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I’ve got another fine art piece to share that’s been inspired by – a stamp! Yep when I see someone come out with something it often gets me to think about painting the subject, and the big cat eyes on Sasha Kitten definitely did that for me.

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

Expressive Watercolor: Painting a Cat - YouTube
Jean Haines

I used a technique from a Jean Haines class – her classes are insanely inspiring and her books are wonderful – Atmospheric Watercolors has been on my shelf for inspiration for a long time, and her new book Paint Yourself Positive is as fabulous as the whole series has been.

The painting was created with two colors – Imperial Purple and Aussie Red Gold – with a tiny touch of Sap Green for the eye and some Titanium White highlights and whiskers. That’s it, believe it or not!

Kitty Card

I made one card with Sasha Kitten – and on social media later I’ll watercolor another one too, so keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram!

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With the classes I teach, I get a fairly regular question – how do you paint a scene when a stamped image is “in the way”? And in this video, I show you one way to handle it – paint right through it, or partially through it, then use a darker color on the stamped image in “front” of the painted background.

And since it’s World Watercolor Month, and today’s prompt is Ocean Creatures….this little crayfish seemed perfect for today!

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

Painting "around" a stamp (Cray cray watercolor) - YouTube

Some colors won’t work with this technique – and you really do have to paint right up to the edge of the stamp. But when possible, let the lightest layer of color travel into the stamped image, and only add the darker colors later when you can be more careful with smaller amounts of the other hues. And oh yeah. White details. Uh huh!

The little hermit crab is painted with the same technique – just painting partly over the image, painting the crab with darker colors, then adding white pen!

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I may have mentioned here before that I belong to a few art groups now – Plein Air Washington Artists, made up of all kinds of plein air folks (lots of oil, and some watercolorists)….Northwest Watercolor Society, all watercolor of course (they have a show coming up and I am FREAKING over trying to pick what to enter by the deadline this week!)….and Urban Sketchers Tacoma, or Tacoma Urban Sketchers as I keep mistakenly calling it, lol.

If you’re looking for local artists to join up with – especially those without a crafty community where you live – look to see if there’s an Urban Sketchers group in your area. While the “societies” aren’t exclusive – you don’t have to have anything more than usually $50 and some watercolor supplies – they tend to be more serious fine artist types of folks. But the urban sketchers I’ve found are a real mix: LOTS of newbies, people who doodle and sketch at all kinds of levels. I recommend anyone who’s taken my Drawing 101 class should join one; you are MORE than qualified to take part!

Our group hosts an outing about once a week or so – you can pick what you can make it to, some are during the week and others on weekends. We meet at a given time and place, go out to sketch, then re-gather at a set location 2 or 3 hours later to see each other’s work. Some are ‘wow’ pieces, some are loose studies, some are total practice (I have had several that I just didn’t show! ha!) We take a big group pic – See shots from their blog post about our Tumwater trip yesterday. (There’s a link there to a bunch of pics from the day.)

I wanted to see how my idea for using DS watercolor sticks was going to play out – I had one sketch-fail (not shown) and discovered my sweaty palm had a ton of pigment on it when I was done; so holding one of the two rubber-banded groups of sticks wasn’t as smart as I thought! I wrapped them in a rag I had and played around with sketching a tree while waiting for the group and that was less messy. I have other ideas for rigging this setup to make it work – just touching an aquabrush to the end of the stick worked well, it’s just the holding part that got messy. The handful of sticks was VERY comfortable to paint from.

My other piece was a sketch in pencil, made with my new Tutto3 pencil – it has three sizes of lead, different hardnesses, and an eraser, all within one pencil. Very comfortable weight, I really do like it a lot. (See this post for more about it.)

I finally did learn how to replace a lead in my Tutto, so whoever had left me a message somewhere on social (I can’t remember where I saw it!): Open the pencil barrel, then grab the one you want to replace right at the copper part near the spring and tug the nib gently. Drop the lead into the open barrel in the handle. Use the pokey thing to push the old lead fragment out the front of the nib, then reassemble the pencil. You’ll have to click it a bunch with the pencil facing down to advance the pencil to be usable.

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! Well, not exactly. No chicken dinner involved, it’s a stamp set. However, the winner, selected at random by random,org, is….
Gayle Sanders!

CONGRATULATIONS!

And today’s Bible journaling video, since you’re here….

BIble Journaling Psalm 121:1 Doodled Mountains - YouTube
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Recently I promised this card – it takes me a bit longer to list all the colors on screen in videos so I needed to find some time to work on that. And I now have it ready for ya!

***ooops! The video decided to go live Friday, unexpectedly. So this is your Monday video.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Floral Edge Card (Power Poppy Copic Coloring) - YouTube

Lots of colors on this one….depends on what colors you want to use for each flower.

The edge of this card is so lacy and delicate – and creates some real interest, doesn’t it?

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And now…for something completely different! (cue the Monty Python music!) I’m not normally a kit gal. Or a patterned paper gal. Or a sketch gal. Or…well, all I usually do is color. Ha! But my dear friend Kristie is on the design team for Love from Lizi, and asked every so shyly if I’d consider using a Lizi kit sometime. It’s hard to say no to someone as sweet as Kristie!

