I hope to have a live show tonight, but for now a mermaid…

Hi friends! I am writing this post on Tuesday night, my van is packed with camping gear and I am about to head into the wilderness with a spirited group of 46 8th grade students. I am excited to chaperone this school trip but I am not a camper. I will get back in town late Friday afternoon and depending on what shape I am in I’d like to do the weekly live show at 7pm. If you are subscribed to me on YouTube and you clicked the bell icon you will get notified when and if I go live 🙂 I didn’t want to leave you hanging incase I am totally beat after this trip so I prepared a little mixed media painting in my art journal for you:

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Providing I scheduled everything right you should be able to watch it in the player below, if not, wait and hour and try again (incase I messed up the times LOL!) Also, warning, this is a time-lapse, I know some people don’t like them but it was the best vehicle for this project. I hope you enjoy it!

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You know the drill, use what you have. Mixed media is the “wild west” of painting! Be a rebel, splash on some ink, break the rules and have a blast! The main reason the video was not live narrated is because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next! Relax, let go and create with abandon! Giddyup!

Before I go!!!

There is just 2 days to get 50% off my new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl! Learn the techniques to paint birds successfully and these techniques will cross over to your other paintings. Use coupon FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up.

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Learn more here or enroll today! Offer good through 10/1/17

Wish me luck on the camping trip and hopefully I’ll see you live on YouTube tonight! Til then happy crafting!

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A LIVE Show Today & a NEW Watercolor Class!

Edit: Thanks to everyone who joined the livestream today! Here is how our birdie turned out. I loved the suggestion from the chat to add the red berries, so fall like! If you missed the live show you can catch the replay below:)

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Howdy friends! I might be a bit punchy and silly today because I was up into the wee hours of the morning putting the finishing touches on my brand spankin’ new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl! I’ll Tell you more about that and share a discount code in a minute but first I want to invite you to paint with me LIVE on YouTube today at 12:30pm Eastern time!

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You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions as we go be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page.

Here are the supplies we are using today:

I like to teach my classes with a limited palette so students don’t get overwhelmed by materials and it makes the classes much more budget friendly. If you already took my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class than you have just about everything you need for Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl!

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This course consists of four robust full length painting tutorials that cover a wide variety of techniques for capturing the soft, fuzzy and sleek texture of our feathered friends. The lessons are broken down into easily digestible chunks so you won’t get overwhelmed in this intermediate level class.

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Each lesson has a comment area where you can ask questions and share your work in progress. If you are having trouble we can get it corrected before the painting goes astray. But if it does go astray, no worries! I am going to show you my favorite ways to fix paintings that took a wrong turn using gentle mixed media enhancements with colored pencils or pens.

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All of the bird paintings come with patterns to trace but I do go over sketching a bit for those of you who prefer to draw free-hand. This is not a drawing class though:) I will also show you how I use reference photos to suit my style and where you can find ones that are free to use.

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If you have taken my first course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor, or followed along with many of my free YouTube tutorials then you are more than ready to tackle Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl. I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach you and to show my thanks I am offering a 50% discount for Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl through the end of September. Just use the coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. 🙂 I hope to see you at 12:30pm for a fun LIVE painting tutorial on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

*Note: The only additional supplies we use in Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl that were not used in Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor are colored pencils and a white gel pen and they are optional.

LIVE! House Finch in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! It’s been a crazy week so I am so glad to get a chance to hang out with you live and paint today! We are going to paint a house finch on a bare branch with a soft wet-in-wet background. We might even get a little crazy and toss some salt in for texture!

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I am really hoping the live-stream gremlins behave this week because honestly the YouTube live stream problems have been causing me some unneeded stress to the point of thinking about replacing the live show with a prerecorded tutorial. If you hear a bit of cracklely audio or blurry video please be patient, Sarah and I will troubleshoot as quickly as we can. Out internet was taken over by a new company a couple of months ago and my live streaming has not been reliable.  I have the fastest upload plan available so it is quite a frustrating bummer for me. All the equipment on my end checks out so I am not sure what is going on. All I ask for is a bit of patience, I am doing the best I can. Also if you don’t care if the Friday video is live or recorded you can let me know in the comments:)

You probably know the drill by now but in case you don’t you can watch the live stream or the reply in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions as we go along be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies can be purchased from our 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.

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ALSO: Last 2 days to save 30% on my Essential Tools and Techniques Watercolor E-course! Use coupon code TEACHME if discount does not show up. (coupon good through 8/27/17 11pm GMT)

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Here is a lovely comment I received in the classroom this week:

Hi Lindsay, Thank you for a fabulous course – I found it to be very comprehensive, learning many techniques which allowed us to produce three really different paintings! Your style is engaging and inspiring and you have given me the confidence to paint more! I hope you have more courses planned!  -Marianna Panopoulos

This class gets you geared up with everything you need to know to paint along with any of my free tutorials on YouTube in the quickest possible way, and today it’s 30% off! As an added benefit the purchase of this class helps me produce more free tutorials on my blog so I thank you for your support:)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm eastern time today and til then happy crafting!

LIVE! English Roses in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET

EDIT: Here is the final painting from the Livestream today! Please note that there were some audio issues at the beginning of this video, we did swap microphones out and the audio improved. Oh the joy of live broadcasts LOL:)

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Hi friends! I had a great couple of days off last week but I missed you during the live show so I am so excited to paint with you today! Earlier this week I was trying to paint an english rose with very packed petals. I was working in a small sketchbook with a waterbrush and a pocket set of watercolors.

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I enjoyed the challenge of my quick sketch above but realized that to do the flower justice I needed a plan. I wanted to paint it larger on good paper using better brushes and paint and that is what we will do today!

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You can watch the live tutorial or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

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Sale!!!

Save 30% on my full watercolor course! Use coupon code TEACHME if the discount doesn’t show up automatically.

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If you have ever struggled to keep up with any of my YouTube tutorials or felt that you might be missing some of the foundations of watercolor then Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor is for you. I designed this course to teach the basics of watercolor and reinforce good habits when painting.  I had so many YouTube viewers ask me to make a class that would get people up to speed with watercolor quickly and have all of that needed information in one place for easy reference. In my course you get over 5 hours of step-by-step instruction covering a wide variety of topics from color mixing, texture effects, washes and more.  Upon completion of the class you will have filled your watercolor toolbox with techniques and competed 3 beautiful painting using the skills that you learned. Join the nearly 700 students who have enrolled in this class already! Here are some recent student comments:

Hey Lindsay, I had so much fun with this tutorial and learnt so many techniques – thank you! -Marianna Panopoulos

This is a great overview on color. I really appreciate the way you explained it. I never knew the difference between warm colors and cool colors and how they work together (or not) when you mix them to create new colors. Thanks for the encouragement on playing with colors. It’s so much fun. -Stephanie Youngerman

Love this lesson. Very detailed skills tips and skills provided. -Eloise Luyk

Yay!!! While there are lots of things I would work to improve, I NEVER thought I could do this before now! Thank you, Lindsay! -Diane Giarrusso

 

Below are the paintings you will complete in class:

You will also practise washes and do color mixing studies that you can keep and refer to later. You also have lifetime access to the class so you can return whenever you want a refresher. Feel free to share your work in the classroom and you can even share photos of painting in progress if you want feedback, or get stuck, right under the lesson it pertains too. I am so excited this feature exists because it is helpful to all students and not just the ones asking a questions. Learning together and from one another is so much fun!

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Are you ready to lay a good foundation for your watercolor journey? Check out Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor and save 30% today! Use coupon code TEACHME if the discount doesn’t show up in your cart. I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET for another life painting lesson. Thank you for your support and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Get Loose with Today’s Live Painting Tutorial! 12:30pm ET!

Hi freinds! It’s Friday and that means time for a fun and free live painting class! Speaking of watercolor classes there is only a couple more days to save 48% on my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class, find out more here. This is the quick sketch I did to prepare for today’s live show:

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We are going to start with a loose watercolor pencil sketch and then start flinging the paint around, sounds like fun huh? You can watch the live tutorial or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me any questions you will want to watch on the youtube watch page.

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If you enjoy this free watercolor lesson you will probably love my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor!  

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I have been asked hundreds of times to create a class that shows you the basic techniques that any painter should know to start their watercolor journey off on the right track. I have distilled all of my best tips and tricks for watercolor painting including color mixing, what paper and brushes to pick, wash and texture techniques (and even how to hold a brush) down to just over 5 hours of content packed video lessons. You can go at your own pace working through the 11 lessons in the course and have 3 completed paintings to show for your efforts when you are done. Best of all you will have the confidence knowing you have all the tools you need to attempt any painting you like in the future. To top it off I have put the class on sale for $41 (regular $79) because I turned 41 this week and it is the project I am most proud of creating this year:) The sale runs through monday the 17th, why not join the hundreds of students who are now confident watercolorists. Here is what a few of them have to say:

“Thanks so much for this class Lindsay as well as all the videos you do. You are so encouraging and motivating.” -Virginia Staib

“Lindsay, you’re the greatest! I’m pleased with the results of my still life after a second try. I’ve definitely enjoyed your in-depth course. Still need work on glass but it’s the best I’ve done. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to more classes.” -Priscilla M. Ware

“I hate for this to end. I have never done watercolor before because everyone said it was so hard but you made it so enjoyable, I’ve done oil and acrylic but I think……I really like the water color. Especially how you never waste any paint! It was so much fun and relaxing. I want to learn more, more, more so I hope you will have another one.” -Sherry Sandberg

“Lindsay, I am enjoying your class so much! You have such a nice manner and make everything look easy! Your lessons are such a pleasure, it is like spending time with a fun friend who also happens to be an artist!” -Gerri Dauer

The class is broken up into two parts. In the first part we go over techniques on their own and color mixing. We also learn washes. It is important to isolate these skills so you can practise and perfect them.

