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.

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Creative Watercolor Course with Angela Fehr (I am a guest instructor, use coupon FIRSTDIBS to save 50% if the discount does not show up)


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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!

Stamp Giveaway & Fall Card Coloring Tutorial!

Hi friends! I am so excited to offer another giveaway this week and it’s only Tuesday! I will be giving away the stamps I used to make this card and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment. This is open worldwide! I will pick a winner and notify them via email in one week!


I used 6 stamps to create this image and I will teach you how to use masking to make your stamps more versatile. The wagon and pumpkins are separate stamps. Knowing this technique will allow you to fill this wagon with many other items so you can use it for more occasions. I bet you have stamps at home that would be more versatile if you tried masking. I will also show you how to color this scene.


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Stamps (art neko) Fall Images
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
White Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest
Kraft card base
Patterned paper (My Minds Eye)
Printed Ribbon (Offray)
Alcohol Markers (Blick)
Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir Color Blend
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win. Also I’d love to know if you have a stamp you are going to try the masking technique with, let me know that in the comments too. You guys have really great ideas!

In case you missed it I am giving away a spot in Angela Fehr’s Creative Watercolor Course and offering a 51% discount on it, please check out yesterday’s post for more info:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


I Created a Lesson for Angela’s Fehr’s New Watercolor Course & Giveaway!!!

UPDATE: The automatic discount code should be working perfectly now but if you click the link and it is not on sale then enter the coupon FIRSTDIBS for 50% off the Creative Watercolor Course.

Hi friends!Today I am so excited to announce that I have created a lesson for Angela’s Fehrs new Creative Watercolor Course! I met Angela Fehr because we both did Craftsy Classes this year. She is a lovely person and I think you will love what she has to offer.


The class retails for $59 but if you click this link before November 17th you and use Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS can purchase it for $29! You will get 4 1/2 hours of watercolor instruction in 12 thoughtful lessons (one of which it taught by your’s truly!)

You will learn:

  • basic techniques and an overview of watercolour terminology
  • tools and materials recommendations and how to use them
  • using watercolour with masks & resists
  • wet-in-wet techniques
  • watercolour special effects
  • product demonstrations: pigment markers, pigment powder, watercolour pans, masking fluid, pen & ink, watercolour pigment sheets & more

In my 38 minute portion of the course I will be showing you how to use watercolor to make the most of your stamping and papercrafting supplies with quick and effective techniques that won’t break the bank! Here is a sneak peek at what I did:


I also am blessed to be able to give away one spot in the Creative Watercolor Course! Leave a comment for a chance to win and I will draw a winner in one week. Don’t worry if you enroll and then win, in that case they will refund your purchase price or you can give the extra spot to a friend. So why wait! Use my special affiliate link which not only gives you a 50% savings (Using Coupon Code FIRSTDIBS if sale price does not show up) but makes it possible for me to provide the free tutorials I post regularly on my blog. Your support keeps the lights on and I thank you so much!

You can have other chances to win on these fine blogs:

So what are you waiting for? Enroll today in the Creative Watercolor Course, remember if you end up winning a spot in the class your fee will be refunded or you can give your spot to a friend and you both can can have fun! Either way you win with 4 1/2 hours of inspiration and new ways to use your watercolors! Winner will be picked on 10/23/16 and notified via email shortly thereafter. I also wanted to mention that the Creative watercolor Course is designed for crafters and hobbyists looking to make the most of watercolor in all of their crafting endeavors. You might also enjoy one of Angela Fehr’s other fine courses, there is even one to try for free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wildflowers in Mason Jar Painting Tutorial & White Nights Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today I have a quick tutorial of flowers in a  mason jar and a review of White Nights watercolors!


These paints are an affordable option for folks wanting a professional paint. Watch them in action in this video tutorial:


You can find the White Night Watercolor from Pro Art Supplies on Etsy OR Ebay. Here s a link to the exact paints set and palette I used.

The sets come in cardboard or wooden boxes or in a plastic palette. Sets come in 12, 24 or 36 whole pans. There are over 50 colors in the range and you can also buy the pans individually (for about $3.50) which is a nice option if you just want to try a couple of colors or if you use up ones in your set.


  • low price compared to other artist lines
  • vivid colors (except some earth tones)
  • good quality
  • colors are semi moist and reactivate easily
  • mixing area removes from palette in the 24 count or higher sets which makes cleaning easier


  • some earth tones like sepia are weak
  • many people dislike the plastic palette because it may stain, in that case save money and get the cardboard box set and put the pans in a palette you like more

Bottom line: I really like these paints and about 15 years ago I bought a set of Yarka St. Petersburg paints that I also loved and I recently found out that both White Nights and Yarka are trade names for the same paint. The reason for this is the Russian manufacture name is difficult for most to pronounce so they changed the name for American and European markets. Let me know what you think of these paints if you have used them and then people can get more views on these in the comments below. As always I as not paid to review these paints but I was provided with a set for free for the review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Painted Aprons Make Nice Gifts!

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a fun DIY idea that is nice to make for a gift of for yourself!


I think it is super cute and it is easy too! Best of all you can customize if for anyone’s tastes and it is a great gift idea for a painter, gardener or cook. I think I might keep this one for myself though.🙂 Watch the video to see how easy it is to paint this apron using Inktense pencils. You can use acrylic paint if you prefer and it will work just as well. Use what you have for this!


You can find the inexpensive apron I am painting on from our sponsor CONDA

Cotton Canvas professional Bib Apron
Inktesne Watersoluble pencils or blocks (or acrylic paint)
Stiff paint brushes
Spray bottle of water

1. Smooth canvas apron our on work surface and mist the area you want to draw on with water.
2. Sketch your design in with Inktense pencils or blocks.
3. Brush water over the colored in design to activate the ink.
4. Let dry and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this fun little project and til next time happy crafting!

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