Sat Chat 10/29/22

Hi friends! How is October almost over? It’s hard to believe Halloween is on Monday! It really snuck up on me! Mr. Frugal and I made up Halloween treat bags in case we get any trick-or-treaters. We don’t get too many usually but last year we ran out of candy (because we didn’t want to get stuck with a bunch of leftovers so we were really generous with the first kids who came) and had to give out cans of soda and microwave popcorn (I completely understand now why the kids would come home with Fiber One bars when they trick-or-treated LOL!) It was so nice today that we got a bunch of raking done and I got all the windows washed which I only do during the spring and fall yard work days. It’s not perfect but it’s done, actually, the raking isn’t totally done but it’s good enough for now. Now, on to Sat chat!

Stuff I mentioned:

Well, it is still October which means it is still Inktober and I have not done today’s sketch yet so I’m off to do that! I hope you have a lovely evening and til next time happy crafting!

My Alcohol Marker Workshop is Here!!!

Hi friends! I am so happy to announce that my Alcohol Marker Workshop is ready! Because I like my first students to get the best price I always launch the class at 50% off. Use the coupon MARKER50 or click any of the discount links in this blog post. You can watch the class trailer below:

In this workshop, I will teach you how to get the most out of your alcohol-based markers. You can use any brand that you like for this class. This class is welcoming to all who want to learn. I have printable patterns for students who don’t want to draw so I can meet you where you are at. Whether you are an artist, illustrator, stamper, or adult coloring book enthusiast I’ve got you covered!

I will show you how to create color combos and create beautiful blends. You will be able to identify color undertones instead of guessing what colors will work together.

I’ll teach you about values and how to create depth and realism in your work.

We will explore a little mixed media with colored pencils to enhance our marker artwork.

And we will create 5 full marker artworks together so you can put all the skills and techniques you learned to good use.

It was a challenge to put this workshop together. I really wanted to simplify the marker process to make it easy for you to understand. I didn’t want to make anyone have to rely on one expensive marker brand and then have to follow a specific recipe to get good results.

I wanted a holistic approach to alcohol markers that would empower my students to tackle whatever subject they wanted on their own.

I want you to be able to trust your color instinct and create the art you want to make.

If this sounds like your type of class I would love to teach you in Alcohol Marker Workshop. Enroll today to save 50% off the regular price. Use the coupon MARKER50 if the discount doesn’t appear automatically. You get lifetime access to this class so even if you can’t commit to taking the class right away you can enjoy the savings and take the class when you are ready. You can even return to it anytime you need a refresher. I’d love to show you how fun and rewarding alcohol marker art can be! Happy crafting!

Great day for a paddle!

Hi friends! We are being treated to an unusually warm week in Maine. It’s been rainy but the sun just popped out and it must be near 70! I think I might be able to squeeze in a paddle before it gets cold for good.

I love those last bursts of summer when you are sure you are in for the long cold season. It’s like getting 2 cherries in a fruit cup. Know what I mean?

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you are having a wonderful and creative day! Happy crafting!

It’s officially Fall (I’ve changed my hair LOL!) Sat Chat 10/22/22

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend. It’s time for sat chat!

Well, I didn’t get my marker class finished, it needs a few more days of work because I want to get it just right for you. I’ll have it done by next Sat Chat for sure!

Amazon Haul (affiliate links used)

Happy crafting!

Artist Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Hi friends! Do you have a loved one who’s an artist? This gift guide will help you find a wonderful gift for them! If you are an artist and like my suggestions feel free to pass this along to your friends and family so they can choose something for you!

Products are listed in order of appearance. Affiliate links used.

Happy holidays and til next time happy crafting!

What is this thing, and why did I buy it?

Hi friends, have you ever asked yourselves that question while poking around your craft space? My friend Tracey gave me the idea for this series of videos pulling out moldy-oldie products and answering that age-old crafters question for you! Today we will look at the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear (A product I HAD to have) and make a cute card with it too.

For some reason, this tool never caught on but I think it’s a lot of fun and I am happy to have it. You can still buy it but I think it has been discontinued as the parent companies EK Success and Inkadinkado have gone out of business. There are still a bunch available on Amazon pretty cheaply at the time of recording.

Before this tool came out I made my own DIY versions, these are short 2-10 minute videos. You can make your own DIY version from stuff you have for free. Keep in mind these are very old videos and are not up to the high production quality I have now LOL!

Other supplies:

  • Heidi Swapp teal foil *Tip, if you are just doing stripes or small areas with adhesive try nail art foil as it is much cheaper and comes in a gorgeous variety of colors and designs!
  • Rainbow ink pads, I have kalaidacolor pads which are 20 years old you can still find them sometimes on amazon but the selection is low. I did some digging and the pads are now sold by Imagine but not all reinkers are available it seems. I wonder if they are being phased out. I feel like I am the only person I know who uses them still. I really like them tho!
  • The happy birthday noteblock stamp is from Purple Onion Designs. They are a wonderful stamp company with original designs. I don’t know why they are not more popular. The birthday stamp is no longer available but they still have the Thank you Notebolck which makes a fast and fabulous thank you card
  • Mega Mount stamp block

So, do you have this tool? Are you happy you kept it or relieved you missed this trend? Til next time happy crafting!

Don’t be crabby (paint a crab instead!)

Hi friends! As you probably know I am doing the Inktober challenge again this year where you create a painting every day during the month of October. This time I wanted to use some neglected ink: My Dr. Ph Martins Bombay India ink, Brusho dye powders, Inktense blocks, and acrylic markers. I had a blast and made this:

You can find a real-time narrated version of this tutorial in Critique Club now: For $5 a month, you get 90+ real-time mixed-media lessons (with 2 more added EVERY month) monthly creative prompts, and the ability to upload your art for personalized feedback from me. Click here to learn more or join today!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Feel free to substitute for other inks or pastels you have on hand. Part of the fun is finding new ways to use the supplies you have! Have you been taking part in Inktober? If so, how are you holding up? I hope you find some time to pay with your supplies today and til next time happy crafting!

Learn from my watercolor mistakes (how to fix them!)

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a painting I did with a triad of colors so get ready for some limited palette fun!

I am also going to share the mistakes I made and a clever trick for fixing them in today’s video!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

In case you were wondering I used Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Crimson for my triad of colors. It;’s fun to pare down the colors and mix! Happy crafting!

Ideas for a home art space

Hi friends! We have all seen those Pinterest-perfect art and craft spaces and while they are beautiful they are simply not realistic for most of us. In today’s video, I will offer tips on making an art space in your basement but you can adapt some of these ideas for other areas you have around your home. The space is functional and fit for purpose (even if not fit for Pinterest) and has served me well for more than a decade.

Please share the ideas you have for a home art space in the comments below. It will help others that may or may not have a basement. No space it too small or too unusual to be a functional art space. Go claim some space for art today! Happy crafting!