Are people still making cards?

Hi friends! This card was a lot of fun to create and making it reminded me of the multitude of quick and easy cards I used to make! Handmade cards are so fun to make and receive but it seems that the hobby is declining in popularity.

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I started to wonder…is card making less popular nowadays? I know attendance at stamp shows have been going down as well as the shows getting smaller but I figured it was more because of people shopping on-line but as I was looking through my Blog and YouTube statistics I noticed that my cardmaking videos were much less popular than my painting videos. so I started searching for card making videos and noticed that card making videos seemed to get less views than other crafts. It got me wondering if cardmaking was going out of style or if YouTube just wasn’t notifying subscribers of new card and stamping videos. What do you think? I often get messages from subscribers saying that haven’t seen any of my videos in a while and asked if I was still making them (Yes! 4x a week at least!) so it makes me think that YouTube isn’t notifying subscribers. So, if you love cardmaking and you think you might have missed some videos please visit my video page and watch any that you are interested in and we can show YouTube that cardmaking is still alive and well. Thanks guys:) Now without further ado here is today’s fun and fabulous card!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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A “Sweet” Live Watercolor Lesson & Any Class for $42!

Edited to add final painting photo. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Today we are going to paint lovely luminescent gummy bear candy in watercolor!

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I spent my birthday with my family and we spent the day in Belfast and we stopped into Perry’s Nut House as we do every summer to get nuts, candy and fudge. Lila asked me if she could get some gummy bears and they looked so pretty in the bin that I said “Sure, but I want a few to paint” so last night she told me “Mom, if you want some of these to paint you better take them now.” Haha:) You can use the photo above for reference but I will be working from the actual bears in today’s lieve stream, I managed to keep them safe LOL!

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As always you can watch the live show or reply here on my blog but if you want to chat live and ask me questions please watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET (New York time.)

Supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

  • Watercolors: Turner
  • Watercolor paper: Arches or a cotton paper #140 cold pressed
  • Brushes: Mimik value set
  • Optional: Col-Erase colored pencils for sketching:  *you could also use watercolor pencils, regular colored pencil or a graphite pencil. I have been wanting to try out my col-Erase though:)
  • Maybe a white gel pen or fine tip paint pen or gouache *we may not use it but have it ready just in case:)
  • Other: 2 buckets of water, paper towel, masking tape

Birthday Week Deal! Any Class for $42!

I turned the big 4-2 this week so I thought it would be fun to put all of my courses on sale for $42 for a week. Use coupon code HB42 to get the discount! Just click “Add Coupon” after clicking to enroll and add HB42 in the box, or simply click on the class you want below and it will take you to the discounted price. You can also get a 46% off discount of payment plans if that fits your budget better. I had a lot of interest in my older classes recently so now you can grab them for a song. If you click on one of the thumbnails below the discount code will already be applied:)

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Don’t wait if you want a class, this deal is only good for a week! I’ll see you at 12:30 for a free live watercolor lesson, til then, happy crafting & painting!

Sketchbook Tuesday?

Howdy friends! I was off visiting my parents on sunday for Father’s day and although I managed to get my YouTube video posted for sketchbook Sunday I completely forgot to blog it. Oops!

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This project was a collab with Anne-Laure from Following the White Rabbit, an urban sketcher, and with warmer weather making it possible for more of us to go out and paint I thought it would be fun! You can see her painting of the same scene here. If you want to paint along you can share your work with the hashtag #sketchwithLandAL

 
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If you want more tips for watercolor be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post: 15 Watercolor Hacks to lean how to get more for you money when watercolor painting including free stuff you can use from around your house. You can also use the coupon code 15HACKS to get 30% off any of my classes on Teachable. I recommend the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting if you want to learn to basics and get painting fast!

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun card making tutorial, til then happy crafting!

15 Cheap or FREE Watercolor Hacks!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share 15 cheap supply tips you can use today in your watercolor painting projects! You have probably seen me use some of these before but if you are new it can be handy to have them all in one place! Please share this video with other new watercolorists out there, remember, sharing is caring!

 

15 Watercolor Supply Hacks!

1. Free spill proof water buckets: Use Tofu or mushroom packaging as water containers. They are free, won’t tip over and the ridges on the bottom and sides with gently clean pigment from your brush!

2. *Bonus tip: Use single or dual pet food bowls from the dollar store for a truly non spill water bucket for children!

3. Need a place to keep your paint? Recycle an old eyeshadow compact or pill-box for a portable palette!

4. Credit card scraper: Cut up an old credit card or plastic gift card and use it to scrape, scratch or squeegee your paint around when making rocks, trees and grasses.

5. Rubber band brush: Bundle a bunch of rubber bands together for a funky brush to paint foliage with!

6. Cut up kitchen sponge: A cut up kitchen sponge and be used to tap on trees or bushes or stamp on bricks and rocks. You can even keep a small piece of sponge in your paint palette to wipe you brush on.

