Monday, July 31, 2017

Your Dreams Become your Journey

Your dreams become your journey. I believe that speaking your dreams out loud, or better yet painting them, you bring them to life! I used this month's Make it Prima inspiration as a watercolor vision board of sorts....adding florals, geometrics, and a sweet fawn using the Pastel Dreams and Decadent Pie watercolor palettes. I then used the Watercolor pencils to add text. I added a touch of water to activate them and bring forth their rich color. Here's to painting your Dreams!

Watercolor Pad 8.5x11 - 847746
Decadent Pies - 584276 
Pastel Dreams - 590253
Watercolor pencils Vintage Love - 584672

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Magical Fairytale Land

This class contains over 40 minutes of real time creating. I'll show you how to make your Watercolor dream vision board of sorts as we paint our dreams into reality. I think the power of speaking things over our lives (and better yet painting them!) we can make dreams REAL!
class details:
  • $20
  • Project posts August 4th
  • lifetime access
  • watercolor instruction
  • supply video talk
  • florals, hills, castle, girl, dreams!!

Magical Fairytale Land is an ala carte project from my Watercolor Play and Discover. (please do NOT sign up if you are in that class)


Strathmore ready cut hot press watercolor paper: 8x10
pastel dreamsdecadent pies, and the basic set (basic set is optional and a great base starter set)
isabey travel brush (any small brush will be fine) You'll see me use this so I have a feeling you'll want to know what it is. #4 --> I got this brush to travel with.

Da vinci brush  i use this da vinci brush   --->> quill size 1 and 2   (yikes, I realized it is SO expensive so try using what you have) ---->> the bamboo brushes can be an alternate

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dreams Become Real!

While we are waiting to sell our house....I decided to paint my dreams of living in Florida. I am waiting on divine timing but if I'm honest, my patience is short. Not a great characteristic but maybe I'll do a better job in trusting God's plan for us. I do think visualizing your dreams and speaking them (or heck why not paint them) can help them come to pass.....
I thought I'd give it a try....

ps. a little more back story on the house. We thought we had it sold. Two families were super interested asking detailed questions and coming to see the house twice. They wanted to look under the house and the their realtor said they were ready to make the offer. We were super hyped....(well I was. Tim is super even-keeled and patient and doesn't get the least bit excited until the dotted line is signed) Well several days went by and So I texted my agent and asked. She said that they were hesitant and were still thinking. This has been over a week ago. So my thought is, they would have made the offer already if they wanted the house. Back to square one as they say.
But after all my excitement and thrill about the possibility of moving to Floria, I just want to stay THANKFUL for everything. For the waiting. For every detail. For where we are now. And I'm happy. I'm grateful for so many things. So for now I will paint my grateful self on a rainbow heading to her castle. Because that is how I feel. Already. Florida won't bring that. It's already my reality.....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Colors of the Wind

One of my favorite disney princesses is Pocahontas! This piece took many adjustments and I just enjoyed the slow process of her taking shape. I am finding that using Gouache for the tiny details like the leaves and the facial features is a bit easier than using acrylic. there is something very plastic about acrylic and the details can get lost in the brush stroke if you aren't super careful. Gouache lays flat is has a nice matte finish. It is also very opaque - working perfectly for adding details.

The original has already sold, but I do have prints now available in the shop!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Watercolor play and Discover - bonus lesson!

Coming soon to my ongoing Watercolor class this year.....a new bonus lesson on big eyes and luscious lashes....

you can sign up anytime!

Project will be live July 28th.

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Original work

I have some new original work available in my shop!!

Betina -acrylic/mixed media

Miss Rosette - water mixable oils

Cotton Candy Princess - watercolor

Lovely Violet - watercolor

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Water Mixable oils class GIVEAWAY Winners!!!

Congrats to Teri B. and Paige!! You are winners of my giveaway for the Water Mixable oils class. I hope you enjoy and thanks to everyone who helped spread the word!!

click on picture above to learn more and register
class begins August 7, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Water Mixable Oil Basics - online class

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Oil painting but didn't know where to begin. I think if you are a watercolorist, mixed media, or acrylic painter then water-mixable oils is the perfect way to try your hand at oil painting. I love that it cleans up nicely with water. This is definitely a way for you to experiment with oil paint without breaking the bank. Guys, this oil paint is super inexpensive and we'll only be using 5 colors. I'll show you how to mix color and thin it out so it brushes on and moves over your substrate.
The things I love about water mixable oils:
  1. the Weber brand I use is nice and rich and thick.... AND it's inexpensive
  2. it mixes with water, so no messy solvents and fumes!
  3. it pairs nicely with acrylic mediums
  4. it dries WAY faster!
  5. it acts just like regular oil paint as far as consistency goes

Class begins August 7th, 2017
Early bird registration through July 23rd - $40
Regular registration begins July 24 - $55

Class content details:
  • 2 videos about mixing color
  • create a large bouquet with palette knife and brushes
  • create oil sketch thumbnail practice sketches of little faces
  • paint a coffee mug still life with thick paint application
  • paint a small portrait on wood
  • an hour and a half worth of real time video content
  • 6 total videos
  • we will be working with only 5 colors

  • Weber oil colors - Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow medium hue, Cadmium Red Medidum hue, Van dyke brown , permanent white
  • palette knife - any will work. I just use a cheapie plastic one
  • Dina Wakley - small round
  • princeton brushes - angle 1/4"fluffy mop 1/4"
  • tiny brush - any 000 should do - here is one but I suggest going to the craft or art store to pick out
  • brush cleaner - it's a good idea to get this brush cleaner. You can use this with any paint but it is needed for these water-mixable oils.
  • journal with thick paper (could be mixed media or watercolor paper). we will be doing our thumbnail oil sketches on this.
  • acrylic pad or any other wood surface for creating a large bouquet of flowers. 10x10" or larger
  • a couple small wood boards for a small portrait and still life- 4x4 or 6x6
  • a jar of water. (this paint mixes and thins beautifully with water)
  • ***optional ** - GAC100 acrylic polymer (this paint also blends with other acrylic mediums so we will use this to help the oil paint move)
  • white gesso

Other items
I need your help spreading the news about this class -  update: winners announced!!
  • I'm going to give away 2 spots. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
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  • drawing will be done on July 9th July 8, 2017