Posted on November 24, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends! I had a request on my last Ask a Crafter video to do a painting in oil pastels. Ahhh, oil pastels. What fond memories, I always loved it in elementary school when my teacher would let us use the Cray-Pas, the rich, smooth creamy texture, the sweet waxy smell and the vibrant colors that were like crayons on steroids. Good times! Let’s relive our childhood with this fun and easy painting!
My Christmas cactus is in full bloom right now so I decided it would be the perfect subject. I used Crayola brand Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (my favorite) but if your oil pastels are not water-soluble you can still blend them easily with your finger. You can heat them for a few seconds with a hair dryer or heat tool to blend them easier if needed or use a bit of paint thinner or baby oil. If you don’t have oil pastels check your child’s art supply box as most childrens art kids have a set included. These are one of the least expensive art mediums you can get so a new set will only set you back a couple of bucks!
Pretty fun huh? I bet you can think of a bunch of fun stuff to paint with oil pastels. Teach your kids too! Share the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
PS I am working on some watercolor Christmas tags so if you need more crafty ideas and projects head over to my YouTube channel, the new video should be up this afternoon!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Painting | Tagged: crayola, free painting lesson, freebie, how to apint a christmas cactus, oil pastel tutorial, oil pastels, portfolio oil pastels, tutorial, water soluble oil pastels | 7 Comments »
Posted on November 22, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Friday folks! Sometimes (ok more often than that) I shoot a tutorial and afterwards I think “will this benefit anyone?” and “Will people like it?” because something in the work leaves me nonplussed. I usually end up uploading the tutorial anyway because I find there is something “new” that someone will learn from it. That is the case with the first poppy video I filmed, it’s the single poppy card, so I tried the technique again with softer colors and liked it much more. I asked folks during my koi freebie video yesterday if they wanted to see take 2 on the poppy and they did so I have both videos up for you today!
Since I know someone will ask 2 of the cards are in the 6″x9.5″ clear bags that I package my cards in for sale, you can get them at Papermart. Here is the first poppy, After it was done I thought my poppy was too low on the card so I added stamping and a swipe and splatters of color to balance it out. The stark white background was jarring. This tutorial is mainly watercolor pencils and the 2nd can use watercolor pencils or regular watercolor paints. I hope you enjoy the video!
This is the redo, I think the softer colors are prettier and someone wanted to know how to paint a background after she painted the flower, I did it before but this is the same technique for putting a background in after the fact.
Which card do you like better? The point of today’s lesson is that there are many ways to paint the same thing. Use the materials you have on hand. A viewer asked me if she could use watered down acrylics to do my tutorials with. I say “why not?” There are some techniques that will not work like lifting out color after it has dried but for other techniques it will be fine AND as a bonus you just learned a new way to use what you already have! Getting new supplies is fun, I get it (I do it!) but there is nothing like the pride you feel when you are resourceful with the supplies you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: free watercolor tutorial, how to paint poppies in watercolor, inktense, Painting, poppies, watercolor painting lesson, watercolor pencils | 6 Comments »
Posted on November 21, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning! Before I get you sidetracked with out free painting lesson today I want to let you know that EVERYTHING at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 50% off today, that includes my newest painting tutorial to paint this koi pond in transparent watercolor using only 3 colors! This kit is regularly only $3 so you can score it today only for $1.50!
It is a great time to browse through the shop and stock up on other painting lessons, digital stamps, holiday template kits, party printables and more and get half off! The sale at Lindsay’s Stamp stuff is over at midnight tonight (Thursday the 21st so don’t wait!) Here is a quick video tip to go along with the printable PDF lesson for sale:
OK, I suppose I’ve made you wait long enough! Here is the free tutorial painting koi with watercolor pencils, enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed the free tutorial and thank you for checking out my tutorials and other digital products for sale and remember the 50% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is only good until midnight so don’t wait! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Painting | Tagged: free painting, free painting tutorial, free tutorial, freebie, goldfish, how to paint fish, how to paint koi, inktense pencils, lindsay, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, mygrafico, painting lessons, watercolor, watercolor tutorial | 12 Comments »
Posted on November 17, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today I have a quick and easy painting tutorial for you using watercolor pencils. I also wanted to let you know about a wonderful Maine company that makes fresh wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands. They are also the founders of Wreaths Across America providing wreaths on the gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Worcester Wreath is offering 10% off your total order on their website and as a bonus will donate 25% off your total order sales to out local school for school supplies, field trips and other necessities not covered in the current school budget. Use the coupon code CDSPTG at Worcester Wreath Co. if you are in need of beautiful, fresh and sustainably harvested balsam products and to get your 10% discount and help our schools. My deepest thanks if you do. On to the card!
Painting this is very easy, here are the colors of inktense pencils I used but feel free to substitute for the colors and brand of watercolor pencils you have:
# 0520 Carmine Pink
#1330 Vivid Green
#0250 Cadmium Orange
#0230 Golden Yellow
#1520 Hooker’s Green
#1220 Green Aquamarine
To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Song clear stamp set from Oriental Trading Co. Have fun with this easy project and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, Painting, Stamping | Tagged: Arlington National Cemetery, christmas card, inktense, oriental trading, Painting, watercolor, watercolor pencils, Worcester Wreath, Wreaths Across America | 19 Comments »
Posted on November 12, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends! Today I want to share an easy watercolor painting with you. You will need watercolor paper, a pencil, a 1″ wash brush and a round brush (between a #5-#8) and watercolor paints in the colors Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher and Sap Green. Watch the video and follow along!
