My Thoughts on Reviews {…and a review…}

Hi friends! I want to start off tonight voicing an opinion (that’s what the internet is for right? LOL!) I have had a few people complain about the fact that I, The Frugal Crafter, review products. I totally understand why it would rub some people the wrong way if they are coming to my blog for thrifty ideas and a review makes them want to spend. That is not my intention. I get requests on a daily basis from viewers to review products, literally hundreds of requests a year, because they want to know if a product is worth buying before they spend their hard-earned money on it. That is why I review products. That and I am honestly curious about how they perform and compare. I also realize that my audience is all over the globe and a product that is affordable and easy to find one place may be impossible to get somewhere else. I live in the USA so it is fairly easy for me to obtain products. Maybe you can’t get M Graham watercolors so you want to know if Winsor & Newton is as good or maybe a new brand came out and is on sale so you want to know if it is decent. This is why I do reviews. Sometimes I buy the product and other times I am given a sample from a company. I ALWAYS let you know if I am given a product for free so you can factor that in your judgement on how much or little weight to give my review (although you will always get my honest opinion.) And I do not take payment for reviewing a product however I may use an affiliate link if a company I am affiliated with sells it. Again, I make that obvious too. I appreciate when other artists review products especially if it is someone who works in a  similar style because I can get an idea of how useful a supply would or would not be for me. I never want you to think that you need to go buy anything I give a positive review on, rather I want the reviews to be there in case you are considering a purchase that you can compare items and see if it is something you really need or not. It is also helpful to know if two products are indistinguishable from one another so you don’t buy duplicates. You might not agree with my reviews but you will always get my honest opinion. One piece of advise I will give anyone whether you are a marker artist, watercolors or pencil artist is to try a couple of tubes, pencils or markers from each brand (get different colors though so it is not a waste!) and see what works best for you before going “whole hog” on a set. That’s my opinion and as always I welcome yours:)

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Now on to the review of Mijello Mission Gold Class (Professional) and Mijello Mission Silver Class (Student) pan watercolor sets. These sets were sent to me by Amazon seller Crush On because they appreciated the review I did on the Mission Gold 24 pure pigment tube set that I purchased last month. I have not seen the silver class (student line) used and I think in some countries it is vastly cheaper than the professional line so I am reviewing it.

Here are the sets I reviewed:
Mission Gold Perfect Pan 24 Set:
Price: $108 on Amazon (retail $189)
24 colors equivalent to 5-6ml tube paint per pan
Packaged in a gold bulletproof glass palette (it is really a type of plastic)
Artist Quality

Mijello Silver Class pan watercolors:
Price $68 (could not find a regular retail price)
20 pans each with the equivalent of 12ml tube paint per pan
Comes in a large palette with plenty of mixing room, also keep the clear plastic packaging as it can be flipped over and serves as divided mixing areas.

I have to say I am impressed with the Mijello Mission Silver Class paint, just be aware that some of the colors are not as lightfast as the artists grade (perhaps due to fillers?) but they mix cleanly and seem as pigmented as their artists counterparts.

In all honestly tho, I would consider the pure pigment set by Mijello gold class because I believe all of the colors can be made from those artist grade pigments. I personally purchased these a couple of weeks ago and love them! They are also cheaper than the Mission gold perfect pans and you get more paint.

And I don’t have this set but many of my viewers have said they love it, the Mission Gold set of 36 with palette, it is cheaper than the silver class paint set but you actually get the equivalent of 80 ml less paint, on the other hand artist quality paint theoretically will go farther.

Like I said I was given these two palettes as a gift from the Amazon seller Crush On from whom I purchased my pure pigment set. The mission gold paints were one of the most requested products to review and I am glad I could able to show you a couple more options. I hope you found this review helpful! If there is a product you would like reviewed let me know in the comments. I base my reviews on most requested items. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

115 Responses

  1. I’m glad you give reviews

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  2. I love your reviews and they have helped me make many decisions on what to purchase and what to wait on in hopes of something that fits my needs more comes out. The ones who don’t like reviews must have unlimited budgets to spend and so they can get whatever they desire without worrying about costs. I am not in that group so I thank you for your honest and fun reviews!

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  3. Heck yeah, keep the reviews coming Lindsay. Those that follow you know you are our honest advocate for frugal crafting. Thank you for that. 👍👍👍

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  4. What?! I can’t understand people who don’t like helpers. Lindsay, you offer us a HUUUGE valuable service by your wonderful reviews. I have come to think “what does The Frugal Crafter think about X product?”. I purchase very little without looking into reviews first. Nowadays, there is a lot of junk on the market, and I am continually amazed by all the good-hearted people who take the time to write honest reviews about products. I hate to go back to the days without them!
    PS Plus I love the whole idea of “frugal crafting” and the inspiration you give us!

