Sketch Everyday! A Fluffy Ducking!

Hi friends! The best habit you can do to improve your art is to sketch a bit everyday. Taking just 20 minutes a day to practice will serve you better than on 2 hour session on the weekend. Think of it this way, would it be better to lift light weights for 20 minutes 5 days a week or carry a piano up a flight of stairs once a week? Daily exercise of course! Hey, if you can draw or paint for an hour a day that’s even better but for now just aim for 15-20 minutes. If you are afraid that you won’t have anything to sketch just draw what you see. I also recommend making a personalized reference file folder where you can keep photos you might want to paint or draw. I use an expandable file folder and I collect clippings from magazines, seed catalogs, computer print-outs and photographs I have taken. I have been collecting these snippets for years and I learned to do this from my art teacher who had a filing cabinet full of folders of images. I learned to draw in the pre-internet days of the 1980s so if you needed a reference image you went to your folders or the library! I find that the internet can be a massive distraction so if you can access the visual info without getting sucked into the rabbit hole all the better. So if you are wondering how you will ever find 20 minutes to sketch each day might I suggest turning off the computer or smart phone. At least that is where my time seems to get sucked away. Present blogs excluded, this is not a waste of time LOL:)

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I have decided to film some of my morning warm up sketches to share my process. Feel free to sketch along! One more thing, I want to stress that drawing from life is probably the best way to understand light and form so be sure to sketch your cat or the fruit on your table or anything else you see in real life. It will make the work you do from reference photos look more authentic. Here is the reference photo I used and I chose to only sketch the duckling that was fully visible.

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I added a vague puddle and stones to complete the sketch. Please not that I did not get the feet right at the start and notice what I did to adjust them during the sketch. Watercolor pencils are nice for this rework-ability but feel free to use a regular pencil if you prefer!

Video!

Supplies

*Above are affiliate links to Consumer Crafts. They had the best prices on the supplies I used today!

Coming up tomorrow!

It ‘a day of live painting classes on YouTube, I have teamed up with Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney to bring you a day of live painting! Angela will be live with an acrylic castle tutorial at 11am, I will follow at 12:30pm and Cinnamon Cooney (the Art Sherpa) will paint after me in acrylics! It will be a lot of fun and don’t worry, we will record our classes so you can watch them later if you can’t make it live! I am so excited to be a part of this collab. I will have more info in this tomorrow morning,til then, happy crafting!

 

Playing With Pencils! Sketch Along With Me!

Hi friends! I am feeling a bit under the weather today, I have a sore throat. I had two kids home sick today and the school secretary said that middle-schoolers were dropping like flies (and I chaperoned a class trip with the entire middle school Friday!) I thought while my voice held out and since it was the first day of Spring (paying no attention to the foot of snow on my lawn) that I would paint a springy picture!

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This was one f of the reference pictures I asked you to vote on last week and so many of you liked it so how could I refuse!

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Watch the video and sketch along! I am using watercolor pencils but you can use what you have, if graphite blend with your fingers and if wax pencil you can blend with paint thinner or leave it unblended. It is daily practice that will make you better, not a certain kind of materials:)

I am using Aquablend Pencils from Spectrum Noir. They come in sets of 24 (4 sets total-primaries, naturals, florals, essentials) with no duplicate colors between sets. Because things sell out quickly I found a few shops that have them in stock at an affordable price. *If you want all 4 sets the best price is at Hallmark Scrapbook when you buy the collection.

Shops & Prices

The above links are affiliate links, I earn a small commission on the items you purchase after clicking my discount links. It doesn’t cost you any extra but is does help keep the free tutorials coming on my channel. Thank you for your support!

If you want more spring painting tutorials in watercolor or watercolor pencils please check out my Paintings for Spring YouTube playlist! There are different length videos so you can try something according to your time and it’s free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun & Easy Petal Flap Cards!

Here is a fun, limited supply card you can make!

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Watch the video to see how! Measurements are listed below the supply list for your convenience!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news!

Supplies:

Measurements:
Card bases 8″x8″ (Score at 2″ in on each side)
Large circle for cutting flap is 4″
Circle for matting is 3 3/4″
Inner white square is 3 1/2″, yellow mat is 3 3/4″
Side panels are 1 3/4″x 3 3/4″

Have fun making this easy and unique card! Have a great weekend & happy crafting!

Bunnies in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! Thank you for voting yesterday to help me decide on this weeks live tutorial! You picked these sweet bunnies as our subject.

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The totals were really close though so I plan to create recorded tutorials of the other sweet animals as well, how could I not? You can watch the live tutorial (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with us live and ask questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for this fun paint along! Til then Happy Crafting!

Let’s Sketch a Sassy Blue Jay & Help Me Pick This Weeks LIVE Painting Project!

