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Painting Challenge: Famous Landmark

I just returned from England (thank you Fi Elizabeth!) and saw so many famous landmarks:  Stonehenge, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and much more.  So, it won’t be a surprise to find out that our challenge this week is to… Paint a famous landmark.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and…

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Painting Challenge: The Beach

Let’s pack up some sunscreen and snacks… and go to the beach! Paint a beach.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #beach Deadline September 23, 2022, 11:59 pm ET Beach umbrellas, waves, sand… it’s so much fun to paint!   Do not worry about being photo-realistic. …

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Painting Challenge: Wildlife

This week, let’s virtually go out into the wilderness…. and Paint wildlife.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #wildlife Deadline September 16, 2022, 11:59 pm ET What is the prize?    Paul Hopkinson is our sponsor this week.  He is an amazing artist and teaches…

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Painting Challenge: Paint the Reference Photo

We are doing something completely different this week.   Everyone uses the same reference photo. Paint Diann’s tulip reference photo.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #PaintThisPhoto Deadline September 9, 2022, 11:59 pm ET It will be interesting and fun to see how everyone paints the…

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Painting Challenge: Bees

Bees are so important to our environment.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a third of the world’s food production depends on bees. S0… This week’s challenge is to… Paint bees.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #bees Deadline…

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Painting Challenge: Clouds

This week, look up to the sky and… Paint clouds.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #clouds Deadline August 26, 2022, 11:59 pm ET Rain clouds, white puffy clouds, dark ominous clouds — any type of cloud.  There are many cloud tutorials on YouTube.   I…

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Painting Challenge: Botanical Art

Let’s get back to nature this week and… Paint botanical art.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #botanicalart Deadline August 19, 2022, 11:59 pm ET What is Botanical Art?    Whole plants or parts of plants.  Here are some examples I have painted.   I…

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Beatles Tribute by Sofa City Sweetheart

Listen to Beatles songs performed live by Sofa City Sweetheart.  EDIT:   Here is the recording from August 21, 2022. Hopefully he will sing some of his original songs too!   He’s an amazing musician. Sofa City Sweetheart is the music project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Juan Antonio Lopez.  You can listen to his music on any…

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Abstract Mixed Media tutorial

It was a fun ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA class today!  Thanks to all who joined and painted along with me. In this tutorial, I used CaranD’Ache Fancolor watercolor set, Ebony pencil, Kuretake Ink pen, Schmincke Acrylic ink, Dr. Ph Hydrus watercolor and acrylic ink, Color Burst powder, SketchBox Pigment powder, QoR watercolor. Here is the collection…

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Sketchbox Social Squad Program

Want to earn rewards, discounts, and exclusive gifts from Sketchbox? Attention SketchBoxers and fans: SketchBox just launched their Social Squad program that you can earn rewards, discounts, and exclusive gifts by tagging @getsketchbox on social media from your public account.   This is a free program to join and your first post will get you $5…

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Winners – World Watercolor Month 2022

Here are the random winners for the challenge: World Watercolor Month!      Winners:   If you won a product, please email your complete mailing address to diann.wbb@gmail.com.   If you are outside the USA, please include phone number since international shipping documents require phone number.   If you won an online course, please email me your name.…

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Painting Challenge: Mixed Media

Let’s mix it up this week.   Let’s do paintings with watercolor — and any other medium! Paint mixed media.      Include the topic hashtag in your Watercolor – Beginners and Beyond Facebook group post: #mixedmedia Deadline August 12, 2022, 11:59 pm ET Your mixed media could be watercolor and ink (line and wash)…   watercolor…