance pencils

Scientists don’t really know what color dinosaurs were. Sure they make their guesses. As does Hollywood. But who’s to say some of them weren’t rainbow colored? With heart-shaped scales?

Supplies for this project are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Video

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The Luminance pencil colors used:

If you’re interested in learning more about your colored pencils – whatever the brand – check out the Colored Pencil Jumpstart class.

I added to the rainbow feel of the card by adding a lot of colored layers of paper – I used up a bunch in the stash! (That’s a goal for 2019, stop hoarding paper and just use up what’s already cut!) Look how yummy and rich a card looks with lots of layers!?!?

Supplies

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Entwined Masking

Entwined Masking

Entwined Masking: Step by Step

Sometimes an image wants to peek through another image – especially when there’s an “O” involved! The two stamp sets shown here, All My Love, and Lovable (both by Penny Black) cried out to be used together! The bear is already part of the word “LOVE” but the other creatures were to be added – I started by making masks of each to line up in my MISTI. I made my masks with Eclipse Tape.

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I stamped the Hedgie first since he’s in front and I can just get that part out of the way.

I sliced the O so I could tuck the bunny inside. I wanted his head to be in FRONT of the O, so I cut away the parts of the “O” mask that the bunny should cover. Including cutting the open hole of the O, leaving the bear’s arm in the mask.

I stamped the bunny on top, and checked that his head and flower peeked out correctly.

I placed the bunny and hedgie masks in place before stamping “LOVE” – because I didn’t know where to trim off the bunny quite yet.

Now that “LOVE” is stamped on top, I can cut right around the bear’s arm – since it’s in the MISTI I’ll be able to stamp it in place in a minute.

See how that mask left a gap? I just need to restamp the “LOVE” to fill in the bear parts.

And there we go! All done and together. I colored the image with my Polychromos pencils.

Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist

Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist

 

Rather than give my followers things to shop for….this Gift Guide to surprise and delight an artist is aimed at those who love to support the artist in their life with treats to surprise and delight them on Christmas morning! The video is a little longer than I hoped, and I didn’t include everything in it – but there’s plenty of info in this post.

Artists: if you desire to give Santa a hint, share this post – and select the image for the category you’re hoping to fill your stocking!

Each section below contains an infographic in case you need to know what some of the items look like; and a link list of the items to make shopping as easy as possible! Stocking stuffers for each type of artist are called out in that list…and I do hope this makes the gift season go smoothly for everyone! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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.

Copic Markers

These are high-quality alcohol markers, with a scheduled price increase in 2019 of about $1 per marker. They’ll make a great gift! Don’t be tempted to try the cheaper knockoff markers; they’re nothing like this brand and don’t perform well. Really. Believe me.

Bible Journaling

I’m a recent author – so Bible journaling is something I’m passionate about! There’s a whole website about the book HERE – be sure to let your artist know about it, as there are many free resources they can access there!

  • Bible Journaling Made Simple book and workbook:
  • Bibles are a personal choice; if you know your artist well – you may be able to choose one for them. But see the Bible Buyer’s Guide and see if one looks perfect for them! (Those shown in the guide are ones I personally have and can vouch for; look for favorite translations, cover designs, etc.)
  • Art Supplies:
    • Pencils – all three brands work great; Prismacolor is most affordable:
    • Watercolor Pencils: Inktense are reasonably priced and great pencils (don’t forget to get a brush too)
    • Silver Brush #8 Round at Ellen Hutson | Blick
    • See the Watercolor section later in this post for more detail on the sets shown in the video. Recommended for Bible journalers might be the Floral set or Ultimate Mixing set.
    • Stocking Stuffers:
    • Bible Journaling Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

 

Colored Pencils

  • Colored Pencil Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

Miscellaneous treats for artists

  • Glass Mat for crafters is a great gift! Available at Ellen Hutson.
  • Gemini Junior is a diecutting and embossing machine I’ve used a ton in 2018 and can recommend! Available at Ellen Hutson.
  • Give the gift of EDUCATION! Give a gift certificate to the artist to choose the class they desire; if you order on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, then they’ll get their code by email right away. (Black Friday sale prices will also happen on Christmas Eve and Day, so they can sign up for classes at a discount and your gift will go further!)
  • For artists who make videos:
    • Arkon Stand – The Table Desk Stand is the one pictured; search the site for the right connectors and extenders based on the type of work the artist will be doing. (I attach THIS to the bottom of my camera.) There’s also a stand that clamps to a desk rather than having the flat stand; look around for the parts your artist will need. Use coupon code sandyallnock for automatic 20% off the entire purchase!
    • New phone or camera – for the generous Santa to give.
    • A new SD card compatible with the artist’s camera.

