Greetings, movers and shakers and BBQ makers!

It’s been a while!  I need to get a move on if I expect to finish these this year.  Two a week from now through the end of September, this I so pledge!  I’ll raise my pretend sword and everything.

This week I’m working with a resist, specifically gloss gel medium with watercolor.  You can use any kind of resist, whether it’s masking fluid, gel medium, oil pastel, or even crayon.


The pods and Xs were stenciled on with gel medium before I started going bananas with the watercolor.


The effect is subtle but awesome!


I used a bunch of Twinkling H2Os to give it some shimmer and topped it off with a stenciled sacred heart in iridescent gold acrylic.


Splatters and drips!


I got my eye on you.

Thanks for watching, now go paint something!



Sarah wants to know how everything works. She also has a short attention span and is addicted to coffee. Those two things are probably not mutually exclusive.


froebelsternchen · August 22, 2014 at 2:00 am

she is amazing!

    sarah · August 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much!!

AnnDAngelo · August 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Gorgeous! She is so soulful!

You make watercolor look both easy to work with AND adaptable – like when you wiped off and re-did the upper lip. I have to get rid of my mental block (and maybe watch this video five more times – LOL). Love the drips. Also love watching you develop and build up the layers of definition and shading on the nose and neck.

The resist is beautiful! <3

    sarah · August 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you!! <3

    I think watercolor is both easy to work with and adaptable… Once you get over the learning curve and stop expecting to be able to control it. Sometimes it's uncontrollable (once it dries! when it's wet it's pretty easy to control. Just grab a paper towel.. lol!) Just do it already. 😉

Cindy D. · August 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

So damn pretty! Be careful or your work is going to skew much more to the pretty! Sparkly neck design – so cool! You know I had the best intention to follow along the whole time, then life happened. But it's always so cool to watch the painting coming to life! (And maybe one day I will do a video. Aaaaaah.)

I have to admit that beginning part was a bit of a nail-biter for me. She seems to be doing something. But what? White paint design… on white paper? What is happening? Wait, I bet it will add some subtle pattern later! It did! The color and splatter and patterning is terrific! I will admit the black design on the eyes is not my favorite part. Maybe because it so stark against the subtle, soft color of the rest. But overall, beautiful!

Catch up! OMG. Maybe do a series of small paintings? Or did you hope to do all 8×10 or bigger? OH! Do another one of those super cool circus-y ones with the frames. If you are taking votes. Probably you aren't. LOL (Oh, and one more smile? Maybe? A monochromatic?) 😛

    sarah · August 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    hahahha I adore you, you crackhead. <3

    I think I do the black to keep it from being too pretty. hahaha I do the heavy black eyes on all of my watercolor girls, so I assume that's what's going on. I don't know! I just like it!

    No no, I've been doing all sizes, so that's not much of a concern… I can't do another circusy one since I did that already! I will probably do another one though eventually just because it was fun.. plus I bought a big frame to make a mold out of so that I can do singles. OMG I NEED MORE HOURS.

    Okay a smile! this week!

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