Let’s Paint an Orchid Together!

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint this orchid! I was so happy to see it in bloom again, surely it is a sign of spring right?

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I will show you how to draw the orchid in the video but if you prefer to have a pattern I have a similar orchid illustration in the Fancy Flowers digital stamp set. I sketched the picture with a yellow watercolor pencil and I also used my new Golden Qor watercolors.

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I have to say I like using them much better dry in the tin AND they dried quickly, I was even able to close the tin without them falling out of the wells ad making a mess. I think the Aquazol binder these paints use help the paint adhere to the palette better. That said the color released quickly when touched with a wet brush. I enjoyed these so much that I ordered the other two intro sets of 6 from MerriArtist because they had them cheaper ($20.99 vs $24.49 a set at all of the big store I usually order from) and a coupon (coupon code 10OFF) for $10 off an order of $100 and free shipping on orders over $90. I am not affiliated with MerriArtist but I ordered Saturday and my order should be here tomorrow so I am happy! You don’t have to have these paints though, any watercolor paints will work. Watch the video to see how it is done:

If you don’t have any watercolor pencils you can sketch lightly with a pencil and when it comes time to do the veining on the orchids you can use a thin liner brush and paint but you need to let the petals DRY completely first instead of working on the wet petals with the watercolor pencils.  I used Prima watercolor pencils but any brand is fine. I hope you try this lesson. Several viewers who saw the video on YouTube already have shared their beautiful paintings with me on TheFrugalCrafter facebook page and they all turned out so nicely. I love seeing the painting you have made, it touched my heart that you would take time out of your day to watch my videos and make a painting or project that I designed. I also love you guys supporting each others creative endeavors.  :) Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me and til tomorrow happy crafting!

By Request, Pansy Tutorial!

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Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you a fun technique using watercolor pencils and regular (wax or oil) colored pencils. If you don’t have watercolor pencils you can use any kind of markers or watercolors for the first coating. Experiment, it’s how we develop new techniques! If you do want to get the Spectrum Noir (regular) pencils and Prima Watercolor pencils I used in this tutorial you can find them at Hallmark Scrapbook. The stamp I am using is an old favorite from Personal Stamp Exchange, it is no longer available so substitute with your favorite flower stamp:

I hope you got some new tips and techniques from today’s video! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Help me finish this art journal page & marker winner announced!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you some more coloring techniques with the fabulous Spectrum Aqua Markers, I’ll show you how I colored this:

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But first I need to pick 4 winners for the Spectrum Aqua Marker giveaway sponsored by Hallmark Scrapbook! If you are a winner please check your email because I have sent you info to claim your prize!

The winners are:

Ramona Wallace (USA-Nature Set)

Barb Macaskill (USA-Essential Set)

grandmastovall (USA-Floral Set)

Juliana H. (Germany-Primary Set)

Congratulations to all the winners! If you missed out don’t worry, the Spectrum Aqua markers are still on sale and available at Hallmark Scrapbook. I know a lot of you have picked up these marker sets so today I want to share how to color and blend skin tones since they seem to give people the most trouble. Color along with whatever watercolor markers you have.

I have heard from many of you that your paper tends to “pill” when you try to color with watercolor markers. To avoid that you want to use a paper that can handle the water that is in the markers. Typing paper and most cardstock are not sized enough to handle the water. A watercolor paper or mixed media pad works much better. When you are shopping for paper look for pads that say “can handle light washes” there are many papers that are designed for kids that will work well (like the cheap white sulphite paper I used on the jellyfish last week.) If you are still having trouble with your paper scribble your markers on a dish and use a damp brush to color with, a soft paintbrush will be less abrasive on your paper. Also notice how I did not work any of the paper on today’s sample too long. I use a Canson XL Mixed Media pad which is an affordable option and most craft stores, even Wal-Mart has it.

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As always try out these techniques with what you have, practice and do not be discouraged. It takes a bit to get the feel for how long you can let the marker set and how much water you need. One of my favorite things to do with new markers is to scribble some out and try blending them with a wet brush. Just playing with the colors on paper will teach you a lot and you won’t worry about making a mistake. I hope you found this helpful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

First I Liked it, then I LOVED it! {Qor Watercolors}

Hi friends! I was asked by a few people to check out the new Qor watercolors from Golden. Golden is known for superior acrylic paints and mediums and quite frankly I really didn’t think they had any business making watercolor paints, I mean, there are so many fabulous watercolor paint makers out there, do we really need to reinvent the wheel? Also I find often when a company is known for one stellar medium their other offerings are lackluster. I had to make a large order for class supplies at Jerry’s Artarama a couple of weeks ago so I decided to try a tin of 6 colors that were on sale for $24.50, not bad for artist quality paint, I chose the High Chroma set because I like bright colors. I shot this video as I opened the paint and experimented with them for the first time:

