A Beginner Oil Painting Tutorial: Roses

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a quick oil painting tutorial with you!


I was having a rough painting day, nothing was turning out right and I hated to trash the watercolor board I was working on so I collaged some book pages on, sealed it with mod-podge then stenciled and smeared it with acrylic paint. Once that was dry it was a perfect surface to use oils on. You can paint oils over acrylics but NOT acrylics over oils. Watch the video to see how I did it and how to fix common mistakes you might make if you are out of practice or using oils for the first time:


I hope you found that helpful. Let me know if you want to see more oil tutorials because I do enjoy working with them. I will go back to the drawing board with the watercolors I was attempting so don’t worry watercolor fans. I think I was having such a hard time because it had been a while since I had a watercolor tutorials so I was pushing myself to create SOMETHING and that pressure just crippled my creativity. I think it happens to us all. It is hard for creativity to thrive under pressure. I have found when that happens to just cut my losses and try something new, AKA oils. How do you overcome a creative block? Let me know in the comments! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and til next time happy crafting!

A Peek in to my Paint Boxes!

Hi friends! Just a quick post tonight because it is super late and I am running out of steam (yes, it happens LOL!) I wanted to share my vintage paint boxes with you, I have used my watercolor one consistently over the last 15 years and it is awesome, I have no idea how old it is (my mom found it at an antique shop long ago) but it is wonderful. My oil box is newer and not as good but still pretty awesome. I hope this gives you some ideas!


Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Peerless Winner Announced & How to Set Up a Watercolor Palette!

Hi Friends! Holy Moley! What an amazing response to the Peerless Watercolor giveaway! Between my blog and YouTube I had almost 1,600 entries! I want to thank Beth from Olivemeartsie for sending me a palette to giveaway and remind you that you can buy your very own Peerless travel palette that she makes by hand for $10 in her ETSY shop. And now, the winner is Lisa Waitt! Lisa, please email me your mailing address at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com

Speaking of watercolors I have been asked a lot to share my watercolor palette, what palette I use and what colors I recommend so in tonight’s video I will give you an overview of my watercolor palette.


A couple of years ago I did a watercolor basics post with a printable PDF of the supplies I recommend. You can read that post here if you want more info. 

Good news, I will have a new Ask a Crafter for you tomorrow with Kathy and Lorraine, our schedules aligned today. I called them over for an impromptu filming (who would have guessed that out show is usually planned days in advance..um, nobody LOL!) and they came over. It was nice to get together! Well, on that note, have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Peerless Watercolors Review and Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Today I am trying Peerless watercolors for the first time! Beth at Olivemeartsie sent me 2 sets of theses handmade mini wallets of Peerless paints she makes so I am giving one away to a viewer. Leave a comment and “Like” this post (there is a like button at the bottom of the post) for a chance to win. :D For a second chance you can give my video a “thumbs up” and leave a comment on the YouTube page too. All enteries will go into the hat. I will draw a winner next Wednesday and announce it here on my blog. Watch the video to see how they perform and see if it is yet ANOTHER watercolor product you must have LOL!

The stamps I used are by SimonSaysStamp and they also offer matching dies. If you want to see the glitter technique let me know in the comments and if anyone is interested I can make a tutorial on that too.

My sponsor this month is RichMomBusiness. If you’re thinking of starting a craft business online, make sure you check out
her FREE Handmade Training Course. Good luck in the drawing! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Basic Color Mixing & Brush Use in today’s Video (learn to paint a sunset!)

Hi friends! Sorry I did not have  a post for you yesterday, I was completely wiped out after a day at the Made in Maine Expo. I shared some pics during the day on the Facebook page if you are curious. I was a great show and a lot of fun. I have to say that I am a bit sore from lugging product up and down stairs (cutting boards are heavy!) But all-in-all it was a good time, and I left with less than I brought. I will have a recap later this week and tips for selling at a higher-end craft fair in case you were considering it! Tonight I am going to do something many of you have requested. I am going to go back to basics and we are going to mix 3 colors to make all the colors we need for a painting, we will talk a bit about color theory and I will also show you my two most used kinds of brushes and show you why I like them so you can pick the best brushes for the job. Watch the video for all the tips! Before you ask: I am working in my Canson Mixed Media Journal and the plastic palette is the Jones palette and I have had it for 15 years but it is still available at many retailers (Jerry’s Artarama has it for about $20) the brushes I am using are by Royal & Langnickle, I like the Majestic and the Aqualon lines and you can find them at many retailers.

OK, on to the video!

I hope you try this one even if you don’t think you can paint. You can even use children’s watercolors (Prang is really good actually and you can grab those anywhere!) The most important thing is that you try. You will learn so much about color mixing just by experimenting with the paint. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Frugal Crafter’s Guide to Acrylic Mediums {Chart included!}

Hi friends! I have been asked by countless readers to create a video explaining acrylics mediums and I finally got it done!


I know it’s a lot to remember so I made a printable chart for you.

Click here to download the Acrylic Medium Cheat Sheet

And now, the moment you have been waiting for, the acrylic mediums 101 video!


I hope you found this helpful. Please share this post with your friends via social media, there are handy links for Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter and others below. I enjoyed making the video and printable chart and I want it to help as many people as possible. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Classes are Open for Registration in W. Springfield!

Hi friends! If you left a comment on my 2015 classes page I emailed you yesterday to let you know my watercolor for stampers classes were open for registration. I wanted to make sure that anyone interested could get a spot so if you want to take the class you can sign up on the Heirloom Productions website. Here is a quick video to tell you all about it:

If you have crafty friends in the Northeast please let them know and help me spread the word. This is my first time teaching at this convention and I really want it to be successful! I will be attending the convention all weekend so if you are there shopping and you see me please say “howdy!” Here are previews of the projects we will make in the classes. Each class is $35 and there is no overlap between classes so you can take them both (as long as there is still room!) I will provide the supplies for use in the class but I recommend bringing your own scissors and adhesive for the techniques class.

DCF 1.0 DCF 1.0

Tip: if you are buying tickets and signing up for multiple classes be sure to click the back button after clicking on the class you want so you can have everything on one order (they charge a $1 processing fee per order) so you can save a few bucks and that means more money for stamps LOL!

Class size is limited to 24 so please sign up early to be sure you will get a spot! Check out the Heirloom Productions website to register, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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