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Blueberries | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial

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This week, I'm super super excited to be sharing how to mix another one of my favorite blue colors. One that I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! We're learning how to mix navy blue paint!

Navy is such a gorgeous and classic color. It is used in so many designs, and for good reason! I am so excited for y'all to listen to the color theory section of this tutorial - because there are a couple of insights that you may not have thought of before - I know they were new to me, but make perfect sense now!

Learning to mix navy blue is going to come in so much handy for y'all as you design custom paintings and shop products. My sweet couples often request this color for their custom calligraphy vows (the number one requested color for sure!), and it is my go-to mixture to use both for men's wedding suits, and for painting jeans. It is also a great color to use in landscapes, both as accents for skies and ocean scenes. The uses are truly endless!

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Want to learn watercolor alongside over 675 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color, a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

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photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor blueberries and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Violet Grapes | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial

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This week, we're actually going back to the basics and learning how to mix a color from the color wheel. We're learning how to mix violet!

Violet is a wonderful color for us to practice, because it allows us to remember the concepts of the color wheel. It allows us to see how two primary colors come together to create a secondary color - and to see how a primary and secondary color come together to create a tertiary color!

During our tutorial, I'm chatting about when it is best to use each tertiary shade based on the emotions you want to evoke in your painting, as well as where you want to show highlights versus shadows.

How to paint watercolor violet grapes! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

Want to learn watercolor alongside over 650 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color, a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

How to paint watercolor violet grapes! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor grapes and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

How to Assemble Vintage Stamps

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Earlier, I shared a blog post about my favorite sources for wedding postage. My favorite vintage stamps? They're from Verde Studio

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While the question about where I source my vintage stamps is often the first question I receive, the follow up question is always - how do I assemble vintage stamps on my wedding envelopes? I normally assemble the vintage stamps for my brides, but if you are assembling them on your own - I wanted to share my top 3 favorite tips with you today!

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tip 1: individually tear your postage stamps

Like current post office stamps, vintage stamps come in "books" - aka sheets of stamps. Rather than the peel-and-stick style postage books, many vintage stamps are perforated sheets that simply need to be torn into individual stamps. 

When assembling your wedding invitations, I recommend tearing your stacks of vintage stamp books into individual postage stamps. This will make your overall assembly process much faster! If I'm working on a small order (ex: shower invitations with a quantity of 25 or less), I may opt to simply tear as I go. However, for orders over 25 - I always like to tear them individually first to save time in the long run!

Some vintage stamps do come in the more modern peel-and-stick style - so I leave those in the full booklets  and peel as I go, since their adhesive is stickier!

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tip 2: choosing the best layout

Once I have my postage stamps individually torn and in piles based on stamp style, it's time to select how my postage stamps will be organized on the mailing envelopes. Virginia (the owner of Verde Studio) is so amazing, and sends her recommendations about layout when she sends your order! But if you're determining your postage stamp layout on your own, here are my tips:

  • Arrange them from the largest stamps on the right hand side of the envelope, to the smallest stamps on the left. Not only is this a pretty aesthetic - but it also allows more room for envelope calligraphy in the center of your envelope!
  • Stack horizontal stamps on top of each other. This tip is a space saver - especially if you're using $0.90 worth of postage and have to fit 5-6 stamps per envelope!
  • Consider color - while I always like to use the size rule as my guide, it's also important to consider color when arranging your stamps! When possible, mix lighter colored stamps between any dark colors to add white space, and avoid putting two of the same colored stamps next to each other.

Pro tip: After you've selected your vintage stamp layout, physically organize your stamp piles in this order on your desk! This will help speed up your assembly process, and will take the guess work out of which stamp to grab next.

tip 3: use a glue stick

If you've ever held vintage stamps in person, you may remember that the back sides have a slightly gummy adhesive. However, they are not incredibly sticky, and the vintage stamps themselves more often resemble thin paper than a coated stamp.

One of the more traditional ways to assemble and adhere vintage stamps to envelopes is to take a sponge, lay it on your desk, and then dab your adhesive side of your vintage stamp on the sponge, then attach it to your envelope. The water is supposed to activate the gummy adhesive. I've done this in the past, and it's a tad messy, pretty time consuming, and not always reliable (some of the stamps started curling up after a while).

I've also tried using a double sided tape roller, but that is also a bit time consuming, and doesn't allow all of the edges of the stamps to seamlessly stick to your envelopes.

So, my go-to way to assemble and adhere vintage stamps to envelopes? Glue sticks! Yep, that's right, old school Elmer's Glue Sticks - the disappearing purple kind. Don't worry, the purple doesn't discolor the envelopes if you accidentally get some outside the stamp area!

This trick is definitely the fastest and most secure assembly option - and it usually only takes one or two swipes of the glue stick per stamp based on the stamp size! I use the larger 0.77 oz size, which helps with making less swipes on the stamps!

*Please note: the peel-and-stick vintage stamps do not need glue sticks - their adhesive is strong enough to simply stick to the envelope without any extra help! 

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any other vintage stamp questions for me, let me know and I'll answer them in another blog post! I'll be writing one soon about how to leave enough room on your envelopes for envelope calligraphy when using vintage stamps, and can't wait to share more about that! 


This post contains affiliate links, however the thoughts are all fully my own! I would still share this blog post and recommend these sources without being an affiliate!

Pink Hydrangea | Color Cocktails Watercolor Tutorial Series

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Earlier in our series, we learned how to mix the perfect blush color. It was a delicate, warm blush - and this week's pink is a cooler toned peony pink!

It is so important to know how to mix both cool and warm versions of the same color, so that you are able to smartly add highlights (warm areas) and shadows (cool areas) to your paintings. So I encourage y'all to get comfortable with both colors, and use them together frequently throughout your pieces!

How to paint watercolor pink hydrangea! Fun and free watercolor videos by Simply Jessica Marie! Learn to mix new colors each week and paint with that color! | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

 

Want to learn watercolor alongside over 600 sweet budding artist friends? We'd love to have you!! Each Friday, I'll be teaching a 15-20 minute watercolor video tutorial. In the lessons, I cover how to mix a unique color (no typical color wheel colors here!), a bit of the psychology behind that color and how to best use it in your paintings, and I'm even sharing a quick and sweet practice piece, so you can follow along and continue painting throughout the week!

 

GET WEEKLY WATERCOLOR VIDEO TUTORIALS

SENT DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX EACH FRIDAY!!

Upon signing up - you'll receive two key emails from me first, before receiving these watercolor tutorials! Because friend, I want to set you up for success before having you dive straight into painting!

The first email (which may be my fav!) includes my go-to art supplies list, with a printable shopping list! It has recommendations for my favorite paper, paint, paintbrushes, palette, etc. - along with where I love buying my supplies! In this email, you'll also get invited to our fun watercolor artist Facebook community!

The second email will include my 3 favorite tips for infusing art into your busy schedule - so you can find the perfect time to practice alongside us in our weekly practice series! I don't want to add any stress to your plate, so this guide is truly helpful for getting you started on the right foot!

Then, you'll start receiving your weekly watercolor tutorial lessons each Friday morning! I cannot wait to dive into a unique color concoction with y'all each week, and learn alongside you!

photo by the SC Stockshop

I cannot wait to see the beautiful watercolor hydrangea and other paintings y'all create this week after watching our tutorials! 

 If you practice along and share on insta, make sure to use #sjmcolorcocktails and tag @simplyjessicamarie in your post, comments, or insta stories so I can see and cheer you on!!

Here's to learning together, friends!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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Y'all - mojitos are some of my absolute faaavorite cocktails!! There is something so fresh and summery about them, I just love that muddled mint! And truth be told, I'm a rum girl at heart. 

What better cocktail to concoct to celebrate the first official full month of summer? Grab these ingredients on your way home from work, and whip up a fancy cocktail this weekend!

Classic Mojito cocktail recipe | Mojito watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

CLASSIC MOJITO RECIPE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of club soda
  • 2 large teaspoons of superfine sugar
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • 12 fresh mint leaves, plus a few small sprigs for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir together your lime juice and sugar (until the sugar dissolves) in a highball or Collins glass.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of your crushed ice.
  3. Rub mint leaves over the rim of your glass.
  4. Tear the mint leaves in half, and add them to your glass.
  5. Gently stir for 15 seconds.
  6. Then, add rum, club soda, and the remaining crushed ice.
  7. Gently stir for another 5 seconds.
  8. Garnish with the remaining mint sprigs, add a cute straw - and enjoy!
Classic Mojito cocktail recipe | Mojito watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

photo by the SC Stockshop

If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

Each month, I am releasing an art print from the 2017 Cocktail, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month!

This Mojito Art Print would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! It will be right at home next to the funky jade green citrus juicer you scored at an estate sale, and that gold bar accessory set you just picked up from Target! These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!