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  5. It is sad when people have to complain when all you are trying to do is make them better artists and provide information about different art products and paints. Just keep doing what you’re doing. I am learning so much from you this year I have always wanted to watercolor and now that I’m retired I have the time to put into it

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  6. I love watching reviews on products and yours are always so thorough. It’s exciting to see new products and what you can do with them whether or not I can afford them – that’s what Amazon wish list are for, isn’t it?! Also, have really enjoyed your recent plein air painting videos. Make me want to get out there and try for myself 😃

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  7. You rock girl…love the honest opinions, and also the big variety of products you review. Keep on keepin’ on!

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  8. We have become an overly sensitive, whiny, complaining ” collective voice” over the Internet. I think that because you are giving your own time, and professional OPINION then people can take it for what it’s worth or move on. Get over yourselves, People! Sorry…the news has gotten to me.. I can’t afford half of what you review, but I think it’s good to have it out there. I trust your opinion. And you are the queen of disclaimers, so just just keep on keeping on, Lindsay!

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  9. I love your reviews and from the products I have or bought I agree with you most of the time…so in saying that it saves me money when you do reviews and that’s very frugal 😄
    I have learned a lot from you love your videos and appreciate all your work and time.

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  10. Ha just saw the post before mine and we had the same keep on keeping on…fine minds think alike!👍🏼

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  11. Keep doing the reviews please – they help me know what’s worth purchasing or not. For those who don’t want to buy, they don’t have to watch review videos if they’re not interested. Kind of like, if you don’t want to watch TV switch it off…Keep up the good work and don’t worry about the naysayers!

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  12. I truly appreciate your reviews. You’ve saved me lots of time and money. Please don’t stop doing them!!

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  13. Love the reviews, Lindsay, keep ’em comin’! I use reviews to determine if/what I purchase and I appreciate all the work you put into yours. Even if we may disagree on pros/cons of a particular product when I put my own opinion into the mix, I most definitely appreciate your full disclosure and honest opinion. THANK YOU!

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  14. I enjoy your reviews. I live in Norway and it isn’t easy to get craftsupplies here. If i have to order something online it’s good to have watched a review first. I value your opinion and I believe that you tell us what you really think. Thank you. Please keep them coming.

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  15. Well said!

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  16. What I deeply appreciate about your reviews is that I can trust them. It is true that, a couple times, a review has sent me on a happy shopping spree (peg stamps!).

    Your reviews have helped me learn the advantages & disadvantages of spending $$ on, for example, an artist’s grade watercolor set. As a casual painter, student-grade paints fit my needs and my budget. When I saw your post about the sweet deal for the Turner set, I jumped on it. That’s the power of reviews combined with great tutorials.

    Regards,
    Debi

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  17. I appreciate your reviews.

    I believe it was your site, that I seen the misti for the first time.

    I was trying to get the ‘free’ download of the grid.

    Is that still available?

    If so, would you be so kind to send it to me.

    This misti looks so good compared to the stamp a ma jig.

    Betty

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  18. Most of the time, I love your column…lately to much painting, as some of us don’t paint and miss your ideas on making products from what we have at home and your great gift ideas..I’ve never once felt like I had to buy something, u always say if it was given to u…u give away so much! I totally appreciate u and can’t wait to read u daily! Keep up the awesome work u do and share with us daily! I’ve saved a lot of money using your homemade recipes..thanks again… Paper hugs

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  19. I always welcome your reviews especially if I’m considering buying that product. If I am not into that media, then I ignore it. But I feel it’s useful one way or another especially if I’m saving money. You usually teach us something along the way so how can you beat a free lesson.

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  20. you do a fantastic job. Dont pay attention to the naysayers. I feel that some people just cant be happy with their lives and look for something to complain, sad but true.

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  21. Thanks to you for your dedication ….” Waste not, want not!” I’m a Maine’ah, too!

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  22. I enjoy your reviews! I like watching products be used before I buy them. I am incapable of driving. I see a lot of products for the first time in videos.

    I also look at reviews to tell me what I don’t want. Distress Crayons are not on my wish list.

    I love the look of brushos and they have been on my wish list. I finally sat and talked to myself and I have decided I want 2 reds instead of the set of 24. I wouldn’t have heard of brusho if it wasn’t for Youtube reviews and videos.

    I have also bought lyra watercolor crayons, reeves watercolor pencils, and shopped at Lost Coast Design based on your reccomendation. I have also bought the Canson mixed media xl pad, and some of the other sizes as well.

    Being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap. I would rather buy 1 good product than waste 5 cheap ones.

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  23. I love your reviews and find them really helpful so please don’t stop. I trust you to give an honest review and have usually agreed with your findings! Thanks

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  24. Well I appreciate ALL that you do. I have learned a lot. I feel now that I can feel comfortable when making a purchase. I have enough information that I can take your info and taylor my purchases to suit my needs and budget. You may share this. I am sending a big thank you hug.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  25. Keep the reviews coming. I don’t know much about some of the products and really appreciate your unbiased opinions. While I don’t get all the products you review I do purchase some and I’ve been very happy with my purchases. Plus I always learn tips from your reviews. Good job Lindsay!!!!

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  26. Hi Lindsey,
    This is what I think:
    I feel incredibly fortunate to have found your YouTube channel with all the FREE watercolor as well as other tutorials you offer. (did I mention FREE?!) Keep doing exactly whatever it takes for you to be happy in what you do in YOUR life. If reviewing products makes you and your viewers happy then by all means do it! It’s just like with TV. If I don’t want to watch what’s on, I change to a different program (or episode as it were). How selfish of some people to complain that you’re doing something that someone out there really appreciates. Because of you i feel empowered to courageously persue my hobby with what I can afford to persue it with including my Newton/Winsor/Cotman–even though they’re only student grade!! I own a Koi watercolor travel set as well as Prima Watercolor Confections and love them all. Thank you, Lindsey, for all you do and for sharing your talent with us.

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  27. Keep doing what you do Lindsey! I appreciate the reviews and the watercolor lessons. I’m not much of s crafter, but enjoy the money saving lessons. I say, if people don’t like reviews, don’t watch ’em! Duh!

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  28. I love your reviews.

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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  29. Keep doing what you do Lindsay, we can’t please everyone and everyone isn’t always pleased. Such is life. Thanks for all that you do.

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  30. Your reviews are invaluable. Please don’t be discouraged by people who must complain about every d___ thing, and need someone to take the blame for what is essentially a choice that they have made.

    I’ve lost track of the times I’ve heard you say “use what you have”. People who go immediately and buy something just because they saw you review it and not because they need it or just would like to have it ….. well, bottom line is, that’s their problem, not yours. The rest of us appreciate the input.

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  31. I love your reviews and opinions on products! 👍💕❤️

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  32. Lindsay you are the best. I have found out that people on social media can be cruel. You keep up the good work.

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  33. Dear Lindsay, I really look forward to your reviews. I even bought the Mijello tubes because of your review. I also bought the Turner paints because they were on sale and I’m just new to watercolor and don’t want to waste good paint on learning how my brushes work. Love you blog and am so happy I found you. pat v

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  34. I love your tutorials, and take them into consideration with just about every purchase I make when purchasing art supplies. Keep them coming, please.

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  35. I so appreciate what you do for all of us. If I should ever read your blog and I am not interested in the topic, I can simply check back the next time you have an update. I apologize in not having already let you know how I appreciate your enthusiasm and diligence in coming up with all the info you do. Having a blog is not easy by any means. It is easy to be the backseat driver. The perspective is totally different when being responsible for driving a bus load of folks. You are awesome for putting yourself out there. I admire you so much and I know there are many, many others who feel the same.

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  36. Your reviews are fun to watch, especially because you demo the product. You tells the good, bad and ugly. Since I have so many supplies I rarely buy things you review, but did find Art Neko through a demo. I love Asian stamps. I would also like to see more paper crafting but understand that you must follow your bliss. That seems to be painting at the moment.

    You are very good about accepting constructive criticism. Try to ignore the complainers. They are all over the Internet. They do not have to watch if they don’t like your videos. We love what you do Lindsey!

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  37. IMHO, some people may be a tad whiny because you were given product and they weren’t. I think they forget “The Frugal Crafter” is a job and you work DARN hard at it and you work DARN hard attempting to give people what they want as far as content goes. I work at a chocolate factory and get to eat all the chocolate I want, you work in the craft industry and get free craft supplies, most people get some perks from their job. I have specifically searched your site numerous times for various products or techniques and you invariably have what I want to know. I truly hope you never let the few naysayers change either your content or you! After all there is a tiny little red x in the top right (left if your an apple person) whiners can just click it and go elsewhere.

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  38. Thank you for the reviews!

