Resources at Vanilla Arts Co.


Not everyone finds me from this website…

Maybe you caught on to me from Pinterest, Instagram, Patreon, or YouTube... yes, I've been casting my nets wide to gather students from all over.

And some of my live and local students have no idea that there's this whole 'nother internet side to my classes.

Where you found me isn't the point, I'm just glad you're here!

But I do worry that some of you may not be aware of all the project resources I have available here on my main site, especially if you read my blog through an aggregation app or only take the links from Facebook.

For every coloring project- every class and every stamp I sell, I try to offer more information- and I try darned hard to offer a lot for free. The resources vary by class or project, and a lot depends upon how many times I've run the class (and where). Obviously, if I've presented a project several times, I've had time to accumulate more process photos and blog resources.

Anyway, I wanted to take time out to run some links past you... just to make sure you're aware the resources exist!

free stuff:


vanilla arts online instruction:


Vanilla livestreams at Patreon:


local classes at Remember when in Macomb, Michigan:


I hope this helps. I'm trying to cross link pages as much as I can now but I figured a good ol' fashioned blog post might catch some of you quicker than stumbling across website pages!

Friday Art: Threeby color study, "Lotus" in Copic and Luminance Pencil


A Little color study for you today

And by little, I do mean little... at least for me.

I try to do at least one color study per week, it's my way of keeping my drawing skills sharp.

99.999% of my work outside the classroom setting is devoted to developing class curriculum. This means that I spend a ton of time working below my skill level, out of my style, or using a commercial image. I love teaching but it definitely takes a toll on my creative spirit.


Threebys are like yoga for my brain

At only 3 inches square, I can't make the "I don't have time for that" excuse. So even if an image takes me several hours over many days to complete, it's still a fraction of the time a large scale image would take.

The constraint of working small also forces me to focus on only the most important details. Maybe I work on accurately capturing shape or spacing. Sometimes I celebrate color. I try not to much time planning; not planning something to death is a lesson in itself. 

Few of my Threebys are worthy of public viewing- they're exercises, not the main event. You can find them scattered around my studio, in the bottoms of drawers, wedged in-between pots of gesso and GAC. Most hit the circular file after spending a few weeks bouncing around my desktop.


I’m taking my Threebys more seriously

I'll start posting some of them here.

They're a peek into my brain. If you're clever, you may catch new techniques born here. Or product testing. Or new color combinations.

Thanks to Linda Beeson for the Lotus photo!

Affiliate links to products used on "Lotus" Threebie: