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The rainbow party.

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Rainbow birthday party

 

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

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Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

Rainbow birthday party

It was a success!  So many rainbows and so little time.  For Addison’s third birthday the theme was a rainbow party so I went a little wild.  I painted the invitations with a rainbow in two jars and sent those out.  She had a My Little Ponies Rainbow Dash balloon.  The funfetti cupcakes (my favorite, must have cream cheese frosting on top too) had rainbow cups.  My mom made her traditional peach punch which everyone loves.  She’s a mama so no real measuring, but here are the ingredients: ginger ale, peaches (cut with the skin on), ice and CountryTime lemonade mix.

Pinterest came in handy with some DIY projects.  I made a rainbow balloon arch that turned out great and still looks good after almost a week.  For treat bags, I got rainbow twizzlers, made them into arches and put Rolo candies on the bottom too.  I hope Addy continues to let me do theme parties for awhile longer.  I was worn out but Addy was happy with her party so it was all good!

Also, on my latest YouTube (fluximagery) video I had a secret giveaway if you read the description box.  It was even international!  It’s closed now and the winner is…….Vicki S!  I’ll reach out to you on Instagram to find out what 5×7 print you’d like.

Have a great weekend and hopefully a long one if you are in the states, it’s Memorial Day on Monday here.

Red Pigtails Girl Watercolor Video

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How has your week been? Mine has been challenging to say the least. My oldest’s birthday party is Saturday so I’ve been working on all of the rainbow themed goodness. So many balloons! I love parties and getting to spend time with our friends. Three years flew by, Addy is quickly turning into a big girl.

I’ve had time to sketch but not paint, hoping this will change next week. For now, here’s a real time watercolor painting video. Don’t forget to give it a thumb’s up and subscribe. :)

Have a great weekend!

Green Puff Pigtails Girl Watercolor Video

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It’s safe to say I am in love with YouTube. I am addicted to beauty, haul, vlogs, etc. I did it and managed to film, edit and post a real time video of me painting. I kept it real time because I personally don’t get a lot out of sped up painting videos but let me know your thoughts. Don’t forget to Like and Subscribe!

This beautiful girl is now in my shop.

Purple Afro Girl Watercolor Print

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I think I secretly want an afro…not so secret anymore. I call my little girl’s hair her “Fro Fro” and she calls everyone’s hair that now. “Let me do your fro fro, I am going to make you Elsa!”. Mission accomplished.

Purple Afro Girl is now in my shop!

The Global Art Gathering.

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We had the month of March off for Make Art That Sells (MATS), so I was able to focus more on watercolor. Now that April is here, our assignment was to start off with hand lettering. Pretty new to me but I used my new Skillshare class skills from Mary Kate McDevitt’s Lettering II class and Jon Contino’s Layouts for Lettering class as well. The “mini” assignment was to letter the words “Global Art Gathering”.

So I worked on that for the first week, then we learned that our real assignment was a real live poster event brief! The Global Art Gathering is an event in Brighton, UK in June and the members of Bootcamp have a chance to have their poster chosen as the poster for the event. My inspiration was the famous vibrant beach houses and the calm that can take over when you go to the beach. The poster size is 20″x30″ so I first sketched out some thumbnails. When I tried to complete a tighter sketch at 8″x10″ that was a disaster. I’m comfortable drawing small so I broke down the size to get down to a proportionally correct sketch at 5″x7.25″.

I brought the sketch into Illustrator and used the pen tool for the shapes and lettering. I worked in black and white so I could focus on the bones of the design. Then I enlarged the document to 20″x30″. Once I had all the elements down, I used the color palette provided in the brief and added color. I added textures in Photoshop using smart objects. Here is the gallery for April with all of our Bootcamp posters! The other entries were amazing, can’t wait to see whose poster is chosen. Learning tons from this class and it just feels good to see a project from start to finish.