LIVE! Field of Colorful Poppies 12:30pm ET

Edited to add the finished painting! Have a great weekend!


Howdy friends! I decided to take a break from winter this week and paint a riot of color inspired by this photo by Lina Angelov on Unsplash :lina-angelov-106534.jpg

Won’t you join me? We will sketch together so no pattern will be provided but I assure you this will be easy enough for a beginner. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


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Craftsy has all kinds of professionally produced DIY classes from cooking and crafting to art and gardening. You can even snag a sweet deal on my mixed media class and it is available streaming or on DVD!

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I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today for a fun colorful and free painting lesson! Invite your friends and til then happy crafting!


LIVE! Snowy Deer in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Edited to add finished photo of painting.

Well, this deer ended up looking a bit awkward and if you watched the video til the end you saw the unfortunate inking of the face. I patched her up with a bit of colored pencil and called it a day. Have a great weekend everyone!


Hi friends! I can’t wait to paint with you today! It has been such a busy week that I am craving some watercolor and chit-chat with my peeps! I was thinking about what I wanted to paint this week and I came across this photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash and it just struck me. I love the soft, calm beauty of it.


I hope I can do it justice. You can watch the livestream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.

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Hope to see you later for the live stream! Happy crafting!

You have my permission…

Hi friends! I get asked often by students if they can follow a tutorial of mine and then make their painting into Christmas card or other greeting and I want to go on the record and say YES! I post these tutorials so you can learn and copy them and if you have one you want to share with your friends and family then please do! Heck maybe they will want to learn to paint as well after being inspired by you and you can send them my way. Sharing is caring! Today I have a painting demo of a cardinal done in watercolor and colored pencils. It was my second attempt. This was the first. He reminds me of the angry bird from the video game LOL!


Do you notice a resemblance?

I was very frustrated after the first attempt so I tried again.


Although looking at the first painting the next day I realized that it wasn’t so bad. Either we are bad judges of our own work while we are painting or painting elves come in when we are asleep and fix our mistakes. What do you think? Either way, moral of the story, don’t give up on a painting until the next day!



  • Watercolors (Joiart set of 24 $15.99 set of 24 12ml tubes)
  • Watercolor paper (Canson Monteville 9″x12″ 20 sheet pad $11.44)
  • Prismacolor pencils (prices varies between set size)  Colors used below:
    938 white
    1023 cloud blue
    965 cold grey dark
    935 black
    946 dark brown
    908 dark green
    988 marine green
    1004 yellow chartreuse
    942 yellow ochre
    918 orange
    923 scarlet lake
    924 crimson red
  • Princeton Neptune brushes 1/2 oval wash and #12 round
  • Royal Aqualon liner and #6 round

I compiled a bunch of real-time video tutorials that would make great Christmas cards, gifts or holiday decorations into the playlist below. Feel free to paint them and do what you wish with the paintings (yes, even sell them at craft fairs!) Honestly the only restriction I have with students copying my designs is not to submit them for publication as work submitted for publication should be the artist’s concept and execution, it protects you and me:)

I hope this post inspires you to get your brush wet today! This blog post contains affiliate links to Amazon and I am compensated if purchases are made after clicking the links at no additional cost to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Canvas Giveaway and Acrylic Painting Cactus Tutorial!

Edited to add contest winners! Congrats to Tina Rich, Jane and Velma Hutchison. All the winners were notified via email and need to reply to the email I sent. The contest is closed. Thanks for playing!

Hi friends! Tonight I have an exciting giveaway, a multipack of 28 canvases! I will pick 3 winners of this prize pack from our sponsor Arteza so make sure you leave a comment below for a chance to win. Everything I have tried from Arteza has been wonderful and the prices are incredibly low so if you are in the need of some art, craft or quilting supplies give them a try and use the coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 to save an additional 10% on your order!


Today we will paint a cactus in a cup in acrylics! It is a great beginner tutorial and cactus themed stuff is so on trend right now. Watch the video to see how it’s done!


Supplies (From Arteza)

You can find the video and links to the mini ornament canvases in this blog post.

This was a lot of fun to paint and I really like the quality of the canvas panels from Arteza. I hope you give them a try! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a multipack of 28 canvas panels, I’ll choose 3 winners next Monday! If you want to shop for some supplies be sure to use the coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 to save10% but don’t wait, offer expires 1/3/18. That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



3 Cute Christmas Canvasses! Beginner Acrylic Tutorial!

Hi friends! These cute mini canvasses take about 10 minutes to paint each and can be a fun, inexpensive family or classroom activity!


I created a free printable template sized for 3″x3″ canvases if you want an easy way to reproduce these. I used graphite paper to transfer my design. Free free to use the pattern on watercolor paper if you prefer. Watch the video to see how to paint them!


