Win these stamps & try this faux sumi-e technique!

Hi Friends! We have another great giveaway from the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) today! You can win the stamps I used in this postcard:

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In today’s tutorial I will show you how to use a waterbased ink that bleeds with inktense blocks or watercolor paints to create to mimic the look of Chines brush painting and Sumi-e.  Watch the video to see how:

* You can see how I created my inktense block travel palette here.

Supplies:

  1. inktense blocks or watercolor paints
  2. crab, seashell and sentiment stamp from Art Neko
  3. postcard back stamp from Art Neko (this large stamp is on sale right now for .99 cents! regular $10, hurry!)
  4. thick smooth paper torn to 4″x6″ size
  5. black soot Distress Ink

Directions:

  1. Stamp images with black ink.
  2. Use a small brush to add paint, let the colors run.
  3. Paint swirls and accents around the card.
  4. Stamp large postcard lines on the back.

If you want a chance to win the Art Neko stamps I used on today’s project then leave a comment. I will choose a winner in one week. If you are heading over to Art Neko to shop make sure you use my discount code: Lindsay10% to save on your non-sale rubber. Good luck and happy crafting!

A Fathers Day Gift Kids Can Make Today!

Hi Friends! Today I have a craft for kids to make for their Dads or Grandfathers using items you have around the house or in the recycling bin and basic craft supplies:

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You will need:

  • Cardboard (mine is 9″x12″)
  • Colored paper (Blue, white and green, this can be construction paper, cardstock or typing paper)
  • Twine or string
  • Googlie eye
  • Markers or watercolor crayons (or something similar)
  • Metallic eyeshadow
  • a spray bottle of water
  • A hole punch and scissors
  • Optional: Patterned scrapbook paper to use as a mat, I used a 8.5″x11″ necktie pattern I’ve had in my stash forever.

Directions

  1. Distress the cardboard panel by pulling off bits of paper then you can add color, if desired, to the ridges with markers or crayons.
  2. Glue scrapbook paper on cardboard.
  3. Glue a smaller rectangle of blue on top and add a strip of green as shown. Accent with markers or crayons.
  4. Cut a fish shape (I used this free SVG to die cut one) from white paper and color with markers, spray with water to blend (or you can use spray ink) *I dry embossed my fish for texture so do that too if you like before coloring.
  5. While the fish paper is wet dust it with metallic eye shadow.
  6. Adhere fish and draw a hook and line on the background. Glue on googlie eye.
  7. Punch holes and add twine for hanging.
  8. Write or Type “Fishing you a happy father’s day” on a strip of paper and adhere.

Pretty neat for a last-minute gift huh? It would go great with a fishing licence and a new box of tackle I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute Valentines & 50% off!

Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that EVERYTHING at Lindsay Stamp Stuff is 50% off today! Also I wanted to share a quick and easy last minute valentine you can make with your kids for their class:

Click here to print the sheet of saying for the back of the cards. I used large tags from Papermart for these, I love those tags!

If you are looking for other last minute valentine favors why not try these, they are 50% off today and you can print and cut them at home! You don’t even need to make a trip to the store  (unless you run out of candy that is!)

Valentines Galore! SVG and PrintablesBeautiful Gown SVGFunky Jar Digital StampsHugs & Kisses PapersDecorative Doilies SVGCake Box Favors SVGBag Bonanza!Fancy Cupcake Box SVGValentine Party Printables & SVGValentine Party Add-on PrintableA little loving Valentine SVG and ClipartOoh La La SVGSweet Treat Valentine SVG cutting files3-D Mailbox Template

Don’t wait, the 50% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff ends at midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Who wants to win some stamps? {and a Copic coloring video tutorial}

***Breaking news! Since we have had so many comments just hours after posting the giveaway Annette and Barry, the owners of About Art Accents/Art Neko, are letting me pick 2 winners! Leave a comment people! Good luck & Merry Christmas!***

Oh my goodness, I have so many Christmas projects yet to blog, what’s a girls to do? Hey, I know, I’ll give away some stamps!

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Since I was a slacker very busy crafter this month I forgot to giveaway some Christmas stamps from About Art Accents so the totally awesome, completely understanding owner said “go ahead Lindsay, post the giveaway and we will give away a surprise bundle of goodies” since my readers will need Christmas stamps in a week like a hole in the head. I like surprises and if you have a look at the About Art Accents website I’m sure you will love whatever the prize is. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win, it’s as easy as that! I’ll pick a winner next weekend!

I had a request for a Copic coloring tutorial and as you know I mix and match supplies so here you have an alcohol marker tutorial using Copics, Promarkers and Prismacolors. Look, they all play nice together, so you can try a marker or two from different brands and see what you like best and you won’t have wasted and money because they can be used together. The angel stamp I used can be found here and it is on sale for $4.90 (regular price $7). The papers I used to make the final card can be found at Oriental Trading Company.

Sometimes I forget how much I love coloring with markers. A tip is to stamp out a bunch of images and keep them in a bag with your markers (clear cosmetic bags are great for this) and you can take them with you to color in front of the TV, on trips, or wherever you might be. It is an easily portable project and the more you color the better you get!  That’s it for me tonight, leave a comment for a chance to win some wonderful non Christmas stamps from About Art Accents and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Poinsettia!

Good evening friends! I had just about dozed off knitting by the fire when I remembered that I promised you a tutorial tonight! Well, grab your watercolor paints and let’s paint a poinsettia! BTW, if you ever need a crafty fix and I have nothing new on my blog I usually have some new stuff on my YouTube channel that I haven’t had a chance to blog yet (there are at least 3 videos up I have not blogged yet currently) You can even subscribe to my channel and get notified when I post a new video! hmmm, that might be Lindsay overload huh?

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I used Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, Sap Green and Ultramarine Blue on this painting as well as a 1/2″ flat and #8 round. Remember limited supplies = harmonious painting. You can go up or down a size or two brush depending on what you have and what you are comfortable with. No hard and fast rules tonight! I painted this on a 140# cold press watercolor card.

Well that’s it for me, I’m going to see if I can finish a few more rows of my first cable knit project tonight before I get too droopy! Cables are super fun and awesome and I will be sharing soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s like a dystopian hug! {a free Katniss cowl wrap pattern!}

Edit: 12/4/13: I made another wrap with a crochet neckline, pattern at the end of the post!

Hello friends! I did it! I crocheted a version of the wrap Katniss Everdeen wore in the new Hunger Games movie. You can get my pattern here for free. I looked at other patterns but most were knit and they all were worked in 2 or 3 pieces and sewn together and I wasn’t crazy about the stiff rope neck most had so I came up with a simple one piece crochet number with a bit of knitting on the neck. What do you think?

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In case you are confused or work better from an explanation than from a pattern I took a break from romping through the woods to shoot this quick video explaining how I made it:

I wore this to a friends house today and got rave reviews from her and her teenage son who saw the movie!

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I even wore this in my unheated basement studio and was as cozy as a mouse and my arms were free for crafty adventures!

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Here are the materials I used. It was easiest to use the Denise interchangeable needles for the neck because I could just swap out the needles as needed. I have both the knitting and crochet sets, they are a fabulous Christmas gift because you have all the sizes right there for most any project.

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Here you can see how the garment is made. Refer to the printable PDF pattern here for all the juicy details!

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That’s it for me tonight. I have to thank my daughter Lila for her camera skills capturing all of the outdoor action shots. (She is working on her Girl Scout digital photographer badge.)  I truly feel like a district 12 rebel in this wrap. Well I guess this “wraps” it up LOL! Pun intended! Until next time happy crafting!

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Crochet option for the neckline!

So, many of you told me that you don’t knit and wanted a crochet version of the neckline, well here it is!  The stitch pattern we are doing will make a ribbed cowl, it is very stunning!

Using a size n hook (or whatever you were crocheting with)

First round: Half-double Crochet (HDC) into every other stitch in the neck opening, join with slip stitch.  Try and have an even number of stitches, crochet into an extra one if you have to to make the first round an even number.

Second Round: Chain 2, *Double Crochet (DC) into the front post of the next stitch, DC in the back post of the next stitch* and continue working from * to*  in a spiral until the neck is as tall as you like (about 8″)stop when you are about 6 stitches from the start of the round. You can look for the tail of yarn left when you joined the neck. Weave in ends and wear it!

Finishing: When you are 6 stitches away from the start of the round switch from DC to HDC for 3 stitches then SC for 3 stitches and join to next stitch with a slip-stitch.

Paint a Christmas Cactus in Oil Pastels!

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!

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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! :D

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!

A Free Koi Painting Tutorial plus 50% off My Newest Learn to Paint Lesson!

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!

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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!

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How to Paint Dew Drops & a New Tutorial!

Hello folks! I have a 2 for one special today! A new free watercolor painting video and a new painting kit for sale! First the free video!

My new beginner watercolor tutorial is in the shop and you can learn how to paint this pretty peony:

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You get a pattern to trace, full step by step instructions with photos and a high resolution photo of the finished painting to print! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Video Tutorial: Cosmos

Howdy folks! I felt like painting a quick and easy card this morning so I decided to turn on the camera while I made this card:

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Relax, it’s easy, I’ll take you through all of the steps from sketching the flowers (super easy, no worries there) to painting it in real time. At any point you can pause the video if you need more time to catch up.

Sorry about the abrupt ending there, I have not tried to change the 20 minute record time on my camera yet LOL! So as an overview you will need:

  1. A round brush (I used a #10 but any size between a #6-#10 is fine for this)
  2. Watercolor paints, use what you have, or what your kids have, the childrens watercolors by Prang are actually quite good and only $3 a set! The colors I used were: Ultramarine blue, Aliziran Crimson, cadmium yellow and sap green. Don’t be afraid to try what you have before you buy new.
  3. Watercolor paper. I used a premade watercolor card by Strathmore, Blick has a box of 100 with envelopes for $22 on sale, that’s how I buy mine, it’s great to have them on hand. Or you can just use watercolor paper. Get decent paper though, the above mentioned cards are inexpensive but good quality. Avoid the children’s watercolor paper because it is usually rubbish and will be frustrating to work with.
  4. Painter’s tape if you want tape down your work.
  5. Also you need a pencil and a bucket of water.

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You can do this, I hope I packed the video with enough tips and techniques to make it worth your while. Comments and feedback are appreciated! If you want to delve into more complex projects please consider one of the watercolor PDF tutorials I have for sale in my shop. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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