Posted on April 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! Today I want to inspire you to dig out your colored pencils and paint a peacock feather:
This one is done in Inktense watercolor pencils (and it is the one I am demonstrating in today’s video):
This one was done with Polychromos colored pencils:
You can use any kind of pencils for this but I like the watercolor pencils for vibrancy. Won’t you paint a long with me?
I also painted a 2 minute bookmark on watercolor paper. That is a fun no-stress project that makes a great gift!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: colored pencils, derwent, how to paint a peacock feather, inktense, peacock feather, watercolor pencils, watercolor tutorial | 10 Comments »
Posted on April 4, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! Wow, I could have used an extra 8 hours in this week! I was right out strait it seemed. I am looking forward to some relaxing this weekend (between scouts and softball that is!) If you have some downtime this weekend why not try something new? Like sketching and coloring with your colored pencils. This is a viewer request of how to paint a lady slipper in traditional colored pencils. I used Prismacolors but try whatever you have before buying new:)
I really like the way it turned out plus pink and green is one of my favorite color combos. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on April 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! I hope you had a good April Fools Day, Mine started early with my twin daughters up at the crack of dawn trying to prank their brother LOL! I have no tricks up my sleeve for you but I do get to announce the winner of the dragonfly stamps and gift certificate from About Art Accents (drum-roll please) Dawn Y. Yay! Check your email for your confirmation and info on how to get your prize. Speaking of Dragonflies here is a tutorial on how to paint one in colored pencils:
I just love the rich color I get with my colored pencils! The digital stamp is available here in my ShopHandmade shop. I have been filling orders like crazy today, apparently everyone is in the mood to color! If you want to order multiple items and combine payments you can email me at email@example.com, there is a glitch in the shop where it asks you to pay separately for every item, it is fine if you want to do it that way but if I combine the order it saves me paypal fees and you get a free $1 worth of product for ever $5 you spend so if you rack up $15 in stamps you get 3 images (or $3 worth of product) free! I was just made aware of this glitch so if you placed separate orders totaling over $5 just email me and I will make it right. Aint technology grand? To clarify the orders ordered from my Lindsay’s stamp stuff shop handmade shop are emailed out within 24 hours. If you want instant downloads you can shop Lindsay’s stamp stuff @ MyGrafico, but the stamp I used today had been retired from my MyGrafico shop because it was an older design.
If you need any help using digital stamps you can see my easy tutorial using free simple software here. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my shop and ordered this set today, I truly appreciate it! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Painting | Tagged: colore pencil lesson, colored pencil tutorial, colored pencil video tutorial, colored pencils, coloring tutorial, how to blend colored pencils, how to paint a dragonfly in colored dpencils, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, prismacolor colored pencils | 12 Comments »
Posted on February 22, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! Check out this fun card and bookmark set. The neat thing how I blended the colored pencils on the bookmarks, not with stinky solvents but with baby oil!
Not only does it work but it is quicker and uses less pigment than blending with dry pencils. See how in today’s video tutorial:
I hope you give this a try, it will work with any regular wax or oil based pencils, even the inexpensive children’s brands. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping, Uncategorized | Tagged: baby oil, blending, colored pencils, gamisol, how to blend colored pencils, oderless mineral spirits, prismacolor, tutorial | 28 Comments »
Posted on February 9, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
It’s 2 for 1 tutorial day today on The Frugal Crafter! First up I’ll show you how to blend thick and vibrant colored pencils on colored paper:
Next up, how to make any size easel card:
Wasn’t that easy? I hope you enjoyed this 2 for 1 special today and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: colored pencil blending, colored pencil techniques, colored pencils, DIY, easel card, frugal crafter, how to color a pansy in colored pencils, how to make an easel card, prismacolor, PSX, tutorial | 16 Comments »
Posted on February 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! I recently mentioned that I had put all of my pastel pencils, watercolor crayons and colored pencils back in the tins they came in. They were previously in a pen rack I picked up at a scrapbook store for $5 when it was closing and I liked having them all out within reach but I got a really nice bar stool from my sister for Christmas so now I like to sit at my high table and work and I can place the tins on my shelf behind me, I have a heater under the table as I explained in my craftroom winter mode video. Also I wanted them to be portable in case I want work elsewhere, like say upstairs by the fire. All of my pencils had tins except for my Prismacolors, I got my first set of 60 when I was 5 (my art teacher insisted) and replaced used up ones through the years then got a 144 set 15 years ago and as they would get used up I’d replace them as well. I’d say I have about 175 pencils. So I made a plan and asked my hubby to make it:
Want to see it in action, have a look:
Now, I’m not a woodworker but I did measure my box and noted the sizes and materials for you here, I hope it is helpful, if the measurements are odd it could be due to sanding or using up what was on hand. The removable dividers are 1/4″ plywood while the top and bottom are 1/4″ Masonite, I’m pretty sure you could use all plywood or all Masonite. I love the Masonite for the lid because it make a really great surface to color on, talk about portable!
