Let’s Paint Lilacs! {Real Time Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! I had a bit of free time on Saturday night so I live streamed this painting tutorial of Lilac flowers in a mason jar.

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I missed hanging out and painting with you on Friday because I was away on a school trip so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to paint with you:)

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This video origanally broadcast live on Saturday night. During drying times I answered viewer questions and I also took questions at the end of the show, if you don’t care for the chatter you can fast forward through the Q&A bits and not miss any instruction:) Video!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: I used my LUKAS 1862 watercolors from the 48 half pan set for this but they are sold out on Jerry’s and Amazon (and the prices of the sets have gone up) BUT I did find a screaming deal on the 48 pan set of Rembrandt which is a better quality paint than the LUKAS 1862 and currently a lot cheaper. Colors used: Cobalt Teal, Andethrone Blue, Olive Green, Perm. Yellow Light, Purple, Diox Violet and Burnt Sienna
  • Arches 140# CP paper 
  • Mimik Brushes 3/4″ flat, #8 round
  • 1/2″ angle flat Majestic brush
  • Pastels

Lilac flowers are one of my favorite signs of spring, what spring flowers are your favorite? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS: If you want more real timewatercolor instruction be sure to check out my new watercolor course Essentail Tools and Techniques for Watercolor on sale for $39 (reg. $79) this month only!

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Watercolor Practice & No Live Tomorrow

Hi friends! I am quickly dashing off this blog post on my way out the door to chaperone a two-day school trip to a music festival. The sun is shining and everyone is in a great mood (I just hope they don’t allow musical interments on the bus!)

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I wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to do the live show tomorrow because I will on the trip but I did want to make sure you had something to work on so I have a watercolor leaf practice video for you. This is quick, if you have 10 or 15 minutes grab your paints and play!

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Video!

I hope you take a few minutes to paint today! If you are living somewhere where plants are in bloom and the weather is nice why not go outside and paint from life! It will build your observation skills like nothing else!

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If you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor instruction I invite you to check out my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor. It has 5+ hours of video instruction on color mixing, texture effects, washes and three real-time paintings to complete.

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I have also just added a private Facebook group for students to share their work (enrolled students can find a link in the Intro & Supplies module.) If you think you would benefit from this course check it out now because it’s on sale through the month of May for $39 but it goes up to $70 on June 1st. Here are what some student’s have said about the class:

“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight

“Lindsay, you gave the best demonstration of a controlled wash on the green and red bottles that I’ve ever seen. This has been an “aha” moment for me! Now I’m really practicing controlled washes with success.” -Pricilla M. Ware

“This was such a good lesson on the difference between warm and cool colors and what can be achieved when mixing! I learned a lot. Now to play…” -Terri Honz

“Lindsay this class is FANTASTIC!! It is well paced and includes so many wonderful techniques. :)” -Janet Walsh

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received for the course so far, it has far exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful to find a place where I can take my time to teach all of the important techniques I think beginners should learn and practice. If you would like to learn more you can check out Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor here or enroll today!

If anyone would like a tutorial for the other rose painting I showed in today;s video just let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to post it. I will have a live stream NEXT week:) Wish me luck on chaperoning the school trip and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Pour Paint! Live 12:30pm Eastern Time

Hi friends, today we are going to have fun pouring paint, here is the play I had this morning:

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I am working on a 12″x16″ block of Canson Monteval which is a fairy cheap paper. I don’t often do this technique or work in abstract so I didn’t want to worry about wasting expensive paper:) I used a reference photo from Graphicstock, if you want to download it I recommend signing up for the 7 day free trial here (so you have permission to download it and paint from it) and then after you are logged in you can find it here.  *Even if you only sign up for the free trial you still have the right to use the files you downloaded. I do recommend downloading a copy of the license just so you have it. I am such a nerd, I just reread the license agreement (yes I read those things!)

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You can watch the live stream on YouTube or in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions during the broadcast be sure to watch on YouTube.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

  • Dr PH Martins Liquid watercolors *note, you can use regular watercolors, just have some small cups to make pour-able washes in. I used Turquise (pthalo blue) Quin Magenta, Gamboge and for the final stages Carbon Black (Yes, black, I am a wild woman today I tell you!)
  • Watercolor paper Canson Montval Block*I like to use inexpensive paper when experimenting!
  • Brushes: Mimik fax squirrel, also a 2″ hog fan and an old toothbrush
  • Other: Water buckets, paper towel, pipette or eye dropper (if you are not using paints that come with them)

I want to say a HUGE thank you…

…for helping make my online course Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Painting a huge success! I am so honored that so many of you enrolled in the class and shraed it with friends! If you have not heard of it and want to check it out you can find it here and I have put it on sale for $39 for the month of May (It will be priced at $79 after that.)

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I wish I had the ability to do gift certificates for the class with mother’s day coming up but if you did want to buy the class for your mom you could create an account and purchase the class and then give her the login credentials as a work around.  Be sure to use her email address so she will have an easy time to log in. My students are having a wonderful time in class, here are a couple of student testimonials:

“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight

“I am having so much fun with these lessons! Your explanations are easy to follow, and my samples are turning out ok. It’s so nice to just come to class whenever I can, and have the instructor right there beside me, don’t have to get dressed, drive to town, etc. Painting in jammies! Love it!” -Diane Murray

“Lindsay, I really hope you keep these watercolor tutorials coming! I can’t wait for your next class! I learned so much!” -Terri Honz

And there are more! If you would like to join the hundreds of other watercolor painters who are enjoying the essential techniques found in this class click here to enroll today!

