Bite-sized art instruction: tiny tutorials

Bite-sized art instruction: tiny tutorials

I’m so tired of being sick! The image below is pretty much what I look like right now (except she looks so cute still while sick!)…..I can’t stop my nose from running!

 

It’s not Covid and that’s the one thing I’m thankful for, but man. It’s brutal! I get tired SO easily….I got up feeling better on Sunday and got dressed for church, but had to leave early or I knew I wouldn’t last long enough to pick up meds at the store on the way home. Yeesh! 

I did lay on the sofa for most of the week though, the dogs were very sweet and comforting. In between naps I used some of the time to work on something I’d wanted to get to for ages: replicating the Tiny Tutorials class at art-classes.com!

Tutorial: Bite-sized art instruction: tiny tutorials

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!

Tiny Tutorials class

This course was originally just on Artventure – as a way to fundraise for the platform. If you purchased it that way you’re welcome to continue! But Artventure is not as yet paying its way, so just in case we can’t keep it going, the Tiny Tutorials class is now on Art-classes.com as well. Which makes it accessible for all those who want this kind of teaching but don’t want to have to join another platform to get it!

In both locations I’ll keep uploading new TTs as I come up with them! Content will continue to grow.

The differences between the two locations:

  1. On the app: a $3.99 annual subscription, a bit less video but all the tiny tutorials. Titles of each tutorial are listed but not the visuals. When new TTs are uploaded you get a notification in the app. 
  2. On the website: a one-time purchase (it’s on sale right now) with lifetime access. Scroll through the pages and you’ll see the cover image for each, which is easier to know which ones you’ve seen before. When new TTs are uploaded you won’t get any notification, so you’ll need to remember to pop in once in a while.

 

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Got questions?

If you’ve had one of those questions that just sounds like it’s too dumb to raise, IT IS NOT. Some of the tiny tutorials that have been the MOST POPULAR have been explaining a ‘”d’oh” idea! Just last week I posted about the “belt” around a pencil extender and a ton of people said they had no idea it was even there.

LMK if you have ideas for those very basic things – or bigger things. I might do a full YT video, it might even lead to a class – but might be perfect for another tiny tutorial too!

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BREAKING UP with social media (and 5 more resolutions for 2024)

BREAKING UP with social media (and 5 more resolutions for 2024)

Happy New Year! I’m here with a Monday video, yeah, kicking off the 2024 season a day early. But it’s January 1 so let’s get this show on the road!

I’ve got some simple resolutions this year, some that are a little more complex, but they’re all about making my life more FUN. I really don’t like resolutions that remind me, every time I have to do them or realize I forgot them, that I am a terrible person. Tell me not to eat junk food and I guarantee 20 times a day I’ll feel miserable!

So I’ve got some resolutions I’ll be trying this year. Including the one in the title about social media, coz dang, that makes me feel miserable, doesn’t it do that to all of us?

Breaking up… and more resolutions

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!

1 Toasty toes

I accidentally left my slippers right next to the heat register. Usually they’re bedside when I tuck myself in but for some reason that didn’t happen. But when I got up the next morning my toesies were SO HAPPY. Now I’m excited to get out of bed in the morning….my toes are ready!

2 Celebrate more

I’m ready to make this a GOOD year, how about you? And celebrating the little things is one way I plan to make it an ongoing PARTAY! There are all kinds of sites that list what “day” it is, and I’ll be consulting them regularly. Including a flamingo bash at a girlfriend’s house when her birthday comes round.

3 Score points

Usually when I get a trolly comment or a testy email, or my website has issues—or even when I have issues and send out a newsletter with a typo (gah!) and hear from dozens of helpful people…..I just feel bad. It’s hard to just shake it off, but I’m now going to assign POINTS to every one of those things, and when I hit milestones in points I’ll be WINNING a shopping spree for art supplies. Then I’ll cheer for the negative when it heads my way!

4 More watercolor

During December, 2000 new people followed my YT channel – WOW! Plus I had a couple watercolor reels go viral on both my IG accounts, and each one gained over 8000 new followers!! While I can’t guaranteed that any of those lovely watercolorists are going to see any more of my posts, I’m going to be leaning into painting even more than usual.

