LIVE! Snowy Rural Road Landscape in Watercolor 12:30pm Eastern Time

Hi friends! I hope you can join me for a free live painting class today!This is what we are going to paint.

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Snowy rural landscape with road at sunset

A high res version of this photo is available at Graphicstock if interested. We will sketch this scene together during today’s live stream so all you need to do is show up with your supplies! You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask questios while we are live you need to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET.

I am using the same color palette as the Frosty Fall Landscape from a  few weeks ago so if you painted that one it will be a lovely companion piece.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

20% off LifeBook 2017!!! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 here to save 20% on this awesome star studded year long mixed media extravaganza!

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I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET for a fun free painting class! Happy crafting!

Christmas Cupcakes To Paint {You didn’t think I was gonna bake them did you?}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint some yummy Christmas cupcakes!

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I thought about speeding this video up but you always tell me keep the painting tutorials in real time so I took your advice, I hope you find it useful:) Here is a pattern you can trace if you don’t want to draw it freehand.

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Paint along with me in this video tutorial. Feel free to take a break anytime you need too, that’s the great thing about a video class, you can paint at your own pace!

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Supplies:
9″x12″ watercolor paper
Watercolors (Mission Gold)
Round brushes in sizes #30, #8, #4, #1
2 buckets of water& paper towel.
Reference photo

Thanks for stopping by! I will have a free live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm ET and I hope you will take some time to paint with me then too. Until then, happy crafting!

AQYLA Giveaway! {waterbased alkyd-resin paint)

Hi friends! I wanted to let you know that you KUSAKABE Enogu is giving away a set of AQYLA paint just in time for the holidays! Watch how artists are inspired by Aqyla all over the world and follow the directions at the end of the video to enter! All of the links can be found on the YouTube watch page of their video. You must follow the directions on the video to qualify and this giveaway is open internationally!

Here are a couple of examples I painted with Aqyla. I love that this paint can be used like oils, acrylics, watercolor or gouache. It has more open time than acrylics but dries quicker than oils and is pigmented enough to thin down and use as watercolors. The paint also contains tried and true pigments so there is little worry about fading down the road.

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You can see my full review on these paint here and the tutorials for the brush pot here and flower here if you want to see the paint in action. You can also visit kusakabe-enogu.com to purchase and save 10% using the coupon code: thefrugalcrafter. But if you want a chance to win some Aqyla paint be sure to visit this YouTube video and follow the directions at the end for your chance to win! Happy Crafting!

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Five Seashell Painting by Request!

Hi friends! I got a very enthusiastic response earlier this week when I asked if you would like to have a tutorial of this painting, your wish is my command!

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I am using Mission Gold watercolors on Arches paper but feel free to use whatever paper and paint you prefer. Let’s Paint!

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Supplies:
Watercolor paper: Arches 140# CP 11″x4″
Watercolors (mission gold) Yellow ocher, burnt umber, peacock blue (you can use Prussian or Pthalo blue), magenta
Round watercolor brushes #2, #4, #8
Credit card scraper
Paper towel and water buckets

Did that tutorial make you want more in depth painting classes? Check out all of the fabulous painting and crafting classes on sale now at Craftsy, many for only $13.99 including my class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step! All of the teachers at Craftsy are top-notch and I think it is nice to get many different perspectives when you are learning. You get lifetime access to your Craftsy classes and they make a great gifts so stock up now during their lowest prices of the year. Don’t wait because he sale ends tomorrow night! Remember ANY classes you purchase via my special discount link help keep my YouTube videos and blog tutorials frequent and free! I thank you for your support:)

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I hope you are having a fabulous weekend and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Deer in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern Time Today!

Hi Friends! Today we are going to paint a peaceful deer in watercolors live at 12:30pm on YouTube.

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I have added holly to the design in case you would like to use it as a Christmas card but you can easily paint the deer in a meadow if you prefer, just omit the holly. Here is the sketch you can print out and trace on your watercolor paper. Here is the reference photo of the fawn in a meadow by Joan McLellan and here is a reference photo of holly and berries by Margaret Battye from Paint my Photo.

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Here are the colors we will be using: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Quin Rose and Pyrrol Red. We will mix all colors from them.

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You can watch the free live class or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with other crafty friends be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page so you can take part in the conversation.

You can find the supplies I am using from your Sponsor Jerry’s Artarama, I have all of the supplies arranged in a handy teachers list. Be sure to check out their Black Friday deals and Holiday Sales Flyer! They also have a bunch of affordable samples to try including Turner watercolors and Mimik watercolor brushes!

Speaking of sales Craftsy is having their huge Black Friday sale, all classes are $17.99 or less, it is the lowest price of the season. My class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step is on sale for $13.99! That is the lowest price ever and with Craftsy you get lifetime access so stock up or buy a class as a gift! Any classes you by at Craftsy via my special discount link greatly helps support the free tutorials I post daily on my blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support!

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Don’t miss out on Craftsy’s lowest prices of the year! The sale runs through Monday 11/28/16! I hope to see you for the free live painting class today! Happy crafting!

Let’s Mess Around With Different Supplies & $15 Off Coupon!

Howdy friends and happy Thanksgiving! Today you get to see what really happens when I design a project. When I share my monthly Smart Art box with you I like you to see the actuall process of discovering the new tools and mediums, sometimes it goes smoothly, and well, sometimes we have many teachable moments like we do this month.

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As you may be aware acrylics are not my go-to medium but they are a big part of this months box, the theme was mixed media. They say hindsight is 20/20 and indeed they are right because I discovered many things about the products in this box and how my project would have turned out nicer and easier had I done things in a different order but that is how we learn. I heard a quote once that went “There is no failure, we either succeed or we learn.” If anyone knows who said that please let me know, I could not find it…I am probably misquoting but you get the idea. With that, here is today’s video!

This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art Box:  Save $15 on any past box with coupon code BLACK2016 through November 30th

Supplies:
Black canvas panel
Acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue, white)
Gold outliner
Paint brushes
Sand texture paste
*I also used an art journal for color mixing and q-tips to remove paint and I use disposable palette paper.

Tips:
1. When working on a black canvas paint all of your objects white and let dry, then paint with your colors.
2. Save the gold outlining until the end of the project.
3. You can tint the texture paste with your acrylics so you won’t have to paint it later.

I hope you enjoyed this cautionary tale of a project:) Even though I struggled along the way I enjoyed the process and it looks pretty festive upon my mantle and I am sure I will put the leftover supplies to good use. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Simple Seashell Watercolor Tutorial for Beginners!

Hi friends! Need to relax? How about a sweet and serene seashell?

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Paint along with me in today’s video tutorial!

Supplies:

  • 5″x7″ watercolor greeting card (or watercolor paper)
  • Watercolors (Mission Golf) in colors: Ultramarine blue, Burn Umber (or burnt sienna), Yellow ocher
  • You will also need watercolor paper and a pencils and eraser.

Let me know in the comments if you would like me to paint the more advanced 5 shell painting:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow to all my fellow Americans and til next time happy crafting!

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