Enjoying a Slow Saturday

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you are enjoying the weekend. It always feels weird on the days after Thanksgiving. The kids are home, many people are off from work and it feels like a couple of Sundays strung together. You see different neighbors when you walk the dog and things are slow and calm. I am sure that’s not the case in town for the folks working or shopping and however you choose (or have) to spend the days following Thanksgiving I hope you enjoyed it:)

I’ve been making my Christmas cards. I made 32 today of one design and I did 12 of another design yesterday. I hope to get them mailed out on Monday and then I can share the designs with you. I was able to use up a lot of older product and that feels so good! I love coming up with new ways to use old stuff and mixing old with new. It’s so satisfying to use stuff up, don’t you think?

Today is Small Business Saturday. I thought it would be nice to highlight a couple of small companies that sell watercolor stuff and are nice people. First up the Etsy shop “A Little Creative“. I met the owner April last year and she also lived in Maine, unfortunately (for me) she moved but luckily we still keep in touch. She sells the Polish line of watercolors called Renesans. They are a very high quality/low cost paints. I reviewed the pans here and the tubes are also excellent. She is offering 10% off (keep in mind the prices are shocking low to begin with) and free shipping on orders over $35 through Tuesday. These paints will make an excellent gift to any watercolor painter on your gift list.

Another small company that I am a big fan of is The Portable Painter. They make my favorite travel palette that I have been using pretty much exclusively since I got it and it was on my Christmas Gift Guide last year. It’s a 12 pan sketch-box that comes empty and you fill with the paint of your choosing (maybe the Renesans paint I mentioned above) and it has 2 water-buckets that attach to each end and I can rest it over my leg when painting in my Kayak or set it on the ground at the beach and the water-bucket legs keep the palette out of the sand. It’s brilliant! They are making a micro palette that is less expensive than the portable palette and cute as a button and I though you might like to know about it. I’d say it would make a cute stocking stuffer but I’m not sure if it will be out by Christmas but the original portable painter is a fantastic palette to give any painter who wants to paint out in nature. Here is a look at the new micro version. I will review it when it comes out.

Finally I did want to mention a big sale from a company that has been growing the last couple of years: Arteza. They have been knocking it out of the park with affordable, quality art supplies. I have been very impressed at the quality of their products and customer service. I would rate their supplies at the level of the serious student/crafter and you always get more than your moneys worth. I really like their Ever-blend alcohol markers (their 120 set is on sale for $72 this weekend, regular $129), Gouache paint, Real brush watercolor pens, canvas panels and expert watercolor pencils to name a few. Honestly the only thing I don’t love from them is their watercolor paint but I am very picky with watercolors and theirs are fine, they just didn’t knock my socks off. I am not sure if you can use a coupon on top of their black Friday sale which is up to 60% off but you can try PROMO10 and see if you can save more. I am so happy to see this company grow and hear from my viewers how well they were treated by them when they ordered.

I hope you are having a good weekend. I plan on taking one of my daughters to the local antiques mall tomorrow to do some Christmas Shopping. I hope to find some unique treasures that will bring joy to my loved ones this year. I know there is a lot to choose from these days so I just wanted to highlight a couple of online business that I think are worth a look and offer clever and reliable products that would make nice gifts. Just as a disclaimer I am an Amazon and Arteza affiliate and I do earn a small commission if you make a purchase through some of my links. I think I am going to head back down to my craft room now and see if I can come up with another Christmas Card design to batch out, I have an idea for a farmhouse style card, now, I just have to see if I have a pickup truck stamp, if not, I’m sure I’ll find something that will work. happy crafting!

fun Idea! Have an Ugly Sweater Party!

Hi friends! Tis the season for cookie swaps, office parties and gift exchanges! One new tradition is the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party!

It started as a way to poke fun at the gaudy sweaters we get at Christmas and morphed into scrounging thrift stores for them and now you can go to stores and buy some real doozies if you like. On one hand I think this is super fun but the thrifty environmentalist in me cringes a bit of buying something to wear once so I decided I would design something that is fun and that I would wear more than once. Actually my daughter Maizy asked if she could have this so it will get worn a lot. The other bonus to this project is that since you are altering an inexpensive sweatshirt (mine was under $8 at the big box store) it is soft and comfy unlike the scratchy cheap novelty sweaters you would buy. I think having a party to make the sweaters would be really fun too and suitable for all ages! Watch the video for a full tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Conda. They have affordable art supplies for all ages and sell on Amazon.