7. Also while you are in the kitchen plastic wrap makes a cool texture when left to dry in watercolor and…

8. …salt in a watercolor wash looks cool too!

9. Toothbrush splatter tool: Why buy a pricey spatter tool when you can get better results from an old toothbrush, just load it up with paint and drag your finger or a craft stick across the bristles. Use wetter paint for bigger spatters and dryer one for tiny specks.

10. Rubbing alcohol makes cool bubble like effects in a wet wash

11.Less Sticky masking tape: Taping down your paper is a good practice to keep it from bucking as you paint. The low tack or artist tape is pricey so buy your tape at the dollar store and stick it to your clothing before your paper. The tip will pick up lint from your clothes so it will be less sticky and won’t rip your precious watercolor paper. Bonus side effect: lint free clothes!

12. DIY Watercolor block: Watercolor blocks are great because you don’t need to tape down your paper but that convenience comes at a price. You can make your own buy cutting your paper to size along with a sheet of cardboard and gluing the edges. I have a tutorial here.

13. Keep the whites with wax! Use a clear or white crayon, candle or hunk of canning wax to preserve white areas of your painting, just apply it to your dry watercolor paper in areas you want to be white before you begin painting. *Note, you do not need to remove the wax from the paper, it’s fine:)

14. Masking fluid dish soap trick: Make sure you don’t ruin your brushes when you use masking fluid, first coat your brush with dish soap or bar soap and then apply as usual. *It’s a good idea to mark that brush as a masking fluid only brush too.

15. Keeping your supplies identified: If you travel to class with your supplies you will want to make sure you don’t lose them or go home with someone else. Here are some ideas for marking them: 1. Stick on one of the free return address labels that you get in the mail, 2 use nail polish on the ends of your brushes 3 find a pretty washi tape and mark all of your tools with that but be sure you go over it with clear tape so it stays.

A lot of people on YouTube asked me where I got my martini tape despncer, I bought mine at the dollar tree over a year ago but you can also find it on Amazon.

Save 30% on any class in my online school with coupon code: 15HACKS

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OR try my new Watercolor Floral Workshop course for 50% off through 6/30/18  *Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear automatically.

If you found this list helpful please share it on Pinterest (or any other social media network) using the handy sharing buttons below. It really helps out my blog and YouTube channel and encourages me to make more frugal videos like this! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

LIVE! Magnolia Branch & Goldfinch LIVE 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! This morning when I was looking at reference photos trying to decide what to paint everything was beautiful to me. Kind of like when you are hungry and you go grocery shopping and everything looks good!

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I decided to use 3 reference photos to compose this piece:

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One of the reasons I think I feel so inspired by every lovely flower I see today is because I just launched my brand new Watercolor Floral Workshop! I have been working on a system to breakdown watercolor flower painting to its basic roots, then work with water to make the final paintings look as loose and fluid as you want while still retaining the flower structure. It took a lot of trial and error to come up with a technique that made it look effortless and yet completely reproducible even for artists new to watercolor flower painting.

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As a thank you to my special friends who jump in early on Watercolor Flower Workshop you get 50% off during the launch. Use the coupon code FLOWER POWER if the discount doesn’t show up.

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This class features over 6 hours of step by step watercolor instruction over 11 lessons. I am even working on an alphabetized archive of my past flower tutorials should you find them useful. This course  also contains the complete Lilac and Rose Painting workshops I just Taught in person at Heirloom Productions last week (a $100 value for just those 2 lessons!) as well as 9 other technique packed demonstrations.

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I break my lessons down into easy steps so you can learn brush strokes, composition and how to work with the water so you can create an expression of beauty and not and undefined blob (we’ve all been there.) After the basic lessons and flower demos we move on to a more advanced painting with loose negative-painted background. It was so much fun to develop this class for you!

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I hope you join me on this watercolor adventure! You can visit the Watercolor Flower Workshop page to find out more information or to enrol at 50% off! If you have any questions about the course you can ask me during the live stream today or leave a comment below:) We will be painting this sweet goldfinch and magnolia blossom at 12:30pm ET today and as always the replay will be available after the broadcast but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in at 12:30pm on YouTube!

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I hope to see you at 12:30 on YouTube for a fun and free tutorial and don’t forget about the 50% off Launch special on my new course Watercolor Flower Workshop  (Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear)

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Ever After Winner & 20% Off Coupon!

Hi friends! Yippee, today I get to draw a winner for a spot in the multi instructor fairy tale themed art extravaganza Ever After! And the winner is Penny who wrote:

Hi – I would love the opportunity to be part of the ever after 2018 group as I started painting end of last year and I can learn so much from the classes! I am holding thumbs!

Congrats and enjoy the class when it opens on July First! I am sorry to those that didn’t win a spot but I do have a treat, a 20% off coupon code for Ever After 2018. Use coupon code MAGIC2018 to get 20% off through July 5th 2018!

