A Beginner Pastel Lesson on my NEW Fabulous Camera!

Hi friends! I have been wanting to upgrade my video camera for a couple of years but always got overwhelmed at the amount of choices and the price tags out there. I was so afraid of buying the wrong thing but I know cameras have come a long way since I purchased my beloved Samsung F90 a few years ago and I really want to make high quality videos where you can see as much detail as possible.

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So I asked my tech savvy husband to research the options and he narrowed the search down to 6 cameras and I ended up picking this Panasonic Lumix G7 and I am so pleased with the results. Jason has been working on adding mounts to my filming areas to hold this camera since strapping the camera to my “ceiling sticks” with an elastic cord is probably not the safest route LOL! I am still keeping my “old reliable” Samsung and I still have a few videos filmed on that one that I haven’t published yet but going forward most of my videos will be shot on the new fancy camera. You can see it’s debut in today’s video!

I got asked many times if oil pastels could be used instead of chalky soft pastels and yes you can! The results will be a bit different but use what you have. You may prefer one of the other as well f you don;t like dusty fingers of the feel/sound of the chalk. If you are new to soft pastel I recommend starting with an inexpensive but good quality student grade set as you ill get all of the joy with none of the potential toxicity of artist grade pigments. You can always upgrade later if you like them and when you understand how to handle them safely. I am not trying to scare you, I just want to make sure you are not blowing or breathing in pastel dust.

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I hope you enjoy the higher quality video and let me know what you think of this project in the comments below! Feel free to share this tutorial with anyone who might like it or Pin it on Pinterest using the sharing button below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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The best watercolors $20 can buy?!? Pretty Excellent Watercolor Review!

Hi friends! Don’t you just love it when a product exceeds your expectations? I really wasn’t expecting much when I ordered this $20 set of Pretty Excellent watercolors from Amazon a couple of months ago. I had some  money left on a gift card and I loved the color and size of the tin and I fully expected I would be discarding the paint to fill with other pans but boy was I wrong! The paints are beautiful!

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It took me a while to review these because I was trying to find something wrong with them. I used them on cards, bookmarks and small paintings and the jewel like colors are rich, clean and vibrant with no shift in color, fading or chalkiness. The lightfast ratings on the box were really good too with 19 out of the 36 colors being absolutely permanent and the remaining ones moderately lightfast. The amount of paint is typical half pan size (I pulled out the insert to make sure the wells were deep.) I contacted the seller Lightwish to see if these paints were the same as the Paul Rubens paints I had seen reviewed a lot lately and they said “Yes, they are the same as the Paul Rubens brand paint. But they also have some difference.” I think the difference is probably the packaging as the Paul Rubens paint comes in a higher end metal tin with individual plastic half pans and a chamois cloth and fancy gift box. If you were looking for a better buy on the Paul Rubens it seems this would be the set. If you were looking for an inexpensive travel set or a gift for an aspiring watercolorist I highly recommend this Pretty Excellent brand one. Watch the video to see them in action and for more information!

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Pros:

  • Price: $19.98 for 36 half pans of watercolor *no removable plastic half pans, they are poured in the plastic insert.
  • Bright clean transparent colors
  • Colors mix cleanly
  • Lovely tin/palette
  • Comes with a waterbrush or you can use the storage slot for your favorite brush
  • beautiful smooth colors finely milled
  • According to the back of the box 19 colors are absolutely lightfast and the remaining color were moderately lightfast but no pigment info is provided in English.

Cons:

  • All the info except color names is in Chinese so if there is pigment info available I can’t read it LOL!

Bottom line, these are an amazing value for the price. There is no chalkiness even in mixes. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to use watercolors and ins’t concerned with pigment composition (urban sketchers, art journalers, scrapbookers, cardmakers) or beginners who want the experience of painting with a high quality transparent watercolor without the high-end price tag. I was really pleased to hear that the pretty excellent paint was the same as the Paul Rubens paint at a much nicer price as the 24 set of Paul Rubens is $39 and you get 36 of the Pretty Excellent paints for $20 in a less fancy tin which suits me fine.

