Gift Idea! Hand Painted Mugs Kids Can Make!

Hi friends! If you kids (or grandkids) are home on vacation this week you might want to give them this project to try.

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This ceramic painting technique can be done on any store-bought glazed mug, bowl, or dish in minutes! For this project I used the acrylic paint pens set of 12 form Ohuhu (*note these markers were provided to me for review purposes and they gave me a 10% coupon code to share with viewers: 10Frugal )

The listing on Amazon says they can be used on Ceramic Crockeries, Rock Painting Art, DIY Easter Eggs, Porcelain, Metal, Wood, Fabric, Canvas and Glass. At first I could not find any instructions for getting them started or using them on ceramics so I experimented on my own. After I recorded the video I saw that the alternative photos in the product listing had instructions. At least they confirmed that what I ended up doing was right! I wished they put instructions in the box of markers though because someone who has never painted ceramics or used paint pens may not know what to do. If you are a visual learner watch the video for my full product test and tutorial on creating the vine and rose design on the mug. For a gift idea you could fill the mug with candies, teas or other goodies and wrap in festive holiday cellophane and a pretty ribbon. It’s a great teachers gift too!

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Some helpful product info:

  • When you get the markers the nib will be uninked. To start the ink flow you must push the nib down into the barrel to break the paint seal and pump it a few times to get the ink to flow. It can take several minutes for the paint to saturate the nib. If at any time you want to increase flow simply press the nib on scrap paper to get it flowing.
  • The marker produces a line width of 1/16″-1/8″ thick of opaque matte paint. It writes smooth and does not streak even on glossy surfaces.
  • The marker and be taken apart and so I will refill them when empty, this makes them a cheaper alternative to other acrylic paint pens.

These paint pens will write on most surfaces BUT will they be permanent on ceramics? Let’s test it out!

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In the video I share 3 test tiles that I did to see how durable this paint would be if used on ceramics. As with all ceramic painting I recommend only painting on areas of a dish where the paint will not come in contact with food or your mouth.

  • Test tile #1: Paint applied on glossy ceramic tile and let air dry for 24 hours. Result: Paint washed off easily with a soapy towel.
  • Test tile #2: Paint applied to tile and dried for 24 hours then baked in a home oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Result: Paint did not wash off after being wiped with a soapy cloth. I also tried scratching the paint with my fingernail and only the black paint scratched off, the other colors remained securely on the tile.
  • Test tile #3: Paint applied to tile and dried 24 hours then coated with clear spray lacquer. Result: This had the best looking finish because the entire tile was glossy. I recommend this for making coasters but the clear spray is not food safe so not OK for food dishes.

Bottom line: If you are going to use these to paint dishes you will want to bake them as stated above. The finish of the marker is matte though so it will look different on glossy ceramics. I don’t know how durable this will be over time so I suggest hand washing. I think these pens will be totally fine on non washable items like paintings and crafts. I like them:)

This is my preferred method for painting ceramics at home with oven bake acrylics:

This gives you a glossy durable surface. Folk Art Enamels is the oven bake acrylic enamel paint I use. The downside of this method is that you have a little more mess and set up time but you can start with fewer colors and mix to get just what you want. Also the paint is very durable and glossy do the painted areas will have the same finish as a glossy ceramic piece. These paints are very pigmented however they are more transparent so I recommend then for white or light-colored ceramics or you will want to mic white paint into the colors (or underpaint the design in white) for vivid results. The Folk Art Enamel paints go a long way, I have been using the same bottles for years and have don several children’s christmas craft classes with them so as long as you don’t let them freeze you have keep using them year after year. They are a great value.

So there you have it! Two great ways to make hand painted ceramics for gifts! I always loved making handmade gifts for my family at christmas. My mom,a very talented crafter, would get these idea books called “Christmas is Coming” and I would pour through those books trying project after project and to me those are some of my fondest holiday memories. I would rummage through my mom’s stash of fabric and beads (I can only imagine the aftermath of such crafting sessions but mom never got upset) and I would craft and wrap up gifts to surprise all of my family. I don’t specifically remember and particular craft I made but I do remember the feeling of pride of making it myself. I thank that is the best gift we can give our kids. Give them craft supplies, let them make a mess and enjoy the beautiful handmade gifts you receive on Christmas. Your kids will enjoy the feeling of generosity and pride of making it themselves.  Have a great thanksgiving tomorrow and til next time happy crafting!