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This is going to be an awesome class with 15 talented mixed media art instructors! I can’t wait to teach you and see what the other teachers have in store! If you have a sense of fun and whimsy you are going to love EverAfter 2018!

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They are offering several options for students wanting to take this class, they have just the fairytale class option, or the fairy tale plus style development classes and they have money-saving bundles that include previous years Ever After classes as well. Don’t forget to use the 20% off coupon code MAGIC2018 if you sign up! Please visit the EverAfter 2018 page for more information or to enroll!

Programming note: We will have our weekly live stream tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm ET! Til then happy crafting!

Student Spotlight: Linda Foster {and a sale!}

Hi friends! I am so lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. I enjoy sharing my passion for art here on my blog, on YouTube and in my classes. I find myself constantly inspired by my students and the excitement they feel when they create is infectious! Today I want to share a couple of projects from my student Linda Foster. She is in my drawing course Learn to Draw with Lindsay and she is doing an amazing job! BTW I am offering 30% off the one time purchase price of this course through May 9th, use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t show up:)

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Portraits are probably the most intimidating thing for students to draw and I was delighted to see the elegant way she drew the portrait of a girl and the skillful way she shaded her. Isn’t she lovely?

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Portrait of a girl by Linda Foster

One of the more challenging lessons in the course was drawing the texture of a birch bark log. The marks, peeled bark and shading is almost abstract and can be confusing but Linda took it one step at a time and created this textural delight in graphite!

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Birch bark by Linda Foster.

We also branch out into other media in the class, here is Linda’s deer in Conte crayon. Doesn’t he look peaceful? I just love her work!

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Deer in Conte Crayon by Linda Foster.

I would like to thank Linda Foster for allowing me to share a few of her drawings from the class. I love to see the student work posted in the classroom. I give individual critiques on all of the artwork that is uploaded so the student as well as other students can learn more. Not everyone want’s to share their artwork and that is totally fine so I want to send a special thanks to all of the students who do share because it helps students who are a bit shy about uploading their work too. I want to welcome anyone who would like to learn to draw to have a look at my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. Here is what some other students had to say about it:

Thanks for the tips. Gee, the way you’ve arranged all of this is just wonderful, Lindsay — never a problem viewing what you’re doing, your voice is crystal clear, the lesson projects are challenging because they teach new skills yet are simple enough for beginners, plus the Q&A and comments section is so helpful. It’s obvious you’ve worked hard on this setup and it’s absolutely perfect! LOVE your classes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Oh, and another thing I like about your class is that you not only provide a list of suggested supplies for the lessons but also give students ideas for substitutes if it’s not possible for them to purchase all of these items, i.e., just use a number 2 pencil if you don’t have drawing pencils;  you can buy white erasers at the Dollar Store; if you already own another brand of watercolor pencils, just go ahead and use those; if you have no drawing paper, just use a sheet of typing paper. Your whole goal is to allow others to enjoy art like you do and that doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  The challenge of your lessons provides a learning experience while the simplicity allows even beginners to be able to finish the projects and produce a drawing they can be proud to show to family and friends. You hand us all a big dose of confidence, Lindsay! Plus your classes are very reasonably priced.  In fact, when I’m finished with your drawing class, I plan to sign up for your watercolor class. Under your guidance, I can go back and learn the important basics I didn’t get in a class I took previously.~Kathleen L. mechanic

Hi Lindsay! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials on YouTube for a couple of years and I just joined this art class today! Thank you so much for offering it to us! I have spent over 50 years telling myself that I can’t make art due to my lack of talent, but you have helped me to realize that I CAN make art that I enjoy viewing! All I have to do is follow your instructions! You are so fun to watch, and your instructions are easy to follow! I love your enthusiasm! You’re the best! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are aspiring to be better artists! ~Nancy Whitmore

Hi Lindsay, Great exercise! I am happily covered in graphite from head to toe but somehow that makes me feel more like a real artist! lol 🙂 I am grateful for this lesson as I have much to learn with values. Seeing things through your eyes and hearing how you explain things helps me learn new perspectives in art 🙂 I truly appreciate all your instruction 🙂 ~A happy pupil, Pam Karasy 🙂

If your goal is to learn how to draw or improve your drawing skills I would love for you to enroll in my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. You can take as long as you like with the lessons and return to them as often as you like. You get lifetime access! That’s one of the thing I love about online classes,you can study whenever you want and take as long as you like and it is much more affordable than my in person classes. This series of classes would cost over $150 to take in person at my studio and you would have to be there at a set time (not to mention potentially paying a babysitter and parking.) But with online classes they are on YOUR time and through May 9th 2018 you can save 30% (Regular $79, sale $55.30) just use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t already appear.  I want to thank my student Linda Foster for letting me share her artwork from class with you and thank YOU for visiting today and til next time happy crafting!

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