Let’s Paint a Beautiful Boston Terrier in Watercolor!

Hi friends! First up today, some housekeeping. To Students in my online classes: I will be away at the heirloom stamp show today through Sunday so I won’t be able to respond to comments and questions in the Teachable classroom (the computer is staying home!) Please excuse my absence over the next couple of days as I recharge my creative batteries. I will approve and respond to all comments/questions in my classes when I return. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Today I have a more advanced tutorial than I usually post on Wednesdays but if you enjoy this style of art I encourage you to try it regardless of your skill level.  If you are new to watercolor you might want to watch it through before painting along and feel free to pause the video to catch up or take breaks whenever you want. For those advance painters who would prefer a time-lapse, you can click the gear on the youtube player and speed up the video.

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ 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.

Do you like these longer in-depth tutorials or would you rather I speed them up like my sketchbook Sunday videos? Let me know in the comments below! BTW I won’t have a sketchbook Sunday video this week due to my trip. I have planned a couple of videos to play in my absence tho:) Happy crafting!

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Crafting on the go!

Hi friends! Last year after I got back from the Heirloom stamp show I completely unpacked my travel art bag. So many things had been accumulated over the years and some stuff I never used. I always stick duplicates in that bag or things I wanted to use up but it was time for a thorough clean out and that’s what I did.

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That bag set empty on my shelf until yesterday when I went to pack up stuff to bring this year. I told my friends that I would bring coloring tools to share with everyone so that’s why my marker selection is a bit excessive but I hope this helps you decide what you might want to bring on a craft retreat. Also, I totally forgot to open the flat skinny pocket on the front where I keep my portable paper trimmer and I added a roll of double-sided tape after I stopped filming. If you noticed I forgot an important item be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Stuff in my Bag (Affiliate links used)

OK, what did I forget? Let me know in the comments below! If you are going to the Heirloom Stamp Show this weekend please say “Hi” if you see me! The BEST thing about crafting conventions is the wonderful people you meet! I am so looking forward to this trip. Now I have to pack my non-crafty stuff LOL! I have my priorities. 🙂 Happy crafting!

Who Draws a Noodle Bowl? I do, That’s Who!

Hi friends! Today I want to encourage you to draw whatever the heck you want to! Don’t worry if it is too weird or too common. If you are inspired by it, draw it!

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I had more fun sketching this colorful ramen bowl than I have on anything else in a long while! Don’t worry if what you want to draw is odd, just draw it!

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That’s what your sketchbook is for! Your sketchbook is for YOU! Pick something interesting and challenging and give your brain a good workout as you pick apart how to draw it.  When you challenge yourself you grow, and growth is the key to avoiding burnout. If you are feeling bored in your current art/life routine find something that’s a little it bit hard but within reach of your skill level. This approach can apply to any hobby whether it be drawing, sports, music or any skill you wish to improve. Working towards mastering a skill, technique or medium brings long-lasting pleasure and the great thing is with art is there is so much to learn!

Since it is Memorial Day weekend there are bound to be sales and Arteza is offering an
EXTRA 20% off all supplies on their website with coupon code MEMORIAL20 I will link to comparable products that I have personally used from Arteza that would work for today’s tutorial so you can get a deal. Honestly, I have used most of Artezas products and I recommend them highly with the exception of their watercolor paints, they are OK and well priced but there are other budget brands that I prefer. 🙂
This watercolor sketchbook is very similar to what I used today. I also recommend their colored pencils,  Gouache (this is the 24 set, 60 set also available), Real Brush watercolor ink Pens (12-96 pen sets available) and Waterbrush set of 5 (pushbutton style, I used these in the video)

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon and Arteza affiliate and I earn a small commission on sales made after clicking on these links. It does not cost you any more to shop through these links (it costs you less if you use the coupon code!) and you help support my blog and youtube channel, thanks!

Specific supplies I used *Feel free to substitute with the supplies you already own.

***Memorial Day Sale in my Online School!***

40% off any class with coupon code MEM2019

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Click the discount link for the class you want below to learn more about the course and the 40% off coupon will be automatically applied if you choose to purchase it.

This deal ends on May 28, 2019 but you can take as long as you want to complete the classes so it’s a good chance to stock up while they are on sale!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s sketchbook Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Many Marvelous Mermaids!

Howdy friends! Today’s project combines a lot of crafty goodness! I had so much fun making these cards and I hope they inspire you to create!

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I worked an assembly line on these cards. I did a gel printing session, a coloring session, and an assembly session.

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It can be daunting to think of making multiple cards in one sitting. It can also be overwhelming to gel print backgrounds for only one card. By breaking up the tasks I get to extend my enjoyment of my craft without getting stressed out and have a batch of cards to show for my effort!

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You can see the complete process in the video!


Supplies (affiliate links used)

Here is a look at all of the images colored. I thought about just trimming them to ATC size at one point but I decided that I’d be more likely to use the greeting cards.

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I hope you have a lovely weekend! I’m off to watch my son play in his last tennis matches of the season and miraculously it’s warm and sunny! Yahoo! Til next time happy crafting!

A Red, White and Blue Bouquet for You! (and 40% off classes!)

Hi friends!  Today I have a loose and free bouquet to paint.

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I went with a red white and blue colorway in honor of Memorial Day. A day to remember fallen soldiers who served our country. I love seeing the flags on display in small Maine towns. There are many elder veterans who put these out every year prior to memorial day and leave them out through July 4th for the parades. This painting can be a reminder of what we have to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy a few peaceful moments of reflection while you paint along.

Supplies available at 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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***Memorial Day Sale: Take 40% off any class in my online school with coupon code: MEM2019 through 5/28/19. *Click the orange “add coupon” on the checkout page to enter your coupon code. If you enjoyed today’s tutorial you can learn more about this style of floral painting in my Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn how to paint a variety of flowers and how to arrange them so you can paint beautiful bouquets from your imagination! If flowers aren’t your thing I offer other classes too which you can grab for 40% off through Memorial day with coupon code MEM2019.

In case you wanted to see close up of my practice arrangement or demonstration version of today’s painting I have posted them below. There is no reference photo because I made up the arrangement. I hope you give it a try!

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Happy crafting!

 

 

Colorful Fun ATCoins! And New Ways to use Distress Oxide Inks!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I made these artist trading coins to bring with me to trade at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield MA later this month.

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I had so much fun making these and even if you have no desire to make ATCoins you can use these techniques on cards or mixed media projects. They are messy and fun and the perfect way to play with your supplies! Watch the video to see how!

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:

You can make the coin bases yourself if you don’t want to purchase wooden ones. They just need to be 2 1/2″ in diameter.  I recommend using a couple layers of cereal box chipboard for this. You can cut it with a die and glue them together so the raw sides are out and gesso it to prep it for paint or stamping. I might make some in this manner since I used up my MDF ones. These are fun and addictive and if you don’t want to trade them they would make a beautiful embellishment for a card or scrapbook page. I hope you try some of these techniques and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s make a sweet little book!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a cute little mini book!

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He is so mini my little studio manikin can hold it! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

  • Cardboard (I used the smart art box)
  • Kraft paper (brown bag is fine)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Pearl Ex & Gum arabic (from smart art box)
  • Bristol ATC pack (from smart art box) https://amzn.to/2HlfTOA *or cut bristol or cardstock to 2.5″x3.5″
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge or white glue
  • Hot glue

You can make these books from your recycling bin. It would be a fun project to do with a group of kids as well. If working with kids I recommend making the tabs larger so they have more room to tape and let an adult do the hot glue part. Making books is fun, I am not sure why I enjoy it so much but I do. Especially tiny ones! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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