Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My First Watercolored Piece~Fox

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing something different, my first two sketches and my first watercolor piece.  I've been loving playing with watercolors with my cardmaking, and now I decided to try them on their own.  I don't know if it is really art, I still have no idea what I'm doing...or if I did anything right.  I'm having so much fun, I really don't care.  Lol  I've become sightly obsessed with watercolors since this summer, and selling many items in my craft room to allow me to buy all the watercolors.  Here is the fox painting I shared in my recent art haul video.  I haven't sketched since I was in high school, but I pulled up a few pics off Google to sketch the mountain lion and the fox.  Then I used my new BrightPad (that I love!) to watercolor the fox, with no worry of pencil lines.  Here is what I've been playing with in my studio:

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Friday, November 24, 2017

My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays

Hey everyone!  I'm still on my marathon card share catch up, lol!  Today I'm sharing a card I made awhile back using the super cute My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays stamp set.  I used a lot of masking to make this one layer card, and colored all of the images with Copic markers.  This made it more time consuming...but I love the look of it!  I used Handwritten Holidays for the sentiment, and used some distress inks to blend out the background as well as add the floor.  I slathered on some wink of stella everywhere, and added some Nuvo Crystal drops to make the lights look realistic.  I thought it turned out super cute!  I did make a card tutorial, for my YouTube channel if you would like to check it out!

YouTube Card Tutorial:

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Altenew Christmas Floral Card

Hey everyone!  Today I'm trying to play catch up with lots of cards and videos from the last few months.  I'm sharing a card a made over a month ago, so hopefully I can remember what products I used, lol!  I loved the Peace on Earth stamp set, and thought it would be beautiful combined with the Beautiful day stamp set.  I also had to try out my new Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus watercolors.  I used a waterbrush and quickly colored the flower.  Then I stamped the pine branches with different colors of green ink to get the shade I wanted.  Then I embossed each branch, so it would blend better with the other images I had embossed with gold embossing powder.  I did film a process video for this card, so I should be uploading it to my YouTube channel soon.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Watercolors~Best Supplies for Beginners

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing some answers to questions about what supplies you need to begin watercoloring.  It is so easy to become obsessed with getting all the colors and all the brands, as I have...but you really don't need to!  I'm not going to lie, it is a lot of fun to try all the colors...but I actually think I may have learned more if I started small.  So, if you have more self control than I did, here are the items I wish I would have started with!  I made a YouTube video if are are interested in checking it out.

Here is my List of items I think is best for beginners!

-----*Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primary Watercolor Set 3 Tubes 15ml:  http://amzn.to/2hYXUn6  

-----*Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essentials Introductory Watercolor 6 Tubes 5ml: http://amzn.to/2A1sYJo

Primary colors from Sennelier or Schmincke brands might be more affordable outside of the USA.

Palette shown:  Yes, I'm always thinking outside the box!  ;)

-----*Dowan 12.6-inch Porcelain Deviled Egg Dish/Egg Platter with 25-Compartment:  http://amzn.to/2zjs9bR

-----*Martin Mijello Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette:  http://amzn.to/2iM3uX3

-----*Color Wheel 9-1/4": http://amzn.to/2A4qmdZ

-----*Epicurean Handy Series Cutting Board with Handle 9"x7" Natural:  http://amzn.to/2zh00Cb

-----*Arches Cold Press Watercolor Pad 10"X14":  http://amzn.to/2hMnrfz

-----*Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad, 11"X15" Fold Over Bound:  http://amzn.to/2iMPwnO

-----*Silver Brush Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel Brush Round Size 8:   http://amzn.to/2A1BFE2

-----*da Vinci Watercolor Series 5580 CosmoTop Spin Brush Round Synthetic Size 10:  http://amzn.to/2iN4ASH

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lawn Fawn Upon a Star of Bethlehem~Northern Night Sky

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made back in October, and finally getting around to editing it for you guys, lol.  I had to start making Christmas cards, and the Upon a Star stamp set from Lawn Fawn had the perfect fox stamps for me.  I wanted the foxes to be looking at the star of Bethlehem at a beautiful sky.  I had to try making my first Northern Night Sky background using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I find them so easy to blend and control, to make a beautiful scene.  I used a picture from google as a bit of a reference, and I think it turned out pretty cool!  I used several stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, I will have them all linked below. 

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*Epicurean Handy Series Cutting Board with Handle 9x7":  http://amzn.to/2B253Yx

*Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad 11x15":  http://amzn.to/2B2KgE3

*Daniel Smith Alvaro Castegnet's Master Artist watercolor set 10 tubes with 238 color dot chart:  http://amzn.to/2hM71rj
(Daniel Smith watercolors used listed at bottom)

*da Vinci Watercolor CosmoTop Spin Paint Brush Size 10:  http://amzn.to/2yZHnmb

*Silver Brush Black Velvet Brush Size 8:  http://amzn.to/2iviPew

*VersaFine Pigment Ink, Onyx Black:  http://amzn.to/2iwxEO3

*Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp set:  http://amzn.to/2zSh2d9

*Lawn Fawn Upon a Star dies:  http://amzn.to/2zQIJ66

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set:  https://goo.gl/XDxT7F

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set:  http://amzn.to/2zVmXvW

*Lawn Fawn Winter Big Scripty Word dies:  https://goo.gl/psPD1h

*Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornament dies:  https://goo.gl/NZDkwg

*Lawn Fawn Stitched Ornament dies:  http://amzn.to/2zT1Z2U

*Lawn Fawn Forest Border die:  https://goo.gl/oWv3Mg

*Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies:  https://goo.gl/AQKBsr

*Neenah Black heavy duty cardstock:  https://goo.gl/xVqch2

*Bazzill 40lb vellum: http://amzn.to/2j8YUBQ

Daniel Smith watercolors used:
Phthalo Yellow Green
Hansa Yellow Light
Phthalo Green BS
Phthalo Blue GS
French Ultramarine
Permanent Violet
Rose of Ultramarine
Neutral Tint
Quinacridone Deep Gold
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Burnt Sienna Light
Raw Umber

Gansai Tambi Silver

*Affiliates used when available, at no additional cost to you.  All products were purchased by me, and opinions are 100% my own.  Items with ** were kindly sent to me, but I receive no further compensation.  Thank you so much for your support!