Blick Studio Brush Marker Review & Flash Sale!

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Now on to this weeks product review! I had a lot of people ask for a review of the Blick Studio Brush markers since they came out. They look a lot like Copics but how do they perform? Let’s see in today’s tutorial!


First let me say that there are so many quality markers on the market right now and the ink in them is very similar and I find them to all work well together. I love many brands of markers and I have many brands in my art room and this review is not to diminish any other brands. I have many Copic markers to and they are superb quality but the price tag is prohibitive to many crafters. I have to say in my honest opinion the Blick studio markers are just as good as Copic markers and I do believe that you can refill with Copic ink and replace the nibs with the Copic nibs but that activity is not endorsed by either brand so do so at your own risk, I figure since the Blick markers are “disposable” if you try to refill the ir replace the nib you are not out much since you would have thrown it out anyway.

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own and are not endorsed by any of the brands I am reviewing. I purchased this set for $139 (Regular $199 but I used a coupon) and I have not been paid to post this review.

Blick studio brush marker PROS:

  • Price per marker: $1.50-$3 (buying in sets with a coupon brings them down to $1.50, individually they are $3 with no coupon)
  • Quality-as good as Copic IMHO
  • Blends well on cardstock or marker paper
  • Easy to remove caps
  • Available open stock (individually) or in money-saving sets of 6, 12, 24, 48 and 96 (all 95 colors plus the clear blender)


  • Only 96 colors (vs Copic with 358 colors)
  • Slightly more odor than Copic (I reckon that the Blick marker uses denatured alcohol and Copic uses ethanol with are basically the same except the denatured alcohol is ethanol with additives in it to keep folks from drinking it)
  • No refills available (*but you should be able to refill them with Copic ink if you can figure out the matching colors-same goes for nibs)

Tip, look for a coupon before you buy, CDPS will take 25% off your order of $99 or more and free shipping. Sometimes the Blick site has a better coupon (I got 30% off from the Blick site when I ordered and then I saw 35% off a few days later! Watch it like a hawk:)
Here is a link to the markers I bought, I am not affiliated with Blick but if you order you can always tell them Lindsay The Frugal Crafter sent you:)

Bottom line: These are great markers and a much more affordable way to build a brush marker collection similar to Copic. You can always get the basics here and get more unique Copic colors to add to your collection. Actually I recommend using lots of different brands to see what you like.

About the Stamp, unfortunately the set I used appears to be discontinued I did find this set also by Stampendous that is very similar and also has a beautiful bird to color: (Hallmark scrapbook Affiliate link) (Simon Says Stamp Affiliate link)


I hope this was helpful! I know I like to look at reviews before I purchase a product and maybe it can helps someone else too! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Enjoy Zero Calorie Desserts! (because we paint them!)

Hi friends! There is nothing like being on a diet that makes you aware of how beautiful food looks! I am not a big sweet eater but I do love the look of glossy raspberry syrup dripping down the side of a delectable cake or pastry. Why not try to capture this beauty with watercolor?


Warning, the video is a bit long but sometimes painting takes time. I hope you enjoy it:)

I apologize for posting so many painting projects in a row. I had intended to post a project using all the UFO (unfinished objects) paper pieces that are currently on a pile on my table and making a batch of any occasion cards. I thought it would be fun since I increased my stash of water media rubber stamped panels when I filmed a class for Angela Fehr’s Creative Watercolor Course. I became daunted at the pile which was getting pretty thick and then I got distracted by something shiny…


…which ended up being a really cool start to a project but it has to wait 72 hours to fully cure hence adding to my UFO problem LOL!

I was going to be so clever because I could make a bunch of awesome cards, give you a sneak peek at what I did as a guest instructor for the Creative watercolor Course and announce the winner of the free spot in the class from last weeks giveaway but alas I will just have to announce the winner in this weird little blog post:) The winner of a spot in the Creative Watercolor Course is Joyce! Since there may be more than one Joyce and I don’t have a last name I replied to her comment on the giveaway thread and already emailed her so if you won there is a free link in your email, yay!

If you didn’t win but you want to try the course you can enroll at 51% off using this special discount link. If for some strange reason the discount does not show up on the sell page use the coupon code FIRSTDIBS. Like I said the discount should show up but it is Monday after all:) The discount is good through November 17th.


By purchasing a space in this class using my special discount affiliate link you help bring these free tutorials to you on my Blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support! I have some really fun projects coming up over the next two weeks (cards, painting, jewelry, ceramics, holiday decor) so I hope you check back soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cherries in Oil Paint Tutorial

Hi friends! Tonight I have a quick oil painting tutorial for you!


Watch the video to see how!

I am using St. Petersburg Masters Class oils from Pro Art Supplies

About this paint:
Good pigment strength and high quality pigments
Rich buttery consistency
A little goes a long way-great coverage.

Here is the reference photo I used by Bec Bartell on Paint My Photo.


I hope you are have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Stamped Place Cards & Embossing With Markers!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a useful trick: Embossing with markers!


This technique gives a fancy effect with minimal time and supplies! Gotta love that especially as the busy holiday season nears! Watch the video to see how!

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Eden peg stamp set
Sunny Day unmounted stamp set (for basket)
Dye inks: Memento
Juicy water based marker
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Label dies

1. Die cut labels from cardstock.
2. Stamp border using a variety of peg stamps and ink colors.
3. Write a name in the center with a wet water based marker and sprinkle with embossing powder, tap of excess powder and heat set.
4. Fold a strip of cardstock to make a stand and glue it to the back of the card.

Tip! If your markers dry to quickly you can draw over your lines with a clear embossing marker and add the powder to that. It is a great way to use Alcohol markers for color if that is what you have! You can make gift tags using this technique as well!

LIVE! Pretty Pastel Macarons in Oils! FREE Real Time Painting Class @ 12:30pm ET

Let’s paint pretty pastel macarons in oil paint at 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube! Here is the painting:


And here is the reference photo from GraphicStock (I can post it here because I have a graphicstock subscription)


I don’t have a pattern to trace because we are going to sketch the design together on the canvas with oil pastels or oil paint. I will be using water-mixable oils for the sake of easy clean up but feel free to use traditional oils or acrylics if you like. The steps will be about the same! You can watch the live class or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live you need to watch at 12:30pm ET on YouTube.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time today for a fun & free oil painting class! Til then, Happy crafting!

Fluttering Hummingbird Card!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the card I made my sister for her birthday:


I used action wobble springs to make the birds wiggle about. The coloring was done with alcohol markers and distress ink. Watch the video to see how!


*Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp and Blitzy, I earn a small commission on the sale but it does not cost you more and it helps support my channel, thanks!

I also wanted to let you know that I will have a live painting class tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30pm ET so I hope to see you then as well. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back to Basics: Sketching with Water Soluble Graphite

Hi friends! I wanted to go back to basics today and play with a very inexpensive media: Graphite. More specifically water-soluble graphite.


It is a great bridge between drawing and painting and you can even erase it when dry. Watch the video to see how easy it is!

I do hope you give it a try. You can find water-soluble graphic sticks at more art supply shops near where the pencils are sold but if you need to order online here are some options. Affiliate links used, thank you for your support!


Let me know if you would like more back to basic project and til next time happy crafting!

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