The Art Sherpa Blog

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Did you see this one ? 

February 2021  The Art of Self Care 

Issue #4

Table of contents 

  • January Pre-view Classes February 15-28  
  • 4  New Mini books to download  
  • NEW Gnomascope - Pisces
  • Acrylic April is coming !  
  • Answers for the Pearl Fryar Word Search

White Magnolia -

Stargnomes Pisces -

Wildflowers on the Mountain - 

Hydrangea - 

Old Wisteria tree - 

The Kiss  -

The Perfect Wave -

Sherpa Schedule 15-28

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Live on YouTube16th Feb  
8x8  canvas

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Live on YouTube 18th Feb 
9x12 canvas

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Live on YouTube 20th Feb  
16 x 20 canvas

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Live on YouTube 23rd Feb  
8x8  canvas

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Live on YouTube 27th Feb  
16 x 20 canvas


Did you see this one So Romantic 

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Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook 17th Feb

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Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook 24th Feb

Class Times 

YouTube Acrylic lessons Live : Every Tuesday 5 pm EST and Saturday 1 pm EST - 

We may have Bonus class releases on Thursday at 11 am EST** 

Facebook : Watercolor Wednesday 7 pm EST

Don't miss out on your favorite live classes 

Text TheArtSherpa to 33222 on your phone for text Notifications 

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Acrylic April 2021 A Story of Water

By TheArtSherpa, 2021-02-15
Acrylic April 2021 A Story of Water

Acrylic April IS Coming 

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April is coming !! Welcome to Acrylic April, a yearly 30 day painting challenge started by The Art Sherpa. The goal of Acrylic April is to help all artists of any skill level transform their painting experience in just 30 days. The challenge can be completed in two ways. 

Word Prompts - Released March 25th 

Video classes - Begin April 1 11 am EST on youtube 

How to participate for 2021 

Buy materials , come to the video class and share the Art. 

Acrylic April Painting Challenge begins April 1st 2021- no joke

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30 Days, 30 Powerful Little Paintings

We hope that Every April, artists from all over the world take on the all Acrylic, all April painting challenge by doing one small acrylic painting every day for the entire month.

I am creating the #AcrylicApril challenge as a way to introduce painters to the gifts of daily painting with Acrylic.This monthly challenge will help every acrylic artist unlock the true potential of the acrylic medium and their own art voice.

Anyone can do Acrylic April,

Just grab your paint, your brush and hit the studio (even if it’s your kitchen table).

#AcrylicApril rules:

1) Make a painting on a surface 12x12 or smaller. ( sorry for the confusion)

My live classes use an 8x8 

2) Share it online

3) Hashtag it with #AcrylicArpril #AcrylicApril202

#AcrylicAprilItsNoJoke   #TheArtSherpa   and be sure to add the day of the challenge, or word prompt, etc

4) Repeat Daily from April 1 ( no fooling) to April 30th

How to do the Challenge:

Do your best to paint daily. Some Days may be artwork you are excited about, some days you may scribble out an abstract, but under no circumstances should your be hard on yourself. If you make 30 little paintings you are a winner. If you make less than 30 you are a winner. Do your best, paint anything you want using the prompts and/or the daily tutorials with The Art Sherpa

Wait there are daily tutorials not just prompts ?? THAT'S right!!!

This is an Art Sherpa painting challenge so it’s extra awesome.. This challenge comes with a daily live video lesson you can follow along with. So you can use the prompts, follow the lesson, or do your own thing. Either way you are going to succeed. This is going to change your art world.

I will be teaching my lessons on an 8x8 art panel.

That's it! Now go make something beautiful.

Anyone, from Anywhere in the world, no matter who you are or how much painting experience you have can Join in.

You are invited to paint along!!

How much does it cost?  -


( so you can buy more art supplies )

Join the group and meet the community who is traveling on the Journey with you.


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Acrylic April 2021 

#AcrylicArpril #AcrylicApril202

#AcrylicAprilItsNoJoke   #TheArtSherpa  

  Below are a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS. 

The Art Sherpa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

Suggested  3 options but you may source  your own - only one from each color 

*** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

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My Paint brands of choice are  Sennelier’s Acrylique, Golden Artist Color,  or Sennelier Abstract Acrylic. I also like Holbein, Artist loft level 3 and M Graham. 

 The links lead to the listed color in all 3 brands 

These products were hand picked by me. First two links are professional grade and economy Abstract Acrylic is the brant that I personally recommend for student grade. 

***Cadmium Yellow Medium : PY 35




***Cadmium Red medium   : PR 108 




***Phthalo  Green Blue shade : PG 7 - 




***Phthalo Blue Green shade :PB 15:3 




***Dioxazine Purple: PV 23 - 




***Ultramarine blue: PB 29 - 




***Quinacridone Magenta (fuschia) : PR 122



ABSTRACT   ***Titanium white: PW 6




***Mars black: PBk 11 




*Naples Yellow light   : py 53 




Naples Yellow Blog  

Burnt Sienna PB7   - 




We have removed the links to products temporarily due to Amazon changing the links out if a product sells out/becomes unavailable, to links to different products. This is causing some confusion within the community and we need to look into what is happening. 


