Watercolor on Kraft? Yes Please!

Hi friends! Today I have a two-fer of a technique for you, I am going to show you how I paint an ice cream cone. One with traditional watercolor technique on watercolor paper and also on kraft (toned tan) mixed media paper so you can see two ways to use your humble watercolors!


Watch the video and feel free to follow along. This is a real-time beginner friendly tutorial and when you are done you have two greeting card size paintings to keep or share!

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Which version do you like better? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!


Where’s Alice? Wonderland Bookmark Set!

Hi friends!  I am a big Alice in Wonderland fan (I have a binder full of children’s storybook stamps and more than a few are Alice in wonderland!) and now these lovelies have joined the collection!


I’m not gonna lie, these bookmarks were time-consuming (I watched the entire Casual Vacancy mini series on HBO while making them!) but they were so fun and isn’t that the point of crafting, To enjoy taking your time? And enjoy it I did! Watch the video for instructions!

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Tips for making bookmarks:

  1. If the media you used may migrate to a book be sure to laminate them. You can use contact paper, clear packing tape or a laminator (I must confess, I take any chance I can to laminate something LOL!)
  2. Make sure the tags (including all wet glue) is fully dry before laminating or you can trap moisture in the plastic and it might not seal well.
  3. If you laminated slightly damp bookmarks (don’t ask me how I know this…) run it through the laminator a few times and it will help.
  4. Feel free to use any yarn, string, ribbon, fibers, rope or tassel you want in your bookmarks! Or leave it out, it’s your bookmark:)

I hope you try your hand at making bookmarks. They are the perfect tiny canvas to try out new stamps, mediums and ideas without fear of messing up a card. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way you like it will still mark your place in a book just fine! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Lots of FUN with Beads! Watercolor Locket Palette Necklace, Boho Wrap Bracelet, a Handmade Travel Journal & More!

Hi friends! I have been having so much fun with jewelry making lately! And I have a lot of project ideas to share today! This blog post is sponsored by Solid OAK Inc. They have gorgeous jewelry making supplies and great prices, and they are giving my blog readers 20% off their orders of $10 or more with coupon code FRUGAL20 through 8/31/18. They also offer free USA shipping over $50 (after discounts) or a USA $5 flat rate shipping below that amount. They do ship worldwide and international shipping rates apply. First up is a project that has gotten a lot of attention from my Instagram followers today: A watercolor locket and travel journal!


When you open the locket you have paints and a small mixing area and the back of the watch charm is another mixing area.


I used white duct tape for the mixing area (my hand cutting skills are remedial LOL!) but you could also use white nail polish for that!


Think of all of the fun to be had here! I though with this project it would be easier to show you how to make it in a video rather than writing, so check out this tutorial on making the watercolor palette and watercolor book!

Supplies for the watercolor locket and book set:

  • Metal book locket
  • Long chain
  • White polymer clay (Sculpey 3)
  • Watercolor paper 6″x9″ Aquabee scored in half and cut in 3rds
  • Cardboard
  • Vinyl or oilcloth for the cover (you could use felt or leather as well but I opted for a waterproof fabric)
  • Heavy duty hole punch or awl
  • Adhesive sheet like Score tape or Stick it
  • Rotary cutter or craft knife and craft mat
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder/butter knife or score pal
  • Satin, cloth, elastic or preferred cording 
  • Octopus eye pendant for closure
  • Waterbrush
  • Copper wire for attaching the mermaid pendent to the waterbrush
  • Bird charm with flapping wings
  • Clock charm (back was used as 2nd mixing area)
  • White duck tape or white nail polish for making the mixing areas

As for the 4 colors I picked to go in my minimal palette, I went with Phthalo Blue, Hansa Yellow Light, Quin Magenta and Burnt Sienna as I can mix what I need from those.


This next project was fun and I learned a new way to make a bracelet!


I have typically shied away from stringing projects with small beads because my eyes would get so strained, but I recently discovered the magnifier in my “third hand” tool was perfect for helping me see the tiny bead holes. All of the instructions for this bracelet came in the box with all of the supplies for $10… you can’t beat that! Since I didn’t design it I am not sharing a tutorial. Besides, I couldn’t explain it as well as the instructions in the kit.


