Sketchbook Sunday: Using Powder Blender for the First Time!

Hi friends! As a reward for completing Inktober I decided to treat myself to a supply I have been curious about for a while: Brush and Pencil Colored Pencil Powder Blender. During my research I realized that this was not going to be a cheap endeavor. The colored pencil blender itself s $7, but I did some research and realized that I would need need fixative and special sanded paper. At that point I figured if I was going down this road I would get the other accessories that round out the experience. Although pricey, I knew that I would definitely use the sanded paper and fixatives with pastels if the powder blender was a bust so I decided to give it a try. The products arrived two days ago, here is my fist attempt:

For best results with powder blender you want to use oil based pencils (all regular colored pencils contain both oil and wax but pencils regarded as oil based have a lower percentage of wax) which is fine by me because I have Polychromos and I don’t use them that much as I favor the thicker waxy more opaque Prismacolors. That said sanded paper is just what is sounds like, sandpaper, and it wears down your pencils like crazy! Since I didn’t want to “waste” my expensive Polychomos on a practice piece I grabbed my affordable Art-n-Fly pencils as they are oil based and $20 for a set of $48 so i can afford to experiment without it being too precious. The paper is precious enough LOL! (I only used half a sheet on this) ūüėÄ BTW the reason you want to use “oil” based and not “wax” based pencils is because the wax wants to ball up and get gummy when you add the powder blender. If you have any pencils that feel kinda dry they will work fine. The Arteza pencils worked pretty well too. I was able to use Prismacolors for final details that I didn’t belnd out at the end tho. If you are curious as to how this all went together please watch the time lapse.

Supplies: *Amazon affiliate links used. I will also link to Brush and Pencil and Blick as not all products are available on Amazon and the prices may be better in a bundle from those sellers.

My friend Lisa has a wonderful tutorial using these products. I highly recommend you check this out if you are thinking about trying these products.

It’s not to often that I find something really new and innovative to try. I think the technique of layering the pencils with the powder and fixative is really cool. You can approximate this at home as I did last month with panpastel and the workable fixative I had. The sanded (or gessoed) paper and oil based pencils makes all the difference here. I think anything that is powdery would work to blend as the pencils want to blend on the sanded paper even with no product because the grit shaves off pencil as you color making it’s own powder. That said I like supporting innovative companies and I do like that fixative, touch up texture and titanium white powder and knowing it won’t scratch off will save me on some mixed media work. You can feel OK to substitute with what you have on hand to see f you like the process before dropping $50+ on the whole shebang. I don’t regret my purchase. I think my first try was pretty successful and I look forward to using it again. One more thing I wanted to mention is Alyona Nickelsen, the woman who invented this system, has a book that I am currently reading called The Colored Pencil Bible and it is wonderful! I got the kindle version and I am about halfway through. So far there is no mention of the powder blender (I think she wrote it before inventing the product) but she does talk about shaving colored pencil leads for similar effects. It’s worth a look especially if you like Prismacolor pencils as that is what she mainly uses in the book! I hope you enjoyed my Sunday Experimentation and til next time happy crafting!

Real time Macaroons in Colored pencils…or is it Macarons?

Hi friends! I just love the beautiful pastel shades of macaroons…er macarons?

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Sometimes art takes time. I recorded this tutorial a couple of weeks ago and have been fretting over whether to keep it long and in real-time or to speed it up. I decided to keep it in real-time so people could paint along with me and learn a bit more about their humble colored pencils.

Sponsored by Smart Art!  get a box of full-sized art supplies delivered to your door every month.

Supplies:

  • Bruynzeel Expression set of 12¬†(basic primary/secondary colors)
  • Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook
  • Finetec¬†Blending Pencil
  • Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencils
  • Pencil Shapener
  • Reference photo

This was a fun box and I totally enjoyed the Fabriano sketchbook! This is a pricey sketchbook so I am so glad they included it in this box as I would be unlikely to take a chance on it or even be aware of it otherwise. I am happy to report that the paper was wonderful for watercolor too! Check out my post on Friday to see how it handled watercolors. I also did this sketch yesterday in colored pencils and watercolor. The pages are robust enough to use both sides!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s video and til next time happy crafting!

 

StampSchool: Colored Pencil Blending & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I will share some colored pencil blending techniques with you. I will also be giving away the stamp I used in¬†today’s project. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will contact the winner via email in one week:)

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You can use any colored pencils you have for this but regular colored pencils will work much better than watercolor pencils because regular (wax) colored pencils are more opaque and will blend better in a dry fashion. I like to use colored pencils on colored paper because they show up well. Some people asked me about blending with solvents but I only do that on white paper because it makes my pencils more transparent.

