Easy Dragonfly Painting with Matching Mat & Watercolor Pencil Tips!

Hi friends! Here is a fun painting you can make today!

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I am using watercolor pencils and it is so easy to do. Learn how in today’s video!

Watercolor pencils and waterbrushes are from sponsor Arteza! Save 10% with coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 here! Check out their other art, craft and quilting supply basics at super low prices too:) 10% off coupon good through 9/17/17

Supplies:

This project should take between 30-45 minutes to complete but feel free to pause the video and take breaks because the most important thing is that you learn and enjoy the process!

Want more in-depth watercolor lessons?

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Check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course on sale for 30% off this week with coupon code TEACHME, you get over 5 hours of watercolor instruction for $55.30 (Regular $79!) Join the nearly 700 watercolor students getting fantastic results! Learn more here or enroll today! Sale ends Saturday so don’t wait:) Happy crafting!

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Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! ūüôā

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper. ¬†Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind) ¬†Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

A New Watercolor Poppy to Paint!

Hi friends! As you might have realized I like to paint poppies and there were some beautiful ones growing on Monhegan Island when I was out there last week. Here is one I painted from a flower in someone’s garden.

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Watch the video for a step by step tutorial and paint along!

If you enjoyed this free painting tutorial please check out my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Course. It gives you the basics on the tools and supplies as well as foundational techniques so you can create stunning watercolors no matter what subject you choose to paint! From color mixing and holding a brush to creating 3 stunning paintings this class gives you the information you need with no filler boiled down to 5 hours of lessons you can complete at your own pace and you can keep the class for life! I hope to see you in class:)

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Sketch and paint along with me! Feel free to pause the video if needed (or slow it down or speed it up:) There is a little gear at the bottom of the video player screen that lets you change the speed and quality of the video. Speed it up and I sound like a deranged chipmunk, good times. I took lots of photos on Monhegan Island so I hope to bring you some more coastal Maine painting tutorials soon. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Simple Seashell Watercolor Tutorial for Beginners!

Hi friends! Need to relax? How about a sweet and serene seashell?

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Paint along with me in today’s video tutorial!

Supplies:

  • 5″x7″ watercolor greeting card (or watercolor paper)
  • Watercolors (Mission Golf) in colors: Ultramarine blue, Burn Umber (or burnt sienna), Yellow ocher
  • You will also need watercolor paper and a pencils and eraser.

Let me know in the comments if you would like me to paint the more advanced 5 shell painting:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow to all my fellow Americans and til next time happy crafting!

Wildflowers in Mason Jar Painting Tutorial & White Nights Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today I have a quick tutorial of flowers in a  mason jar and a review of White Nights watercolors!

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These paints are an affordable option for folks wanting a professional paint. Watch them in action in this video tutorial:

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You can find the White Night Watercolor from Pro Art Supplies on Etsy OR Ebay. Here s a link to the exact paints set and palette I used.

The sets come in cardboard or wooden boxes or in a plastic palette. Sets come in 12, 24 or 36 whole pans. There are over 50 colors in the range and you can also buy the pans individually (for about $3.50) which is a nice option if you just want to try a couple of colors or if you use up ones in your set.

Pros:

  • low price compared to other artist lines
  • vivid colors (except some earth tones)
  • good quality
  • colors are semi moist and reactivate easily
  • mixing area removes from palette in the 24 count or higher sets which makes cleaning easier

Cons:

  • some earth tones like sepia are weak
  • many people dislike the plastic palette because it may stain, in that case save money and get the cardboard box set and put the pans in a palette you like more

Bottom line: I really like these paints and about 15 years ago I bought a set of Yarka St. Petersburg paints that I also loved and I recently found out that both White Nights and Yarka are trade names for the same paint. The reason for this is the Russian manufacture name is difficult for most to pronounce so they changed the name for American and European markets. Let me know what you think of these paints if you have used them and then people can get more views on these in the comments below. As always I as not paid to review these paints but I was provided with a set for free for the review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Beginner Fall Landscape in Watercolor & Schmincke Watercolor Review

Hi friends! The fall foliage is in full swing in Maine and we spent the weekend out in nature soaking up as much of the color as we can! I was inspired by the colors to create this watercolor tutorial for you.

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I thought it was a great excuse to try out some new watercolors! Watch the video to see what I think of them and see my spooky new DIY paint palette;)

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I am using the Schmincke Horadam Watercolor paints. I am using: Ultramarine, Brilliant Purple, Scarlet Red, Cadmium yellow light, Helio Cerulean and Burnt Sienna. I am also trying out the new ZEN dagger brushes from Royal & Langnickel I picked up this weekend.

Big thanks to sweet viewer Christiane who reached out to Schmincke on my behalf because she heard me talk about how I would love to try their Horadam watercolors. They generously sent me 12 tubes to test out. Thanks to you both!

I also received 6 other colors to try out. I was really impressed with the strength and granular properties of these paints. They reminded me a lot of Daniel Smith Watercolors. Here is a swatch so you can see the 12 colors I received. The big squares were a wet in wet wash and the darker squares are a glaze applied on top.

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Pros:
Bright vivid colors
Unique characteristics from color to color, nice granulation in some
High Quality-Artist’s Grade
mixes well

Cons:
Price is higher than many brands
Some funny mixes, the ultramarine was PB15 + PB29 instead of just PB29 and Burnt Sienna was PR101+PBk9 instead of PR101 or PBr7
Harder to find than other brands in the USA
Paints take a long time to dry out in a palette, I would probably purchase pans in the future because I prefer to work from dry pigment

Bottom line, I recommend them, I have been a fan of Schmincke pastels (my favorite pastels actually) and their watercolors do not disappoint. I received these paints from Schmincke for the purpose of this review and I think I will probably purchase some others in the line, probably pans because the paint squeezed from tubes take a long time to dryout.

You can find out more about Schmincke paints on their website.

Reference photo by Shanna Leigh at Paint my Photo.¬†¬†https://pmp-art.com/shanna-leigh/gallery/165595/thy-happy-place (you might need to copy/paste the link, I am not sure why it won’t link.)

I took some foliage photos while out in the kayak Saturday, I hope you are in the mood for a few more fall landscape tutorials:) Thanks for spending some time with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

Let’s Paint Pears! Free LIVE Tutorial at 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! We have another free live watercolor class for you today at 12:30p, Eastern Time on YouTube! We will be painting pears in watercolor!

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Here is a pattern you can transfer on to your paper:

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Here are the colors we will use: Pyrrol Red, Permanent Yellow, Turquoise and Burnt Sienna. We will mix all colors from those 4. The turquoise paint, which is a cobalt pigment, lends itself to lovely texture and granulation in mixes while keeping to color palette soft and gentle.

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You can watch the live class or the replay in the player below BUT if you want to chat with us live you need to watch at 12:30pm on this YouTube page and be logged in. Also it is much easier to chat on a computer than on a phone but both are possible:)

You can find all the supplies you need at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama¬†

Supplies:
Turner Watercolors (or whatever you have) in Permanent Yellow, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Turquoise *All the colors I am using are in the set of 18 that are on Super Sale right now for $19 (List price $150!) If they sell out they will get more in, you can’t beat the price for this quality. It is a steal at their normal sale price of $29!

Watercolor paper: #140 Rough Arches

Brushes: Mimik Kolinski (faux fur)

Reference Photo “Pearfect” from Paint My Photo user Shawn

I hope to see you live at 12:30 on YouTube for this fun class, beginners welcome! We will start off easy with the basics and work further to bring out texture with more advanced techniques. As always you can do as little or as much as you like with your painting:) Happy crafting!

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