Get to know your paints by making a chart & swatch binder!

Hi friends! Recently I have been more diligent about what is in my paint. I want to know what I am painting with (and paying for) and I want to know how long it will last. I want to avoid buying duplicate colors with different names as well. You can also substitute colors with confidence if you know what pigments are in them. You can easily find pigment info on the tubes you buy or on online either on a company’s website or your favorite paint seller. Next time you buy a tube or pan of paint in store grab a free color chart or two and tuck that in your binder. Before I got the binder I have swatches tacked upon the wall and in random piles, this is so much better and more convenient.

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Watch the video to see how!

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Personally I only have a binder for watercolor because it is my favorite medium and also because watercolor is more vulnerable than other media such as oil and acrylics (they are protected in a thick coat of oil or acrylic medium and are less suseptable to fading or other environmental harm.) I do swatch out my watercolor pencils but I tape those swatches to the inside of my pencil tins. You can feel free to swatch whatever you like. Many artists find it extremely useful to take their swatch binders to the store with them so they don’t make duplicate purchases. Plus, think of how smart you will feel when you know what pigment is what not to mention how much you will save when you don’t buy doubles.

I also wanted to mention that if you want to learn more about mixing colors with a limited palette Craftsy has a great class called Improve Your Paintings, Luminous Watercolor Mixing and it is 50% off through Labor day along with all of the other wonderful classes at Craftsy!

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FIY if you purchase any class after clicking my affiliate link I receive a commission on the sale and I thank you so much because that support keeps my blog tutorials free for everyone! Thanks friends & happy crafting!

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Craft Table Clean Up and Makeover!

Hi friends! I have been feeling like I was loosing my crafty mojo lately. I’d walk down to my craft area and nothing was inspiring me. At first I thought it was the weather (it’s hard to be inside when it is hot and sunny since we only have 2 months of hot and sunny in Maine and I hate to waste it) but even on rainy days my craft room was bringing me down. I needed to clean and brighten things up and I had a full roll of white shelf liner at my disposal!

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I had always intended on painting my table top (which is an old hollow-core door) white but it had never sat vacant long enough to do that so I decided today I would take everything off the tables and cover them with shelf liner and re-evaluate all the stuff on my table while I was at it. You can watch the process in the video below. If I can do it so can you!

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All you need for today’s project is a bit of ambition and some shelf liner from our sponsor Papermart!

Many times all we need is a bit of inspiration to improve our mood and surroundings! I hope I inspired you tonight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Travel Palette from a Baby Wipes Container (And a source for them!)

Hi friends! About a year and a half ago I posted a video about making a DIY rubber stamp cleaner using a travel baby wipes container. People were very excited about this but then people kept telling me that they could no longer find the travel wipes containers as manufactures had switched to the soft bag style packaging. Well, I found a place that sells the empty travel wipes containers in lots of 6 and they are the sponsor of today’s video! And since I got a bunch of these to test out (hey, I have to do my research) I thought that would be perfect for travel palettes too!

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Watch the video on how I made a DIY travel watercolor palette. If you know an art teacher on a budget please share this idea with them, it is a great way to cheaply outfit a class!

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You can find the travel wipes container and alta caps from our sponsor Craft Chamelon.

  • Travel baby wipes container
  • Alta caps or shallow bottle caps
  • Tube watercolor
  • White crayon or piece of wax (for resist effects)
  • Piece of credit card (for scraping)
  • 2 paper towels folded
  • Watercolor paper cut to 3.5″x7″ (cut an 11″x14″ into 6 pieces)
  • Water brushes (so you don’t need to carry extra water)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Directions:
Glue the caps to the bottom of the wipes box leaving space to one side for the brushes to fit. Fill caps with paint. Let paint dry them place all the other supplies in the wipes container. I recommend storing the paper and towel in a plastic bag so it will stay dry and clean.

Let’s go outside and paint this summer! I think I will demo my kit here during the live show on Friday so you can see it is action then! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Studio Tour & Craftsy Class Launch!

