Posted on August 10, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! I’m back from vacation! We had a wonderful time. It was the first time we ever took a week off as a family. We rented a cabin on a pond. It was tranquil and relaxing with lots of swimming, canoeing and just enjoying life! I made sure to bring some art supplies (you can see what I packed at the end of this post) so I could do some nature sketches because this vacation was all about downtime. I really needed to relax and I think my kids did too because we all had a great time and I did not hear “I’m bored” once! That say’s a lot because there was no internet or cell phone service there…I was surprised at how easily I could do without the internet…I just might become a recluse one of these days LOL! So, do you want to see what I painted? Have a look at the video:
Here are close ups of a few of my favorite vacation paintings:
This painting was done from the canoe, I really like how the rock turned out thanks to my credit-card scraper!
This is a quick colored pencil sketch on blue paper of the view from our deck.
A watercolor postcard painting of the view from our dock.
Waterlily in pastel the day it bloomed.
Waterlilies in watercolor the day after the first waterlily painting, another one bloomed! The flowers only opened in the morning. I sat on the dock with my coffee and paints. My dog shook all over this painting after she went for a swim, I think she helped it LOL!
I’m calling this the “moonlight paddle painting” because I painted it from the canoe in the middle of the pond.
And here is what I packed for creativity:
Thanks for keeping everything running while I was away. I was happy to see folks helping one another out with their crafty questions here, on facebook and on youtube. I really appreciate that! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: drawing, Painting, video blog | Tagged: canoe, creativity, landscape painting, nature painting, pastel, plein air painting, vacation, vlog, watercolor | 21 Comments »
Posted on July 29, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Edit: If you want to read the full story of my day at the fair scroll down to the end of the post!
Hello Friends! What a day! I took my kids to the fair today and we rode so many rides I am still dizzy (it is $12 for all you can ride rides and we have to get our money’s worth you know!) What I don’t like about the fair are the pushy game people and the crappy throw away prizes. What is it about those cheap prizes that make the kids go nuts? Then again I had a black satin Bon Jovi wall hanging and Poison mirror in my room as fair trophies for years as a teenager so I guess they come by it rightly. At lease they don’t still give away goldfish as prizes.
Speaking or goldfish, do you want to see how I painted this one? Watch the video!
And in case you missed the tutorial for the DIY metallic paint here it is again:
I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am. Until next time happy crafting!
And now the rest of the story: I often schedule my posts to my blog so I won’t forget on busy summer days (the 2 days I did not blog this month were busy “I forgot” days) so before I left the house this morning I scheduled this one. I took the kids to the fair, my sister, brother-in-law and mom all went too. Now I LOVE rides, especially the high daredevil rides. We begin on the Freak-Out! and the name did not disappoint, I loved it! We took a few turns on Pharaoh’s Fury and looked longingly at the Fireball (more on that ill-advised ride later) and a few rides I have forgotten all ready, add in a large bowl of french-fries, lemonade and soda and we have a recipe for disaster. There is a part of me that thinks “If my kids can handle these rides so can I” but I have to admit I can’t pile them on like I used to, especially the rides that spin or rotate. That is where we come to the tradgidy of my story. My little nephew wanted to go on the swings and I remeber liking them a lot in my youth and I did not think the mild rotation of the ride would bother me but after that I was not feeling so hot. I decided to save my strengnth so I could ride the fireball before I left. I stayed hydrated and walked around a bit until everyone was tired and ready to go and it was time for the last ride. “What do you think girls, wanna try the Fire Ball I said?” “Yes! wahoo!” they replied. The rest of my party decided that they would rather watch. The ride seats 2 side-by-side facing 2 other riders so usual a group of 4 will sit together. There were only 2 seats together left so I put my girls in them. I saw a vacant seat in another section and asked the family sitting there if I could join them, “Sure!” they said. As soon as I was buckled in I had second thoughts. As soon as the ride started moving I started to doubt my sanity. Halfway through the ride I was just hoping tho God that I would not throw up on the nice people who let me sit with them. Just after the halfway point of the ride the lady across fro me said “It’s almost done, hang in there.” I’m thinking “don’t puke on the nice lady, don’t puke on the nice lady” The ride stopped and I could not get out of there quickly enough. As soon as I saw my mom and sister waiting for the girls I bolted for the most discreet grassy area and proceeded to be reintroduced to my lunch. I was so sick. I came back and saw the family I was sitting with and the lady said “I knew you weren’t feeling good when you shut your eyes” I said “I’m just glad I didn’t vomit on you!” We shared a hearty laugh until I felt the urge to hit the closest garbage can for round 2. I have never thrown up in public in my life. I would have been so embarrassed except for the momentary sweet relief it provided. I’d love to say that was the end but alas I darkened 2 more garbage barrels before I was out of the fair. Moral of the story: Just because you CAN ride all the rids you want for one low price does not mean you should! Have a good night and again, happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: free painting lesson, goldfish, how to paint a goldfish in watercolor, how to paint koi, painting tutorial, watercolor | 38 Comments »
Posted on July 27, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! A couple of weeks ago I was trying to make a cool watercolor background for this art journal page. The more I did to it the worse it looked and by the time I was done I had used so many mediums on it that I hated to throw it away and waste the color. So rather than toss it I made paper beads! Watch the video to see how:
I had a similar thing happen yesterday, I was trying to paint a tulip because it was a viewer request and I just was not happy with the way it turned out, I painted that darn flower 4 times before I liked it! I asked my friends on the Frugalcrafter facebook page what they did with bad watercolor paintings and their ideas were inspired, you can see what they said here. I think the best advice was to wait and look at the painting later and when I did I actually liked them. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.
