Glitzy Girl Art Journal Page!

Hi friends! Art journaling is so fun. I don’t start with a plan in mind or any expectations. I gather up supplies that I want to use and just play!

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You can watch the process of this page being created and I hope you try some of the techniques on your next project!

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Art journals are all about creative play! I hope you make some time for it today! Happy crafting!

 

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New Vs. Old Prismacolor Colored Pencils {Comparison and Review}

Hi friends! I have a product review, demo and comparison for you today. After hearing a lot of complaints from people who said Prismacolors were not as good as they used to be I decided to compare a brand new set to some colors I had for the 1980’s and 1990’s. I have always loved my Prismacolor pencils but was hesitant to recommend them after hearing other people’s experience with the new ones made by Newell Rubbermaid in Mexico.

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*Disclosure, I bought the pencils I am using.

I picked up the 23 pencil Magna set to test because is currently $7.66 I didn’t want to buy a big set in case they were bad quality.  The larger sets have been really cheap lately on Amazon. The 72 set is probably the best deal at $24 but they have sets from 12 to 150 pencils. This is the toned tan sketch pad I used. Watch the video to see how the new pencils compare to the tried and true pencils from yesteryear.

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Prismacolors pencils are known for their smooth, creamy waxy lead that is more opaque than other colored pencils. They blend well. The downsides to these pencils is that the fragile lead can shatter in the pencil and break whenever you use it. Also the wood casing have been known to separate and crack. The complaint of the new Prismacolors were that the leads were not centered so they broke more easily and some say the pencils are less pigmented.  What I found was the lead was the same quality as the lead in my pencils from the 90s and 80s but I found the lead size to be a bit thinner, maybe to reduce breakage. I noticed some of the newer pencils had off-center leads. The new pencils come pre sharpened and I think that may be a way to check them for breakage before they leave the factory. Back in the “olden” days we would glue out pencil stub to a fresh pencil and keep on truckin’ so no pencil was wasted but this is not possible with the new pencils.

Bottom line: I did not notice a major quality difference between the new and old pencils. I DO think that when Rubbermaid first took over the line they sent out some shoddy product but I would say after the new set I purchased that they have worked out the kinks. Making the lead slightly thinner and pre sharpening the pencils have probably solved a lot of breakage issues that other artists complained of. The prices of these pencils are about half what I paid in the 90’s for the majority of mine and I think it is a great deal. I assume when Prismacolor earns back the trust of the consumer the prices will return to what they were. For now tho I recommend grabbing them if you see a good deal! I hope this comparison helped you! Happy crafting!

Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hi Friends! I have a fun giveaway to share today! My friend Tamara, the creator of the LifeBook year long workshops,  has just created a book that encompasses the spirit of her fabulous yearly LifeBook class! It is a beauty and she is letting me give a copy away to one lucky reader! I have been enjoying my copy for a few weeks and it is simply delightful and inspiring!

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Let me tell you a bit more about Tam’s new book in case you
haven’t heard about it yet! “Celebrate and honour your creative potential with Create Your Life Book!” Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, Create Your Life Book offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfilment. Each themed chapter presents 4 or 5 two-part projects: The first part of each project explores a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth, and includes a worksheet or list of questions to be answered; the second part is a step-by-step mixed-media art project that provides a way for artists at all skill levels to contemplate and work through that issue. Also included are projects contributed by some of Tamara’s Life Book guest teachers–Roxanne Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and Effy Wild–who are noted mixed-media artists in their own right. Along the way, Tamara shares inspirational photos and uplifting and encouraging affirmations. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.

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The nice thing about having her class in a book format is that I can browse it at my art table without having the distraction of my computer around. Sometimes I just want to get away from the screen and get lost in a beautiful art instruction book. I also love how she mixes unusual supplies to create beautiful, whimsical and uplifting art.
You can now pre-order Tam’s awesome book here: Amazon USA UK, Canada, Australia, or from The Book Depository. It’s officially published in January 2018, although many sites are now showing the publishing date as earlier in December 2017! You can pre-order it NOW! 🙂

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 copy of Tam’s book to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂
Simply leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to get a copy of Tam’s book! I will announce the winner on 12/18/17.

Here is the list of the other people on Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop – they too will be giving away a copy of Tam’s book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂 Their giveaway will go live on the day in december that corresponds with the number next to their name so check back for the dates later this month if their posts are not up yet!

  1.  Tamara Laporte
  2. Effy Wild
  3. Ivy Newport
  4. Roxanne Coble
  5. Andrea Gomoll
  6. Mystele Kirkeeng
  7. Tracy Verdugo
  8. Wyanne Thompson
  9. Shiloh Sophia McCloud
  10. Alena Hennessy 
  11. Lindsay Weirich (you are here!)
  12. Jane Davenport
  13. Carla Sonheim
  14. Mati Rose McDonough
  15. Annie Hamman
    Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂

I am so happy to share Tamara’s book with you. If you would like to enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment below and I will pick a winner in one week. You can also pre-order a copy on Amazon if you wish! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Build This Card Keeper to Organize Your Handmade Cards!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a box out of cardboard and decorated with paper that includes dividers so you can sort and organize your handmade cards.

