The process.

Hello friends! I thought I would show my process from drawing to painting (because your sooooo interested).

I start with a picture. I know, I know ‘real’ artists don’t use photographs. Blah, blah, blah… I use pictures. I hate only being able to paint certain times of day. I’m a very literal painter. I paint what I see and if the light is continually shifting I will continually be changing my painting to match what I see. Its a mess, hence the picture. This is a photograph of a magnet my Grandmother had on her fridge for as long as I can remember. The background is wrapping paper (way cute, right?).


Next I decide what size I want it to be. In this case I had an 8inx10in watercolor board so I chose to use it. In a sketchbook I draw 8×10 rectangle and begin my drawing. (I decided not to show my drawing process just because I don’t have a formula I just draw) I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the drawing. I just want to get the proportions right.

The Drawing.

Now is the part I hate, tracing. I do the drawing on a different paper then my painting because I erase A LOT. Even with the softest eraser I damage the surface so I find its easier and cleaner to trace and transfer. Also my drawings are more accurate if I shade instead of just a line drawing. I look at the tracing as a second drawing. While tracing I flesh out the drawing a little more and add more details. This step really helps me become familiar with the subject. So here is the tracing. (Its hard to see but it is a tracing)

The Tracing.

Now the step I really, really hate, transfering. I find this the most tedious step by far. I used to use markers or pens to trace with but I found that the lines they transfer are much to dark and very hard to erase. So now I use a colored pencil.

Transferring w/Colored Pencil.

Ok so now the sucky part is over! Here is the transferred drawing on the watercolor board. (its pretty light because my transfer paper is old)

The Transfer.

Its almost time for the painting!! But first I need to mask off all the hight lights. I use the masquepen mask. I used to use the Incredible mask but i could never get it fine enough. I love the masquepen because the applicator is 5mm, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t always come off cleanly. I never had this issue with the Incredible mask but I feel its an ok trade off.


Now the fun part! Painting!! I do a color swatch to figure out which colors to use for this piece. I decided on phthalo blue, phthalo green yellow shade, phthalo green blue shade, yellow green, cobalt teal, Indian yellow, azo yellow, quinacridone violet and quinacridone red. Then I start painting!!

Color Swatch.
The Painting!
Painting Detail.

This is as far as I got today. I hope this was helpful!


It’s a wompa, It’s a butterfly thing, it’s a painting!


Hello friends! Guess what!? I finished my painting!! I’m really excited about this one. I’m very pleased with how it came out. It went threw this really ugly stage… (You know what I’m talking about *winkwink*) I’m not sure why I winked at you. I’m just really happy this turned out as well as it did. Watercolor rules!! Ok, I’m not sure why I said that either… I better stop writing while I’m ahead. Thanks for looking!

It’s a wompa!


Hey guys! I wanted to share what I’m working on. This is a watercolor of a vintage Star Wars figure (a wompa) and a vintage strawberry shortcake butterfly thing (I’m not sure what its called, I could google it but… Eh)
The wompa has a lot of ‘fir’ texture (he is plastic, so no actual fir) that made me hesitant to attempt this painting but its not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. What I’m really enjoying about this piece is the orange butterfly against the cool wompa. I’m excited for it to be finished!

Bowl of fruit?


Hola friends!! Every now and again I try my hand at oil, and fail. Here is one such failure. (Blogs can’t just be awesome stuff, right? There needs to be some sucky-ness to balance it out, you know, to make the good stuff look better)

I know, I know, you can stop laughing now. Alright I get it, this painting is bad. I said stop laughing! gosh! I don’t laugh at you (much). But I kind of like it. I tried a palette knife… It was fun… Bad but fun.

Orange Blossom


Hey wonderful readers! Blah blah blah [insert joke here], here’s a watercolor painting. (I’m not feeling particularly loquacious)

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I think it should go darker but the paper won’t take any more paint, its looking tired (if you don’t know what I mean by ‘tired’ its hard to explain, the paper just starts to look worn). I blame the turquoise I used for the dinosaur. It has this spotty texture that I hate. I’m just done with it. I even tried to break up the texture with colored pencil. Oh well, I can’t win them all. (Geeez, I sound like Charlie Brown)




Fun with colored pencil!


Hey guys! I can’t think of anything interesting/clever to say… So here’s some fruit! Super cool, huh? Haha, not really. Sometimes I just want to paint without worrying about the details. When I’m feeling this way, I paint fruit.

This piece was painted with colored pencil and outlined in pin and ink. It took about an hour from start to finish (I used the technique I spoke about in Gnomes). Enjoy!



Hello, friends! I’m so glad you took a moment to gawk at my gnomes. I know, who would spend any amount of time painting gnomes? What a weirdo… Anyway, gnomes remind me of Christmas (Santa Clause is a gnome when he’s not on Christmas duty, right?). So in honor of the holiday season here are a bunch of gnomes.

This is a colored pencil piece. It took a few days to accomplish. I really enjoy colored pencils. They are incredibly easy to blind especially if you use a solvent to blend them. Using the solvent really gives colored pencil a more painterly effect. If you haven’t tried this technique, you really should. I use stif paintbrushes to blind the colors but you could use q-tips. As for the solvent I use odorless mineral spirits. This technique works with any wax-based colored pencil (I mostly use Prismacolor, they’re not the best but certainly not the worst). Go on, give it a shot! I know you want to.