LIVE! Fun & Colorful Rainbow Lollipop in Watercolor! 12:30pm ET

Edited to add photo of the finished painting. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! I got a lot of requests to paint a real-time lollypop after the sketchbook sunday time-lapse twisted lolly I painted a couple of weeks ago so I thought this fun jumbo one would be a fun subject! (Plus if I don’t paint it soon I fear my kids will make it disappear!) Here is the photo (BTW you can buy them at the Dollar Tree!)


You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure you tune in at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.


One week left to save 50% on my new class Learn to Draw with Lindsay (Regular $79-sale $39.50) with coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price dosn’t show up automaticaly. (For The drawing class payment plan use coupon code DRAWMEX3, regular price is 3x $30/ price with coupon is 3x $15 with coupon DRAWMEX3)

I am been so heartened by the response to my course so far, the artwork students have shared in the classroom as blown me away! Here is a lovely comment I received the other day:

Hi Lindsay, what a great drawing course. I have been painting for 30 plus years, drawing was my weakest, until now. I’m starting to see things in shape, I think the most helpful is starting with a circle or shape then fill in with the shapes of whatever you are drawing. This has been the best money I have ever spent. What I love I can look at these lessons over & over until I get it!! ~Linda

If you would like to join the hundreds of students who are learning to draw with accuracy and confidence check out Learn to Draw with Lindsay to learn more or enroll today! If there was another class that caught your eye the coupon code DRAWME will take 50% off the one time payment as well but only until 3/31/18.

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PS. I will be adding some bonus lessons in the watercolor classes soon! Keep an eye out for that!

PSS. To use the DRAWME coupon for any of the classes in my school simply click the orange “ADD Coupon” when you checkout:


I hope the little video isn’t silly but I don’t want anyone to miss out and sometimes it’s not obvious where the coupon goes:) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to paint with you later! Happy crafting!


10 Tips for Using Cheap Watercolor Supplies PLUS 5 Reason Cheap Watercolors are Great!

Hi friends! Today I will share some tips and tricks to get the most of inexpensive student grade supplies. You can have fun while using up your student grade stash and learn a lot about watercolor technique too!


See my top 10 tips in action in the video and refer to the list below for a written tip sheet!

My top tips! (This article includes affiliate links)
1. Use student grade color straight from the tube instead of squeezing a bunch out to dry out in a palette. You will get the vibrant result you want without the struggle of rewetting less pigmented paints. Also, often when you let student watercolor dry in a palette the paint cracks and falls out therefore wasting it. Just put a drop of each color you need on a plate when you are ready to paint, you don’t need much and the leftovers can easily be rewet so there is no waste. *The watercolors I am using in today’s demonstration are JoiArt watercolors that are $14.99 for 25 tubes.

2. Practise your brush control. You can use any grade watercolor and paper to practise making thick and thin strokes and learn good brush control. Build your muscle memory with the cheap stuff.

3. Buy a brush once. If taken care of your watercolor brushes can last a lifetime as watercolor is such a gentle paint. It is better to learn with a decent brush because you will always have it. I think a soft and pointy #8 round is an ideal brush to start with. Here are my recommendations:

4. Don’t overmix. Many student paints don’t list the pigments used and many are already mixed colors, that’s why you often make mud when you try mixing these colors. You will probably need to use more colors than you would with professional quality paints.

5. Let the colors mix on the paper rather than mixing on the palette. This will keep you from over mixing and getting a chalky or muddy mess.

Paper tips! Cheap paper is less durable than artist grade paper. It is usually made of wood pulp and often it does not have enough sizing (the material that keeps the paint from feathering.) My favorite cheaper paper to use for practise is actually 100% cotton paper made by Aquabee, it comes in 6″x9″ sheets in #90 and #140 weights and you can get 50 sheet packs for $12-$18

6. Avoid excessive scrubbing or erasing on your watercolor paper to prevent pilling.

7. Work wet on dry. You can keep vibrant colors and crisp edges.

8. When doing a background wash on cheap cellulose paper wet a section at a time then add in your colors one at a time and let them mix on the paper. This prevents part of your paper drying out on you as you complete the wash and it keeps your paint from becoming muddy.

9. Use a dry “thirsty” brush to sop up puddles in a background wash. This allows you to soak up extra water and avoid ruffle edge blooms from appearing.

10. Don’t be afraid to mix your media! If you watercolor painting is lacking the “glow” you desire, add details and shading with wax or oil based colored pencils. This will give you the luminosity can can be hard to achieve sometimes with student grade supplies. You can use ANY brand pencils you have but Prismacolors have been pretty cheap lately and that is what I prefer.

