Oh, the crafty hoard… (clean & organize the craft storage room with me!)

Hi friends! I had been feeing a bit uncreative and blah and quite frankly annoyed with the current state of my crafty storage area (AKA the old craft room) so I decided it was time to go through all the drawers of random supplies, reorganize and most importantly label everything. Join me on this journey, will you? You can put this video on while you are cleaning up your craft space too! It’s better to tackle tough chores with a friend don’t you think?

I finished this project last Sunday night and it had been such a relief each day to walk in there and find, or put away supplies. I don’t think it was bad before but it is so much better now! My storage is handmade or castoffs from other parts of the house (or side of the road LOL!) Most of the products I use for organizing are from department stores (back to school time is a great time to shop for selection and price) as well as the Dollar Tree. Below I will list some of my favorite things I’ve used.

  • Iris carts are available in lots of different drawer sizes and combinations. I find the shallower drawers the most useful but I use some deep ones too. The casters can be removed for stacking too!
  • 9-cube units (I use these for my craft island table legs, you can also find ones with larger openings that will hold scrapbook papers)
  • I use hollow-core luan doors as tables, they were salvaged sliding closet doors.
  • I also use wire cubes, they can be rearranged infinitely and stored in a small space when not in use. These come in different sizes so check before ordering if you need them to be wider. Mine are i4″x14″ panels I think.
  • I also use a lot of recycled boxes and plastic square baskets from the dollar tree. Dollar tree storage is great and I recommend buying a bunch of the same color if you like it as they sell out fast. You can also order online and they will ship it to your local store for free if your store doesn’t have what you want. I just spotted these paper trays that are 12″x12.5″ that I think might be good for scrapbook paper.

I hope this inspires you to make the most out of the space you have and til next time happy crafting!

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Pastel Macaron Tutorial by Request!

Hi friends! How has your week been going? Mine has been good, the weather has been great too which always lifts my sprits! Today we are going to paint the pastel Macarons I shared the other day in my Derwent Pastel Pan Paint Review.

Watch the video for this easy lesson!

Supplies:

That’s all for today! Happy crafting!

I painted a jar of spools and you can too!

Hi friends! I was inspired to fill a jar of spools after seeing one at a flea market. I thought it would be fun to paint!

You can find a real-time narrated tutorial for this project in Critique Club, and if you are interested in learning how to render glass in watercolor check out my Watercolor Glass Class.

Supplies:

Sadly the affordable Windpower paper has been discontinued by Strathmore. I bought a bunch at Ocean State Job Lot and came across it when I was reorganizing the crafty storage room (organize with me video coming soon!) and I had forgot how much I enjoyed it. The Strathmore 400 series is similar tho. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Sat Chat: Muddy Dogs, Sunny Days & Bad Art Week

Hi friends! How was your week? Anything fun going on this weekend? I hope you are enjoying yourself, getting outside or maybe staying in and creating. Try and spend part of the weekend doing what you want to do.

With the gorgeous weather we had this week I had to get outside. Here are some pics I took while kayaking. *I put the images in a slideshow so if you are reading this via email you might want to click over to my blog for a better experience.

Stuff I mentioned:

That’s all for today! Take care of yourself and til next time happy crafting!

Holbein Colored Pencil Review! (and a supply swap)

Hi friends! A few months ago artist Jane bush on YouTube asked me if I would like to try Holbein pencils as she had an extra set. I thought that would be fun as I had been curious about them but they were hard to find here.

I set to work putting them through their paces and today I have a full review for you!

Be sure to check out my friend Jane’s channel to see the review on the set of pencils I sent her! Affilate links are used in this review.

Today we are reviewing Holbein Artists Colored Pencils. Until recently they have been very difficult to find in America and very expensive if you did manage to score a set on Ebay. Now that Blick is stocking them we have a reliable source of both sets and open stock Holbein pencils.

Pros:

  • Highly pigmented Fast laydown of color
  • Ability to layer several layers and mix colors
  • Good for folks with arthritis as little pressure is needed
  • Great color selection (range of 150 colors)
  • Really unique range of robust pastel tones
  • Lightfast ratings are provided on the pencils with 3 stars being highest.

Cons:

  • Price ($3.19 per pencil)
  • Availability (only Blick has them in USA and they can be hard to buy outside of Japan)
  • Tips wear down quickly

Bottom line: The most unique feature about the Holbein Artist Pencils is the pastel tones. I plan to add a few more of those to my collection where I do not have similar shades in Prismacolor, Coloursoft, or Lightfast. I urge you to try a few open stock pencils before committing to a full set if you are not sure as there is not a huge per pencil savings in the sets and they mix and layer well so I don’t think the full set is necessary to create beautiful art. I recommend these pencils but I do hope the price comes down as they become more popular and available. One more thing, I referenced Arteza colored pencils as a very similar pencil. They have changed the numbering on the pencils so I am not sure if the pencils are still the same quality but they did start offering open stock pencils with the same names of the ones I have but different numbers for anyone who wants to try a couple and see. I have inquired about these new numbered pencils and I will update it here if I find out more.

A Sat Chat AND a Sketchbook Tour (2 videos!)

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend! It has been a good here. My son went to his Senior prom Friday night and yesterday my daughters went shopping for prom dresses with their friends as they have confirmation that their junior prom will be happening for sure. They came home with lovely gowns which I’m sure I will be spamming you with next month but for now here is a pic of my son with his girlfriend:

Apparently there was a photo shoot on the waterfront that the moms were supposed to be told about. Funny how the girls moms get informed but the boy’s moms do not. Luckily his girlfriend’s mom got lots of photos (she took the one above) and will share them. I took a couple pics before he left though but I can never coax out the big grins his girlfriend brings out LOL! (Plus I’m not a great photographer) anyway, they had a good time and I am so thankful that they could go. What a year amiright?

Sat Chat! Yes, I got one done, I didn’t know how I would feel after the vaccine (2nd dose) so I had already filmed a sketchbook tour to run on Saturday just incase I didn’t feel up to filming but I was fine to, yay! I did crash after this and spend most of the day on the couch watching TV though just in case you thought I was a productive goddess, I am not LOL!

And here is that sketchbook tour, I posted it today for sketchbook Sunday.

There, now you are all caught up. I know you were waiting with bated breath hahaha:) Have a great rest of your weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Cat Watercolor Tutorial

Hi friends! Today I have a fun tutorial of a sleeping kitten.

Watch the video to see how!

All of the supplies are from this inexpensive pagos watercolor kit. (affiliate link) and here is the reference photo.

I hope you enjoy the project. I am keeping this post short as I had my 2nd covid vaccine yesterday and I am totally wiped out today! I did manage to film a sat chat though so that will be up on YouTube tomorrow:) Have a great weekend! Happy crafting!

NEW Derwent Pastel Watercolor Review

Hi friends, today we are taking a look at the new Derwent pastel watercolor pan paint set of 12. You can find it on the Derwent website as well as a download of the color swatch with lightfast info and on Amazon USA. (affiliate link) This product sold out shortly after my review went live on YouTube but it is a new product and I’m sure it will be restocked soon. You can take this as an opportunity to decide if this is something that would add to the supplies you already have.

*This product was sent to me for review.

Pros:

  • Nice color selection (thought I would like a brown in place of one of the greys)
  • Color layer well
  • Smooth
  • not chalky
  • Good quality small waterbrush included
  • Price $25
  • Good lightfastness for pastel shades

Cons:

  • I wish there was a brown in place of one of the greys and a cleaner warm green instead of the drab kakhi green.

Bottom line: I prefer this pastel set to the other pastel watercolors I own. They lay down well, layer and are not chalky. I wouldn’t recommend it as a stand-alone set but it is a great addition to other traditional watercolors.

I will have a tutorial for the macarons next week! Happy crafting!

Inspired by Garbage

Hi friends! I was going to toss these eggshells out after making my daughter a sandwich but I thought they were to pretty to discard. So I rinsed them and set them on a paper towel to dry and that is where this still life came from.

A simple monochrome subject is an excellent thing to practice because you really have to look for the subtle changes in line and value so it doesn’t look invisible. You can find a real time version of this tutorial on Critique Club or enjoy the time-lapse below!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you are having a great week! Happy crafting!