Quick Watercolor: Let’s Paint a Flamingo!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and fast water-color to paint!

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This is a great exercise when you don’t have a lot of time but you want to get your brush wet! Grab your supplies and follow along in real-time!

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I hope you are having an amazing week and til next time happy crafting!

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Current Craft Room Tour (After KonMari)

Hi friends! I have been asked to do a craft room tour of my space after decluttering. It has been quite a process because after the first konmari clean out I thought I was done but things evolved. I got rid of more ruthlessly (although the video will show that I still have plenty) and I corralled the sprawl of art supplies thought the rest of the house and basement and integrated what I kept back into my art space. It opened up the possibility of using the rest of our basement in a more practical way. We were wasting the space on storing when we could be using it for living! Funny how decluttering can change your whole perspective on things and open up new possibilities huh? I filmed this video before I took down my binder storage shelves and uprooted the jewelry storage wall to move it in about a foot because I wasn’t sure what it would look like after.

Video tour!

After the video I tore this corner apart. I rebuilt the shelves to fit in 12″ less space so there is some strange geography on my “map binders” now LOL! because my art “room” has no real walls, aside from the two walls that make up the cellar foundation, I can rearrange as needed:)

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I applied a fresh roll of contact paper to the stamp binder bench and my main workspace and it really brightens up the place! I took these photos this morning because I’m not sure if or when I might do something permanent or drastic to my studio space.

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Next to the stamp bench is my dresser with brushes, printmaking and pastel supplies, Above on the shelves are canvasses. Under the mannequin are my yarn totes. I moved my easel to the corner to give the room a more open feel and because I needed to shift the stamp bench down to bring the jewelry wall in a foot. Next to the easel is my die cutting bench. I moved my Scan n’ Cut machine to this area with my other die cutting things, it just made sense.

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You can see the end of my die-cutting bench. I moved my pen racks over my cardstock storage cabinet because I really want my main workspace to be clear and open. I didn’t mention it on the video but the birdcages hold lace trims, it works great, i just pull out what I need but sometimes I need to shake the dust off LOL!

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Behind my workspace I have paper, colored pencils, ribbon, washi tape and lots of often used goodies in drawers. I moved the filing cabinet back in here and it was the same height as my two plastic drawers of paint supplies. I have a large white sheet of paper clipped behind there and lights on the paper so I can get photos or my artwork daily. This used to be in the middle of the basement (the aforementioned sprawl) and it hold magazines I have been published in and office/business stuff. You can still see my wood stamp storage shelve that I am going to go through again because it can’t stay there. I considered unmounting them and putting them in binders but some stamps I think are just like art to me and I just like how they look on the blocks. Many I have forgotten I have so I really need to have a look at them again. There is not point keeping things I won’t use. It is a hard collection to downsize though (those joy-sparking stamps!)

If you need help decluttering I recommend The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It was really helpful for me anyway. Are you decluttering? Let me know how it’s going for you and til next time happy crafting!

Multi Window Shaker Card Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today there is a whole lotta shakin’ going on with this card! I’ll show you how to create a multi window shaker card. You can use any shape you like to make it fit your needs. I love versatile techniques.

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There are quite a few steps here and lots of tips and tricks in today’s video. I hope you like it!

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This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALAUGUST17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires August 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires August 31, 2017.

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This project is a bit more complicated than others. Please allow 30 minutes to an hour to make it if you have never made a shaker card. Complete instructions and tips in the video! I hope you give this project a try and let me know what you think. Happy crafting!

LIVE! House Finch in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! It’s been a crazy week so I am so glad to get a chance to hang out with you live and paint today! We are going to paint a house finch on a bare branch with a soft wet-in-wet background. We might even get a little crazy and toss some salt in for texture!

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I am really hoping the live-stream gremlins behave this week because honestly the YouTube live stream problems have been causing me some unneeded stress to the point of thinking about replacing the live show with a prerecorded tutorial. If you hear a bit of cracklely audio or blurry video please be patient, Sarah and I will troubleshoot as quickly as we can. Out internet was taken over by a new company a couple of months ago and my live streaming has not been reliable.  I have the fastest upload plan available so it is quite a frustrating bummer for me. All the equipment on my end checks out so I am not sure what is going on. All I ask for is a bit of patience, I am doing the best I can. Also if you don’t care if the Friday video is live or recorded you can let me know in the comments:)

You probably know the drill by now but in case you don’t you can watch the live stream or the reply in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions as we go along 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.

