Looking Back: February

Hi!

February is coming to an end already. I really can’t believe it. I’m still catching up from Christmas!!

Well, excitedly, February has been my best blogging month so far, which is really fun. I’ve really enjoyed blogging and hope to keep it up for a while! Thanks much for stopping by, y’all!

The first post I made this month was, hehe, “Looking Back: January” 😄 (check that out  here) I like to do a overview of the past month and all that it had in it.

The next one was a quick little Valentine’s card tutorial I did. I really liked making that post. (Come see that HERE)

I had been stashing yup a few sunset/rise pictures and I put them all in one post. (Here)

I was excited to share my February Bullet Journal setup with you all. (right here)

Megan over @abarefootgal recently re-designed my blog here (of which I’m extremely grateful!) which I love so much. (over here)

I had a few photos to share and I announced my new Young Living essential oils page. (You can see that here)

I have tried a few of Savvy Minerals blushes of late and I did a full-on review on them. (HERE)

I have been making quite a lot of ATC’s lately and made a quick post about them. (See here)

And then I did a Savvy Minerals lipstick review. I had a fun time taking pictures for this’n! (HERE)

I reviewed a bit of art I’ve done lately. (right HERE)

I was recently nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award, (thanks again, Lydia!!) and I posted about it. (here)

I stashed up some more recent photos and I have joined POTP by Meg’s Life. (see that right here)

The other day I was playing around with all of my different watercolor formats and posted about that. (See that here)

I have had fun this month blogging and hope to keep it up for March! Thank you all so, so much for reading! Have a wonderful last day of February, 2019!

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Do you have anything fun coming up in March? Dogs or Cats? Do you like to swim?

Testing All Of My Watercolor Mediums

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Hi!

I am SO happy it paused raining today! I went outside and sat, just watercoloring, for a few hours, soaking in all the sun! I’m so glad God gave us a hint of Spring today; I would’ve gone crazy without it! (He probably new that😁)

Also: Thank you guys so much for 60 followers! Thank you so much for reading my little blog here. It has been a fun journey(:

MOVING ON…

I have acquired a few different versions of watercolors over the past little while, and I wanted to test them all out, and I thought y’all might like to see!

I have these small pieces of paper cut out for swatching, which is almost my favorite part. It’s so fun to see all the colors on the page.

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I decided to start with my tube paints first, so that I could give them ample amount of time to dry. The brand of these paints are the Royal Langnickel Essentials. I really like these paints and how saturated they are compared to some of the others. They can also be layered well, which I’m a big fan of. I think you can get these paints on Amazon

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I put them all out on my palette I got HERE and then went to get some water.

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I love how bright the colors are, especially the violet! I love the color Prussian blue, too.

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Next I did some swatches with this super old Crayola watercolor palette we had. I knew these wouldn’t be very good quality or colors, but they were watercolor…😒 The blue turned out well!

Heh. Yeah, that’s all I had to say about them(:

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Then I used this old (even older than the last one) watercolor set. This was the one I loved to use before I got my Windsor and Newton palette last year. This is a Prang Oval-8 palette. This is a great palette for beginners, and it’s very affordable😊

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As you can see, It’s been “well loved”

This is my Winsor & Newton compact watercolor set, which is my favorite. (They also come in bunches of different formats, not just compact😁)

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These are all of the swatches on this page. I’m actually happy I did this because I had no comparison swatches. (All of them together)

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Then I started swatching all the watercolor pencils. The brand of watercolor pencils we have are the Conté a paris aquarelle pencils. I found this set at a yard sale in the fall and I hadn’t really used them until recently. I would totally recommend these are the Winsor and Newton ones to anyone(:

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So How these work is: You sketch the color with the plain pencil down THEN add water. (It took me forever to figure this out!)  I have heard of people putting water ON the pencil, but I have found that that doesn’t quite give the same effect.

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I wanted to see if they blended well together, so I swatched them all beside each other.