Lizi sent me the July kit – and if you want to see every item in it in detail (each paper, etc), go watch Kristie’s unboxing video. Mine has a fast overview of the kit, then jumps into my crazy cards!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Copics, Sketches, and Paper Piecing (Love from Lizi kit) - YouTube

As I said I’ve rarely used patterned paper now for years – but in figuring out “how” to use them, I always liked sketches back in the day. Which reminded me that I hadn’t told folks that I moved the OWH sketches over here to my blog when the website went belly up. (I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to keep up the site now that the org is long closed, so figured this would be easier.) So you can see all the sketches in a giant PDF over on this page:

It felt like being back in OWH days to make cards with sketches and paper again like these – kind of a refreshing little crafty vacation!

The images were all colored with the same basic scene – sand at the bottom (E31 and maybe E33 or E35 for darks), water (B45 and B97 with white pen) and sky (B41 to be a duller color to match the papers).

Curly girl…..her bow is pieced from the same paper as I used in the background, and the little “banner” in the bottom right was replaced with a loose collection of epoxy dots. The image panel is larger than was on the sketch, too.

The camera ate my coloring footage – lol – but I stamped her drink FIRST then stamped her, masking out that umbrella with a sticky note. I flipped the angle on the kittywompus panel, and I actually layered the patterned paper AND image with the same color as the card base. The purple strips match her little swimsuit, and are an easy addition since they’re peel off stickers.

I debated whether this gal needed the long tall panel beneath her – but the patterned paper in the mid panel was SO busy I needed to pick something with less contrast between its colors so she’d pop out. Otherwise she got lost in all that little detail in the patterns.

I adhered the patterned papers to the stamped image BEFORE coloring it with the greys – which makes it look like it’s all dimensional. You did know you can color right over patterned paper, right? Whee! The little flower and leaf had white outlines when I had cut them out, but I decided they needed heavy black outlines to coordinate with the strength of contrast in the rest of the card. And that little scalloped border is actually five punched circles of patterned paper!

I did paper piecing on her bow, swimsuit, and surfboard….I added a strip across the middle because I wanted to use the last scrap of pink paper, but since I didn’t have a single long strip, there’s just one part sticking out of the left and one from the right – no one but you knows about my little cheat, so don’t tell anyone!

Last but not least – this one had footage that disappeared entirely. Yeah, gremlins haunted me after returning from my trip! I picked a simpler sketch so I could use this pretty pink cardstock from the kit.

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Sandy Allnock by Sandy Allnock - 2w ago

Happy Independence Day!

I thought with tomorrow being the 4th of July in the United States, a little red white and blue treat is in order.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YT:

Drawing a Copic Ice Cream Sundae - YouTube

And in case you need some stuff…..have fun shopping!

Have a safe celebration!
Sandy

  • Enjoy the coupon code embedded in the video if you’re interested in learning to use Copics to color glass (advanced class) and click HERE to register.
  • If you’re new to my videos and need a color chart for your markers, you may be interested in a Hex Chart.
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I’m so excited Ellen’s now carrying Power Poppy stamps – I love love love realistic flowers! I got out my airbrush – and some watercolor! – for three monochromatic cards….one color plus black and white. I elaborated a little on details I didn’t describe much in the voiceover . . . scroll below to see more info.

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

3 Monochromatic Flower Cards (and a bloghop!) - YouTube

If you’re interested in the basics of Copic Airbrush (what to buy and what it does), see THIS POST.

As seen in the video:

  1. Airbrush (or ink) background and flower and hummingbird. I used the Craft Assistant (the black metal plate – super easy to clean!), and Copic Airbrush Kit, ABS-3
    with BG09.
  2. Use Colorless blender to remove ink from highlight areas.
  3. Stamp and emboss sentiment – use Powder Tool to remove static, then stamp with VersaMark Ink Pad so it’s sticky, then sprinkle Hero Arts Embossing Powder onto it. Shake excess off then heat with Embossing Gun.
  4. Adhere panel to layers as desired, and pop with Foam Tape
  5. Trim flower and bird out, then adhere with more foam tape.

Follow the same procedure as the last card but with addition of a color like a green in some areas.

Watercolor cards with backgrounds like this are so fun – just splooge on Nickel Azo, New Gamboge and Aussie Red Gold with a little Sap Green. When dry darken centers with Neutral Tint. Stamp again and do the same for one flower, that will be trimmed out and popped with dimensional adhesive. For the centers, I added Glossy Accentsand (gasp) Glitter!

World Watercolor Month starts today! And for those who want to learn a little, all the watercolor classes on my teaching site are on sale all month – right HERE! ALSO: $2 of each watercolor class purchase will be donated to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

Bloghop!

We’ve got fun prizes!!! To enter for a chance to win one of two prizes — $25 to the EH shop OR $25 to the Power Poppy shop — make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

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I get asked often if there’s a Bible in which one can color with Copics – and sadly, no, there isn’t. Picture 1500 pages of your Bible printed on Neenah cardstock – you wouldn’t be able to lift it! However – a tip-in page is a way you can use your Copics. And Misti. And stamps. And dies. And, and and….

