Let’s Paint Rocks in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! I am so happy to be painting with you live today! I had a great vacation last week and today we are going to paint one of the Plein Air paintings I did while on vacation by YOUR request! We are going to paint rocks because many of you told me that rocks were a challenge for you so you will have me at your disposal to ask questions along the way if you get stuck. We will be live at 12:30pm Eastern Time today, I hope you can join us!


You can watch the live class, or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat with us be sure to watch it on the YouTube watch page.

Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama:

  • Cotman Watercolors *You can use any watercolors you have though:)
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper (the best “cheap” paper I have found *the 11″x14″ 50 or 100 sheet pads are a great buy and is what I made mt landscape watercolor block from, I cut each sheet into 3rds 4 1/2″ish x11″ pieces)
  • Brushes-Mimik 1/2″ filbert (under $5) OR try the Princeton Neptune 1/2″ oval wash (about $10) *you can also use a nice thirsty round brush:)
  • Waterbrush (I like this Koi one and it is under $5)
  • Black waterproof pen (sharpie, micron, pitt pen-your choise!)

Want more inspiring tutorials, try my Mixed it Up Mixed Media Step by Step Class for 50% off at Craftsy!


I hope to paint with you live today on YouTube! Til then Happy crafting!

Stamp School! Embellishing with scraps of mesh and tulle!

Hi friends! I think the title of this post perfectly explains why my craft room is full to bursting, I mean, why toss a scrap of pretty metallic deco mesh if it can be used on  card, right?


I love that it adds texture and sparkle without bulk and weight and since it is a leftover from a project you would otherwise throw away it’s free! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This tip really comes in handy when you are planing around a theme like an under the sea birthday party (Jellyfish pull-style piniata project coming in a week or two!) because you can use the same materials to creat decorations, party favors and invitations to not only create a cohesive look but also save money on supplies and have fewer leftovers when you are done. I always say the supplies you use are the best bargains!



Clear Bags (I find 6″x9″ to be the most versatile for mailing and craft fair packaging)
Deco Mesh in pink, turquoise and lime green (we will be using more of this in the future!)
Stamps of your choise (mine are from hero arts) SeahorseAnchorGoldfish
Dye ink pads
White cardstock
Kraft paper (or a brown bag)
Sequins if desired

This idea is not limited to birthday parties. Are you using deco mesh, tulle or burlap to make a Christmas wreath? Why not use your scraps to embellish your cards, gift tags and wrappings. Thinking dual purpose when you purchase will help you get the most bang for your buck and keep your craft room from looking like a museum of unused craft supplies. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

BTW there will be a live painting tutorial tomorrow at 12:30m ET! See you there!

Sponsored by Papermart

My Thoughts on Reviews {…and a review…}

Hi friends! I want to start off tonight voicing an opinion (that’s what the internet is for right? LOL!) I have had a few people complain about the fact that I, The Frugal Crafter, review products. I totally understand why it would rub some people the wrong way if they are coming to my blog for thrifty ideas and a review makes them want to spend. That is not my intention. I get requests on a daily basis from viewers to review products, literally hundreds of requests a year, because they want to know if a product is worth buying before they spend their hard-earned money on it. That is why I review products. That and I am honestly curious about how they perform and compare. I also realize that my audience is all over the globe and a product that is affordable and easy to find one place may be impossible to get somewhere else. I live in the USA so it is fairly easy for me to obtain products. Maybe you can’t get M Graham watercolors so you want to know if Winsor & Newton is as good or maybe a new brand came out and is on sale so you want to know if it is decent. This is why I do reviews. Sometimes I buy the product and other times I am given a sample from a company. I ALWAYS let you know if I am given a product for free so you can factor that in your judgement on how much or little weight to give my review (although you will always get my honest opinion.) And I do not take payment for reviewing a product however I may use an affiliate link if a company I am affiliated with sells it. Again, I make that obvious too. I appreciate when other artists review products especially if it is someone who works in a  similar style because I can get an idea of how useful a supply would or would not be for me. I never want you to think that you need to go buy anything I give a positive review on, rather I want the reviews to be there in case you are considering a purchase that you can compare items and see if it is something you really need or not. It is also helpful to know if two products are indistinguishable from one another so you don’t buy duplicates. You might not agree with my reviews but you will always get my honest opinion. One piece of advise I will give anyone whether you are a marker artist, watercolors or pencil artist is to try a couple of tubes, pencils or markers from each brand (get different colors though so it is not a waste!) and see what works best for you before going “whole hog” on a set. That’s my opinion and as always I welcome yours:)


Now on to the review of Mijello Mission Gold Class (Professional) and Mijello Mission Silver Class (Student) pan watercolor sets. These sets were sent to me by Amazon seller Crush On because they appreciated the review I did on the Mission Gold 24 pure pigment tube set that I purchased last month. I have not seen the silver class (student line) used and I think in some countries it is vastly cheaper than the professional line so I am reviewing it.

Here are the sets I reviewed:
Mission Gold Perfect Pan 24 Set:
Price: $108 on Amazon (retail $189)
24 colors equivalent to 5-6ml tube paint per pan
Packaged in a gold bulletproof glass palette (it is really a type of plastic)
Artist Quality

Mijello Silver Class pan watercolors:
Price $68 (could not find a regular retail price)
20 pans each with the equivalent of 12ml tube paint per pan
Comes in a large palette with plenty of mixing room, also keep the clear plastic packaging as it can be flipped over and serves as divided mixing areas.

I have to say I am impressed with the Mijello Mission Silver Class paint, just be aware that some of the colors are not as lightfast as the artists grade (perhaps due to fillers?) but they mix cleanly and seem as pigmented as their artists counterparts.