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  39. I think it is pretty Frugal for all of us out in the internet world to have the invaluable free services that you provid in your videos and blog. Where on earth can you message someone to try and review a product before you invest in it? Well you! Thank you sooooooo vwry much for all you do! Your tutorials and reviews have saved me time, money and grief from fi ding out the hard way of mucking through! I certainly trust that you are genuine and above board! Thanks!

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  40. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, which I think is great. Love your opinions. Edna

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  41. I admit that sometimes I get the urge to run out and buy a lot of the things you review…but since I live in the boonies I have to go a long way to get supplies so it helps me keep my “urges” in check. However I appreciate the reviews and learn a lot about how to spend my money on the right things…so don’t pay any attention to those who complain…you are doing all of us a big service. Thank you!

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  42. Your opinion and reviews are invaluable in spending money on products and comparison shopping. Thank you Lindsay!!!!! You are the BEST – always thinking of us!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  43. Well here we go again. Nay sayers trying to give someone who is there trying to help me and dare I say thousands if not more a hard time. I personally don’t get. If you have nothing NICE to say, then for the love of God move on.
    I love getting free videos that show me the new products, free videos that help me and my friends buy frugal. And amazing crafts. PERIOD.
    I say thanx a million Lindsay. You rock.
    Big hugz

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  44. Good grief, Lindsay! It’s your site, you can do whatever you want on it. So much criticism today. Be and let be. Take it or leave it. But whatever adage, you’re entertaining and informative and YOU! I love that!

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  45. Love your reviews and tutorials, don’t stop, ever!!

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  46. First I will answer you regarding reviews but I have a second question that I would like your input on. I like the reviews. They are helpful. I am not able to afford lots of things to try out just for the sake of trying. I want to KNOW it works and is worth the money.
    My question to you is this — although Yupo paper would probably be preferable, would glossy paper/cardstock work well enough? I am not a professional and the people I send cards to pretty much don’t know anything except that I made it. They haven’t much clue as to how much time, money or effort goes into it. But for myself, I would like to use the alcohol inks and get similar results to what I have seen in various blogs with the YUPO. I have quite a lot of glossy already and don’t want to spent the money on Yupo if glossy would give me similar results.
    Thanks so much. Your advice is appreciated.

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  47. I appreciate all your reviews and tutorials. Everyone has a choice either to watch your you-tube channel or not and to either buy or not buy what you have reviewed. Seems simple enough to me but I realize “you can’t please everyone all of the time.” I believe your reviews are very helpful and informative. I appreciate and thank you for the time and thought you put into your tutorials and that you don’t charge for them. For me that is a blessing since I live on a limited income. I value your opinion and and want to also say thank you for all I have learned and will continue to learn from you!

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  48. There is a big difference between being frugal and being cheap. Being frugal means spending your money carefully. Sometimes spending a little more will save you in the long run.

    You provide an invaluable service by reviewing products from the whole range of prices. You have always been clear about your sponsored content and if you were given a product. You never hesitate to give your opinion of a product, even when you are less than impressed. Also, no matter what you are reviewing, you always remind us to “use what you have”.

    I love your reviews. You give a lot of information about why a product might be better or worse than another. I learn a lot about art supplies and how they work by watching your reviews, and you sometimes include a quick painting perfect for a beginner like myself.

    Don’t ever change!

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  49. I love your reviews and cannot imagine anyone who would not appreciate all the work and effort into their reviews and videos. Please do not stop your work, as a result of your reviews I have made better decisions about the product’s I do purchase. We are a retired couple and on a fixed income so I really appreciate your reviews, I would also rather pay a little more and not have so many useless products laying around because I purchased an item and then found out it was not working out for me. Believe me, that has happened more than once and finding you was a blessing for me. I love the way you handle everything on the video’s and reviews, but I especially love your sense of humor. Thanks for all your work.

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  50. Hi Lindsay! I just want to thank you for your reviews! I was clueless about all the art things when I decided to try to learn to paint and otherwise explore my artistic side. I went down so many awful paths…How I wish I’d seen some of your videos sooner – I would have had an easier time, and started with much better supplies. I LOVE trying different products and, yes, I have made purchases based on some of your reviews. I don’t regret any of them. I trust the honesty of your reviews, and I’ve learned a bit from you about how to make my own evaluations of products. So, keep ’em coming!

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  51. Lindsay, I love your reviews! I bought my Mimic brushes thanks to your review along with the Turner paints because of your review. The brushes, I absolutely love. The paint, however, not so much but I have only tried them once. I like my Yarka, White Knights paints much better. The Turners were on sale, I was buying the brushes anyway and shipping was the same either way so I took a chance. But heck, a review is just one person’s opinion. It is up to us if we chose to buy the product or not and bottom line, we can chose to watch your review or not, it is just that easy. I, for one, really appreciate the time and effort you put into the videos to help us wade through all the products out there and if you get some “free stuff” for your trouble, good for you!

