Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Van Gogh Starry Night Oil Paint on Easter Egg

Happy Easter!

This year I finally tried to poke holes in the egg, empty the contents, and paint on it with oil paint. I had so much fun painting a tiny version of Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh with Van Gogh Oil Paints and a set of micro brushes.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy Easter. Enjoy the video. xo


 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

I AM A WRITER Planner

 The I am a writer Planner is already popular--and it is still on presale!




After revisiting a downloaded writer's planner from 2018, my friend and writing partner Judy was pleased to see how focused she was and how much she accomplished. She realized she enjoyed the visual and the inspirational quotes in the planner.


She also noticed there were areas on the preprinted planner that had nothing to do with writing, like house keeping tasks and health habits. She scratched them out and replaced them with her own writing-based versions.

She called me to see if I could customize a two-page planner spread that she could print out for the coming year. 

Of course I could do that!

Within 24 hours, the idea evolved into a writing planner that we were both excited to use. Then we decided to bring it to the printer--because it was just too good to keep for ourselves.

We created this planner based solely on writing activity, after all, who wants to think about those dirty dishes in the sink or how many glasses of water you've consumed when you're spending time with your muse?

How It Works for You

*Use the Numbered Header Lines to list your top three writing focuses for the week.
*Use corresponding Numbered Boxes for your week's action steps based on writing focuses.
*Use Weekly Calendar for writing/submission deadlines, critique meetings, webinar conferences, etc.
*The Idea Catcher Page holds your new thoughts for titles, themes and story premises.
*Use Brainstorming Page to jot down all your amazing insights and inspirations.
*Record the dates and topics of the Brainstorming and Index Pages in the index.
*Pleasing and uplifting visuals and weekly inspirational quotes.







Finally! We have a place to keep our writing information.
Each book is shipped with star stickers to reward yourself when you finish a task. Larger butterfly stickers give you that dopamine hit and reward when you finish a larger project like a manuscript or submission.

110 pages.

This item ships from a non-smoking home.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Comparing Castle Art 120 Colored Pencil Set to Arteza 120 Colored Pencils

Arteza came out of nowhere with a pretty good set of colored pencils, and quickly followed with a storehouse of other art supplies including paints, paper and markers.

Castle Art has oil based colored pencils with a price that can't be beat.

I've used them both at different times in my coloring videos, and have been asked by many viewers which set I prefer. 

To find the answer I made a video comparing the pencils as I used them. They are similar in several ways:

  • They are more transparent than more expensive brands
  • They are both creamy and hold a point very well.
  • They both work very well for the price. 
They differ in a few ways also:
  • Arteza barrels are thicker.
  • Castle Arts feel a bit dryer--more like Polychromos.
  • Arteza is a bit creamier--more like Prismacolors.
There are more similarities and differences that I talk about in this comprehensive video. Arteza has a color chart on their tin, and since Castle Arts had none I made my own, and it is available to download below the video on YouTube.


 Enjoy! Let me know which set YOU prefer.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

TOP FIVE Colored Pencil Blending Mistakes

 There are many types of colored pencils on the market. From the cheapest to almost-crazy expensive, they have one thing in common--to get good results they need to be blended. But it is not as easy as it seems!

Watch this video to see the most common colored pencil blending mistakes, and how easy it is to avoid them.


(This image is from my coloring book EVERYDAY MAGIC. Buy Artist's Edition on ETSY.)




Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Thumbkins GIVEAWAY!

Thumbkins are little creatures that kid's can create, and today I am going to give away a copy. Just watch this video and enter:  





It is super-easy--kids dip their fingers into paint, press it onto a page in the book, and VOILA! They have a Thumbkin! They can create snails, aliens, butterflies, jellyfish, flowers, or anything else they can think of--and I will help with my CREATE-ALONG You Tube videos. 

The book is filled with 28 perfect scenes for kids of all ages to fill with any kind of critter they can dream up. They can use paint, crayons, pencils, or markers. Kids of all ages will have fun.

The videos can be found on YouTube at Doodle Bug Art. Each page will have a Create-Along video, but you can start with the first three today.

Thumbkins is available HERE at a special but temporary introductory price, so buy now before the price goes up.

Watch some videos HERE!




 

                                                                                 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Welcome to The Twelve Days of Christmas Coloring!

 Jingle Jingle!

Welcome to my family-friendly coloring series, The Twelve Days of Christmas Coloring. 

First, download the image so you can color along with the YouTube videos. We will be doing ONE day every day until Christmas, when we will finish off with one of the most well-known birds in the world--The Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Please feel free to share this image with your friends and any groups you may be in.



Watch the first video here--all videos in this series are linked below the video on YouTube in the information box below video.


Hope you enjoy this image, and also hope you will join my coloring gallery on Facebook so we can all share the masterpieces we have created! Click here to join.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

NOTEBOOK WINNERS Announced

 Congrats to the winners of the GOOD VIBES ONLY GIVEAWAY!


 


Watch video HERE for winners.

Winners! Let me know what notebook you selected so I can zip it out to you right away.