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!

Ask a Crafter 33!

Hello friends! Here is the latest Ast a Crafter!

If you have a question for the next show then leave a comment, next week is school vacation so there will be no “ask a crafter” but I will return in 2 weeks with more AAC fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I can’t believe I didn’t post this card yet!

This poor card, I stamped and colored the image ages ago, all it really needed was to be adhered to a cardbase but it sat neglected on my shelf for months until, during a cleanup, I tossed it in to my “papercraft UFO (that’s un-finished object by the way)” drawer and I discovered it during the lonely crop last month. I needed a card so I finished it up, it really only needed 5 minutes of work, and the recipient loved it!

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I was thinking about what project to share tonight and it hit me, share the forgotten flower fairy, the image has been waiting on my computer Long enough I think! Here are the details: The stamp was one of the amazing flower fairy sets I got at Custom Crops when they first came out (so glad I did because now they are hard to find) they are manufactured by Crafter’s Companion but they did not have this one anymore on their website either.

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I stamped with waterproof black ink and colored with inktense pencils and a blender pen. I stamped some of the individual flowers from the set, colored and cut them out and adhered them with hot glue for dimension.

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I’m not sure why it took me so long to post this, I think it is like clutter, you see a pile of paper on the coffee table, at first you think, “I need to take care of that” a week later it’s like “I really should deal with those papers” and in a month you’re all “what papers?” because you get so used to seeing something that you don’t notice it. That is my theory, it explains why my coffee table is a cluttered mess too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

…And this time I mean it!

Hello Friends! Whew, what an odd day, firstly it was nearly 70 degrees, I woke up at 5:30am and turned on the news and the weather man said it would be 68 today! Well I hopped out of bed, got the coffee started and jumped in the shower because there was no way I was going to miss a second of a warm spring day! I decided I wanted to paint something springy so I did a rose in watercolor, and shot a tutorial of course. But, something funny happened to my tutorial during its journey through cyberspace, it changed from a 17 minute drawing and painting tutorial to a 48 minute jerky video with no audio, it was the weirdest thing. I have to say it was probably much more relaxing to watch me paint without the yammering on though. I asked a few people to watch it to see if it was just me but alas no, the problem was widespread, unfortunately it was already live when I noticed this so I made the video private in hopes that the video would fix itself (it’s the same philosophy I have when my car acts funny, leave it be and hope it works itself out LOL!) but it was clear that the team of highly trained monkeys that keep my YouTube channel running were unable to fix this so I rechecked my video (fine on my end) and uploaded it again. So here you go, let’s paint a rose and this time I mean it! :D

Also today I worked on illustrating some flowers from past videos. I had a couple of viewers ask for digital stamps of the flowers that I have demonstrated in my free painting tutorials and I thought it was a great idea so here is my new Spring Flowers digital stamp set:

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Currently I only have this up at MyGrafico. I have been having some trouble with my Shophandmade shop (me, technical difficulties? no way.) and my team of highly trained monkeys are busy maintaining my YouTube channel currently so what are you gonna do right? I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial despite having to wait for it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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