    Anyway, please keep reviewing.

    ❤ Joy 🙂

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    • Hi Joy, give the turners another try, they maya colors are not my fave but the others are wnderful. I like Yarka too but some of the colors might not be as lightfast and the turners are:)

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  52. Lindsay, I have been watching your reviews and tutorials on your weblog for several months now. I stumbled upon your site while searching for watercolor painting tutorials. And while my preference is for the watercolor reviews and lessons, I watch all your videos about other products and crafts because they are informative and educational and frankly, enjoyable to watch. I have branched out and utilized some of the stamping and other techniques in mixed media projects that I would have never tried without your videos inspiring me.

    My favorites are the live stream Friday painting tutorials which due to my work schedule, I look forward to watching over the weekend.

    As this is an income stream for you and you are open about compensation through affiliate programs and sponsorships, I can’t imagine how anyone can complain. You provide a service to all your viewers and anyone who takes issue with any reviews, sponsorships, project choices etc can opt not to watch.

    I am happy to have found your site and grateful for the information you provide. Thanks for all you do!

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  53. I so appreciate the time and effort you put into your videos. Your reviews are always honest, and even though some products are out of my price range, it’s fun to see how they stack up against what I can afford. I know I’ll never be a professional artist, my art will never hang in an art gallery, and that’s okay with me. My art is for my own love of creating. I have no illusions of grandeur, hence no worries if my paintings won’t last a hundred years….lol . I do have paintings I did as a child, and they were done with an eight color tin set of Prang watercolors. They are in an old scrapbook, and are as vivid as they were when I painted them. I know this is way too long winded, but I want you to know how much I admire you, and appreciate you. Alice

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  54. Lindsay I am grateful for your reviews. I have always done some type of craft but I am pretty new to card making and water coloring. I don’t have much space and I don’t want to waste money on something that will be a duplicate of something I already have. It is so helpful to have you show us products. thank you for all your help

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  55. Your review of products are so informative. There is no sales pitch but an opinion based on your experiences. I value that as I am new to arting. You are one of my go to tubers for product comparisons, your input leaves me feeling that I can buy a product with assurance I won’t be wasting my money. Thank you for your valuable service. If someone is unhappy with what you are showing or saying…that is what an off button is for. (Last part my little rant). Thanks again..And Happy Crafting!😊

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  56. I am very grateful for all your reviews. I had a huge garage sale so I could earn the money to buy watercolors. I really wanted to buy a quality paint,and I watched all of your reviews. I also watched reviews by other artists. In the end, I bought Artist grade tube paints in the specific colors I wanted, and a Student grade paint set. I also purchased a Prima Confections set just for the tin! I will use the Prima paints when I am Plein Air painting, and then refill the tin with my good paints. All the items I bought were items you reviewed- but I did not buy all the items you reviewed! LOL! (I wish I could afford to buy all the watercolors you reviewed) I love all your videos- projects, products, interviews, DIY, etc. and I hope you keep making all the different types of videos. THANK YOU for sharing your talent, expertise, and opinions with all of us!

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  57. Some people are anxious to criticize others. Your website is probably my favorite! I enjoy your reviews,ideas, teaching techniques; most of all I love your happy spirit. Don’t let negative Nellie’s get to ya. You give honest opinions about products that artist are going to buy anyway. If I see something you reviewed on sale, I always remember what u said about it. It may help me determine if I’m going to make the purchase, because I trust you. It does not mean that I expect to feel the exact way about something. We are all individuals. You are awesome. Don’t let anyone get you down.

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  58. Being pretty new to watercolouring, your reviews are not only informative, but fun as well. I like how you compare and contrast and then give them a go. Thank you! 🙂

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  59. Keep the reviews coming Lindsay. I am new to watercolor and had no idea where to even start since there are so many ones to choose from. Your reviews give me the direction on where to get started. Thanks some much.

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  60. Hi Lindsay. like many people on here I appreciate your reviews. I take into account you are in the USA and I am in Spain. I like that you do your reviews as how would we know about stuff if someone didn’t do a review? We would all be a lot poorer and have stuff we don’t particularly want. Keep ’em coming girl! Love your channel. 🙂

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  61. I love your reviews since so many of them also give good tips for painting. I’ve never felt you gave anything but honest opinions. Apparently there are a couple of naysayers out there but I for one appreciate all your time that you share with us. And you’re fun, too!! Keep it up.