A clip board held my project taut so I could easily wrap the strings and beads around the main cords. This triple wrap bracelet kit contains everything you need to make this bracelet along with really detailed instructions (that I am saving to use with some of my stash!) The only other thing I needed was nail polish to stiffen the ends of the thread so I could bead without a needle. It took me about 3 hours to make this bracelet while watching TV. I am going to use bigger beads and maybe only do one wrap when I try it again with stuff from my stash. One change I made was adding this charm to the end of the bracelet, and I did trim my cords because I have a small wrist and there was too much excess (and I am keeping this bracelet for myself!)


This final set was really fun, and all it took was a couple of deer antler charms for the earrings and elk skull pendant for the necklace, some fine gold chain, a few headpins and jump rings and a clasp and some stone beads from my stash.



  1. Cut chain to desired length.
  2. Slide chain through antlers and secure the charm in the center of the necklace with a jump ring.
  3. Attach clasp to chain ends.
  4. Slide the beads you want to use on headpins and make simple loops. Attach them to short pieces of chain from 1/4″ to 1/2″ long and then attach those dangles to the chain between the antlers so the beads dangle under the dear head.

I hope you give these projects a try, and visit our sponsor Solid Oak Inc for your jewelry supply needs! Remember to use the coupon code FRUGAL20 for 20% off your order over $10 now through 8/31/18. Oh, one more thing, I also wanted to let you know that they are hosting a social sharing contest through the end of the year, people can post their projects made with Solid Oak products on social media for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates! All the details for the contest are here.

Freshly Baked Cookie Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I baked a sumptuous batch of vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and decided to draw one before they all got gobbled up! It is a calorie free way to extend the pleasure of sweets!


I really enjoyed drawing this so I probably spent longer than needed on this drawing/painting but I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop! You can see the time-lapse in the video below. I spent about an hour and a half on this drawing.

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Did this tutorial make you want a cookie? I might need to make another batch LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Congratulations on Your New Puppy card!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun card you can make for a friend who just adopted a puppy…


You can also adapt this idea for any kind of “shower” card like a baby or bridal shower, just change-up the theme with different peg stamps! Watch the tutorial to see how!

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All the directions for this card are in the video, have fun and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Rainier Cherries and Blue Glass & Why it’s Good to let a Painting sit on your Easel all Week

Hi friends! I have been putting a lot more time in preparing for my weekly live streams and this week I got some prep time in on Tuesday. After the initial painting was “done” I set it on the easel in my office where I would walk by it several times a day. I also left my supplies out so I could add a touch here or there if I thought of an improvement. Let me tell you it’s a great way to work!


Tuesday night when I thought my painting looked done I asked my family what they thought of it…

“It’s pretty but the background is ‘meh”~Maizy

“Nice basket of apples” ~Jackson

“Are those peaches?” ~Jason

Clearly there was work to be done. I added colored pencils to punch up the color and detail and added pastel to make the woodgrain in the background and add the sun dappled texture and light in the background. I also added some yellow pastel over the cherries to smooth out some unwanted texture on the skin.  I wish I took a photo of it when it was just watercolor but you will see that stage in today’s livestream. Before I liked the painting and now I love it! My family approves too! You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET today on the YouTube watch page.

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I really love mixing my media but if you prefer to keep this as a watercolor only painting you totally can. The only thing you will want to do is watch your white areas, You can use masking fluid for sharp highlights and blot out paint when it is still wet to preserve the white of the paper.  I will be painting this as a watercolor and then adding on, you can choose to add more glazes with watercolor or bring in colored pencil and pastel. Make it yours! I’ll see you for the live stream today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and til then Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Beautiful Long Hair Cat PLUS 25 Watercolor Pencil Tips & Giveaway!!!

Howdy friends! I have seen bursting with excitement to share this project with you today! I have had a lot of requests lately to use watercolor pencils more. Watercolor pencils are versatile, portable and you can get an almost endless array of colors from just a few pencils! Today I will share a real time tutorial for painting this lovely long-haired cat (I think it’s a Maine Coon Cat) and share 25 tip to improve your watercolor pencil paintings!


Grab your supplies (or a nice cuppa) and enjoy the show!

Sponsored by Amazrock! Amazerock is giving 3 lucky viewers a set of 36 watercolor pencils in a beautiful fabric storage roll. Click here to enter their giveaway!


Here is the product page where you can learn more about these pencils and purchase them on sale (there is even an extra coupon you can get if you scroll to the bottom of the page!)



