Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nature-Inspired Intuitive Watercolor

In the midst of a SUPER BUSY week, here’s an intuitive painting inspired by my backyard, based on the 21 Secrets Just Add Water workshop by Tanyalee Kahler.

My class goes live tomorrow. You can still sign up through this link. See you there :)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tide Pool Mandalas

A bit much?
Well, this was all done with Jia’s art supplies (she's three) while watching the FIFA finals... that’s over 90 minutes of doodling!!! So, no subtle colors in these tide pools or control on the doodling because I was too busy having fun... talk about letting loose.
Class by Faith Evans Sills from 21 Secrets Just Add Water. Has been such a great variety of approaches (not just techniques) to water-coloring so far. My class is coming up on July 19th. You too can sign up through this link to access the classes.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pineapple Fold-A-Long Card Tutorial

Did you know that pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, friendship and, in some cultures, of good fortune? Apart from their great taste, pineapples also have a distinguished look which is so fun to draw. Since it stands for such great things, a pineapple greeting seems like a cool idea for sending out a card and the Pineapple Fold-A-Long Sizzix card die by Jen Long makes it really easy!

Here are the materials I used in case you want to follow along.


Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long
Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture (optional)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)

Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)

Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies 
Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (optional)
Other: White Cardstock, Paints, Paint brush, Bone Folder, Adhesive, Stencil, Whipped Spackle, Scissors

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

Fold an 8.5" x 11" white cardstock in half to 8.5" x 5.5". Use bone folder to create a crisp edge. Place your die on the folded paper to double check that the width of the die fits the paper.

To die-cut the Pineapple card base, create the following Sizzix Sandwich –

Here's the die-cut extended gate-fold card base in the shape of a pineapple. This card base can be folded along the crease lines to make a uniquely shaped accordion.

Follow the crease lines to fold the parts, making sure that the edges line up nicely. Crease down with the bone folder to create clean crisp edges.

Paint the leafy part of the Pineapple green, front and back. You could also use color cardstock or patterned paper but I find it a lot more fun to paint my pieces.

Paint the fruit part of the pineapple, a light yellow, if you are taking the painting route. Be sure to paint both front and back as you'll see all sides when the card is finished.

Also paint the die-cut embellishments, sentiment and sentiment block. Set them aside for now.

Now, pineapples have a signature textured skin. So to make my pineapple look the part, I chose a diamond stencil and applied Whipped Spackle with palette knife on the front flaps of my card. Then I let the paste dry completely.

If mixed media is not your style, you can also use the Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture to bring your pineapple to life, so to speak. For that, die-cut a duplicate pineapple card base using the same Sizzix Sandwich as above. Cut along the very first and very last sections of the pineapple with scissors. Cut off the leafy tops from both sections.

If you choose to emboss your pineapple, create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
Attach the embossed pieces to the front flaps with adhesive. 

Insert the sentiment block/label from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long in the center slot of the card.

I suggest you do this step before embellishing the sentiment block to make sure that none of the embellishments get in the way of your card closing correctly.

Here's my embellished Pineapple Fold-A-Long card. Hope you enjoy the tutorial! These Fold-A-Long cards are so much fun to make, I hope you'll give them a try!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

21 Secrets Art Journal Flip Through

A quick art journal flip through of the things I have been creating since taking my first class at 21 Secrets.
You can find all the details through this link:
And please excuse the background noise! It's summer, kids are home and it's noisy :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Sneak Peek & A Giveaway!

So far, I have been sharing my practice from other lessons at 21 Secrets Summer 2018 Workshop. Today, I want to share sneak peeks from the class I'll be teaching as part of the Just Add Water Workshop series. There will be lots of watercolor play involved. Class is self-paced, very few supplies needed and the 35 minute lesson is divided into three videos. I had a great time filming the lesson and I think you'll enjoy it too!

And the best part... I am giving away ONE Summer Studios bundle (includes Just Add Water and The Great Outdoors) to ONE lucky winner!

To enter the giveaway, tell me about your creative plans for the summer in your comment to this post on my website:

You have till July 6th to enter. I'll announce the winner on July 7th right here.

Good luck!

Monday, July 02, 2018

21 Secrets - Exploding with Colors

Intuitive painting is a new thing for me. And I'm painting after such a long time.
These people hardly have any defined features which makes capturing their moods through expressions rather hard. So I chose colors to create a patchwork of emotions which is true for any relationship as far as my understanding of such things go.
This exploration began with a 21 Secrets Just Add Water class for me. You can check the classes out here.