LIVE Ask an Artist at 9:30pm Eastern Time Tonight!

Hi friends! I have a treat for you tonight. I have gathered up some of the finest (and funnest!) artists on YouTube for an evening of artist Q & A!

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If you want to take place in the chat make sure to watch at 9:30 Eastern Time tonight (Tuesday the 9th) on the YouTube watch page and you can type your questions in the chat. You can also leave your question in the comments below and we will get to as many as we can. You can watch the live show or the replay on this page but to hang out and chat you will need to watch it at 9:30ET tonight on YouTube.

You can ask Questions about art materials, art business, painting tips, anything art related!

Special Guests are:

My hope is that more of you can make a live show in the evening. Let me know if evenings are better than days for the live shows.  Here are the USA time zones when we are live tonight-9:30pm ET, 8:30pm CT, 7:30pm MT, 6:30pm PT, hope it helps! See you tonight and happy crafting!

I’m Gonna Save you Money Now {DIY Chalk Ink!}

Hi friends! Have you ever had an ink pad fall off the base or have your chalk in run dry? Today we will solve both problems!

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Watch the video to learn how to re-attach a loose ink pad and how to make chalk ink!

To fix the inkpad you will need: Gorilla Glue and a spray bottle of water.

Directions:
1. add a couple drops of glue to the plastic inkpad base and spread it with the tip of the glue spout.
2. spritz with water.
3. Replace the foam inkpad, tape gently into place and let dry 30 minutes and you are all se to use the inkpad.

To make chalk you will need colored chalk pastels, a like and the spray bottle again.

Directions:
1. Spay a puddle of water onto the tile (1 squirt)
2. Rub the pastel/chalk  into the water until you have made a nice thick puddle of ink.
3. Soak up the ink with the inkpad.

There! Now what will you do with all of that extra ink-pad buying money? If you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterst or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pressed Flower Projects!

Hello friends! I was really in the mood for spring after the snowstorm we got Friday, luckily I had a package of beautiful pressed flowers from Greetings of Grace to play with!

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I wanted to try a few projects that would showcase the beauty of these expertly pressed flowers and also appeal to different skill levels. I decided to start off with a simple to make bookmark, then make an intermediate greeting card and then as a challenge use them on a slick surface like the ceramic mug and pitcher. Watch the video to learn how!

Let me know in the comments if you would like the full alcohol marker coloring tutorial for the flower fairy and I can upload that for you.

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Supplies: Pressed Flowers from Greetings of Grace of ones you have pressed
Cardstock
Stamp and Ink pad (Stamp is from Crafters Companion)
Markers
White ceramic mug/pitcher
White Glue (I used mod podge)
Tweezers
Acrylic sealer (I used Minwax Polycrylic)
Waxed paper

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Pressed flowers are beautiful on paper crafts like cards, bookmarks and scrapbook pages but also lovely on home décor items like frames and vases.  I encourage you to try pressing your own flowers but for variety and ease consider the beautiful pressed flowers available at Greeting of Grace too. It’s the best of both worlds! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How’s That Art Business Going?

Hi friends! Today I have an art marketing vlog for you. It is easy to be dissatisfied with our handmade business and we may feel jealous and compare our business with another artists business. Sometimes we think other artists and crafters are just more lucky and in the worst case it might even make us feel like closing up shop. Don’t until you watch today’s video!

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See, you never know what is really happening behind the scenes in another crafters studio or checkbook for that matter so why speculate. It does no good. What will do you some good is hard work and minding your own business. If you want even more handmade business tips be sure to check out Rich Mom Business’s Free Handmade Training course, whether you are selling on ETSY, craft fairs of you have a dedicated web store she will help you make products that sell, and, this course is free.

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So, do you get caught up in comparing? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Today’s Livestream! {I’m gonna do my best…}

Hi friends! We will be live on YouTube painting today. It is going to be a “let’s use bright colors and express out joy!” kinda project.

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We are also having a snowstorm and the kid’s school just called telling me they are sending everyone home early. I am fully expecting imperfection with a side of chaos, don’t you want to join the fun? Seriously, grab your paints, watercolor pencils, watercolor paper or art journal and let’s play on this snow day! If you want to chat with us please watch this on the YouTube watch page, otherwise you can watch it live, or the replay in the player below (oh and how about a “thumbs up” for effort LOL!) We go live at 12:30 Eastern Time! Thanks to Jerry’s Artarama for sponsoring this live show!

Supplies:
Turner watercolors
Inktense Pencils (or whatever watercolor pencils you like)
140# watercolor paper
Mimik Kolinsky brushes
Water, paper towels

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This will be a great way to learn to loosen up too! Wish me luck with today’s stream and happy crafting!

My Shortest Video EVER!

Hi friends! Just in case you need a quick, inexpensive idea to decorate for valentines day…

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This banner uses limited supplies and can be whipped up in a flash. Watch the very short video to see how!

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Supplies:
Pink Cardstock
6″ round paper doilies
Bakers twine
Mini Clothespins
Jute twine
Adhesive
Optional: Die cut machine

Directions:
1.Cut banner shapes and hearts from pink cardstock. Cut LOVE from the hearts.
2. Adhere doilies to the banners, then hears to the doilies.
3. Wrap with twine.
4. Attach to a long piece of jute with mini clothespins for hanging.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I Got a Sequin Problem…

Hi friends! When I was going through my stash looking for sequins for a card yesterday I realized that I had a problem.

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Luckily my problem was not a lack of sequins! That will probably never be a problem because it seems like sequins breed when you are not looking or my buying outpaces my using. Who can say?

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If you too have a sequin problem you will love today’s project, a fun shaker card using stamp from our sponsor ArtNeko!

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Supplies:
White Cardstock (110#lb Recollections)
Pink, Red, Purple, Blue inkpads
Stipple brush (color dusters-Judikins)
Valentine Stamps (ArtNeko)
Dots/Background stamps (ArtNeko)
Craft knife
Sequins & beads
Foam tape
Plastic bag
Clear tape

Directions:
1. Score a 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock at 4 3/16″ and 4 5/16″.
2. Stamp head duo, mask it and stamp polka dots on top. Sweep with ink and a stipple brush. Also stamp a 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel with dots.
3. Remove ask and cut out inside of hearts.
4. Fill a clear plastic bag with beads and sequins and tape behind openings in heart.
5. Adhere stamped panel behind baggie using foam tape.
6. Embellish or add color to front of card if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy shaker card and you try one for yourself! Happy Crafting!

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