8x8 -     


Dritz 3095 Chalk Cartridge Set : 

CretaColor pencil White :  

T Square Ruler -  

Golden Glazing Liquid For Blending -  

Saral Paper:  

Artist Tape : 

The Pioneer Woman Turning table : 


Brushes - are not final until the last video is filmed. Please use these as a guide of what I am planning to use. These are brushes I use very often.

Try Micheals online and The Brush Guys too

Brights in firm synthetic

Brights in Bristles

Rounds with Good point



Filbert or Cats Tongue for Acrylic

For Acrylic April will be using a few more brushes so that we can accomplish and learn some new techniques. You do not need to have the exact brand of brushes. When it comes to Bright you might be able to use a single bright there are a lot of ways to save money. my students often paint with different tools and that's not something that I mind at all. This list of brushes and information should be used as a guide and I highly recommend you make this work within your own personal budget or painting process.

I like Raphael Textura Brushes, Simply Simmons Extra firm filament and Hog brushes. Silver brushes and Princeton brushes for firm try catalyst and Creative mark pro-stroke . Just to name a few. I will do a studio set up for AA april video that should release before the event begins.

Below are a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS.

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Princeton Round Blender Size 12 : 

1” oval mop ( Called ultimate varnish) : 

CAMBRIDGE bright size 8 : 

Ruby Satin Angle, Size 1/2 

Monogram liner : 

The Art Sherpa Cats Tongue :

The Art Sherpa round #4

Ruby Satin bright #20 

Cambridge Round #6

Ruby satin bright #26 


How to prep 

Upcoming 2021 Live streams 

Set you your studio and materials 

How to Mix Color Easy 


Get ready for a Daily painting 

Create Color chart

Split Primary Color Wheel

How to use a Traceable   

Practice Techniques 


PAST years here 

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Acrylic April 2019 -


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Acrylic April 2020 -


Abstract Paint By Sennelier

By TheArtSherpa, 2021-02-03
Abstract Paint By Sennelier

You are invited to learn all about  Abstract Paint product's by Sennelier!

 Learn - Save - Win

Abstract Paint By Sennelier GIVEAWAY Live stream and  Demo


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To find out more about Abstract products from Sennelier, watch the live stream on 4th February on your chosen social media platform. Whether it is Facebook or YouTube you love to hang out on, The Art Sherpa has you covered. You can Ask Questions and have them answered live!  Chat, and ENTER TO WIN is available on both platforms. 

00:00  Intro

01:25  Message from Andrew Cook from Savoir Faire

02:35  Why I use Abstract Paint Products

03:30  Close up of past finished painting

07:20  Abstract Pouches, Caps, and Sizes

14:10  Abstract Acrylic Ink

16:55  Abstract Fluid Acrylic Paint

17:15  Soft Body VS Heavy Body



22:30  More Abstract Acrylic Ink w/ brush

25:20  Abstract Acrylic Pen Liners

28:08  Abstract Acrylic Heavy Body w/ Palate knife

32:35  Abstract Paint Tips for pouches

37:10  Acrylic Ink over peaks of Heavy Body Paint 

39:20 Thank You Kings Framing and Art in Canada

40:00  Thank You Raw Art Materials in Los Angeles

43:50  Does this work with professional paint lines

45:20  Smooshing Paint for fun

46:44  Iridescent Copper Abstract Heavy Body 

48:10  How The Art Sherpa Discovered Abstract Paint Products 

49:09  Metallic Gold Abstract Pen Liner

50:40  Fun with Ink and Liner Pen, EXTREME ZOOM!

52:50  Playing with more Ink

54:25  The Art Sherpa Experience with Quality

55:47  Abstract Heavy Body Neon

57:10  Glossy Finish or Matte Finish

57:30  Neon Abstract Pen Liner


1:01:09  Why Did the Art Sherpa Do this Live

1:06:25  Thank You To our Co-Hosts Pierre and Andrew at Savoir Faire

FACEBOOK Todays event is at 11 am EST live streaming. The correct event link is . You can watch from facebook or Youtube

Win prizes and Save money !! 


Congratulations to the winners of our Savoir Faire Giveaway. We are reaching out right now if you have not seen your email quickly write - we dont want you to miss your prize

Debra Preston, USA

Rosemaree McLure Australia

Kitty Grant USA

Joan Goldsmith UK

Theresa Palmer USA

Tegan Scroggs , USA

April Simpson USA

Stacey West United Kingdom

Tracy Gooch USA

Ellen Wilson Canada

Jonnie M Simmons-Johnson USA (Grand Prize)

I get asked often what student brands of paint I recommend. I also get asked why I recommend the ones that I do. The one I use in my own Studio is Abstract paint by Sennelier 

I want to be clear I'm not paid to use this paint. I do have a relationship with the owners of the Savoir-faire and we are friends. They do send me stuff and asked my opinion. However, I've never been asked to give a review. This is an idea I have wanted to do for a really long time.

