Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Sketch. And a pencil.

I recently bought a new pencil. I know, I know, it’s an art supply, how can that warrant excitment? Well, Leonardo Pereznieto is the artist behind it, and he worked with a German company to create this spectacular little tool. And since it had me thinking scientific voodoo was going on in how it operates – I decided to combine it with the scientific achievement of Apollo 11 and make a video! See more info in this post below after you watch it.

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

I purchased the full kit with the black pencil – here it is with its replacement erasers, leads, etc. It also comes as a silver pencil. (same price)

The eraser lives under the silver cap. I’m betting I’ll need to beg them for a new cap at some point. #klutz lol

In the supply list I’ve linked a bunch of different polaroid dies (I like the size of the EH ones because you can fit a bunch on one card nicely) – as well as a bunch of different space stamps.

The spiral sketchbook has the same paper as the Stonehenge pad I’ve been recommending for pencil work. Love the surface and texture.

Original photo is on Wikipedia

Distress Ink Watercolor – Interactive Mailbox Card

Distress Ink Watercolor – Interactive Mailbox Card

Concord & 9th, meet Evelin T! You two have such fun playing together on this card. (They may already “know” each other but hey. It’s always nice to play with several brands at once, right!)

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

This card follows the same ideas as Art Impressions watercolor – but with a large mailbox and larger flowers. Yes you can do the same thing with different stamps!

Ink colors used – everything is very muted except that persimmon pop!

The interactive portion of this card is just the front of the mailbox, peeking into the inside of the mailbox to see the snail. And his tiny “hello”!

Dogs, a pink pig . . . and a workshop announcement!

It’s a good day to be a dog! Well, it’s always a good day, eh? They just live life to its fullest all the time – wouldn’t it be a great world if we could do that too?

Well I wanted to share some news, and couldn’t find a good hair day underneath the couch cushions, so I decided to combine it with some fun dog footage from a recent adventure. Enjoy!

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

My Watercolor Workshop at Daniel Smith is a biggggg leap for me. BIGGG. They’ve been bugging me for years to teach one, but I didn’t feel in control enough to feel like I could guarantee that I could paint anything on a teaching day – I never know what’s going to come out of my brush! But lately I’ve been feeling more confident – especially with something loose like trees. Even if structures or other subjects can stymie me on some days, trees and skies are often the only guaranteed parts of my paintings!

The classroom we’ll be in is one that has a long history for me. I’ve taken workshops from the likes of Alvaro Castagnet, Bjorn Bernstrom, Ron Stocke, Jean Haines, Brenda Swenson, Tom Schaller – and many more. The teacher’s demo space at the front of the room (with a cool overhead mirror) has seen so many amazing painters that I don’t feel I can stand where they’ve stood! But I’m going to step out and do it anyway.

See the listing on the Daniel Smith blog for class details, supply list, cost, etc – and call the store to sign up. You don’t need to register for the demo but sometimes it’s good for them to get calls so they know how many chairs to set up that day. I know crafters may not care to come to a whole weekend class where they have to paint large paintings – but the demo could be fun anyway. (And that part is free!)

Fingerpainting!?!?

And of course while I’m sitting here promoting myself as a painter worth taking a class from – my Bible journaling video is all about finger painting. So there’s that. Ha! Even if you’re not a Bible journaler, this might be entertaining to watch.

Enjoy your Sunday! I’ve got a crazy week ahead preparing for my trip to go see MFT – I might need a nap before I get started!

Big City Watercolor Card (and my NYC paintings)

Big City Watercolor Card (and my NYC paintings)

The new dies from Ellen Hutson, released last weekend, got me wanting to make a card that reflects a little of the style I’ve been working on in my urban landscapes – grungy colors that mix and blend the way the paint wants to go! It’s a lot easier to do it without 1000 brushstrokes like my large paintings (I’m trying to learn to simplify but it’s so hard!). It’s freeing though to just let the paints mix as they desire.

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This painting is 11×15″ – and was created in my studio after the study I did in my hotel room. It’s on 7th avenue looking southward towards Times Square. On the left, somewhere in the dark building area, is where the helicopter crashed last week. (51st -52nd…my window was on 55th.)

This is the smaller version painted from the hotel window – my sister has it in London now. So I have a “permanent exhibition in the UK,” right????

See more of my NYC paintings later on in this post.

And now for the card video! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used on this card…..some of them look very bright, but when blended they can get delightfully muted. Colors in my main Daniel Smith Watercolor palette are available as a dot card if you want to try just a little to see if you like it.

And yes, I think I might have to copyright the term “moosh” colors. Coz that just explains the moosh of what’s left in the mixing well of my palette! ha!

Some of the test cards I made before the video one have stronger, brighter colors – and more layers. This one has three layers of buildings with trees tucked between…

…and this card has four layers of buildings with trees – but no grass. Coz this might need to survive the post office. LOL!

Paintings

Plein Air is one of my newest favorite things to do! I was in NY for my niece’s graduation from Fordham (GO JULIE! MAGNA CUM LAUDE!) and took an extra few days to be there and paint, since it was cheaper for airfare to stay longer. Don’t count what hotels cost, it’s the airfare I was saving on, right? #justification lol

My hotel, the Wellington, was a few blocks from Central Park, so I went there early each morning to paint. This little tunnel had great acoustics, and someone was down there singing the most amazing jazz riffs in the echo the whole time I was there! Free entertainment!

Bryant Park, by the library – a table and chairs is a luxury for an urban artist! People there ignored me so well that they kept not only getting up and sitting down as people are expected to do – but they kept picking up entire tables and chairs and moving them around – having no clue I was trying to paint them.

