Monday Morning Sat Chat & Possible Deals

Hi friends, Before we get into the video I wanted to mention that today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime days and while most people look to score deals on electronics many art suppliers are also offering deals so if you have had your eye on something you might want to check it out. I have been updating my Amazon recommendation page with my current faves if you are interested and hopefully some of those products will be an even better deal. I do know that Paul Rubens will have some amazing sales on Watercolors and oil pastels as well as other things, you can have a look at their store here. Big thank you if you click on one of my amazon affiliate links before you do your prime day shopping as it really helps support my free tutorials without costing you anything extra. Thanks!

Now on to the Saturday Chat a couple days late!


Stuff I mentioned:

  • I have updated my recommendations on Amazon and I will be updating it with crafty goodness during prime days.
  • This is the brush set I mentioned and will have a review on Monday (decent brushes for the price but if you already have brushes you like these are not going to impress you, best for someone starting out or who wants an inexpensive travel set, they get the job done for watercolor, gouache and acrylics)
  • This the the magazine I got the stamp set from I will be using in a video workshop this week (they did an article on me too which was really cool!)
  • Resin video
  • Watercolor birds video
  • Craft song parody
  • As for the movie we saw A Quiet Place 2 and it was good, I think I enjoyed the first one better but it was just so nice to get out!
  • I’m sure I mentioned other stuff but I forgot LOL!

Art Supply Shelf Life

Hi friends, you have heard the saying “use it or lose it” but did you know it applies to art and craft supplies? Watch today’s video to learn how long your favorite supplies will last.

I hope this video give the the permission and inspiration to use your precious supplies. the only way to really waste a supply is by never using it. Happy crafting!

4th of July Sat Chat

Hi friends! Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans. I spent a lovely afternoon visiting with family, outside and socially distanced of course. It was a lovely cool summer day and it was nice to be with hubby’s side of the family, most of whom I haven’t seen since before lock down. It sure is nice to see people. I hope you had a nice day today too!

Stuff:

See you tomorrow (probably in the afternoon) for sketchbook Sunday! Happy Crafting!

All Stove Up!

Hi friends! When I recorded my Sat Chat to on Friday I was still quite sore from a spill I took walking my crazy dog the night before. I didn’t realize that I had 2372 mothers on YouTube that would be so darn worried so let me assure you that Yes, I am fine (Look, I am typing this right now) and No, I do not need an X-ray. I have 3 kids and a husband who played sports so I know the difference between something that is serious and isn’t. If it didn’t feel better with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) I would go to the doctor. But here I am 48+ hours after the fall feeling like a new woman with a full range of motion. Doctor, schmoctor.

All kidding aside am touched by the concern but truly I am fine. I hope this prevents any worry for anyone watching the video for the first time as well. I’m a tough old bird and it will take a lot more than a mean cat and scared dog to take me down, let’s hope we just don’t run into that bear we talked about last week LOL!

I don’t have a sketchbook Sunday this week because I spent most of the week working on the filming room and a large off YouTube freelance project but I will have one next week. Yesterday I hung up some quilts in the room which helped with the echo but I still need to tweak the sound a bit. Also the lighting was too bright in today’s video, I don’t think I need the overhead lights and my studio lights for filming. It will take a few videos it get it perfect:)

Recipe from the video! Hearty oatmeal:

  • In a microwave safe glass bowl mix 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, a cubed tart apple and a dash of cinnamon with 1 cup of water and microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder, a sliced banana, any berries you have on hand and dried fruit/nuts if desired.
  • Mix up and enjoy! Makes 2 servings.

Take care of yourself, build up that immune system with healthy food and exercise and avoid mean scary cats and til next time happy crafting!

Weekly Chat & Bears in the ‘hood

Hi friends! No too much excitement here this week expect there have been many black bear sightings in my neighborhood! We had a large bag of birdseed taken from out porch and eaten near our woods. I don’t think a squirrel could have carried it off so I presume it was our friendly local bear. I did manage to get my “play art desk: set up in the corner of out new addition and it is so nice to sit here and paint for fun in a sketchbook with a simple set of watercolors. I decided I need some non-work art in my life. Also they sketchbook will be nice to mine ideas from for future tutorials.

I’ll catch you up with everything else in this weeks Sat chat!

That’s it for me today. The Pelican artwork I shared is up in critique club now. I have quite a lot on my plate this week so hopefully I’ll have something intersting to share next time. Happy crafting!

Why do our crafty stores keep closing?!?

Hi friends, Just before I got set to record my weekly crafty chat I learned that two more wonderful craft companies were shutting down. Consumer Crafts (closed as of Friday) and Darice which will close in November. Let’s talk.