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You can divide the cards by occasion like I did or divide it by month and write the names and dates of birthdays and anniversaries on each divider so you are always prepared for upcoming birthdays and events!

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Watch the video to see how I made this. I will post measurements for the box I made to hold A2 cards below but you can resize it to whatever dimensions you want.

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This video is sponsored by Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club! Save 50% on your first kit and get a free tool set!

 

 

Supplies:

  • Matboard or cardboard *You can glue two sheets of cereal box cardboard printed sides together for your base.
  • Strong double-sided take such as red line or scor-tape
  • Adhesive tape runner
  • Magnet and metal disk *Look for “rare earth” magnets
  • Clear tape
  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Piercing tool
  • Corner Rounder (WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper)
  • Thin washi tape (optional)
  • Ink & Stamps (optional)
  • Pen or pencil that you can mark your cardstock with

Measurements:

  • Front/Back: 5″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting layer: 4 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Top/Bottom: 4″x6″ (make 2 from matboard) Matting Layer: 3 1/4″x5 1/4″
  • Sides (make 2 from matboard) 4″x5″, Matting layer: 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″
  • Lip/Closure (make 1 from matboard) 1 1/2″x6″, Matting layer 1 1/4″x5 1/2″, Cardstock liner for underside over magnet will be the same as matboard piece.

This is a great project to keep you organized so you never miss another card sending event. It also makes a great gift especially when filled with handmade cards! Another great gift is a subscription to the Annie’s CardMaker Kit of the Month Club. If you know of someone who wants to get started in card making. These convenient monthly kits have all the supplies (except scissors and adhesive) to make 8-10 handmade greeting card and an instruction sheet so you can make the most from the kit and learn as you craft! I want to thank Annie’s for sponsoring this project and thank you for tuning in! Til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Winter Scene Card! LEARN Partial Embossing & Masking

Hi friends! I really enjoyed making this card and it is very easy too! It used limited supplies and you probably have nearly everything you need to make it!

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I love the partial embossing technique, it really gets that “How’d you do that!?!” response which is always fun! I just realized that I would be a lousy magician because I love to give away my secrets LOL! Watch the video and yu can learn how to do this technique too!

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You can adapt this idea to other seasons as well. Experiment with inks and stamps to create sensational scenes! If you liked this video please consider sharing it with a friend using one of the handy sharing buttons below or pin it on Pinterst! That helps other like-minded crafters find my blog. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Snowy Deer in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Edited to add finished photo of painting.

Well, this deer ended up looking a bit awkward and if you watched the video til the end you saw the unfortunate inking of the face. I patched her up with a bit of colored pencil and called it a day. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hi friends! I can’t wait to paint with you today! It has been such a busy week that I am craving some watercolor and chit-chat with my peeps! I was thinking about what I wanted to paint this week and I came across this photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash and it just struck me. I love the soft, calm beauty of it.

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I hope I can do it justice. You can watch the livestream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ 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.

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Hope to see you later for the live stream! Happy crafting!

You have my permission…

Hi friends! I get asked often by students if they can follow a tutorial of mine and then make their painting into Christmas card or other greeting and I want to go on the record and say YES! I post these tutorials so you can learn and copy them and if you have one you want to share with your friends and family then please do! Heck maybe they will want to learn to paint as well after being inspired by you and you can send them my way. Sharing is caring! Today I have a painting demo of a cardinal done in watercolor and colored pencils. It was my second attempt. This was the first. He reminds me of the angry bird from the video game LOL!

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Do you notice a resemblance?

I was very frustrated after the first attempt so I tried again.

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Although looking at the first painting the next day I realized that it wasn’t so bad. Either we are bad judges of our own work while we are painting or painting elves come in when we are asleep and fix our mistakes. What do you think? Either way, moral of the story, don’t give up on a painting until the next day!

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Supplies:

  • Watercolors (Joiart set of 24 $15.99 set of 24 12ml tubes)
  • Watercolor paper (Canson Monteville 9″x12″ 20 sheet pad $11.44)
  • Prismacolor pencils (prices varies between set size)  Colors used below:
    938 white
    1023 cloud blue
    965 cold grey dark
    935 black
    946 dark brown
    908 dark green
    988 marine green
    1004 yellow chartreuse
    942 yellow ochre
    918 orange
    923 scarlet lake
    924 crimson red
  • Princeton Neptune brushes 1/2 oval wash and #12 round
  • Royal Aqualon liner and #6 round

I compiled a bunch of real-time video tutorials that would make great Christmas cards, gifts or holiday decorations into the playlist below. Feel free to paint them and do what you wish with the paintings (yes, even sell them at craft fairs!) Honestly the only restriction I have with students copying my designs is not to submit them for publication as work submitted for publication should be the artist’s concept and execution, it protects you and me:)

I hope this post inspires you to get your brush wet today! This blog post contains affiliate links to Amazon and I am compensated if purchases are made after clicking the links at no additional cost to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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