Meeden Watercolor Review & Last Day to Save 40% on Classes!

Hi friends! First off I want to remind you that today is the last day to save 40% on any class in my Teachable school with coupon code 40OFFMEM23 *Click “add coupon” at checkout and enter the code to get 40% off any class.

Now, on to today’s review of Meeden Watercolors, paper, and brushes.

Today we are taking a look at the Meeden watercolor tube paint set. You can find it on its own or in a set with paper, brushes, and a palette. If you do place an order on the Meeden website you can save 15% with coupon code Lindsay15 Meeden website. You can also find Meeden products on Amazon

TL:DR – Their 100% cotton paper is great but the tube paint is about what you would expect for the price and I don’t recommend it when there are better alternatives out there at that cost. This fan palette from Meeden is the same price and way better quality.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Color variety
  • Pigment and lightfast info on tubes (but I doubt the accuracy of the info)
  • Non Toxic

Cons:

  • The paint is streaky and sluggish and paintings get duller and flatter the more layers you add.
  • No info on where the paint is made (but I think it is China)

Bottom line: The Meeden tube watercolor is a pass in my book. Go for the fan palette, it is better paint at the same price. You don’t get as much but it is way better quality. The 100% cotton paper is a steal and I totally recommend that. The brushes are OK but there are better alternatives in that price range and I had a bit of shedding with mine plus the nylon bristles dropped water rather than holding it so it’s just not a great brush for watercolor in my opinion. I have been happy with Meeden supplies overall but these tube paints and brushes did not meet my expectations.

I hope my reviews help you make smart art supply purchases. Have you used this paint? If so what do you think? I’d love to know in the comments. Happy crafting!

Spectacular Sweets!

Hi friends! Today I have a tasty painting to share!

I love the colors and textures so much, they are so fun to paint! You can find a real-time version of this art lesson in Critique Club. You also get over 100 real-time art lessons, monthly prompts, and the ability to upload your work for my feedback. All for $5 a month! You can check out the timelapse in the player below!

Supplies:

Don’t forget about the Memorial Day Sale in my Teachable School! 40% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code 40OFFMEM23 *Click “add coupon” at checkout and type in the coupon code to receive 40% off any course! Easy peasy! Happy Crafting!

Are art supplies getting worse?

Hi friends! I hope you are having a lovely long weekend. I am taking this weekend off from Sat chat but I will have a fresh new one up next Saturday. Instead, I have a video essay about how the quality of our art supplies might not be as good as it used to be. Speaking of Memorial Day I am having a Memorial Day Sale! 40% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code 40OFFMEM23 *Click “add coupon” at checkout and type in the coupon code to receive 40% off any class! Easy peasy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Happy crafting!

Watercolor Warm-Up: Peony

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a quick and easy flower to paint. This is great for when you want to warm up for a day of painting or you want to test out some new paint or paper.

Memorial Day Sale! 40% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code 40OFFMEM23 *Click “add coupon” at checkout and type in the coupon code to receive 40% off any class! Easy peasy!

If you enjoyed this free video you will also enjoy my Watercolor Flower Workshop packed with loads of flowers you can paint. It’s 40% off using this special discount link!

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That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this fun warm-up lesson and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Fix Bad Paintings! And 40% off classes!

Hi friends! I am such a ding-dong! I did a live tutorial yesterday and completely forgot to mention that my Memorial Day sale is live in my Teachable school. Save 40% on any class using the coupon code 40OFFMEM23 now through Memorial Day! I don’t have sales often so I make them good! Don’t wait to grab that class or bundle you had your eye on! Click Add coupon at checkout and type in the code 40OFFMEM23 to get 40% off! Now, on to the live-stream replay!

I forgot to take before photos of my paintings so I took some screenshots. The flower pot painting was the last one we did and I really didn’t do too much to it. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

The birch tree wasn’t bad but I didn’t like the rushed, sloppy inking. Here is the before:

And here is the after. I scraped in some paint and added leaves. It was a pretty easy one to finish.

This was the landscape we spent the most time on in the video. I was very frustrated painting this and quit on location after about 15 minutes but just as I tell my students, often the reason you don’t like a painting is that it just isn’t done yet and I think that was the case here. This is the before…

…and here is the after. It needed more time. I am super happy with the result tho, it is much better and I really enjoyed finishing it up with you.

The moral of this video is two-fold. 1. Your sketchbook does not need to be perfect and every painting doesn’t need to be finished. It might just be a spark to start you on something else or even just practice or a way to work out an idea. Every page won’t be perfect. Learn and grow in your sketchbook free of judgment and pressure to perform. 2. You can always go back to old sketches and work on them, try new ideas and play. After all, it’s just a piece of paper and even if you “ruin” the painting you will have learned something! Don’t forget the 40% off sale is on through Memorial Day in my Teachable school. Save 40% with coupon code 40OFFMEM23 now through Memorial Day. Happy crafting!

Turn Rough Watercolor Paper to Smooth (Hot Press) Tutorial

Hi friends! I had a lot of handmade rough watercolor paper and I wanted to make it more versatile so I decided to try and flatten the texture of the paper and it worked! I’ll show you how in the video below!

I had lots of this cold press/rough Shizen handmade watercolor paper. I like it a lot but I wanted some in a smoother surface. the 5″x7″ size comes in 50 or 100-sheet packs (100 sheets for under $25!) and now I can create just the texture I want for a project. I used my old Big Shot die cutter (here is the newer model) it comes with the platform and plates you will need) to flatten my paper. Watch the video to see how I did it and how you can adapt the technique to work with the machine you have and get different levels of smoothness. Have fun with the variety of textures you can get! Happy crafting!

PS A couple of viewers suggested using a hot laminator to smooth out the texture instead of a die-cut machine. I tried it a couple different ways in my heat laminator and it didn’t change the texture at all. The die-cut machines exert 600lbs of pressure and I think that is really what you need. It was a good idea tho!

Painting on Round Watercolor Paper (Petunia real-time painting tutorial with 4 colors)

Hi friends, we went to Belfast last weekend and I popped into my favorite little art shop there called Fiddleheads. I saw some beautiful handmade round watercolor paper packs there and decided to try them out!

Here is the reference photo I took. A few blooms fell off of the potted petunia I got for my mom for mothers day so I put them in a shot glass, Fancy!

The paper surface is hot-pressed and smoother than other handmade papers I have used. I really liked it! You can check it out and paint along in today’s tutorial

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I think if I were to frame this I would mount it on a black matboard and then cut a square mat to go around the paper so you can see the pretty deckle edge and then frame it in a sure frame. They make 12″ square frames for record albums and scrapbook pages so they are pretty easy to find. Would you frame it? Happy crafting!

Replay of the Michaels Live OnLine class (Pattern Download Included)

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a replay of the Michaels class I taught live over ZOOM last Friday.

You can download a resizable JPG of the carnation pattern here or a PDF sized to fit a 5″x7″ greeting card here. Please note that zoom recordings can be a bit pixelated so if you need to see more detail in the linework refer to your printable pattern.

Supplies:

  • Waterproof pens such as the Derwent Linemakers
  • Color media such as Derwent Inktense pans, pencils or blocks
  • Watercolor greeting card or your preferred watercolor paper
  • graphite transfer paper
  • pencil

I hope you enjoyed this replay of the live Michaels class. Thanks for watching and til next time happy crafting!