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How to Make Watercolor Gold Paint in Four Easy Steps

In this tutorial, I will show you an easy and economical way to make watercolor gold paint. It is simple to apply, creates amazing effects and is not costly like real gold-leaf ...

Watercolor Tutorial for Beginners: Iris Flower

Every time I see colorful iris flowers on the wayside out in the country here in Japan, I simply can’t resist taking photos. The purple and yellow color specks on the ...

Notebooks and More in Japanese Retail Stores

There’s nothing like nature’s own brush strokes to inspire colorful artwork. When I was requested by a Japanese gift shop company to create artwork based on sea ...

Journal Idea with Hand Lettering for Creativity and Relaxation

Are you looking for some fresh new journal ideas? Whether you are just discovering this excellent tool for self-exploration or you’re a veteran, here’s an easy way ...

What is Mindfulness Through Art?

Mindfulness is a state of being where you are fully present and paying attention.  Engaging in creative activity is one of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness and ...

How to Relax and Play with Watercolor

Watercolor painting is simple and easy if you want to just relax and are not aiming at a masterpiece. It’s an excellent way to unplug and requires nothing more than a love ...

Vintage Beetle Illustration and Colorful Bug Photos

This week's art inspiration is an illustration of beetles eating away on a linden tree leaf. I love the bold, graphic lines in this artwork, with details few have the ...

2019-04-10

Creative Burst with Colored Pencils: Coloring Calendar 2019

It’s my pleasure to share some magnificent coloring artwork done by Jacquelyn Elliott of Shiga, Japan. She has been coloring in the Coloring Calendar 2019 that I ...

How to Transfer a Printable Line Drawing to Watercolor Paper

For most of my watercolor and drawing tutorials, you have the option of downloading a free PDF with line art that you can print out, trace and then transfer to watercolor paper ...

​How to Draw and Watercolor a Realistic Tanager Bird

Contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to be very exact in order to create a realistic drawing of a bird. Drawing birds present one challenge in particular, namely ...

Why Meditation Creates More Time Than it Takes

How many times have you told yourself that you want to meditate but you just can’t find the time? Your daily routine is already set, too many responsibilities...it feels ...

Easy Watercolor Color Scheme No. 2 for Illuminated Letter C

To demonstrate what a big difference color can make to watercolor painting, I have created a second video tutorial for the illuminated letter C illustration. This time ...

Art Inspiration: Antique Fairy Tale Book

As most Japanese families do, we live in a small home with limited space for bookshelves. So instead of lining walls, I have boxes full of beautiful antique and vintage books ...

2019-02-19

​Why Creativity and Meditation is a Feedback Loop

If you’re like most of us, you feel great when you find yourself rooted in a deep, creative flow. Whether you’re drawing, painting, writing, playing an instrument, ...

Easy Watercolor Color Scheme: Illuminated Letter C

Do you find yourself using the same colors over and over again in your artwork? I sure do. I tend to automatically gravitate towards certain color combinations, stuck in the ...

Packaging Illustration and Design for Souvenir Chocolate Box in Japan

Chocolate is the perfect gift! For the chocolate box shown here, I illustrated and designed the packaging, complete with Cecilie O. branding. Visit Enoshima Island just outside ...

Finding Comfort with Watercolor and Hand Lettering

Watercolor with hand lettering can bring comforts when you need to just relax and get out of your head. Watching colors swirls in a pool of water on your page is soothing. As ...

​Illuminated Lettering: Letter B with Watercolor and Gold Paint

Medieval illuminated manuscripts abound in beautiful versions of letter B that can be copied and recreated. But wouldn’t it be fun to draw your own version of an ...

Illuminated Lettering: Creative Drawing of Letter A with Watercolor Flowers

In this tutorial, I have drawn letter A, the start of a creative adventure with an illuminated lettering alphabet, where I combine interesting letter shapes with flowers, birds ...

Easy Watercolor: How to Select Paper for Amazing Effects

If you are new to watercolor, you are probably wondering what kind of paper you should use. After all, you want to get some amazing effects without too much work. The answer is ...