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ALSO: Last 2 days to save 30% on my Essential Tools and Techniques Watercolor E-course! Use coupon code TEACHME if discount does not show up. (coupon good through 8/27/17 11pm GMT)

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Here is a lovely comment I received in the classroom this week:

Hi Lindsay, Thank you for a fabulous course – I found it to be very comprehensive, learning many techniques which allowed us to produce three really different paintings! Your style is engaging and inspiring and you have given me the confidence to paint more! I hope you have more courses planned!  -Marianna Panopoulos

This class gets you geared up with everything you need to know to paint along with any of my free tutorials on YouTube in the quickest possible way, and today it’s 30% off! As an added benefit the purchase of this class helps me produce more free tutorials on my blog so I thank you for your support:)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm eastern time today and til then happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway (Worldwide!) & Acrylic Block Stamping-Stamp School

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a really fun and colorful cardmaking technique! The stamps I am using are from ArtNeko and they will be giving away the stamps I used on today’s project to one lucky reader. To enter the contest simply leave a comment and I will pick one lucky commenter next Wednesday! Good luck!

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These card were so fun to make and I think a batch of these colorful creations would make a lovely gift or craft fair item too. If you are new to stamping I suggest you invest in mini ink cubes instead of full size pads because the raised top pads can ink any size stamp and you can have a big variety of colors in a small space and on a tiny budget. I also recommend buying reinkers as they get dry. There are many good brands but I like the Memento pads because I can always find reinkers at stamp shows if I need them. Here I have my mini ink pads in an empty Project Life page protector box and I have them all out and ready to go. Convenient huh?

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Simply watch the video to see how it’s done!

Sponsored by Art Neko! *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

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Directions:
1. Cut and score card bases. I took 8.5″ x 4.25″ cardstock and folded it in half for my cards. Also make envelopes to match.

2. Select an acrylic block and cover with ink from mini ink pads. spray with water (generously) and press on card bases. Let dry. Repeat for all card bases.

3. Stamp a focal image on each card with black ink.

4. Glue on wooden charms, add sequins and penwork if desired.

I have to be honest, some projects just give me joy to make and this was one of them. Sitting down with ink and making a (small) mess with colors and ink was the perfect way to decompress after a tough day. Creating can give us that releif from stress and worry that we so often need. Just like excersize rejuvinates out body creativity calms the soul (and it is a heack of a lot more healthy they eating a bag of potato chips LOL!) Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Dragonfly Painting with Matching Mat & Watercolor Pencil Tips!

Hi friends! Here is a fun painting you can make today!

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I am using watercolor pencils and it is so easy to do. Learn how in today’s video!

Watercolor pencils and waterbrushes are from sponsor Arteza! Save 10% with coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 here! Check out their other art, craft and quilting supply basics at super low prices too:) 10% off coupon good through 9/17/17

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This project should take between 30-45 minutes to complete but feel free to pause the video and take breaks because the most important thing is that you learn and enjoy the process!

Want more in-depth watercolor lessons?

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Check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course on sale for 30% off this week with coupon code TEACHME, you get over 5 hours of watercolor instruction for $55.30 (Regular $79!) Join the nearly 700 watercolor students getting fantastic results! Learn more here or enroll today! Sale ends Saturday so don’t wait:) Happy crafting!

Happy Bee-Day! Repeat a Pattern for cohesive Design!

Hi friends! How do you go about your card making process? Is it a scramble of sifting through everything you have hoping to find the perfect paper, embellishment or die cut only to make a chaotic card and have a complete mess of a craft table when you are done? If so I am going to share a tip that will streamline your process and help you create stylish cards (and you probably have everything you need already!)

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I got the brand new Bee-Utiful Day stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry this week. RST is a wonderful company who sponsors a weekly tutorial on my blog and YouTube channel and as a bonus they don’t mind one bit that I encourage you to use what you have:) Love those guys! When you get a new stamp set it should make all of your other supplies more useful (not redundant as so often happens) so keeping that in mind I thought of a design element I could repeat in the card. Hexagons! I could replicate the look of honeycomb by gathering the various hexagon stencils, embossing folders, punches, dies or pattern paper I already had and give them new live with the new stamp set! See where I’m going here? I could repeat the hexagon shape with different tools and add variety with different colors and materials but still have cohesion because of the consistent design element of the hexagon shape. Repetition and variety equal good (and easy!) design!

Need more ideas? Watch today’s video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: FRUGALAUGUST17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires August 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires August
31, 2017

Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

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I also employed the “make the envelopes first and die cut the scraps trick” that I have been using a lot mainly because I have lots of pattern paper I love to use and I am no longer buying the cheap blank card and envelope sets. I am really loving the look though because a patterned envelope is so much fun and special to receive. What tips do you have to improve your card design or mix old and new supplies? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share this tutorial with friends who might like it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS here is a link to my DIY Shimmer Spray and Ink Dauber tutorial from a few years ago if you want it:) Have fun with your DIY supplies!

 

 

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