Let’s Paint Lilacs! {Real Time Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! I had a bit of free time on Saturday night so I live streamed this painting tutorial of Lilac flowers in a mason jar.

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I missed hanging out and painting with you on Friday because I was away on a school trip so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to paint with you:)

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This video origanally broadcast live on Saturday night. During drying times I answered viewer questions and I also took questions at the end of the show, if you don’t care for the chatter you can fast forward through the Q&A bits and not miss any instruction:) Video!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: I used my LUKAS 1862 watercolors from the 48 half pan set for this but they are sold out on Jerry’s and Amazon (and the prices of the sets have gone up) BUT I did find a screaming deal on the 48 pan set of Rembrandt which is a better quality paint than the LUKAS 1862 and currently a lot cheaper. Colors used: Cobalt Teal, Andethrone Blue, Olive Green, Perm. Yellow Light, Purple, Diox Violet and Burnt Sienna
  • Arches 140# CP paper 
  • Mimik Brushes 3/4″ flat, #8 round
  • 1/2″ angle flat Majestic brush
  • Pastels

Lilac flowers are one of my favorite signs of spring, what spring flowers are your favorite? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS: If you want more real timewatercolor instruction be sure to check out my new watercolor course Essentail Tools and Techniques for Watercolor on sale for $39 (reg. $79) this month only!

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Elegant & Easy Foiled Cards!

Hi friends! I’m back from a 2 day field trip with my kids’ school band and chorus trip. We got back in the wee hours of the morning, slept then went to a girl scout fundraiser.  We are all a bit tired. I hope you are having a fun, even if it might be tiring, weekend too! Today I wanted to share a simple, inexpensive way to add a bit of foil to your cards.

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Foiling has become very popular lately and many crafters have even bought special machines to do it with but this method only take a glue pen and some double stick tape. Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more.

Supplies

Directions:
1. Place masking tape on card on the bottom 1/3 of paper.
2. Stamp design with peg stamps.
3. Press inkpads to acrylic blocks, add water with a paintbrush and mix it with ink. Spatter on ink. Dry paper.
4. Remove tape. Stamp friendship on white space. Add strips of thin tape on the strait stamped edge.
5. Trace over the sentiment with quickie glue pen (go slow!) and let the glue dry until it goes clear.
6. Remove liner from tape and press foil down, make sure the pretty side is facing up!

Tip! You can use a ruler and the quickie glue pen to make the stripes if you don’t have scor-tape, jut keep making more parallel lines until you have the thickness you want.

You can also try this technique with gold leaf so if you have that in your stash give it a try! Gold leaf is better on bold designs (like the tape strips) than fine designs where-as foil can capture very tiny details. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Practice & No Live Tomorrow

Hi friends! I am quickly dashing off this blog post on my way out the door to chaperone a two-day school trip to a music festival. The sun is shining and everyone is in a great mood (I just hope they don’t allow musical interments on the bus!)

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I wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to do the live show tomorrow because I will on the trip but I did want to make sure you had something to work on so I have a watercolor leaf practice video for you. This is quick, if you have 10 or 15 minutes grab your paints and play!

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I hope you take a few minutes to paint today! If you are living somewhere where plants are in bloom and the weather is nice why not go outside and paint from life! It will build your observation skills like nothing else!

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If you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor instruction I invite you to check out my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor. It has 5+ hours of video instruction on color mixing, texture effects, washes and three real-time paintings to complete.

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I have also just added a private Facebook group for students to share their work (enrolled students can find a link in the Intro & Supplies module.) If you think you would benefit from this course check it out now because it’s on sale through the month of May for $39 but it goes up to $70 on June 1st. Here are what some student’s have said about the class:

“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight

“Lindsay, you gave the best demonstration of a controlled wash on the green and red bottles that I’ve ever seen. This has been an “aha” moment for me! Now I’m really practicing controlled washes with success.” -Pricilla M. Ware

“This was such a good lesson on the difference between warm and cool colors and what can be achieved when mixing! I learned a lot. Now to play…” -Terri Honz

“Lindsay this class is FANTASTIC!! It is well paced and includes so many wonderful techniques. :)” -Janet Walsh

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received for the course so far, it has far exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful to find a place where I can take my time to teach all of the important techniques I think beginners should learn and practice. If you would like to learn more you can check out Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor here or enroll today!

If anyone would like a tutorial for the other rose painting I showed in today;s video just let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to post it. I will have a live stream NEXT week:) Wish me luck on chaperoning the school trip and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Coloring Botanical Birthday Card with Frugal Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we will make a slightly over-sized card where we can play with many techniques and dust off some supplies you may not have used in a while:) There are many substitutions you can make while creating this card so I urge you to use what you have! 18527328_10209162046873702_3468856644300664836_o.jpg

 

This card ended up bring 5.5″x7.5″ but you can make any size card you like.  I will share a few fun, fast and frugal techniques in the video and mention where you can substitute products, I will also post a specific supply list below. *Contains affiliate links.