This is my Friend Pierre from Savoir Faire.

Sometimes we hang out on Instagram 

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This event is for you. I want you to understand why I think this is a great product. Why it is worth your time and investment. I want to help you know what's available to you in this large amazing product line. I want you to know what's great about it,  I'm even going to tell you some challenges you might have. I'm going to be honest with you because I think that is what helps you the most. Of course you know I wouldn't be making a video about it unless I thought it was worth your time. However there's so many colors and different types of acrylic paint that they make you really want to see what the creative opportunities are. The live stream is at 11 a.m. est. We will be streaming from both YouTube and Facebook, so just pick your favorite. We will be featuring special sales for this event that you can take advantage of that are just for you!! 

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Lets Save Money

I'd also like to help you save some money so please check for the amazing coupons from art stores that are participating in the event. They were invited to take part because I honestly believe that you guys having a relationship with art suppliers is so important. Being able to go into a local art store ( when were able to go into a local art store again) creates such a tremendous sense of community. This helps you find art materials you need and discover exciting new ones around every corner, Gives you access to classes, and art opportunities that you wouldn't be able to find from home. Being aware of online retailers can help you find Art Materials when you're unable to travel, give you access to variety of large size stock items like easels or specialty studio equipment.  I think both of these things are super important.

Kings Framing and Art!! 


Lise King has been a long time supporter of myself and my community!!

  • Great customer Service 
  • Based in Canada 
  • Ships Worldwide 
  • Carries my Brushes
  • Classes 

Code for this event is: Sennelier-ArtSherpa

this is a 10% off Check out code 

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  • 10:00 am to 6:00 pm | 24hrs online
  • 188 Voyer Rd, Corbeil, ON P0H 1K0, Canada
  • 10% off with code 

ORDER BY PHONE: 705-752-4211 

For more sales and events

Follow Kings Framing and Art  



Raw Materials LA 


645 South Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

(800) 729-7060


Instagram - 

Facebook - 

  • Curbside Delivery 
  • Rooftop parking 
  • large selections 
  • Friendly 
  • Classes 


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The Give Away 


Enter here -

The prizes 

Learn and Win!! Join me and Andrew Cook of Savoir Faire for a live stream demonstration event. I will show you all about  the Abstract Paint line of products. During this very informative live stream we will be giving away 1 grand prize and 10 amazing Abstract paint prize packs.  Follow all instructions and answer all questions to be entered for your chance to win one of these cool prizes. Winners will be announced during the live show but do not need to be present to win. 

The Grand Prize $200 Value

20 colors of Abstract innovative paint 120ml pouch Value 200$

10 additional Abstract Prize Packs 

10 Abstract Paint Prize's (Surprise Abstract Gift Products-Full Size)  Value 50$ 

Eligibility for the Grand Prize:

Must be 18+ 

Living in the Contiguous United States and Canada 

Eligibility 10 Mystery - Abstract Prize Packs: 

7 of the prizes Open to  18+ Living in the Contiguous United States and Canada 

3 of the prizes will be awarded global to people 18+  where legally allowed 


No purchase is necessary to enter  

Winners will be announced during the live show but do not need to be present to win. 

Winners must respond to their confirmation within 72 hours to coordinate free shipping of their prize.

NO personal information gathered from this from will be shared or used for purposes outside of entry  

The statistical data of the last two question will be shared with Abstract paint but no personal or contact information will be shared or used outside of contacting winners.  

This giveaway is not Affiliated with YouTube or Facebook in any way. 

Giveaway is co hosted by:

Andrew Cook, Savoir Faire, and The Art Sherpa 

contact info:

Andrew Cook: 

More info

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The Paint 

Heavy Body 

abstract® Acrylics

abstract® is an innovative Acrylic system presented in a revolutionary packaging. Available in 60 colors (36 Satin, 12 High Gloss, 6 Iridescent and 6 Fluorescent), the highly pigmented paint features a heavy-body texture that offers great covering power while enabling for a lot of transparency. Painting straight out of the extra-sturdy pouch through the practical beak makes abstract ideal for both large work and “street art”. The pouch is also economical as totally squeezable, and displays a transparent window for accurate color reference and level check. Sennelier has been indeed modern since 1887.

  • Innovative Acrylic system in revolutionary packaging
  • 60 Colors: 36 Satin, 12 High Gloss, 6 Iridescent and 6 Fluorescent
  • Available in 120ml/4oz. and 500ml/17oz. (20 colors)
  • 10ml/.4oz. samples available for artists and schools
  • Highly pigmented Fine Acrylic
  • Heavy-body texture has both excellent covering power and outstanding transparency
  • Texture allows for all Acrylic techniques
  • Painting straight out of the extra-sturdy pouch on any surface makes it ideal for “street art”
  • Totally squeezable pouch is economical
  • Large transparent window on the pouch displays actual paint inside the pouch
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Soft Body Matt 

The abstract® Matt Acrylic Paint is as innovative as it is distinct from the original Satin version. In fact, asides from the revolutionary pouch, the twins couldn’t be as different:

