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Limes – Watercolor Doodles or Stamps

Hello there everyone! I'm here today with a video to share of some fun options for a watercolor card. Why a card? Cards are awesome ways to practice nearly every art, or craft, technique. They are small, so they are quick and use less resources. Cards are meant to be shared, share with someone when you're done. What's better than making something, than to share it with someone else? You could also take these little paintings and frame them for a sweet gift. Leave out the Nuvo Drops, if putting under glass, or keep them for some fun dimension if your frame allots for it. I'm a firm believer in creating at whatever skill level you are at. I thoroughly enjoy using stamps.  With the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamping Platform it is totally doable for a stamp newbie like me. You absolutely don't have to own stamping tools and equipment though. In this video I show both a stamp set from Concord & 9th, and my own doodled limes in a similar style to the stamps. They are looser, and less perfect, but equally adorable. Making a watercolor card with stamps requires a waterproof ink, link Hero Arts Intense Black, or Versafine. Dry ink thoroughly before painting. The same goes for painting your doodles. Use waterproof pens to ink when using watercolor.

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.

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.

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.

5 Quick and Easy Watercolor Backgrounds

In this stage of the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor we will be going over some basic techniques by making easy watercolor backgrounds useful for card making, lettering, and more.

Whether you are a watercolor beginner or an old pro, these backgrounds are a great way to practice technique.  These backgrounds utilize several basic watercolor techniques.

So gather your supplies and let’s get painting! If you have questions on basic supplies and setting up, check out the first four parts of the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor series on on supplies.

Digitizing Artwork – Photoshop

There is no substitute for the feel of creating analog art; that is, art with traditional materials by hand. What do you do in a digital world? How do you get reproductions without turning yourself into a machine painting daisies forever? How do you get that perfect Etsy listing image? I will answer all these questions and more with this digitizing artwork series.

Why Photoshop?

Today we are going to talk about using Photoshop to digitize our analog artwork.  There are other options out there, but Photoshop has long since been the industry standard for image manipulation. Adobe Creative Cloud offers Photoshop as part of a subscription service.  There are some pluses and minuses to the subscription model. With a single purchase you had to drop a huge chunk of change to get the software, but you owned it forever. Upgrading to get new, and innovative, features was also costly.  With the subscription model you pay a lower up front cost, and can always have the newest features. You certainly can do all of the steps included in this guide with an older version of Photoshop. As long as you have layer masks and adjustment layers, you are all set.

Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor – Part 4 Tools and Setup

You finally made it to the end of the supplies and setup! This is the final installment discussing all the tools you need to get started with watercolor. This segment will talk about the extra items you need and some you may want, but aren't required.

Water

You will need a receptacle to hold water to wet your brushes and your paint. I like to use one jar for clean water, and one jar for dirty water. There are many methods out there. None are wrong, so try things out and see what works for you.  Some use just one container. Some use two, but differentiate them as warm and cool colors.  I sometimes pull a third jar out when I'm working with ink and watercolor. Inky water can get very dirty and murky really fast.

Digitizing Artwork – Pixelmator

There is no substitute for the feel of creating analog art; that is, art with traditional materials by hand. What do you do in a digital world? How do you get reproductions without turning yourself into a machine painting daisies forever? How do you get that perfect Etsy listing image? I will answer all these questions and more with this digitizing artwork series.

Why Pixelmator

Today we are going to talk about Pixelmator. I saw one of my #instafriends needing help with digitizing her artwork. (Craftysuelau wave!) She is an amazing artist! She does these beautiful loose watercolor florals that I aspire to one day. Check our her instagram @craftysuelau. I couldn't accept a world where she couldn't share that art in the way she wanted. With my background in graphic design, I felt I could give back to her for all the wonderful tips and tutorials she has shared with everyone.

Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor – Part 3 The Paper

Installment 3 in the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor is all about paper. This is a brief guide today.

If you missed a part, or want to review something else, here is the article list.

Technical notes about paper: Some technical terms about paper such as weight, sizing, and grammage will be used in this post. If you want to know more technical details about paper please check out this interesting post by JetPens.com. I am working on a detailed explanation of all the paper terms for those of us who love the nerd factor of art.

Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor – Part 2 The Brushes

Installment 2 of the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor series is all about brushes. Today we are talking about the good, the bad, and the super ugly!

If you missed a part, or want to review something else, here is the article list.

Straight away I will tell you what I consider to be a "good" brush.
  1. It must not shed. I do not want to be picking stray hairs out of my paint. I already have to battle the cat and dog hair at home.
  2. It must not have paint on the handle flaking off onto my hands and onto my painting. Again, gross.
  3. It must do what it was designed to do! If it's a mop brush, it should hold lots of paint and water and let go of that paint and water when applied to the paper.
  4. Round brushes must have a nice point and hold that shape. This is going to be personal as to how firm you like your brushes to be, and how much "snap back," or elasticity you like.
  5. The ferrule can't be coming off the handle.
  6. I prefer it to be labeled for size.  This just helps me when I'm painting so I know what one I want to reach for again to get the same stroke. Sizes vary between brands, but knowing which size and brand you used helps to recreate the strokes you want.

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