One special thing I’ll be doing is a monthly realtime watercolor tutorial just for $10+ patrons. It’ll be a little like a subscription class if you think of it that way. Patrons have usually said they don’t have time for more video from me, but it’s very possible that the thousands of new people following me are not yet inundated and would love a little watercolor. So yay for that!

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5 More figure drawing

I realized recently that I’m not making the kind of progress I’d like to with my figure drawing. I’m definitely better than a few years ago, but realized it’s because I only draw people once a week, and then take sumemrs off. Uhm after all my lectures about getting busy with daily practice, what am I doing? So….I’ll be doing daily figure studies. Not much will get shared as they’re NSFW in some people’s eyes. But I’m gonna be diving in.

6 Social media breakup

It’s more of an overhaul I guess. But honestly I’m tired of algorithms blocking what they once shared. Artists all say they don’t get any traction when they’re trying to promote their fine art, their Etsy, their classes, or even tutorials. Social media only wants people to stay on the site. So I need to figure out how to get CREATIVE in keeping in touch with my peeps! Here are some new things I’m doing:

Instagram

Join my IG broadcast channel that for now is called Creating something every day. There’s a big link on my IG page here …basically its one GIANT direct message out to those who follow that, and I can send a little message out twice a week when there’s a tutorial (with links!), and let you know if there’s a sale, class, etc.

Weekly email newsletter

I’ve revamped my weekly newsletter—it’s not your average “blog post” email! It includes subscriber specials, bonus tips, behind the scenes stuff, laughs, and more. It’ll go out only on Saturdays, saving me time writing 2 a week (and you getting an extra email!) So if you want a Tuesday reminder, follow one of the other ideas here.

Don’t want email?

Tell YT to send you ALL the videos by tapping on the bell, and have your notifications turned on.

Sick to death of algorithms on all these sites?

Join Artventure, where I post my videos plus some extra info. AND we’re going to be having monthly zooms there like a super fun Zoom studio session we just did last week. I’ll be creating some bonus videos expanding on ideas in various classes so there’ll be way more to learn there in 2024.

Substack: gbye! Moving to my own site.

I’m completely divorcing Substack. They confirmed some terrible policies so I’m voting with my feet. I’m moving daily sketches to my fine art site – subscribe to that daily email here. When you subscibe Ill send you a list of tips for starting a daily sketch habit, and there’s a little coupon code for new subscribers, too!

How will my content change?

In general I’ll share only things I think the algorithm might like. And maybe not even every day any more, we’ll see. I’m not going to give it my really good stuff coz, well, it didn’t LIKE any of it!

Facebook will only see something from me on video tutorial days because, well, hardly anyone even saw the great post about my mom whose painting won in a contest. Her painting was turned into the corporate greeting card for the folks who own her assisted living place!

 

What are your resolutions?

Not just the let’s lose weight stuff. What’s the FUN STUFF? 🙂

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!

Funky fold cards for artists like me

Funky fold cards for artists like me

Are you like me? Love all those fancy funky fold cards with things that have multiple folds, flip and slide? I play with them til they fall apart when I get one because they’re so. much. fun!

However, when I make cards, I’ve focused on coloring for years now – and had gotten rid of a lot of the tools needed for all the fancy shmancy stuff. But I decided to finally get down to finding some funky folds that’ll work with my colored panels for cards.

Tutorial: Funky Fold Cards for artists like me

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!

Funky Fold Class

Over at Artventure , the class is mostly available (I say mostly because Apple is slow about getting approvals done; if you’re on an iOS device, you can go to the web and purchase the class and it’ll become available to you also on your phone or ipad.) But it’ll be fun for the folks who want to do something a little special with your colored cards – whether scenes or just an image.

As I had promised a while back, I used the 20 images colored in the 4 Favorite Things classes (all seen on the Holiday page) to create cards in this class that’s all about the engineering of the card bases. There are five templates, some have both horizontal and vertical templates….and since completing it realized I had another idea or two so there might be more added to it, too! 