  • 60ml instead of 120ml
  • 35 Ultra-Matt Colors
  • Soft-body Consistency
  • Extremely Fluid for Maximum Coverage
  • Super Opaque
  • Velvety Stretchy Finish
  • Any Substrate

The product is available in a set of 5 (Primaries plus Black & White)

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  abstract® Inks

The abstract® Acrylic Inks feature the same high pigmentation as the abstract® Acrylic paint, and much more:

  • 43 Luminous Colors
  • Acrylic Thinner
  • Transparent
  • Cadmium Free Colors
  • Light Resistant
  • Water Resistant (when dry)
  • Recommended for all Surfaces
  • Brushes & Dip Pens
  • Suitable for Airbrush
  • Convenient Cap Dropper
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abstract® Liners

The abstract® Acrylic Liners come as a complement to the abstract® pouches and tips. The convenient shape and size make them extremely handy and they are sure to open new frontiers to any artist’s creativity.

  • 20 abstract® Best-Selling Colors
  • Holds abstract® Acrylic Paint
  • Heavy-body texture (not the common fluid acrylics)
  • For precise contours and special effects
  • Highly pigmented
  • Refillable from the abstract® pouch


abstract® Acrylics Tips

Mixed-media painters can let their creativity run wild with the Sennelier abstract® tips. The tips are screwed onto the abstract® pouch nozzle, thus enabling artists to paint straight out of the pouch and create numerous effects. The tips are a wonderful complement of the pouches, opening new horizons to studio and street artists alike.

8 abstract® tips for unlimited creativity.



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Love birds 

February 2021  The Art of Unconditional Love

Issue #3

Table of contents 

  • January Pre-view Classes Feb 1-14
  • Abstract Paint review and HUGE Giveaway 
  • New Mini books !!
  • Aquarius Star Gnome and Gnomascope
  • Featured Artist Pearl Fryer  
  • Word Search 
  • Self care tips - Bath bombs
  • Store News
  • Cinnamons favorite  Etsy shops 
  • Niblette news what is gnew in the gnomedom  

Sherpa Schedule 1st-14th February

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Live on YouTube  2nd Feb
16 x 20 canvas

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Live on YouTube 4th Feb 
8x8 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 6th Feb
16x20 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 9th Feb
8x8 canvas

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 Live on YouTube 13th Feb
16x20 canvas

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 Love Gnome -viewable now
9x12 canvas

Class Times 

YouTube Acrylic lessons Live see above: Every Tuesday 5 pm EST and Saturday 1 pm EST 

We may have Bonus class releases on Thursday at 11 am EST** 

Facebook Watercolor Wednesday see below: Wednesdays 7 pm EST

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Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook 3rd Feb

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Watercolor Wednesday

Facebook 10th Feb

Don't miss out on your favorite live classes 

Let the notification Gnomes remind you

Text TheArtSherpa to 33222 on your phone for text Notifications 

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Watercolor Wednesday and you!!

By TheArtSherpa, 2021-01-13
Watercolor Wednesday and you!!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of watercolor. I'm so excited that you might be interested in taking up this medium with me. Just like I love teaching acrylic to beginners, I enjoy introducing beginner's to the Wonder and Magic that is watercolor.


Watercolor Wednesday is a weekly evening class that's fully step by step to introduce new artists to the joys of watercolor. It's just like our livestream acrylic class on YouTube, but with Watercolor and on Facebook.  Classes are level friendly, fully step by step to introduce new artist to the joys of watercolor. Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. I just love it. 


What materials do you need ? 

You can Use the New Kit or colors listed below. Example Swatches are given for all these colors so you can mix and match as needed 

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Watercolor Classes

Watercolor Kit


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How to use The color Sheets Video  

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The following is your material list for the Old Watercolor Wednesday Classes pre 2023 and some 2023 classes too.  Not all colors will be used for every class. Not all materials will be used every class. I do expect to use all colors and all of these materials during the 2021 class year.

  Below is a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS. 

The Art Sherpa is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.   

Only one of each is needed.  3-4 links provided to help you find colors in stock. Please look around for sales deals and other brands 

Brands of watercolor I love Sennelier L'Aquarelle   QOR By Golden  Daniel Smith  M Graham  Van Gogh 

Watercolor Paint Color List 2021 




Hansa Yellow Medium 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - Primary Yellow for this brand 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith -

M Graham -  

  Nickel Azo Yellow 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham

 Quinacridone Magenta 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

Holbein - 

 Pyrrole Red

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith - 

Turner - 

Holbein - 

 Transparent Pyrrole Orange 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - ( sennelier orange ) 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Turner -  

Phthalo Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham -

Ultramarine Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham

Phthalo Green 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle  

Golden QOR 

Daniel Smith - 

Quinacridone Gold 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - my fav 

Daniel Smith - 

 Opera Pink 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -


Daniel Smith -

 Burnt Umber

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR -   

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham -

 Payne’s Grey 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

We have temporarily removed links due to the fact that Amazon is changing the links out to 'other' products if something sells out or becomes unavailable. We are looking into this and hope to get a resolution soon. Thank you. 