The only downside on these paints is not knowing what pigments are in them. If you take them at their word about the lightfastness they are an incredible value. Keep the back panel of the box to refer to that info if you want it. I hope you found this review helpful and til next time happy crafting!

How to Draw a Raindrop! Sketchbook Sunday!

Hi friends! After the gloomy, windy and rainy weather we have had over the past few weeks it’s hard to believe I’d want to paint a raindrop but I do.

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This was fun to draw and color. I started off with watercolor pencils but then decided I wanted to completely darken the background so I used ink and spent the rest of the duration carving out my lights again. I really enjoyed sketching this but I can see many ways I could do it more efficiently in the future. Watch the video to see the process.

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If you need detailed step by step drawing lesson consider my online class Learn to Draw with Lindsay with nearly 8 hours of instructional video lesson that will get you drawing in no time! I hope you have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Reusable Snow Globe Shaker Gift Card Holders!

Hi friends! I have been starting to slowly get ready for Christmas but picking up a gift here and there if it really seems great for a specific person. I find if I wait to christmas shop I panic and get gifts that miss the mark. One gift that always seems great is a gift card. I like to pick gift cards for someone’s favorite restaurant because you are giving an experience too so if you have friends or family who don’t need any more “stuff” it is a perfect fit! Today I am going to show you how to make a special gift card holder that can be reused, talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

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I do this a lot with cards; I’ll write my onto on a Post-it note or piece of cardstock attached with washi tape so the recipient can reuse the card if they wish. I know it is unrealistic to expect people to keep cards forever and this gives them a new lease on life! It can be like the traveling fruitcake (the one fruitcake that exists in the world that keeps getting re gifted LOL!) Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:

  • NEW Exlusive The Frugal Crafter designed clear stamp set: Let it Snow and Trinkets and Wishes
  • Ink: Memento black *I am using memento because it is compatible with alcohol based markers, if using waterbased markers I suggest Archival or Versafine Clair.
  • Clear Versamark ink for embossing
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol based markers (Blick Studio)
  • Glitter pens (Jane Davenport)
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Circle Dies
  • Double sided tape (I use a tape runner)
  • Christmas pattern paper
  • White cardstock (Neenah classic crest-best for alcohol markers)
  • Cream cardstock
  • Clear transparency sheet (or leftover plastic packaging)
  • Christmas brads, washi and ribbon (optional)
  • Glitter and sequins for filling the shaker

If you plan on making more elaborate cards like shakers for Christmas gifts I recommend you start early. Get a few of these made and pick up gift cards here and there in the weeks leading up to the holiday so it is easier on your budget and then when the festive season rolls around you will be ready and able to relax and enjoy it! I hope this project gives you some helpful ideas and til next time happy crafting!

PS next weeks cardmaking video will be filmed on my new high-definition professional camera! Yipee!

Let’s Paint a Colorful Ram in Watercolor!

Howdy friends! I am not having a live show today, Sarah has to work today and I am trying to learn a new high-definition camera I bought so I can make better quality videos for you. It’s wicked fancy! For now though I have a colorful painting of a Ram with a limited palette for you!

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I am using really inexpensive paints here, it was a $20 set of 36 I took a chance on a couple of months ago because I really loved the mint green tin LOL! Turns out the paints are fabulous. I’ll have a full review on my YouTube channel tomorrow. I used Quin Rose, Yellow ochre and Cobalt Blue (but I think I called it Ultramarine a few times, truth be told I think their cobalt is likely an ultramarine blue as you wouldn’t find real cobalt in a $20 set LOL!)

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I love the challenge of working in a limited palette as well as completely changing the colors of an object. It is a great way to make you rely on the values of an object instead of the color because as long as you have the values right you can use whatever color you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Gel Printed Business Cards for Creative People!

