I have always painted in one way or another. Years ago I took a class on Decorative Tole Painting. It was acrylics and it was fun painting on wood cutout shapes but it seemed to be a fad and the market in my area faded away as well as the classes and the storage space for all the wood! I eventually gave all of my stuff away after getting busy working and raising kids. We also had a small business to run so personal time was a luxury I didn’t have at that time in my life. We raised our kids when we were young so I am still enjoying myself now that we are empty nesters. When that happened about 10 years ago, I took back my time and my passions in life! I wanted to PAINT AGAIN! I went to the local Blick Art Supply and looked around for hours! It is like a candy store! I took the advice of one of the sales people (also artists) and picked up this student grade Pelikan Watercolor Set. I have had so much fun learning techniques and exploring color that I just wanted more! I have upgraded as time has went on to many different kinds of paint, both student grade, craft and professional paints. I just LOVE going into a Blick Art Supply Store!
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Hello Friends! I was having a terrible clutter problem on my desk with my watercolor brushes, pencils and gel pens until I decided to finally utilize this “Stay at Home” time and get out this lazy susan art/craft tool organizer! Why did I wait so long! I have had it for a while! It organizes everything I need in a contained area and I can access my art tools so easily! It frees up so much space on my desk and makes everything look cleaner! I love that I can put little labels above the drawers. I could put what is in the drawers but I chose to put inspirational words on pink cardstock. I just love it! I can’t wait to put some of the other organization ideas I have to work in my studio! Check out the video and I will put some helpful affiliate links for you to find a similar setup! Just click here! Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for artwork and everyday happenings!
Hey Everyone! I know I have birthday’s and other celebrations coming up in the future so staying at home can be productive! I decided to make all of my cards from home this year during the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine. It does the mind good to keep all things positive and control our thought life! So get out all of the supplies you have and make something beautiful to mail or even to keep for yourself! This particular card is for my Dad. I took Strathmore Watercolor cards (affiliate links included) and Prima watercolors Tropical set, sketched a drawing and painted away! I did this painting in layers making sure each layer dried before adding the next so the paint wouldn’t bleed into the area I just painted. I personally like to outline my paintings in an illustrative style but you can do what you would like. I also highlighted with a little white gel pen. The links to the items I used are included in this text. Just click on the supply and it will take you right to Amazon. It helps my channel but doesn’t cost you any extra to buy! Let me know if any of these links are broken and I will email you a new link 😉 Be sure and note the download above for the traceable for this project!
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How easy can you get? Drop in a couple of background colors and drop in some watercolors.. Literally! Magic can happen no matter how long you have been painting! This is so easy! Let yourself go or let your child watch and take off with it! It seems the younger they are the more free they are with the paintbrush and the more expressive the picture! This picture was done with Canson Watercolor paper and Arteza watercolor paints. I will link below my affiliate link to make it easy for you to find the materials. Watch my YouTube video for easy to follow tutorial. I am having a blast during my quarantine. I am just as worried as everyone about the uncertain times but the creative juices are really flowing. I am wondering if it is because a lot of things have been forced off of my plate and my mind is freed up to bring in ideas! I am feeling more bold to put my art out there and see what happens. Take a chance!
I owned 4 different sets of kids watercolor sets. I decided to compare them after doing a post on the cheapest of them all…Crayola. I found out that Crayola was really the best! Join me on my YouTube channel to see this video comparison in action. I know that everyone may already have watercolor sets at home for their children but during this time of quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may need to use what you have and that is perfectly ok! Kids just want to have fun and they can learn the basic principles of watercolor with any set! Use this time to get supplies together and give kids the tools to create pics of their family, house, yard or cards to send to friends and family! I would love to see some of their creations and yours! Paint your meaning of Life and post on my instagram or facebook account. I will link them both below. Also, follow me on Twitter and YouTube!
This is an easy and cheap project with Crayola Watercolor set from Walmart, Target or any drugstore! Just add water and go for it! They are non-toxic and wash right up with water! I made a YouTube video on how to do it and I will link it below. I have made this simple and fun and you can use any supplies that you may have on hand as well. I will also link the supplies I used if you want to get them from Amazon. This is a simple project for kids to do while home from school during the COVID-19 Outbreak and quarantine. We need a little cheer and fun during this time! Stay safe and have fun! Spring is here!
I made this painting with Canson Watercolor paper and used Windsor and Newton Paint from Jackson’s Art online! They are located overseas and I thought they would take forever in delivery, however the paint was here in 2 days! That’s right…2 days! They have a US site that you can order off of and the price was right on their website! I was amazed! I ordered more things that I will be sharing in future posts! I have this posted on instagram where I have most of my work and Pinterest. I will be doing a Youtube video soon on this technique using Crayola watercolors for children. Such fun things can happen during this stressful time in our country so let’s make the most out of our quarantine during the Covid-19 outbreak and enjoy the downtime! Stay safe and well! xoxo denise
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I love most watercolor sets but I will choose the set that fits my needs according to what I am painting and why I am painting it. If I am practicing or developing an idea then I will start with a less expensive but good watercolor set. I do enjoy the Prima sets! They come in a variety of color combos and mix well and go down on the paper quite nicely! I will start an idea on inexpensive paper as well. I like to use Canson XL watercolor paper. The brushes I enjoy using are inexpensive but subjective to each person. It is such a relaxing process just to be able to play and experiment and reach that zen place and not worry about wasting a lot of money during the learning process. As an older woman nearing retirement age, I am seeking enrichment through arts and crafts and as I learn and develop, I don’t want to break the bank! There is so much to explore!