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  62. I personally think what you do is awesome!

    1. You are an educated artist.
    2. Knowledgeable about various art mediums.
    3. Explain the way different products work and what type of artist could benefit from them.
    4. Save me time, effort and money by exploring different mediums then posting your HONEST professional opinion.
    5. Because of your reviews I don’t have tons of unused products sitting on my shelves. Thank you!

    I truly believe “The Frugal Crafter” has saved me money. The name of your blog, YouTube channel, Facebook ect, is perfect.

    I have an idea that I just thought of, how about a space where artist could trade products and/or mediums they no longer use or don’t want. Is there something like that out there?

    I like you just the way you are! Thanks for all you do.

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    • i like the frugal trade post idea for left overs if you have some
      I don’t usually have left overs
      But luv your idea

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    • there are a couple that I know of, on facebook there is a group called “the scrappy resale room” and on splitcoast stampers there is a buy, sell, trade thread.

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  63. Hi Lindsay………..I cannot believe that people who actually listen to what’s coming out of your mouth are complaining about a review. I pay attention because you have always been up front and candid with every review I’ve heard………..and I’ve heard just about all of them. (
    I’m always a lot more informed after I listen than before.)Then I try or don’t try, those products I care about based on two things. 1) What you say and 2) What you show us as you demo and review. That way we can see without the expense of personal experimentation, if this is something we really want to try or not. And I try to tell you about those I have tried. Sharing experience is what art is all about………….I have saved a lot of heartache and money simply by watching product reviews. We all have. So, raspberries to those who complain. It should be a loud thank you to you from each of us. So, THANK YOU!

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    • I agree with all you said but I can see if you have a following like ms Lindsay cause your frugal. Some folks might think your trying to get them to buy something when they just don’t have the ability
      It’s the compassionate parts of art that brings us to gether
      The processes we go through to create and the need to create with nothing or close to it, is the madness we face. Just saying😀

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  64. Sheesh, some people! Go to your beautiful blog for free, glean all your information for free… then complain? Keep up your awesome work, I think you’re wonderful!

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  65. Hello ms frugal
    I really like to read your reviews
    I do not have a budget for supplies and I donate time to developmental adults
    If I didn’t have your experiences and honest reviews to go by I would be wasting so much of my time and money that is best used to come up with frugal ideas and materials that can bring “soooooooooo much joy” to others

    Your very kind to help in this way big hugs and thank you
    Lee

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  66. Lindsay keep doing what you do Girl! Your reviews are critical to us, your loyal fans, who appreciate and realize the value of your experience, time and heart. I have personally benefited from your expertise many times.

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  67. Thanks Lindsay, Thanks for all of your reviews. Sometimes I’ve not even known about a product if you had not reviewed it??? People???

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  68. I love the reviews. one they are entertaining but mostly because your review is from a craters point of view. also you are not afraid to say “I will not use this product.” That is always my clue.

    I never feel compelled to purchase but when I am looking to expand or replace an item I always go back to the archives to see what the review was.

    Please do not stop.

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  69. I love that you review products. I love your online teaching….don’t change! Unfortunately there are a lot of trolls on the Internet. If a person doesn’t have the ability to not spend that is their issue. I am greatful for the companies that ask you for a review because it gives us a chance to learn from you! You always give options, and say really use what you have on hand.

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  70. Lindsay, I enjoy watching all your tutorials even though I primarily watch for the watercolor lessons and reviews. You are up front about your sponsorships and affiliate status, all of which help support your free online posts, and honest in your assessments.

    Your attitude and approach to painting was the nudge I needed to try watercolor again (used them as a child) and focus on the enjoyment of the process. Please keep those watercolor tutorials coming and know that you are encouraging a whole group of folks to get out there and create regardless of their medium of choice! Thanks for all you do.

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  71. I love that you do reviews. Even if I can’t afford to buy a product, I still like the reviews to see if I can find something cheaper or make it myself. Keep on keeping on. You’re doing a fabulous job and really enjoy you and your blog!!!

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  72. That is one of the reason why I follow you – I like your honest reviews!

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  73. Sorry to hear about the complaints. I love your tutorials AND your reviews. There are so many new and wonderful products out there and I appreciate your taking the time to review them and demonstrate how the different products work. It is greatly appreciated!

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  74. Dear sweet Lindsay, I love your site, reviews, lessons, ideas, everything even if they don’t apply to me. I am retired and love the painting and reviews and am fortunate enough to be able to buy supplies that I see and appeal to me. I don’t have children or grandchildren and therefore am not as interested in the children’s crafts BUT I STILL enjoy watching them and understand there are others watching who will enjoy doing them! You can’t be all to all. Everyone should understand that! I depend on your reviews to make decisions, and sometimes to teach me how to use something that has been sitting in my studio unused because I didn’t know how to use it correctly! Thank you for All you do! And keep doing That!

