Poor neglected blog... This is what happens when I have deadlines, and also pretty art supplies that call my name and tempt me to step away from the computer... The best way to know what I'm up to is to follow my YouTube channel, where I normally post process videos and tutorials at least twice a week. And lately there's a lot of art journaling on there!
Art journaling eye candy...
These colors make me so very happy...
I have lots of fun things coming, National Scrapbooking Day is just around the corner, so I will have extra projects for that day, on top of my usual videos and blog posts for my design teams. I'm also working on new classes, so lots to look forward to!
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for fun things!
These are not lightfast, but as someone who mostly journals in her art journal, it's not an issue at all. These are insanely vibrant, but with a little experience, they can be diluted to lighter shades, or mixed to create new colors, bright and neutral.
These are the colors in Set A, and there are also a brown and black in the set that are not shown. I have to emphasize, the colors are not as they are in reality. The pinks are rather close, but even with some photoshop editing, I couldn't get the turquoise ones to show properly, so please take that under consideration.
Here's an art journal spread I started using these-
These are so easy to mix, here's a color wheel I created from just 3 colors-
I show you how these look and talk about the pros and cons in the video-
I've been art journaling a storm in my studio these past couple of weeks. I don't know if it's the supplies or me, or both of us, but I've been having so much fun! My head is buzzing with ideas for new classes, I wish I could paint all day long... So here's the latest spread I created in my wonderful Jane Davenport journal-
I recently decided to set up a gouache palette, so I filmed it for you!
I love bright colors, and wanted to have white also so I could mix my own pastel shades. I chose a mixture of Shinhan paints (for their vibrancy and great value), Winsor & Newton gouache (gorgeous vibrant pinks and purples) and a few opaque Shinhan watercolors (not shown in the photo. I added Lavender, Lilac and Jaune Brill #2).
Here are pictures of my swatches. It's hard to get the colors to match on screen to real life, so be mindful that it is not accurate.
I recently got to spend some time with my watercolor swatches, and create a custom palette for a friend. She wanted one go-to artist grade palette, with bright colors and some neutrals. With those guidelines, I went to my paints, and came up with this palette.
A word of caution-
As someone who spends way too much time online searching for that perfect paint, that elusive brilliant color combination, and other people's choices of their favorite colors, this is a question of taste and personal preferences. So please, if you love browns, paint only landscapes, this is probably the wrong palette for you, not because you can't mix gorgeous natural looking colors and endless shades of brown from it, but because it would take you longer, and just won't make sense. What I'm trying to say, is that while I did take under account versatility as a major factor for choosing these particular shades, I also chose colors based on my personal preferences. I tend to like my watercolors bright, vivid, transparent, I'm obsessed with pinks and teals, and prefer my neutrals on the grey-blue (as opposed to brown) side.
Also, while I did my best to adjust the colors in the photos to be as true to the colors in real life, it's not 100% accurate, and screen differ from one another. Fluorescent colors, like Daniel Smith's Opera, just don't translate to photos the way they are in reality. Opera is much lighter and more fluorescent in reality than it appears in the photo.
Enough talking, here are the photos of the chosen 26, they fit snugly in a 24 metal half pan box (and one could add more pans between the rows).
Continue reading for information about each of the colors I chose (with affiliate links at the bottom of the post).
Starting from the top photo, top row, from left to right (pigments in brackets)-
Schmincke Lemon Yellow (PY3)- Semi-transparent. Standard color that can be found in any brand of artist grade watercolors. This is blue biased yellow. Use it with any green, turoquoise and yellow biased blues (like Phthalo blue) to mix bright vivid greens. When mixed with redish blues like ultramarine the result is more natural greens. Mix it with reds and pinks for natural looking oranges. I haven't found much differences from brand to brand. I currently use in my palette Sennelier's Lemon Yellow as I prefer a transparent color.
Daniel Smith New Gamboge (PY97, PY110)- transparent, non granulating, low staining. Every versatile palette needs a red biased yellow (a warmer yellow), and the choice was made here based on my personal taste and preference. There are many lovely warm yellows, but Daniel Smiths' New Gamboge is such a gorgeous color I had to include it. I also like Sennelier's Indian Yellow (transparent made from PY154, PY153). If you like a more opaque yellow, The new Schmincke Turner's yellow is lovely (PY216), as is Daniel Smith's Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue (PY53, PY151, PY83).
