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Month: June 2017

Letters

Brea Reese Watercolor Inks – Water Brush Review

Brea Reese mixed media line is new and making a big splash on the scene. Their line includes:
  • pure pigment acrylic paints
  • paint writer pens
  • water brushes
  • watercolor inks
  • glitter inks
  • texture mediums
  • alcohol markers
  • mixed media tools
  • fineliner pens
  • metallic pens
  • dual tip water-based markers
That's a pretty big variety of art supplies! Today, I am going to be focusing on the watercolor inks, and water brushes. As far as retailers go, you can purchase Brea Reese products from Hobby Lobby, and Amazon.com.
Do it Yourself

Watercolor Swatch Ring DIY for Quick Reference

Over on Instagram, it is just full of collaboration and ideas. If you aren't following me yet, hop over and click that follow button! I post daily and share lots of tips, tutorials, and favorite accounts.  One such idea spawned from the creation of Amy Natsumi Roberts of @see_amy_draw.  She posted on her stories little tags with watercolor swatches on them. I loved this idea! I adore color swatches. Typically, I have swatched all colors in a sketchbook, but this was too fun not to try.  So I'm going to show you how to make your own watercolor swatch ring.
Handmade Watercolors

Testing Characteristics of Watercolor Paint

I just launched my own watercolor paints that I mull from pure pigments by hand. They are a labor of love, and oh how I love them. I put together this video to show you how to test different characteristics of watercolor paint. As I state in the video, none of these characteristics discussed are necessarily bad, or good, or undesirable. They are simply the traits that paints have, or do not have. When you know how each of your paints work, and what to expect, it enables you to be better prepared when creating your art. Your paints are tools of your trade, knowing which tool to use is an important part of the process.

DIY

Improve your Instagram Photos in 5 Minutes

Who else is frustrated when they take photos for Instagram, your website, your shop, or other social media, and your images look dark and shadowy? If you are like me you may not have the luxury of natural light most of the time. As I create in the evenings, there is rarely the opportunity to seek out beautiful light outside. In addition, I live in an older home that is deeply guarded by lurking pine trees blocking all but the smallest amount of light. It's great in the summer, as it keeps our home cool, but terrible when you want to take a quick post. Not a single area inside is suitable. When weather permits, and I have projects completed, I go out to my patio. We can't always wait for the ideal situation. We have to make do with what we have. Today I am going to share with you a quick method to improve your photos. The best part is, it will take you less than 5 minutes to put together!