The comments over on YouTube have been filled with thoughtful conversations about why this is happening. Some speculated that Micheal’s bought those companies to close them and remove the competition, others thought Michael’s needed to tighten their belts and the companies didn’t earn their keep. Some thought Covid-19 store closures were to blame and the fact people may have lost income and stopped buying craft supplies. Another thought is that the stores didn’t have enough to sell between tariffs and China getting hit hard by Covid-19 and having to temporarily close so many factories. One viewer smartly noted that most art supplies are made in USA/Europe and most craft supplies are made in China. I think it was a little bit of everything.

I had many people ask for recommendations of where to shop for supplies online. I’ll share my favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments below:)

Craft/stamp stores

  • Topflight Stamps: They carry a huge selection of stamps from around the world that are hard to find elsewhere. They are also a sponsor of some on my YouTube videos. SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!
  • Hallmark Scrapbook: This store is a gem, The prices are great, they carry lots of popular brands. Lots of papercrafting and mixed media supplies and the owner Jodi is so sweet!
  • Joggles is a treasure trove of all kinds of supplies from stamping, altered art, felting, paper crafting mixed media and more but their highlight is their stencil selection!
  • Scrapbook Pal is another winner especially if you want great prices on Copic markers, nibs and refills. Lots of papercraft goodies too!
  • If you can’t find what you want at the above companies chances are Simon Says Stamp will have it. Their prices are a bit higher than the other companies but their selection is second to none. Shipping can be slow tho.

Art Supply companies:

  • Jerry’s Artarama has great prices on brand name art supplies but also has a few propriety brands that are fabulous. You can find Creative Mark products, their house brand, that is excellent! I even have 3 signature sets with them:)
  • Blick Art Materials is a great resource for artists and teachers alike. They also have great prices on a huge selection of name brand art supplies and their Blick Studio line of products (Their Brush markers are so good!) is not to be missed!
  • Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, the name says it all!
  • Jackson’s Art Supplies This UK based company ships worldwide and their prices and postage are very reasonable which is nice for folks outside of the USA with fewer choices. Good prices for USA shoppers too!
  • And finally I want to mention a newcomer to the art scene, Arteza has American and UK shops and ships to many countries. They have a wonderful selection of higher end student art supplies and fantastic prices. I recommend this for people who want to experiment with solid quality supplies for little money. Great supplies to give your teens as well. I use their stuff a lot and really, the quality for price can’t be beat. They have offerings in most art categories. Looks go the “expert” label for the highest quality products. You can also save 10% on your order with coupon code: LindsayWeirich1

I’m sure there are more stores to suggest. The customer service at these stores are top notch too. I would be heartbroken if any of those stores closed down so if you are in need of any art supplies please have a look there first. You won’t be disappointed! The stores I mentioned carry a large variety of brands and products which I thought would be very useful to you. Feel free to share recommendations in comments. Happy crafting!

*This post contains affiliate links.

This weeks Crafty Chat!

Hi friends! Time to share this weeks crafty chat which I posted Saturday to YouTube!

  • The tutorial for the pastel landscape is up in Critique club along with the June prompt of painting outside.
  • 30% off my Soft Pastel for Beginners online course: *Use coupon code PASTEL30 if the discount doesn’t appear automatically.

Other resources:

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already! Time is flying this month! I hope you are taking care of yourself, body and mind and til next time happy crafting!

Another Week in Lock-down, at least we have art supplies.

Hi friends! Here is my weekly update…

Here is the info on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) closing down. Make sure if you are a subscriber you take advantage of the service while it is available (they will issue prorated refunds.) Also if you bought classes or patterns make sure you watch the classes and download copies of the patterns. Hopefully, they figure out a way for people to download their paid for classes. I hate it when a big company take over and ruins a great thing:(

Let me assure you that everything is fine in my online school:) Here is my online school if you are looking for classes, thanks!

The stamp set I used in the fathers day card is called Silly Walks by Technique Junkies. the background dancing feet are from Papertry ink and it’s on sale for $3!

Happy crafting!

Weekly Crafty Chat & Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! I realized that I am few posts behind on updating my blog (We spent the weekend painting the addition!) so I am going to post my weekly Saturday chat and sketchbook Sunday in one post! I hope it’s not “too much Lindsay” for you.

And here is a look at this weeks Sketchbook Sunday painting.

And here is the time-lapse video. There is a rel time lesson for this painting in Critique Club.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Looks like it’s going to be a great week! Til next time happy crafting!