Who Saves Bottlecaps? Have I got a craft for you!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun craft you can make with metal bottle caps!

You can use bottle caps from various drinks (the twist-off ones are best as they are not dented) or you can purchase uncirculated bottlecaps in a variety of colors and designs. The fun thing about the uncirculated ones is you can whack them with a rubber mallet to flatten them and it makes a pretty frame! These mini paintings can be made into magnets or jewelry but gluing the appropriate finding on the back!

Either way, they look terrific! This would make an affordable classroom or summer camp craft. I had my niece, who frequently entertained, save me caps so just ask your friends to save bottlecaps for you if you want to make a bunch of these. If you are a schoolteacher you may want to spraypaint over and beer logos tho. Watch the video for the full DIY!

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I hope you enjoyed this craft! If you have any other ideas for using up bottlecaps I’d love to hear them, I have hundreds left! Also if you have any ideas to use up all of the wine corks I’ve been saving up during the pandemic I’d love to hear those too! Happy crafting!

Tripping over shoes…

Hi friends, the other day I noted my daughter’s Converse in the middle of the floor. It’s not a rare sight in your house, sometimes we have more shoes than feet that live in the house on the living room floor. The way they were just sitting there, waiting for their owner gave me the “feels” and I thought it would make a good painting.

You can find a real-time version of this tutorial along with many others (80 in total) across a variety of media up now in Critique Club, as well as monthly creative prompts and the ability to upload your artwork for feedback from me. All this for $5 a month!

Supplies (Affiliate links used, feel free to substitute for what you have but I will list the exact things I used because I really like them)

The next time you see something unique to your season of life consider recording it in a painting. Happy crafting!

I’ve come down with it too!

Hi friends, I hope you are having a nice weekend! Past Lindsay had the forethought to film Sat Chat on Thursday because there is no way I could talk for 27 minutes today without blowing my nose or coughing. My symptoms are fairly mild but majorly annoying and we should all come through this fairly well. All other members of the family are over it or on the mend and hopefully the one who hasn’t got it can keep it that way. I hope you are all happy and healthy wherever you are this weekend!

I also wanted to remind you that today is the last day of the 50% off Launch special on my new Watercolor Crayon Workshop class. Use coupon code CRAYON50 if the discount doesn’t appear, Regular price $79, with a discount $39.50. Offer ends 5/1/22. Now on to Sat Chat!

Other Stuff:

And that about does it for me! I hope you are having a lovely weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Last days to save 50% on Watercolor Crayon Workshop!

Hi friends! I don’t know about you but this month has flown by for me! I have so enjoyed seeing my student’s work in my new Watercolor Crayon Workshop and watching them progress through the lessons.

Here are some of the things my students have been saying:

Hi Lindsay. I just wanted to say thank you for doing this on watercolor crayons!  It’s a favorite supply and now I’ll be using it very differently and I’m very excited about that.  They won’t just be sitting there rarely getting used anymore.  I can see how many textures and things you taught us all throughout the course and how useful it will be to apply to all kinds of different things.  I think this is a home run.  It’s also nice that they’re manageable projects too.  Not overwhelming.  So thank you very much for offering this to us all.
~Faye Lukezich

Lindsay! I have been waiting for the lessons using the Neocolor II’s.  There is very little on Youtube on this subject.  I purchased the lessons and watched the videos.  So much content!  more than just using them.  Drawing lessons, textures from smooth to rough,  various medium options, and links to other tutorials you have already released (which include uses in mixed media).  Money well spent!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This class is great. It’s given me ideas for my Neos, Gel sticks/Gelatos & more. You will thoroughly enjoy it.
~Marilyn Perez-Martinez

Thanks, Lindsay, both for your advice and this course. And all the courses of yours I’ve taken. All have been so beneficial. It is obvious the amount of work you put in. I’m looking forward to taking another in the future.
~Jill Lusey

I wanted to pop in and remind you that the 50% off launch special ends at the end of the month so if you were thinking of treating yourself to the course now is the time. With all of my stand-alone courses, you get lifetime access which means you can snag it on sale and do the class when you have the time. It won’t expire and I will be there to help you when you are ready.

So, are you ready to join hundreds of happy students on a watercolor crayon journey? Click here to learn more about Watercolor Crayon Workshop or enroll today! Don’t wait, the 50% off launch special ends on May 1st, 2022. The regular price is $79, with the discount $39.50. Use coupon code CRAYON50 if the discount doesn’t appear. 

Happy Crafting!

How To fix A Broken Plastic Palette (or other plastic things)

Hi friends! I found the most amazing travel palette that I could hold in my hand and would support my sketchbook while painting! It was affordable ($10) and suitable for gouache and watercolor. The only problem was it broke the first time I used it. I was super bummed! I didn’t want to buy another one because it would just break. I needed to find a way to fix and reinforce this one. Watch the video to see how I did it and it is better than new!

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Super glue
  • sandpaper
  • file
  • craft knife

You will be able to fix all sorts of plastic stuff now! This is NOT a project for children so if you are a kid watching this get a trusted grown-up to help you. Happy crafting!

Textures and detail in colored pencils! REal-time drawing tutorial

Hi friends! I loved the colors and textures in this burger and I thought it would be fun to draw in colored pencil.

I used the new Arrtx set of 72 colored pencils on Canson XL Sand Grain Dry mixed media paper. You can find the reference photo here.

Well, this video got long! If you like these long, in-depth real-time lessons like the burger I demonstrated today then you will love Critique Club with over 75 real-time more advanced art lessons in a variety of media. Click here to learn more or enroll. I also wanted to remind you that there are only a few days left to take advantage of the Launch month special and save 50% off Watercolor Crayon Workshop. Use coupon code CRAYON50 if the discount doesn’t appear. Offer ends 5/1/22,

Happy crafting!

Have you tried this with Your alcohol markers?

Hi friends! Today I have a tip that will help you get more use from your alcohol markers and your stencils!

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There are several reasons that I like this hack:

  1. You can practice your marker blending.
  2. You can get a look of freehand drawing.
  3. You can easily move and layer up stencil images (see the macaron and flower image from the video) and create new, larger, and more complex compositions. It’s like stamp masking but quicker!
  4. You can get the look of stamping, and stencils are cheaper to buy and easier to store than stamps.
  5. Most of us have stencils.

I hope you give some of those seldom used stencils in your stash some love today and til next time happy crafting!

I need an amazon intervention / Sat Chat 4/23/22

Hi Friends! This was especially frantic this week, still nothing to report, yet I talked for half an hour.

Some of the stuff I mentioned (hopefully most of it?)

Happy crafting!

This was a hoot! (Bad pun but fun art!)

Hi friends! I had an absolute blast painting this owl!

I hope you enjoy the real-time, edited tutorial and I hope you paint along!

Here’s what I used (affiliate links used)

If you liked this tutorial you might also enjoy my new Watercolor Crayon Workshop where we create 8 beautiful projects with Neocolor 2 (or similar) water-soluble crayons. You can save 50% on the class now through the end of April. *Use coupon code CRAYON50 if the discount doesn’t automatically appear **Regular price $79, with a discount $39.50 (before tax) ***Offer ends 5/1/22

That’s all for tonight! Happy crafting!