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Then I added water. I think they do blend well! I like how this turned out. I shall be using this technique in the future. (Also: do y’all have any tips for watercolor pencils? I’m all ears!)

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Oh, while I’m on it, I am using the Marvy Watercolor brush pen. I love this one. It’s the perfect thing for traveling, mainly because it’s (pretty well) self-cleaning, and it holds it’s own water. I also have used the Pentel version, but I like these better.

The other brushes I’m using are the Yohino brand from Amazon(:

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Then I quickly switched out something. I planned on using at least one color from each medium.

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The overalls and from the Prang palette, the hair from the tubes, and the shirt from the Crayola palette.

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And the rest was the watercolor pencils. Definitely not one of my favorite illustrations, but for not quite knowing what they’d all be like together, it’s okay.

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I wasn’t fully satisfied with that last illustrations, so I quickly sketched out and eye to see how it’d do.

I used a few different palettes and tubes for this iris.

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I used the Crayola palette for the eyebrow, which was quite the mistake, but then I used the watercolor pencils for the eyelashes and skin.

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Thank y’all much for reading! Can you all believe it’s already almost MARCH??!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Some Recent Art

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HEY! Are you well?

I have been busy doing lots of art over the past week, and I wanted to show you all! I have been trying to get into illustrations lately, because I like a certain style, and hey, why not try it out? Hehe. Alrighty, lets get to it, shall we?

And more ATC’s. (I have a post with more here(: ) I really like making these!

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I made a birthday card for one of my Mom’s friends. (It seems like there are a lot of birthdays in February for me…🤔)

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Then there’s this oddly lighted and angled photo of one of my illustrations. (Heh!) I like this one. (It oddly resembles my cousin…) I have more illustrations, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of them):

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Hehe. Then, of course I had to take some super aesthetic photos! (AHEM. WHY IS MY FOOT IN THERE? 😂)

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I haven’t “watercolored” in a while, so I quickly sketched something out…

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Voila! I like this one. (Hehe, whenever I paint/draw a house it has a red door!)

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Yet another quick sketch…

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I like how this one turned out, too. The first one was supposedly a mountains cape, and this one is a farm scape. (I didn’t use any references, so I don’t know how accurate these are🤣)

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Then I started lining out another illustration. I found this piece of paper and decided to put it to good use!

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TAA DAA! I like how she turned out okay. I think I’ll remember next time not to use Tombow brush pens, though.

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These were the thumbnails I used.

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I think I’ll use this one for later. (: I like it((:

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And then this. ((: Hehe. I like this random girl on a chair! (;

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The Supermoon tonight(:

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed making all the art.  Thank y’all so much for reading! I hope your day is great!

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Would you like to see more art in the future? Do you have a favorite piece? Can you see the supermoon tonight? Do you like illustrations?

A New Design?! Yes!

Hello, all!

EEP! I’m so excited!

Megan @  A Barefoot Gal offers this AMAZING blog design service on her wonderful blog, and I contacted her, not even a week ago, and she designed my blog beautifully. (and super quickly! I mean really, 5 days? Wow!)

She designed my whole blog, but she also offers things separately: a Button, (which I was very excited to get😄) A header, Sidebar graphics, A Signoff, pretty much anything you want! And she does them so well and is very easy to contact! She got back to me quickly.

If you are wanting a new “do” for your blog, definitely go to Megan! (She’s awesome😁)

Thanks much for reading!

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2019 BUJO Setup, Day 3

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Aloha, Friends!

Today I have more pages setup! I’m excited to share them with you! This is a water tracker. Set your goal for drinking water before you start. They say that you’re supposed to drink 8 8oz. cups of water everyday. that is my goal for this month. First I gather some supplies. A black pen of some sort, a ruler, and a blue pen. (I’m using one of my Tombow Dual Brush pens)

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Start by drawing a “|+___” And connect them together. Leave some space above, on the sides, and below.

