Let’s Paint a Peacock!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a peacock on a greeting card (because who wouldn’t like to receive a greeting card with a peacock painted on it right?)

Reminder, I am having a Valentine’s Sale on all my Self Paced, Lifetime Access, Full Courses in my Teachable School! Use the coupon LOVE40 at checkout. Offer good through 2/20/21

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BTW I have been very lax at blogging this week so if you want to see the other videos I posted this week you can here. Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Are these pencils worth the money? Review of Derwent Lightfast Colored Pencils

Today we are going to take a look at Derwent Lightfast Pencils. All 100 colors in the range are guaranteed lightfast for 100 years under museum conditions. This is a massive benefit to colored pencil artists as it takes longer to render in colored pencils than many other mediums and you want that time-consuming work to last. With a retail price of $4.10 a pencil, it is one of the most expensive colored pencils out there. Currently as of 2/9/21 Blick as the singles on sale for $2.05 which is a great price! Today we will find out if they are worth it!

The best price and selection I currently see on Derwent Lightfast Pencils is Blick. I also mentioned Derwent Drawing Pencils in this review, I recommend them as well especially if you want a lightfast pencil set in earthier tones that are more affordable. Here are the stamps I use to make my swatches. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of Derwent Lightfast pencils


  • They are guaranteed Lightfast
  • Nice selection of 100 colors
  • These colors layer and blend well
  • Respond to Blending pencils as well as solvent (Gamsol and clear alcohol marker tested well)
  • Vibrant color
  • No breakage whatsoever in the leads
  • Keeps a point fairly well


  • Price (MSPR is $4 per pencil but Blick has had singles 50% off lately so watch for deals)
  • The pencil sets are packaged in flimsy plastic trays inside nice tins. I recommend reinforcing the plastic trays with cardboard or something rigid if you want to store them in the tins.

Bottom Line: I recommend these pencils to any artist who sells their colored pencil artwork or wants their work to last generations. I do think they are worth the price for the benefit of longevity but if fading is not a concern you can find less expensive pencils that will perform equally as well.

Valentine’s Sale! 40% off ALL Full Courses!

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in and let you know I am having a Valentine’s Sale on all my Self Paced, Lifetime Access, Full Courses in my Teachable School! Use the coupon LOVE40 at checkout or click on any of the class thumbnails below to have the discount automatically added!

I hope some fun art making will help you break through the dreary days of winter with some amazingly colorful creations. Happy crafting!

Let’s Chat About Derwent Lightfast Pencils While We Draw a Goldfish!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend! It’s Super bowl Sunday and Sketchbook Sunday. Hubby is making some good snacks to enjoy during the game tonight and I will probably watch a bit while I color or crochet (I’m more interested in the halftime show and commercials LOL!) For Sketchbook Sunday this week I have a drawing of a goldfish with Derwent Lightfast colored pencils.

The 50% off Derwent Lightfast Singles is still on today (as of 2/7/21) at Blick but I’m not sure for how long. I’ll have a full review of these pencils tomorrow on my YouTube channel but today you can see me draw this fish.

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Here is another video on the Derwent Lightfast pencils and here is a link to my essential watercolor course where I go into detail of controlled washes. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafting with my fake ancestors! 2pm ET free craft along cardmaking workshop!

Hi friends! Finally after a week of tech problems we will have our live chat and craft-along today at 2pm eastern time. If you want to chat with me and other crafty friends live from 2pm-4pm ET today be sure to watch this on the YouTube watch page.

You can also watch the live premiere (on or after 2pm today) or replay in the player below:

Gather your supplies!

Here are photos of the finished cards and tags for your inspiration!

I just love projects like this and I hope you do too! I look forward to seeing you today in the live chat on YouTube if you can make it but don’t worry if you can’t, you can always watch the video later and ask questions or say hello in the comment’s below. If you like projects like this please chare it with a friend or by using one of the sharing buttons below and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Rainbow Rose!

Hi friends! Today we will paint a mini canvas and take a look of my favorite cheap acrylic paint pens!

I love Posca pens but they are pricy so I am always on the lookout for a good alternative and I have found them! Watch the video to see them in action!

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I hope this project brought some cheer into your day and til next time happy crafting!

Can Cheap Be Good? Snow Day & Updates!

Hi friends! It looks like we are going to get a big snowstorm tomorrow! Both of my kids schools have cancelled classes tomorrow and it looks like it will be a good day to hunker down inside and craft! I am planning on having a Craft-a-long here and on my YouTube channel tomorrow if technology plays nice (I have been battling it all day so please cross your fingers for me!) I’ll post about it tomorrow before it starts if all goes to plan and there will be a replay so no worries!

Today though, I have a review of a very affordable watercolor from India. I bought this set of 24 tube watercolor for $18 on Amazon back in December. I was excited to see it for sale here in America because I have had Indian viewers asking me to review this paint for years and I had never seen it to purchase and I am so glad I found it. It is the Camel brand, also known as Kokuyo Camlin and it is probably the most famous brand in India. Have a look:

I purchased the set of small 5ml tubes in a set of 24. They have a set of 12 large 20ml tubes And an 18 color set of 9ml tubes *I recommend looking at the different options because it might be a better deal to get larger tubes of fewer colors depending on the colors you use most.

Here are the swatch stamps I use: set 1, set 2


  • Price (between .07 and .11 cents per ml)
  • Nice flow
  • Very transparent
  • Glazes/layers well
  • Dries down well in a palette with no cracking
  • Lightfast ratings are provided on tubes A=absolutely permanent, B=permanent (apparently there is a C=moderately permanent but my set did not contain any of those colors)
  • These are a joy to paint with, comparable to a western watercolor such as Winsor & Newton in performance


  • No pigment info
  • Strong chemical smell when used wet from the tube. (This might be due to use a cheaper resin to bind the paint or some sort of additive to prevent spoilage) If left to dry down in an open palette the smell dissipates and I didn’t notice the odor when I added water to the paints a week later.

Bottom line: You really can’t beat this paint for the price. Like I mentioned the fresh paint smell was really strong to me so I recommend squeezing them in a palette and letting them dry down before using them. I’m not willing to trust lightfastness ratings myself without knowing the pigment info so I will be using these in sketchbooks or for non permeant work but that’s me, you can decide for yourself or swatch them out and do your own lightfast test. I don’t usually do that myself as I live in the north and don’t get enough sun to do a trustworthy test. These would also be a good set for a student as they get a quality experience painting with these. If the price stays low (around $20 for a set) I’d recommend them! That’s all for tonight! Happy crafting!