November 20, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide- Art Books

Welcome to my gift guide for 2018! I will be sharing some great books and art supplies gift ideas in the next weeks, followed by my picks for this year's favorite products.
Today we are kicking things off with probably my most favorite present to give and receive. Books, of course!
If you're not in the mood to read, just check out my video for all the information and my picks, OR go to my Amazon store and get a quick glimpse of all my picks-

Let's get started!
I have to start with one of my favorite watercolor artists-  Jean Haines. Jean has several books, her style is loose, fluid and atmospheric. She uses color and texture in such inventive and inspirational ways. I have learned a lot from her and continue to be inspired every time I open one of her books. The 4 that I have are all similar in their content (all excellent!), I am listing them here in my order of preference, but they are all great picks.

1. Atmospheric Watercolours-

2. Colour & Light in Watercolour

3. World of Watercolour

4. Paint Yourself Calm
This my least favorite of the bunch, as I feel it has less techniques in it, and focuses more on the concept of playing with watercolors for therapuetic reasons. While I definitely agree with that effect of watercolors, I buy art books for techniques and inspiration, which I found more of in the other 3 books. This is just my personal preference, if this concept speaks to you, you will enjoy this book.

Next up 2 books on color theory. Both excellent. If I had to pick one I'd pick Color Choices by Stephen Quiller, as I found it much easier to follow. Making Colour Sing is a wonderful book as well, but one that needs time and focus, which in my busy toddler controlled world, is not always possible.

5. Color Choices- Making Color Sense out of Color Theory

6. Making Color Sing

The next 2 books are my idea of eye candy. Flip through them and get that joy of seeing beautiful whimsical art. Follow the tutorials and try not to get too frustrated ;)

7. Fabulous Figures

8. The Art of Creative Watercolor

Next up my wild card. For the edgy teen or person in your life, this artist's style is modern and graphic. A great pick for lovers of sketching and watercolors.

9. Urban Watercolor Sketching

Next is a book with a unique format. I recommend watching my YouTube video or follow the link (click the photo) and see for yourself. I hope she will come out with more of these!

10.  Watercolor With Me In The Forest-

Last but not least in unfortunately only available in German at the moment, I think it is still enjoyable and easy to follow also if you do not speak German, but you make your own decision :)

11. Florales Watercolor-

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October 28, 2018

Altenew October Guest Designer- Giveaway!!

Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know I have a fun guest designer post on the Altenew Blog, and to celebrate Altenew is giving one of you a 20$ gift card! All you have to do is leave a comment here, and make sure you check out my post and video tutorial on the Altenew Blog!
I will randomly pick a winner and post in on November 2nd!
Good luck!

September 1, 2018

Hip Kit Club New Design Team!!

Hey everyone! I'm so happy and excited to stay on the Hip Kit Club DT for another term. I have been a part of the Hip Kit family for over 4 years now, and I loved every moment. Here's the new fantastic team, make sure you join us on the member forum on FB and on social media for chatting and sharing tons of inspiration. We welcome everyone, whether you subscribe to the kits or not!

July 27, 2018

Journal With Me- Mermaid Markers

Today I'm sharing a video showing how I created an art journal spread using the Jane Davenport Mermiad markers. You can find more information and (some affiliated) links to products in the video information section on YouTube. Enjoy! 

July 24, 2018

My Favorite Dylusions Products

Hey there! Today I'm sharing my picks from the Dylusions brand. So many goodies to choose from! But these are my favorites. Watch the video for all the details, or just scroll down for the list, with links (some affiliated)!

The Dylusions Journal is a great art journal to play in. Best suited for the Dylusions spray inks and paints. If you want a proper watercolor journal, look somewhere else (like Stillman & Birn, Jane Davenport and Strathmore). Get it from Blitsy HERE.

Creative Dyary Sticker Book is a fun booklet filled with lots of stickers, from elements to little lists spots, months and more. Find it on Blitsy HERE.

These are my two favorite stamps sets from the Dylusions range. Branching out on the left, and Around the Edge on the right. Find them also on Blitsy HERE.

There are many stencils in the Dylusions line, my favorite is Chequered Dots, an older one that is not that widely available anymore. If you get your hands on it, it's a lovely one!

I love the paints and the spray inks. The paint is fast drying and matte. Perfect for adding mist on top. The mists are as vibrant as can be (the last release shown here has softer colors, but most of the older sprays are extremely bright and intense). My favorite paint currently is Periwinkle Blue, and spray ink in Bubblegum Pink.

White Linen is a semi opaque white spray ink and it's fantastic. Find it on Amazon or Blitsy.

That's it! I hope you found this useful, I'll be back soon with more videos and favorites!