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  75. OK, so you do reviews, so you share hauls of products, so you offer stamping cardmaking classes, so you show how to watercolor, etc etc. This is YOUR venue, do whatever YOU want. Geez, how petty are some whiny people! I am not an artist, I just like to make cards, so guess what? It is SIMPLE once click to go past your drawing/painting videos that don’t apply to me, and just as simple to click on a card making video and learn something. My friend IS an artist and has been working on improving her watercolor painting, so SHE watches those videos. And for the record, the reviews are what I read/watch when I have some extra time, and sometimes get a good tip or two from those.
    Wish the whiners would just either shut up or go away, and let the rest of us play and learn!

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  76. I’m a huge fan of yours and I love the reviews. No I don’t buy a lot of what you might review, but it’s good info to have the info, just in case. I love your watercolor reviews and you always take me in the right direction, and have loved my purchases. True I might not have bought that Tim without the review, but been so much happier to have a product with high quality. I’m happy in the end and that’s all that matters😝 I know you have been watercoloring most of your life so that review counts big time.

    My opinion if someone who doesn’t like reviews, just don’t watch it.

    I consider that you do a great service for us, I can’t always trust reviews online from Amazon or people I don’t know. So THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  77. Personally I think it’s great that so many people are speaking up and “shouting” down the complainers. Unfortunately, we live in a world that caters to the “one” and not to the “many”. I am very happy that you are not listening to those “ones” and continuing to provide us with valuable information. I refer people to your site all the time. I’ve purchased art supplies and tried things that I never would have tried if not for your reviews. I agree with the commenters that said in essence, if you don’t like what is on this site, then don’t watch! And the commenters who said, this is your site, you can do or say whatever you want without fear of offending the “ones”!!! I LOVE this site!

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  78. Love your reviews, love your site and your positive upbeat personality. As you can see from all of the comments above you are doing an awesome job. Thank you, for all that you do and for just being you.

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  79. Hey Miss Frugal….I think people should know that you cannot format your programs to suit everyone’s individual wants/needs. I don’t use watercolors, and don’t do mixed media BUT I love reading all your info and opinions. Keep up the good work (and I can’t believe ALL the Work you put into your show!)

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  80. I really like your reviews and your recent reviews of Mission Gold helped me make a decision to purchase the 36 tube set. I am very happy with my purchase. While you review helped me decide, it was not my only consideration. Cost was also a factor as well as having more colors to try out – which for me was a plus. Thanks for your reviews and all the videos you provide at no cost. I am learning a lot.

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  81. I appreciate and enjoy your reviews! I’m no artist, but I love coloring and just playing with colors. So I finally decided to try some watercolor painting. I could do that when I was younger! All these years later, the number of products on the market is confusing. Watching your videos, I was able to choose a starter set that’s affordable. I’m glad you recommend and demonstrate products!

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  82. Your reviews are very helpful to me as an artist and a consumer. I can’t buy everything, even though at times it looks like I do! When you take the time to give me meaningful information it helps me make good choices about the products that I buy. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!!

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  83. I, for one, love your reviews. I never ever listen to others who are always complaining. That being said if you are showing us how to, water color, for example, I just do not watch. Why? Sorry to say I do not do water color. However, if you are doing something I am interested in please, please do review your product, so it would be up to me and me alone to decide if I want to purchase it. I do just love your vids and please continue with them. Now on to stamping, what ever that is. Lol

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  84. Reviews are extremely helpful and I don’t care at all whether you buy it yourself, whether you are given it to try or whether you are paid for a review. Give me honest feedback and I’m a happy camper!

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  85. Amen to all these positive responses! You can’t please everyone but you are obviously doing something right!!! Love your videos and blogs, even when they are not on my favorite subject. I always learn something and your straightforward delivery and cheerful attitude should brighten everyone’s day. Keep following your muse and we’ll follow you!

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  86. Keep your own council on this subject. I appreciate what you do and you have saved tons of money in the process. You do great work and you teach great techniques that are easy to follow and understand. Thank you for all you do for the art world.

    On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 4:09 PM Thefrugalcrafters Weblog wrote:

    > thefrugalcrafter posted: “Hi friends! I want to start off tonight voicing > an opinion (that’s what the internet is for right? LOL!) I have had a few > people complain about the fact that I, The Frugal Crafter, review products. > I totally understand why it would rub some people the wro” >

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  87. Lindsey,

    I, being a newbie artist, totally appreciate your product reviews and accompanying tutorials. Just ignore those complainers!

