Art Series #16 - Hand Study in Oils & My Art Story

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring has finally arrived here and I'm very excited, for warm weather of course, but, also, because it means beautiful flowers and hopefully lots of practice painting them! Today, though, I am sharing the last of the small oil studies I did in January, "Hand Study", 5 x 7", Oil on Canvas Board. I shared the final painting over on Facebook and Instagram back when I finished it--follow be on social media to get those first looks at my finished pieces--but, in this post you'll get a closer look at it and the detail and colour of it! I am very pleased with how it turned out! I'll also share the time lapse of it's creation and my art story, so continue on for all that...


I really wish that everyone could see it in person because I feel in photos the texture of the canvas gets in the way of the actual painting. From now on I think I'll add a couple of coats of gesso to my canvases before painting on them to get a smoother surface. I got a few GessoBoard panels for Christmas and I can't wait to paint on those. I think for practice paintings I'm going to get some MDF board and prepare some of those to paint on. It's basically the same idea as GessoBoard, but not quite as lovely. What's your preferred painting surface?



That's it for this Art Series post, friends! Check out some of my other Art Series posts here! See you soon!

Sam ♡

Hand Lettering Series - Part #2 - Terminology & Basic Caps

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's taken me some time to get this tutorial up for you all; it didn't happen on purpose, it just happened! I apologize, and I am super excited to (finally) have Hand Lettering Series Part #2 for you all today! In this post you'll begin to learn a bit of terminology and a few of the lines that make up the structure for your hand lettering, and you'll learn a very basic version of hand lettered capitals! If you haven't seen my first post in this series, Modern Hand Lettering Part #1 - Basic Drills, I recommend that you head over to that post and practice what I presented in that tutorial first. And if you are brand new to hand lettering or brush lettering, I definitely recommend that you start with my Faux Calligraphy post before tackling this series; that's really the prefect place to begin learning how to do hand lettering! By the end of this series, you'll be in your way to creating your very own hand lettered designs!

DIY Chevron Coffee Table - Designed by ME!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Oh. My. GOSH. I am finally finished all the parts that make up this DIY Chevron Coffee Table post! This tutorial and post has taken me wayyy longer than expected to put together! A lot of that has to do with the fact that I had to take a break from editing to do Christmas stuff here on the blog, I took a break from working for the holidays, and then getting back into this project was really hard for me for some reason, and right when things did start to get going after the New Year, I got that terrible flu; worst flu I have ever had! After that I was trying to work on it all the while trying to work on having other posts up for you guys each week, and then finally I just said "This isn't working!"; I was making very little progress on it trying to do things that way, so I just focused my efforts on it and sacrificed having a weekly post in favour of just getting this done! Boy, am I glad I did! I hope you all love this project as much as I am proud of it!

Art Series #15 - Eye Study in Oils & My New Motivation

Monday, February 12, 2018

Today I am sharing with you the second of my oil studies, Study of an Eye, before I move on to my first full size oil painting this year. If you'd like to see my first oil study, check out Art Series #14 - Lips Study in Oils. I set up a poll over on YouTube asking my subscribers what they'd like to hear me talk about in this video, and the winner was "my new motivation" with 41% of the votes. If you missed that poll and want to be included in future polls or other things, then subscribe to my YouTube channel to get those notifications over there! So my new motivation is what I talk about while you watch the time-lapse footage of the painting process of this eye...

DIY Glass Paint Palette - Cheap & Easy as Heck!

Friday, February 2, 2018

I have to say that I've been really loving my homemade glass paint palette since I made it over a year ago! Your paint swirls around on it so nicely--which is amazing for colour mixing--and you can easily scoop up every last bit of paint with your brush, leaving behind barely any residue, which means so much less wasting of expensive paints! And it's soooo cheap to make one! Being that I've been painting a lot lately, and have been realizing my appreciation for this amazing painting tool even more, it dawned on me that this would be a great tutorial to show my fellow artist followers/subscribers, so I whipped up this little tutorial for you - I hope you'll be as crazy about it as I am! Let's take a look...