Make this cute sketchbook!

Hi friends! There is something soothing about making a book. I don’t know why, I just like it. I love little notebooks and watercolor sketchbooks. This book takes 3 sheets of 12″x18″ pieces of watercolor paper.

Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

  • Watercolor or drawing paper, you can use any size but mine was 12″x18″ and made a 4″x4 1/2″ sketchbook.
  • Thin, sturdy cardboard for cover and spine (I use matboard scraps but you can also use the back of an old paper pad)
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal edge ruler
  • In the sketchbook for art media I used:
  • Vivia Color sheet book (watercolors)
  • Waterbrush (mini)
  • Headband for elastic closure (dollar store)
  • For decoration, I used the supplies in the March 2020 Smart Art Box Stencil Textile paint Fabric Paintbrushes

Here is the folding diagram. The black lines represent folding and then cut on the red lines. You can use any size paper you like, just remember you are folding one side in quarters and the other in thirds. You can use as many sheets of paper as you like, each sheet you add will give you 12 pages on the front side and 8 on the back side if you are making a dual sided book like I did. Just make sure the spine of your book can accommodate the thickness of the pages.

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and maybe you will make these with your kids. Making the book is a fun activity and using it will lead to more fun activities and that is just what we need right now. Take care of yourself and each other than til next time happy crafting!

Gifts You Can Make for Many! Sweet Wreath Ornament Treats!

Hi friends! Over the next 2 weeks I will be sharing quick, easy and inexpensive cards and gifts that you can make for friends, coworkers or your kids classmates this holiday season. These small favors can show that you care without breaking the bank. They are also quick and easy projects you can batch up in an evening. These candy wreath ornaments are great for folks with a sweet tooth but feel free to use glitter, beads or sequins to make a permanent shaker card with this method. You can also adapt this idea to make a keepsake photo ornament by placing a photo behind the window and omitting the treat cup. This would be a lovely project to do with a classroom as parent or grandparent gifts. As always you are encouraged to share these projects with your community and teach others as I am teaching you. You can even pass this along to any teacher or scout leader you know.

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Supplies:

Intro: These beautiful gift ornaments hold sweet treats! They can also be used as gift toppers.

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of heavyweight cardstock in half the long way. Then take a 3 ½” circle die and cut circles allowing the edge of the die to hang over the fold so the circles stay hinged together. 
  2. Using a die the same size as your treat cup cut a window on one of the attached circles to make the from of the ornament.
  3. Stamp a greeting on the back (solid part)of the ornament and stamp a wreath around the hole in the front. Let ink dry and flip over the ornament.
  4. Attach a  loop of ribbon to the inside of the ornament using hot glue. Fill the treat cup with candy, remove adhesive liner and place in ornament hole. Add more hot glue the the ornament edges and press closed.

Let’s spread dome cheer friends! Happy crafting!

fun Idea! Have an Ugly Sweater Party!

Hi friends! Tis the season for cookie swaps, office parties and gift exchanges! One new tradition is the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party!

It started as a way to poke fun at the gaudy sweaters we get at Christmas and morphed into scrounging thrift stores for them and now you can go to stores and buy some real doozies if you like. On one hand I think this is super fun but the thrifty environmentalist in me cringes a bit of buying something to wear once so I decided I would design something that is fun and that I would wear more than once. Actually my daughter Maizy asked if she could have this so it will get worn a lot. The other bonus to this project is that since you are altering an inexpensive sweatshirt (mine was under $8 at the big box store) it is soft and comfy unlike the scratchy cheap novelty sweaters you would buy. I think having a party to make the sweaters would be really fun too and suitable for all ages! Watch the video for a full tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Conda. They have affordable art supplies for all ages and sell on Amazon.

Supplies (sponsored/affiliate links used)

Tips:

  1. Always sketch out your design on paper and make corrections before starting your fabric project. Any mistakes made with the fabric paint will need to be worked into your design. You will be happy you took the time to practice!
  2. You can sketch your design on your shirt with chalk if you want before painting. The chalk will wash off or can be brushed off when the paint is completely dry.
  3. Light color fabric is better than dark-colored fabric because you will use less paint. If using dark fabric I recommend the metallic paints as they will show up better.
  4. When covering a large area I recommend mixing several shades of paint together so you don’t run out and spreading them out with a paintbrush.
  5. You could also cut a shape out of felt and use fabric glue to apply it if a large solid area is desired.
  6. Wear a smock, apron or old shirt when working with fabric paint. If you accidentally get fabric paint on your good clothes wash them immediately with soap and water.

I also wanted to mention that the dual tip brush 100 count markers are excellent quality and very affordable. If you are looking to replace your warn out dual brush water-based markers or get a gift for a stamper, scrapbooker or papercrafter they are an excellent choice!