Video!

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Supplies:
Stamps: (Dragonfly) (steampunk shown in video)
Kraft card stock
Black ink
Assorted pattered paper
Colored pencils (Spectrum Noir Colourblend)
Dragonfly brad (Eyelet Outlet)
Purple rhinestone

I am planning on a colored pencil drawing tutorial using these Colourblend pencils. I want to try them on several kinds of paper before I do a proper review of them but so far I like them! If you have a suggestion on what I should draw with the pencils let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the dragonfly stamp I used today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School Free Class: Coloring “Metal” with Markers & Pencils

Hi friends! I am going to warn you right now, todays video is a long, content packed, follow along with me class on coloring. I went searching the topic of coloring shiny and metallic objects and could not find what I was looking for so I decided it was a video that needed to be made. I also wanted to make a tutorial that could be adapted to the limited supplies the average or beginner stamper would have on hand. Today I will show you how to get a realistic metal look for your stamped images on paper.

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You are going to see me use many brands of markers in today’s video. I am using alcohol based markers but if you don’t have any you can use water based markers or even watercolor pencils (just gently blend them with a damp brush) or watercolor paints for the first layer. If you do substitute water media on cardstock do not over work it, it will not take the amount of blending as alcohol markers do. My advice for stampers looking to get into alcohol markers is to buy the largest set of office supply store alcohol markers they can get (My pick is the 36 pack of Bic-Mark-its that are about $20 at any department store) and then, as you can afford it, buy the super light shades of markers and a clear blender from an art supplier. I also recommend you try different brands (buy different colors so you don’t get duplicates because they all play nice together) as you are collecting the lights because as you use up the office supply markers you will know what you want to replace them with and replacing them one at a time does not hurt the wallet too much. One more tip! If you have a clear blender and a few sharpies or even bottle of alcohol ink you can make a palette of colors on a tile or white plate (just scribble them out or add a drop or two of ink) and you can use the clear blending marker to pick up color and mix colors to get the shade you need. It will take longer than just having the right markers but by golly you will be a pro when you are done! This technique is called “palette blending” and I have a tutorial for Alcohol markers here and water based markers here if you want more info on that.

I also want to say that you can use any colored pencils you have. No excuses folks, let’s make it metal!

Video!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: METAL to save 20% on all $10+ orders of mounted stamps! Coupon expires Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Supplies:

 

As you probably realized by now the techniques you learned today can be used for any metal you can think of, from coloring a rusted pick-up truck to a shiny pewter frame. You just need to change the color and pay attention to the highlights. Practice and you will get it:) And that is the key, it is nice to know how to do it in theory but you don’t really learn until you do it. Use what you have, improvise and see if your supplies will work before going out and buying the latest and greatest coloring media or you might end up¬†not knowing how to use it and you become a collector rather than a crafter. Go on,dust off those markers and pencils and get to work, I know you can do it! Happy crafting!

LIVE Painting Class Today! 12:30pm ET {Betta Fish}

Howdy friends!¬† It’s been a crazy week, the kids are on break so there have been sleepovers, softball practice and lazing around. The weather was so nice yesterday that my son and I took the kayaks out! We also had the water well pump bite the dust after 40 years of faithful service so I had a repair man in yesterday to replace the pump, boy, running water is something you take for granted until you don’t have it and then it is the most important thing! I am feeling so thankful:) This is what we will be painting today at 12:30pm Eastern Time(I must have water on the brain LOL!)

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Sarah will be in taking your questions during the live stream as usual so it will be a fun and informative class. You can watch it live (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with friends watch it on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama:
Turner watercolors

Inktense Pencils (or whatever watercolor pencils you like)

Soho Colored Pencils

140# watercolor paper

Princeton #6 cat’s Tongue (filbert) Brush

Mimik Kolinsky brushes
Water, paper towels

Reference photo by Hannah Waymack

See you at 12:30pm ET for this fun painting lesson! It should take less than an hour so I hope you can squeeze it in:) Happy crafting!

 

Paint with me LIVE today! Dandelion fluff in Watercolor/Colored pencils!

Hi friends! I have another live painting tutorial for you today!

