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My Watercolor Supplies.

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Illustrations, Organization, Process

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This isn’t everything, I obviously forgot my paper!  Probably because the day I sketched this I really did forget my paper (whole pad was in my scanner), but my friend Christie met up with me and spotted me a sheet of soft press.

Here is what I bring everywhere so I can paint on the go….or even just downstairs instead of being stationary at my watercolor desk.  Doesn’t happen that often right now with a 3 year old and a 5 month old.  Need to be mobile!

  1. My pencil pouch – got it from Urban Outfitters years ago.  Holds my pens, mechanical pencils (.03), long click eraser, brush pens, iPad/iPhone stylus, lead refills and cough drops.
  2. Herschel backpack – I. Love. This. Backpack.  It’s so cute and functional.  I almost bought a Kanken one but it has no padding or real structure with my stuff in it.  There is a separate compartment for a laptop but I put my iPad in there, books and sketchpad.
  3. Assorted brushes – I love DaVinci and Sceptre Gold.  Prefer natural hair vs. synthetic.  My brushes range from 00 (super tiny) to 8.  I work teeny tiny so small brushes are my jam.
  4. I have a travel watercolor paint case with a mix of tube paints inside.  I love Winsor Newton professional, Holbein and when I run out of these I think I will try to get my hands on Schminke.  Can’t justify buying a set right now…but it is very tempting.  Next month is my birthday month after all.  I am hopeless.
  5. A rubber portable cup for my water  – It folds up and it’s amazing
  6. Paper towels – I don’t take the whole roll, just about 5 or so sheets.  They are a life saver for mopping up mistakes, drying my brush and adding effects.
  7. Paper (not pictured) – I love pads and cold press (some texture) is what I use, soft press (light texture) and hot press (no texture) are turning into my favorites though.  Fabriano is my number 1 choice.

Seeing the supplies of others is a guilty pleasure of mine so I thought I would share some of mine.

Have a great weekend!

Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad Video.

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Illustrations, Recipes, Video

Meal preppin’ is working out smashingly!  This week we have had home-cooking every day and for two of these days Raul and I ate mason jar salads for lunch.  This time the salads consisted of Italian dressing, shredded carrots, thinly sliced and chopped cucumbers, sunflower seeds and spinach.  Good.  Stuff.  So of course I had to paint another jar salad painting.  This one is very yummy with strawberry, dried cranberries, poppy seed salad dressing, romaine and spinach.

Delish, let’s see how long we can keep this going.

Let me know if you try any of these “recipes”, would love that.

Konmari.

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Illustrations, Organization

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I am obsessed with the Konmari method and I’ve seen great results so far by following the book. One thing I’ve been working on within myself for awhile now is organization. Being a tidy person has always been a struggle for me. I think it was more rebellion when I was growing up and living at home. The rest of the house was put away but when it came to my room, that was my identity, my own little world that I could leave how I wanted so I usually opted for untidy. When I moved out this continued and I was too busy being my twenty-something self going to school full-time and work full-time so my car and home were filled with papers, water bottles, etc. When I had free time I was out partying, not tidying up my spot, no way!

Raul and I started dating and then that trumped everything as well, I am a clean person, don’t get me wrong. The clutter piles would just always come back because I didn’t want to make the decisions and actually deal with the item. I either left it for later or kept it stored for whatever reason. Now fast forward to two kids later and wanting to time manage, I don’t want to spend my time reconciling piles of any kind. The worst thing ever is to have the weekend arrive and we are spending the whole weekend cleaning up the house from top to bottom. No thanks.

I highly recommend getting the Konmari book and following the steps if you have come to a point where you just have too much stuff and you need to know how to pare it down. It’s a journey but you see quick results. Marie Kondo sets the expectation of 6 months but it doesn’t take long at all to feel a difference.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have the same struggles too.

Flower Girl Watercolor Video

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Illustrations, Process, Video

I had some technical difficulties with getting this up but better late than never right?  It’s a little quieter than usual video but I hope you hang in there.  The raw footage has Zoe crying and Addison talking but it is all muted by movie magic.  You will see Addy’s hand pop in for a few seconds.  She was pointing to all the colors saying, “are you going to use this one? this one? this one?”  My cuties, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Flower Girl is now in my shop.

May MATS Bootcamp – Marine Mashup

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Illustrations, Process

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The MATS (Make Art That Sells) assignment for this month was a marine mashup of marine life and pattern for a plate design. I focused on the following crustaceans: shrimp, crab and lobster. I researched online, looked in my marine life book, doodled and sketched them first. Part of the instructions in the mini was to illustrate the crustaceans in a dark color and then work on vibrant patterns as well. Even though it is the biggest sin ever to use black watercolor (ivory), I used it for this because I was using it by itself and not mixing with other colors to get a dark shade. I discovered I love working with it and it was fun to work with pure values, black and white.

So once I got that done I worked on my patterns. I used my compass to draw circles and then I painted the backgrounds using cool toned sea-glass colors. Lastly I painted the hand lettering as well. I scanned in all of my elements at 600 dpi and once I got the compositions the way I wanted them, I merged them together in Photoshop. I completed the finishing touches as a mock-up design using this tutorial. I love my final result and if any of my favorite stores like Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel are interested, it would be a dream come true to stock these in your shops. Just sayin’.

Hope you’re having a great day!