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Start by writing your goal of cups of water starting with #1 at the bottom of the page moving up. Remember: you are writing this outside the “L” on the part of it that’s going up.

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Once you set your goal, on outside of the line that’s going up; on the outside of the line that’s going sideways write out all the days of the month evenly. (as you can see mine could’ve been a little neater😜)

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Now get out your blue pen and fill in the amount of water you drank that day in line with the day, below. And there you have it! pretty simple!

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This is what it looks like now. It was a few days ago that I took these pictures.

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Sorry about all this wacky lighting!

Well, there’s today’s post! Come back tomorrow!

Thank you for reading, dears!

~theJunebugblog

Looking back: 2018

Hello!

Today, as 2018 is no longer, I am going to review the posts I did this {past} year! I love doing these kinds of posts. It’s so fun to look back!

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This was my first post in 2018. It was a collaboration of many different posts. (All of these pictures are linked, so check ’em out, ifn’s you can!)

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This is my first “Art Day” in 2018. I shudder to see some of this artwork! (:

 

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This was one of my favorite posts to do. It was fun to make the things for the post!

 

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Another “Art Day.”

 

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Yet Another…

 

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Woods, Rain and the Moon

Woods, Rain and the Moon. I really liked this one at the time!

 

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Some Different Things…

 

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Art Day, #10

 

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A roll-up pencil carrier that I made for a friend.

 

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Some pictures from our trip to Tennessee.

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A “Much Overdue Art Day,” So called (;

 

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Some Spring Photography(:

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Watercolor Place card Wreath Tutorial.

 

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“A Rainy Day in May”

 

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Chalk-paint piano transformation

I recently painted our piano…..

 

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My Friend and I made a Fort…

 

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My Story about our move, “Returning Home.”

 

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My Brush Lettering (the letter A) tutorial.

 

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Happy Birthday, Junebugblog!

 

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Looking Back: Summer.

 

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Fall/Random Photos.

 

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Christmas Countdown, Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, AANNNDD 17. Whew!

 

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I made a quick post on Christmas day.

Well, that is it! 38 posts in my first whole year! I hope for a year just as good as this past one!

Are there any posts you want to see from me this year? What was your favorite post in 2018?

Have a great start to this New Year!

~theJunebugblog

Brush Lettering: A

Just a heads up, all of the Brush Lettering things I post will be on my brush lettering page(:

Hey everyone!

How are you?

Today I will be showing how to Brush Letter “A”

I will be doing tutorials from A-Z. I hope you enjoy!

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To start, practice warm-ups (here) and write with the pen parallel to the paper. Pleas don’t hold the pen on the point! It will damage your Brush Pen. (fray it)

 

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Once you’ve done your hand warm-ups and have practiced, you’re ready to go!

                              SCRIPT

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The “a” is fairly easy. It consists of and “O” with a tail. (as shown) *Remember: hold pen parallel!* I like to practice a a lot, because it helps prepare for harder letters.

Easy, right?

It might take a few tries before you get it, but you will!

                                   BLOCK

Yay! I love block letters(:

Do these again.

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Once you’ve done your hand warm-ups and have practiced, you’re ready to go!

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The Block letter “A” is, as I think of it, an upside down “U”. I usually put my bar in the lower part, but you could do it high, low, or middle!

Pretty easy. Easy than the script “A”, I think.

And again, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Or, just try again.😄

Thank you for reading! Happy lettering!

Bye!

~theJunebugblog

DIY! How to paint Place card Wreaths!

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Hello everyone! How are you all? Well, today I have a tutorial! (if you want to see my last one, click here) I have been making little wreaths with initials inside and have been sending some to friends, and I thought you all might like to try and to see how I did it!

I said “place card” in the picture, but the things I am about to show aren’t place cards, but instead of doing one square of paper, you could cut a rectangle and fold it in half and you will have a cute place card! I just wanted to let you know, incase you’re going, “Ummm… those aren’t place cards” (: I hope you enjoy!

