Let’s Paint a Robin in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! Sorry to disappoint anyone tuning in today for Ask a Crafter, I mentioned in last weeks video that I would take this week off for school vacation. The kids and I have been busy! Bowling, swimming, Easter! I could use a vacation LOL! Before we headed out to spend the day at the pool I took an artsy vacation for 20 minutes in my studio and painted a robin. It has been on the request list for a while but I thought I should wait til spring. It is an easy tutorial, I’ll even show you how to draw it:

The colors I used are: Ultramarine blue, sap green, alizarin crimson, light red (A brownish red, you can use burnt sienna with a touch of red) and yellow ocher. I used a 1″ wash and #6, #10 and #2 round but honestly you can do it all with a #6 round and a flat wash brush so don’t let a lack of supplies stop you. Even if your colors are not exactly the same as mine you will still have a lovely painting when you are done. I painted on a 140# Canson watercolor greeting card. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Gelato Blending Tools!

Howdy friends! Today I will show you how to make the best blending tool for your gelatos, gel sticks, water-soluble oil pastels and inkpads. All you need are clothespins, white craft foam, cotton balls and rubber bands. Let’s whip up a batch of these useful tools!

Fun huh? I use these all the time and I hope you like them too. Happy crafting!

Maxi Fun from Miniatures! {my kids made these!}

Howdy friends! First off I have to say “thank you!” to my online stamping friend Emilie who, a few months ago, sent me a box of crafty goodies to share with my kids and students. She sent a wonderful assortment of beads, findings, stickers, crochet hooks and doll supplies. Well they sure came in handy when my twin’s girl scout troop adopted a miniature historic house to clean up and decorate. I do not have a photo of the house they worked on but here is the furniture they made:

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They made 2 lamps, a chandelier, 2 plants and a bathtub!

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This reminded me of when I was little and my mother would crochet ball gowns for my barbies and I would turn cracker boxes and salt containers into doll house furnishings.

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My girls did a great job, i am so proud of them. Thanks again Emilie for sharing that box of treasure. Just think, that box of unused craft supply in your corner might be a creative treasure trove to some child! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Happy Easter! Let’s paint a chick and eggs!

I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Easter today! And happy Sunday to everyone else! If you have a quiet moment today and wish to create I hope you will try painting this easy watercolor pencil card with me:

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You can follow along with the video, I will show you how to draw and paint it with your watercolor pencils. It is very easy, probably the easiest project to draw that I have shared so far!

Here are the colors I used in the Derwent watercolor line, feel free to substitute for the colors and brands you have.

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Here is a close up of the painting for your reference.

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Have a wonderful day and as always happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Mermaid Page

Hello Friends! Today I have this fun page to share with you:

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I have to confess, I shot the video of the above page and botched the ink jet transfer at the end and ran out of time so I had to reshoot. I like the way I drew the mermaid better on the first page though. I still managed to botch the ink jet transfer on the second page but then I realized what I did wrong. The sticker backing paper I was using for the transfer only works well if you transfer immediately and I had let 45 minutes elapse before using it. Also I found that using a plastic sheet was better for 3 reasons because you can see where the transfer is going, it is not as slippery to handle so there is less chance of smudging, and the ink stays wetter on the plastic. I have that demo in another video at the end of this post. But first here are the techniques to make the page:

How was that for good inky fun? Now, without further ado, here is the better way to do an ink jet transfer:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL journal, Micron Pens and India Inks I used today. You can find my Homemade Spray ink tutorial here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway Time & Lots of Inky Goodness!

Happy Friday friends! I feel like giving away some stamps today and it’s a good thing too because the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) have some lovelies for me to give away.  You can win the stamps I used on this card, and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! With Mothers Day right around the corner I thought I’d share a fun technique that lets you get nice and artsy! You will need an old book or magazine page, white gesso (or flat white house paint/primer if you don’t have gesso), some kind of clear embossing powder, a silhouette style stamp and a dye based ink pad and sponge. Ready? Let’s get inky!

I really wanted to feature these Authentic Antique European Silhouettes stamps because they are one of the first sets I got from them  5 years ago AND because that stamp set is on sale for $9.99 (regular price $29.99) for a 8″x10″ sheet of red rubber stamps! I love a bargain. Of course winning stamps for free is even better so leave a comment and you will go into the prize draw! If you buy the set and end up being the winner you can pick other stamps as your prize, yes the owners of Art Neko are that awesome! I’ll pick a winner next Friday. This contest is open to EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE so don’t be shy, leave a comment. Also Art Neko ships worldwide and charges actual fair postage. Good luck & happy crafting!

Radiant Ruffles from Doilies!

Hello folks! I love to get white crafting products because the options for using them are endless! Look as what I made with white doilies from Papermart:

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All you need is a little ink and some 6″ paper doilies and you are ready to make this craft. In today’s video I will demonstrate the card but the basket is made in the same way, have a look:

Supplies for the card and tag: 6″ paper doilies, cardstock, dry adhesive, unstrung merchandise tags, baker’s twine, hot glue and homemade spray mists for dying the doilies, a Happy Mother’s Day stamp and purple inkpad. Tip! You can get Easter egg dye pellets right now from the dollar store, they make great spray ink or dip dye (just don’t add the vinegar like you would if dying eggs!) I also used a Darice honeycomb embossing folder and a white ink pad on the tag.

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Supplies for the basket: paper cup (for the base), paper doilies, twisted paper cord (handle) ric-rac, fabric flowers, hot glue (I adhered all of the ruffles with hot glue, the project took 15 minutes not counting dying the doilies (I had a bunch left over from the card project.)

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I planned on the basket being a “May Basket” but it is so darn cute, quick and easy you could whip up a bunch of these as Easter favors too! Or change the colors for any occasion! I hope you try these fun projects or adapt the ideas for your own unique creations! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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