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My Artwork Collection + Original Paintings for Sale

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Sketchbook art and filming your sketchbook has been popular for a while. Have you seen MyPetiteCake's Sketchbook Tour? I wanted to make a similar video, but my own sketchbooks are not much to look at. I use sketchbooks for getting ideas down on paper. So there's some text and quick, ugly drawings. However, I do have a lot of finished artworks. And fair enough, there are "My Artwork Collection" videos around too, so I made one of those instead. Or two.

I liked the idea of flipping through a sketchbook and tried to mimic that. I had the camera pointed down towards my desk (see blog post about my camera set-up) and moved each artwork from the right side into the shot and out to the left. That was a bit tedious to edit, because there was a lot of white screen between artworks. The other thing I tried was having a pile of artwork in front of the camera and removing one piece from the top at a time. That required much less editing. 

Tulip Watercolor Painting + Free Art Supply Guide

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We were given small flower bouquets at work last week for Valentine's Day and I decided to paint mine. It's nice to sometimes draw and paint from life rather than from a photo. I planned out the composition and colors in my sketchbook first and then sketched the shapes and flower details in actual size with a colored pencil on drawing paper. I drew out the final lines in pencil on top of the colored pencil sketch (that way the correct lines are easily seen, but I didn't have to erase anything). Then I transferred the drawing on watercolor paper using graphite transfer paper. I actually lost my A4 sized graphite transfer papers, which I'm really annoyed about, but luckily the small A5 size sample paper still works fine. You could sketch and draw straight on watercolor paper, but I prefer drawing on smooth drawing paper plus when I do it this way, I can use the drawing as a basis for a coloring page later.

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How to Make Art/DIY YouTube Videos | Beginner's Guide + Free Checklist

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A couple of months before my last birthday, I decided I wanted to start making speed painting videos for YouTube and asked for a tripod for my birthday. My first videos turned out to be travel diaries, because those were a lot easier to film. By now I've also made some DIY tutorial and speed art videos and I thought I'd share how I got started with those by using tools I already had or just cheap or free tools.

Why should you start a YouTube channel though, if you already run a craft or art blog? For one thing, it can be a lot more informative to watch video of an art technique or a craft project than just reading and seeing a few work-in-progress photos. Moreover, you can reach a bigger audience with videos than a written blog. My most popular blog post (Sugar Painting) has been viewed 2,100 times (based on Blogger statistics which exaggerate the number of views) while my most popular video has been viewed 8, 700 times. (This blog post was last updated inFebruary 2017.)