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The Book I Illustrated is now on AMAZON! Woohoo!

Hi friends! I promised I would let you know when the book
Sea Glass and the Lighthouse was available for purchase on Amazon and here is it!!!

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse by Kelly Brooks Bay is a sweet story based in Maine with full color illustrations (by your’s truly!) and I think it would be a delightful gift for any child this holiday season. It is so nice to see a project you have been working on for months become a reality! I hope you like it! That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

More cute gift card holders!

Hi friends! Today I have some cute decorated gift card or gift certificate holders that you can make!

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I like to have a bunch of packaging options made ahead of time so that when the holidays arrive I can enjoy them. And I enjoy crafting these before the season gets too hectic. I don’t like to be rushed when I create. Watch the video to see how I made these and read on for more handy tips!

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Supplies:

  • Autumn Forest Clip Art Set (Storyblocks)
  • Cardstock and patterned paper
  • Brads (Jumbo and standard)
  • Glue
  • Fun foam (craft foam or old mouse pad you can cut up)
  • Needle tool or thumbtack/pushpin
  • Computer and electronic die cutter (optional-you can also print out the clip art onto white cardstock and cut it by hand)
  • Bakers twine/string

Project tips!

  • I used the EPS file of the clip art set as a die cut file. In your software go under file and import and select the eps file. If your die cutter does not support .eps files you can use a free online file converter such as zamzar. If you just want to print out the clip art download the JPG file from Storyblocks.
  • A simple way to make an envelope is to drag two rounded rectangles over each other laid out perpendicular to each other. Use the union or weld feature in your die cutting program to make them one shape and cut. Then fold in the flaps to make an envelope. Just make sure when you design the envelope that the flaps are long enough to overlap a bit.
  • You can add more dimension to your die cuts by chalking or inking the edges before gluing them up. You can add details with markers or colored pencils too!
  • If you are using the vector file as die cuts like i did you will notice that there are many details you will want to omit. Keep it simple!
  • To create a solid base for the fox and owl I made a copy of the clip art and welded (union) it so I had a sold shape to work on.

I hope you got a bit of inspiration from this project and til next time happy crafting!

A Fun Favor Box and FREE Cutting File!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun favor box that you can set out on your guest’s plate this Holiday! I did it in Christmas colors but you can whip these up in fall colors for Thanksgiving too!

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I was going to snap a photo of my hand-drawn template but it was pretty messy so I made a free downloadable SVG file so you can die cut it in your electronic die cutter. Alternately you can print the picture below any size you like but it is designed to fit a 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock. I included the mats on the templates too.

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Of course you can just watch the video below and follow along with your scoring board and scissors and do it that way too. I love to give you options!

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Supplies (From Rubber Stamp Tapestry)

Directions:

  1. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8″x7″. On the 8″ side score the cardstock at 2″ and 6″, this will give you a 2″, 4″ and 2″ section. Then on the 7″ side score at 2″ and 4″ to give you a 2″, 2″ and 3″ section. Cut out the corners leaving tabs attached to the two side pieces for assembly.
  2. From the scraps of cardstock cut two 1.5″ squares, a 1.5″x3.5″ rectangle and a 2.5″x3.5″ rectangle. Round all of these corners with a 1/4 corner rounder. Round the top back of the box with a 1/2″ corner rounder. I used a Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers
  3. Ink the box with a blending brush and red ink. Stamp holly and berries on the rounded panels and ink edges in green. Adhere side panels to the box and then assemble the box with strong double-sided tape. Lastly adhere the back panel.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and you enjoy the free template and SVG file. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

LIVE @ 12:20pm ET Northerm Lights in Watercolor 3 Ways!

Edit: I found my phone and snapped a pic of the finished live show paintings! I Think they turned out pretty well and my paint palette looks pretty cool too! I hope you give it a try! Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Sorry for getting this blog post up so late, I was busy this morning painting samples for today’s live stream and then when I went to snap some pics I could not find my camera! I use my smart phone for taking pics so I can share online and it is nowhere to be found, I’m sure it will turn up after the livestream. No worries, I do have some reference photos for you so you can see what we will be aiming for in todays live painting tutorial. I’ll update this post with photos of my paintings as soon as I find my phone:)

Painting Aurora borealis in watercolor is a lot of fun but you have to be open to letting the paint do it’s thing and not overworking anything. That part is tough, that is why we will work on 3 paintings today (so we don’t fester on any one too long LOL!) You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (M Graham) Quin red, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Cadmium Lemon, Pthalo Green
  • 100% cotton Watercolor Paper cold press 140# (any brand)
  • Mimik Value set faux squirrel brushes *On sale for $24.99!
  • Bleed Proof White
  • Spray bottle with adjustable stream spray
  • Masking tape and a board to tape to *Pre tape your paper to cardboard before the live stream to save time!
  • Paper towels or a paint rag that is absorbent
  • *You might also want a plastic tub you can drip excess water/paint into.

Look at my friend Angela Fehr’s new winter scene watercolor workshop, only $30!

If you liked the northern lights paintings we did today you will love Angela’s take on the subject along with three other winter scene painting you can create step by step along with her. I first met Angela because we both taught workshops at Craftsy and she was so helpful to me in starting my teachable school. I think you will enjoy her class!

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These paintings would make beautiful Christmas cards as well and the best part about that is you get to practice your painting and make something practical too! Click here to find out more or enroll today! *By purchasing this class you help support the free tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel and Angela’s offering as well and we both thank you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I plan on having a live stream next week even though it will be “black friday” let me know in the comments if you will come by and watch live or if you will be shopping and have to catch the replay. I am too timid to go anywhere near a store on black friday LOL! Til next time happy crafting!

Doctor Who & Twin Peaks Inspired Greeting Cards!

Hi friends! I totally realize that these specific cards are for a very limited audience but you can use the techniques and ideas to make other cards too!

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I didn’t know what I was going to create when I set out my supplies but I sure did have a good time playing! It takes longer to create in this manner but that’s how you learn, grow and discover techniques that you will able to efficiently use on your future cards. Feel free to binge watch your favorite TV show while you create for inspiration!

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On the inside of this card you could write: “Geronimo! Now off to your next adventure!” and use it for a retirement or graduation card. I dipped into some older stash to mix in with my new supplies for this card, namely gel pens and Paper Artsy acrylic paints. I really enjoyed using the matte acrylics because it allowed me to stamp and use gel pens on top. I think it is the glossy plastic-like surface that I don’t care for in other acrylics but I really like the matte finish ones. I need to make a not of that. I wonder if there is anything I can add to the other acrylics I have to degloss them. If you know of such a thing let me know in the comments! We can learn together! Now, without further ado let’s watch the tutorial!

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Supplies (from Top Flight Stamps)

Other Supplies:

Directions:
1. Make backgrounds by spraying bristol/watercolor paper with water through a stencil and then sprinkling on pigment powder. Let dry.

2. Stamp images with black ink.

3. Stencil time tunnel with acrylic paint.

4. Accent with gel pens, and markers. *Heat embossing can also be used.

5. Punch 2 edges of a matting panel with a small square punch so it looks like film and mount that and the art panel to a white card.

I hope you break out some of your underused supplies and try something new today!Happy crafting!

Well, this is different…

Hi friends! Have you ever gotten an art or craft supply and wondered “what in the heck am I going to do with this?” That’s kinda how I felt when I opened the October Smart Art Box. The project was abstract art using acrylics. Two topics that I am not particularly experienced in, however I decided to dive right in and make…well…something!

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I honestly had no idea what was going to come of this project as I started smearing paint but in the end I kinda liked it and I really enjoyed the texture the finished painting had. You can see the supplies in the box as well as the process to create the painting in today’s video!

Find out more about our sponsor Smart Art here. All of the supplies I used were included in the October Smart Art Box

  • Sennelier Abstract Acrylic paints in Vermillion, Purple and White
  • Set of 8 painting tips
  • 2 Raphael brushes
  • 8″x10″ stretched canvas

The Sennelier paint tips and bags of paint felt much like piping frosting, it was a lot of fun to experiment but very messy. I recommend putting your canvas on a scrap of cardboard while working. The tips can also be used to scrape paint away. This was a project I liked much more than I thought I would. Don’t be shy, give it a try! The painting took 2 days to fully dry, I ended up setting it in the box my supplies came in and propped the lid open a bit to let air in and keep dust out. The color choices seemed odd to me but it is good sometimes to break out of your comfort zone and do something different I think! I hope you enjoyed today’s creative play and til next time happy crafting!

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