Art-n-Fly Watercolor Review

Hi friends! I have another inexpensive watercolor set review for you today. This palette was sent to me for free from Art-n-Fly with no strings attached. I have really enjoyed using their markers and oil based colored pencils in the past so I decided to give them a try and they surprised me in a couple of ways. Watch the review to see why.

Details: This set of 72 watercolors runs around $40. It features 72 half pans of watercolor, 2 waterbrushes in a large tin where the lid is white for ample mixing room. there are sponges for cleaning your waterbrushes. The palette is metal with a plastic clasp around all the metal edges for stability and no sharp edges. Paints can be purchased on the ArtnFly website or on Amazon.


  • Paints rewet well (in fact I don’ recommend preactivating them with water of they can get thick)
  • Colors are bright and transparent with the exception of the pastel shades.
  • Large mixing area on the tin lid (paints don’t bead up on lid either)
  • Price: about 55 cents a half pan
  • These paints mix cleanly (use bright transparent colors for best results)
  • Wonderful gold and pearl pigments
  • Strong fluorescent colors.
  • Super opaque dark clean black
  • Colors match Pantone number system


  • Paints activate easily but wear down easily too. I have notable wear on the pans over just a couple uses.
  • Pastel colors are streaky
  • Some colors are very same-y, There are several similar reds, yellows and blues in this set.
  • Palette is quite large and thick and may be inconvenient for travel or if you have a small work desk.
  • If used thickly on watercolor paper you will get a gloss finish, this might be undesirable.

Unique features: These remind me of Gansai paint with their quick activation, creamy consistency, and bright, glossy colors. If you like Gansai Tambi and want smaller pans with a greater variety of colors you will love these.

Bottom line, If you like to play with watercolor on a variety of surfaces this might be the paint for you. It is acceptable on watercolor paper but if you work in layers you will end up with shiny spots on your work. If you primarily do loose work in one layer these will be great. Like Gansai Tambi these are also good in poorly sized paper like cardstock and rice paper giving you more bang for your buck and versatility. I would use these more for crafting or Sumi-E/Chinese brush style work and use my traditional western watercolor for work on watercolor paper but this is a fun set to experiment with or lend to my kids or any craft friend looking to try watercolors with a very forgiving paint. I hope you found this review useful and til next time happy crafting!

Fancy a Glass?

Happy sketchbook Sunday! Let’s paint!

The real time version of this is up in Critique Club and you can watch the time lapse below.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

That’s all for today! I hope you had a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Now This is an Odd Combination…

Hi friends! I got some neat supplies in this months Smart Art Box. The supplies were neat but I really didn’t know how on earth I was going to combine them to make art. This video is sponsored by Smart Art Box. They offer a surprise box of art supplies every month to subscribers and ship to many countries. You can sign up, purchase a past box or learn more here.

I like to stick to the contents of the Smart Art Box when I first get it because it’s fun and challenging to see what I can make but I knew that these supplies would be better used with other items in my stash. Still I took a stab at it and you can see my attempts in today’s video!

Supplies were in this month’s Smart Art Box with the exception of the stencil which came in a past box and white gouache from my stash. I will link the supplies below and mention comparable products in case you want to play at home with supplies you have on hand.

I think the jellyfish postcard turned out OK. the others, meh. That’s OK, I did what I set out to do and now the supplies have been put away with similar products so they can expand the variety of those products. I hope you have having a good weekend! Happy crafting!

How I store Jewelry Making Supplies

Hi friends! Over on my YouTube channel I have been posting a series of new ways I am storing my supplies. I have affordable solutions that have worked out well for me and they just might help you too. I will eventually post all of these to my blog but if you want to see the videos done so far check out my YouTube channel and if you want to see my most current craft room tour (filmed a year ago) you can find that by clicking this link.

Many of the storage I use was purchased years ago and is discontinued but you can find modern substitutes by searching what you need on Amazon, they are always coming up with something new to help us store our crap…er..I mean CRAFTS! LOL:) Til next time happy crafting!

Paint this for your Valentine or for fun!

Hi friends! Today I have a sweet painting tutorial for you!

In this watercolor painting tutorial, we will paint a delicious vanilla cupcake with pink icing and a chocolate-covered strawberry on top drizzled in icing. You will practice several texture and color mixing techniques while you create this sweet artwork.

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Happy painting!

Valentines for Many!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share an easy valentine sweet treat you can make for a classroom of kids or any large group such as a senior center, scout troop or a church group. I wish I had this die/stamp set when my kids were younger because I always enjoyed making classroom treats.

This set can also be used to make gift tags that will hang over the edge of a gift bag or bookmarks. I think it would be super fun to cut these out of cardstock scraps and do a storytime craft at my local library (Maybe next year!) This project is a quite product specific but as always you can use what you have and make it your own, or just watch the video and remember the days when your kids were at the age to need classroom valentines if, like me, that season of life is past. Wow, that got sad fast, let’s go to the video!


Fun huh? I love Valentines so even though I don’t have a classroom to craft for these were just plain fun to make and I hope you enjoyed the video. Happy crafting!

Glass Bottles in Watercolor!

Happy Sketchbook Sunday Friends! What are you working on today? I have a watercolor of bright colorful glass bottles to share.

I’ll be talking about ways to get the most of budget paints in today’s video, I hope you find it useful!



Now through Valentine’s day you can save 40% on any of my online courses with coupon code 40LOVE here. Just enter the coupon code (40LOVE) on the checkout page where it says “add coupon” Offer good through 2/14/2020

That’s all for today, happy crafting!

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