Color Mixing chart 


Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

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9x12 140lb 300 GSM Watercolor Paper Cold press in a Block pad

What is a watercolor block? 

A watercolor block is a pad of watercolor paper that’s bound on all sides with a coating of a rubber like material called padding compound.. You paint on the top sheet of paper and then remove it after it fully dries flat. To separate the painting from the block, insert a dull palette knife into the gap in the binding and run it around all four edges. A watercolor block helps prevent the warping of the paper when it is wet. 


If you have a regular pad of paper you can tape all of edges of the sheet to the table with low take tape and then carefully peel them after the sheep its dry. 



Recommended - 

Fabriano Block

Strathmore Block 

Arches  Block 

Strathmore Pad 



Try to have a Round , A wash or Quill , A bright and a detail in your basic kit. You can get away with a round brush to start.  

I will always share what I am using in the show. Brand I like are Soft Aqua by Raphael , Escoda and Black Velvet. 

SoftAqua Quill  4

SoftAqua Round  14

SoftAqua Bright 

Escoda Perla Series 1430 #12 

Flat wash 1" 

Detail round  

VERY optional Brushes 

Raphael Precision Mini Brush Travel Set of 6 

Jazper Stardust Version of Escoda Reserva 1212 #8 - ( made by hand by request only) 


Palettes for paint - 

Porcelain Watercolor Palette  



Cretacolor Water-Soluble Graphite Pencils  

Fluid White Acrylic 

T Square Ruler  

Artist Tape  

Art Sherpa Brush Spa Soap Kits  

The Pioneer Woman Turning table  

Grafix WM2 White Mask Liquid Frisket 

Rubber Cement picker upper 


Paper Towels 

  BOOKS : 

Color Mixing Bible :  

How to Mix Skin color - 

Victoria Finlay History of Color:

  Place to buy BRUSHES - 

The Brush Guys:  

Discount Code :  THEARTSHERPA

Common questions 

When is it ?

Watercolor  is every 3 days 1 pm  Eastern Standard Time live streaming from my Facebook page.  

How do I Join the class ? 

Show up  1 pm EST ready to paint - Just watch from my Facebook page :   

You can also find the the class on Youtube - 

You can watch the streaming video class  from the page on your chosen device!  

How much Does it cost ?

Its Free 

Is it hard ? 

Like everything, it can be a little challenging in the beginning to learn how to do something new. However, watercolor is a very beginner friendly medium  and I find people can pick it up as quickly as they did acrylic, sometimes even easier.

Can I use Acrylics ?

 You can use acrylics watered down to get some similar effects to watercolor. The paper is a good binder and prevents issues with watering down that you might normally see on canvas. There are a few differences. It's very easy to lift or reactivate watercolor.  Once acrylic is dry it's permanent.  Watercolor is very transparent and acrylic can be much more opaque.  Some techniques are different.  You can paint acrylic over watercolor. You can't paint watercolor over acrylic. I don't recommend using acrylic on fine watercolor brushes as it can build up in the ferrule and shorten the life of a brush.  Watercolor will not harm acrylic brushes in any way and you can use what you have until you're ready to buy special brushes just for watercolor. 

Do I need to have your exact materials? 

 You can use what you have. If you have Crayola watercolors, start with those. I will talk about how to guess a close approximate color on the palette you have so you can paint along and still get a good result

Can I view  your classes at a later time? 

You can watch my classes after the video is done streaming both on the Facebook page and on our website

What level of painter do I need to be ? 

All levels of painter are welcome and no drawing is Required 

The Hoot Guide 




Paintings are all beginner friendly but rated in 3 levels of difficulty called Hoots

What if you Bought our Covid Watercolor Art Kits? 


If you purchased one of the watercolor sets that we had in our store during the initial lockdown. you may wonder what colors exchange well for the new 2021 art palette. You may also wonder if there's a difference between the tube watercolor and the half pan watercolor. In this blog I'm going to let you know what colors in your palette to use when I'm using the 2021 colors. I'm going to give you some resources to match the colors you have to the colors I'm using and just in general make your watercolor experience easier.


Official 2021 Colors    French Escape Kit 

Hansa yellow  

Nickel azo yellow 

Pyrrole red 

Quinacridone Magenta

Opera Pink

Quinacridone gold

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green 

Burnt Umber 

Payne’s Grey

Lemon yellow 

Lemon Yellow + little bit of French Vermillion 

French Vermillion 


Carmine + little bit ultramarine 

French vermillion + lemon yellow + sepia 

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green + Phthalo Blue 

warm sepia 

Payne’s Grey 

Download your own here 

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Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

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Cheat Sheet for conversion of old to new kit -


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January 2021 1-15  The Art of Self Care   Issue 1 

