Stamp School: Quick Christmas Cards!

Hi friends! I know Christmas is a couple of months away but if you like to send handmade cards it’s never too soon to start. Here is a quick batch you can make!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is! Feel free to pop other items in the jars for other event and holidays too!

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Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Use coupon code HOLIDAY25 to save 25% on all individual holiday stamps and holiday peg stamp sets! Sale ends September 30, 2016, so don’t miss out!

Holiday stamps can be found here.

Supplies:
White cardstock or watercolor paper
Christmas themed scrapbook paper
Mason Jar die cut
Peg stamp sets:
Gingerbread WreathEmbellished Holiday WreathPoinsettia Flourish 
Memento ink

Don’t wait to start holiday card making so you can send a special card and not be stressed when December rolls around. Also don’t wait to shop the 25% off holiday stamps at Rubber Stamp Tapestry, the coupon HOLIDAY25 expires on 9/30/16! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Teacup With Grapes Watercolor 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! I’ll be back with a free live watercolor painting lesson at 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube! We will paint a teacup with grapes from this amazing photo by Lillian Bell at Paint my Photo!

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Here is a pattern you can print and transfer to your watercolor paper if you like:

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We are only using 4 colours in this painting, feel free to substitute with the closest you have: New Gamboge (warm yellow), Napthol Red (neutral red), Burnt Sienna (warm brown) and Ultramarine Blue (warm blue.) In the swatch below you can see some of the mixes we can achieve from these colors.

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You can catch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask questions be sure to watch on YouTube.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

SALE! All classes under $20 this weekend at Craftsy! Pick up a great class while helping support the free tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel! It is a great chance to get a jump-start on holiday crafting too, check out their painting, drawing, quilting, papercrafts and sewing classes. Speaking of holidays you can even give a class as a gift! There is so much to offer and it’s all on sale through Sunday!

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Here is an even better deal! Enroll in my Craftsy Class at 50% off, here is a peek at one of the 3 paintings you will learn!

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Remember any Craftsy class you buy after clicking my link helps financially support my channel and enables me to share free tutorials with you daily. I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time today for this fun and free live painting class! Til then happy crafting!

Acrylic Painting Tutorial: Vase of Brushes

Hi friends! Today I have a project that can be done in acrylics, oils or gouache.

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I think I might want to do this one in watercolor too, well the pot anyway, maybe with a cup of tea and a pastry! Let me know what you think about that in the comments but for now here is the video tutorial!

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This was the first time I tried Aqyla paint. I have a viewer request a review of it and I will have one for you this weekend. I needed to try a few techniques and experiments with it before I gave my final opinion. The set of 18 colors they sent me sells for $46 and every tube contains the pigment number. It acts like an acrylic but is easier to blend. Technically it is an alkyd resin. You can find out more about Aqyla here. They also gave me a coupon code for my viewers to save 10%: thefrugalcrafter This is not a sponsored post but they did send me the paint for free for review purposes.

I am working on an 11″x14 canvas, my sketch was done in a watercolor pencil:) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you give it a try yourself! BTW there will be a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

StampSchool: Colored Pencil Blending & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I will share some colored pencil blending techniques with you. I will also be giving away the stamp I used in today’s project. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will contact the winner via email in one week:)

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You can use any colored pencils you have for this but regular colored pencils will work much better than watercolor pencils because regular (wax) colored pencils are more opaque and will blend better in a dry fashion. I like to use colored pencils on colored paper because they show up well. Some people asked me about blending with solvents but I only do that on white paper because it makes my pencils more transparent.

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Sponsored by Art Neko *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Stamps: (Dragonfly) (steampunk shown in video)
Kraft card stock
Black ink
Assorted pattered paper
Colored pencils (Spectrum Noir Colourblend)
Dragonfly brad (Eyelet Outlet)
Purple rhinestone

I am planning on a colored pencil drawing tutorial using these Colourblend pencils. I want to try them on several kinds of paper before I do a proper review of them but so far I like them! If you have a suggestion on what I should draw with the pencils let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the dragonfly stamp I used today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Roses in Watercolor & Van Gogh Paint Review!

Hi friends! I have two videos for you today! A review of inexpensive (and much requested) Van Gogh watercolors and a demo of me using them.

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First the review. I have had a lot of requests for this paint so when I saw a good buy on it I bought a few tubes. You can see how they fared in this review.

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I found them to be very comparable to the Winsor & Newton Cotman paints which I reviewed here. The price is about the same as cotmans and the tubes are a bit larger. I paid $2.50 for each 10ml tube but the list price is $4.80 vs $4.49 for a 8ml tube of Cotman. Shop around because you can find both brands for less.

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Now let’s see them in action! Watch this video of me painting 3 roses.

Bottom line: These are nice paints and easy on the wallet. They are student quality so you need more paint than you would artist quality so you will use it up faster but you can get clean, bright mixes and the pigments the line uses are tried and true. I would recommend this to anyone starting out in watercolor or someone who wants a less expensive brand to experiment with. The lightfast rating on this paint are pretty good too so if you make a masterpiece it will last:) I hope you found this review helpful! Happy crafting!

Learn to Paint a Realistic Feather in Watercolor (FREE Tutorial!)

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to draw and paint a feather by using a series of built up layers, or glazes, or color!

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Watch the video to see how!

I hope you give this a try! It is not hard, it just takes time. thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Life Book 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Hi friends!  I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2017 next year!

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And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2017  and if you want to find out how you can win a spot!🙂 First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet! “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 22 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU!
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Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 12500+ people in the past!) by clicking HERE. I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing expressive watercolor techniques with you, much like you can see in this painting:
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Registration opens on October 3rd 2016 and the class begins on January 1st 2017. So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2017 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale!

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop!

 I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2017 to 1 lucky winner, yay!🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also!🙂

How to enter the give-away

  • Sign up to my newsletter (click here)
  • Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Life Book 2017
I will announce the winner 10/7/16.
Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways!
Date Artist/ Teacher Site
5 th September 2016 Tamara Laporte
6 th September 2016 Jodi Ohl
7 th September 2016 Susana Tavares 
8 th September 2016 France Papillon
9 th September 2016 Shelley Klammer
10th September 2016 Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici
11th September 2016 Donna Mulholland
12th September 2016 Mandy van Goeije
13th September 2016 Jennifer Mercede
14th September 2016 Misty Mawn
15th September 2016 Gwenn Seemel
16th September 2016 Melissa Dinwiddie
17th September 2016 Vicky Papaioannou
18th September 2016 Lindsay Weirich *You are here!
19th September 2016 Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
20th September 2016 Effy Wild 
21st September 2016 Wendy Brightbill 
22nd September 2016 Jamie Dougherty
23rd September 2016 Andrea Gomoll
24th September 2016 Whitney Freya
25th September 2016 Annie Hamman 
26th September 2016 Connie Solera 
27th September 2016 Leilani Joy 
Have a great time following the blog hop and til next time happy crafting!
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