    Keep on, keeping on!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Yours truly,

    Gwen Simmons

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  88. I love your product reviews and accompanying tutorials!
    Keep right on Sister!

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  89. Lindsay, it has only been a few months now since I luckily found you on the internet and boy, am I ever glad I did! I have learned so much from watching all your reviews and videos. I just purchased the Turner watercolor smaller tube set and I just love the bright colors and quality of the paints – a little goes a long way. I just got a new TV and it’s a Smart TV so now I can watch you on TV on Youtube. Sometimes when I have coffee at 6 in the morning, I’ll put on one of your videos – it’s great! Please, please Lindsay don’t let a few negative remarks affect what you do for the rest of us. The rest of us love you!! Thanks for all you do for us! A big hug from Sharon in Florida.

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  90. Hi Lindsay, your blog is so much fun and I often learn something new although I’ve been crafting my whole life and stamping for 18 years!! I cannot understand why people would complain to you when you are doing so much for the art community. If there is a review and someone isn’t interested, then just don’t read/watch it!! It seems simple to me and it’s sad that people are so quick to complain! So, thank you for all you do and share – keep up the great work!!! Hugs to you!

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  91. I appreciate your product reviews. You have saved me from buying duplicate products in addition to introducing me to alternate products. Also, I enjoy your enthusiasm and frugal crafting ideas.

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  92. I like your reviews, keep them coming please.

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  93. Lindsay, I love your reviews. I love your frugal tips. I also enjoy your projects and learning from you! The fact that I cannot contain my addiction to purchasing supplies and tools is certainly not your fault. I do appreciate your product reviews. I just need to learn how to control my addictions!
    Keep up the good work! Thank you for sharing your time and talent! Hugs!

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  94. Yes you are a frugal crafter but you are also a professional trained artist. Your tutorials invite me to try and express myself through art mediums I would have never tried! Your reviews help me spend my money wisely. Keep on keeping on. And THANKS

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  95. Your honesty and integrity just flowed from your presentations right through my screen to my heart. Thank you.

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  96. I think your reviews are great. When I’m considering buying things I usually go online and look at reviews before I buy…..part of being frugal (wise) in my opinion. So, your blog is one place I look. So to me frugal crafter is the perfect name because you give us handy tips and also save us money. Thanks for the great blog Lindsay.

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  97. Linsey….in the pic you posted of the feather with a large set of mijjelia water colors, could you please tell me which set that was?….. Was that the 36 gold set or was it the 24 pure gold set by mijella?… Thanks… Pamela

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  98. Lindsey… Which mijella gold set did you use for this beautiful feather?… Was it the 36 set or the pure 24 set ?… Thank you so very much… Pamela Sundberg…. pamiakahelen@icloud.com

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    • the demo I did on the video with as mijello silver class set of 20 (student grade) but the one in the tumbnail that I showed already done was done with the mijello gold class 24 perfect pan set. I don’t have the 36 set but it is a good deal and everyone I know that has it loves it but I really like the 24 set because it contains recipies in the panphlet for all of the other colors included in the 36 set so I think it is more versitile.

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  99. Lindsay I enjoy your tutorials and reviews very much. Since I´m in Germany I especially love DIY alternatives for products not yet available here or just too expensive in my opinion. I appreciate the work you do for us. Thanks so very much !

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  100. What’s not to like with your reviews? I find them very interesting.

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  101. Hi Lindsay, I appreciate and enjoy your reviews on products. First off, as an artist, you’re experienced, and I have confidence in your honest opinion. On some products, even if I have had a different experience, I still like another viewpoint. It’s great getting your “artists perspective”, rather than that of a “card maker” only. Thank you so much, and keep up the good work!

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  102. Lindsay, may I speak frankly? Anyone who ever, EVER complains about anything, ANYTHING you do or say needs to be slapped upside the head!!! And I’m being completely serious here. You go out of your way to provide FREE tutorials and advice about everything crafty, and all your fans do is to express our love and appreciation through our comments. Frankly, as my husband would say, butt-hurt whiners need to just hush up and keep their negativity to themselves. I know you’re much nicer and would never say anything like this, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m finding I have zero patience with this sort of thing. There. I said it. LOL. Love you, sweet pea. 😃💖

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  103. I enjoy the reviews you do so keep them coming. Your always fair with your review it seems to me and they are comprehensive and I never feel pressured into buying something because of your review you always say if you have this or that you don’t need this so carry on the good work

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