To get to the class, just pop into Artventure and look in the list of classes on the left hand menu!

Swap is almost closed!

If you were thinking about signing up, get on it! Deadline for signup is October 31. Go to Artventure and look for this orange graphic in the Featured section.

Weekly Zoom calls

I’ll be continuing weekly Zoom calls through Thanksgiving – please do join us! They’re in Artventure (are you getting the idea that’s my social hub? lol!) and the kettles colored below were in the Thursday call. Unfortunately the replay didn’t capture the right screen, so only those who showed up got to see it. But I did post some tips on a post over at Artventure; the kettles drawing is in the Watercolor Favorite Things class but I colored them in pencil. Monday’s Zoom will also be colored pencil, so be sure to weigh in on the medium in the comments on the event page!

Heads up for cardmakers

My next video is also a card video – woohoo! Be sure you’re subscribed to either my blog or YT to get notified!

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In Case You Missed It…

In Case You Missed It…

If you’re a blog subscriber only, you might well have missed a few things! So today I’m catching up a tidge.

A few things have changed

This year I changed up my schedule, and it’s very much agreeing with the YT algorithm:

  • Videos are at noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • These are usually “Premieres” which means if you hop onto my YT channel at noon that day, there’s a live chat you can join in. If there’s a Premiere set, then it means I’ll be there for Q&A or just to say hey.
  • Fridays are YT shorts – often cards!

I don’t post about the shorts here on the blog because, well, they don’t “embed” well in blog posts. If you like shorts and want to see them when they post, subscribe to my YT – or check Artventure. I tend to post everything there, though sometimes in chat when it’s small stuff like a little short.

But – below you’ll find some thumbnails to tap on that are linked to that short. OR you can click HERE to see all the shorts on one page.

GOULDIAN FINCH

And a good lesson learned!

MOUSE SKETCH

Such a cutie patootie! ( Animals classes)

GREEN WATERCOLOR MIXES

Trinity Stamp Gnome Stamp

TORTILLA CHIP DAY

Totally easy card!

SIMPLE BAMBOO

Pair this bamboo with your panda stamps!

Instagram break

I’ve been on an IG break – I’m so mad at the changes they’re doing that are treating creators terribly, as well as viewers – so instead I’ve been sharing some of my extra creations instead over at Artventure. It doesn’t mean I’m gone from IG and I might post something there this week just so the site doesn’t think I died. LOL

(I was gone for a week and SUDDENLY I had 100 new followers!? What’s up with that!?)

Art vlog: How I refilled my empty creative tank

Art vlog: How I refilled my empty creative tank

There are many ways to experience an empty creative tank – sometimes it’s just “I have no ideas.” Or “I don’t have the skills to create what’s in my head.” Any thoughts that paralyze you can result in a big blank page in front of you without any hope of that changing.

I experienced that empty creative hole inside me after last week’s epic alcohol marker series and a new class….and boy oh boy did that hit hard! I had to find my way out, and I think last night, I actually did.

Tutorial: How I refilled my creative tank

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!

Recreate old art

Find a piece of art you made a while back, whether a physical one or a digital photo of it. Remake it now with your current skill level. It’s a great way to visibly see what your growth has been! This is the original painting:

Change up the medium

You can use a current favorite; a few months ago I tried this in watercolor and made it a winter scene:

But last night, late in the studio when all was quiet, I got out a medium I haven’t used in a while…a ballpoint pen! It’s a super fine point so gives a thin line for excellent detail. This is in a sketchbook I picked up in an airport, by the way. Not even a brand name on it. Draw on anything! When it comes to JUST MAKING, that’s the idea. Sit down and do it.

More on Artventure

I have more of a personal post at Artventure right now, so I recommend having a read over there if you need a little encouragement when you’re stuck. The community there is growing and thriving, and they’re the ones that pulled me out of my hole last night. I’m so grateful for them!

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  2. Sketchbook – a no name brand I picked up at an airport! Draw. On. Anything.

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