Hi Friends! Wahoo! Today is launch day for my class at Craftsy! It is so cool to see 4 months or work finally come together! The class is called Mix it Up Mixed Media Step-by-Step and I get to give all of my blog readers a 50% discount on the class! Just click the link in this post to get the discount, if you go to Craftsy and look up the class it will be full price ($29.99) but because you are the most awesome, supportive people ever you get the class for $14.99 and you can be the first to take the class! Oh, and I have a winner to announce from the random drawing for a free spot in the class, drumroll please … it’s Stephanie Drury!!! I sent you an email with your prize so check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it!

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So after I got back from filming in Denver I had so many ideas on how I could improve my studio for filming, it is a work in progress but so far it is working out well. We all have different stuff and take part of different hobbies but hopefully it will help you get some storage and workflow ideas to fit your needs.

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What are your best storage ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Don’t be afraid to move your room around and try different storage ideas. My room is a work in progress, as my interests change I want to have different supplies within reach and that’s OK! The worst thing you can do is expect your room to perfect and static, give yourself permission to change what doesn’t work AND to do what is right for you. We are all different and have different needs so out craft rooms will be different. I hope you got a few ideas that will work in your space or at least you have a video to show your husband to prove that you are not a crazy craft horder, or at least you are not as bad as me LOL!

Thanks for stopping by, thank you for having a look at my new class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step (and don’t miss out on the 50% off deal!) I’ll have a new pastel tutorial for you tomorrow, til then, Happy Crafting!

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Stamp Storage Quick Tip!

Hi friends! Here is a quick way to store peg stamps!

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If you want to check out the stamps I am storing they are from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. This method is good for storing lots of craft supplies from jewelry tools to gelatos. Have fun and happy crafting!

DIY Modular Craft Storage in a TINY Space!

Hi friends! It is January which means we are all going to try and get organized right? Keep dreaming the dream folks LOL! Joking aside, today I have a quick storage DIY to make great use of wasted space like this side of a shelf in my office.

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During the cold months I move my arts and craft operation out of my basement and into a corner of my office upstairs so I can enjoy the luxury of heat. The trade off is that my office desk is tiny and I have very little room to store my stuff so every inch of space matters. I was given this knife & ammo case from a general store that went out of business and since it has a small footprint I moved it in next to my desk. Everything is visible and it holds quite a bit considering how narrow it is. It is next to my office filing cabinet on one side (I store a couple large pads of paper there) but the side of the shelf behind where I sit was bare. I wanted to get my jars of pens, pencils and adhesives off my small desk so I came up with the idea of making a velcro wall to stick all of my often used stuff on.Here is how I did it!

Supplies:

  • Hook and Loop Tape (AKA Velcro) *Unfortunately Papermart is no longer carrying hook and loop tape, I recommend Velcro brand available at any craft or department store.
  • Hot Glue Gun & Sticks TIP! a viewer (xBoneOrchardx) noticed that I had to keep pushing my glue stick in my glue gun and told me I could glue the new stick to to end of the old one to prevent this, awesome!
  • Bin Boxes
  • Clear Pails *I am not sure how these will work out but they are really cute and useful for other projects:) I ended up putting my paint brushes in the velcro pail, we will see how well it holds up, so far, so good!
  • Scissors

Directions:
1. Glue felt to area you want to use as storage.
2. Glue hook side of Velcro to boxed and other items you want to stick to the wall.
3. After all glue is dry press boxes to wall.

Tip, this is a great way to store small items as well. If you can glue a piece of Velcro to it will work as long as it’s not too heavy.

So, what are your favorite storage tips for tiny craft spaces? Lots of viewers shared great tips in the comment section of this video so be sure to check that out if you want more ideas! There were many ideas I had never thought of and I thought I knew all there was to know about cramming art stuff in small spaces LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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No Scraps Left Behind!

Hi friends, you might call this tip frugal or you might call me a hoarder but after yesterday’s video tutorial on the torn frame a few people said they could not bear to waste the paper from the inside of the frame, well, neither can I. Here is what I do with the small bits of good quality paper I can’t stand to through out!

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As I mentioned in the video I have used other punches on my scraps but find that I really only use the photo corners and buttons. I punch tags out of leftover holiday papers though because I always need more of those. Paper scraps that are larger than 2″x2″ get filed by color in my scrap paper hanging file folders. How do you deal with your scraps? Let me know in the comments! Til next time happy crafting!

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