Great things about student quality watercolors:
1. They lift well.
2. They are less likely to feather on cheap paper.
3. You get many colors in a set so you can see what you really use and then only purchase those colors in artist quality as you run out. It will save you money as you only rebuy what suits you.
4. You can paint without fear of wasting precious paint!
5. They are a great way to see if watercolor is for you without a big investment.

I hope this post helps you realize that you don’t have to be rich to get a lot of enjoyment from watercolor! Hmmm, maybe the term “starving artist” came because artists were broke after buying their supplies LOL! It dosn’t have to be that way, use what you have and put paint to paper. After all it’s using the supplies and not owning them that makes you an artist. Let me know what you think in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Sparkly Ring in Watercolor // Sketchbook sunday…er, Monday?

Hi friends! Every Sunday morning I like to make my coffee and sit at the desk in my office and paint before anyone else is up. I usually listen to a podcast or audio book and just relax and paint whatever I feel like painting at the moment. I have wanted to paint a close up of sparkly jewelry for a few years but never had a “reason” to. Well, Sketchbook Sunday gives me a reason to just paint what I want just for fun!


You can watch a time-lapse with instructional voice over below. I hope you enjoy it!

Want more drawing help? Check out my new class Learn to Draw with Lindsay! BEST DEAL Save 50% (Regular $79-sale $39.50) Use coupon code DRAWME if discount isn’t shown, coupon good through 3/31/18. (For a payment plan use coupon code DRAWMEX3, regular price is 3x $30/ price with coupon is 3x $15 with coupon DRAWMEX3)

Supplies: (Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you)


What are you working on in your sketchbook? I’d love to know! If you liked this tutorial please consider sharing it using one of the sharing links below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Colorful Flamingo LIVE Today at 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the final paintingfrom the livestream. This has pastel added and then blended with water to soften at the end. You can see that in the video below:) Have a great weekend!


*Note: We are now in Daylight Savings Time and that may affect what time the show goes live where you live. We will be live at 12:30m Eastern Daylight Savings Time.


I had so much fun creating the practise piece for this lesson! This is going to be a fun, loose, watercolor tutorial so check your inner critic at the door and come to my art room and play! We will sketch the flamingo together but please don’t let that scare you, I’ll make it easy, and if you feel like you want a bit more help in the drawing department feel free to check out my new class Learn to Draw with Lindsay, it’s 50% off this month with coupon code DRAWME! If you don’t feel like drawing you can always print and trace the reference photo.


You can watch the live show or the reply in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions then you will want to watch on the YouTube watch page.

You can find the materials I used from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

I am really looking forward to painting with you today! I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has enrolled in my new Learn to Draw with Lindsay course already. I am delighted to see the beautiful work that has been posted in the classroom and I love hearing how confident my students are becoming in their drawing skills. Here is what some of my students had to say after a few lessons:

“I really enjoyed this lesson Lindsay because it all makes more sense now, the importance of values and shadows to give real life action to ones work. I love your style.” ~Donna Birney

“This is the first time I have drawn a pencil sketch in 30 years. Thank you Lindsay for inspiring me. It’s a lovely course.” ~Sarah Gogan

“Dear Lindsay, thank you so much for offering this class on drawing. I enjoy watching your tutorials on watercolor very much and I am excited to learn to draw. Your teaching style is the best.” ~Joanne Milano

“I’m so excited about this class. I can DOODLE draw – like Tangling but I’m always wanting to draw like this. To really learn drawing skills. Thank u and WOW! I’m in awe! I did this :)” ~Angel Joy

If you would like to join the hundreds of students improving their confidence in drawing while creating beautiful artwork I’d love to have you as a student in Learn to Draw with Lindsay! Let me hold your hand and show you how simple it can be to draw what you see! Don’t miss out on the chance to save 50% on the class through the end of the month. Use Coupon Code DRAWME if the discount doesn’t show up automatically.

I look forward to painting with you live on YouTube at 12:30pm EDT today! Let’s grab our paint and make a splash! Til then happy crafting!


Fox in Watercolor Pencil and Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today we will paint a fox in watercolor pencils!


You can use any watercolor pencils you have but if you are in search for a good quality and inexpensive set check out this set of 36 from your sponsor AMAZROCK. You get 36 vibrant colors in a reusable storage wrap for $21.30 (Regular $47.98) They are even offering an additional 10% off coupon if you sign up on their website.


Watch the video to see the real-time watercolor pencil tutorial.



Amazrock is giving away a set of 36 watercolor pencils with carrying wrap to THREE lucky viewers. Click this link to enter the giveaway.