Hi friends! This idea has been rolling around in my brain for a while. I had used up my old business cards (after what seemed like ages) and I wanted something new and a bit unusual. Also I didn’t want to have to order 1000 or have them be super expensive. I love the way cardstock feels when you gel print on it and I thought it would be really special to make business cards with a real hand-pulled print on the back.

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The original plan was to print the contact info for my business cards on the cardstock 10 to a page, print on the back side and cut them apart. That would have works splendidly if I just stuck with gel printing with acrylic paint. However I decided to add some liquid acrylic ink and it seeped through to the front of the paper so I ended up backing them with cardstock and glueing on my contact info to that. In the end I actually liked this method better because they have a really nice thickness to them. Watch the video if you want to see how I made them step by step.

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Even if you don’t have a business you can still make these calling cards, think of Victorian calling cards. What a classy way to introduce yourself! I know I’d have an easier way remembering someone’s name if they handed me one!

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You can also use this method to make ATCs or artist trading cards. You might add more accents and details after cutting them up though. *ATC are mini artworks measuring 2.5″x3.5″ in size and traded between artists and stampers.

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I hope this project get your creative juices flowing but I hope you don’t wait til the night before you need some cards like I did LOL! At least it makes for a fun story! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review: NEW Premier by Nicole Watercolors from AC Moore

Hi freinds! Today we will look at the Premiere by Nicole watercolors available at AC Moore. Currently they are available in store only but they plan to stock them on their new shopping website soon. I went shopping with my friend Kathy yesterday and saw that these watercolors were on sale 4/$10 this week so if you have a shop locally and you are interested in them after seeing this review you might want to grab some on sale. The Menta brushes by Royal and Langnickel were also 4/$10 if you were looking to grab some.

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These paints are sold individually for $3.99 (regular retail price) and there is a nice selection of colors available. They also have a watercolor pad and brushes in the line. I would rate all of these products student grade and they are priced for the student or hobby market. BTW here are the swatching stamps I used to make the mixing chart. Watch the video below for my in-depth review.

Pros:

  • Nice variety of colors available
  • Colors dry down well without cracking
  • Dry paint rewets nicely.
  • Glazing is possible

Cons:

  • No pigment or lightfast information available
  • Some of the colors I received are quite “samey”
  • Some colors were a bit streaky
  • Some colors mixed got a bit chalky

Review: These paints initially reminded me a lot of the Cotman line from Winsor & Newton in the colors, texture and the way they dried down. At the end of the video I compared the exact colors from Premiere to the swatches of the full like of Cotman pans I have and the similarities are striking almost like they were made by the same company. Cotman paints retail for $4.89 a tube but cotman paints contain pigment info wich is a big plus in my book.

They also reminded me of Royal and Langnickel tube paint which is a steal however the R&L paint has an odor and I know some people are bothered by that even though it is faint. R&L paint will crack if dried down so I recommend using that fresh from the tube or adding a bit of glycerin in the wet paint.

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These paints will perform very similarly to any other student grade paint however without pigment info and lightfast info available I would not recommend them over other brands that offer that information at the same price. If you want to get a few tubes to try I recommend sticking to a very limited palette of Permanent Rose,Intense blue, and Cadmium yellow as you will get very nice clean mixes and vibrant colors. I think those colors may be single pigment. I think that if you like Cotman watercolors you will like these as they are nearly identical but I’d wait for a sale which luckily ACMoore has often. The paper is quite smooth and reminds me of Canson XL. It is a wood pulp paper and very affordable (about $5.88 for a 9″x12″ pad of 30) I personally like it for rubber stamping and watercoloring those images, it is a great buy for that. The brushes are your standard golden taklon and a bit stiff for my liking in watercolor and will make you watercolor look more streaky. For the same money you can purchase the Menta brushes by Royal & Langnickel also sold at AC Moore. *Reminder both the Menta brushes and Premiere paints are on sale this week at ACM!

Thanks to ACMoore for sending these to me for review. They are very similar to Cotman and I’d give them a try if on sale and you are in need of student paint. Happy crafting!

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