LIVE! Easter Lily in Watercolor & Tips for Painting White Flowers!

Edit: Here is the finishes painting from today’s live stream, have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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Hi friends, today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube we will learn how to paint white flowers in watercolor! Here is a quick color study I did this morning, but don’t worry, our painting during the live stream should be more refined. ūüėÄ

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I like to play with color in my journal before I attempt a live stream to warm up, I think we will have a lot of fun with this. You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with us be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern time today!

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Supplies:

Sorry to keep it short and sweet but I am running behind today! Hope to catch you live in a few minutes on YouTube, happy crafting!

Printing with the Sun!

Hi friends! We have had 3 sunny days in a row! I can feel the vitamin D coursing through my veins! Today’s project is fun and sciency and I think I will do this project with my free kids library class next month because I think they will get a kick out of it!

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The really cool thing about this project is that it can teach some old-time photography methods as well. This process is closely related to cyanotype and works by sensitizing a porous material, in this case wood, with a UV reactive chemical and then placing either a negative the size of the final print (as is common with most non-silver process photography) or opaque object on the surface and exposing it to UV light. 20 minutes later you have a print! Cool huh? The photo below shows the treated panel with a photo negative and items to leave prints. The treated surface begins to change quickly once in the sun.

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Now, let me be clear, although Solarfast and Cyanotype are very similar there are a few differences, if you wish to explore these please look at the comparison chart on the Jacquard Products website. One of the key differences is that Cyanotype is done on dry media, meaning you¬†prepare the surface and let it dry before printing (You can make surfaces up ahead of time) and Solarfast must be printed when still damp. I did not know that before filming so I wanted to make sure to note it here. Cyanotype is cheaper and can capture greater detail but Solorfast is more durable for laundering and comes in more colors. In any event it is fun and I would not have tried this if I didn’t get¬†it in a smart art box! I think more than ever that a Smart Art box subscription would be the easiest way to develop a well-rounded home school art curriculum.

This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art, you can purchase past boxes or subscribe to their monthly art box and they are now shipping to many countries!

Supplies:

  • Ampersand cradled wood panel
  • Solarfast by Jacquard (purple)
  • Solarfast wash out liquid
  • Solarfast transparencies
  • Opaque black pen
  • Foam brushes
  • Other items (not in Smart Art Box) die cuts or objects to block out light (marbles, felt)

Tips:

  1. Practice on a scrap of wood or fabric before working on your final project.
  2. Blot off excess fluid before placing down your transparency.
  3. Solid and opaque images give a better print than ink jet printed images. Use your printers best ink setting to make sure you get the darkest possible print.
  4. You can make your own negatives on the Jacquard Website.

This was a fun and educational project! I think the solorfast is more designed with fabrics in mind so I might try a T-shirt next, what would you print? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Quick Spring Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a fast and fun Spring project? This project can be made quickly and inexpensively using a 10″ wreath form from the dollar tree. You can use this same method to make larger wreaths as well, you just need a bigger Styrofoam wreath form if you want to do that. I recommend that if you are doing this with kids (it would be a great classroom or Sunday School craft) that you stick to the 10″ wreaths because it won’t take as much money, supplies or space to make. Why is Styrofoam so expensive anyway? Probably because it is an ecological nightmare which brings me to the other great thing about this project, it is all put together with straight pins so you can easily undo and redo it as many times as you like so you can keep reusing it season after season and not feel bad for your Styrofoam consumption.

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I mention the wreath size because you are not going to gain a lot of bulk on this wreath. This is the same size form I used for my Christmas bauble wreath (glue method) but that one ends up being much larger because you are adding chunky ornaments all around it. This wreath pretty much ends u the size of the form so if you want a door size wreath you will want it bigger. Just measure before you buy:)

Full instructions in today’s video!

You can find most of the supplies you need at the dollar tree and you can order online and have it shipped for free to your nearest store. This is handy because my store often runs out of the good stuff:) You must buy 4 wreath forms if ordering online though so you might try my Christmas Bauble wreath or split the order with friends or make some to sell at a craft fair! It is still cheaper than one wreath form at the craft store! Look at your own craft stash to see what you have that will work on a spring wreath before buying new, if you need supplies I have shopped around and found decent prices on the basics. Affiliate links below.

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Be creative and use the supplies you have on hand to make your wreath fun and unique! I hope spring has spring in your part of the world, we are just starting to get a peek of it in Maine! Today is supposed to be sunny and 63 so I think I will try to enjoy part of my day outside! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

$20 off $80 and free shipping over $75!

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in really quick and share a deal going on at Consumer Crafts this weekend.They are offering $20 off your purchase of $80 and free shipping on orders over $75, so it is a great time to snag any dies, embossing folders, jewelry supplies, art supplies or kids craft items!

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Their everyday prices are so reasonable so when they give another discount on top I have a look to see if there is anything I need so I thought I’d pass along the word to you as well. ¬†Also today is the last day for the big sale at Craftsy with hundreds of top classes for $19.99 or less! I put my class 50% off via this link too!

