Snowy Candy Store Scene in Supracolor watercolor pencils

Snowy Candy Store Scene in Supracolor watercolor pencils

Mondays might not be the most wonderful day of the week, but CANDY SEASON is the most wonderful time of the year! ha!

Yes I’m a candyholic, much to my dentist’s dismay. And my scale’s! But when I see a stamp set with candy, I just gotta color it….this is my first attempt on this one and I have more ideas to come so watch social media to see what else I come up with!

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Video

I just had to make a candy store – because I love me a good local candystore! When we used to be able to travel, I always looked for an indy sweet shop in every town. My waistline probably appreciates that that’s no longer going on – ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to view it in HD on YouTube.

Watch on YouTube

The scene portions for this card are quite simple – create a countertop with a side edge and area underneath, then a grid for windows and a bit of light blue sky showing through. Leave a little white for the snow to collect at the bottom of each pane!

My card also uses last year’s Retro sentiment set – nice crisp text with beautiful stacking and swirls!

Leave a comment and tell me YOUR favorite Christmas candy!

Supracolor pencils

Ask Santa for some new art supplies for Christmas – Supracolors are an excellent choice for an awesome treat! There’s also a class you can take to learn how to use them – Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart – but don’t get it yet. Wait til Black Friday when there’s a good sale. I know, I know, shooting myself in the foot, but I want you to get a deal!

Supplies

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How to color a Gnome in a Forest – Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

How to color a Gnome in a Forest – Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

I haven’t made any watercolor pencil videos in what feels like forever! Sometimes I think I need to apologize to my art supplies when they stay in the drawer too long! heehee……

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This cute little gnomie is from Trinity’s Hello There set – there’s no sentiments but a bunch of little stamps to create a scene along with it. You can also do what I did and make a SIMPLE forest in a surprisingly easy way!

Video

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Wasn’t that easy!?! Slap on some cloudy greens, draw imperfect lines, and paint away!

The sentiment is from another gnome set from Trinity – The Bright Side.

Classes on sale

The watercolor pencil and pencil classes are on sale over on my teaching site HERE….there’s a new watercolor pencil class coming up soon – Autumn Scenes – and if you want to be the first to find out when it’s ready, be sure to click Subscribe over there on that site! I’m getting better at sending out e-notices.

SUPPLIES

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Using watercolor pencil shavings to make sea foam

Using watercolor pencil shavings to make sea foam

I had the idea of making waves with watercolor pencil shavings on my Shark Hugs card – and I didn’t expect the wow moment that happened when I tried it!

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COLORING TIPS

The tea strainer used for this background is just one I picked up in the grocery store – any kind will do, just needs to have a fine grate on it. Use it before or after adding water! Anywhere that’s dry, you can blow off the pigment and keep it from sticking; anywhere that’s wet will have the pigment shavings/dust stick there.

FINISHING TIPS

When making a round card, let the die hang off the top edge of the fold before diecutting. Then cut a small slice from the BACK panel of the card, parallel to the fold; that will assure the card stands upright rather than rolling off the table.

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New classes: the backstory!

New classes: the backstory!

And you wonder why I’ve been a little absent on social media? *pant pant*

I’ve been wanting to do a class on birds for a lonnnnnng time. Lots of requests for our feathered friends, and I had to decide which medium got to go first…it’s like picking between kids! Gah! But…I’ve been wanting to play with “loose” watercolor pencil to create some art, so that won out!

I’m calling it a “Level 4” class, which is not quite a “Level 5”; the 5 would require solid drawing skills, but birds are relatively easy – they’re a circle for a head, an oval for a body, just add wings and a tail. LOL. And I know LOTS of my students are totally ready for this much drawing – so they’ll be just fine with it!

Watch the preview or click to see it on YouTube.


However….

But I know lots would *like* to get to the point they’d feel comfortable drawing a bird, and even though I tell them birds are comparatively easy, I started thinking this week that I need to find a solution to help folks get over that hump.

I’ve recommended Drawing 101 to folks wanting to learn to draw – it covers perspective, shading, and so much more….and lots have loved that class. There’s also Whimsical Sketching, a class drawn in pen, and that’s nice and loose, but doesn’t teach much drawing, it’s more doodling. So I needed to offer something, maybe….in between them?

That’s when I came up with an idea for a class that I think could really help bridge the gap: 30 Days to More Confident Sketching! 30 days, 30 small videos, with FUN things to draw, but more realistic than the doodle classes, and less technical than Drawing 101. It’s even awesome for the Urban Sketching community, too – and artists in any discipline. The goals are to help students become confident that they can:

  • create a quick sketch from real life or a photo
  • make confident pencil strokes quickly and boldly
  • get proportions somewhat close without having to trace or measure
  • take one of Sandy’s crazy advanced classes and not freak out over having to draw something fancy

I’ve set this one at Level 2, which doesn’t mean you need Drawing 101 first – just that it’s going to be some work – 30 days straight ain’t for slackers, right? LOL! It’s also what’s called a “drip” class, explained in the video below – content becomes available slowly over the 30 days at the same hour of the day you made the original purchase. Hopefully that’s a good time for you to be online to access material, but you can always watch anytime after that hour.

Watch the sketching of the class logo in the video below and hear more about the class – and answer the question at the end of this post if you plan to take this class!

My question

Even though I launched the 30 Days class, I haven’t actually finished it. Okay, TBH I have three days done. LOL. But since lessons get revealed day by day I have some time to get them done!

I have a list of lessons for a bunch of the days, but I’m taking requests for what you might want to learn! No guarantees it’ll all be included, and complex topics will be simplified – for instance portraiture will NOT be covered – but there will be a lesson on sketching little people in street scenes. Remember the level of the class, we’re not going deep. 🙂

So given that, are there specific things you’d like to see covered for sketches?

Tips to choose colors  – Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Tips to choose colors – Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

In this little watercolor pencil card, I’m providing some tips to choose colors – especially when coloring multiple of the same animals….Hoggy Holidays!

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

I could have just stamped three piggies, but a party of five seemed much better! I stamped the center, left, and right first, masked them with Eclipse tape masks, then stamped the other two, being careful their faces werent hidden.

I used Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils – I chose a warm pink (dark flesh) and a cool shadow pink (madder), and a grey and reddish brown for the barn. To make sure the hats and scarves pop, I chose colors that were very different – blue and green.

The last little tidbit was adding the hearts overhead – the colors in the background were light enough that coloring with the dark red right overtop worked fine. And of course….SNOW!

Supplies

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24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Santa’s Face

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Santa’s Face

We’re past halfway in the 24 Tags of Christmas of 2019 – so it’s time for Santa’s Face to make an appearance! It’s a brand new stamp from Colorado Craft Company and it’s hyooooooge! I am stoked to color it a bunch of times for my Christmas cards in all kinds of mediums – here I tackle it in watercolor pencils!

Did you know? Santa is a painter!

And I’m pretty sure I haven’t told anyone this, but…I’ve been painting with Santa this year. And he looks just like this stamp! He’s a rather famous Seattle Santa, and he happens to be a plein air painter; I met him at a Toastmasters group on the peninsula, and he invited me to join them, so once in a while I drive out there at oh-dark-thirty to paint! Go see his viral video HERE.

And come back to watch my video too:

View on YouTube.

Supracolor pencil colors used:

This stamp is such a great looking Santa! Gonna make tons of cards with these this year….

Four tags, ready for the tag prize stash!

Giveaway

Be sure to comment on this post as well as over on the YT video by November 16 to qualify for the tag giveaway – winners will be announced on November 17!