I used the Bible stamp from Colorado Craft Company and added a bumch of my other supplies to it – lots of fun to just get inky and add a ton of color!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Copic Bible Journaling (and a giveaway) - YouTube

While the page does end up “stiff” in the middle of your Bible, over time it should soften a little bit, though it’ll always want to open up to that page.

Giveaway!

I had bought this Bible stamp before Amy (owner of Colorado Craft Company) sent it to me — she had seen my instagram and figured I’d like it. She was right of course – but now I have two! Leave a comment on this post, and if you just want to comment but do NOT want to win, just say so in the comment, otherwise I’ll assume you’re entering. Good luck!

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This little stamp just LEPT into my cart a few weeks ago. OMG Squeeeee! Look at all those tiny faces!! The challenge comes in figuring out how to put a square of heads onto a card – and I got out a pen to doodle my way to a design!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Whimsical Doodling - Picket Fence, Animals of the Wild - YouTube

A fun and SUPER simple idea for a card like this: send it to someone along with a little pack of colored pencils. Or stamp it on watercolor paper, and pick up a brush and a dot card to send along. You can inspire someone else to color their own card!

While they’re not actually ALL wild animals – there are some puppies – it’s awesome to see them all playing so nicely in the stamp right? It reminds me of the dogs I did a while back – all the pup heads – that turned into the Whimsical Sketching class. If you like this kind of thing, that’s a fun class to get your doodling on!

I chose some warm colors for this card – with a pop of that bright green for the lil froggies.

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Hi everyone! Sorry about yesterday’s video goofup. The video is now properly embedded in the post HERE. Oopsies!

Since I’m popping into your inbox an extra time I thought I’d make it worthwhile with a report from last weekend’s trip to Florida! I call it “the land of muggy air!”

It was a rare travel-and-teach event for me; I long ago gave up that as part of my business model, unfortunately, for many reasons. The MFT ladies are dear friends of mine, and they tag-teamed me in a phone call to talk me into coming out….please don’t expect that one teaching event means I’ll be traveling nationwide again, that’s just not in the cards for me anymore. I may well go back to MFT again sometime though, because…well let’s just say “8 dogs.” (lol)

So…last weekend I taught three intermediate Copic workshops — 108 students over three days. So. Much. FUN! It wasn’t a beginner class, but I did cover a few basics along the way, along with – of course – the hex chart. lol. Surprisingly a few students didn’t know about it yet! I gave away a hand-colored hex chart in a random drawing to each class.

We didn’t make cards – it was a technique class only because I wanted to focus on as many techniques as we could. I scanned in some stamps and created shapes around them so we could make a really beautiful page with techniques they could remember. I also gave away the page I colored during each class in another random drawing.

We had some beginners in a few classes who also ROCKED it–I think even they were proud of their work! (This is not theirs, it was my demo. With crazy yellow and pink hair….)

MFT has an awesome system to broadcast to a tv from an iPad, which I need to explore now that I’m home–it could be a huge help teaching at my church! Aside from me kicking the plug so the ipad ran out of juice one day (oops!) it worked great.

It uses the app Stage and requires that the ipad be joined to a hub kind of thing, the hub has an HDMI that hooks to the tv. I took a photo, but if I figure out what the parts are that are needed, I’ll post about it.

While watching on a tv is a little like watching YouTube, it was easier to be able to teach this way on screen, then walk around and show people “actual” color and help on a more individual level. I used to have to go to every table in a classroom to demo absolutely every table, which has always been super challenging.

While this was a Copic workshop, it became clear even on day 1 that after 6 hours of coloring, minds were on overload….so students had a choice: I’d do Copic demos of stamps they had purchased (coz we all had bags of goodies!) OR a watercolor demo. Which do you think every class chose?

These were from Saturday and Sunday….

There were of course gajllions of selfies – that big MFT sign was a great backdrop for lots. I don’t have many of the pics on my phone but snagged a few from social media. (If you were there and got pics, share ’em!)

One more crazy tidbit…I stayed at the Lakeside Inn in Mt Dora, about 5 miles away. And in Mt Dora, there is a wonderful house (and its giant wall!) painted like Van Gogh’s Starry Night! AMAZING! The family has an autistic son and it was easy for him to tell people where he lived with a house like this. The town had a big fight with them over it, as it’s a huge traffic hazard (you can’t help but want to stop and look!) but the family won. I do hope they find a way to build a pullout or something so people can stop; I did drive around the neighborhood one day just to get a better look. If you ever visit MFT take a drive over to Mt Dora to see it – it’s worth the little side journey!

That’s my little Florida adventure in a nutshell….wheee! Hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to go see yesterday’s video if you missed it. This weekend I have a bonus video coming up – kinda laughing at my whole “plan” to reduce the amount of videos, because with all the guest videos and special request things and bloghops, I’m now running around like a mad person trying to keep up. Ha!

Sandy

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