I hope you are having a great day at til next time happy crafting!

Can I Make Art With a Kid’s Art Kit?

Hi friends! I used to love getting art kits for Christmas when I was young, even in my teens I looked forward to playing with oil pastels, markers and paints that came in these affordable kits. Today I am going to see if I can make a decent painting with these inexpensive children’s art supplies.

It was a lot of fun and very freeing to paint with simple supplies meant for children!

You can purchase this art kit and others like it from our sponsor CONDA. Find the art kits I used here.

Supplies *Sponsored Affiliate links used

The moral of this story, you can make art with anything you like! Have fun and happy painting!

Painted Pumpkins // Dollar Store Craft

Hi Friends! You can use real or fake pumpkins for this cute craft! Great for kids and classrooms too. Put them out for decoration this Halloween! This would make a fun activity at a Halloween party too!

Watch the video to seehow!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Tips:

  • If crafting with kids you might want to basecoat the pumpkins and let them dry before inviting the kids to craft.
  • Ceramic, plaster and paper mache pumpkins can be used for indoor use but you will want to hot glue the accessories on as toothpicks won’t pierce them.
  • If you are painting real pumpkins be sure to bring them inside a few hours before painting so the pumpkin can dry and warm-up for better paint adhesion. As a bonus painted pumpkins last longer than carved ones.

I hope you enjoyed this Halloween craft! What other pumpkin crafts do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!

Ice Dye Baby!

Hi friends! When I was recently rummaging through my supplies I came across a couple of tie-dye kits. I had intended to make some matching T-shirts with my kids to wear on a trip but my teens quickly shot down that idea calling it “cringy” and so the supplies sat in my drawer unloved until now! I vaguely remember hearing about a technique called ice dying and I was curious to give it a try. Watch the video and see how it went and what techniques got the best results!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Powder dye (any brand, just make sure it is powder, not liquid when you get it)
  • T Shirts or 100% cotton fabric
  • Lots of ice cubes
  • Soda ash (or table salt if you don’t have it) Rubber gloves *should come in tie-dye kit
  • Other: Plastic to protect your work area
  • Cookie sheets or some sort of grate to elevate the fabric for best results These are the ones I have and they have legs to elevate the fabric.

Tips:

  • Soak the fabric in hot water and soda ash so the colors will hold.
  • Elevate the fabric for best results. If you don’t have means to elevate the fabric I suggest doing a regular tie-dye technique because it will look just as good if not better and use less dye so you can do more fabric.
  • The longer the dye sits the stronger the color will be. The color will appear much darker [when dying] than it will turn out.
  • Be sure to rinse all dye from the fabric and hang to dry.
  • The first few times you wash your fabric wash it separately by and so and dye can’t transfer to another laundry.

This is a great project to do with your kid outside while the weather is nice and a fun way to cool off too! Some viewers had great ideas on elevating a bunch of fabric such as putting palettes, fence sections or chicken wire on cinder blocks and laying your fabric on that. I am sure you can find something around your home that will work just as well. Have fun and til next time happy crafting!

Get Your Craft On With This Free Printable Card Kit!

Hi friends! You are probably not thinking about Christmas Cards yet but with the heat we have been having it is kinda nice to chill out in my cool craft room and create some! Plus it’s nice to have a few done ahead of time because it gets really busy once the holiday’s roll around!

This video is sponsored by craftsUprint! Snag the free printables for today’s project video here.
*Note, you can download this kit for free. You can also get a free printed version of the 7-page template at the link above. A $4.80 postage & handling fee will apply and they ship worldwide. The printed version will also come with a craft gift worth $4. If you have trouble downloading you can contact CraftsUprint support here.

Supplies:

  • Free craft printable available here
  • Adhesive (strong double-stick tape, foam tape, and glue stick)
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder, stylus or butter knife for scoring

If you enjoyed this tutorial please check out the other On the Shelf cards and other printables CraftsUprint has to offer. These affordable templates are fun, unique and are sure to brighten someone’s day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Art Deco Inspired Faux Stained Glass Vase

Hi friends! Grab an old jar out of the recycling bin and let’s make a pretty stained glass vase!

I am using this to propagate a begonia and it is so pretty sitting on my windowsill! This project is very easy and you can even do this with kids! Watch the video to see how and check out the end of this post for other DIY ideas to make this project even more affordable!

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Frugal Tips!

