Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wacky Wednesday Giveaways

Hello internet friends!  If you are like me, you like winning FREE STUFF!  

I love entering giveaways, and have even won a few things.  I will post any great giveaways I find on my Instagram and Pinterest pages.

* IG:
* Pinterest:

I have added Inlinkz so you can share your Giveaway link that way (see below).

You can also post your giveaways here in my Comments each week! I want to make this a weekly Wacky Wednesday Giveaway Post :)  (Make sure they are FAMILY FRIENDLY ONLY please!)  I will re-pin your Contest or Giveaway onto my Pinterest page.

I have enjoyed hosting giveaways in the past, and my next giveaway will happen when I get 100 people Following (or that LIKE) my Facebook Page.... so please go HERE now and hit LIKE and share it out!.

It’s so much fun to give stuff away!   

Also now, with the Wacky Wednesday Giveaways Link Up, you can find lots of great giveaways to enter!

Please provide a link back to me. A text link is fine. Of course, family friendly posts only.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Sunday, August 4, 2019

How to Color Like an Artist: Colored Pencil Techniques Including Blending & Shading

I was recently doing a little research into how I could improve some of my coloring skills as an adult coloring book artist. This one received many great reviews, so I thought I'd share my great find. Chapters include; Pencil stroke types, shading techniques, highlights on white and colored paper, textures, blending colors with solvents, blending colors with light-colored pencils, basics of color theory, color harmony, using gray colors to create selective focus and combining mediums. Great tips and techniques, and ways to improve your coloring skills.

"A great guide." —  Jo's Reviews

Improve your coloring skills with these simple, step-by-step instructions for techniques using colored pencils. Intended for beginning artists and coloring book enthusiasts, this guide is ideal for those without formal training but with some experience of coloring with pencils. A wealth of suggestions and exercises will show you how to take your skills to the next level.

Discover how to create volume with such shading techniques as crosshatching, long and short strokes, and color gradation. Learn how to form unique textures that add detail to images. Practice blending techniques and layering one color at a time to control values and colors effectively. Full-color photographs throughout the book illustrate each method as well as lessons in color theory. Eight practice pages from Dover's bestselling Creative Haven® series of coloring books provide the opportunity to test your new techniques.


5.0 out of 5 starsSo Helpful and Easy to Understand!!
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
"I'm so glad I ordered this!!! So helpful An having the pages in it to practice with makes it so easy!! I've always loved coloring but now that I'm older I wanted to become better if I was gonna spend money on some of the Adult coloring books." ❤️

You may also like:

Prismacolor 3750 Premier Colored Pencil Accessory Kit with Blenders and Erasers, 7-Piece Set

Premier Colored Pencils for Adults Coloring Books, Premium Artist Colored Pencil Set (72-Count), Handmade Canvas Pencil Wrap, Extra Accessories Included, Oil based Color Pencils (Choose one of the beautiful wraps or a tin case.)

63 Beautiful Coloring Designs based on the Disney artwork of Thomas Kinkade (includes color photos as well)

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Best Selling Items - and even try Amazon Prime for FREE!

Did you miss Amazon Prime day?  It's not too late to get some great deals (and even try Prime FREE for 30 days!)
Amazon has great deals on their products including the Amazon Alexa and Echo devices as well as Amazon Kindle, Fire Tablets, Fire TVs and more
More great products include:

You must be a Prime Member to get Prime Day deals. Get your free trial here.

Here are some of the different trials:

Prime (Try a 30-day free trial)

PRIME DISCOUNT if you use EBT or Medicaid card:

Prime Student 6-month trial:

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Friday, August 2, 2019

MAIL CALL: Happy Mail 2019

(Photo Credits: ALittleLemonadeStand)

Want to exchange happy mail with me?  Make sure to include your online handles (Periscope ID, Instagram ID, Twitter ID, etc.) so I know who you are, or let me know how you found my blog. :) Also, make sure to include your return address so I can reciprocate :)

Happy Mail
PO Box 74
Barnum, MN 55707

I do mail call videos on my YouTube channel and sometimes show some of my happy mail LIVE on Periscope (I'm @createdbybarbi on Periscope).  Don't worry, I cover up addresses.

Do you have mail call videos or use Periscope? Please share your link with me in the comments!  I love watching what other people get :)

Get ideas on what to send in Happy Mail HERE :)

Find me on Social Media

I love using Periscope! You can watch (and do your own) Live Feeds from around the world. In the past few months I did a "Scope" to say Hello to everyone, while I walked to my mailbox.

Watch me get my mail LIVE on Periscope, do bible studies, crafts, and just hop on to say hi... my screen name is @createdbybarbi (same as my Twitter & IG).

Get the free app here:  (Not sponsored, I just love it.)

Watch me on your device or by using the Firefox browser here:

Do you #Periscope? Comment below with your screen name and I'll gladly follow you.

Other places to find me:

YouTube (Subscribe & Turn on Notifications Here:)

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