Friday, March 27, 2020

Background + Foreground in one Pulled Print

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Oh my goodness, y'all.

Just trying to survive this. I hope you are all ok!

I'm doing live videos every day in my class group to try to help us all be together outside of social distancing! If you want to join in on the weekday sessions, please put in a join request here.

Thanks to the people on my class group I found a fun technique this week! So I turned that into a tutorial for you! My class group picked how I should finish the card, so I took their advice. Supplies below.


Here's the video:



Here are the supplies






Pretty Poppy
[ C&9 ]
Hello and Hugs Stamp & Die Bundle —...
[ ALTN ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink PEACH BELLINI...
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls KIT 2 Ranger...
[ SSS ]
SA119 Ornate Floral Stencil - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
Amazon.com : Hammermill 102467 Copy...
[ AMZUS ]
Gel Press 5 x 7 REUSABLE GEL PRINTING...
[ SSS | BLIC ]
Inovart Pro-Roller Brayer
[ BLIC | BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | SSS | ELH | MFT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer...
[ AMZUS ]
Hammermill Paper, Color Copy Digital,...
[ AMZUS ]


Loveyameanitbye.


CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off the Art Toolkit at Expeditionary Art through March 31 - WCSPLIT.
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
 Arkon stand link below!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Marker Sale - and they ARE SHIPPING

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Hey guys - just wanted to let you know that there's an AWESOME sale happening HERE and they ARE shipping for now! 25% off any of the markers they sell. My recommendation is these but they have lots of lines:


God knows I can use some retail therapy!

Hope you are well.

Loveyameanitbye.

CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off the Art Toolkit at Expeditionary Art through March 31 - WCSPLIT.
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
 Arkon stand link below!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Pandemic Edition

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Do you miss simple joys?

Me too.

One of the things that is so different is that mail is sort of threatening. We let our packages sit a bit, wipe them down, let them sit in the garage for a few days. It's weird.

It's also weird not to be able to get groceries.

I'm a whole foods person (I mean I eat whole foods, not processed foods) and those are very hard to get. No fresh veggies, etc.

Luckily I always have lots of beans, rice, etc., but it's still alarming not to be able to get basic things.

I miss just normal things, like going to get a coffee, and opening a big pile of mail without treating it like nuclear waste.

But I feel very blessed that I have a million all-consuming passions.

My sister and I have always agreed that we will never live long enough to do all the things we want to do.

I feel worried for people who have woken up to this oddness without a hobby that consumes them!

I hope you are finding something that you never had time to do before that you can focus on. I have waived all the fees for my classes and moved them online. If you have a Facebook account, you can attend those live classes here. If you are hearing impaired, I'm working on getting a transcriber.

I made an AWESOME soup today, which you can find here. It took me nearly ten days to find a sweet potato  - I had probably 20 cancelled orders before someone could find one so I think I loved it even more because of that.

So I thought today's image was especially appropriate for our current situation. It's an adorable stamp set, which can be used for Christmas or all year, and it has such a sweet illustration style. I have a discount coupon code for them too below if you want to stimulate the economy.

I tried to recreate Splotchy with a few Copic markers, and Gina K's Key Lime envelopes, which are my favorites.

Crafty Friends is not about the latest, greatest, newest stamps, so this stamp is actually retired, but I'll never let it go. But you can still enjoy a discount on anything they sell here.


Cute right? Click this banner and use the coupon code to get a discount!

Pinkfresh Studio
[ PNK ]
Envelopes 10 pack- Key Lime - Gina K...
[ GNK ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]


Want to see more inspiration? 

See my other crafty friends below! 

And most of all, stay safe, healthy and sane. 

Loveyameanitbye.




CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off the Art Toolkit at Expeditionary Art through March 31 - WCSPLIT.
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
 Arkon stand link below!

Monday, March 16, 2020

You Were Assigned This Mountain

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Howdy friends! I'm back with a simple, sentiment-based card today and a few thoughts on the corona virus, based on what I've seen online.

People are anxious, understandably. This makes people cranky. Alternatively, crankiness could be a symptom of the corona virus - it's too early to tell. I'm sure the CDC will let us know.

But as usual, it's the American way to line up on one side or another of any big topic like star-bellied Sneetches against Sneetches with no stars.

I would caution you that that's a terrible idea in a time of crisis. I would also caution you that it's a terrible idea when there's not a crisis. It's a bad habit, and one we should break for the sake of our culture.

Let's be neighborly. And let's remember - as someone said on Twitter - our grandparents were asked to go to war. We are being asked to sit on our sofas for a bit. We can do this, and desperately need to do this for the sake of vulnerable people everywhere.

AND, there's always an opportunity when you are suddenly forced to endure something terrible, that you can help other people later in your life with the knowledge and experience you gain while you're in the throes of it. Ask me how I know.

So this beautiful sentiment set spoke to me this week. It's just perfect.

I took the new, dreamy Daniel Smith blue - and I'll show you below how I got the color differences - this is all one pigment - and started at the top with the lightest mountain (I painted it all the way to the bottom) and then added the next one, etc., until I got to a shade that was the darkest without interfering with the readability of the sentiment. The reason I went all the way down with each mountain is that because this is a transparent color, I was afraid I'd see the line where I stopped under each successive layer. I stamped the sentiment in Nocturne a few times in the MISTI since the watercolor paper is cold press.

(And to the "unknown" commenter who asked about the Daniel Smith Split group, the link is here. Put in a join request - and most importantly, answer all three questions so you can be approved - on a mobile device, it can make it look like there's only one question.)


Isn't that a lovely perspective? Hard to feel that way when you're squashed under the mountain, but you'll get there.

To achieve the gradation in the color - and by the way, this was the hardest art concept for me to learn - that foregrounds are darker than backgrounds in nature to the human eye - you just need a fairly big mixing surface. I was using this gorgeous leaf palette from Etsy - photo from shop listing. I love this woman's work.


You want a big space because you'll be adding a LOT of water to each iteration of the paint. I put a dot of the pure paint at one end. Then I moved to the other end and created a HUGE puddle of water plus the tiniest bit of paint and mixed it all up for the first mountain. Using the same puddle for the second one, I added water and just a bit more paint, and so on until I was done.

All the supplies I used are listed below. Loveyameanitstayhealthybye.

Gina K Designs HAVE FAITH Clear...
[ SSS ]
Ceramic Palette for Painting Palm...
[ ETS ]
Phthalo Blue Turquoise Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Zots™ Singles • Medium | Therm O Web...
[ THR ]
The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World...
[ BLR ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | MFT ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]




CURRENT COUPON CODE
S 15% off the Art Toolkit at Expeditionary Art through March 31 - WCSPLIT.
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
 Arkon stand link below!
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