DIY Perfect Gouache Palette From Harbor Freight Bargain!

Hi friends! See how I used this cheap container from Harbor Freight to make the perfect palette for my gouache paint.

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As you probably know gouache paint can be rewet like watercolor after it has dried so you can paint waste free. The problem with letting big gobs of it dry in a watercolor palette is that the dry paint can shrink and crack and then fall out of the palette or get mixed up with all the other colors. What a bummer! I love the convenience of having all of my paint accessible because I am more likely to use it. Watch the video to see my cheap and easy solution!

Supplies:

  • I found a clear plastic case at harbor freight that had 24 clear flip top boxes in it for $4.79 This is available on Amazon too but it is more expensive. This would also work if you want a smaller set up that holds 28 colors and it is cheap!
  • Here is the Arteza Gouache set I used. Make sure to peel off the color labels before you squeeze out the paint of they wont come off!
  • Tube wringer (optional) I have this one but I wish I had a metal one and this one is cheaper too! *I use a lot of small watercolor tubes and the paint is expensive so I find the tube wringer to be a good investment (A few drops of watercolor can create many paintings) but if your paint is not that precious it might not be worth it. I like to save money and trips to the store:)

Directions:
1. Remove color label from tube and stick it to the side of the little box. *Or you can make a label with the color name and pigment info/light-fast rating.

2. Fill with paint.

3. Put small containers back in big box for storage. As the containers are not air tight I think you are fine to close them unless you have just used them and introduced any water to the pants, in that case I’d let them dry out a bit before closing. Since I filled them with fresh paint and I know there are no contaminants I closed them.

I think there are many things these little boxes would be useful for and you might even have something in your stash that will work the same way as this. Have fun organizing your palette and til next time happy crafting!

 

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DIY Bath Bomb Recipe and Tutorial!

Hi friends!  My girls and I had such fun making these for gifts this year. It is a fun craft to make with the kids and you can even teach them about chemical reactions so it’s art and science all in one project!

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Watch the video to see how! I’ll post the recipe below:)

Supplies & Recipe (with affiliate links to amazon BUT please note that everything EXCEPT citric acid and fragrance will be cheaper from your local grocery store, I want my peeps to get good deals!)

*Dry ingredients-whisk together in a bowl.
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1/2 cup Corn Starch

*Wet ingredients Put in a small jar and shake
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon mineral oil (you can use melted coconut oil, soybean or olive oil but I chose mineral/baby oil as it will not turn rancid which is not an issue if you are using the bath bombs soon)
1 teaspoon of fragrance oil (I used one tsp or 3 droppers full but other recipes called for 6 which seemed like a lot. Use your own tastes and judgement)
Liquid food coloring as desired)
Bath bomb moulds 

Directions:
1. Whisk dry ingredients together. Slowly add the freshly shaken wet ingredients to the dry and combine with a whisk until there are no big lumps and it looks like sand.

2. Overfill both halves of your mold and press together firmly. You can use other moulds you have as well but you need to pack the mixture in very tightly or the bath bomb might crumble when you remove it from the mold.

3. Remove the bath bomb from the mold and set in a tray/box lined with plastic wrap to dry for 48 hours.

4. After 48 hours wrap with plastic wrap and blast with a hairdryer for a professional look. You can also add in dry pressed flowers when you warp them for a beautiful presentation.

Want a side of science with your art?

Why does it fizz? The citric acid is an acid and it reacts with baking soda (a base) just like vinegar and baking soda does. The bombs are quiet until water activates the citric acid and the reaction begins. The bubbles that are created are carbon dioxide. The corn starch serves two purposes: 1. it acts as a filler and a buffering agent between the citric acid and baking soda so you get a “slow fizz” rather than an explosion and 2. it is a binder and helps the bath bomb hold it’s rock hard shape until dunked in water.

The remaining ingredients are therapeutic!
Epsom salts will soothe sore muscles and soften skin
The oils smell nice and will moisturizer skin and the food color is pretty.

I had a lot of requests to post this tutorial after sharing photos of the bath bombs we were making. I hope you have as much fun making this as we did! Happy crafting!