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I think with all the cool Craftsy inspiration and the sale of supplies at consumer crafts you can set yourself up for a very crafty week! To be completely transparent with you the links I used are affiliate links, if you purchase via my special discount links I earn a small commission but it does not cost you anything extra. Thank you for your support! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

5 Fast & Fun Wats to Dress-Up an Envelope!

Hi friends! This project is for days when you are high on creative desire but short on time! I’ll show you 5 ways to fancify your correspondence with limited supplies!

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And please share the¬†fabulous ways YOU have to decorate envelopes in the comments below, we’d love to learn from each other!

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Watch the video to learn how! Each techniques takes less than 5 minutes and I think I can spend an extra 5 minutes to make someone smile, that is a great investment IMHO:)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 Р20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more. New stamps are being released soon, sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter for bonus free projects and fun news!

Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make you very own envelope mail art!

Quick Ideas:
1. Draw a ribbon banner and write the address in the ribbons!
2. Place a strip of masking tape down and splatter paint over it. Remove the tape and write in the box left behind.
3. Stamp around a piece of masking tape or post it note.
4. Create a scene on the bottom of your envelope.
5. Use frames or container stamps to make a spot for writing addresses.
6. Use colored hot glue, embossing powder or sealing wax to make an envelope seal! The hot wax won’t hurt your stamp but I recommend inking it up with pigment ink or glycerin first so it doesn’t stick.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and quick tutorial! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Yummy Dessert! LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Please join me for a fun painting tutorial today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube!12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! We will be painting this. Here is a traceable pattern.

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Here is the reference photo:

You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions while we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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Supplies (Amazon Affiliate Links Used)

  • Mission Gold Watercolors:¬†I am using the Perfect Pan set of 24 because the palette is compact and fits on-screen, but this set of 36 is a better deal *BTW I just ordered this set and will review it soon! I also have and recommend the 24 pure pigment set before, I think it is the best value because you have all single pigment tubes (larger tubes than in the 36 set) and you can mix all of the colors in the 36 set from this set I believe. It is more expensive because you are getting more paint and it is a bit heavy on the red/pinks so it is better¬†for flower/still life painters as opposed to landscape artists. You really can’t go wrong with any Mission Gold paints but a little goes a long way so just pick the set that meets your needs (you don’t need them all LOL!)
  • 140# Arches Watercolor paper CP I am working 9″x12″ size and I tear my paper down from large sheets. I just saw this pack of 10 22″x30″ sheets on Amazon for $27.99 and I have never seen this paper at low! *I buy full sheet watercolor paper, tear down a couple of sheets at a time and store the paper in the shipping box under my bed FYI:)
  • Brushes: For beginners I recommend Royal Majestic, this 5 peice set is a good assortment and cover most anything you want to paint. The bristles have more snap and hold less water which makes working with student grade paints easier as well, they are an excellent value! If you are more advanced I recommend the Mimik Synthetic Squirrel Watercolor Brushes as they hold a TON of water and paint and are a great deal!
  • White gel pen (Uniball Signo)

It is a big sale weekend at Craftsy with hundreds of classes for Under $20!

And use this special link to save 50% on my class Mix it up Mixed Media Step by Step!

If you have never tried a Craftsy class before you really should treat yourself during this sale. The beautifully filmed high-definition video, printable reference materials and easy to navigate classes make them a must try and you get lifetime access to all of your classes so you can return to the lessons again and again if you like. I am honored to be a craftsy instructor and I encourage anyone to check out what they have to offer across all genres of art, crafts and cooking! I hope you can make today’s free live stream and til then happy crafting!

Pen & Ink and Watercolor Daffodil Tutorial (YOU can paint this!)

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to draw and paint this daffodil:

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All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolor paint and watercolor paper! Let’s get started!

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Supplies:
Koi Watercolor set of 24 Amazon has the best price $20.26, they also have the best price on all sizes 12-48 pan sets, Blitsy has it for $30 but they offer free worldwide shipping when you spend a certain amount OR Simon Says Stamp sells it for $36 and they also offer shipping to most countries

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I get the 100 pack of 5″x7″ size because I go through a lot of them and it is the best deal on Amazon, But other sizes and assortments are available. Blitzy has the best price on the 10 pack of 5″x7″ for $7.64 (but it is more expensive than buying in bulk on amazon)

Waterproof pens (Faber Castell Pitt Pens in Sepia color)

Other: I clip my watercolor cards to a scrap of foam board with binder clips as I find 5″x7″ watercolor cards don’t really need to be taped down on all 4 sides unless you want a white border on them.

I hope you give this tutorial a try,¬†if you don’t have a waterproof pen you can sketch in pencil, paint with watercolor and add the pen lines on top for a similar result. Use what you have or you can use my special discount affiliate links above to purchase exactly what I used. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I really needed this spring painting today because this is what I woke up to! C’mon Mother Nature, take a hint, it’s Spring already LOL!

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