I hope to see you pouring paint at 12:30pm ET today! Til then Happy Crafting!

LIVE Today! Let’s Paint a Ruffly Parrot Tulip & My New Watercolor Course!

EDIT: Here is the finished painting from today’s live stream, I think it is one of my favorites!

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Hi friends! It has been an exciting couple of hours here in the Frugalcrafter family! I just launched my first watercolor course called Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painters and it is getting an amazing response! More on that later. First up let’s talk about today’s free live painting class at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! We are painting a beautiful, ruffled parrot tulip! tulip-1978165_640.png

You can download a printable PDF pattern here or sketch it from the photo above. You can watch the free live painting tutorial, or the replay, in the player below but if you want to chat with other painters live or ask me watercolor questions during the show be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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Now on to my exciting news!!!!

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For years blog and YouTube subscribers have asked me to create a watercolor class. I wanted to distill the essential techniques every watercolor painter should know down into a course with easy digestible chunks. I wanted to provide information on the tools and supplies so you get what you need without getting overwhelmed with all the options out there, and I wanted to give practical techniques to practice and perfect so that you could go forth and paint whatever your heart desires.

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I also wanted to show you how to apply the techniques you learned so I created three paintings that you can follow along with and put your new skills into action.

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This class is self paced and you have lifetime access to the content. The lessons are broken up into manageable chunks so you won’t be overwhelmed.

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I also wanted to simplify color mixing using a split-primary palette so you can avoid the mud when you want brilliant colors and create interesting neutrals and shadows when you need to.

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Last week as I was wrapping up my filming I asked you “What would you like to see in a watercolor course?” and I carefully reviewed your thoughtful answers and I am proud to say that I think I covered almost everything!

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I would be honored if you took a moment to check out my class and let me know what you think. My goal is to start watercolor beginners off on the right foot and fill in the gaps for more experienced painters who feel unsure about some of the foundations.

If you like the idea of learning watercolor painting at a relaxed pace from the comfort of your home please check out Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Painting. I taught this curriculum as an 8 week course in my studio with success. Students paid $180 for the class in person and I always had a waiting list! I am offering this online class to my subscribers for $39 (Regular $79) during the month of May.

Most of all I want to thank you for the support and encouragement you have given me over the years and the confidence to create this course. You are the best! I hope you can join me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube to paint this fun flower! Til then Happy Crafting & Painting!

Mixed Media Mess {what to do when a painting goes wrong!}

Hi friends! This painting started out OK but soon was a frustrating mess. Instead of tossing a painting when it hits the hot mess stage why not persevere? After all you’ve got nothing to lose!

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I had a reader ask about negative painting techniques and that is what I started to do here but struggled with the watercolors I used and realized that I did not pick the best supplies for that technique. Rather than force my paint and paper to do something it didn’t want I chose to let go of expectations and just play. Even grown up artists need to play and like I said, what have you got to lose? Grab those mixed media supplies you have been collection and give new life to a bummer of a painting!

Productpalooza! I must say it is strangely satisfying to grab those supplies that “I HAD to have” but rarely get used and give them a workout. If you are curious about any of the stuff I used on this piece I have linked them below. Affiliate links used.

This was kinda crazy at times, I thought it might be fun to see how I get out of trouble in a painting LOL:) This painting took 45 minutes in real-time, you could probably do it faster if you set out to do a mixed media piece from the beginning. I wanted to share some info from viewers of this video on YouTube, I asked them about Prismacolor Pencils, they have been so cheap on Amazon lately and I was considering getting a set but I had heard the quality had gone downhill. I have, and love, prismacolors but mine are all older and I was thinking of replenishing my set. The results were hot and cold, I have 11 viewers say they recently bought Prismacolors and they were great and 5 said they were very disappointed and 2 people said they seemed less pigmented than the older versions. I am not sure what to think, but I wanted to pass that on to you and if you have recent Prismacolor pencils and want to let us know what you think leave a comment:)

I also wanted to mention that if you make a bad watercolor you can always cut it up and make bookmarks or gesso over it and use it for pastel, acrylics or oils too! There is no need to cry over a failed attempt, we succeed or we learn! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Peony Flower Painting & Viviva Colorsheet Review!

Hi friends! Today I have a new product review and a tutorial. We will paint a peony flower and learn about Viviva Colorsheets, a new watercolor that comes in a paper booklet.

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I recommend using a paper with a good amount of sizing, these watercolors work well on cellulose watercolor paper like Starthmore Visual Journal.

Review:
Pros: Very transparent color, convenient to carry (compact), bright concentrated color (a little goes a long way), I really like this for coloring stamped images for cardmaking

Cons: Dye based color may fade easily, limited amount of color on the sheets (vs tubes or pans) might not be the best value for large studio work

Bottom line, these a bright and fun, they can be slipped into a bag or sketchbook for travel. I like them for small sketches or cardmaking. You can find out more about these watercolors here. Happy crafting!

LIVE today at 12:30pm ET: Magnolia Flower in Oils (you CAN use Acrylics too!)

Edit: Here is the finished painting, it was hard to get a good shot while the painting was still wet so I might update it in a couple of days:) Replay of the tutorial is below:) Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! I hope you can join me for a  live painting tutorial on YouTube today!

I felt like doing something a little different so I created a collage and stenciled background to do an oil painting on top of. Here is the video of the background in case you want to prepare yours the same way.

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You can watch the live tutorial (or the replay afterwards) of the magnolia flower painting in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to tune in here on YouTube today at 12:30pm eastern time.

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I will update this post later today with a photo of the finished painting! Happy crafting!

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