These would be cute attached to gifts, sitting on a mantle or windowsill, as place cards on the dinner table, hung from a tree or even used as magnets. How would use display them?


Tips for creating this project in a group!

  • Give each person a place to work. Set out a square of newspaper, a palette (palette paper, waxed paper or freezer paper are a great option) and a water bucket, paper towel and a few brushes. *You can even have the designs transferred onto the canvases before they begin!
  • Paint the backgrounds first.
  • Remind new painters to wipe extra water off their brush after rinsing so they don’t dilute the acrylic paint.
  • Tell new painters that they can practise their brush strokes on the newspaper.
  • When you are done you can fold-up the newspaper, paper towel and palette paper into  neat packet for disposal. *A note about recycling: Many recycle centers will not take newspaper with paint on it but these paper products will biodegrade in the landfill and I believe use fewer resources than washing out palettes and paint mats. You don’t want excess paint down the drain.  This is my opinion, you can do what it right for you:)

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would love it if you painted it with friends! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Live! Pomegranate Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! I hope you will join me for a fun live painting session at 12:30 eastern time today on YouTube. This is what we will paint:


I have resisted buying pomegranates because they are $3 a pop in Maine but my daughter Lila really wanted one and I wanted to paint one so I rushed to paint this before she ate it LOL! I did snap these reference photos before I started painting which was a good thing as the pithy flesh of the fruit wanted to brown quickly.


I had intended to paint the knife too but decided I liked it better without it. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters and ask me questions as we go be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.


Did you enjoy this free watercolor lesson? Want more in-depth art instruction? Check out my watercolor classes and save 50% with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY through December 2nd, 2017 (that’s tomorrow!)



Or take 50% off my craftsy Mixed Media Class with my special discount link here!


I hope you have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Playing with Watercolor Texture & Irricdecent Mediums & 50% Off Gift Certificates!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from today’s live stream. Have a great weekend!

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Howdy folks! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We traveled down to my sister’s house and had diner with her family and my parents. It was a lovely day:) Today I thought I’d play with some watercolor mediums during the live show at 12:30pm Eastern Time. Truth be told I don’t often use mediums in any of my paintings but I came across a bottle of Winsor and Newton Texture and Iridescent mediums when I was cleaning and thought I’d give them a try.


The texture medium is really blah until it dries and then if offers a rough gritty texture that would be great for sand or rocks or the mottled furry skin on the seals we are going to paint. The iridescent medium adds a shimmer to your paint which would be beautiful for holiday greeting cards. I do want to point out that once you frame your piece under glass you lose some of the effect of the iridescent medium so I like it best for hand painted cards and art journal work where there is no barrier between the art and the viewer. These mediums have been available for years yet I am surprised at the lack of education around them so let’s change that shall we? You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page. With this being a holiday in the US I wonder if we will have a bigger crowd than usual? Go ahead and invite your friends:)  I am sure many people will be ready to sit back and relax especially if they spent the night black friday shopping!


How about a Black Friday Deal?

I am offering a huge 50% discount on my watercolor classes! You have to go big for Black Friday right? That’s not all, if you want to gift a class you can do so at the same price! I realize that many of you have enrolled in my classes and every day I get comments and emails saying how much value they have received from my instruction and how much their paintings have improved since taking my classes.  Comments like these:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

Hey Lindsay, I had so much fun with this tutorial and learnt so many techniques – thank you! -Marianna Panopoulos

This is a great overview on color. I really appreciate the way you explained it. I never knew the difference between warm colors and cool colors and how they work together (or not) when you mix them to create new colors. Thanks for the encouragement on playing with colors. It’s so much fun. -Stephanie Youngerman

Love this lesson. Very detailed skills tips and skills provided. -Eloise Luyk

So here is the special offer! You can take a class of give a gift for 50% off! Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to get 50% off any class, or, if you want to purchase gift certificates you can get each class gift certificate for $39 (regularly $79.) The gift certificates are good for any class I offer in my online school. To order gift certificates simply email me at and type Gift Certificate in the subject line. Let me know how many you want to order and I will send you an invoice via paypal. After I receive payment I will email you the gift certificates. You can even buy them for yourself and get a deal on future classes! *If giving a class to a beginner I recommend Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor painting. It is my everything you need to get started jumpstart course. Please allow up to 24 hours for me to process your gift certificate request as I enter them manually into my system.


Of course buying a class is even simpler! I’ve added the discount codes right here in the links for Essential Tool and Techniques for Watercolor or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl. 


If you happened to buy a class at full price already this week (11/17/17-11/24/17) let me know and I will send you a gift certificate for free. Just drop me a line and I will look up your info. I know I hate it when I buy something and then it goes on sale the next day and I like to treat my peeps the way I’d like to be treated:)

I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET for a live painting tutorial, til then happy crafting!


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