Table of contents 

  • January Pre-view Classes Jan 1 -15 
  • Message from the Art Sherpa 
  • The new acrylic art materials you need to know about for 2021 
  • Exciting art challenge news. What is coming back and what is cancelled 
  • Featured artist Frida Kahlo  
  • Self care tips - Lavender   Bubble Tea   
  • New store items 
  • Cool finds for your studio 
  • Niblet news what is gnew in the gnomedom  

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Mini Book 

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9x12 140 lb Cold press  watercolor paper 

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Mini Book 

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9x12 140 lb Cold press  watercolor paper

Class Times 

YouTube : Every Tuesday 5 pm EST and Saturday 1 pm EST

We may have Bonus class releases on Thursday at 11 am EST** 

Facebook : Wednesday 7 pm EST

Don't miss out on your favorite live classes 

Text TheArtSherpa to 33222 on your phone for text Notifications 

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Happy New Year 

It's finally here! The New Year and the fresh start we have been waiting for. Yet, unlike the wardrobe in Narnia, going from December 31st to January 1st isn't really a magic door that changes everything. The  feeling of starting fresh comes from inside us and the way we hope and feel about the coming year.  Many things are the same today as they were just a few days ago. Many challenges of 2020 are still very much present in 2021. Yet I look to 2021 full of hope and a plans for improvement, both personal and as your Art Guide. 

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The Plan  

I've spent a lot of time thinking about what would make things easier for all of you as you learn to become creative beings.  I've looked back at the lessons I have learned as your teacher from last 6 years. I have been a busy bee planning what to do during the  2021 year so that I could make learning art even more fun, easy and accessible. What steps could I take to make your experience as new artist as rewarding as it possibly can be? To create a goldilocks zone of art learning?

  1. Consistency 
    1. Create a core schedule and stick to it as much as power, health and the internet will allow. 
  2. Set Materials 
    1. Create a set list of studio and art materials so you can participate in classes knowing far in advance what you will need. 
    2. Keep to those materials for all 200+ classes planned for 2021 
  3. Communicate early so you can plan 
    1. To let you know early what classes are coming in advance 
    2. More newsletters with more information 
    3. Events and posts on Facebook 
    4. Fill the calendar early 
  4. Provide more Learning Resources 
    1. Adding mini books supplements your video learning material. 
    2. Structured curriculum class programs 
  5. Add the fun 
    1. Include play and games on both the website and newsletter 
    2. Extra Surprise video classes 
    3. Share creative and self care tips

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Mini Books 

Try one Here  

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Membership on Youtube 

The 2021 Class Materials Lists

  Below are a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS.     

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*** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

***Cadmium Yellow Medium : PY 35




*Naples Yellow light   : py 53 




***Cadmium Red medium   : PR 108 




***Quinacridone Magenta ( fuchsia ) : PR 122




***Phthalo Blue Green shade :PB 15:3 




* **Ultramarine blue: PB 29 - 




* ** Acrylic Paint Colors ***

***Phthalo  Green Blue shade : PG 7 - 




***Dioxazine Purple: PV 23 - 




***Burnt Sienna PB7   - 




***Titanium white: PW 6




***Mars black: PBk 11 





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  • My Paint brands of choice are  Sennelier Acrylique, Golden Artist Color,  or Abstract Acrylic. The links lead to the listed color in all 3 brands. 
  • These products were hand picked by me. First two links are professional grade, and then economy Abstract Acrylic that I personally recommend for student grade.

Naples Yellow Light * Titanite Yellow * Or Naples yellow ??

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This is the only complicated part of the new 2021 list. To make it easier to understand what Naples is the right Naples, I wrote a blog. Naples yellow by any other name would be as yellow green, right? No, sadly Naples can run the gamut of stunning light yellow green to bandage bleh. So I just went and found them all. 

Naples Yellow Blog  



Fluid White Acrylic -  

Zinc White: PW 4  

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Dritz 3095 Chalk Cartridge Set :

CretaColor pencil White :  

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Golden Glazing Liquid For Blending -  

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Saral Paper:  

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Art Sherpa Brush Spa Soap Kits :  

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The Art Sherpa Patrons 

Upcoming classes Jan

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Sherpa News

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  • Acrylic April link Life book link - 18+ Art Sherpa Fledging Artist Challenge  
  • Featured artist : Frida Kahlo

    More Fun facts about Frida and the solution page coming in the next Newsletter. 

    • Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City
    • She lied about her birthday, not to seem younger, but to share her day with the Mexican Revolution
    • She had polio as a child, was in a catastrophic bus accident, went through 30 surgeries in her life
    •  She started painting in a Body Cast
    • She was married to artist Diego Rivera - he was a lot 
    • She painted more than 200 paintings depicting the physical and emotional pain of her life
    • She is the mother of the selfie and one of the greatest icons of modern art 

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    The Art of Self Care. 

    1. Remember you matter 
    2. When you feel calm you can help others 
    3. Taking time to be creative helps you imagine solutions to problems
    4. If you have to take care of others remember you do that best from a place of rest, mindfulness and self compassion. 
    5. If you need to H.A.L.T.  and take a break to reset, Do So!  