Hi friends! I am a big believer in sketching and drawing everyday. These need not be epic finished works done with fancy supplies. These can be quick sketches using whatever you have on had (even your kid’s crayons!) Sketch fast and deliberately without bothering to erase. As you practice you will improve and nobody has to see your sketches if you don’t want them too, that is the great thing about working in a sketchbook, it closes:)

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I was inspired with the contents of this months Smart Art Box to sketch boldly with markers and I hope you grab a marker and sketch along. It was just the thing I needed since all of my time lately has been consumed with a book illustration project and Decluttering my craftroom, both very taxing endeavors LOL! To tell you the truth I love seeing sketchy pencil lines in artist’s work, it is like a roadmap as to how an artist arrived where they did. I suggest you start sketching with a light color and then draw over the “good” lines with your darker colors as you progress through the piece. In today’s video I will teach you how to sketch this blue jay in real-time. Enjoy:)

Tutorial Sponsored by Smart Art! You can subscribe and receive the same boxes I get every month or purchase past boxes. All of the supplies I am using came in the March 2017 Smart Art Box. I have listed the supplies below as well. You can purchase the box I am using here while supplies last.

THE SUPPLIES

  • Alcohol Markers in Shades of Blue (#COLORING)
  • Waterbased Markers (STABILO PEN 68 MARKER WALLET SET OF 15)
  • PEN & INK SKETCH BOOK 5.5”X8”
  • Reference photo

I had a lot of fun with this kit, I have never had a pen and ink sketchbook before and I like this size a lot. I can see myself stashing it in my pocketbook for impromptu sketching!

Please help me pick my next LIVE tutorial project!

I will be moving the regular weekly live show from Friday to Thursday this week at 12:30pm Eastern Time because I am chaperoning a school field trip on Friday (my teenagers are thrilled.) Since we just had another big snowstorm I thought it would be nice to paint something springy! I can’t decide what I want to paint so I will let you decide! Leave a comment below with your choice of subjects and I will tally them up tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for helping me!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the weekly live painting class, I can’t wait to see what you pick for us to paint, till then happy crafting!

Edit: I just tabulated the votes and so far the Bunnies are ahead so that is what we will paint on YouTube live today but if you want me to do recorded tutorials of the other subjects just let me know! Thank you so much for helping me decide, you are the best!

Do More with Your Ink Pads! Stamp School!

Hi friends! If you are new to stamping you probably don’t have every coloring tool out there. You might also limit your supplies due to storage space and budgetary concerns. Maybe you have everything you could ever want but you want a small kit of supplies that you can take on the go with you so you want your supplies to do double duty. Whatever the reason I am going to show you 3 different ways to use your ink pads to color your stamped images.

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I will show you 3 methods of coloring in this video!

Sponsored by Art Neko *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Bird and nest from the Flowers and Whimsy set
  • Dies: Spellbinders
  • Bristol (what we stamped on) Canson XL
  • Stencil brushes (small sizes)
  • Color duster (Judikins)
  • Sponge tip daubers (Darice)
  • Waterbrush: Pentel
  • Card bases: Micheals (or make them from cardstock)
  • Patterened paper: DCWV
  • Dye ink in several colors
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Bakers twine
  • Doily
  • Black Pigment ink (VErsafine onyx black)
  • Black detail embossing powder
  • Homemade anti-static tool (cornstarch in a fabric pouch)
  • Adhesive (glue-zip-dry, Tape ATG)

Examples

This first example was colored by using small stiff bristles stencil brushes. You can get a similar look by using cotton swabs to apply the ink.

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This example was done with a sponge applicator. You can get a similar look with sponge tipped eye-shadow applicators. The daubers I used in the video are called Embossing Brushes  (even though they are not a brush) and are made by Darice and came in a pack of 16 for around $5

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The final example is watercolor and this is a great option if you don’t have many ink pads because you can mix colors easily on a palette before bringing the brush to paper.

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Directions:
1. Wipe bristol board with corn starch pouch. Stamp with black and heat emboss with black powder.

2. Die cut stamped panels. Cut mats for the panels if desired.

3. Assemble cards, all but the stamped panels, and set aside.

4. Color each panel as shown in the video experimenting with the different ink applications.

5. Glue stamped panels to cards.

I think limiting your supplies expands your creativity! If you have any clever ideas for getting more from your ink pads or other supplies let us know in the comments! Happy crafting!

$2 Embossing Folders & 25% off Total Purchase!

Hi friends! I am sorry I did not share this sale earlier but it is a great one! 25% off your total (non-sale) purchase at Consumer Crafts! The also have free shipping on orders over $75!

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They also have their embossing folders on sale for $2 each! It is a great time to stock up, it is where I bought most of mine because you can’t beat the price or selection but they do sell out fast so don’t delay.

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They also have the best prices on markers and colored pencils from Crafter’s Companion so if you have been waiting for a deal to buy these the time is now! They even have the watercolor markers I use a lot for stamp school on sale for under $16!

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They also sell a larger variety of craft supplies from painting to floral to jewelry making and storage so if you are in need check them out today when they have 25% off your total order. Any thing you purchase at Consumer crafts after clicking my special discount affiliate links in this post also help support the free tutorials I post here and on YouTube and I thank you for your support! Happy shopping and crafting!

 

 

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