  • I used store-bought glass paint but you can make glass paint by mixing white glue or glossy Mod-Podge with ink or food coloring. This DIY version may fade eventually but it is a less toxic alternative for kids and cheap too!
  • You can use dimensional fabric paint (like the Tulip puff paint) to draw the leading lines and it’s only about $1 a bottle.
  • You can work directly on the glass instead of using the Duralar film, it will adhere fine, it was just easier for me to trace the design with the film.
  • Another “stained glass” option for little ones is to use bits of cut up colored tissue paper and glue them to jars, it’s pretty!

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

FUN Treats & A Swing Card!

Hi friends! Today I have lots of fun projects to make!

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I love to make crafted treats and favors. I love combining scraps of paper with a little sweet or gift to brighten someones day.

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I also love non candy treats too. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth myself but I am a big fan of lip balms and hand creams (I keep one in every coat pocket, in my car on my desk and next to each sink) probably because I need to constantly combat the dry Maine winter LOL! So of course I love to gift lip balms and stuff like that too. I think they are wonderful gifts year round from stocking suffers, to classroom valentines, Easter Basket fillers and bridesmaid favors. Just change up the paper and you have a treat for many occasions!

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One year at a craft fair I made little paper purses with lip balms inside and I sold out in the first 10 minutes and got a special order for 20 more! I am going to make sure to have some of these on hand for my next craft fair! They are so lovely and quick to make! Do you want the instructions for these sweet treats and the whimsical interactive swing card? Well, watch the video and see how to make them!

This tutorial is sponsored by My Favorite Things where you will find the most creative selection of stamps, dies and accessories for your next card making or craft project. Save 15% on your next order at My Favorite Things with Code: FRUGALMFT from March 19-23 *not valid on gift cards or products in the “New” category

Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Double sided tape
  • Wet glue in a fine tip applicator
  • Ribbon
  • Clear Blocks
  • Cardstock & Patterned paper of your choice
  • Manual Die Cut Machine
  • Brads, pins or other embellishments
  • Hershey Nuggets
  • Lip Balm
  • Jelly Beans

I think these projects are perfect for the first day of s! The store have all of their seasonal pastel candy on display there is something so beautiful about the sparkly foil wrappers and translucent jelly beans that make me smile.  I just love the colors of spring and the signal that the long cold winter is finally coming to an end. Maybe it’s a temperate climate thing. I hope you apply some of these ideas to your next stamping project and as always happy crafting!

Confused about color? FREE watercolor conversion chart with mixing tips!

Hi friends!  I had a question from a viewer last week about substituting color in watercolor paintings. Sometimes you may be following along with a tutorial and you don’t have the color the teacher is using, usually I will mention substitutions but it sure would be handy to have a reference chart to give out. So armed with my huge watercolor swatch book I compiled a list of substitutions based on color hue, tinting strength and undertones and put it in an easy to print reference. There are also some mixing tips and I put my 9 must have colors (in my opinion) in bold in case anyone was interested:) You can download my free watercolor conversion chart with mixing tips here. This color conversion chart will also work with other wet media:)

Here is a video with more info on using the guide and color theory with color examples.

Below are a couple of recommendations for paint sets to get you started if you are new at various price points.

  • Daniel Smith Essential Into set of 6 tubes
    *This contains a warm and cool of each primary for $31 The quality is excellent and I use this set in my Essential tools and techniques for Watercolor online course. I also recommend having a Yellow Ocher, Sap Green and Burnt Sienna paint for watercolor (Add a titanium white if using acrylic, oil or gouache colors.)
  • Schminke 12 half pan set $57 at Jacksons. *This is the artist quality version of the 12 pan set I demoed with, excellent paint and it is all you will need to mix just about anything color wise. *Sometimes we pick colors like cobalt teal for instance for their granulating capabilities, texture or opacity/transparency but that is more high level painting stuff. Learn color theory basics first:) Remember the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time!
  • For $30 you can get this 30 color set of Shinhan which is lovely, not quite as high quality of Daniel smith or Schminke, but good for a beginner. *This will contain all the colors you need and then some but some of the names are off so you will need to trust your instincts and swatch them. The preform well though and the tubes are lager making for a lot of material to play with without the fear of wasting paint. I question the light-fastness of some colors but for learning it will suit you well.
  • I also really like this “Pretty Excellent” 36 budget pan set for $20, again the names are dodgy but the paint is great if you want to play.

Need more help on your watercolor journey?

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Want in-depth watercolor lessons containing all of the information and tutorials you need to start your watercolor journey off right? Check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course! With 6 hours of step by step instruction I will take you from how to hold a brush to perfect washes and color mixing then guide you through four finished paintings. Click here to learn more or enroll today!

Oh! I almost forgot! We will have a live stream tomorrow at 1pm Eastern Time, Sarah will be in the studio too so if you have missed us please stop by and say hi! Till then happy crafting!

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