Annual B-Day Sale & Beginner Cardinal Watercolor Step-by-Step!

Hi friends! First off, Today is my 44th birthday and so as per tradition I am offering 44% off any course in my online school with coupon code LINDSAY44 (Offer good through 7/17/2020, click add coupon at checkout and apply the coupon code for 44% off any class.) Thanks!

Now, on to today’s video!

Supplies:

  • Watercolors and brushes (ohuhu) Colors used: Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Paynes Grey, Hooker’s green, Emerald Green and Burnt Umber
  • Watercolor paper
  • Colored pencils (optional)
  • Water buckets and credit card scraper

Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

What the heck are phosphorescent watercolors?

Hi friends! I saw an intriguing new set of watercolor by Paul Rubens and I had to give them a try. They were labeled as phosphorescent. I think of phosphorescent as glowing under uv or blacklight but that is not the case here. Watch my video review to get the scoop and find out if they are worth adding to your collection.

Overview: This set costs around $60 at the time of review. You get 24 extremely transparent colors (more transparent than their original pans) in a heavy metal enameled tin. You can choose between pink or navy for the exterior color but the paint colors are the same in each. You can check them out here. (affiliate link) and if you scroll down you can see the colors in the set with pigment names which is handy because the print on the packaging is so tiny. Also, I noticed a typo on the printed swatch that came in the kit so I would refer to the info on the listing for accurate info.

Pros:

  • Low(ish) price, they run about $20 more than the original Paul Rubens 24 half pans but the palette is nicer
  • Wonderful vivid colors with a few unusual colors not typically found in sets.
  • Good mixing range
  • Subtle shimmer in all colors with the blues having the greatest glitter effect.

Cons:

  • The glitter is very subtle in this paint so if you want an opaque shine you will want their original glitter metallic paint
  • This paint will not show up well on black

Bottom line: I like these paints. They are more like a traditional watercolor than a metallic as they only have a hint of mica in them. They mix well and are a pleasure to work with. I recommend them as long as you don’t need a really metallic paint. If you want to see another review of this product check out Kimberly Crick Art’s review. It’s always good to get a couple of opinions before investing n a new product I think:) Happy crafting!

Strawberry Season (Sketchbook Sunday)

Hi friends! Today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is “Favorite Color” and mine is crimson red so I decided to paint these strawberries!

You can find the 1hr 44min narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under June 2020 bonus project #1. In case you haven’t heard, Critique Club is a membership group where you can upload up to 2 painting you are working on per month for an in-depth critique from me. My goal is to help you grow and improve as artists! I also post 2 long narrated tutorials per month for members that tend to be on the intermediate/advanced side. You also get access to all the past tutorials (37 in all so far!) so you will have inspiration for miles and it’s only $5 per month. Learn more or sign up here. Thank you for your support!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

4th of July Sat Chat

Hi friends! Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans. I spent a lovely afternoon visiting with family, outside and socially distanced of course. It was a lovely cool summer day and it was nice to be with hubby’s side of the family, most of whom I haven’t seen since before lock down. It sure is nice to see people. I hope you had a nice day today too!

Stuff:

See you tomorrow (probably in the afternoon) for sketchbook Sunday! Happy Crafting!

Paint a Butterfly and roses with me!

Hi friends! Did you know that July is world watercolor month? what better way to celebrate than by painting! I am planning on painting something every day in watercolor this month even if it’s just a quick sketch outside. It’s a great way to get back in the habit if you have been on an art hiatus. Here is the picture I painted yesterday.

If you want to see what I am painting you can check out my Instagram page. I won’t get a chance to film them all but I might do tutorials for the more popular ones in the future. For now, enjoy this real-time tutorial. I hope you like it!

If you like this free lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop! Click here to learn more!

Supplies (Affilate links used)

  • Both of my sketchbooks are from Arteza. *get 10% off your order with coupon code: LindsayWeirich1 through 7/20/20 This is the one I painted today’s demo in (you get a 2 pack) This is the square one I painted my original in. *you also get 2 sketchbooks for this price. Personally, I prefer this sketchbook but the paper is a bit thinner.
  • I used a random set of paints, use what you have:)
  • The big faux-fur Quill is a #4 Princeton Neptune. Other Brushes are Creative Mark Mimik (also faux squirrel) and can be found in my signature kits here.

Happy world watercolor month and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Mixed Media Cards with Stencils (No Gelli Plate Needed!)

