Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday ACEO Series!

The Garden Series - Holiday Edition
Last week, I remembered that I'd intended to do at least one ACEO for the holiday season. I'd been intending to do the poinsettia one and making it a sort of extension of my garden series. I almost forgot about it completely until last week. I was afraid maybe it was too late, but then I decided to give it a shot. After all,  ACEOs are quick. And then I decided to do two more, and figured I could get all three done in less than a week's time. I'm really quite happy with this little miniseries!  I love doing series! :)

I hope you like my little last-minute Holiday series!! The original ACEOs are up for auction right now! Holly only has a little better than a day left! Check them out HERE

Prints are available on my website and Etsy. Once the auctions are over I'll have the prints up on ebay too.

All 3 holiday originals up for auction separately

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2013 Calendar GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky winner will win a The Art of Rebecca Sinz 2013 Calendar!!

The calendar is a spiral-bound, full-color, 12 month calendar. It features 12 different fantasy/gothic paintings, some of my newer work from the last year or so. It measures 8.5 x 11" (or 11 x 17" when open).

Artwork Featured in this calendar are: Midnight Travelers, Bleeding Hearts, Dead Sea, Cecaelia, Spring, Steampunk Assassin, Summer, Sea Swept Series Mermaids, Despair, Harvest Moon, Spellbook and Hope

To Enter, use the form below and follow the instructions. There are several ways to enter, including one easy entry that you can just click to enter. A couple can be done daily until the giveaway is over. GOOD LUCK!!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

More Holiday Sale Updates!!

TODAY ONLY! For orders from my Ebay Store, get a free open edition ACEO print for every $5 spent!! Just let me know after you make your purchase which prints you want either as a note in the checkout or contact me afterwards. Limited edition ACEO prints do not count for the free ones. You must choose from my open edition prints that have a normal price of $5 when not on sale. Limited to 20 free ACEOs per customer. Visit my store HERE!

For orders from my Etsy Shop today, take 20% off your order with the code: SMALLBIZ

My Etsy shop includes many of my prints, jewelry and original paintings!!
Visit my shop HERE!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Sales!

Holiday Sales!!

It's time for my annual Holiday Sale, my largest sale of the year!! This year, I'm have sales going on at both my Ebay store and Etsy shop! At my Ebay store, EVERYTHING is on sale!! From today until the end of the month, take 25% off all prints and 15% off everything else!! This includes all original paintings listed and my jewelry, including my new cameos!

At Etsy, I'm going to have various discounts going on through the end of the month! You can check my website or the my Etsy shop to see what the latest deal is.
Starting right away is 15% off of your order with the coupon code: BLACKFRI

Did you know that if you either don't have a Paypal account or don't like using Paypal, that you can pay with a credit card on Etsy using their direct checkout? This is a newer feature of theirs so I'm sure some aren't aware of it yet. And I'm happy to say that my shop currently accepts payments using their direct checkout! They also recently started selling gift cards!

I hope that everyone has a great holiday season!! Also, if you'd like to have a little sneak peek at what I'm currently working on, click this link to see my sketch! Some people I asked on Facebook wanted to be surprised, so that's why I'm not posting a thumbnail. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cameo Necklaces

I have some new Cameo Necklaces for sale! I haven't had any new cameo necklaces available for a few years, and I finally have some, but of a different design! I like these a little better than my old ones because they're a little simpler and smaller, but still large enough to show off the artwork nicely! And they come on chains! These are very nice quality and have GLASS dome cabochons covering the image! My older ones where acrylic and prone to scratching. Not these! These are available now in my Etsy shop HERE!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Kitties Painting

 "Christmas Kitties"

I wanted to do something a little different and fun! And since I love kitties, what better than some sleeping holiday cuties! :) I actually began the sketch for this last year, but I didn't get a chance to finish it before Christmas, so I waited until this year to finish it up.

Prints and the originals are currently available in my Etsy shop! Check them out HERE!

