Inktober Fail? Not quite.

Have you ever had grand plans and they didn't go as planned?  I did with Inktober and I didn't last past one week.  However, I see it as a lesson learned and it just solidified my passion for watercolor and watercolorish mediums.  I talk about this more in this video.

I just got these water-soluble pastels and I will be working with them this week, can't wait to share how that goes.  Have you used them before?  So excited!  I have all of the tools I use linked up on my Resources page too.

Inktober 2017 - Inking with Watercolor

It's that time again, Inktober is coming up!  This will be the third year that I'm taking part in this inking challenge and I'm excited.  I don't want to put too much pressure on myself so I may stock up images or post daily, mix it up. 

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, watch this video where I talk about all of the inking supplies I'm planning on using in October.  Finding inks that work with watercolors is important to me so most of the inks (india inks) mentioned check that box.

My top 3 must haves are the following but watch the whole video to see everything:

Dr. Ph Martin's Black Star Matte India Ink 

Zig Cartoonist Pen Holder 

Brause Pen Nib 

Are you participating?  Let me know!  

Fluximagery Q&A Session with ZEM Brush

Hey guys!  This is me working in my beautiful studio/office/creative and happy space.  So grateful for the light and to have a space to call my own, it's great.

I have another article over at ZEM Brush but this one is a Q&A style.  I'm talking about how I got started in watercolor, how I manage to squeeze in time to be creative with two young kids and what brushes I love in my kit.  

Also, I have new prints up in my site shop, a little mermaid with blue pigtails and a trio of super cute bunnies with bow ties.

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How to Use 3 Washes in One Illustration

The way you paint with different watercolor washes in your work is how you get your signature style.  My top washes are wet into wet, gradient and flat washes.  I talk about them in greater detail over at ZEM Brush.  Go check it out, it is my third article over there and I'm loving explaining my behind the scenes as well as showing how I paint.

Don't forget that you get 10% off with the code ERIKA10.

If you have any other questions, let me know!

Why I Love the Underrated Cat's Tongue Brush

If you are not using a Cat's Tongue brush, you definitely should.  It is like the Swiss army knife of watercolor brushes!  I absolutely love this style of brush and I talk about it in detail over at www.zembrush.com.  

I painted this entire mermaid painting with just a Cat's Tongue brush, the no. 4 2400 Golden Taklon Cat's Tongue Brush is my current love.  That triangular shape is everything!  Click here to read my article over at ZEM Brush.

I list all of my favorites over here, as well as what is in my watercolor kit.

Also, don't forget to use code ERIKA10 to get 10% off your purchase at ZEM Brush!

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Behind the Scenes - Brave Boho Bird

I recently painted this beautiful boho bird with my new Cat's Tongue brush by ZEM Brush.  If you want to see how I painted it, step by step, I am sharing my process over at www.zembrush.com.  I highly recommend their brushes, especially these:  

Use code ERIKA10 to get 10% your order!  This Brave Boho Bird is also available in my shop.

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Giveaway with Megan from Megan's Mark!

It's GIVEAWAY time guys! I'm so excited to announce I am partnering up with my super talented friend Megan from Megan's Mark leather goods for a giveaway!  

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The winner will score this beautiful refillable leather trifold art book. It has plenty of compartments to hold your favorite art supplies and includes one mixed media journal suitable for watercolor. But that’s not all! The winner will also receive a 90 minute online/virtual watercolor session with me. Whether you’re familiar with watercolor or a complete newbie, I will meet you where you’re at. I can't wait!

The value of these goodies is over $300 and they could be yours! 

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Enter to win by (1) following both @fluximagery and @megansmark on Instagram (2) Tagging a friend (or two!) who loves to create (3) Telling us at least one thing that inspires you.

The entry period ends Thursday, July 13 at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be announced on Instagram Friday, July 14. 

Paintbrushes not included. The watercolor class must be scheduled by Friday, July 21 and redeemed by August 31, 2017 or that portion of the prize will be forfeited. Good luck, friends!!

This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. By entering, you confirm that you’re at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of any liability and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

This giveaway is international as well!  Just keep in mind that if the winner is outside of the US, the class dates/times still apply and if the art book takes a long time to arrive, the winner is responsible for getting watercolor paper for the session in the meantime.

Strawberry fabric Pattern - Behind the Scenes and reveal

A new fabric pattern is born!  Here is a behind the scenes of turning the watercolor into a digital file and the second video is the big reveal.  Right now you can get this as a phone wallpaper, see the link up above!  I have more patterns over at Spoonflower.  Love them.

What do you think? Do you like the scale of the design?  Don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you never miss a thing!

Watercolor 101: Virtual Summer Camp 2017

You guys, you guys, you guys! I am so excited to tell you that I am offering an online class this summer.  This class is for your little ones, five years old and up. I am going to be painting with your kiddos real-time, teaching them watercolor 101. This is going to be a three day camp from the comfort of your home.

I'll give you a list of all the supplies you need, which isn't a whole bunch, and you're going to get some much deserved me time in the meantime.  Share this out on your social sites!

No drop offs and no pickups, it's going to be amazing!  You can sign up for the notification list right here so that you'll be the first to know when classes open.   Spaces are limited so definitely stay tuned. This virtual summer camp will teach your child how to paint with watercolor, learn color theory with color mixing and how to add texture with salt.  If there's anything you absolutely want me to cover, let me know now and I'll be sure to consider adding it to the class.

I hope to see you on the list and can't wait to share more details!

Talk to you soon,

E

P.S. I also have a course all about color mixing which is super helpful as well.  The options are limitless when it comes to color combos with watercolor!