Supplies (sponsored/affiliate links used)

Tips:

  1. Always sketch out your design on paper and make corrections before starting your fabric project. Any mistakes made with the fabric paint will need to be worked into your design. You will be happy you took the time to practice!
  2. You can sketch your design on your shirt with chalk if you want before painting. The chalk will wash off or can be brushed off when the paint is completely dry.
  3. Light color fabric is better than dark-colored fabric because you will use less paint. If using dark fabric I recommend the metallic paints as they will show up better.
  4. When covering a large area I recommend mixing several shades of paint together so you don’t run out and spreading them out with a paintbrush.
  5. You could also cut a shape out of felt and use fabric glue to apply it if a large solid area is desired.
  6. Wear a smock, apron or old shirt when working with fabric paint. If you accidentally get fabric paint on your good clothes wash them immediately with soap and water.

I also wanted to mention that the dual tip brush 100 count markers are excellent quality and very affordable. If you are looking to replace your warn out dual brush water-based markers or get a gift for a stamper, scrapbooker or papercrafter they are an excellent choice!

I hope you are having a great day at til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Sleepy Watercolor Fox

Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving.

Here is a sweet, easy watercolor tutorials if you find yourself with some free time today and you want to create. If you are busy today, don’t worry, you can watch it when you want to.

Want more quick watercolor projects for Christmas? check out my new class Handpainted Holidays and save 50$ with coupon code XMASTREAT through 12/1/19 or by clicking this discount link.

Supplies available at 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.

Supplies:

  • Turner watercolors: Yellow ochre, burnt sienna, Quin Rose, Ultramarine
  • Mimik watercolor brushes (faux squirrel)
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Colrease pencil in Terra Cotta for sketching or you can use a regular pencil
  • Reference photo

I hope you have a wonderful day! Happy painting!

Catching up!

Hi friends! I am catching up all right! I totally forgot to post this on Sunday when I uploaded it to YouTube and I am trying to catch up on my oil painting challenge to paint 20 oil paintings in the month of November and I am only up to 12! I’ll post a recap at the end of the month. I am not sure I’ll get 20 done.

This was a fun painting and came together pretty quickly. You can see the timelapse below:

Supplies: (affiliate links used) *Affiliate links to Arteza, use coupon code PROMO10 for 10% off.

  • Oil paint colors- Yellow ochre, burnt umber, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Titanium white
  • Brushes: Assorted smallish brushes ranging from 1/2″ wide and smaller (flats, filberts and small rounds)
  • 5″x7″ canvas panel (Arteza)
  • Optional: oil pens
  • Reference photo

Just a Reminder…

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My watercolor Handpainted Holiday Class is on special for 50% off through 12/1/19 with coupon code XMASTREAT or by clicking this discount link.

I have a new watercolor up on YouTube tonight and I will post that here tomorrow. I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and til next time happy crafting!



Can I Make Art With a Kid’s Art Kit?

Hi friends! I used to love getting art kits for Christmas when I was young, even in my teens I looked forward to playing with oil pastels, markers and paints that came in these affordable kits. Today I am going to see if I can make a decent painting with these inexpensive children’s art supplies.

It was a lot of fun and very freeing to paint with simple supplies meant for children!

You can purchase this art kit and others like it from our sponsor CONDA. Find the art kits I used here.

Supplies *Sponsored Affiliate links used

The moral of this story, you can make art with anything you like! Have fun and happy painting!

A Pretty Way to Plan

Hi friends! Do you use a fancy planner to schedule your life? I don’t use a paper planner anymore after switching to an online planner but I love looking at the pretty planners other people make. Those planner gave me an idea as they are kinda like keeping a diary and scrapbook all in one. I thought we could use a planner layout for certain months with a lot going on in our scrapbooks! I’m probably not the first person to think of this (I am sure I’m not) but that would be a very practical way to use our stamps, marker and pens and keep track of the events we have coming up and things we want to do over the holidays. Watch the video to get some tips on making a planner page you can use in your scrapbooks and scrool on for some other ideas!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:


Directions:

  1. Divide up your cardstock or planner page so you have space for titles and lines for days of the month and bucket list items. Use a ruler and pencil for this
  2. Write the Title with pencil ad then carefully and neatly go over it with a brush marker.
  3. Draw lines and numbers with a fineliner, you can use black or any color you like.
  4. Stamp decorations on your page!
  5. Enjoy using your planner page to list the holiday happenings of the month and jot down the things you want to do in the events section. Be sure to save it in your memory album

Enjoy the busy holiday season and capture the memories of what you celebrate! Happy crafting!

Cedar Waxwing in Watercolor!

Hi there! Today I have a long watercolor tutorial that I hope you will like.

I also wanted to remind you of the Launch month special on my new course Hand-painted Holiday. It’s 50% off through the end of November so you can get a deal and have time to hand paint some Christmas tags and greeting cards. Learn more here and use the coupon code XMASTREAT if the discount doesn’t show up already.

On to today’s video!

Supplies listed below, feel free to use the supplies you already have. Affilate links used.

I hope you have some time to paint this weekend! Happy painting!

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