Waiting for Lilacs

Hi friends! Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers. We had a huge lilac bush growing up and every year I gather buckets full when I visit my parents. They bloom around the beginning of June and that feels so far away this year. They say we might get snow again tomorrow. I am not hear for it as the kids would say. At least I can dream of spring right?

In today’s video I’ll show you how to paint these lilacs in acrylics but you can use oils or gouache if you don’t have acrylics, the technique is the same. Enjoy!

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I hope you are doing well and til next time happy crafting!

Bubbly Betta Fish // Gouache on Canvas

Hi friends! Sorry this post is late, I uploaded it to YouTube yesterday for Sketchbook Sunday but was too busy yesterday to blog it. My son is getting ready to take is drivers licence test and needs more hours of practice to be eligible so we drove down to visit my parents and sister and her family. We had a great time but got home late and I could barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through my email.


So better late than never right? This painting was a struggle. I almost tossed it in the fire pit about halfway through. But the awesome thing about almost giving up hope on a painting is the freedom in knowing “well, I can’t make it any worse!” and then you can relax and have fun. I hope this in enjoyable to watch and I hope it shows you that everyone struggles sometimes.

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Today I am using supplies from the March 2019 Smart Art Box. Occasionally they have extra boxes for sale here, Otherwise you can find the supplies below:

So the next time you are frustrated with a painting don’t be afraid to take a break and then go wild with it. After all, what’s the worse that can happen? Happy crafting!

Acrylic Painting Tutorial: Vase of Brushes

Hi friends! Today I have a project that can be done in acrylics, oils or gouache.


I think I might want to do this one in watercolor too, well the pot anyway, maybe with a cup of tea and a pastry! Let me know what you think about that in the comments but for now here is the video tutorial!


This was the first time I tried Aqyla paint. I have a viewer request a review of it and I will have one for you this weekend. I needed to try a few techniques and experiments with it before I gave my final opinion. The set of 18 colors they sent me sells for $46 and every tube contains the pigment number. It acts like an acrylic but is easier to blend. Technically it is an alkyd resin. You can find out more about Aqyla here. They also gave me a coupon code for my viewers to save 10%: thefrugalcrafter This is not a sponsored post but they did send me the paint for free for review purposes.

I am working on an 11″x14 canvas, my sketch was done in a watercolor pencil:) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you give it a try yourself! BTW there will be a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


CRAFTmas Week 3! Merry & Bright Jewelry!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and sparkly set of jewelry to make!


This week I teamed up with Mark Montano from the channel Make Your Mark! for 2 fun holiday projects! You can dress yourself up with my tutorial and then dress up your home with Mark’s fun Décor project!

Watch the video to learn how to make the necklace and earrings!

Then check out Mark’s holiday Décor! You can also check out all of the past CRAFTmas videos on this playlist!

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I want to thank Mark Montano for joining me this week for CRAFTmas, be sure to check out his channel, I also want to thank Punch Place Plus for being such a generous sponsor this holiday season. Special thanks to you too for spending a bit of your day with me! Happy crafting!

Ring a Ding Ding!

Hi friends! I wanted to share the acrylic ring tutorial some of you requested on my Crafting on Clear 101 video last month. Better late than never right?


You will need Acrylic tiles, alcohol ink and a heat tool for this tutorial. I did not smell any fumes when I heated my tiles but to be safe I kept a window open while I worked.


I think a bowl of these rings would be pretty on a craft fair table and they could be made quickly for a low price so kids could afford them, just make sure you make some small enough to fit children if you do! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Hmmm, Give or Keep?

Hi friends! I had a lot of fun playing with the clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus yesterday!


Oh! Before I forget Punch Place Plus has a free shipping code: TFCSpecial valid on orders over $49 through 11/23/15, that’s next week so don’t wait if you want any of these goodies!


I am always on the lookout for cute gifts to make and fun easy ways to dress up my home for the holidays.


I think these projects do just that, see how easy they are to make in today’s video!



Next Week I will be making jewelry with more of their supplies, I have listed them below in case you wanted to follow along (or to help you put together a large enough order so you can use the discount code LOL!)


I guess, now that I think about it there is no need to decide whether I will give or keep these, I’ll do both! They are so fun and easy to make, why not? Be sure to visit Punch Place Plus if you are planning some quick and easy holiday crafts (they have a lot of 18″ doll craft supplies too!) and use the coupon code TFCSpecial for free shipping on your order of $49 or more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

“Tray” Chic! {part 1}

No, I don’t mean “tres chic” I mean Tray Chic! I am painting a tray table for the Maine Discovery Museum to be auctioned off this fall. I thought it would be fun to document my painting process on my blog…for those of you not into painting you can just smile and nod 😉

Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.
Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.

I want to give a BIG thanks to the M. Graham & Company for donating the paint for this project, I’ve used their watercolors for years and their acrylics are perfect for this project, good color strength and blendability (trust me, I was painting outside on a 80 degree day!

Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}
Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}

The first thing I did was make an acrylic “stain” for my table since it was new wood and I didn’t want to cover the grain plus it would seal the wood and make it easier to paint on. I mixed equal parts burnt umber paint and acrylic gloss varnish and a squirt of burnt sienna acrylic. Spray the table with clean water and apply the stain quickly blending as you go with a large natural bristle brush, use a small bristle brush to get paint in the grooves.

the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!
the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!

Here is how I set up my palette, for acrylics I use a Masterson Palette seal (but you can do the same thing with a large flat Tupperware container. I placed damp paper towels on the bottom of my plastic container, put a sheet of waxed paper on top and weighted the corners with flat marbles then squeezed out enough paint for this part of the project (the tray insert) the damp paper towels will keep my paint moist while I paint and if I don’t have time to finish the painting I can snap on the cover and the paint will stay wet until next time.

When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!
When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!

I designed the pattern for the inside of the try buy cutting a piece of paper the same size as the bottom of the tray then I folded it corner to corner to equally divide up the halves then I sketched a calla lily motif in a big and little triangle and transferred that design to the table (you can make out the white lines of the transfer paper in this photo:

one quater of the design painted!
one quarter of the design painted!

I think this might make a nice digital stamp too;) Here is a pic with two sections painted in, since I repeated the pattern for the other half of the table it is balanced and easy to paint.

Half-way there! You can do this too!
Half-way there! You can do this too!

I have a lot more work to put in to this piece, this is just the tray that sits on top after all, Here is a look at the painted tray on the table base:

Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!
Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!

I’ll post the next installment of this project next week, thanks for reading  {or just smiling and nodding} through this long post, till next time happy crafting!