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Art by Regina Lord

A quick little watercolor and ink drawing that I did a couple of weeks ago. I finally got around to taking a photo of it.

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BBB E-course Winners!

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It is so hard to pick only a few winners when everyone had such wonderful things to say about their friends/family.

Congratulations to all the winners. Please email me (regina AT creativekismet DOT com) ASAP.

You can see the instagram winners HERE

and the Facebook winners HERE.

Thank you to everyone who played!

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Birds, Blooms & Butterflies E-course Giveaway

giveawayI am feeling like a big giveaway is in order.  I had meant to do this earlier–but…well.. you know… Better late than never, right?

So here is how it is gonna go down.

There are 3 ways to win and there are 8 spots open  (8 is my favorite number).
p.s. Those who have already purchased this class are still eligible.

#1 – NONIMATE A FRIEND (3 Winners)

Have a special friend, significant other, family member who could really use a boost and a bit of creative fun.  I want to hear about it.  Share why this person is so special to you. Leave a comment in the comments section below.

#1 – INSTAGRAM (3 Winners)

Instagram is quickly becoming my favorite social media site. It’s where I share the most tidbits of my life and my art.   If you love IG too and have an account, then follow me @regina_creativekismet and look for the giveaway photo. Repost the photo and use hashtag #bbbecoursegiveaway

#1 – FACEBOOK (2 Winners)

Head on over to my facebook page for another chance to win a spot. Make sure to like my page, share this post on your timeline and leave a comment.

Learn more about my E-course –>> HERE <<–  Class starts this Sunday, July 12th!

Thank you so much for sharing the love!

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faces under 30 minutes

art by Regina Lord

One of my favorite ways to challenge myself artistically, is to paint simple faces in under 30 minutes, especially when I am short on time.

Above are four that I did last week in my art journal. The top two with watercolor crayons and the bottom two are with acrylic paint.

It keeps me happy when I can paint what I want in my journal, at a moment’s notice.  Nothing fancy, just quick and fun.

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Summer Sale and E-course Updates

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Having a little summer sale.  From now until July 4th @midnight, everything in my etsy shop is 20% off!  Use coupon code SUMMERFUN.

Also, I have finally fixed the bugs in my computer and everything is running happily and smoothly in the e-course department. Yay!  The new date to start is July 12th!  Only 6 days behind schedule.  I will be continuing the early bird special for another week!

Four  beautiful weeks of happy, bright and colorful painting projects, tips, techniques and fun crafty videos to bring the birds, blooms and butterflies out of your art journal and into your home.

Read more about it HERE.

Early Bird price is $55 — Regular price is $75
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Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

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ArtResin Review

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The very kind folks at ArtResin sent me a sample kit a while back to test and review. Although I had a few issues with this product, overall I was still quite pleased and will need to work with it a bit more to get the issues worked out.

Art Pendants by Regina Lord

I had previously been using IceResin for my art pendant jewelry.  These pendants are fairly popular at my art shows and I like making little wearable tokens of my art.  I have tried Diamond Glaze and glass inserts, and they always ended up yellowing and bubbling and are not permanent.  Not good! I felt a resin technique would make them more durable and more significant.

Art Pendants by Regina Lord

I was excited to try ArtResin because of having issues with Ice Resin bleeding into the paper, making it look stained in spots and sometimes around the edges. Unfortunately, this one does the same. I have tried many methods too. I have used tape ( I don’t like how it makes the image look grainy), several different  sealers (Mod Podge, Collage Pauge, pva glue) and I even bought the special SLK Paper Sealer. I sealed the front and back and plus a couple more coats just for fun. Some would turn out and some didn’t — a total crap shoot.  And let me tell you, a wasted pendant is wasted money. Not good for the business finances.

Art Pendants by Regina Lord

With the ArtResin, I was able to, at least, save these pendant trays. I scraped out the resin, wiped them with alcohol pads and soaked them in water to soften the paper image and scrape it out. Then I cleaned them again with alcohol and the pendants are good to go for another attempt. I hadn’t been able to do this before without ruining the pendant and it remaining sticky to the touch. So, there is hope.

Pros and cons of this product:

Pros-
* Very clear, glossy and hard finish
* 30 minute work window and 8 hour drying time.
* Bubbles pop easily enough, but still felt compelled to use a heat gun for safe measure.
* Easy mixing
* Safe, non-toxic formula, no vocs
* Cost effective – only $1.54 per ounce plus free US shipping.
Cons-
* Paper images bleed if not properly sealed.
* Only available in 16oz bottles, which is great for large projects, but 8oz would be nice for smaller projects.

I will definitely be buying ArtResin for future projects.  I know there is a way to stop the paper images from bleeding, I just need to figure it out! Please help if you know of a great, magical secret! I would LOVE to hear it!

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Family Vacation

Just back from a lovely little family vacation to San Diego, our favorite go-to summer spot.  We took Freya with us this time and stayed at a pet friendly hotel on Dog Beach. We all had a great time watching her enjoy the water.

The weather was a little gloomy and cold (for us). But we enjoyed every second knowing we would be going back to 100+ degree weather.

Now we are back and I have piles of work to do. The hard drive of my computer crashed when we got home. Thank goodness we were able to save all my files –a good reminder to back everything up!

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Birds, Blooms & Butterflies E-course (Early Bird Sale)

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies E-course

My e-course is now available for a special early bird price!

Lessons include:
*Making a beautiful art journal to do all of your lessons in.
*Drawing – learn the basics and then we can build up from there.
*Color theory. Make your paintings bright and vibrant.
*Simple painting techniques to build a strong base.
*Mixed media techniques for adding depth and texture.
*Fun craft projects with paper, clay and rubber stamping.

4 weeks of painting colorful, vibrant and whimsical birds, blooms and butterflies.
*Starts July 12th
*4-6 lessons per week
*Follow along or go at your own pace
*Videos and content will be available to you for one year so you can continue to practice and learn
*Facebook group page for sharing and connecting with other group members.

Early Bird price is $55 — Regular price is $75
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Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

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Instagram May Hightlights

May was such a beautiful, eventful and exhausting month. I always forget how busy the last month of school is with all the events, parties and projects. My oldest finished 8th grade with flying colors. We are very excited about his next school time adventure into high school.

May weather was spectacular! The best I can remember.  Cool, cloudy, a bit of rain. We tried to take full advantage with lost of walking, hiking and bike rides.  Last day of May and we’ve hit the yucky 100 degrees.  It will only get hotter from here on out.

Just a few more of my favorites this month.  A visiting hawk, my awesome bike, gorgeous peonies and a lovely cup of joe.

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journal pages

art by Regina Lord

Nothing like sick kids, last week of school and 8th grade graduation (plus activities) to really throw you off your rocker! I had so many other things planned, but everything got completely pushed way back.

Art by Regina Lord

I did find a wee bit of time to play in one of my art journals.  They started out as quickies (20 minute portraits) that I do right before bedtime — just to get some paint time in. Then sometimes, I go back at the them the next day to add a little more detail.

art by Regina Lord

Fun, no pressure and good practice.

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