    Hungry : Make sure your body is fed and your blood sugar is balanced. 

    Angry : Feelings are information. If you are angry remove yourself from the situation until you are calm and ready to explain calmly what you are feeling 

    Lonely: Human beings are social animals, when we are lonely we struggle. Reach out and connect with someone who cares about you. 

    Tired: Many of you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders right now and rest might be scarce. If you are very tired take every chance you can to rest. If its a nap then take a nap. If it is going to bed earlier, skip that show and watch it later on the DVR.

    These are simple things that can help you steer to a better feeling tomorrow.  

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    New Items in the Store 

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    Cool Finds on Amazon 

    Great Finds for the Art Studio 

    CREATURE CUPS Cthulhu Ceramic Cup (11 Ounce, Black)

     I think it looks like Kevin the Kraken #CommissionsEarned 

      Zmol Electric Pencil Sharpener ~  I love this Sharpener !! 

    The Kitty Cat - #CommissionsEarned  

      Adorable Micro kitty  Landscape Humidifiers -  

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How to paint a Fall tree

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-12-09
How to paint a Fall tree

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Painting a Fall tree 

#1 Find a Shape that is irregular and interesting to your eye. Remember this shape is three dimensional. 

#2 Tree Meditation for Artists

Get comfortable, Close your eyes, and breathe in and out slowly to the count of 4. 

To help you “ see” the tree better imagine the tree you are painting on a pedestal that is turning . 

Now Add light to the tree from the sun. Feel how warm the sun is. Add a soft breeze. 

In your minds picture of your tree as it is turning see the light falling on it and the breeze blowing through it. Can you see its irregular surface. How each leaf is looking for light and rain?  

Stop the tree at the view you want to paint it. Keep the light shining on it and the breeze blowing through it. The tree you are painting today is a living breathing thing. Do this for 5 or so minutes until you feel you can see your tree clearly. Once this is done your Artists mind is open and ready to paint. 

Open your eyes. 

#3 Paint in your deepest fall value for your tree keeping your base tree form. Use the edge of your brush scumbling in the leaves softly. Add your truck and some Bark highlights. Add the deepest value of landscape around the tree. 

#4 Add your darker midtones finding those highlights and leaves. The ones you visualized in the shade of other leaves nearer the light. These are the leaves where a small bird may be resting in the heat of the day.  Can you see the form? Can you see the shapes?

#5 It’s time to find the next layer now a brighter lighter mid tone! WOW this tree is coming together. With the corner of your brush add little leaf outliers. Remember your tree those leaves twisting in and out of the light? By now you should see dimensions of form coming out of your canvas. 

#6 Finally the highlights are lifting up! Bits of highlighted sparkle. Tree glitter. These are the leaves shining in the sun. Yes that is what Shining in the sun means. The diamond effect  all around your trees. The glow. Add delicate touches. 

#7 Now breath. You have painted a tree. A great Tree! A fun Tree. Keep practicing your artist eye when you are bored or falling asleep. In no time your dreams will be full of comforting branches.


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Grateful Art Newsletter 2020

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-10-27

Grateful Art 2020

Nov 1 to Nov 7th Daily live streams 1 pm EST 

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Live streaming  Youtube  and  Facebook 

Watch what platform works best for you 

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Full Playlist ( Save this for future use)

Materials for the Week 

You may use other materials then what is shown here. 

*** Acrylic Paint Colors *** ***Yellow Ocher:PY 43 - ***Burnt Sienna: PBr 7 ***Burnt Umber: PBr 7 ***Cadmium Yellow Medium : PY 35 ***Cadmium Red medium : PR 108 ( ***Cadmium Orange: PO 20 OR ***Cadmium Red Light: PR 108  ) ***Phthalo Green Blue shade : PG 7 - ***Phthalo Blue Green shade :PB 15:3 ***Dioxazine Purple: PV 23 - ***Ultramarine blue: PB 29 - ***Quinacridone Magenta (fuscia) : PR 122 ***Titanium white: PW 6 ***Mars black: PBk 11 ( ***Zinc White?: PW 4 Or Tint white :  )
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Watercolor Materials  140 lb cold press watercolor paper Fabriano 1 Gelli Pen Pencil I am using these watercolors Sennelier L'Aquarelle French Watercolor Paint -Lemon Yellow (501) -French Vermilion (675) -Alizarin Crimson (689) -Carmine (635) -Dioxazine Purple (917) -Ultramarine Deep (315) -Phthalocyanine Blue (326) -Forest Green (899) -Phthalo Green Light (805) -Burnt Sienna (211) -Payne's Grey (703) -Warm Sepia (440)
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Also we have brushes in stock  at  The Art Sherpa Store  

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All videos are available for replay after the live stream to watch anytime 

Day 1-Acrylic 

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Day 2 - watercolor 


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Day 3 - Watercolor 


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Day 4 - watercolor 


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Day 5

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Day 6 


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Day 7 


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Did you see the palette knife classes we have been doing on Youtube ? The green floral is this Friday 

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Stuck inside ?? Join us for a Great fun Halloween painting D&D 12 " round canvas 

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Here is a free gift for you and your family! 

