Category Archives: Tutorial

Mixed media flower drawing tutorial on YouTube

Hey friend,

My new mixed media drawing tutorial was published on Sakura of America YouTube channel recently.

This is a really fun and easy project using Koi brush pens and Cray-Pas oil pastel sticks.

I don’t use oil pastel very much in my work usually, so it was fun to play with this medium!

The texture is really beautiful and I felt like a kid again getting my hands dirty 😀

I hope you enjoy it and please don’t forget to tag me @honeyberrystudios if you share your work on Instagram!

Have a creative fun day 😘

xo

 

My top 5 blog posts!

I can’t believe this post is my 526th!

I started blogging back in January 2014. I’ve posted pretty regularly ever since – at least weekly (except for sabbatical weeks), but from April 2014 to April 2015 daily for my 365 day happiness is project.

I like sharing my thoughts in writing.

I’m not a super verbal person, and writing allows me to examine and express myself more intentionally.

Writing has become a part of my everyday routine. In fact it’s the first thing I do in the morning after my short meditation practice.

When I don’t do it, I feel a little disoriented 😀

Anyway, I’ve never paid close attention to my blog stats before – but I got curious, so I checked which posts were most popular.

Here are the all time 5 posts that got the most views this year:

1. My Favorite Tools: Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens

2. Quitting my day job cold turkey wasn’t my plan A

3. Draw Yourself Back to Nature Fall Leaf Doodle Tutorial

4. My Favorite Tool: Moo Carve

5. My Vipassana 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat Reflections

I see that you enjoy my tutorials and tool reviews a lot! That makes me happy because I enjoy teaching and sharing what I know 🙂

I used to do a lot of “self reflection-y” posts, too, and I’m glad you found some of those helpful.

I forgot how much work I used to put into my blog posts! There were lots of long-form articles and custom images.

It used to take me hours (like at least 4 hours) to complete a blog post. I’ve since been re-focusing my priorities and goals for my business, so you may have noticed my articles have  become more short and sweet in the recent year.

I sometimes wonder if anybody’s reading my blog 😀 so it was nice to see that people in fact read them! He he.

Thanks for following along my journey! I’m always grateful for your support and encouragement.

Have a great week!

xo

 

 

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Drawing tutorial video behind the scenes

I worked on a new drawing tutorial video for Sakura of America last week.

It’s a mixed media drawing of colorful flowers in a vase. Perfect for spring, don’t you think?

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I mostly made my piece with Sakura Koi brush pens and enjoyed trying their Quickie Glue in this video, too.

(Plus glitters… So sparkly🤩)

I’ll keep you posted on when the video comes out on their YouTube channel.

If you want to see my previous videos, you can check out my archive here. I also talk about my video shoot process in this post

Have a creative week!

xo

Gelly Roll White Folk House Drawing Tutorial

Hey friend,

My most recent drawing tutorial, “Gelly Roll Folk Houses,” is on Sakura of America’s YouTube channel! I had fun with their new Gelly Roll White pens in this one.

You can watch it here:

Enjoy!

xo

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p.s. If you share your work on Instagram, be sure to tag me @honeyberrystudios so I can see what you come up with 🙂

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New drawing tutorial video on YouTube

My new oil pastel dog portrait video is up on Sakura of America’s YouTube channel now!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create adorable portraits of sweet dogs by layering fun colors of Sakura Cray-Pas oil pastel sticks.

Watch the video here and let me know what you think! Tag me (@honeyberrystudios) on Instagram so I can see what you come up with 🙂

Enjoy!

xo

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New Drawing Tutorial on YouTube

Hello, hello!

My “Let’s draw a poppy!” drawing tutorial is on Sakura of America’s YouTube channel now!

You can watch it here:

It’s super quick and easy, all you need is colored markers (I use Sakura Koi Brush Pens), a black pen (I use my Micron), and a sketchbook.