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the paints. They were vibrant and it only took a tiny amount for bright results. I have to admit I preferred working from them dry on the palette like I did in the Orchid Painting I posted on YouTube today and out of the drop I squeezed out for this video I still have tons of paint left. These paints use a new binder called Aquazol instead of traditional gum arabic and they dried quick and held fast to the lid of the palette so I did not waste a bit. I was worried that it would flake off and make a mess when I closed it but that was not the case. I really think I will order the other two sets of 6 colors (the 12 intro set has some colors from all of the sets of 6 so that is why I am not going for that one, but it might be a better value if you start with that.) I was mistaken in the video when I said that the tubes in the sets were the same size as open stock, if you but the colors individually they are 11ml tubes and the ones in the sets are only 5ml but seeing how far these paints go I think I will get the other intro sets and then invest of the larger tubes of the colors I use up. Please note that there are other colors available open stock than in the sets so you will not have ll the colors by buying the sets. I really do not think you need all the colors of any line of paint, try to get single pigment colors and mixing your own. Paints (unlike pencils) will mix completely for an infinite variety so a limited palette is just fine.

Oh, please note, the big stores are selling the sets of 6 for $24.50 but I found a small shop called MerriArtist that has them for $20.99 and when I mentioned them on a video I uploaded today they gave me a coupon code to share for $10 off on orders over $100: 10off and they give free shipping in the lower 48 on orders over $90. They have not sponsored this post, and I have never ordered from them before, I’m just sharing a deal. If you have ordered from them please let me know what you think (I currently have a shopping card going LOL!) Sorry this post is so long. I had been asked by several viewers if I would review these so I wanted to share all of my thoughts. I hope you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Like the ones you made at camp (only better!)

Hi friends! Do you remember making friendship bracelets? I remember spending lazy summer days at camp and with my cousins with stands of embroidery floss perpetually pinned to my jeans. We would sit for hours knotting and braiding beautiful bracelets. More often than not (or “knot” I should say) I’d end up in a tangle of messy strands. You can eliminate the tangles by using satin cord (AKA Rat-tail) to make your bracelets and you can save your jeans (and not have to walk around with half-finished bracelets pinned to your leg) by using a braiding disk. You can use a store-bought one or make your own from cardboard. Here is what you will end up with:

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I used 2mm Rat-Tail cord from our sponsor Papermart for my example because that is a staple supply I always have on hand. If you are planning on only doing these bracelets with the cords I would recommend the thinner 1mm cord because you could get fancier with the braiding using more cords and color. The thinner stuff is also cheaper but pick the cord that will suit all of your needs because you get gobs and gobs of cord on that roll! Here are the other supplies you will need:

  • End caps or cones and a clasp. I used some flat end cones but you can find glue-on end caps for Kumihimo braids that would be even easier, I opted to use what I had on hand.
  • Glue
  • Pliers/wire cutter
  • Wire
  • Scissors

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I will show you step-by-step in this video how to make a Kumihimo spiral bracelet with 8 strands. There are many other designs you can make with this cord and braiding disk so if you really enjoy this you can find more ideas online! I think this is a really relaxing craft.

Directions:

  1. Cut 5 feet of turquoise and brown cord. Fold in half twice and knot. You will have 8 strands.
  2. Insert knot in the center of the braiding dish and separate strands in groups of 2 as I demonstrate in the video.
  3. Create the braid by moving the strings to different positions and turning the wheel as shown in the video.
  4. Finish by attaching ends and a clasp.

You can make these longer for necklaces too! You can also start the cord by knotting the strands together and work just as I did and knot it when you are done. You can add the end caps and clasp in the future. You can also try this with other string, just be sure to keep the ends loose and untangled or wind them on bobbins so they don’t get snarled up. I hope you try the zen craft, it is a great way to pass the time on a lazy day or while watching TV. It’s just pain fun too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The 75th Episode of Ask a Crafter!

Well, that sneaked up on us huh? I can’t believe that we have filmed that many! So many questions answered (and the jar is still pretty full!) Let’s see what we have in store this week as Lorraine, Kathy and I dig into the jar to answer your burning crafty questions!

You know the drill, leave a question and it may show up on a future episode! For those wondering about the weather in Maine it is 19 and windy with a fresh coating of slush from last night. Spring is right around the corner…right? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Duct Tape Tote! & EasyLunchboxes Winner Revealed!!!

Hi friends! Another snowy day in Maine, man, Mother Nature better shape up, it is supposed to be spring in a few days! Oh well, I decided to combat this constant deluge of winter by making an easy clean beach tote BUT FIRST I want to announce the winner of the EasyLunchboxes and Cooler bag giveaway (drum-roll please….) Marina M! Marina, please check your email for details. :D Last week after I made my quilted lunch bag I realized that I had no room for water bottles (well I guess I could have laid them over the top of the boxes in a pinch…) and I probably would not want to get the pretty fabric wet and sandy so I decided to make a wipe-down, no-sew, duck tape beach bag that will fit 4 ELBs and 4 water bottles. Have a look at today’s video:

For this project you will need:

  • Duct tape
  • Tarp
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Thin cardboard or matboard

Tips:

  1. Save scraps of tape to fill in bits as needed.
  2. Create the main part of the bag with solid color duck tape because it is less expensive.
  3. If you can’t find a tarp (I got mine at the dollar store) you can wash and recycle a grain bag or something similar.

I think this bag is going to be super useful this summer and I hope you try this project too! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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