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In the second part of the course we put those techniques to good use as we complete three finished paintings. Learning a technique is only useful if you see how to apply it in a painting.

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In the iris painting we learn wet-in-wet wash, plastic wrap texture, scraping, glazing, shading, color mixing, masking fluid and cutting highlights.

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In the landscape we learn wet-in-wet washes, lifting, layering, composition, perspective, spattering, masking with tape, side load shading, scraping, shading, color mixing and reflections.

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In the still life we learn masking with masking fluid, controlled wash, wet-in-wet wash, salt texture, layering for texture, glazing, lifting, shadows, reflections and glass refractions.

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You can see that many techniques are repeated in the painting lessons, that’s because application and repetition over different subject matters will help you learn where you can use those techniques on your future paintings making the techniques you learn in this class extend to your art outside of the classroom.

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If you love watercolor but feel you are missing some of the foundations or you want to brush up (pun intended) on your skills and have three new paintings to show for it consider enrolling in Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Today! On sale for $41 (regular $79) through July 17, 2017. The discount should show up on the page but if not use coupon code BIRTHDAY41 to get the deal. Don’t miss out, learn the essentials 48% off! Thank you so much for your support, it keeps me inspired to create tutorials everyday!

I hope you can join us live at 12:30pm Eastern Time for this fun, free & loose watercolor class!

Stamping Fun with Clay, Inks, Stitching & Paint! Stamp School!

Hi friends! I love to grab different supplies to use in my cardmaking. You can incorporate almost any other craft or hobby into your next card making session. Do you like to use polymer clay? Do you like to sew? Paint? By looking at the supplies you already have for other crafts you can stretch your supplies and come up with some truly unique and beautiful cards!

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In today’s video I’ll show you how to combine stamps and clay, make a cute fence without a die and hand stitch on cards. We will also use paint and ink! I hope you give one of these techniques a try in your next card!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FRUGALJULY17 – 10% off everything in the store. Coupon expires July 31, 2017. Become a Peg Stamp VIP & get an instant coupon for 20% off RST stamps here plus the deepest weekly discounts available! Offer expires July 31, 2017.

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Directions for flowers:
Before you begin get your clay roses made. If you are using air dry clay make the roses the day before.
1. Condition clay and roll into pea size balls. Flatten.
2. Ink up rose stamps with pigment ink and stamp on the clay disks.
3. Bake according to package directions.
4. You can also paint the roses later if you like!

Card Directions:
1. Make a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″card base from kraft. From white card trim a 4″x 5 1/4″ panel and make six 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips and two 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ strips. Die cut or tear 2 grass strips from green and punch or hand cut a scalloped oval from any color scrap.

2. Ink the white panel with blue using the scallop oval as a cloud mask then ink the bottom with green. Protect the top part of the panel with a post-it note! Spritz with water if using distress oxide ink for a fun effect!

3. Trim the fence strips so they have points at the top and ink with a blending brush and brown and grey ink. Ink edges with a sponge.

4. Assemble the fence directly on the card. Stamp rose vines over the fence. Glue grass at the bottom.

5. Poke stitching holes with a needle tool or tack on a foam pad. Back-stitch i the holes with green thread.

6. Glue roses on card. You can stamp a sentiment and add a bird like I did if you like!

I had a lot of fun making this card and I love how it turned out! Would you use any of these techniques on a card? Let me know in the comments below and it you liked this project please consider sharing it on your favorite social network using the handy buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Mother’s Day, a Batch of Inky Cards & Faux Distress Oxide Technique!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun techniques that gives you the look of distress oxide using the inks you probably already have, in fact it will work with any distress inks. I will also show you how the effect differ depending on the ink pads you use. After you try these fun techniques you will have lots of cool backgrounds so I will show you have to turn them into note cards as well. Boy, we have a lot to do today, don’t we?

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Mmmmm inky goodness…..

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Grab your die inkpads and let’s get to work! (or play!)

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: FREESHIP75 to get free USA shipping on your order of $75 plus of ANY products at Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Coupon expires July 3, 2017

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Faux distress oxide technique:
1. Wipe dye inks onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2. Drag white sulphite paper through ink and dry.
3. Smoosh white pigment ink pad on craft mat and spritz with water.
4. Use a paintbrush to flick white ink on the inky paper and sop up the remaining white ink with the same paper.

To make the cards:
5. Cut cardstock to desired card size and score/fold in half.
6. Glue die cuts to paper.
7. Stamp sentiments and accents.
8. You can emboss the paper after if you like!

This project was super fun and I ended up with a bunch of cards, I hope you try it today! Happy mother’s day to all of the moms out there and til next time happy crafting!

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