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Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps  Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies:

Let me restate that you can use what you have for this. I think the most interesting part of cardmaking and stamping it taking an idea and using it as a jumping off point to create something original. No harm will come if you try to make any card with the supplies you currently own and then only purchasing something new if you feel like it adds value and versatility to your supply stash. The fun with craft supplies is in the using, not the “having” I think:) Hmmm, Maybe I have been watching too many minimalist videos on YouTube hahaha:)

So, tell me in the comments below what supply you “made do” with instead of “buying new”, I am always looking for ways to breathe new life into old stuff like the glitter bookplate I had been hoarding for years LOL! I love to hear your insight. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Mother’s Day, a Batch of Inky Cards & Faux Distress Oxide Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun techniques that gives you the look of distress oxide using the inks you probably already have, in fact it will work with any distress inks. I will also show you how the effect differ depending on the ink pads you use. After you try these fun techniques you will have lots of cool backgrounds so I will show you have to turn them into note cards as well. Boy, we have a lot to do today, don’t we?

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Mmmmm inky goodness…..

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Grab your die inkpads and let’s get to work! (or play!)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FREESHIP75 to get free USA shipping on your order of $75 plus of ANY products at Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

Supplies:

Faux distress oxide technique:
1. Wipe dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2. Drag white sulphite paper through ink and dry.
3. Smoosh white pigment ink pad on craft mat and spritz with water.
4. Use a paintbrush to flick white ink on the inky paper and sop up the remaining white ink with the same paper.

To make the cards:
5. Cut cardstock to desired card size and score/fold in half.
6. Glue die cuts to paper.
7. Stamp sentiments and accents.
8. You can emboss the paper after if you like!

This project was super fun and I ended up with a bunch of cards, I hope you try it today! Happy mother’s day to all of the moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Sketchbook/Planner/Journal Tutorial

Hi friends! I love to make little books! You can use whatever paper you want and make them for any occasion. I made this to be my summer bullet journal (think of it as a to-do list, planner and notebook combined) and I wanted a paper nice enough to do little sketches in too. I wanted it to be small enough to carry with me and a splash proof cover because sometimes I work at the beach! When you live in Maine you need to squeeze every drop of sunshine out of summer!

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This book can be made using basic craft supplies. You can use patterned scrapbook paper for the cover but if you want the exact paper I used for the cover you can download it from Graphicstock, they are giving my viewers a 7 day free trial if you are interested. If you don’t have a laminator you can use clear Contact paper or packing tape or use a cereal box as a sturdy cover, it is your journal, make it however you want! I will also show you how to make planner clips and charms from shrink plastic (did you ever make shrinky-dinks as a kid?) Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Remember the above supply list is what I used, dig through your stash and use what you have on hand but if you need something you don’t have you can find it easily with the above affiliate links.

Oh! One more thing, several people asked about making a watercolor journal, you can do it the same way but you are better off using fewer sheets per signature (group of pages) since the pages are so thick but you can use more total signatures in your book. It will also help it lay flay and reduce wast from trimming the “page creep”. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Pour Paint! Live 12:30pm Eastern Time

Hi friends, today we are going to have fun pouring paint, here is the play I had this morning:

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I am working on a 12″x16″ block of Canson Monteval which is a fairy cheap paper. I don’t often do this technique or work in abstract so I didn’t want to worry about wasting expensive paper:) I used a reference photo from Graphicstock, if you want to download it I recommend signing up for the 7 day free trial here (so you have permission to download it and paint from it) and then after you are logged in you can find it here.  *Even if you only sign up for the free trial you still have the right to use the files you downloaded. I do recommend downloading a copy of the license just so you have it. I am such a nerd, I just reread the license agreement (yes I read those things!)

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You can watch the live stream on YouTube or in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions during the broadcast be sure to watch on YouTube.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

  • Dr PH Martins Liquid watercolors *note, you can use regular watercolors, just have some small cups to make pour-able washes in. I used Turquise (pthalo blue) Quin Magenta, Gamboge and for the final stages Carbon Black (Yes, black, I am a wild woman today I tell you!)
  • Watercolor paper Canson Montval Block*I like to use inexpensive paper when experimenting!
  • Brushes: Mimik fax squirrel, also a 2″ hog fan and an old toothbrush
  • Other: Water buckets, paper towel, pipette or eye dropper (if you are not using paints that come with them)

I want to say a HUGE thank you…

…for helping make my online course Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Painting a huge success! I am so honored that so many of you enrolled in the class and shraed it with friends! If you have not heard of it and want to check it out you can find it here and I have put it on sale for $39 for the month of May (It will be priced at $79 after that.)

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I wish I had the ability to do gift certificates for the class with mother’s day coming up but if you did want to buy the class for your mom you could create an account and purchase the class and then give her the login credentials as a work around.  Be sure to use her email address so she will have an easy time to log in. My students are having a wonderful time in class, here are a couple of student testimonials:

“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight

“I am having so much fun with these lessons! Your explanations are easy to follow, and my samples are turning out ok. It’s so nice to just come to class whenever I can, and have the instructor right there beside me, don’t have to get dressed, drive to town, etc. Painting in jammies! Love it!” -Diane Murray

“Lindsay, I really hope you keep these watercolor tutorials coming! I can’t wait for your next class! I learned so much!” -Terri Honz

And there are more! If you would like to join the hundreds of other watercolor painters who are enjoying the essential techniques found in this class click here to enroll today!

I hope to see you pouring paint at 12:30pm ET today! Til then Happy Crafting!

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