Sketchbook Sunday: The Eyes Have It! & April Artwork

Howdy friends & Happy Easter! We are about to head out to my sister’s for Easter dinner but before I go I wanted to share today’s Sketchbook Sunday project.

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I had planned to paint some Easter candy but I wasn’t feeling it and the first (and only) rule about sketchbook Sunday is “Paint what you want to!” So I did:) I do have a real-time tutorial for painting an eye in watercolor here if you would like to see it. As always my sketchbook sunday paintings are time-lapse. This sketch took me about 45 minutes in real-time.

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NEW Art for April is in the Shop!

We just refreshed the shop on my website with new artwork! These are all original paintings and available on a first come, first served basis for the month of April. I believe that everyone should be able to afford original art so my prices start at $45 and include free USA shipping. Thanks for taking a look!

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I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Easter and please have safe travels if you are visiting family and friends today. Til next time happy crafting!

 

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5 Ways to Rainbow! Trendy Card Looks with Supplies you Have!

Hi friends! I love rainbow and color wheel themed projects. There is something so satisfying to see colors all lined up next to their color friends in rainbow order. Maybe it’s because I have a hard time picking a favorite color so I just use them all!

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From candy, to clothing to home decor the rainbow trend is catching on. You might not be ready to redecorate your home but it sure is fun to play with rainbow colors on a card!

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Left to right: Watercoloring with markers and using markers to stamp.

Today I’ll show you 5 ways you can get the look with supplies you already have! Watch the video to see how!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other supplies:

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Left to right: Mini ink pad stamping and rainbow in pad technique.

5 rainbow techniques you can try!

1. Use Acrylic paint to stencil and stamp. Use a Foam cosmetic wedge to apply to stencil or stamp.

2. Use water based markers it ink up a rubber stamp!

3. Use water-based markers or ink pads (pressed or scribbled on a palette) to paint in an image stamped in black.

4. Use a rainbow ink pad!

5. Ink up stamps with mini ink pads: Yellow first in the middle then overlap magenta and turquoise on each side.

I hope this article gave you some ideas on how to incorporate the rainbow trend in your net card. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your crafty friends with one of the handy sharing buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Top 5 Reasons to do a Preliminary Sketch

Hi friends! I have been thinking a lot about creativity, artist block, perfectionism, procrastination and time management lately and I have a little trick that can overcome a lot of those stumbling blocks we face. It’s simply doing a quick practise sketch.

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I did this 10 minute color study before Fridays live show to make sure my colors were going to work for the mixes I wanted and also to make sure the paper I was using was OK. I was using some Winsor & Newton Artists Watercolor paper that is nearly 20 years old and it was just fine. This sketch allowed me to quickly get down some colors so that I would be prepared for the main painting.

Top 5 Reasons YOU Should do a Preliminary Sketch Too!

  1. You can test out your colors and materials to make sure they are in good working order and work well together.
  2. You can try out a composition (how your objects in the painting are arranged.)
  3. It allows you to paint quickly and freely without worrying about messing up the “good” project. It’s a great “warm up” to a day of painting!
  4. You can test out techniques you are unfamiliar with before attempting it on your final painting.
  5. If you are contemplating adding mixed media to your final painting you have a practise piece to try it on first.

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The odd thing is that I usually like the practice sketch better than the final painting and I think it is because of the free feeling I had when creating it. Knowing you are only going to spend 10 or 15 minutes on something let’s you create with abandon! I hope you give it a try and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Weeping Angel Statue @ 12:30pm ET, Today LIVE!

Hi Friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we are going to draw and paint a lovely (and maybe a bit scary for all you Doctor WHO fans out there) weeping angel statue.  There is no pattern because we will sketch it together! Yay!

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask me questions as we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET and if you are on a tablet make sure to not have it in full screen mode (or turn your device to portrait mode) so you can see the chat.

Supplies are available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! *They are currently having a BOGO on many of my favorite brushes including the Mimik synthetic Squirrel brushes! Check it out!

Watercolors: I am using M Graham as many people have been asking about them lately:

140# CP (cold pressed) Watercolor Paper

Brushes: Mimik Synthetic Squirrel (I recommend the value pack set of 8)

Also, you will want a pencil, soft white eraser (we are sketching!) 2 water buckets and paper towels.