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold (PY49)- transparent, granulating, non staining. I love this earthy color. It's a transparent alternative to ochre yellow (although Daniel Smith and Schmincke have just come out with transparent yellow ochre). It's wonderful for mixing natural greens, and is just a gorgeous color on its own.
Qor Transparent Pyrrole Orange (PO71)- This is more a convenience color, as orange can obviously be mixed using yellow and red/pink. However, this orange is beautiful, and nothing wrong with some convenience in life ;) I love using Qor paints with other brands, because the Qor ones push the other paints away, which creates lovely effects. Schmincke's translucent Orange is almost identical.
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206)- Transparent, non granulating, low staining. From the Daniel Smith website- This slightly sedimentary rich dark red-brown could lighten, brighten and eliminate mud browns in all your paintings. I chose it as an alternative to the classic burnt sienna. It creates beautiful neutrals when mixed with ultramarine blue.
Shinhan Bright Rose (BR12)- This is one of my current color
crushes. Because I made this palette from my stash, I had to substitute
some paints that I was running low on. I got this one to see if it would
resemble my Holbein Bright Rose. It's very very close. I still
like Holbein a little better. The pigments are acutally different.
Holbein's is made of BV11:1, AB83. Shinhan's is cheaper.
Qor Quinacridone Magenta (PR122)-
transparent, staining and gorgeous. This is, in my opinion, a staple
color. Makes beautiful violets and purples when mixed with any blue and
Mijello Mission Gold Permanent Rose (PV19)- A lovely pink. What can I say? I love pinks! This one is more reddish than Magenta.
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral (PR209)- Transparent and gorgeous. This is one of my favorite reds in my palette, and I prefer it to post box reds (just my personal preference). There are almost identical or similar versions of this color in most brands, but the names are different. Sennelier's Quin. Red is almost identical (but a touch less vivid).
Qor Pyrrole Red Light (PR255)- a yellow biased red. Makes vivid oranges when mixed with warm yellows and muted purples when mixed with blue. Use it to neutralize teal and turquoise.
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral (PR209)- transparent gorgeous color. It's in the palette because I love it. Check the pigments in each brand, because the names vary. Sennelier's version is called quinacridone red.
Daniel Smith Opera (PR122)- This fluorescent fugitive pink is hugely popular. I rarely use it in pure form, but it is amazing for mixing colors. It makes the most luminous corals, reds, violets and beautiful semi neutrals when mixed with greens. I have this color in several brands (Mission Gold Bright Opera and Holbein's Opera are similar to DS, Winsor & Newton's Opera Rose is a touch less bright but beautiful) and they are all quite similar. I've recently purchased some Shinhan Pass paints, which is supposed to be a hybrid gouache-watercolor paint (more on that in future posts), and their version of Opera is VERY intense when used in full strength. The Shinhan Pass paint comes in a 20ml tube, and costs a fraction of Daniel Smith's version.
Shinhan Pass Red Violet (PR81 BV11)- Even though this paint is different than traditional watercolors (it's marketed as hybrid gouache watercolor paint, depending on how diluted it is), I had to include it. It's too fun. Brighter than any of my watercolors in similar shades, it is just gorgeous with a huge variety of shades and intensity.
Daniel Smith Mayan Violet (PV58)- Beautiful transparent, granulating, slightly muted violet. Convenience color (meaning it can be mixed using other colors), but oh so pretty.
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Purple (PV55)- This one looks brighter in the photo than in real life. It's a lovely purple. Creates great neutrals with Lemon Yellow. The Schmincke version is almost identical.
Qor Dioxazine Purple (PV23)- Another convenience color. A popular purple. It's on the blue side. Daniel Smith's version is called Carbazole Violet. Sennelier's version is almost identical. My personal favorite (which I didn't have a tube of, so couldn't include in this palette) is Old Holland Dioxazine Mauve, which is a touch less blue. But I love how Qor paints push aside other brands, so wanted to include a few in this palette.
Daniel Smith Moonglow ( PG18 PB29 PR177 )- Transparent, granulating, low staining. It's a mixture of 3 pigments, and is a really interesting and very popular color. From the Daniel Smith website- 'Water frees this amazing three-pigment blend to perform miracles. Watch
and wait as Anthraquinoid Red floats, Ultramarine Blue settles and
Viridian grays the resulting violet color. Selectively blot and lift a
surface wash to expose delicate blue-greens. A description of the
fascinating light and dark washes can never match a personal experience!'. Couldn't have said it better myself. Obviously if you have those three pigments in your palette you can mix your own version, but having this color in my palette is convenient and fun!