Today we are going to have a really fun time playing with stuff I bet you already have!

This is the first video I have filmed since I hung up quilts and did a bit more sound deadening in the new space. I hope it sounds good! 🙂 Relax, enjoy, hang out and craft with me!

This video is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

I hope this inspires you to dig out your stencils and play! Happy crafting!

Building the new filming room…

Hi friends! I thought I’d share a video going through the process of setting up my new filming room. It’s still a work in progress. I filmed a cardmaking tutorial in there yesterday (it will be up on YouTube today and on the blog tomorrow) and I thought I had my sound worked out but I can still hear a bit of echo. I have hung quilts up on the wall and even suspended a fleece blanket in front of me to deaden sounds but it’s not there yet. Also I was sewing this weekend on the large folding table and my machine bounced too much on this table so I need to come up with something else there. I saw a compact sewing cabinet called a Sewnatra but it is too rich for my blood but I think I will look at thrift stores to see if I can find something similar that I can put my modern machine in. Plus for that kind of money I’d want real wood and not pressboard. I’ll think of something.

I hope you are having a great week and til next time happy crafting!

All Stove Up!

Hi friends! When I recorded my Sat Chat to on Friday I was still quite sore from a spill I took walking my crazy dog the night before. I didn’t realize that I had 2372 mothers on YouTube that would be so darn worried so let me assure you that Yes, I am fine (Look, I am typing this right now) and No, I do not need an X-ray. I have 3 kids and a husband who played sports so I know the difference between something that is serious and isn’t. If it didn’t feel better with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) I would go to the doctor. But here I am 48+ hours after the fall feeling like a new woman with a full range of motion. Doctor, schmoctor.

All kidding aside am touched by the concern but truly I am fine. I hope this prevents any worry for anyone watching the video for the first time as well. I’m a tough old bird and it will take a lot more than a mean cat and scared dog to take me down, let’s hope we just don’t run into that bear we talked about last week LOL!

I don’t have a sketchbook Sunday this week because I spent most of the week working on the filming room and a large off YouTube freelance project but I will have one next week. Yesterday I hung up some quilts in the room which helped with the echo but I still need to tweak the sound a bit. Also the lighting was too bright in today’s video, I don’t think I need the overhead lights and my studio lights for filming. It will take a few videos it get it perfect:)

Recipe from the video! Hearty oatmeal:

  • In a microwave safe glass bowl mix 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, a cubed tart apple and a dash of cinnamon with 1 cup of water and microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder, a sliced banana, any berries you have on hand and dried fruit/nuts if desired.
  • Mix up and enjoy! Makes 2 servings.

Take care of yourself, build up that immune system with healthy food and exercise and avoid mean scary cats and til next time happy crafting!

Short & Sweet (watercolor succulent tutorial)

Hi friends, I’m keeping tonight’s post short tonight. I was walking the dog and she got a little too curious towards a cat who then hissed and chased her she she dragged me down the road in fear. I wiped out and landed on my knee, wrist and shoulder and the road rash is epic. Typing is painful but at least it was my left side so I can still paint!

Video!


If you like this free lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Both of my sketchbooks are from Arteza. *get 10% off your order with coupon code: LindsayWeirich1 through 7/20/20 This is the one I painted today’s demo in (you get a 2 pack.) This is the square one I painted my original in. *you also get 2 sketchbooks for this price. Personally, I prefer this sketchbook but the paper is a bit thinner.
  • I used a random set of paints, use what you have:)
  • The big faux-fur Quill is a #4 Princeton Neptune
  • Other Brushes are Creative Mark Mimik (also faux squirrel) and can be found in my signature kits here.

OK, I’m gonna ice my wrist. Happy crafting!

Weekly Chat & Bears in the ‘hood

Hi friends! No too much excitement here this week expect there have been many black bear sightings in my neighborhood! We had a large bag of birdseed taken from out porch and eaten near our woods. I don’t think a squirrel could have carried it off so I presume it was our friendly local bear. I did manage to get my “play art desk: set up in the corner of out new addition and it is so nice to sit here and paint for fun in a sketchbook with a simple set of watercolors. I decided I need some non-work art in my life. Also they sketchbook will be nice to mine ideas from for future tutorials.

I’ll catch you up with everything else in this weeks Sat chat!

That’s it for me today. The Pelican artwork I shared is up in critique club now. I have quite a lot on my plate this week so hopefully I’ll have something intersting to share next time. Happy crafting!

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