1. Floral Place card wreath

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Start with a square of watercolor (or any sturdy paper) paper. I cut mine, for this, about the size of a bottle cap, so it’s rather small. You can make it any size or length you want, but for the wreath you want to stay more in the square zone(:

Next, draw a circle inside the square. I used a little round eraser to get a perfect circle shape, so if you have a round object that is a good size, use it!

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I like to use a smaller brush. For these paintings I’m using a size 2 brush (photo) and a size 0.

Now, we are going to do flowers, so mix the colors that you wish. To start out I did a Magenta/Reddish-purple color, one of my favorites(:

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Roses are some of my favorite things to paint with watercolor. When you start, you make a little jelly bean shape as the center of your flower, not to big.

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Then, add two medium-thick lines top and bottom of the center of the flower. (Remember not to let them touch to much or it will just look like a blob(:  )

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Then, beside the two medium-thick lines you just made, put two more (not so thick lines) on both sides of those. When you are finished with that, add a few decorative lines. You have a flower! Not to hard, right?

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Make a few more flowers around the circle you made, staying around the same size. I lightened my colors as I went around with more red, but you can do whatever you like. I have done all different kinds. If you like blue, mix a medium blue with a teeny bit of grey, It’s also one of my favorite flower colors(: Do you like your results on this?

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Next you’re going to write the initial. I am using my Micron tip pen (it’s called a Le Pen) to do it.

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I just picked a random letter. Now, If you want a bit less floral, look below for the next one!

2. Floral + Ivy wreath

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Start with the your paper again. (Remember, you can use whatever shape you want as long as it’s in the shape category)

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Now, paint 2-4 flowers, just like before, depending on how many you want. You can do them wherever you want. I like to paint them across from each other.

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Now mix the color of the leaves. I went with a darkish shamrock green. (light green mixed with a bit of medium blue)

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Paint the green thinly around the circle, trying not to touch the flowers. Then while the green lines are still wet, take your brush and go outward, creating the leaf shape. (photo)

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Do that all the way around or until you like the results. What do you think?

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Yay! I really like how this one turned out(: If you want to know how to do the lettering, see below.

Quick detour: Handlettering

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Start with a scrap piece of paper.

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Grab your tools. You can have and use anything for these little letters. I have a brush pen (Le Plumme II, I believe, which you can get here) with a thin Le Pen side and a brush pen side, There are watercolor brush pens, which are good, one of my favorites, (I wouldn’t recommend using it for this tutorial, though. The tend to have a mind of their own for small letters.) and there are brush markers, which I like.

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Now, for hand lettering you widen the downstrokes, or press hard on the side for thickness, and and you lighten and raise the pen up for upstrokes, creating a thin line. (the photo shows the brush pen and the watercolor brush pen) practice this over and over until you’ve gotten the hang of it.

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Now, practice down and upstrokes on letters until you get the hang of it.

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Now, if you don’t have a brush pen or marker, grab a pen, any kind. Write a normal letter. (It doesn’t have to be cursive. This is good for any font or style.)

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It is pretty much the same thing as a brush pen. Widening the downstrokes.

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Then, when you widen the downstrokes and fill it in, VIOLA! You just did hand lettering! pretty easy, right? OK, back to art.

3. Full Ivy wreath

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This is one of my favorites to do. For the ivy on this one I did a darker green. start on three sides, just like the flowers on the last one.

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Continue and go all the way around. Done! That is probably the easiest. I love the way it looks! I did a few wispy lines coming out of the leaves for extra effect. (:

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Add your Initial. Done!

4. Berry wreath

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Now for the berry wreath, the last one, do the same exact thing like the floral/ivy wreath, just instead of flowers, do dots as berries for a more subtle look.

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Finished!

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Yay! this was fun! I hope you enjoyed! Comment below which one was your favorite and which one you might make! Thank you for reading!

~thejunebugblog