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Chalk Talk! Top Tips for Using Your Chalks in Cardmaking & Papercrafts

Hi friends! There are so many cool supplies coming out every day that we can easily be distracted from the gems we already have in our stash. Today I am going to share my top tips and techniques for using chalk. When I say “chalks” I am talking about soft chalky pastels, decorator chalks or even eyeshadow. I bet you have something in your house that will work for these techniques!

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I will share techniques using inexpensive supplies from pencils, to pastels to eyeshadow and the neat thing is that for many techniques you can use any of them. I hope this helps you get more use out of what you have or choose the right product if you are looking to add chalk to your stash.  Please note that colored chalkboard chalk is not pigmented enough for good results.

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I love the “photo tinting” feeling I get using chalk to color these vintage stamped images from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps (Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order, also USA orders over $50 ship free!) Speaking of photo tinting you can print out photos in grayscale and use the dry techniques to tint them with chalks. It was one of my favorite Scrapbook techniques…I really need to do that again!

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So, Are you ready to rock your chalk? Watch the video and get started!

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Pastel/Chalk Supplies:

Blenders *Note: Cosmetic sponges and pointed cotton swabs are way cheaper at Dollar Tree

Other:

In praise of vegetable glycerin! As you know from this very silly video I love to make my own supplies using glycerin. I use it to re-ink my embossing ink pads and to make homemade pigment ink. I also use it with water to rejuice my waterbased blending pens. It is useful in cake decorating and candy making as well as DIY beauty products. Also a little goes a long way and it is so useful! I had a viewer on YouTube ask if they could use a waterbrush instead of a waterbased blending pen for the brush technique. You can, however I recommend working on watercolor paper if you do as a waterbrush is going to give you more of a watercolor look at the extra water will pill ordinary cardstock. It is the glycerin in the blender marker that lubricates the tip of the marker and lets the media glide across the cardstock and that is why I recommend that method. If you don’t want to get a waterbased blending marker simply dip a pointed q-tip in the water/glycerin mix and use that, it will work the same. 😀

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I hope you enjoyed this video. I worked really hard on it and I’d like to make more overlooked supply focus videos in the future so if you have any ideas on what supply to feature next let me know in the comments below. If you like this video I’d love it if you shared it on social media using one of the handy sharing links below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS Want more chalk ideas? Here is a DIY chalk ink made from chalk pastels and how to ink up your stamps with chalk pastels. Man, are chalks useful or what?

 

Make Distress Oxide Blenders for Cheap or FREE!

Hi friends! I am having a ball with my new Distress Oxide inks! I was afraid (because they contain some pigment ink in them) to use them with my regular ink daubers so I decided to make some new ones for them!

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I have been hanging on to an old glass chess set for years, I kept the tempered glass game board for a cutting surface and polymer clay work-surface but I had yet to find a use for the glass pieces. When I came across the box of glass chess pieces during my Kon-Mari craft-room cleanup I knew that they sparked joy and I would use them so luckily I kept them! See how I turned them into in daubers in this video!

Supplies:

*Note you can also use old plastic bottle caps to make sponge blenders with (You can even hot glue those for instant gratification LOL!) I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on how to make ink blenders. (Amazon affiliate links used:)

One more thing! today only Craftsy has 10 classes for $10.99! Here are a couple of the classes on sale that you might enjoy!

The Art of Painting Horses (Regular price $29.99)

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Pastel Pencil Essentials (Regular price $39.99)1476294156423-titlecard_11108_2888x1638.jpg The Basics of Landscape Photography (Regular price $49.99)

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There are other classes on sale too I discovered, see if anything at Craftsy strikes your fancy, from art to crafts to sewing or cooking they have you covered! Also any purchase you make through my special discount link helps support my channel and keep the free tutorials coming. Thanks for your support and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Travel Watercolor Brushes {for cheap!}

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.

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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!

Directions:

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!

Smallest Watercolor Palette Ever (You Can Wear!)

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!)

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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!

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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!

Video!

Supplies:

  • 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!)

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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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I’m Gonna Save you Money Now {DIY Chalk Ink!}

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!

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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.

Directions:
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.

Directions:
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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