Filed under: jewelry | Tagged: bad backgrounds, distress ink, mica eye shadow, paper beads, pearl ex, perfect pearls, watercolor | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 19, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello Friends! I received some goodies in the mail this week from Local King Rubber Stamps! I have been a customer of theirs for the last 3 years picking up a few sets at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield each June. You have probably seen me use these stamps in tutorials. Well, the owner gave me a stack of rubber as a thank you for sending new customers her way! How cool is that! Here is a card using one of the new sets Asian Invasion:
Want to see what else I got? Have a look at this video, I’ll show you my new crafty loot as well as so you how to make today’s card:
I hope you try this stamping/painting hybrid technique. It is so effortless and looks fantastic! All you need are some watercolor paints (even the kids kind) a flat brush, stamps and paper. Give it a try! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: local king rubber stamps, punchenella, recycle, soda can, watercolor, watercolor stamping | 19 Comments »
Posted on July 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! By request here is a watercolor cloud painting tutorial, I hope you like it!
This week is super busy for me. Please excuse me if I do not respond right away to emails and comments, I’ll be trying though:D Have a great day and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: DIY, how to apint clouds, tutorial, watercolor | 17 Comments »
Posted on July 12, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! Did you ever find a technique that is so much fun that you have to try it several times? How about when you find a tool that seems too good to be true but actually works? I love stuff like that! I used such a tool and technique on this page:
And this one:
And this one too.
Want to see how I did it? Watch the video:
I used mod-podge in the fine tip applicator bottles from TillysBridge, the owner Barb has been a longtime fan of my channel and she must have gotten sick of hearing me complain about glue pens clogging up or tired of watching me wield a glue gun or mod-podge on a stick whenever I adhered a die cut because she mailed me a few bottles to try. I did not have high hopes. I read the directions and a light bulb went on! Keep the bottles pretty full and store them upside down so no air can get into the nozzle and clog it! What a difference it made. Also the bottles come with rust proof pins to keep ion the nozzle and before I’d use any pin and it would rust and turn my glue a nasty brown, oh well it is under stuff and you can’t see it I’d say LOL! Well obviously the glue bottle is great for applying glue to lacy die cuts but c’mon, the mod-podge resist drawing is pretty freaking awesome I think! The only drawback is that you have to wait for it to dry…we can’t have everything after all. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks to Barb at Tilly’s Bridge for thinking of me and sending me some bottles (and extra pins because, well, she knows the kind of operation I run around here.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling | Tagged: art journaling, fine tip glue bottles, fine tip glue pen, glue for die cuts, glue resist., mixed media, mod podge, refillable glue bottle, resist, watercolor | 20 Comments »
Posted on July 8, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! I just taught my first free drop in watercolor class at the library to a new group of students. It went great. I hope they come back to class next month as all of their paintings were beautiful…I wish I had a camera and took photos to share, but alas I was a scatterbrain today. I originally was going to paint a 9″x12″ painting of birch trees with them like this:
But decided that a smaller greeting card size would be more appropriate for beginners and I am glad because the class ended up going 1/2 an hour over! I wanted to make sure they finished a project and they were all beautiful! I actually taught them the masking tape technique I posted earlier (see the technique here) but tonight I want to share how I painted the birch trees from the beach with no masking. Have a look:
That’s it for me tonight, I spent the evening with friends and I am ready to drop. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: birch trees watercolor, birchtrees watercolor, how to paint birch trees, watercolor, white birches | 15 Comments »
Posted on July 7, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Tonight I have a quick tutorial for you on painting beach roses. I shared some that I painted at the beach in watercolor last week and I was requested by several for a tutorial so here it is, enjoy:)
Painting does not need to be difficult or complicated. Just play and have fun, it’s only a piece of paper after all. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: beach roses, beginner watercolor lesson, how to paint beach roses in watercolor, painting tutorial, sakura koi watercolors, tutorial, watercolor | 8 Comments »
Posted on June 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi friends! If you are a beginner stampers the expense of buying inkpads in all different colors can be quite intimidating and expensive! Well, today I am going to show you how to stamp with watercolor paint to make this card:
I will also share frugal tips on making cards in batches like this:
To make three cards you will need:
- 3 sheets of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock
- 1 sheet of 12″x12″ patterned scrapbook paper
- 3 A2 envelopes
- Stamps (this is the Chicks set from Local King Rubber Stamps)
- Watercolor paints
- An embossing folder and label die cut and machine or cutting tool of your choice.
Watch the video to see how it’s done:
I used my new KOI watercolors but you can use any brand, even your children’s! If the paint does not want to stick you can rub the stamps with an eraser or if you are using clear stamps a viewer told me that you can ink the stamp first in clear embossing ink and then the paint will stick. I have not tried it but it will probably work! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: asian stamps, chick, embossing ink, local king rubber stamp, Stamping, sympathy card, watercolor, watercolor paint | 33 Comments »
Posted on June 17, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! Today is the first day of summer vacations for the kids. After we took the dog for a walk I decided to paint some of the wildflowers we saw. You can follow along with any watercolors (even the children’s water paints will work!) and watercolor paper:
I hope you enjoyed this simple watercolor painting tutorial of daisies, buttercups and clover. I think it is important to take a little time to create everyday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: clover, daisies, daisy, free painting lesson, how to paint buttercups, how to paint flowers, painting tutorial, water paints, watercolor, watercolor paper, wildflowers | 16 Comments »