I cannot believe the day has dawned...
....the day I share my very first video..it's finally here!
Over the last couple of months I had been seriously considering doing video tutorials, but the very thought of all that goes into making one intimidated me so much that I kept pushing it to the back of my mind. Every time a reader left me a comment asking to watch me paint, I would feel bad for not being able to share more. I truly wanted people to watch me create these cards and see how easy they were and inspire them, perhaps, to pick up a brush and try for themselves.
But, again, the set up itself seemed too laborious to me...how to film, which camera to pick, do I need special software to edit and finish a video...too many questions and no one to answer! What about hubs...you ask?
....don't go there...don't even get me started .....have I ever mentioned that he goes by the "either my way or....." motto......yeah he does....it's black or white no greys! So at the very beginning of this video journey we parted ways...no no .don't worry,we are still under the same roof! ...it's just that we cordially agreed to disagree and since then I was on my own......rant over,back to the video now...
So, I decided to just use my phone and a simple tripod and start filming....and so I did...
......filmed one card...forgot to press record after I had paused in between,
.....filmed another...blurred because of table shake....
.....another tossed due to 'accidently' pressing delete on my 'super smart' phone..
.....yet another out of focus..the entire card was to one lonely side of the frame.....
.......begged for divine intervention here....do these things happen to anyone out there or is it just me...frustration...even tears..but not ready to give up..not yet...it's just not me...so I continued...a week goes by and finally am done filming something decent and get ready to edit....it can't be more difficult than what I have already been through..right....WRONG!
....editing proved to be far more difficult than the actual recording! But I learned a lot...every roadblock, I would run to You Tube for a tutorial...YT did two things ..it made me grateful for all those who have taken the time and effort to put those videos out there...and it made me wonder how they churned out so many videos while I was struggling to make one!!
If you are wondering why I had so much difficulty to do a video, it's because I am not a trial and error person..I need everything clear and concise..guessing does not work for me nor does button clicking..I can't get myself to click something and try...nope...am too much of a scary cat with all kinds of thoughts..simple ones like.. 'what if I click and can't undo' .. to... 'what if my computer crashes'!
After 2 weeks of intense frustration, tears and disappointment, am still here ..... with a video on my blog..I did it!
...now it's your turn to watch it and leave me some feedback so I can improve my future videos....yes after all this I am still thinking of making more because now it can only get easier. Please be frank with your comments.... but not brutally frank!lol!
I used a stamp from Unity's current kit of the month..for those who are not aware of this ..it's a subscription based program where you receive a stamp kit every month and these contain a wonderful variety of stamps . Here is the Apriil KOTM
Click here to watch on You Tube
For an overview of the supplies used click here
A super long post but I had to share ...after all my blog is called The Storyteller for a reason!
Thanks so much for coming by today!
ETA- I have a couple of readers ask me questions about today's video...will be answering them in the comments section, but I thought others would benefit from it, so sharing it here in the main post....
Q. Does wet on wet mean you have dampened the watercolor paper before you add the watercolors?
A. Yes..dampen the area where you want add color and lay your pigment..it will blend on it's own. you can see me do that more clearly when I add the yellow background.
Q..is that a Ranger/Tim Holtz water brush? Do you fill it with water, or do you keep water off to the side in a container?'
No it's by Niji, but the watercolor set I am using ..Sakura Koi watercolors set of 24 comes with a waterbrush. I normally use my regular brush and jar of water for painting and waterbrushes for field trips, but since most crafter's seem to have a waterbrush , I used it in the video.