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I am glad that companies are offering good quality watercolor pencils at a low price and this kit will be in my go to summer travel kit. I think I might even be able to wrap it around my travel watercolor palette and DIY watercolor block due to the extended strap length. I hope you give today’s tutorial a try and good luck in the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Blue Lotion Bottle

Heck yeah I’m fancy, I put my hand lotion in a chic glass bottle! LOL! Hi friends, in this weeks installment of sketchbook Sunday I am painting this pretty blue bottle I bought a few weeks ago to house hand lotion at my kitchen sink.


I wish I bought a second one for hand soap because the dingy plastic dollar store soap bottle I keep refilling looks really out-of-place next to this beauty! Who knew a $4 glass bottle from Christmas Tree Shop would class up the joint so much haha:) I have to admit I probably got too much happiness from this little blue bottle but that was what I was inspired to paint in my sketchbook this morning and that is what our sketchbooks are for. Painting what WE want without input or judgement of anyone else. Challenge yourself, make mistakes, play and enjoy it. That’s what it’s for! Watch the video for a time-lapse demonstration of this blue bottle in cheap gouache.

I just realized that the entire set of paints I used and the bottle combined cost less than $25, talk about a cheap date! Art doesn’t have to be expensive, supplies don’t have to be precious and you’re not going to “use up” all of your good ideas. The fact is that creativity is contagious. The more you create the more good ideas you will have. So, have you started using that sketchbook yet? What are you waiting for?


  • Gouache (or acrylic)  *Colors used: Prussian Blue, Cerulean blue, rose-red, yellow ochre, titanium white ***These Arteza paints are super cheap (less than a $1 a tube and work great!)
  • Brushes: (Mimik faux kolinsky rounds #1, #8)
  • Sketchbook: (6″x9″ Fabriano Venezia)  *This sketchbook is my absolute fave! It is pricey but so wonderful to work with!
  • For my palette I used a ceramic plate from Dollar tree and to hold my paint I used a small 24 box organizer from Harbor Freight

Save 50% on my new drawing class Learn to Draw with Lindsay!  *Use coupon code DRAWME if the discount does not show (Use coupon code DRAWMEX3 for 50% off a payment plan)

I wonder what I will be inspired to sketch next week… Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Class is OPEN! Drawing Supply GIVEAWAY! & Live Show Today {FRI-YAY!}

Edited to add giveaway winner: Congrats to Tara Chan who won the complete sketching set from Royal & Langnickel! Please check your email for details:)

Hi friends! The time has finally come! Learn to Draw with Lindsay is open for enrollment!  All the lessons are up in  the classroom and ready when you sign up! You can work through the lessons at your own pace and, as with all of my online classes, you get lifetime access!

This class contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction to teach you the fundamentals of drawing. The first 10 lessons focus on charcoal and graphite and are designed to teach you to draw what you see.

You will learn how to:

  • Break a complex picture up to basic shapes
  • Turn basic shapes into three-dimensional forms by shading
  • See the difference between tonal values
  • Use linework to help your drawing
  • Draw scenes in correct perspective
  • Use negative space to accurately place your subject.
  • Start drawing today by employing techniques to turn off the inner critic and start creating!


Then we branch out into other drawing mediums that can help you make the leap from drawing to painting!


I have taught students of all ages to draw and you do not need “natural talent” to be successful. I created this class so anyone can learn to draw on their own schedule from the comfort of their home at a much lower price than my in-person classes. The regular price for this course is $79 but I want my faithful viewers to get the best price so I am offering it for half off this month. Use the coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price doesn’t show up. If you have painted for years but have struggled with the drawing or had to rely on patterns to get started this class is for you! If you are a homeschooling family wanting to broaden your art curriculum this class is for you! If you have a curious mind and want to experience the rewarding feeling of joy and satisfaction when you learn to draw what you see this class is for you to! Everyone is welcome in my classroom! Click here to find out more or enroll at 50% off today!

EDIT: If you are buying a payment plan use the coupon code DRAWMEX3 to get the discount on each payment.

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To celebrate the launch of my new class I thought it would be fun to draw and paint with inexpensive chalk pastels. We will be painting an orchid on toded paper, you can use any shade of paper or cardstock you like but grey of soft blue would be especailly lovely for this. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30 ET today!


Giveaway time!!!

You only need a few basic supplies to take my new class. This set from Royal & Langnickel has everything you need for the first 10 lessons and they are giving a set away to one lucky reader! I will choose a winner at random from a comment left on this blog post! Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is only open to USA and Canada residents. Thanks to Royal & Langnickel for providing the prize!


Lastly I want to thank you for your support as I was building Learn to Draw with Lindsay, your kind comments on Instagram and emails asking after the class made my day. I hope it meets your expectations because I know that you can learn to draw and create whatever wonderful artwork you put your mind to! Thanks for sharing in my excitement today and as always, happy crafting!

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