Using a Non Toxic in stamp, food color, OR Watercolor  you can make these cute creatures and finish them with a Regular sharpie 


Have wet wipes on hand to clean up! Save Download and Print out. you can paint fingerprints with watercolor 


How would you like a year of healing transforming art ?

Lifebook 2021 


Main Course 

The Eternal Garden. 

Together we will create an ideal fantasy garden landscape. I will show you how to make a Fantastical Fairytale  world that can reflect the hopes and dreams of your personal paradise. We will hide messages and symbolism  in our paintings as constant reminders of our hopes and dreams. Our images on the surface  will be ideal garden retreats but with a closer look reveal the world beneath the world. Hidden objects, messages  and treasure. It will be much more than just a beautiful fantasy  painting. It will be a bright colorful energy soul painting. 

This is a Concept study. I have done 10 concept sketches just for Lifebook 2021 


There is also a Free Gift that I made just for Lifebook 2021--- If you love Waterbears you want that gift 

Classes weekly 30 teachers including me 


Guess What ?? We are on Roku now  !!  


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Friday The 4th  and 5th 2020 Cat Tongue Give away weekend

a Rafflecopter giveaway


IF you dont know the secret phrase we will reveal it during the Livestream    

Rules of the Give Away 

Want a chance  to win  a #8 cat's Tongue  Art sherpa Brush  ?? One lucky viewer will WIN this great brush !

How To participate for your chance to win The TAS #8 Cats Tongue  :

Giveaway opens soon and starts a little before  the live stream  and We will announce the winner live during the show. You must be present to win. 

Come join us for 


During the show we will share the Mystery Phrase so be sure to watch so you know correct answer !! 

To be eligible for your chance to win You must have answered and entered the correct Mystery phrase here in the Entry Box  : in the current contest Blog 

You will have 4 answers to choose from 

You may know the answer ahead of time from being a fan ( that's OK)

You may answer as soon as the contest is open or wait to confirm the correct answer 

Entries are final 

If you have never entered a Rafflecopter contest they may have you make an account. This is a one time thing and will work for all future RaffleCopter Contests 


You must have a good email we can contact you with. We have to be able to reach you to Notify you 

PLEASE Don't give your address of  to us during live chat for your safety. Email is best  


To WIN  You must be present during the Live stream  when we announce your name.

If you are not present another winner will be selected.

You must be a resident of planet earth with an address that can receive mail - sorry Elon Musk no Mars delivery .

We will cover up to 100$ shipping: anything above 100$ the winner will have the option to cover to receive their prize - if they elect not to do this another winner will be chosen

To Recap

The correct  Mystery Phrase with be revealed live during the show 

There is no purchase necessary to win

You do not need to but stars or follow the page to participate

This is not a giveaway affiliated with facebook in anyway.

The winner with be chosen at random by Rafflecopter Software

Artwork and video is the sole property of The Art Sherpa™  and intended for the students personal education and Enjoyment. For questions regarding using any Art Sherpa painting in a commercial setting for all other questions Read our full  disclosure here that covers partnerships and affiliate links   ****

Because the world is so crazy we will include a tracking number when we ship but are not responsible for items lost or damaged in the post.

Each time we do a giveaway there's a lot of panic because some people may have trouble entering . First let me say this is not the last giveaway we're ever going to do.

We would love everybody to win but sadly there is just one painting and one winner. Good news I will show you how to paint your own.

We understand that for many of our viewers our time zone is not compatible to theirs and we are sorry for the inconvenience.

The giveaway is open Now to 6:45 pm cst  of the show. Winner will be announced during the live and must be present to claim their prize .

We do need the winner to be present though for the show. Future Giveaways may be held at different times.

Be sure to follow the page to get the fastest updates on facebook giveaways and free art live streams. Follwoing does not increase your chances to win. It does help you know when we are live There are two links provided for entry. This is because depending on how you're entering and on what device are entering a small number of users may potentially have difficulty.

If you find the  link does not work for you please contact the company that hosts the software here :

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Don't Let round Canvas make you feel spun

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-08-08

So these round canvases are weird right? Can I get these? I only have a regular Canvas. Can I frame them. Why am I using them? These are very good questions and very good points.

  1. Round canvases are strange but a lot of fun and believe it or not have a long history in art with a peak of popularity around the Victorian era.

  2. Believe It or Not round canvases are available in a variety of surfaces and sizes. Not to mention there are two really economical ways to use a round canvas their economy packs and you can prime wood rounds.

  3. If you only have a regular canvas a round design is easier to place on it even if dimensions are very different. Simply draw a circle centered in your canvas painting images shown and hang on the wall. It's actually very cool look!

  4. There are tons of frames for round canvases and they're totally making a comeback. There are even Bubble Glass Companies now to give it that cool Victorian look.

  5. Right now I need to be sitting while I'm painting So my objects need to be on a flat surface and round canvases give me an opportunity to paint larger even though I'm confined in this way

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