laylapayton Finally found the time to finish this #nature #sketch. #watercolors 1d

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laylapayton What are we learning today, kids? That Layla hates stenciling! #diy 2d

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laylapayton #captainjackmorkie like to jump off the back of the couch. 3d

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laylapayton #flowers in the front yard. 5d

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laylapayton Sweet boy found time to create, despite the flu. I'd have taken pics of my older two, but one is really sick and the other acts like I'm burning him at the stake by taking his photo. Don't worry, their time is coming... 7d
  •   emikovenlet awwww!!! the flu, go away!! 6d
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet Seriously! Crazy flu! LOL I have to mention how thankful I am that all three kids have been kicking it without secondary infections, which would need antibiotics. Also, neither Brian nor I have caught it. 6d
  •   emikovenlet are you still ok? i hope so!!! I'm kicking and busting the flu for you!!! 6d
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet Yes! I'm so sorry that I haven't gotten back with you yet. The boys are finally over the worst of the flu. ️ Brian and I never caught it, which is a miracle! I have been oh, so tired this week, so I succumbed to a nap when I should've been returning your email. LOL 5d
  •   emikovenlet oh i didn't mean it that way!! i just wanted to know if the flu didn't get to you, my sweet friend!!!! aww, rest away!!! anything else can absolutely wait!! 5d
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet I know you didn't mean it that way. Thank you, sweetie. 5d

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Lo-fi Layla Payton
laylapayton I'm enchanted with this sweet lady's #fiction. They are new to me, and I'm very picky about what fiction I read. I don't like super happy, perky, perfect senecio fiction. I feel they need a little salty to cut the sweet. That's what I relate to. I do feel that happy endings are a must, or I'm wasting my time. I want real life struggles (sometimes very dark ones) with HOPE infused into the story. She is descriptive and careful with words. If this describes the books you enjoy as well, I highly recommend #MaryDeMuth's #books. 7d
  •   emikovenlet summer read! if i have my brain get going! 6d
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet It's really hard to read with little ones taking up all of your extra energy and brain space. 6d

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  •   emikovenlet hey we are creating at the same time!! 1w
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet Wheeee! That makes my heart happy! Praying for your heart to be full of joy to the brim! 1w
  •   amythesavage Can't wait to see the finished product!! I am a completely unartistic person and cover the fact you can sit down and out pencil ton paper like that! Awesome! 1w
  •   amythesavage Covet. Not cover. :) Happy 4th, friend! 1w
  •   amythesavage Holy crap I just saw more typos LOL!! PUT pencil TO paper! Haha!! 1w
  •   laylapayton @amythesavage Darn auto-correct, right? You know what? Only VERY recently have I discovered that I can draw. Not perfectly, or fine art...or some suchness, but I can sketch a bit. I'm focused on learning some basics in sketching, as I'm wanting to do simple watercolor nature sketches on site, while in Colorado this fall. Happy 4th! 1w

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laylapayton My first big girl brush. (I used a 40% off coupon, of course!) I would have purchased a #6 round, but my cheap one is working pretty well, and I had nothing big enough to wash a page. So, next pay day, my splurge will be the #6. Until then, I'm going to paint until this flu fully kicks in. Yep, all three of my boys have the flu in July!!! Yes, swabbed and officially diagnosed! God help us! #watercolors #art #oklahomacity 1w
  •   emikovenlet oh no!!! hope it'll pass soon!! meanwhile enjoy the brush!!! to take your mind off from the flu talk, can i ask u a question? when you say " wash", what do you do? 1w
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet Thank you! I'm referring to watercolors, when I say, "Wash." You can use it to paint broad strokes, or use it to wet your paper for stretching. They make much wider ones, but this one seemed to be the most universal for the paper sizes I'm currently choosing. Most of the stuff I am painting is small. I want to learn, but I also want to stay in budget, which means using less paper. I take big sheets and cut them down to sketching sizes. Does that make sense? 1w
  •   emikovenlet oh thank you for explaining!! yes, it makes sense! i paint small now too for the time reason hehe. i so want to try water color... do you always have to strech the paper? 1w
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet It's really up to you if you want to stretch the paper. These sketches are so small that I'm not bothering with it. Do a YouTube search for "easy ways to stretch watercolor paper." Some are crazy easy, such as the one Cheap Joes demonstrates. I'm all for easy. ;) I found a tutorial tonight that teaches how to stretch a sheet of watercolor paper around a frame, which ends up looking like a canvas! SO COOL! I'll email those two links to you. 1w
  •   whydivide Good tools! It's a good thing! When I splurged on my Addi Click interchangeable knitting needles - made ALL the difference in hand comfort, yarn tension, and consistent stitches. I didn't get mine on sale :( , they never are :( , but they've been worth every penny I pinched to get them. 1w
  •   laylapayton @whydivide I agree that good tools make a big difference! I'm guessing they don't sell those knitting needles at Hobby Lobby or Michael's? That's where I'm always using coupons. 1w

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laylapayton Tate is painting the birdbath he designed. 2w

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laylapayton Here's to hoping this book is as good as the title. 2w
  •   lesleymanning Let me know how it is, looks promising! 2w
  •   laylapayton @lesleymanning Sure will! 2w
  •   emikovenlet my goodness, how many posts did i miss!!! i loved all of them! tate's debut at disney for sure. your watercolor palettes look gorgeous. and the little cards for the chalkboard you created are so cute and the book sounds interesting!! you had a busy day!! good night, sister!! 2w
  •   laylapayton @emikovenlet Aw, I'm sad I missed you! Much love & catch you tomorrow. 2w

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laylapayton #embossing with shiny, black powder. #stamps #papercrafts 2w

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laylapayton Here are the little #note cards that I made for the #chalkboard #planner. Don't ya just want it? 2w

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laylapayton Okay! I narrowed my last four choices down to these. :) #watercolors 2w

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laylapayton These are the #watercolors that I purchased at 70% off ($1.50 ea.) yesterday. I am on a budget, so I decided to buy this cute #palette at HobbLobb for $2.99 to put them in, with the fun thought that I could easily travel with this size. That said, I'd love to save for a BIG palette someday! (Suggestions on which one?) There were many colors left to chose from at that sale, so I'd love some recommendations to fill the empty spaces. I'd like to add an orange and a purple, just for fun. What else? Help me out, watercolorists! I've not taken classes, so I'm relying on the advice of my awesome online #artist friends, who I appreciate SO MUCH! #art #paint 2w
  •   laylapayton I have four empty slots to fill! 2w
  •   laalicia8 Maybe a purple and a red? 2w
  •   bambierae That's an awesome deal on some nice ones! Purple and black are a must I would say 2w
  •   laylapayton @laalicia8 @bambierae Thank you! I did pick up some reds, but no purple, so I guess that's what I need! They didn't have black, but they did have a very large selection of colors. @bambierae I know you like to scout out OKC bargains, so you will find these at WALLS in Del City. 2w
  •   bambierae I'm gonna hit it up! @laylapayton thanks! 2w
  •   laylapayton @bambierae Have fun! They had a few with lead and other "poisons," that I put back, due to my mommy paranoia. LOL!!! I bet those particular colors are vibrant, so you may want to look for those. 2w

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laylapayton Here is the trim on the chalkboard organizer. As soon as Brian brings the hangers for the back home, this project will be finished up quickly. There will be burlap pockets & cute clothes pens (among other goodies) added! #forsale #chalkboard #organizer #oklahomacity 2w

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