Posted on September 12, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! First up I wanted to let you know that I am revamping my very neglected Cafe Press shop where I have some of my painting available as prints, note-cards, calendars, bags, shirts, mugs etc so if you wanted anything you might want to grab it now because I will be switching everything up next week! More on that later! I am so excited because a viewer told be about a really cool website called Paint My Photo where photographers upload their stunning photos for artists to paint. Here is a tutorial for a lavender field that I painted from a photo by Robin Lovelock:
You can find the photo I used here. If you join the Paint My Photo community please say howdy and add me as a friend. I am new there too, we can explore it together!
I am using a 1/2″ Princeton Neptune Oval Wash. This is a synthetic squirrel brush. It holds a lot of paint and water. You can make broad washes but the tip comes to a fine point too. This was my first time using this brush and I wanted to play around with it. I hope it answers some questions you might have about this line of brushes.
Well, I need to get my butt moving, I am going scrapbooking with Lorraine and Kathy today! Woohoo! that should be fun…or we will get kicked out of the crop due to wacky shenanigans. Any bets?Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 5, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! I just got back from my morning walk and saw about 30 Canadian geese hanging out near a small pond. I wonder if they are heading south? It was neat to see them up close. I wish I had my camera with me. Oh well. Today we are going to paint a swan scene. I found a wonderful website with public domain photos taken by the talented Jon Sullivan, it is called Public Domain Photo and I used a portion of this photo to paint this painting.
You might want to print out the photo as you follow along with the video. The colors I am using are: ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, yellow ocher and sap green. You can mix everything you need from only those colors. I tried out a cat’s tongue brush in the tutorial too but you can just use rounds. I am not sure I really like this brush, it feels to small. It is not a Neptune as I thought but it is from Princeton. Also not e that I sound different in this video, I did my first voice over on this, what do you think?
I think I prefer narrating most of my videos live but for some of the longer more in depth projects I will use a voice over so I can speed parts up and so I can concentrate on my art rather than trying to talk, think AND paint. Don’t worry, I’ll save the voice overs for the long in depth projects. It will also give me a chance to create more intermediate and advanced tutorials. I ordered a better mic too, the one I used in today’s video was a $5 headset mic from Big Lots that I have had for years LOL! I hope you enjoyed the video, you can let me know what you think in the comments and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: beginner watercolor lesson, cat's tongue brush demo, free beginner watercolor tutorial, free public domain reference photos, how to paint, how to paint swans in watercolor, how to watercolor, Jon Sullivan, reference photos for painters, watercolor, watercolor tutorial | 22 Comments »
Posted on August 29, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! Today I have a quick and easy tutorial for you on painting waterlilies with cheap soft pastels.
For those of you who watched to the end, do not worry, the injury mentioned was only a skinned knee;) The pastels I used were Marie’s brand and cost $10 at Jerry’s Artarama BUT the name on the package has changed to Charvin and the price is still on sale for $10. You can find the pastels here. I am not affiliated with Jerry’s but I do order from them from time to time. I have also tried these with water and they are nice that way too. They are like a richly pigmented chalk and the package says that they are highly light-fast. Not bad for $10! I like to find cheaper alternatives that work as well as the pricey counterparts. I hope you enjoyed this easy pastel tutorial, and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 26, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Today I will go over the different water-soluble media I have with the exception of acrylics because they are a different animal altogether. I will show you what I have for paint, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, ink sticks, pastels etc. I will compare kids supplies to artist’s quality and advise when to save and when to splurge. Here is a sampling of the media will will try out in the video:
I will warn you, I have a lot of water-media. I have been adding to my collection for 15 years and I teach art professionally so please do not feel bad if you do not have as much. Nobody would go out and buy everything at once, get a few items and try them out, see what they can do and add to your collection as budget permits. I hope this video will help you make smart decisions when buying your supplies:
If you have any questions about the products I showed in the video or want to add your recommendations for products please leave a comment. I think it would be impossible to have every kind of water-media out there (it would be fun trying to collect it though!) but I hope I covered all the types of media so you can see what will work best for you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 23, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello Friends! Do you have a box of watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons lying around? Why not try this fun and easy landscape tutorial:
I hope you had a fun with that and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 16, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi friends! Today, by request, we will paint a simple tulip:
I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial and til next time happy crafting!
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