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We will be using watercolors and colored pencils on this easy painting. You can watch the show live, or the reply on the player below but if you want to ask questions or hang out with other painters in the chat you will need to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies available at out sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

I can’t wait to paint with you today! I do hope you stop by but if you can’t I understand so the reply will be available. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A Quick Colored Pencil Sketch! {Tips & Tricks for a Limited Palette}

Hi friends! You might think that you need a huge set of colored pencils to make a realistic picture. Truth is you can do a lot with a few. I only used 6 pencils in this drawing of a clementine:

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All of the supplies I used are in the January Smart Art box. I love the Coloursoft pencils by Derwent, I actually have 36 of them but I limited myself to the set of 12 colors that came in the kit. I will show you how to mix and blend using colored pencils and a colorless blender so you can make the most out of what you’ve got. Smart Art has reserved more of these colored pencil¬†boxes for you guys and you can save 10% if you order one now, they will ship out February 1st. Watch the video for a full tutorial on this picture.

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THE SUPPLIES

‚ÄĘDerwent Coloursoft Pencil Set (12PCS)
‚ÄĘFinetec Blending Pencil
‚ÄĘKum Long Point Pencil Sharpener
‚ÄĘMaruman Artist Paper Series Book
‚ÄĘFull How-to Project Tutorial
‚ÄĘEducational Pamphlet

Here are the colors I used from the Derwent set of 12 Coloursoft pencils: c300 indigo, c330 blue, c720 white, c040 deep cadmium, c080 bright orange, c610 dark terracotta

I hope you give this a try, keep layering colors until color richness is achieved.¬† If you want a¬†fun¬†box of art supplies delivered to your home every month check out Smart Art’s monthly subscription boxes, they are a wonderful gift to give yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Colored Pencil Layering for Beginners!

Hi friends! Break out the colored pencils and get ready to feel like a kid again!

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I left this tutorial in real-time because it is geared to beginners. I think it is helpful to see how long it takes to build up layers, how to hold the pencils and how much pressure to apply. If it is too slow for you simply play the video then click on the gear at the bottom of the player and you can play it faster, warning, it might make me sound like a deranged chipmunk but at least you can watch it in half the time!

The stamps I am using in today’s tutorial are from our sponsor ArtNeko! Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:

  • Stamps (full set of all 50 states birds & flowers plus bonus images)
  • OR the individual image is available for $5
  • White cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Die cuts or embellishments of your choice
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor colors I used listed below)
    pc 1015 deco blue
    pc 903 true blue
    pc901 indigo blue
    pc 917 sunburst yellow
    pc 914 cream
    pc 943 burnt ocher
    pc 946 dark brown
    pc 911 olive green
    pc 908 dark green
    pc 912 apple green
    pc 923 scarlet lake
    pc 924 crimson red
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pattern paper
  • A2 size card base in red

Feel free to use the paper and pencils you have on hand. Even Crayola. It is better to see if you enjoy using colored pencils before shelling out big bucks for a professional set. I love the burnishing technique (coloring firmly) but it might make people’s hands tired after a while. I want Stamp School to be about trying techniques and exploring media without busting the bank, and if you love the colored pencils, well, Christmas is right around the corner and there are many lovely brands to pick from! I hope you enjoyed this project and you give some of these techniques a try! Happy crafting!

 

 

By Request, Pansy Tutorial!

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Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you a fun technique using watercolor pencils and regular (wax or oil) colored pencils. If you don’t have watercolor pencils you can use any kind of markers or watercolors for the first coating. Experiment, it’s how we develop new techniques! If you do want to get the Spectrum Noir (regular) pencils and Prima Watercolor pencils I used in this tutorial you can find them at Hallmark Scrapbook. The stamp I am using is an old favorite from Personal Stamp Exchange, it is no longer available so substitute with your favorite flower stamp:

I hope you got some new tips and techniques from today’s video! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Kraft Paper Envies!

Hi friends! I love me some kraft paper. That natural brown paper is so trendy right now¬†and a huge roll of it won’t set you back too much if you get it from our sponsor Papermart. Today I will show you how to make pretty envelopes using this humble staple. If brown is not your thing it is available in white as well. Something for everyone! Watch the video to see how to make the pretty, spring inspired envelopes!

For this project you will need:

  • Kraft paper *also available in white!
  • Stamps and ink
  • Colored pencils
  • Adhesive
  • Envelope template (or an old envelope to trace)
  • Scissors

Directions: Cut off a piece of kraft paper large enough to make your envelope. Use an envelope template, or simply trace any envelope you have, to make an envelope. Fold and adhere the bottom flaps as shown. Flip over the envelope and stamp on flowers or whatever you like and color using colored pencils. Since colored pencils are opaque they will show up beautifully on the brown kraft paper. Tip! Use a mouse pad when you stamp for a perfect image!

Use these special envelopes for wedding invitations, thank you notes or birthday cards! They are so pretty and easy to make! Happy crafting!

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