Real Time Watercolor Painting

I did it! I made a real time watercolor painting tutorial video. Just barely, though. My phone heated up after about 20 minutes of recording and started flipping out, literally! The screen would do this weird flipping open and shut thing at intervals which was so annoying. But I finished it anyway, if a little earlier than I thought.

For my painting, I chose an image of red berries on a leafless tree that you can see at by clicking the link below.

If you look at the photo, you will see I took quite some liberty with the composition. I spaced out the berries and sketched out a mirrored image of it. I wanted the composition to go from left to right. My brain has trouble analyzing things in the other direction. But with just a few minor tweaks, I was able to throw this together and I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. Not for the master artwork, but for having the courage to show my process.

I was trying to decide how involved I wanted to get in painting a background for the berries, but my camera made that decision for me when it let me know it was tired of working. I like how the colors pop on white.

Watch the video below and let me know how you think I did!

Carving Figures From Soap

Remember this soap? I made a video of the process several weeks ago. As it cured, I decided I wanted to expand on my original theme and carve it into a more pumpkin-ish shape. I used my trusty old pocket knife to round the corners and trim around the leaves and stem. The soap is so soft I was able to do some minor shaping and smoothing with my hands.

I think the resulting soaps are just adorable! They are fragranced with Aztec fragrance oil “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin” which doesn’t smell too much like pumpkin to me, but it is still still a nice smell like cinnamon and soap.

Have a look at the video below to see how my soap carving experiment turned out. I love them!

Teacup Candles

We’ve finally had a few days of cold weather which never fails to make me crazy for candles! This year, I decided to try out making a few for myself. Since I’ve been buying fragrance oils from Aztec Candle & Soap Supplies, I’ve got a wide variety of scents–many appropriate for both soaps and candles.

There was a fragrance that one of sisters fell in love with after trying it out in some soap. She asked me if I could make candles with that. I said I would sure try it! I bought a bigger bottle of it and have made some wonderful jar candles. Then, I got a sample of a scent called Coconut Pumpkin Latte from there and it just blows my mind it is so good! I immediately knew I had to have some candles of that scent.

As it’s reminiscent of a coffee beverage, I thought it would be really cute to make some candles in little cups. My mom just happened to have a few sitting out that we both thought would make great candles, so I brought them home to try out.

Have a look at this video if you’d like to see how they turned out!

Time Lapse Sunset Painting

It’s been a while since I posted a time lapse painting. It is something I have to be in the mood for, I guess. Painting can be such a relaxing activity. When I have to go through the extra work of setting it up for recording, it can make it seem more like work. But, when the work table is clean and the camera is close at hand, it can be fun.

I always notice, a couple of minutes into the painting, I’ve forgotten that the camera is rolling and I’m really just studying the paper in front of me. This painting is of a pasture at sunset. Here in rural Mississippi, this kind of scene is what you will most frequently see. I enjoy it so much. If I’m a passenger and we are driving near sundown, I’m always on the lookout for the break in the trees where I can look off into a beautiful sunset. One might look something like the painting in this video.

Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Soap

Of all the soaps I’ve made, who would’ve thought this black soap smelling strongly of tea tree oil would be a favorite. Everyone who uses it loves it. I can’t blame them. As usual, I don’t make health claims about any of my soaps, but I can tell you what it does for me. It makes my skin so soft and seems to shrink my pores, which is something that I’ve been having issue with lately.

Not to go off on a tangent, but as I’ve gotten older and my pores have gotten bigger, it makes it so hard to apply makeup evenly and it drives me nuts! Anyway…

I enjoy cutting and handling the charcoal soap because it looks so much like a big chunk of rubber. It doesn’t feel like it, obviously. It just feels like regular soap. But I did have a good time cutting it up. Have a look at the video below if you want to see how it’s done.

And one more time, let me shout out fellow YouTube artist Artistic mind. I love watching her work. Check her out!

Inktober 2018

I’ve been participating in Inktober 2018. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a movement reportedly instituted by Jake Parker in 2009 where artists create one ink drawing a day, every day, for the month of October. You can read all about that here at Jake’s website.

This is my first year participating. I haven’t ever spent much time drawing in ink. Frankly, I’m not very good at it. I decided this was my year! As of October 12th, I’ve created something each day and posted it on my Instagram account, @thethinkersrock.

I have found it very challenging. I started out with some very simple doodles and have so far just been drawing simple objects, for the most part. I’ve toyed with the idea of adding color to some of them and decided to start working on that last night.

Check out the video below where I flip through my sketchbook at use color pencils to add color to some of my drawings.

Pumpkin Inspired Soap for Fall


I’ve been making a little soap again. I’ve gotten a couple of two pound loafs done for fall. My most recent reaction is that adorable pumpkin shaped soap scented with “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin” from Aztec.

I just recently got a box of assorted mica and have been trying to experiment. It’s easy to use, but the added liquid I’ve been mixing with the mica to make it blend better has been making the soap act differently than I am used to. It’s staying soft longer. Normally, I would be cutting this loaf of soap by the second day. But with the added water, day four still left the soap a little softer than was best for cutting.

That didn’t stop me. I cut it anyway, but I need to wait a little longer to stamp my logo into it. Let me know what you think of this pumpkin inspired soap and have a look at my recent video showing the loaf cut!

Hallmark Cards Now at Dollar Tree!

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Have you been to Dollar Tree lately? Of course you have! I know most of my readers love Dollar Tree as much as I do. With over 6500 Dollar Tree stores nation wide, there’s sure to be one close by. Did you know they now offer Expressions From Hallmark greeting cards for $1?! AND Heartline a Hallmark company greeting cards, 2 for $1. Dollar Tree also offers a selection of faith based cards including the Joyfully Yours line which allows you to celebrate special occasions in a meaningful way.

Dollar Tree sent me a sample of some of their cards so that I could talk about them with my readers. These cards are so nice! They are really beautiful with the great quality you expect from Hallmark.

This cow birthday card is one of my son’s favorites. It made him laugh out loud.

My favorite is this pretty daisy thank you card with glitter. I love the retro look.

These are just a couple of the many, many designs you can find at your local Dollar Tree or by visiting I hope you’ll have a look at them and let me know which ones are your favorites.

Pretty Purple Fabric Beads

I am at it again! Boy can I sure make a mess with beads. They are so fun to play with and they get *everywhere!*

I found a small piece of purple satiny fabric in my thrift store scraps and just knew it was going to make an awesome bead. Guess what. It sure did!

I glued a piece of parchment paper onto the back side of the fabric. Then I painted on the front side with a little white acrylic paint. I let it dry, then cut them into strips. I made some about one inch wide tube beads. Then I cut some of the strips into long tapers to make taper beads. I rolled them up on a chopstick, secured them with glue and left them to dry for a while. Once dry, I rolled them in glossy Mod Podge and let them dry again. It can take a while. I usually put on one thick coat.

I liked it so much, I made another sheet of them and ended up with quite a few beads as well as a big mess.

Check out my video to see how I turned out!