Oh, how I wish I didn’t put that tree there…

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint with oil pastel and chat about artist block.

You can find the real-time version of this in Critique Club.

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I’ll share some ideas on coping with art block next month in Critique Club, til then happy crafting!

Cool Santa Cards! A Long Craft With Me Video!

Hi friends! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans! It’s pouring rain here in Maine today which is weird for Thanksgiving but I think we can agree it’s a weird year so I guess it’s par for the course. Today I have some beautiful and funky Christmas cards to share.

We will use some new and old supplies and play with lot’s of techniques that you can adapt to your next card projects.

This is a live narrated video so join me for laughs, mistakes and a lot of fun!

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However you spend your day today I hope you are safe and happy and with those you love either in person or virtually! Happy crafting!

You can Draw & Paint! Oh YES! Poinsettia Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some fun poinsettia themed projects! These are great for a beginner because the drawing and painting are easy if you follow the steps!

First we will do a 5″x7″ painting perfect for a greeting card but if you want you can paint it larger and hang it on the wall!

And then we will make some lovely gift wrap!

Watch the video and have fun!

This video is sponsored by Prestigify, you can see their art products here. Use the coupon code FRUGALCRAFTER to save 20% on your order through 1/1/2021! Prestigify just released a holiday bundle set with a sampling of the products I used today and more at a big discount, check it out here.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and festive project and til next time happy crafting!

A Few Reviews to Peruse…

Hi friends! I have realized that many of my art supply reviews never make it over to my blog, I’m not sure why, probably because I have a bit of a back log and I record them pretty far in advance sometimes and schedule them to YouTube and then I can’t remember when I set them to publish so I can write the blog LOL! If you have wondered if I have reviewed a product in the past you can search here on my blog and if nothing pops up you can use the search bar on my YouTube page, it looks like a little magnifying glass. I will be posting reviews a bit more frequently over the next couple of weeks because I know people are looking for gifts for their kids, grandkids or even a treat for themselves (or something to ask Santa for!) Hopefully this is helpful in your quest for high quality, yet reasonably priced, art supplies. Today we are going to look at a couple of pencil sets from the company Pagos. I had not heard of this company prior to reviewing these pencils but they were surprisingly good especially considering the price! They offer a 72 set of colored pencils, a 72 set of watercolor pencils and a combo set of both which makes the per set price a couple of dollars cheaper. The colors match across the sets meaning a #34 will be the exact same shade in the watercolor and regular wax pencil version which is a neat quality usually only seen in pricier pencils. They are available at Amazon and are under $30 a set at the time of recording my review. Affiliate links used.

Let’s look at the colored pencils set first!


  • Color selection Colors match by color and number with the watercolor line
  • Price (about 33 cents a pencil)
  • Layers well Saturated colors (although white is weak)
  • You can learn or practice with these with no hindrance of performance


  • No lightfast info
  • No open stock options
  • Pencil end color is not a perfect match to lead color

Bottom line: I recommend these pencils, they layer well and produce beautiful art. These would be suitable for beginners who want to learn on a less expensive supply before investing in a professional set or experienced artists who want a cheaper set for sketchbook work. At under $30 a set they are a super buy!

Now let’s look at the Pagos watercolor pencils:


  • Color selection Colors match by color and number with the colored pencil line
  • Price (about 33 cents a pencil)
  • Activates with water easily/dissolves easily
  • Lots of color payoff with a light touch
  • Saturated colors (although white is weak)
  • Lifts and blends easily


  • No lightfast info No open stock options

Bottom line: The colors are bright and beautiful. I recommend these to beginners and crafters such as cardmakers who are not concerned with lightfastness as well as sketchbook artists. The only downside to these is not knowing if they will fade when exposed to light so as long as you keep that in mind I recommend them. For under $30 for a set of 72, I am extremely impressed with this product.

I hope you enjoyed this review and til next time happy crafting!

Sat Chat: Pre Thanksgiving Edition

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great weekend! It is nice out today so we are going to finish our outdoor Christmas decorating. I’ll share a pic after it snows:) For now tho, here is this weeks Sat Chat!

It’s a crazy year, I hope however you spend Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) is lovely, healthy and safe. You know what is best for you and your family. I hope you have a beautiful day! If you want to make sure you have the info about the Christmas Craft along be sure you follow me on CraftWorld as info will be up there first. Til next time happy crafting

PS In lieu of Sketchbook Sunday tomorrow I have 2 colored pencil reviews. I plan to have a new lesson up in Critique Club later in the week. That’s all for now!

Watercolor Pencils VS “Regular” Colored Pencils

Hi friends! Today we are going to compare painting the same subject in colored pencils VS watercolor pencils and see how the mediums differ.

Watercolor pencils on white watercolor paper.

This can help you when choosing the medium for a painting or make an informed purchase if you are trying to decide between the two.

Traditional wax colored pencils on cream watercolor paper.

Watch the video to see these pieces completed side by side.

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What do you think? Which version did you prefer? Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Plum and Learn Watercolor Pencil Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we are going to play with watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils can be used wet or dry and we will use both techniques on this project.

Please follow along with whatever watercolor pencils you have. If you need some I’ll link the affordable set I used below the video.

Supplies: (affiliate links)

Happy crafting!

Review & Comparison of Altenew Woodless Watercolor Pencils

The more I review products the more I find similarities between brands. Today we are going to look at the Altenew woodless watercolor pencils.

Below are the products I compared, affiliate links used.

As you can see from the comparison these new woodless watercolor pencils are very similar to others on the market. I suggest going with the set that has the colors that you want that fits your budget. They are all so similar and they all work great! I just don’t want you to buy the same ting twice without knowing. Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Robin Hood with a Twist!

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a timelapse from a drawing I did early last month during my figure drawing challenge.

This is a fashionized figure and it was fun to draw, except for the whole bleeding pen ink thing…

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I hope you had a great weekend and awesome week! Happy crafting!