Easy huh? Now you know about sedimentary colors and why they have a matte appearance on the paper as well as what they are made of. A little artsy science for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: cattails, free painting tutorials, learn to paint with lindsay, painting lesson, sedimentary colors. how to paint watercolors, watercolor painting, watercolor paints, watercolor paper, watercolor tutorial | 13 Comments »
Posted on November 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! I had a request to paint a lighthouse this week…somehow I managed to live in Maine for 37 years and never paint one LOL! So here it is!
This painting takes 10 minutes and is perfect to paint on a watercolor card! You will need a 1″ flat brush, a 1/2″ flat and a #5 round. The colors we are using are Aliziran Crimson (A cool red), Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow (A warm yellow) and Burnt Sienna. Watch the video for the how to in real time!
After you are done painting what do you do with the paint on your palette? Do you just wipe it away? Before you clean your palette spritz it with water and press a scrap of cardstock or tag into it and you will have a beautiful background for your next card-making project or a lovely gift tag! Watch this 30 second video to see how easy it is!
That if for me today! I am in craft fair prep mode this morning and then I am going roller skating with my girls! What a fun day! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: easy watercolor techniques, free watercolor lesson, how to paint a lighthouse, Painting, watercolor card, watercolor lesson, watercolor tutorial | 13 Comments »
Posted on November 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! It is Wednesday and time for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday! I wasn’t going to WOYWW this week but when I got back from walking the dog this morning I had 2 big boxes on my porch from Papermart! Also on my desk is an ATG gun and refills that my lovely YouTube friend Valerie sent me! Thank you so much Val, I hope I can figure out how to use it!
I am planning to go to town and get some Christmas shopping done today but first I had to unbox all of that crafty goodness, speaking of Christmas you should check Papermart’s prices, you will get WAY more bang for your buck for your crafting and wrapping!
It is figuratively a ton of wonderful goodies from Papermart and you will see this stuff in action in tutorials over the next 6 months. My first planned tutorial is a Thanksgiving centerpiece, be sure to keep an eye out for that!
OK, now down to business, it’s time for this weeks Ask a Crafter! I am so glad to have Lorraine as my co-host again this week, she is a riot! Let’s find out what my viewers and readers asked this week shall we? Oh, and if you have a question for next weeks episode you can leave it in the comments section.
BTW, I did make a lighthouse painting tutorial and I’ll post it on my blog this weekend or if the suspense is killing you it’s on my youtube channel. That’s all for today! Wish me luck Christmas shopping and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, storage, video blog | Tagged: ask a crafter, lindsay farris, Lindsay Weirich, video blog, vlog, woyww | 32 Comments »
Posted on November 4, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Dontcha just love Daylight Saving time? Getting to sleep that extra hour…that is only if you remember to turn back your alarm clock LOL! Luckily I did not wake anyone else up except the dog who was more than ready to start her day (dogs apparently do not “get” daylight savings time) so I shut of the alarm, let her out and fed her. You’d think with an extra hour I’d be more ambitious, nope, I just lazed around until it was time to get the kids up.
Today I thought I’d show you two different ways to paint fall leaves. First with watercolor pencils:
And this video shows painting the leaves with watercolor paints. I added some acorns for interest and yes, I realize I am painting maple leaves LOL!
So, what do you think? Are you more suited to painting with watercolors or watercolor pencils? I think pencils (I use Inktense BTW) are more suited for someone who likes to look before they leap and paints are for someone who like to jump right in and as artists we can prefer one one day and the other the next! C’est la vie!
Don’t forget a little swipe of matching paint on the envelope! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: derwent, how to paint fall leaves, inktense, inktense tutorial, watercolor paints vs watercolor pencils, watercolor pencil lesson, watercolor pencils, watercolor tutorial | 13 Comments »
Posted on November 1, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
I hope everyone survived Trick-o-treating last night. We had a great time, I gaggle of us went together around the cul-de-sac where I live. It was perfect Halloween weather, howling wind, rain and all sorts of blustery goodness! We all gathered at my place for a pot luck (I had the best intentions of ALL the kids eating real food before they went begging for candy) before hand, it had become a bit of a tradition and I feel “the more the merrier!” I love Halloween because because it is low stress (unlike Christmas) I don’t kill myself cleaning because the extra cobwebs in the corners add to the ambiance and there is no need to mop the floors when you are going to have 30 kids traipsing in and out of the house LOL! Who’s to say the floor wasn’t spotless before they arrived? I am kinda bummed because I did not get any pictures last night. My son was David Ortiz, AKA “Big Papi” of the Red Sox, I was a creepy sugar skull face lady and my girls were a minion and a vampire. Here is a photo of me and the girls before last weekend’s school Halloween party, I was dressed as a fortune teller because I was volunteering at the party as one.
Today is Day of the Dead, a time to remember friends and family who have passed. One of the traditions is decorating sugar skulls so I created a quick and easy painting project you can do with the kids:
Now what you have really been waiting for. The winner of last weeks stamp giveaway is: Carla! I have a couple of readers with that name so I will email the correct Carla and you can get your prize! That’s it for me today. I am going scrapbooking, I should clean the house first but I’m willing to let the “ambiance” last one more day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: coustumes, craft project, day of the dead, Halloween, Painting, sugar skull | 8 Comments »