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Draw Yourself Back to Nature eCourse

Blog Hop Day 1 !!!!

I warn you, there are going to be even more !!!!s than usual in this post because I am so psyched for the amazing artists in this blog hop & that early bird registration starts today for Draw Yourself back to nature starts today!!!!

Grab your spot here at the early bird price!


Each day this week, one of the incredibly inspiring blog hop artists will be posting a tutorial of their interpretation of a theme or technique explored in the eCourse — on their own blogs!


AND each day, each artist will be giving away a prize!

From a

seat in the Connecting with Color: Color Theory for Nature Journalers eCourse to

hand drawn covers on Moleskin journals to

a Hummingbird kit to 2 Doodle Journals to

Original art work to

2 seats in the Draw yourself Back to Nature eCourse,

the prizes this hop won’t disappoint!

Follow the Blog Hop posts each day this week and be sure to comment on the hop poster’s blog so you can be entered to win the day’s prize!

I will post links for you, here at Wings, Worms, and Wonder, each day to the blog hopper’s blog posts too. Winners will be announced here in next Tuesday’s blog post (10/13).
Check out this free video series of watercolor techniques for nature journalers! Click through to see more videos in the series.

Also, be sure you register soon for the Live Journal Making Tutorial and Q&A Session this Friday, October 9, at 1pm, est! I’ll be giving away a set of my Nature Journal Prompt Cards live to a lucky participant and there will be a session special too!

Click here to learn more & register today.

Check out these nature journal prompt cards to help inspire your journal entries. Click through to see samples and learn more about the deck!



I’m kicking off the blog hop with 2 videos on watercolor techniques for nature journalers. These 2 videos, and the more soon to come, are inspired by questions people often ask me on social media and at live workshops.

Watch the videos, then get out your paints and start playing around!

Today’s prize will be a spot in the self paced Connecting with Color eCourse!!

Learn more about Connecting with Color here!


Dry Brush Technique


Wet on Wet Technique


Tomorrow, be sure to hop over to the blog of artist Jade Kuei, aka Mumbot!

You are going to absolutely love her artwork, and she is giving away a Moleskin journal that she has hand decorated the cover!!

Be sure to check out her hop post and comment to be entered to win!!

Find Jade’s Blog Hop post at: www.woodenantlers.com

Website: Portfolio of Jade Kuei  Facebook: Jade Kuei   Twitter: @mumbot

Tumbler: @mumbot  Instagram: @mumbot    Etsy: Mumbot

What did you learn new in these videos?

How can you apply these techniques to your nature journaling?

Share in the comments below to be entered to win!


Seeds to Sprout:

Early Bird registration for the draw yourself Back to Nature eCourse starts today! Click here to register at the $65 early bird price before it goes up to $85, 10/10/15

Already signed up for the self paced version? Upgrade to the facilitated version here at the early bird price of $20 before it goes up to $40, 10/10/15.

Register here to learn more and join the Live Tutorial Session and Q&A this Friday, 10/9, at 1pm est!

Learn more about Draw Yourself Back to Nature here!

Learn more about the blog hop and hop artists here!

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  1. OK! I really needed these tutorial since I normally work with inks rather than water colors. The “instruction” in the video is playful, yet well executed and Kelly even reviews the variables of each technique at the end of the video! Immediately, I thought of how fun playing with these techniques can be when introducing water color painting to young children: they can just paint lines! With all kinds of fun results just by changing the amount of water or the size of the brush or the angle of the paper…the list goes on. VERY HELPFUL and of course, inspiring, too.

    1. Thank you Carolyn!! I was hoping that they would be as helpful as I envisioned, and hopefully free people to just play with the paint and brushes a bit. Success!!

  2. This is fantastic! I wish you could all visit our Ball State Art Museum to see a special exhibit, “With Watercolor: Content via Technique”, guest-curated by a local watercolorist. I did go to his live presentation, but was sad that it was limited to an hour and he was only basically able to get the washes in. However, the entrance to the exhibit has three model paintings illustrating the techniques of wet on wet, dry brush, and wash, as I recall, and a maker space! I was trying to figure out dry brush on my own, from some limited acrylic experience, and his helped me see the mistakes I made.

    1. Thank you Jessica! That sounds like a great exhibit with a really practical twist. It is always nice when museums bring art concepts off the walls and into the hands of the people it is inspiring!

  3. I really enjoyed seeing how to use both the dry and the wet techniques together in order to understand how they both change the outcomes of what you are trying to paint. i see why I would want to use one or the other depending on what I am trying to achieve. Playing around with both techniques on paper in advance is also a great idea. I think the wet technique would be a lot of fun with young children who would enjoy blending colors and watching the paints do their own thing!

    1. Yay! I am glad you found them useful! So true Patty! Children love wet on wet – and when I make the masking video tutorial that technique is a nice addition to using wet on wet with children as well – gives a nice balance.

    1. That can sometimes be tricky. The key for painting adjacent complementary colors is to make sure that one color is absoulutely dry before you do the complement.

  4. I’m often out in the field with my bird watcher husband so I need to be able to record my ideas quickly. I think the wet on wet will help do this. I often avoid the big picture but I’m going to try clouds after watching this.

    1. That is a great idea Sharon! Wet on wet is fun and fast! And you can totally do the clouds. The trick is to leave a little line of white in between them so they don’t run together. Just play with them and keep them loose.

  5. Great tutorials, thank you! I dont have a lot of experience with watercolours and watching these techniques have inspired me to play. I want to paint clouds now!!

    1. Awesome Debra!! I am so glad you found them helpful and feel inspired to get painting! There are more watercolor technique tutorials to come in the series over the next 6 weeks! Hope to see you in the live session and maybe in Draw Yourself Back to nature if it feels right for you now. 🙂

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