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Toni’s Tuesday Very Delayed Painting Video:) Easy Iris

10 Mar

“Sometimes patience and Technology and I are not the best of friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It’s almost 1:45 am on Wednesday, but I started this post many hours ago Tuesday evening. I wanted to make a full length painting video of an easy acrylic iris on watercolor paper. It only took me about half an hour to paint and record the first iris painting. I immediately started uploading the video onto YouTube. While I was waiting, I decided to paint three more paintings. Why, you might ask? Because I had left over paint. I hate to waste paint.

Four time the fun…

Well, about an hour later, the YouTube video upload said, “Unable to upload.” That was from my phone. So, I transferred it to my iPad and tried uploading again from there. The upload symbol kept churning and churning ever so slowly. Over two and a half hours later, the upload was complete. That’s just crazy!!!! I know my internet is slow, but I could have grown real irises from seed quicker than that.

Well, hopefully worth the wait.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Painting Tips

1 Jul

“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

― Edward Hopper


I enjoy painting and making special gifts for friends. Homemade and handmade are always the best and appreciated the most. I also enjoy sharing my painting techniques, tips, and tricks with everyone out there, and I’ve found that people enjoy my time-lapse videos because they are really fast and make me look really talented.

My good friend Jerry had a birthday a few weeks back, and his house is decorated with beautiful African art, carvings, masks and motifs. I’ve painted a few little gifts for him for birthdays before, but I also like to give hand-painted cards. I really like the bright colors of this style, so I decided to share my how-to video.


The background was painted with a makeup sponge held with a clothes pin, starting at the bottom with red, work up to orange and then yellow, not cleaning the sponge. The colors blend well, and the abstract look is fun. I just used a permanent black marker for the designs. It’s fast and easy. Give it a try. You can use any combination of three colors for a cool background, and even use stamps or stencils if free hand drawing scares you a little.