This was the hardest one to work on; I was on a VERY busy street at rush hour, trying to capture the sunset – and there was just nowhere to rest all my stuff. I was balancing the watercolor block (I paint on those when traveling, no boards or taping to deal with), palette, water…..oh man. I was unprepared for a street corner without even a little nook to tuck something into. Everywhere else I found a step, a windowsill, something. But this one had to be finished from a photo back in my room, I gave up after being run into too many times. Ha!

Another morning in the park – by the pond. Very green scummy pond, but a pretty spot to sit. Lots of ducks and pigeons, and I met some nice gents who sat on the bench next to me chatting about the dangers of the import export business and the various ways people have been killed —eeep! They got off that topic after a bit and leaned over to watch me and chat a bit. For the most part, it’s only in a park where people in NYC will talk to an artist. Everywhere else you get delightfully ignored.

Chrysler building from the north view, sitting on the steps of a Synagogue. I learned all about the Avengers movie from the workmen taking their lunchbreak next to me – I haven’t seen ANY of the Marvel series, so it was quite educational. ha! In this painting I found the building in front of the Chrysler was way more fun to paint.

Bonus video!

My “Color All the Things” series at Ellen Hutson continues today with thse cute sharks – a boy and a girl shark who meet with a kiss! Click HERE to go see it on YT or HERE for the blog!

And in case you needed a reason to shop… a sale! Click to shop!

Pretty Pink Posh Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Pretty Pink Posh bloghop —scroll down for info on the hop, I’ll be getting to my card project first.

There are some fun new stamps and stencils in this release, but I chose the Surfboards and Tropical birds stamps—but the latter just for the tree and sentiment. I picked a scene to color from Google – but that didn’t seem to want to work out so I made up something out of my head in the long run. See it all in the video below!

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

Here are the colors I used for this card:

New to my blog?

Are you looking to learn more about copic coloring? I have a teaching site with beginner, intermediate and advanced classes….the place I recommend starting is Copic Jumpstart. But there are lots of fun ones, including “Mini” classes for scenes, too. See all the Copic classes HERE.

BlogHop details:

There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners yesterday, two today). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 6/17/2019. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog. Stops on today’s hop:

Paint a Crystal Frame (Avery Elle Modern Frame Floral)

Paint a Crystal Frame (Avery Elle Modern Frame Floral)

This stamp is called Modern Frame – new from Avery Elle. And I right away wanted to see if I could make it look like it was made of glass crystal panels! You could try it with soft rainbow colors – but I kept it neutral to let the flowers be the thing that “sings”!

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

For the sentiment – I didn’t want it centered. I tend not to like it when things are plopped in the middle, designwise. I stamped the Thank you off to the right…and drew in my own . . . . to fill in that space a little. I added an exclamation point too, which I immediately wished I hadn’t since I tucked it in weirdly. LOL!

The overall effect is so simple and elegant! I layered the panel on black cardstock, then popped it up onto a red card base. Lovely!

By request: more Underwater Mini Classes!

By request: more Underwater Mini Classes!

I’ve been asked again and again if I’d ever put together Underwater Scenes in Colored Pencil or Watercolor….and I finally made time to get both assembled! They’re the mini classes, and intermediate level – it’s recommended to take the Jumpstart class for that medium, but if you have equivalent experience, rock on!

Watch the trailer below or click HERE to see it on YouTube:

To get to the classes, click HERE for all three….or individually on their photos below!

Color a Lemon Tree

Color a Lemon Tree

It’s time for a new release from Ellen Hutson – and the stamp set I decided to use for the video is Squeeze The Day! I created a little cascade of lemons so it looks like the branch of a lemon tree; change it to greens and it can be a lime tree!

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

Some of the leaves are stamped – the rest drawn in. But if the pen work scares you, then instead draw them with markers, and do the pen work after the coloring is all done.

Colors I used for my lemon tree…

The dots of BV00 really add to the lemon skin texture!

You have got to check out the Voices In My Head Stamp Set– and see if the sentiments are things you say in YOUR head, too! I combined the stamp set with one of the Speech Bubbles Dies, and airbrushed it and stamped some images from Good Times.

Good Times is a collection of a bunch of seemingly random images – until you see the dog riding the scooter. I stamped him with a little leeeeeean so he looks like he was made just to drive the scooter and drag balloons around town! (I’m picturing him with velcro on his feet, riding a self-driving scooter!)

There are two dies I didn’t show in the video – Big City Dies and Landscapes Dies will be coming next week. Who doesn’t need versatile dies that will be great for years to come? Here’s a little peek….

Guest Video at MFT!

And over on MFT’s blog and YT channel is this cutie from Hey Sunshine – poolside!

Painting an Italian Window – Venetian Neighborhood

Painting an Italian Window – Venetian Neighborhood

The Venetian Neighborhood background stamp (below) from Hero Arts inspired me to finally paint this photo taken on my last trip to Italy a few years back:

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

I added a cascade of flowers and rearranged things a bit. It took a few tries to get to this painting….know that it takes repeated work to finesse a piece of fine art. But I love a good challenge!

Here’s the Venetian Neighborhood card…I made it larger than a normal sized card so I didn’t need to cut down the paper much. (If you trim it down to A2 card size, you cut off some edges of windows.)

I mentioned a while back I’m going to keep going back to the Stamped Just For You set from Hero – and here’s another!

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

When this stamp set from Gina K came out, I had to get it, you know me! Making a variety of puppies from one stamp set? Yes please!

This video is a little different than usual –I stamped all the dog ears so you can see if this set makes your pup. I know it’s important to know if it includes the right shaped ears to make your doggie!

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

I hope your pup is among the ones possible – maybe with different coloration than I’ve used!

I also of course had to make a card with my pups. Covered in mud! It’s their favorite hairstyle…..

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