 

Watercolor

  • Watercolor Classes available at art-classes – if you want to give a class and not have them get the notification yet, order on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Or order as if sending to YOUR email address, then send them the gift card code later.

Daniel Smith Half Pan Sets

Each of the sets is pictured below (pin them if desired, of course!) – and the colors are listed and linked below each one. Know that not all have every option that you may want to consider – but I tried to pick some interesting colors, and more than needed to fill in the palette. So pick out a few for a special treat for your artist!

DANIEL SMITH Floral Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Floral set includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade (EH DB) Cascade Green (EH DB) Green Apatite Genuine (EH DB). My suggestions: Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Quinacridone Lilac (EH DB) Mayan Violet (EH DB) Pyrrol Orange (EH DB) Cadmium Red Medium (EH DB) New Gamboge (EH DB) Rich Green Gold (EH DB) Sap Green (EH DB) Spring Green (EH DB)

DANIEL SMITH Earth Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Earth set includes: Buff Titanium (EH DB) Raw Sienna Light (EH DB) Bronzite Genuine (EH DB) Venetian Red (EH DB) Burnt Sienna Light (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB). My suggestions: Raw Sienna (EH DB) Quinacridone Deep Gold (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB)  Azurite Genuine (only available at DS in-store) Amazonite Genuine (EH DB) Jadeite Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Amethyst Genuine (EH DB) Purpurite Genuines (EH DB) Rhodonite Genuine (EH DB)

DANIEL SMITH Colors of Inspiration Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Colors of Inspiration set includes: Lavender (EH DB) Wisteria (EH DB) Rose of Ultramarine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Shadow Violet (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB). My suggestions: Indian Yellow (EH DB) Aussie Red Gold (EH DB) Phthalo Yellow Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Iridescent Electric Blue (EH DB) Kyanite Genuine (EH DB) Blue Apatite Genuine (EH DB) Carbazole Violet (EH DB) Imperial Purple (EH DB) Anthraquinoid Scarlet (EH DB) Rose Madder Genuine (EH DB) Opera Pink (EH DB) **NOTE: extra purples added to this list because if you’re a fan of the 6 colors included, you likely are a fan of purple!

DANIEL SMITH Sketcher Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Sketcher sets Includes: Hansa Yellow Medium (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium (EH DB) Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (EH DB) Transparent Red Oxide (EH DB). My suggestions: Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Undersea Green (EH DB) Cobalt Teal Blue (EH DB) Sedona Genuine (EH DB) Bloodstone Genuine (EH DB) Moonglow (EH DB) Paynes Blue Gray (EH DB) Payne’s Gray (EH DB) Neutral Tint (EH DB) Lamp Black (EH DB) Lunar Black (EH DB)

 

DANIEL SMITH Blues Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Blues set includes: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (EH DB) Cerulean Blue (EH DB) Lunar Blue (EH DB) Indigo (EH DB) Sodalite Genuine (EH DB) Payne’s Blue Gray (EH DB). My suggestions: Buff Titanium (EH DB)  Bronzite Genuine (EH DB)  Raw Sienna (EH DB) Lunar Earth (EH DB) Perylene Maroon (EH DB) Nickel Azo (EH DB) Serpentine Genuine (EH DB) Green Gold (EH DB) Green Apatite (EH DB) Hookers Green (EH DB) Deep Sap (EH DB) Perylene Green (EH DB) .

DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set, Ellen Hutson | Blick

Included: Buff Titanium  (EH DB) Hansa Yellow Medium(EH DB)  Quinacridone Gold (EH DB)  Pyrrol Scarlet  (EH DB) Permanent Alizarin Crimson  (EH DB) Quinacridone Rose (EH DB) Ultramarine Blue (EH DB) Cerulean Blue Chromium  (EH DB) Phthalo Blue Green Shade  (EH DB) Phthalo Green Blue Shade  (EH DB) Goethite Brown Ochre  (EH DB) Burnt Sienna  (EH DB) Indian Red  (EH DB) Raw Umber  (EH DB) Jane’s Gray (not able to be purchased.)

If you’ve read this far, a little treat will be coming: I’m redoing my dot card! I have to pick which kids stay and which will replace exiting colors. Yikes!

Books

Last but not least: art books! I have a growing collection of book recommendations that would make great gifts.

WHEW! That might be THE single longest blog post ever written. Thanks for visiting!