Review: Stampin Blends Markers

Hi friends! Today I have a very much requested review for Stampin Blends markers from Stampin’ Up! After posting this on YouTube last night several demonstrators let me know that they are only taking orders through Friday the 23rd (tomorrow) as they are almost sold out so they need to replenish their stock before they sell more. I wanted to put that info out there incase you were waiting on the review to order and you wanted to buy before sale-a-bration was over. I believe they will have them available to order again in a couple of months. Also I miss-spoke in the video, the markers are $4.50 each and not $4. Watch the video to see them in action.


  • 27 colors total (a light and dark shade of the following colors: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rick Razzelberry and Smoky Slate as well as 3 single colors: Bronze, Ivory and a clear color lifter marker)
  • Price: $4.50 per marker, no discounts for buying in a set
  • Each marker features a brush nib and a bullet nib and printing on the barrel tells you which is which.
  • These markers are available exclusively through your local Stampin Up demonstrator or from their website. This link will take you to my demo Wendy’s website.


  • The colors, as the name suggests, blend beautifully, mainly because the colors are picked out and designed to blend with each other. If you have never colored with alcohol markers before this will take out the guesswork and lessen the learning curve. Here is a demo of me using them.
  • This set has a great range of colors with nothing superfluous, It could use a deep violet however if you glaze over rich razzleberry with the light Night of Navy I think it will do. I like how they picked a limited palette with plenty of color options to get you started.
  • Since all of the markers are available individually you can replace a color as you use it up or build your collection a couple of markers at a time (and it is the same price per marker whether you buy in a set or singles.)
  • Colors are easy to erase with the color lifter (and I am glad they called the clear marker a color lifter instead of the typical “clear blender” as it describes more accurately what this pen does)
  • If you have CSS (Complete Set Syndrome-trust me it’s a thing LOL!) you only have 27 markers to collect as opposed to hundreds in other marker lines.


  • The nib is a felt/fiber type nib and not foam like copics so it is less springy and flexible.
  • You can’t refill the marker or replace the nib.
  • The caps might be a bit tough to snap on and off but they do stay on securely!

Bottom line: I think these markers are priced fairly for the quality. If you are just getting started and you want to take the guesswork out of coloring these are sure to please or if you are an avid user of SU! products these will match.


If you would like to learn more you can ask your Stampin Up Demonstrator for more info or visit my friend Wendy’s website and she’ll be happy to help you.Thanks for stopping by and til next time 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!

Smart Art February Box Marker Play!

Hi friends! Today we are going to have a peek into the February Smart Art Box.


I am never sure what will come in these boxes but it is always a fun surprise to see what’s inside. I was pleased to see that they has some Chameleon Color Tops because I have the original set of 22 Chameleon pens (think alcohol based blendy-pens for grown-ups) and I struggled with them because they blend light to dark and I tend to work dark to light. I couldn’t resist grabbing my older markers to try with the new tops and I used the combination to make this fun sketch perfect for Easter.


Watch the video to learn more about the supplies in this months box and to see how I sketched a cute Easter chick!


This tutorial was sponsored by Smart Art! Find out more about their art subscription box here. They ship to many countries too! Currently I don’t see any leftover February boxes for sale at Smart Art but if any become available you can find them in the “past projects” section of the website.

I was pleased to see that there were Chameleon Color Tops and a Chameleon Pen in this months box as I had the original set of 22 which I reviewed here.

Below you will find links to the individual products I showcased. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

  • I like Chameleon Color Tones, they have an innovative product and the people who work there are lovely. There is a bit of a learning curve to these markers and color tops but they are fun to play with! The Color Tops add a fun new dimension.
  • I really liked the Strathmore marker paper that came in the kit, it is more like a cardstock then the typical thin marker paper most companies sell. If you are also a rubber stamper or mixed media artist I encourage you to try this as it is sturdy enough to go ona card and layer other media on. I also liked that I could use water based markers (and spread the ink with a wet brush) as well as alcohol markers (and lift the color with a blending marker) both equally as well. Most cardstocks are one or the other, this is fabulous! It comes in larger size pads too if you want to make bigger art.
  • Art Alternatives fineliners: These are really inexpensive pens but they write very smoothly and react with water.


I had fun playing with these supplies, I encourage you to try the techniques I shared with the supplies you have at home and if you think a monthly box of surprise art supplies would suit you check out Smart Art Box. Thanks for stopping by 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!

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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!

4 FUN Easter Cards to Make Today!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share 4 cards you can make for Easter and you probably have stamps you can use in your stash already!


I love looking for new ways to use my stamps. I wanted a small solid egg stamp but I didn’t have one so t I turned a balloon upside down. When you look at your stamps with fresh eyes it’s like going shopping for new supplies!


Check out today’s video to see how I made these!

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Here is a close up of each card:


These cards were fun to make and what I loved most is that I got to bring in some older supplies that I have not used in a while (flock, glitter, UTEE, dies) and pair them with some new things. I also like to take everyday stamps and use them for holiday cards because if you get specific holiday stamps and dies they only get used once a year. All of the supplies except for the “happy Easter” stamp can be used year round! I hope you give these ideas a try 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!

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