It doesn't really fit into any category existing on my website, so I think it will mainly stay exclusive to my Etsy/Ebay shops. Unless in the future I accumulate enough miscellaneous artwork like this to give them their own gallery on my site, but at the moment I don't see that happening. You never know though...

Also now available is my 2013 Calendar!! It features 12 of my newest artworks, none of which has been in any of my previous calendars.

This is now available in my Zazzle shop!! Find that HERE!

Next, I'm back to my fantasy art, but I hope you enjoyed this little departure from my norm! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Harvest Moon Finished and Stretching Process

(Newer updates toward the bottom...)

9/25/12: Hi everyone! I've been working on and just finished my Halloween sketch for this year! I think that I'm going to call it "Harvest Moon." I love this time of year! It is definitely my favorite time of year, with the weather cooling off but not as cold as winter yet. And it is such an inspiring season!

While I was working on this sketch, I took some progress pictures that I'm going to post below. I often show paintings in progress but not how sketches come together. Sometimes sketches, such as small ACEO sketches or 4x6" are very quick and are done in an hour or so, but this 9x12" sketch took several hours, so it was great for showing step by step.

Often, before beginning work on a sketch, I'll do a little messy concept sketch, just to get the basic idea and composition worked out before finalizing it. I like to have a generalized idea before starting. I really liked how this one turned out, so I didn't change much in the final sketch. I already had a pose in mind before starting this one, (model: Faestock) but often I get the idea first and then have to go hunting for just the right references to get the anatomy as accurate as I can.

When drawing a full-bodied figure, I almost always start with the body and save the face for last. I know many find working this way strange, but I've found that it works best for me. I get the proportions more accurate when I work on the whole body at the same time rather than doing the face first and working my way out, if that makes sense. And it makes getting her positioned on the page how I want her easier. I can't tell you how many times when I used to start with the face that I'd find the figure off center on the paper or even run out of room for the feet! When I started working this way I don't encounter problems like that.

Now it is time to transfer this to watercolor paper and start painting! I don't know how much of the painting process I will show, but I am going to be stretching the watercolor paper again for this one, and this time I have some gummed tape and gator foam board. So I think I will show what that is like to work with. Hopefully my first experience with it will go smoothly! Check back if you're interested in seeing how that goes. :)



I was hoping to have gotten started on this a few days ago but I didn't get the chance until tonight. I really won't be able to get going on the painting until tomorrow since I have to allow time for the paper to dry after stretching it.

This is only my second time stretching my watercolor paper. I tried it for my "Midnight Travelers" painting this summer for the first time. You can see that process HERE. I didn't really have all the "right" materials then and didn't want to wait for them to be shipped to me, so I just made due the best I could with what I had. After a little trial and error I got it to work and was very impressed with the final result! The paper was so flat and smooth that I'm sure that I will do this with all my larger paintings from now on. I don't really think it will be necessary for smaller ones like 5 x 7" or smaller. I resisted this for a while because I just didn't want to do this extra step, but I finally caved after messing up another painting due to the paper warping. I did the same thing with masking fluid for a long time. I resisted using it, but now I see it as a necessary evil. 

This time around, I'm going to be using gummed tape and securing my paper to gatorfoam board. I'd never heard of this board until I'd read up on paper stretching and had seen it recommended a couple times. It's a bit thicker than regular foam board (about a 1/2" thick) and has a water resistant surface, so when you lay your wet watercolor paper on it, it won't absorb any of the liquid and warp the board. I got one that is 16 x 23" since most of my work is smaller than that, I think it will work fine for me. I love how lightweight it is too and it also doubles great as a drawing board for drawing away from a table. :) The gummed tape or kraft paper tape comes in a huge roll like pictured. That aught to last me a while!

My kitty, Freya, was looking on to make sure that I did this correctly! lol

So I cut my paper to the size I want it. I left a 1 inch border around the outside for the brown tape and then since there is no way to remove the tape from the paper afterward, I left an extra 1/4" border that will provide a little space for framing and I'll cut away the brown tape. I'm picky like that. lol

Once the paper is dry, I will add masking tape to tape off this border and keep it paint-free. I've heard that you can soak the tape off of the gatorfoam board, so I hope that true.