Use this a guide to design your own. I have some room to grow but if I was going to travel with this I’d put some bubble wrap in ant empty spaces so the pencils would not bounce around in there. Tomorrow I will share a tour of my craft room so you can see how I store other stuff! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on January 26, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! I have been making it a point to dust off old supplies that have been in my stash for a while. I bought these prismacolor Artstix before my son was born (about 12 years ago!) I think when we have babies we develop a temporary amnesia of our life before kids because I had not touched them since. I honestly think I forgot I had them! Here is a painting of a bird of paradise I made with them:
And, I did a video while a painted it, I figured that if I had forgotten how to use them and the picture was horrible I would not have to upload it. :D But I DID like it and it reminded me why I also bought a larger set that I also found but have not yet opened! Good grief, can you imagine having these glorious little sticks of color and not using them!?! Don’t worry if you don’t have these ArtStix, which BTW are just Prismacolor Pencils without the wood, because you can follow along with colored pencils, oil pastels, pastels, watercolor crayons or heck, even Crayolas.
I also did some random mark making and doodling, it is a great way to get to know the media without the pressure of making something pretty. Have a look:
If you have never tried colored pencils or pastels on colored paper before give it a whirl, it looks great! You can see how the same range of colors looks so different on the green, brown and black papers I used.
So, what supplies are YOU dying to dig out and try again? Whatever you pick make sure you have fun, be kind to yourself and your efforts and give the inner judge the day off! You will be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: drawing, Painting | Tagged: artstix, colored pencils, flower painting tutorial, how to draw a bird of paradise, how to paint a bird of paradise, oil pastels, prismacolor | 12 Comments »
Posted on January 3, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! I spent the day in my studio, it was lovely and not once did I think of my van with the dead battery sitting in my driveway LOL! I was a creative machine today, I played with colored pencils, filmed 3 new videos (you can see them on my Youtube channel) and finished knitting a pair of very ugly mittens. Well, maybe they are not that ugly, the yarn was beautiful, the pattern was lovely so the wild card in that equation was me. I’m hoping they look better in the morning, if not there will be a rigorous session of steam blocking and embellishing, either way there is a new thick and toasty pair for the mitten drawer regardless of their looks LOL! Tonight I am going to share one of the videos I filmed today, freehand sketching on a book page with colored pencils, have a look and follow along!
As I mentioned in the video I used Prismacolor pencils (my favorite) but you can really use whatever kind you (or your kids) have on hand. If you are looking for an inexpensive brand of pencils I recommend Prang and they are widely available. Have a great night folks and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: drawing, Painting | Tagged: art booking, art journal, colored pencil art, colored pencil blending, colored pencils, how to draw, how to use colored pencils, ideas for old books, mixed media, prismacolor, prismacolor pencils, video tutorial colored pencils, YouTube | 12 Comments »
Posted on January 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
OK, I’m not a quilter, I don’t have that kind of patience but I’d heard that some quilters used Inktense pencils on their quilts so I had to have a go at it! I also really wanted to try it because for Christmas I gave one of my best friends a small tin of inktense pencils and she is a talented quilter and seamstress so I wanted to make sure it worked well before I told her about using them on fabric. Well, I really like the results on my craft-fair tool apron. What do you think?
Inktense pencils by Derwent
Textile medium (or any acrylic sealer like mod-podge)
a firm paint brush
a foam brush
black acrylic paint or fabric paint
bold clear stamps
An iron or heat gun for heat setting fabric
some natural fabric to stamp on
a spray bottle of water and also a bucket of water to clean brushes in.
- Stamp designs with black acrylic paint, heat set.
- color with pencils
- spritz with water and apply textile medium to lock colors
- let dry and heat set.
Watch the video for helpful hints and full tutorial! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, sewing, Stamping | Tagged: colored pencils, derwent, fabric, how to use inktense on fabric, inktense, mixed media, textile medium, watercolor pencils | 11 Comments »