25 Top Watercolor Pencil Tips!

  1. Use watercolor paper or a robust mixed media paper for best results.
  2. Choose the right surface for your project. Hot press paper is smooth like drawing paper but will withstand lots of water and aggressive techniques. Use this paper for botanical, portraits or any time you want a smooth line and lots of detail. Cold press paper is the most common paper with a bit of tooth or bumpy texture. Choose this if you want to add lots of layers. Rough paper is the most textures (as the name implies) and it great for landscapes and other subjects that have lots of rough texture where you want a more grainy or expressive look.
  3. Tape your paper down to prevent warping and it will give you a beautiful white border when you are done if you paint to the edge.
  4. You can tape your paper to any drawing board you have or use the cardboard backing from an old paper pad or use inexpensive lightweight foam core board for a lightweight option. You can also use plywood, Masonite or a free recycled paneling sample like I do! The plywood/Masonite boards are also good if you prefer to work at an easel as the extra weight will keep your painting from rocking as you work!
  5. Always test out new techniques or colors on a scrap of paper (use the backside of failed painting or cheap paper you want to use up for this!
  6. Start with an accurate sketch. Watercolor pencil (like watercolor) is transparent so you can’t simply cover up mistakes and erasing on your watercolor paper can damage it so you want to make the mistakes and corrections on your scratch/drawing paper. After your drawing is good you can transfer it to your fine watercolor paper with graphite paper or a lightbox/window.
  7. Make a palette for your watercolor pencils by sanding a cheap plastic  palette. Color the pencils on the plastic and then wet the swatch of color with a brush and paint. You can also save broken lead on the palette and add water to make paint. No more tossing broken points in the trash!
  8. Alternatively you can pick up color from the tip of your pencil with a wet brush and create wet washes and watercolor effects that way.
  9. Remember anytime you wet the pencil lead you weaken it and it will break more easily so let it dry before trying to sharpen it.
  10. Sharpening tips! For a sharp point for drawing details use a handheld or electric sharpener. Turn the sharpener, not the pencil, to avoid breakage. To conserve lead for painting large areas use a craft knife to whittle away the wood and leave the lead intact for painting.
  11. Texture tips! You can add beautiful texture to watches you create with watercolor pencils, you can spray water in a wet wash,
  12. Add salt to a wet wash or
  13. Grate dry watercolor pencil lead into a wash.
  14. For a dark like thinner and darker than you can get with a pencil try scraping into the wet paint with the edge of a cut up credit card or gift card. Great for fur, hair and veins on flowers!
  15. Try not using water! You can draw and color with dry pencils on dry paper for a traditional colored pencil look! Try the hatching technique for fur, cross hatching for shadow or scumbling (aka scribbling) for textured effects.
  16. For darker details that won’t easily dissolve with water try drawing with a sharp dry pencils on wet paper, that’s called dry on wet.
  17. Use a wet on dry technique for stippling. Simply dip the tip of the pencil in water and dot on details (like the dots on the muzzle the whiskers protrude from.)
  18. You can also draw with a wet pencil on wet paper for bold expressive marks that will not easily dissolve.
  19. Build depth and dimension with glazes! Simply layer up veils and veils of color and shadow for realistic paintings full of depth and interest.
  20. Details are best on dry paper with a sharp pencil.
  21. Burnishing can be used to build up colors and create a smooth glassy look. To do this in watercolor pencils I suggest coloring dry on dry and liquefying the pigment with water. Then after that first layer is dry keep coloring with dry pencils until the grain of the paper is full of pigment and the color is rich and vibrant.
  22. Create highlight by scratching off the top layer paper with a craft knife. Just be careful not to cut too much paper away or cut through your paper! And don’t cut yourself!
  23. Mix your media! A white paint (or gel) pen will make quick work of bright elegant highlights!
  24. You can also add traditional colored pencil over a watercolor pencil painting as a final layer but be aware that watercolor pencil will not stick over traditional colored pencils.
  25. When your painting is done and it is time to remove your tape peel it back flat at a 45 degree angle to discourage paper tearing or heat the tape with a hair dryer to make it easier to remove.

I hope you enjoyed these 25 watercolor pencil hacks and apply them to your next watercolor pencil project! If you liked this be sure to share it with a freind or pin it on pinterest using one of the handy sharing links at the bottom of this blog post. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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