Next, I cut four strips of the tape for each of the four sides of the paper.

To soak the paper, I have a plastic container filled with water. In order to wet the strips of gummed tape, I used the sponge brush pictured. I already had some of these from another project and they're in the perfect 2" size!

So I dip the paper in the water for about a 1-2 minutes and then lay it out on my gatorfoam board. I use a paper towel to run over the paper to flatten it and wipe off all excess water. You can use a clean sponge for this too. If using paper towels, make sure they don't have a pattern printed on them as this can transfer to your paper.

Then I wet each strip of gummed tape with my sponge brush and stuck them down one at a time, making sure not to get any of the glue onto the to-be-painted surface. I hope that I didn't smear any in there! I really tried not to, but I won't be sure until I start painting. That seems also to be a good reason to include an extra little border like I did. If I got any glue in the little border, it won't matter.

That is all for now. I need to allow this to dry and then I can transfer my sketch to the paper using graphite paper. So far this seems like a great method to do this! Much easier than the staples I used last time! :)



Going well so far! Now after some masking fluid, I'll be ready to start painting! :)


*Update* 10/25/12:

I finally finished this painting. I had hoped to get it done sooner, but I didn't get to work on it quite as much as I hoped, so it took longer. I'm really happy with how it turned out though. I liked painting the harvest moon and I like the atmosphere it creates! I always love when there's a harvest moon! The scan unfortunately didn't pick up on some of the subtle coloring in the background. There's some golds and rose coloring in the glow from the moon that the scan just washed out. I think I may try re-scanning and adjusting the colors again.

It's 9 x 12" done in watercolor and white gouache. Hope you like it!


Since this was the first time that I tried stretching my watercolor paper using this method, I wanted to show how it was removed and worked out. I have to say that I really love this method! I'm definitely going to be working this way from now on. The painting so smooth and beautiful and I didn't encounter any problems while working. I don't know why I waited so long to try this.

Here is the painting all done while still taped down to the gator foam board.

The first thing that I had to do was to remove the masking tape that left a clean, white border around the image.

Then, using an X-Acto knife and a t-square as a guide I carefully cut along the edges of the paper. There was a little ridge in the tape where the papers edge was, so it was easy to see where to cut.

I've heard that some leave it with the brown tape, but I don't like it, so I used my paper cutter and cut it off, leaving just the small white border around the outside. I think it looks nice this way and it leaves a little space for matting and framing.

And see how nice and flat the painting is!! It looks just like it did before I even put any paint on it. Why have I been avoiding this step again? Oh yeah, I was being lazy.  But no more! For any painting that is larger than 5 x 7" I'm going to stretch from now on. :)

And here is the next great part...
I'd heard that if using gator foam board, that the brown tape can be soaked off of it. So I wet some paper towels and laid them over the tape. I let it sit for about 40 minutes and...

It came right off and the board is good as new!! 
I was a little worried about that, as these aren't that cheap, so I didn't want to have to buy a new one all the time.

So there you have it. My first attempt at stretching watercolor paper using brown gummed kraft tape and gator foam board. And it worked out perfectly! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process and the finished painting.

Happy Halloween everyone!  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giveaway Time!! -- We Have a WINNER!

**UPDATE** Thank you very much to everyone who entered my giveaway!

And the winner is... Bianca S.!! Congratulations to you!! 

Thanks again to everyone who participated! I will have more giveaways in the future!

One lucky winner will win a HUGE set of 25 postcards of my artwork!! What a great way to collect or share your favorite art!

These postcards are 4.25 x 5.6" on heavyweight cardstock. They are full-color, on both front and back. The back features a matching solid color or texture to the image on the front. 