I love drawing these cheerful poppies 🙂 They make me excited for the summer months ahead!

You can play with different color combos, too.

Purple & magenta poppies with green Gellyroll outline for the leaves and stems.
Yellow & orange poppies. They look like tiny sun 🙂
Blue and purple poppies with white Gellyroll lines.

These poppies are joy to draw ❤ Be sure to follow me on Instagram and tag me (@honeyberrystudios) if you share your poppy drawings 🙂

Happy creating!

xo

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New video tutorials to inspire you!

I’ve made a few new drawing tutorial videos for Sakura of America this fall and winter.

(You can see my older tutorial videos in this blog post.)

They’re all pretty short and easy to follow. I’ve been hearing from the fans that it’s relaxing, too 🙂

I’ve gathered them all up for you here. Hope they inspire you to create something new today!

1. Let’s Draw Cats 

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw black and white portraits of your cats using Pigma Brush Pens.

 

2. How to Illusrate Tea Pots & Tea Cups

This quick tutorial shows you how to draw vintage inspired teapots and teacups using Sakura Koi brush pens and Souffle pens.

 

3. How to Draw Colorful Roosters

I created this fun tutorial to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster! Learn how to draw these colorful creatures with Sakura Koi brush pens, Micron pens, and a Gellyroll pen!

Don’t forget to tag me (@honeyberrystudios) if you share your drawings on Instagram. I’d love to see what you created!

Enjoy 🙂

xo Yuko

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Art Foam Stamp Making Project!

I’ve been teaching block printing workshops in Seattle since last spring.

I love teaching the class and get so inspired by all the beautiful student work!! Here is a fun picture from my last workshop… 🙂

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I’ve been thinking about offering a workshop that’s similar but a little more accessible.

Though block printing tools and materials I use for the class are super easy to handle (no linocut or wood block because they’re tough for beginners), I think some students are still intimidated by the idea of carving a block.

So I picked up this gorgeous book by Andrea Lauren recently to learn about stamp making using art foam sheet, which requires no carving.

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First of all, this books is beautiful! Her work is amazing and often very intricate – but she shares step-by-step instructions on how to create your own stamps and blocks in a very user-friendly way.

I became interested in the art foam stamp making because it requires no carving and is great for beginners or those who just want to experiment with block printing.

So as soon as I got my book, I created my own stamps using art foam sheets and documented the process for you!

1. Sketch your design for the stamps.

I wanted to design something pretty to print on an A2 size greeting card (4.25″ x 5.5″), so I drew the frame that’s the size of the card in my sketchbook first. Bold and simple designs work really well for block printing and definitely easier for beginners.

I really liked one of my watercolor painting of camellias, so I sketched the design based on the artwork using a pencil.

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2. Trace the design with pencil on a tracing paper.

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3. Transfer the image on to the art foam sheet surface.

Put the tracing paper down with pencil side facing the art foam sheet. (I grabbed this art foam at a craft store.) The pack of art foams I got came in variety of colors, and I just used this blue one.

On the hindsight, I probably should’ve used a lighter colored foam sheet because it was hard to see the pencil lines on the blue sheet.

These art foam sheets are handy because it’s got adhesive on the back, and it makes it really easy to mount the pieces on the board later.

To transfer the image, you rub the tracing paper from the back with a spoon or a bone folder. Be careful not to make an indent on the foam sheet because that will show up when you start printing.

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4. I MADE A MISTAKE HERE – You’re supposed to do step 5 first before cutting all the pieces out 😀

But I wasn’t following Andrea’s instructions carefully and cut all the pieces apart before adding the lines and details. It’s easier to add lines (essentially drawing on the foam sheet) when everything is on one sheet.

Anyway, do that first, and then you can cut out the pieces with scissors or an exacto knife.

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5. Add lines and details to your stamps.

So make sure you do this first before cutting all the pieces out. As you can see, it’s not the end of the world if you reverse the process, but it’s definitely easier if you do the detailing before cutting them apart.

To add indented lines, you go over your drawing on the foam sheet using a tool with a sharp tip – in this project, I used a skewer. You can also use knitting needles, dried-up ball point pen, and other tools for making an indent on a foam surface.

When printing, the indented lines will not get inked and the flat surface will get the ink. Again, be careful not to make a mark with your fingers/nails where not intended. If you do, it will show up in your prints. When accident happens, though, I try to be flexible and incorporate it into my design somehow 🙂

These foam pieces look cool just by themselves, don’t they?

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6. Mount your stamp pieces on a piece of plexiglass.

I got a piece of acrylic sheet at an art supply store and cut them down using my exacto trimmer – it sort of worked but totally shattered the edges of the plates and aren’t very pretty!!

(I later ordered this cutting tool from Hyde and hope it does a better job.)

You place the plexiglass cut to size (mine is 5.5″ w x 4.25″ h) over your design and peel the backing from the sheet and stick them on to the plate.

By mounting the pieces on to the plexiglass, it makes it easier to print the same design over and over, and you’re able to apply even pressure on to your stamps when printing.

Again, be careful not to make an indent on your foam pieces while sticking them on to the plexiglass.

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Since I wanted to print my design in two colors (one color for flowers and another for the leaves), I’m creating a separate plate for just the leaves. I didn’t quite like the layout of my original drawing, so I’m shifting some leaves around here.

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7. Two plates with the foam pieces are done!

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8. Here is the test print I made using stamp pads.

To ink the plates, I lay the stamps on the table and coat the foam sheet surface evenly using the stamp pads.

Then I pick up the mounted stamps, lay the plate down straight on to the paper and apply pressure using the palm of my hand. I marked the corners of my plate on the paper so it’s easy to match up the two plates.

I used the red ink for the flowers and navy blue for the leaves. Pretty, yes ?

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You can wash, pat dry and fine tune any of the details on the foam and print more until you’re happy with the result.

It was a pretty quick project. It probably took me about an hour or an hour and a half from start to finish? And clean-up is pretty easy as there was no paint rollers or plates to clean up!

I want to experiment and create more fun stamps to play with! 🙂 Hope you’ll give it a try!

p.s. I’m offering a foam stamp making workshop on February 4th in Seattle. If you’re curious, head on over to my website and learn more 🙂

xo Yuko

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Watercolor food drawing tutorials!

I recently made several drawing tutorials for Sakura of America, and my watercolor food drawing tutorial series are now available on their YouTube channel!

1. Let’s Draw Vegetables!

2. Let’s Draw Berries!

3. What’s on Your Plate?

I hope you check them out and let me know how you like it!

If you share your work on Instagram, please tag me @honeyberrystudios so I can enjoy your beautiful work!

Do tell me in the comment below what tutorials you’d like me to work on next! I’m always looking for ideas 🙂

Thanks friend! xo Yuko

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From the Sketchbook: More Poppies!

Last time I shared my drawings from my sketchbook, I was obsessed with drawing poppies.

(You can see them here.)

I’m still really into drawing them and wanted to share my recent sketchbook pages today!

And I have a mini video at the end, so keep scrolling down 🙂

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These colors really make me happy.
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Most of my poppy drawings are done with Micron pen and Sakura Koi brush pens!
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Love this pink and magenta combo!
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I also tried more cooler colors. This one with Micron pen, Koi pens, and white Gellyroll pen.

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Darker blue poppies turned out pretty, too.

As promised, here is a very short poppy drawing video 🙂

 

And, if you want to learn how to draw these fun poppies, you’re in luck!

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I recently made a video tutorial for Sakura of America, and this FREE video will be available on their YouTube channel soon!

I enjoyed creating the tutorial and suspect there will be many more in the future 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on when they’re gonna come out!

Hope you enjoy it! Talk to you soon.

xo Yuko

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