ALSO the 20% off discount for Lifebook 2017 has been extended through the end of January! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% off a year of classes an inspiration, find out more here. I just finished up filming my first class for the year long workshop, it will air in March, here is a picture of the finished page.

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There are 23 other wonderful mixed media artists sharing their secrets too so I hope you have a look at what Lifebook 2017 has to offer and I thank you for your support. 🙂

Get your supplies ready and we will see you at 12:30 ET for some painting fun! Til then Happy Crafting!

Need Inspiration?

Hi friends! I had a very productive day, I finally filmed the acrylic mediums video I have been promising and with any luck it will finishing uploading to you tube sometime in the near future LOL! It has been stuck in limbo for hours and I am so excited to share it with you! But for now I will share with you my secret for coming up with good ideas for projects.

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So, how do YOU come up with new ideas? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Big List of Glycerin Uses!

Well, I’m not sure how big of a list it is but watch the video to learn what I use Glycerin for and for my recipes for pigment ink, blender pen juice, ink refresher and more!

Here is the list typed out! (my notes from the video)

Sorry it has taken me so long to compile a list of all of the great uses for glycerin in the craft room. Glycerin is a water-soluble plant based oily liquid that is a main ingredient in many of your art supplies. You can buy Glycerin at a pharmacy or a health food store or in the cake decorating aisle of the craft store (but that is the most expensive way) or if you need a lot of it you can purchase it through a soap making supplier online.

Uses:

  1. Reinking embossing stamp pads. Use as is or with a wee bit of water to reink clear embossing pads or mix with gouache paint and make your own pigment reinker. Here is a video on making your own pigment ink: http://youtu.be/vah1ii4mZYQ
  2. Add a few drops to your acrylic paint rinse water to increase open time and work-ability with acrylic paints. It makes your water wetter!
  3. Refill your blending pens and water-based markers! Video: http://youtu.be/vmOJLBjF5LQ
  4. Add a teaspoon of glycerin to a 4oz spray bottle of water and you have dye based ink refresher, shake before using.
  5. Make a permanent gelli plate, sciency-weincy video: http://youtu.be/h9taUh073vQ Be sure to read the video description for updated recipe!
  6. Add a couple drops of glycerin to student grade watercolor paint in a palette to is does not dry out too much.

There you go, a fairly complete list, If I think of anything else I’ll let you know!

Oh, and here is the pattern for my wrap: http://youtu.be/MEvLAlVi7U4

Uses submitted by YouTube viewers (leave a comment to submit your glycerin uses but please don’t say suppository -hardy har har- craft uses only please) 😀

Fareeda Mater says I also found out that you can used glycerin and water (Mixed) to remove squeaky doors.  Worked for me.

LittleWillie1000 and LouAnn Licardo suggest adding it to snowglobes to make the glitter fall slower

madhabitz says you can also use glycerin in recipes for giant bubbles. Google “giant bubble recipes” for a bunch of them. You can also do a search for giant soap bubbles here on YouTube to see them in action. Tons of fun and surprisingly easy.

Any other ideas? I know it is used in taffy and cake frosting making too. One little ingredient, so many uses! Thanks for stopping by and learning about this little celebrated artsy additive and til next time happy crafting!

Honestly, I started to clean but…..

Seriously, I went into my craft room to clean and organize it today but fun projects kept happening! It started when I was trying to wash glitter off my silicone molds and well, if you have ever tried to get glitter off silicone you know. Nothing sticks to silicone except glitter and embossing powder it seems, so to clean it off I covered the mold with hot glue and smashed it down on the most convient scrap of paper (an old book page) but when I lifted it up it was so cool! I had to make something with it…right?

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So then I had to pull out some markers, spray ink, paper and envelope templates because you can’t make a card without an envelope right?

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What is a girl to do? I know, turn on my video camera (hey it’s still on my table from my last video) and film the madness!

And that is what you call trash to treasure my friends. You’re welcome:) All right, tomorrow I’ll clean, yep, I will clean while the Patriots are on, no distractions…hey, is that glitter over there? I’d better go check, til next time happy crafting!

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