Artwork Featured in this set of postcards:
Adrift, Sea Mist, Windswept, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, Enchanted Evening, Midnight Travelers, Gothic Lament, Woodland Magic, Hope, Despair, Witching Hour, Steampunk Assassin, All Hallows' Eve, Dead Sea, Black Hellebore, Spellbook, Broken Halo, From the Dark Depths, Absinthe, Bed of Skulls, The Pumpkin Queen, and Ivy

To Enter, use the form below and follow the instructions  There are several ways to enter and a couple can be done daily until the giveaway is over. If you have any problems entering, feel free to contact me and let me know. GOOD LUCK!!

**FOR THE "ENTER YOUR EMAIL" ENTRY OPTION: Just click "Do It" It automatically gets your email when you log into the form, so you don't have to enter it again. This is an easy entry that can be done daily.**

The winner will be chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

*This Giveaway is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Facebook

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dead Sea - New Art!

"Dead Sea"

Here is my newest painting! This is a commissioned painting. I was given free reign with a photo the client gave me. I love commissions like this! Since I've been on a mermaid kick lately, here is another! :) I believe this will be my last mermaid for a little while though.

5 x 7" watercolor and white gouache.
Prints are available on my website, eBay and Etsy!

I discovered something simple but neat while working on this painting. I discovered that there is indeed a difference between using zinc white gouache and titanium/permanent white. A while back I'd done some reading about gouache painting because I was thinking and still hope to do some all-gouache paintings someday. I'd read that zinc white isn't as opaque as titanium white, but it is good for making tints. When I first began combining white gouache with my watercolor, I mainly used it to add some white highlights here and there, so for that I wanted the most opaque white. Over the years my techniques have changed some. I paint in watercolors in transparent and opaque techniques. I know the traditional watercolor approach is to use watercolor and let the white of the paper show through. For the most part I do paint that way, but I do like to use other techniques such as bodycolor, which is the use of opaque watercolor (either all-gouache or by mixing opaque white with transparent watercolor). I usually do this by mixing a little of a color (watercolor) with white gouache. I was never a stickler for tradition and am more concerned with the final result.

I've been using this technique with titanium/permanent white for several years now, since that was the white I had. While at Michaels last week I saw a tube of zinc white and remembered what I'd read about it being good for making tints. Since that is basically what I've been doing I bought the tube and tested it out on this painting. I have to say that I love this white so much better for my technique of painting! It is a more sheer white, but this works so great for building up subtle layers! And it can become very opaque when desired. I only used zinc white for the gouache parts of this painting, which includes much of the skeleton fish, the bright highlights and detailing in her hair and scales. It seems like it blends better with the watercolor and looks more natural and less chalky. I've always wondered whether it would really make a difference... now I know. :)  I'm sure there will still be times when the opaqueness of titanium white will be better suited, but I'm glad that I made this discovery about zinc white for my bodycolor techniques!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sea Swept Series

I knew I wanted to paint another mermaid. I wanted to do another one in a similar scene/color scheme as my painting, From the Dark Depths. So I was trying to come up with the right pose that I wanted for her. I wanted her sitting up more, not lying down like in "FTDD." So often for paintings when I'm trying to figure out a layout for them, I'll do rough little sketches just to get an idea of how I want it before I do a final sketch. I sketched several poses (pictured right) and I still couldn't decide. I even posted this on Facebook and asked for opinions, but ultimately I was fond of several of these. So I decided that I had to do the few I liked best and make a series of them.

I've always felt that I needed more mermaids in my gallery anyway! I think that I have about enough to give them their own gallery on my website soon! :)

Here are the finished paintings! I painted them all using the exact same coloring but done in different ways. It was fun to see all the different combinations that could be done. All are 5 x 7" watercolor and white gouache. The prints and originals are available on my website HERE.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Store Sale!!

Hi everyone! I'm having a sale in my ebay store this week! Get up to 20% off of EVERYTHING in my store. This includes all prints, jewelry, original art and more! Click the banner below to visit my store and get these great deals!

The "Bleeding Hearts" auction also has a few days left! Visit and bid on that HERE!