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.

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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!

Let’s Paint Tulips {as YOU wish!}

Hi friends! Tonight I am reminded of the movie The Princess Bride when Westley would always say “As you wish” to Buttercup, well tonight I am Westley and you are Princess Buttercup and I will show you how to paint this quickly or real time live format!  You can find the photo I used by Kathy Paulus Here on Paint my Photo.

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Here is the speed version, I’ve had some complaints and some appreciation for the background music, let me know what you think in the comments.

And the live narrated real-time version that is a whopping 47 minutes long!

Supplies:

  • 8″x10″ canvas
  • #6 round synthetic and #12 flat hog brush (I used a small synthetic flat here but realized I could do that with a round brush)
  • Acrylic paint in: Cad yellow, Ultramarine Blue. Cad red, sap green and white
  • water bucket, paper towels, palette

So there is how you paint tulips in acrylics, as you wish;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fast or Slow, you choose with today’s painting tutorial!

Hi Friends! Sorry I forgot to post yesterday, I just realized it but hey, as a special treat I have 2 videos for you tonight. I had several people mention that they would like a speed painting so I decided to release this tutorial as a speed paint with a voice over and  a real-time live narrated one too. You can pick the one that is best for you!

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Here is the quick video:

Here is the long video:

Thanks for everyone who told me that the plant in the tutorial is an Angel Wing Begonia. Hopefully it will root in water and we can plant it! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Use Chalk Paint to Gussy Stuff Up!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I use Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint to refurbish some odds and ends I had kicking around the studio, I never met a box I didn’t like remember…

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They started out looking like this:

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I was sent this chalk paint to try out from Plaid, I wanted to put it through its paces and see how it covered on glossy painted wood, paper covered wood, hard board, raw wood and wooden beads.  Watch the video to see how it worked and to see my bonus tip for art journalers!

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Here is a look at the supplies I got to work with. They are not cheap but they are excellent quality. I know the brushes will last for years. Often when you buy large hog bristle brushes they shed hairs and when you look down the middle of the brush you can see a gap in the bristles where the handle is. Not with these, they are packed with bristles that are firmly set in the ferrule. The brushes are well-balanced and comfortable to use which is important with a big brush so you do not get fatigued working on a large project.

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The wax finish is the final step in these projects. Now, I’m not gonna lie, the buffing of the wax is work. I would not wax a large piece of furniture unless you try the wax on a small project first to see if you can hack it. It looks great and the more you buff it the glossier it looks but it is honestly the hardest part of the project. I don’t know what I was thinking waxing those beads! Live and learn:)

I wanted a sweet little watercolor to put in my distressed frame. You can find the tutorial for painting it here.

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I have had summer on the mind lately, I think the little boxes will be great for putting beach treasures in or maybe putting small activities to keep the kids busy during road trips. The bead box would be nice for brushes and paints I think too! What would you put in them! Of course someday I’d love to have a camp on the water and I could totally see these sitting on my bookshelf there but for now I can paint and dream :)

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Please visit PlaidOnline for more information, free project ideas and to purchase Folk Art Home Decor Chalk or any other of their fine products (they are the mod-podge people you know!) It is generous companies like this that allow me to provide fun craft projects everyday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint an Orchid Together!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this orchid! I was so happy to see it in bloom again, surely it is a sign of spring right?

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I will show you how to draw the orchid in the video but if you prefer to have a pattern I have a similar orchid illustration in the Fancy Flowers digital stamp set. I sketched the picture with a yellow watercolor pencil and I also used my new Golden Qor watercolors.

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I have to say I like using them much better dry in the tin AND they dried quickly, I was even able to close the tin without them falling out of the wells ad making a mess. I think the Aquazol binder these paints use help the paint adhere to the palette better. That said the color released quickly when touched with a wet brush. I enjoyed these so much that I ordered the other two intro sets of 6 from MerriArtist because they had them cheaper ($20.99 vs $24.49 a set at all of the big store I usually order from) and a coupon (coupon code 10OFF) for $10 off an order of $100 and free shipping on orders over $90. I am not affiliated with MerriArtist but I ordered Saturday and my order should be here tomorrow so I am happy! You don’t have to have these paints though, any watercolor paints will work. Watch the video to see how it is done:

If you don’t have any watercolor pencils you can sketch lightly with a pencil and when it comes time to do the veining on the orchids you can use a thin liner brush and paint but you need to let the petals DRY completely first instead of working on the wet petals with the watercolor pencils.  I used Prima watercolor pencils but any brand is fine. I hope you try this lesson. Several viewers who saw the video on YouTube already have shared their beautiful paintings with me on TheFrugalCrafter facebook page and they all turned out so nicely. I love seeing the painting you have made, it touched my heart that you would take time out of your day to watch my videos and make a painting or project that I designed. I also love you guys supporting each others creative endeavors.  :) Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me and til tomorrow happy crafting!

First I Liked it, then I LOVED it! {Qor Watercolors}

Hi friends! I was asked by a few people to check out the new Qor watercolors from Golden. Golden is known for superior acrylic paints and mediums and quite frankly I really didn’t think they had any business making watercolor paints, I mean, there are so many fabulous watercolor paint makers out there, do we really need to reinvent the wheel? Also I find often when a company is known for one stellar medium their other offerings are lackluster. I had to make a large order for class supplies at Jerry’s Artarama a couple of weeks ago so I decided to try a tin of 6 colors that were on sale for $24.50, not bad for artist quality paint, I chose the High Chroma set because I like bright colors. I shot this video as I opened the paint and experimented with them for the first time:

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the paints. They were vibrant and it only took a tiny amount for bright results. I have to admit I preferred working from them dry on the palette like I did in the Orchid Painting I posted on YouTube today and out of the drop I squeezed out for this video I still have tons of paint left. These paints use a new binder called Aquazol instead of traditional gum arabic and they dried quick and held fast to the lid of the palette so I did not waste a bit. I was worried that it would flake off and make a mess when I closed it but that was not the case. I really think I will order the other two sets of 6 colors (the 12 intro set has some colors from all of the sets of 6 so that is why I am not going for that one, but it might be a better value if you start with that.) I was mistaken in the video when I said that the tubes in the sets were the same size as open stock, if you but the colors individually they are 11ml tubes and the ones in the sets are only 5ml but seeing how far these paints go I think I will get the other intro sets and then invest of the larger tubes of the colors I use up. Please note that there are other colors available open stock than in the sets so you will not have ll the colors by buying the sets. I really do not think you need all the colors of any line of paint, try to get single pigment colors and mixing your own. Paints (unlike pencils) will mix completely for an infinite variety so a limited palette is just fine.

Oh, please note, the big stores are selling the sets of 6 for $24.50 but I found a small shop called MerriArtist that has them for $20.99 and when I mentioned them on a video I uploaded today they gave me a coupon code to share for $10 off on orders over $100: 10off and they give free shipping in the lower 48 on orders over $90. They have not sponsored this post, and I have never ordered from them before, I’m just sharing a deal. If you have ordered from them please let me know what you think (I currently have a shopping card going LOL!) Sorry this post is so long. I had been asked by several viewers if I would review these so I wanted to share all of my thoughts. I hope you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make this palette for free!

Hi friends! I had an idea the other day for a DIY watercolor paper made with stuff from around the house. Best of all I can change colors as easy as can be:

This Marie’s set is just about the cheapest good watercolor paint I have ever found! It was $5 a set of 18 tubes at Ocean State Job Lot but most big art suppliers have it for about the same price.

Supplies for this DIY:

  • a magnet sheet
  • metal soda or beer bottle caps
  • adhesive if your container is not metal.

Directions: Cut a piece of magnet sheet (I get scraps for free at a sign/banner shop-they are leftovers from the car magnets they make) to fit your container and adhere it inside magnet side up. Arrange bottle caps on the magnet. Fill bottle caps with paint. You can an add or remove caps easily because they are just held in by magnets. You might need to replace them occasionally if they rust. (I only mention this because I’ve seen old rusty metal bottle caps outside in the dirt before.)

Not bad for a cheap palette, eh?

The brushes are the Real Value line from Princeton Art & Brush Company and they are excellent for the price, the set I demonstrated cost $6 at Ocean State Job Lot but, again, you can probably find them online.

I hope this us useful to someone! Happy crafting!

 

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