A round watercolor painting in a vintage color palette!

Edited to add the final painting from today’s live stream. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hi friends! Today we will compost a round painting design. It is a fun new way to approach your painting which is very helpful if you are ever stuck in a rut! We will also discover how to make a vintage color palette that harkens back to the Victorian era.

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We will be exploring tints (adding white) and shades (adding black) to create the muted tones of vintage postcard art. Modern watercolors are so crisp and vibrant and normally I love that but the muted vintage tones of yesteryear are also lovely. I have seen a few vintage and pastel specialty palettes for sale lately and while they are lovely and fun their use is very limited. The colors in the those palettes contain lots of white and some black to desaturate the colors. If you already have your basic watercolors a tube or pan of black and white (you probably have them from sets) will accomplish this task in a flash! A tint is when you add white to a color and a shade is when you add black.

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By now you are probably asking “Lindsay, why don’t you just add water to lighten and add the complimentary color to darken these colors?” Great question! I usually recommend this method because it keep out colors clean and bright but when going for the vintage look we want to tone down the chroma more and also give the color a bit more body. Confused? Well tune in to YouTube today at 12:30pm ET and have all of your questions answered! The replay will also be available in the player below if you can’t make it!

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  • Lukas watercolors: Lukas red, cadmium yellow, green-gold, prussian blue, ultramarine, mauve, black and white (any brand and colors near to these will work)
  • Watercolor paper *cut your paper round (I will go 12″ round) or you can get round watercolor here. I placed a dinner plate upside down on my watercolor paper and scored along the edge of the plate with a craft knife and then held the plate in place as I tore my paper against it and it worked great! The score mark helped the paper tear where I wanted it to.
  • Brushes: Mimik faux squirrel *I recommend the value set
  • Pattern to trace
  • Inspiration art (above) from this book of copyright free images (included a CD of images as well as a book of them.) This book is from the Memories of a Lifetime book series and I have found these to be an invaluable reference book series over the years. I used the book for painting inspirations and also for collage and paper crafting projects. I think they are out of print but Amazon has some used copies at reasonable prices.

I have missed my live show peeps so much over the past 2 weeks! We are having our first real snowstorm of the season with all the kids schools cancelled so you may here an errant noise here and there but that is all part of the frugalcrafter experience LOL! See you at 12:30pm ET on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

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Paint a Purple Cupcake in Watercolor Pencils!

Howdy friends! The other day I shared this watercolor pencil painting I did in my sketchbook:

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I had a few requests to do a tutorial so I thought I would for our beginner tutorial this week. I have been posting beginner (probably over explained but I just want to make sure even beginners can follow along) tutorials on Wednesdays and I hope they are useful:) Let me know if they are just too simple or if I hit the mark:)

Photo credit: thescranline. If you like baking check them out. Their Instagram account is fabulous! (I don’t bake so I follow their IG account for the pretty photos and they encourage fan art!)

Supplies: Affiliate links used. Watercolor pencils and paper from Arteza *Use coupon code FRUGAL10 for 10% off if shopping on the Arteza Website.

As always use whatever watercolor pencils (or watercolor crayons) you have to follow along. Heck try it in watercolor or regular colored pencils is you like. It’s your art and I want to inspire you to create with whatever you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

3 Ways to Use Layered Stamps!

Hi friends! Layered stamps are really trendy right now but they can be used for more than just one thing! Today I’ll show you how to use layering stamps to make some christmas projects! We will use them as they were intended by layering and also use portions of them for resist and backgrounds with pearl powders. I hope this gives you new ideas for your stamps!

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This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps!  SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

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Techniques:

  1. Basic multi color layering: Starting with the most solid stamp layer and the lightest shade or ink stamp the image layering images each time with a darker ink.
  2. Using top layer stamps to watercolor resist: Stamp images with clear ink, sprinkle with embossing powder then heat. Add watercolor over image and the stamping remains white.
  3. Making backgrounds with base layers and Pearl Ex: Stamp images with clear ink on black cardstock and brush on mica powder (Pearl Ex) then buff with a tissue to remove excess.

Freshen up your card making using these techniques for any occasion! Thank for watching and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Friendship // Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I am sharing the painting I did for the watercolor class I am taking. My sketchbook Sunday posts are all about the stuff I do to help grow my skills and perspective as an artist, usually it’s in a sketchbook but sometimes it is a larger painting like this 22″x29″ watercolor:

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You can see the time-lapse in the video below. Many of you asked how I did the skin in one layer on a previous painting and this video will show that.

