Posted on January 24, 2017 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Just a quick little DIY tonight that can save you some money if you were looking to buy some short handled travel watercolor brushes.
I made this set of travel watercolor brushes for $10 but you can make it for free if you have some extra brushes lying around. I started off with these brushes that I bought on sale for $10. Watch the video to see how!
I gently brushed the brush ends across fine sandpaper to flag the ends so they will be more absorbent for watercolor. It made my brushes about twice as absorbent and they still came to a point and have plenty of snap. Do this at your own risk and only for watercolor.
Then I cut the brushes in half (if you are using standard brushes cut them to the length you want) and used a pencil sharpened to sharpen the smaller brush ends to a point for scraping and the larger ones I just rounded over. You will want to sand them too.
I also cut a standard plastic drinking straw in half at and angle as an extender and additional mark making tool. You will need a larger straw for the larger brushes unless you want to whittle down the handle a bit. I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY!
I also wanted to mention that I used serrated utility scissors to cut down a bamboo brush roll I wasn’t using (it came in last months smart art box) to fit these so the tips will not get damaged in travel. You can see the brushes in the roll in the photo at the top of the post.
Will you be making any travel brushes? Let me know in the comments below and if you liked this video consider sharing it (handy social media sharing button below.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on August 4, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I am so excited about this project because I have made my most compact travel palette ever. And you can wear it, and it’s cute (take that adorable sundresses with no pockets that I love to wear!)
I actually wore the bracelet on one arm and used a cut off sock (aka fancy brush cleaning cloth) to hold my watercolor paper block and brushes to my other arm when I went bike riding today! It was a sight to behold LOL!
In the above photo you can see the sock, just slide your hand between the sock and the block and you are off to the races! Watch the video to see how I made it! Oh, and if you don’t paint you can still make the cute bracelet and put some other treasure inside!
- Kraft paper jewelry box 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″
- 3/4″ Sewing elastic
- Large drinking straw or tubing (I am using the sleeves that come on the ends of paintbrushes to protect them in shipping, get creative!)
- Watercolor tube paint
- Hot glue
- Colored Pencils
- Stamp and embellishment (Prima Marketing)
- Brown waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)
For the block: Find my full DIY watercolor block tutorial here. (Supplies: watercolor paper, cardboard, scrapbook paper or decorative paper for cover-can use junk mail cardstock for this too!)
I always get a better feel for what will work in a particular travel painting set-up after I use it a bit. I took a piece of plastic (from an embossing folder package) and covered the back with white contact paper to make a white mixing area so I could have a bit of extra mixing space. You can see the mixing card in the photo above overlapping the watercolor block cover. I cut it to fit in the pocket the folded cover paper made. I also took an old gift card and cut it at an angle so I would have a credit card scraper, that can also be used to remove the finished painting from the top of the block and to reveal a fresh sheet below. I left most of the “credit card” intact so it would not get lost in the pocket. You can see, on my mixing chart, that I can get a lovely array of color with these 5 paints although I might try to sneak a burnt sienna in there too:) Luckily I have a bunch of these wee boxes to experiment with! I first thought I could use my watercolor half pans to make my palette but this box only would fit 2, goes to show you how tiny it is. I can do about 4 small paintings with the water in my 2 mini koi waterbrushes and I think I will add a waterproof black pen in there too.
I think this will be my go-to kayak paint set-up because it is really hard to fish around in back pockets to find paper and pens while trying to keep the kayak steady, wearing them is ideal! Let me know in the comments below if you plan on trying this or if you think I have finally lost my mind. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 8, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Have you ever had an ink pad fall off the base or have your chalk in run dry? Today we will solve both problems!
Watch the video to learn how to re-attach a loose ink pad and how to make chalk ink!
To fix the inkpad you will need: Gorilla Glue and a spray bottle of water.
1. add a couple drops of glue to the plastic inkpad base and spread it with the tip of the glue spout.
2. spritz with water.
3. Replace the foam inkpad, tape gently into place and let dry 30 minutes and you are all se to use the inkpad.
To make chalk you will need colored chalk pastels, a like and the spray bottle again.
1. Spay a puddle of water onto the tile (1 squirt)
2. Rub the pastel/chalk into the water until you have made a nice thick puddle of ink.
3. Soak up the ink with the inkpad.
There! Now what will you do with all of that extra ink-pad buying money? If you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterst or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 1, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hey friends! Just a quick tip for you tonight! Have you noticed when trends come into fashion they affect everything around us even our product packaging?
Why not die cut cute embellishments from pretty foiled packages like I did from the pink/gold foil box my make-up came in. Watch the video to see how!
You can find beautiful foiled cardboard on everything from tea, skin cream and other consumer goods, heck, I even consider the pretty packaging when I am shopping and I am a bit embarrassed to admit I have bough things because the packaging was cute. If we think about how we can use the packaging as well as the stuff we are buying there will be less trash in the landfill and more treasure for us to craft with! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, recycling, Uncategorized | Tagged: homemade supplies, junque journals, packaging, Recycling | 19 Comments »
Posted on December 29, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I am a heavy glue gun user. I don’t always take care of my glue gun. It is always plugged in and ready to go at a moments notice when I create. With such heavy use I tend to burn through a gun every 2 years. The other day I decided to try something crazy…I cleaned it! It was really easy to do, I even made myself a new glue gun stand. I’ll show you how to do both in today’s tutorial!
There, a nice clean glue gun. Just make sure to use enough aluminum foil so you don’t burn yourself and use an oven mitt or silicone mat to protect your hands while cleaning (Don’t burn your hands off!) I think this is a great way to start the new crafty year off right! So, what are you doing to make crafting easier in the new year! Share in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
PS, if you have been waiting for a new painting tutorial I will have one up at 6pm ET tonight on my YouTube channel!
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Posted on September 1, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Tonight I have slightly messy, totally fun bead making craft!
These beads and pendants are made with acrylic skins, I used acrylic paint and mod-podge (you could use PVA glue or gel medium if you wish) to make the fruit-roll-up like sheets of acrylic and then covered things with them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! I’ll show you how in today’s video!
1. Acrylic Paint
2. Glossy Mod Podge or PVA Glue
3. Aluminum foil Tape or regular stuff from the kitchen
5. Silicone mat or waxed paper
5. Jewelry findings of your choice.
1. Pour mod podge in cap, add a few drops of paint ad stir 3 times. Pour on waxed paper or silicone mat and spread it around. Let dry for 2 days. This is your faux stained glass acrylic skin.
2. Cut cardboard to the size and shape you want your charm to be and cover in aluminum foil.
3. Cut up the acrylic skin and glue to foil covered cardboard.
4. Cover the edges of the charm with thin strips of foil tape if desired.
5. For the beads cut up a drinking straw and cover with acrylic skin strips. Trim the straw.
6. Use beads and charms in jewelry projects.
If you like this project check out my glitter glue earring tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Crafty Recipes | Tagged: acrylic paint, acrylic skins, beads, faux stained glass, how to make acrylic skins, magic medium, mod podge, PVA glue | 16 Comments »