Posted on March 6, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends. My children have really been enjoying Greek style yogurt lately and I was looking at the neat roundish shape of the containers and thought “Jellyfish!” so I washed them and got to work making these whimsical sea creatures! It was a blast and I even made these with my daughters and some of their friends and I didn’t have to worry about running out of supplies (or how much they cost) because they came from Papermart!
See how easy it is? I think these look kind of elegant and when they catch the breeze they float around so prettily:) Here is what I used for today’s project: Tulle, glitter, paper ribbon, acrylic paint, wire, beads, glue and a clean Greek yogurt cup. If you don’t have these supplies on hand why not check out the fabulous prices and selection Papermart. I do hope you try this craft with a child in your life! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on March 5, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Man oh man, does this winter seem extra long to anyone else? (whining warning) Usually I am not too bothered by winter, probably because I work from home so I can hunker down during the cold months without a care in the word but it has been so cold and snowy for so long and everything is covered with ice! I just went outside to close up the chicken coop for the night and fell in the snow (I trudged through the snow because the path was icy) I feel like the guy from the scene in the movie “Fargo” when he is scraping ice off his windshield and has a fit…in fact I remember watching that movie when it came out and immediately identifying with him LOL! And my studio is cold, so cold, as in 50 degrees! I’ve heard of suffering for your art but this is ridiculous! That’s why this weeks Ask a Crafter is being filmed upstairs near the wood stove…a girl can only take so much.
If you have any questions for next weeks show just leave a comment and I will either answer in the comments or on next weeks episode! That is if I haven’t joined Lorraine at her beach house in Florida! Haha…wait, that sounds pretty good! If you need instant feedback from you fellow crafters be sure to check out the Frugalcrafter Community, you can even post photos of your work. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on March 4, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers so I was happy to create this painting tutorial when it was requested. Here I will show you how to draw and paint them…don’t we all need a bit of springtime right now?
If you have any questions just let me know! Remember the best way to learn to paint is to paint! Don’t worry about failing, it’s only a piece of paper and nobody has to see it if you don’t want them too. Even if you are unhappy with an attempt don’t toss it yet, it always improves with age, I think the painting fairies visit at night and spruce it up a bit because it always looks better in the morning! Thanks for stopping by, stay warm and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on March 3, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Brrrr…friends, another cold night, it is supposed to be 10 below! Yikes, the chickens will have their heat lamp on all night and I will hunker down by the wood stove. 10 below in March just seems unnecessary. I got to thinking about my crafting habits and I noticed that I rarely make jewelry in the deep winter. I thought it was because I tend to make jewelry for craft fairs or gifts (that’s all done prior to Christmas) but now I think it is because it’s too dang cold in my studio to bead (it’s 52 down there now) and it does not bother me when I am painting, probably because it is a right brain activity so the logical left who says “Dang woman, it’s cold, go upstairs” has no input. Before I ramble any further let me tell you what got me making jewelry this weekend, a very patient viewer wanted to learn how to use acrylic and glass beads together in a design and I thought it was high time I did it!
I used Urban Ice beads by Jesse James ($5 a bag at Joanns in store) and a selection of glass beads from Fire Mountain Gems and some cheap “E” beads to make this super sparkly, fairly light weight necklace and while I was making it I filmed a tutorial. This is geared to the beginner so I probably over explain some techniques
I wish my camera would record for more than 20 minutes…I also wish I was a little smoother when attaching a crimp beads but you know what they say “if wishes were biscuits…” Well, that’s it for me tonight. I actually did another jewelry project this weekend but I’ll save that for another day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on March 2, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends. I often admire fussy, tedious, time consuming crafts but I know that I would not enjoy them. I really wanted to get the look of parchment craft (an elaborate embossing and paper piercing technique on vellum also known as pergamano) so I improvised a quick fix:
I later learned that if you emboss 2 sheets of cheap vellum at once it won’t crack. Also if you have the same Spectrum Noir markers that I do and find that some have dried out (before you even used them) you can make them juicy again with this quick tip:
That trick will work with any alcohol based marker. Many people asked if it will work with rubbing alcohol and the answer is maybe, I have not tried it so if you do leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on March 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Saturday friends! I had some fun this week playing with Yupo paper. Yupo is made of plastic and it is smooth and yet, by some force of magic watercolor sticks to it. You can use it with other mediums too such as markers, inks, watercolor crayons and even oil pastels. It is fun stuff. At the beginning of this video I will show you a piece of yupo that was stored in a folder touching the manila paper for years, the ink repelled, well I rinsed off the paper, wiped it down and was able to paint on it, I used that experiment for the background on yesterday’s card. You really do not need to be afraid of wasting this paper because you can just rinse it off if you like!
So you have probably thought “hey, Lindsay, won’t my painting get ruined if it gets wet?” and yes, a damp finger print will lift the paint off but you can spray it with a sealer or better yet, mat and frame it under glass. If you are like me and mat your watercolors and the put them in a clear art bag you should probably seal it before matting because if the bag presses up against the surface of the painting it might stick, especially if it is humid…then again, you could market it as “ever-changing art” LOL!
And now for something completely different…, in the comments of the above video on YouTube a few of you asked to see my Sea Monkeys, and I could not disappoint so here you go…
And a cameo by my dog Hazel who is about 3 feet from me during every video I shoot:) I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy. You can find YUPO paper at most art suppliers online. I have Yupo lightweight 26″x40 sheets I cut down but you might prefer to buy smaller sheets or pads for convenience of storage. Actually it is cheaper per square foot to buy the smaller sheets at Blick when I just checked so there you go! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
…Jennie! Congrats, you have won some stamps from About Art Accents! Check your email for instructions on how to get them:) Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non-sale rubber. Here is another card I made using some fishy stamps from About Art Accents:
I think this is my new favorite set of stamps! The background of the card was made by pressing plastic wrap onto a scrap of Yupo paper that was painted and flicked with watercolor. I let the paper dry with the plastic wrap on it and got a cool texture. You can do this technique with cardstock, glossy cardstock and photo paper as well, it is a neat look! At first I was going to stamp the octopus on the background paper but the inked stamp removed the watercolor from the Yupo and not in a good way, so I stamped it on a scrap of cardstock and colored him with metallic colored pencils. I was not happy with the white background so I inked up the jellyfish with clear embossing ink and stamped the swirly bits all over the image then dabbed chalk over it, I repeated that with a couple other stamps from the set to add subtle texture. I still wanted more texture so I ran the panel through an embossing folder. The best part of stamping with clear ink then chalking it is that you don’t have to wash your stamps after! The glycerin I use to re ink my stamp pad conditions the rubber! To embellish I added strips of painted drywall mesh and some clay sand dollars I made ages ago. Here is a look at the gorgeous stamps in the Marine 1 stamp set:
I hope you have some creative time planned this weekend, if so, tell me, what are you going to make? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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