Mijello Mission Gold Sepia (PBr7 PBk7)- Even though I try to avoid using colors with black in them, this neutral is still lovely. A grayish brown. Sepia is a classes earth tone in palettes, but the color varies greatly from brand to brand. I'd consider replacing this with Schmincke's Neutral Tint (PR122 PB60 PBk7), which doesn't have brown in it, is less transparent than the MG sepia, but is a beautiful shade of gray (brown? purple? I can't exactly characterize it...).
Schmincke Payne's Grey (PR101 PB29 PBk7)- A popular color in palettes. One can easily mix it and get beautiful color without using black, but it is convenient to have it, and is also useful for mixing colors or toning down bright colors (although I find I mostly use complementary colors to do that these days over grey). I like the Schmincke version, Sennelier's and St. Petersburg White Nights are practically identical. Schmincke also has a blueish version that I considered adding to this palette, but because of having Indigo in the palette, I decided to go with this one.
Schmincke Indigo (PB15:1 PB66)- I love Schmincke's version of indigo above all the others I've tried. It doesn't have black in it, and is a deep gorgeous muted blue.
Ken Bromley's French Ultramarine (PB29)- French Ultramarine or Ultramarine Blue is probably a part of every single watercolor palette... A lovely red biased blue, it is transparent, non staining and granulating. Ken Bromley is an online art supplies store based in the UK, and this is their house brand of very affordable paints. This one is lovely. I also have a half pan of Sennelier's deep ultramarine that is also lovely, as well as the Qor version. With artist grade paints it's hard to go wrong with this one. My brightest version is actually White Nights, but I only find those in full pan size, so it doesn't fit my regular palette. If I could find it in a tube, I'd probably use that one.
Mijello Mission Gold Viridian (PG7)- I don't buy a lot of greens, but it's nice to have a few in one's palette for convenience. Phthalo green is a good choice, a vivid blueish green. Mission Gold named this color Viridian, but the pigment is also known as phthalo green.
Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue (PG50)- one of my favorite colors in my palette. If you love teal, this is a must have. Every brand has their own version of this color, using PG50 or other pigments in less expensive paints. I have yet to find one I don't like. I have this pigment in M. Graham's, Schmincke's, Qor's and Sennelier's versions, and they all differ slightly in shade and level of granulation, but all beautiful.
Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise (PB15 PG36)- staining, transparent and intense turquoise. This one is also a convenience color, but it's so gorgeous. I love having a deep turquoise on my palette. If you want a similar granulation color, try Daniel Smith's Ultramarine Turquoise.
Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue GS (PB15)- From the Daniel Smith website-'For cool, clean staining shadows and reflected light on windows. Super
staining, super transparent Phthalo Blue is a popular pure chroma
organic pigment. Mix with Hansa Yellow for luminous greens.' This is a popular color in many palettes.
M. Graham Cobalt Blue (PB28)- A beautiful blue, it's somewhere between ultramarine blue and phthalo blue on the color wheel. A good choice for a primary blue, the M. Graham version has lovely granulation. It's non staining so would work great for skies and lifting techniques. Love this one.
Mijello Mission Gold Sap Green (PY150 PG36)- Another convenience color, it's a popular green to have. I like the mission gold version, as it's very bright and on the yellow side.
It wasn't easy, and many good choices were left out of this palette... But I couldn't include all the colors... Sadly... I'm sure this palette will bring much joy to its recipient!
I'm so excited to continue for another term on this amazing team! Hip Kit Club has it all. Amazing kits, excellent customer service, and inspiration galore. I have been on the team for two and a half years now, and every month I am just as excited as I was in the beginning. Here's the entire talented team (click here to read about each one of us)-
Looking forward to working with all these lovely women!
Yes it's already that time of the month, time to feast our eyes on the goodies we'll be playing with next month! The March 2017 Hip Kit Club kits have been revealed and they are sooo yummy! The February kits are one of my all time favorites, but March is just as gorgeous! Let's get started with the main kit-
Full of goodies from the new American Crafts and Pink Paislee releases... So good! That Dear Lizzy floral paper... Swoon!
The embellishment kit-
The color kit-
The PL kit, that also includes exclusive cards (not shown)-
And for all your paper needs, the patterned paper kit and the cardstock kit-
As I'm putting the finishing touches on my new soon to be released class Watercolor Workbook, I find myself thinking about the why behind this class.
This will be my 7th class (not counting the free mini class and the hundreds of video tutorials on YouTube), and it is nothing like the ones I've done before.
However, since I created all those other classes, there are some similarities. I create classes I would like to take myself.
I like my classes to be technique based. Those techniques are like tools in my tool box, always available when I want to create something.
I'm a big fan of showing something from start to finish. All my classes until now have been based on showing the process of creating a scrapbook layout from start to finish. As someone who struggles with following through, I want to have something finished (or almost finished) to show for it. Especially when it comes to playing with watercolors. I have so many piles of papers of just paint blobs, from doing exercises or trying to paint something... Some are finished. Most are not. Some look like they could be something, many look like... well, paint blobs.
I wanted to come up with a project that will get people painting, and give them satisfying results. I wanted a fun, non threatening, non intimidating way of approaching watercolors, playing with them, and not be frustrated with disappointing results.
I believe that in order to be good in anything, one must put in the time and effort. However, I know many people want to paint as their therapy, as a creative outlet, as a hobby. They either can't, or don't want to practice and practice, sketch, plan, and do all those things that are important for improving skills. They just want to paint when they have a bit time. And it was this place exactly that was lacking, in my opinion, and from my personal experience, and that's why I created this class.
Also, watercolors are so pretty and I want everyone to enjoy them!
I'm writing this post as I am editing and finalizing the lessons for my upcoming class 'Watercolor Workbook'. The class will go live this month, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to tell you a little bit about my infatuation, hmm, who am I kidding, full blown obsession with watercolors.
I will start at the beginning.
I have no official art degree or education. I am completely self taught. What I do have, is a lifelong fascination with drawing and painting. As a child I was always drawing, mostly faces and portraits. I don't know how good I was, but I know I kept at it.
Until I went to university.
Medicine school, to be accurate.
As you can imagine, I did not have a lot of free time as a student, and much much less as I started working and became a mother. But then we decided to move to Austria, and since my degree was not recognized here, nor did I speak any German, I was suddenly a stay at home mom to our barely 2 year old daughter, while learning German and doing what was needed, to be able to practice medicine in Austria.
That left me with a lot more free time than I was used to. That led me to YouTube, which led me to scrapbooking. It didn't take long for me to find my way to mixed media, and watercolors. I started scrapbooking in 2011, and during 2013 I started using mixed media heavily on my layouts ( I'd like to refer to scrapbooking as my gateway drug ;) ).
Since then, my style has evolved, developed and changed significantly. I had all these amazing supplies, paints, inks, mists, crayons... And from all of these, watercolors were the ones calling me, tempting me with their wonderful unique qualities and beauty.
I was using them on my scrapbook layouts more and more, but that wasn't enough. I really wanted to explore this glorious medium more. I started learning, taking online classes, painting more and more. I may have done some watercolor shopping as well.
And here I am. Still learning, always painting. I want to share the joy of painting with watercolors, even if you don't know how to draw, even if you're intimidated. This class is all about having fun. Sign up for my newsletter and be the first to know once this class goes live!
More details to come, so stay tuned!
The color palette is my favorite... Pinks, teals, aquas and pops of black and white. And gold accents. And Thickers... And more Thickers... So excited to have these goodies from the new Crate, Maggie Holmes and Shimelle's collections... So good!
Next is the embellishment kit.
There are no words. All.Gorgeous.
Moving on to the PL kit, there will also be cards posted soon on the HKC website.
Puffy stickers? Check. Tiny word stickers? Check!
The color kit is fun and has some new paints from Shimmerz-
And for all your paper needs, the patterned paper add on and cardstock add on-
Thanks for visiting and check out the HKC website for all the details of these gorgeous kits!
Hi! The start of a new year is always a good time to dream big and venture into new territories. I started teaching mixed media and scrapbooking online in 2015, at Big Pictures Classes and together with the talented Jen Schow (and those classes are all available with instant access). But I have decided to also go on my own, so to kick-start this new direction, I'm offering a free class! Click here to go there, or follow the link on the right sidebar.
And the class promo video-
Here's more information on my plans for 2017-
I wish you a wonderful new year! Thanks so much for your support!