Painting the skin in one layer gives a very fresh and translucent effect, you just need to be brave enough to use more color than you think you need and leave it alone LOL! This is the other painting I mentioned, I shared it on Instagram but forgot to share it here. I painted the skin the same way, one layer and lots of color and then left it alone to dry (and it looks like a hot mess when it is wet just so you know.)

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Supplies *Affiliate links to Consumer Crafts and Amazon used. See deal at Consumer Crafts at the bottom of this post!

Today Only! Consumer Crafts is having 20% off your total order and free shipping over $49 with coupon code FFSALE18 through 11/11/18  *I just got a great deal on M Graham watercolors there:) They now have tons of artists quality paints, pencils and markers as well as general craft supplies and gift art sets. Their prices are very low to begin with so 20% is a big deal! I apologise not mentioning this sale earlier and it is over tonight at 11:59pm PST so don’t delay if you need a good deal on any supplies! Happy crafting!

Easy Scene Building with my NEW Clear Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

Howdy friends! As I write this I am suffering with my first cold of the season. It’s snowing outside too and I have been convalescing by watching lots of Christmas DIY decorating videos on YouTube and lots of HGTV. When I feel better I am going to knock down some walls and shiplap everything LOL! Just kidding:) I will say though, that I have the christmas decorating bug big time right now. It is an odd feeling for me that returned to me last year about this time. I say odd because I used to absolutely dread seasonal decorating and I think it was because my house was so cluttered but ever since the “big declutter of 2017” I have found joy in holiday decorating and entertaining again! Why am I bringing this up you might ask. I’m not entirely certain but I think when we stamp we can do a trial run of ideas on a small scale. It’s kinda like a “vision board” when you gather ides on color, texture, layers and design elements. We can play and pretend. We can arrange a space to see what we think and try colors together with no consequences and we have a cute card to mail when we are done!

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All sorts of problems can be worked through when we create whether we are painting or stamping, knitting or sewing. Stepping into the “right brain” whimsy can leave the logical side of the brain to work through whatever it is it needs to fester on while we enjoy being in the zone and creating. Remember that anytime you feel like you are being too indulgent or just “wasting time” as you create. It’s not a waste if you enjoy it. Take 3 hours to make a card if you want to, it’s your card, it’s your supplies. Supplies are only wasted if they are never used. You have my permission to get out your supplies and play, who know what it will lead to?

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I hope you found this project inspiring and entertainng. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happty crafting!

Sunny Sunflowers You Can Paint in Watercolor!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and cheerful beginner watercolor painting tutorial for you so grab your paints, a cup of tea and block out a relaxing hour of art time! You deserve it!

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You will find step by step real-time instructions in the video below. I hope you enjoy:)

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint *I am using Renesans paint: Indian yellow (or any warm yellow), Raw sienna (or yellow ochre), Magenta (or any cool red), Ultramarine blue,
    Cinnabar green deep (or sap green), Burnt Umber (or burnt sienna)
  • Watercolor paper: Strathmore Windpower
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Other: pencil, eraser, tape, 2 water buckets
  • Reference photo

If you liked today’s video you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop. I have created loads of easy to follow step by step tutorials so you can create loose floral bouquets, wreaths and swags to enhance any painting you want to create! Learn more here and use coupon code TRYME for 20% off any class!

I hope you give this painting a try and til next time happy crafting!

Feeling like a “Square?” Give round watercolor a try!

Hi friends! A couple of years ago I created a tutorial on making your own watercolor blocks. They are convenient and much cheaper than the store-bought version. Recently I have seen round blocks for sale so of course I have to try that too!

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I have not see the round blocks in stores and they are expensive to order on amazon so I thought it would make a fun project to try and it was super easy too. Watch the tutorial to see how!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Directions:

  1. Cut paper and cardboard into circles.
  2. Place watercolor paper on cardboard and top with a scrapbook paper circle. Line up the paper and place on a binder clip. The binder clip will protect the unbound slot of the block.
  3. Add a bead of hot glue along the page edges and quickly spread it with the spatula. Repeat until you have coated the entire spine except where the binder clip is.
  4. Add ribbon and cover.

Enjoy your new watercolor block! I hope you liked this DIY and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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