In all honestly tho, I would consider the pure pigment set by Mijello gold class because I believe all of the colors can be made from those artist grade pigments. I personally purchased these a couple of weeks ago and love them! They are also cheaper than the Mission gold perfect pans and you get more paint.

And I don’t have this set but many of my viewers have said they love it, the Mission Gold set of 36 with palette, it is cheaper than the silver class paint set but you actually get the equivalent of 80 ml less paint, on the other hand artist quality paint theoretically will go farther.

Like I said I was given these two palettes as a gift from the Amazon seller Crush On from whom I purchased my pure pigment set. The mission gold paints were one of the most requested products to review and I am glad I could able to show you a couple more options. I hope you found this review helpful! If there is a product you would like reviewed let me know in the comments. I base my reviews on most requested items. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Stamp Giveaway & Fabric Stamping Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to stamp on fabric! This technique is handy if you are looking to gussy up premade t-shirts, tote bags or baby onesies (how cute!) or if you want to make your own fabric for quilting and other crafts. Today we will use inexpensive cotton muslin fabric to make a scarf. This way you can try out these techniques without it costing you an arm and a leg:)


Also the fine folks at Art Neko are giving away a set of the stamps I used, all you have to do is leave a comment and I will draw a name at random in one week! This contest is open to everyone world-wide. Thanks Art Neko!


I want to mention that the dye I am using is Dr Ph Martin radiance watercolor. It is kinda pricey as far as dye goes but it also can be used as watercolor paint BUT it is not lightfast on paper, it is like using a marker as far as how quickly it would fade, but many paper crafters like this watercolor and use it. It is a wonderful, high quality dual purpose product.

Watch the video to learn how!

Sponsored by Art Neko  *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!


  • Lightweight cotton muslin fabric (white)
  • Mordant (I used Soda Ash aka washing soda)
  • Fabric Dyes (I am using Dr. Ph Martin Radiance which can be used as fabric dies or watercolors)
  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival (if using another ink test it first on washed fabric)
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Stiff brushes
  • Textile medium (optional)
  • Lumiere paint by Jaquard for accents (optional)

1. Prewash fabric and trim to size, I used a 10″ wide strip as it comes off the bolt.
2. Mix a tablespoon of soda ash with 2 cups of very hot water. Soak fabric in this mix and ring out the excess.
3. Protect your table with plastic bags and spread out your fabric.
4. Apply dies. Pick colors near each other on the color wheel to avoid mud.
5. Let dry and press the fabric with a hot iron.
6. Hem the raw edges (I did not hem the short edges as they were the bound edges off the bolt of fabric)
7. Using firm pressure and a well inked stamp add images to the fabric. Heat set.
8. Color with inktense pencils or blocks.
9. Apply water to the images to liquefy the inktense and add more pigment from the block if desired.
10. Spatter more inktense if desired.
11. Accent with fabric paint, let dry and press again with a hot iron to set.

So, can you think of a project that this technique would be good on? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget, I will pick one lucky commenter to receive the stamps I used! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’m Back! Did you miss me?

Hi friends! I will be working my way through comments and emails as soon as I can but I just wanted to pop in and let you know what I am working on for projects this week and show you what I painted on vacation. Also if you are interested in tutorials for any of the paintings I showed you today just let me know in the comments. I can record watercolor fairly efficiently (hence all the watercolor tutorials during my busy summer LOL!) and I am happy to if you want to see them:)



Here is a casual, weekly wrap up and preview of what’s to come vlog:)


Stuff I mentioned in the video:
Cotman watercolors
Zen 1/2″ (13mm) filbert watercolor brush with scraper handle
DIY watercolor blocks (tutorial here)

For those of you sick of watercolor tutorials I have some fun projects coming up this week:

  1. Fashion: Hand-dyed/stamped/painted scarf
  2. DIY scratch board (good one for the kids!)
  3. Back to School Apple for Teacher papercraft
  4. Under the Sea Party Invitations
  5. Friday we will have the 12:30pm ET live stream and it will be a watercolor:)


Here are still shots of the painting I shared in the video:)

13923799_10206906122156994_5048549420943205300_o 13963027_10206899488511157_1428277141152651974_o

13996300_10206915299386419_769285438379346843_o 13920470_10206922107036606_604707159111688986_o 13962972_10206934549907670_3989539836941852154_o13975378_10206894542867519_7246764976406042565_o

During the video I mentioned a couple craftsy classes that you might like both by Anna Mason. I enrolled in her fruit class thinking it might help me with my strawberries:)

Fantastic Fruit-Texture & Form


Another nice one from Anna Mason is Realistic Watercolors Step by Step (it is mainly botanical flowers and a good place to start:)


Thanks for being awesome and til next time happy crafting!

Plein Air Postcard #5: Sandy Point

The decrepit piers in the water were a challenge to paint so feel free to leave them out if you wish, otherwise it is a lovely coastal maine scent. Have fun and happy painting!


I am using the set of 24 koi watercolor box. The paper is one of the watercolor blocks I made the other day:) Happy crafting!

A Crafty Chat with Barb Owen!

Hi friends! It was a pleasure to chat with Barb Owen of How To Get Creative a couple of months ago. This is an excerpt from that interview. You can see the full video on her channel. She also has a website with wonderful videos, classes and inspiration.


Watch the video!

During this interview I demoed:
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, *I also used the cheap gel crayons from Target, Liquid Metals and Faber Castell Stencils.

Thanks to Barb for letting me repurpose this interview to replay during my vacation! I’ll be back in a couple of days, til then happy crafting!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 9,081 other followers

%d bloggers like this: