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!
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Posted on October 15, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
And I will show you how to paint one with watercolor crayons today!
Watch the video to see how!
I hope you enjoyed this, I know it is an odd thing to paint but hey, I’m one odd duck,…or is it hen? Hee hee, I don’t know. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: chicken, how to paint a hen, tutorial, watercolor crayons | 15 Comments »
Posted on October 12, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends and Happy Weekend! I am actually offline this long holiday weekend enjoying time with my family but I have you covered with some fun tutorial I’ve saved for a rainy day.
This pretty goldfinch is easy to draw and paint, watch my tutorial too see how:
I hope you get a chance to do some painting this weekend! If you are in the mood for some more in depth painting projects please check out the tutorials for sale in my shop.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 1, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! I’m happy to report that my back is better today! Next time I get into a bounce house I will stretch first LOL! The other day a YouTube viewer asked if I could do a tutorial on painting pink gladiolus flowers, so I did.
Instead of using watercolor paint I used water based markers. You can use any brand: Tombow, Distress, Crayola, LePlume, Faber Castell, Whispers or Stampin Up. The key to this is to work on watercolor paper. You will also need a bucket of water and a brush or a waterbrush. Watch the 8 minute video to see how fast and easy it is!
This project was a lot of fun and it is a new way to use a supply most of us already have…in fact it might be fun to bring just my markers and waterbrush the next time I go out in nature to paint! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, quick projects | Tagged: distress markers, faber castell, flowers, free painting project, gladiolus, how to paint, leplume, stampin up, tombow, tutorial, water based markers, watercolor markers, watercolor painting tutorial, watercolor with markers, whispers, YouTube | 19 Comments »
Posted on September 19, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! I have been playing with the idea of making Pandora style paper beads. I had bought some metal bead cores (you can get a pack of 500 for less than $5 with free shipping on Ebay) and made some glass beads but when you get many of them on a bracelet it can get quite heavy. So why not paper? Here is a bracelet I made with the beads I made:
It was a joy to wear too, I love the sound the beads make with they move and the bracelet is so light! The beads don’t really take all that long to make either. I do the assembly line style: roll a bunch, glaze a bunch and glue in the bead cores. Here is a video to show you how:
See it was easy! I used ultra thick embossing enamel (UTEE) to glaze mine but you can use clear embossing powder as well, it might take an extra coat or two but that’s no big deal. I found a size 9 (5.5mm) knitting needle is perfect if you are using cardstock or thicker scrapbook paper but if you are using book pages or magazines go up to a size 10 (6mm) knitting needle. Also if you are using thinner paper you will need 3-4 strips rather than the 2 I used. If you can’t find bead cores you can use sewing or scrapbooking eyelets. Bead cores are cheaper overseas through the seller 8 Seasons ebay though. If you have any questions on this project or just want to let me know what you think you can leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 12, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! Today I felt like painting…and sharing…and sharing my love of painting so I decided to make a video showing you how to paint this simple watercolor card:
Anyone can do this, all you need is a piece of watercolor paper (or watercolor greeting card), a round brush (either a #8 brush and a jug or water or a water-brush) and watercolor paints or watercolor crayons. Ready? Here we go!
So, what did you think? Ready to give it a try? I am hoping to bring you more easy watercolor tutorial videos if you want them:)
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! I might as well call this an “inspired by pintrest” project because that is where I got the idea, I had seen lots of glitter resin jewelry being pinned and I really wanted to try it. Here are some of my first pieces:
Then I got creative! I grabbed my silver, turquoise and purple glitter from Papermart (only 99 cents a tube too!) and some silver dry tempera. Dry tempera is a children’s craft item, you mix the powder with water to make washable paint for kids. I wanted to see if I could color resin with dry tempera and yay! It worked! Best of all it doesn’t add any moisture to the resin so it cures well! I love how it looks like outer space, hence the name “Cosmos Earrings”.
I will also show you how to make the fun mesh window display cards in the video. This is a great beginner resin project so don’t be scared, give it a try!
I really love wearing my fab new earrings!
You can find all of the fabulous supplies I used and more at Papermart. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, Crafty Recipes, jewelry | Tagged: beauty, craft fair display idea, DIY, earring display cards, earrings, fashion, free jewelry making video, glitter resin earring tutorial, hoe to make glitter resin, how to, mesh, papermart, resin, resin ideas, resin tutorial, resin video, tutorial | 13 Comments »
Posted on August 8, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! Does your art and crafts reflect your environment? Mine always seems to. My son was off to camp this week so it was just me and the girls during the day, we hung out in the craft room creating and watching the show “Once Upon A Time” on Netflix. They worked on dozens of pearler bead coasters and I made these:
Well a lot more actually, they are addicting and very easy to make. But if flowers aren’t your thing you can use whatever beads, charms or embellishments you like. Here is how I made the rings and earrings too!
I only used the leaf beads on one because I could not get them to hold tight without wiggling.
I think these will sell well at my next craft fair, they will look great with my enchanted fairy bubble wands I think! All the beads I used (except the leaves which were from a kit in the dollar bin at Joann fabrics) were from Fire Mountain Gems.
And since I used acrylic beads the earrings are very light, light enough for children to wear!
I hope you give this project a try! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids, jewelry, Uncategorized | Tagged: copper wire, earrings, east jewelry project, fire mountain gems, flower beads, free video wire working, how to make a wire ring, how to use a bead mandrel, jewellery, jewelry tutorial, joann fabrics, leaf beads, tutorial, wire, wire working, wire wrapping | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends. The other day while digging through a drawer I cam across a box of old office labels. I remembered a technique one when I painted across a bunch of them and used them on a card. It just so happened that they would be perfect for this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art:
It is a really fun technique and easier than it looks too. You can use any stamp you like but I used this Panda motif from About Art Accents (it’s on sale for $4 too!) to make mine. Watch the video for full instructions on making the card:
Easy huh? I think I have a package of small rectangle yard sale labels around here somewhere, If I can find them I will try this technique on a “window pane” looking card. Of course I’ll probably get distracted by something else (probably something shiny) while I am on the hunt.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on July 29, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! I spend most of my free time over the last couple of days trying to get my studio under control. The summer is hectic, the kids are home, packages arrive, projects get done but not put away and there there was the rummage sale (ever notice how rummage sounds like rubbish?) where I picked up a garbage bag full of wool felt and various other craft supplies for $2…wow, that is a lot of piled up craft-crap to deal with! So then I sorted, and put away, came up with a great way to store my fabric (the felt is in a plastic tote and nice and flat…until I pull out a piece from the bottom and it is a mess again, clearly the felt situation needs more consideration but that is for another day!)
When I was cleaning and sorting I cam across another moldy-oldie tool I loved called the colorbox stylus with moldable tips. Wow, this is fun, you heat the tips with a light bulb, press it to a texture such as a stamp (I used the bubble background from Lost Coast Designs) or embossing folder and you have a cute shaped stamp. Don’t worry, you can also do this with cheap kids foam blocks from the dollar store! Why am I gabbing? Just watch the video! We will make this card from start to finish and drag out other oldies but goodies too!
Fun huh? I love the crepe paper and stenciling too, it is great when we can mix and match old with new and come up with a look that is all out own dontcha think?
You can find the Circus Dogs stamp set from Lost Coast Designs here. So, what old tool or supply have you used lately? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: background stamps, bath blocks, circus stamps, colorbox stylus, DIY, DIY stamps, handmade birthday card, lost coast designs, magic stamp, moldable tips, penscore, stamping tutorial, tutorial, video | 10 Comments »