Summertime, and the Painting is Easy! Live Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from the live class today! Replay is available below:) Have a great weekend!


Hi friends! Let’s paint a relaxing summer scene in watercolor today at 12:30pm Eastern time!  You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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.


SALE!!! Over 500 classes for Under $20 at Craftsy!

My Mix it Up! Mixed Media Class is on sale for $14.99 for digital download or $19.99 for a DVD! I still can’t believe they picked my class to be one of the DVD offerings!

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When you purchase a Craftsy class you have lifetime access so why not stock up while it’s on sale? You can take your time to complete it and return to it whenever (like in the doldrums of winter LOL!) I just snagged a couple of zippered bag classes because I think I might like to make some to organize my little supplies in drawers and in my car. It is fun to learn something new and if you can save a bunch, why not? Disclosure: I earn a small commission on any class purchased after clicking through my special discount links, your support helps keep these live streams and tutorials frequent and free. Thank you for your support ! See you soon for the live class and happy crafting!



Loose Watercolor Practice & $10 classes!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun loose watercolor excercise for you!


Even if you only have 10 minutes to paint today you can do this so grab your paint, paper and brushes and try this fast and loose technique!

In case you like my little portable travel palette I have a tutorial here. I think it would make a cute and thrifty gift:)


  • Qor Watercolor (Magenta, Gamboge, Sap green, Ultramarine) any brand you have is fine:)
  • 90# Aquabee CP watercolor paper, use what you have!
  • Prima waterbrush or a brush and bucket of water is totally fine:)

SALE !!! Most Popular Classes $10 at Craftsy Today Only!

I had to share this amazing deal with you after seeing one of my favorite classes by Anna Mason on sale for $10!


But there is more than That on sale, Craftsy took the top classes from each crafty gene and put it on special today only! This wonderful digital photography class is normally $59.95 but today it is only $10 just in time to take gorgeous holiday photos.


Did you buy a Cricut Explore machine on black Friday? Try this class to get more use out of it! It’s $10!


How about brushing up on your drawing skills? This class with help you draw what you see and it is only $10 until midnight!


From Quilting to Cookie Decorating you will find an amazing class and any class you buy through my special discount links help keep my daily tutorials free on my blog and YouTube channel. Thanks so much for your kind support (and it also helps the teachers of these classes, sharing is caring!) Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me during this busy holiday season and til next time happy crafting!

Fall Flower in Colored pencils! {Colourblend Pencils from Spectrum Noir}

Hi friends! I got a chance to play some more with the new Colourblend Colored pencils from Spectrum Noir this weekend and I drew a fall flower.


I wanted to use them a bit before I formed an opinion on them. Watch the video for a demo and drawing lesson and to see what I think of them:)

I also used them today on watercolor paper with Gamsol and Blending stumps and it was terrific! They have so much pigment in them that when you blend them out with with solvent the color goes a long way and you can color gently with them (a plus if your wrists get sore from repeated coloring with pressure) and get lots of color. They have a lot of color with little filler in them but are still opaque enough to hold up on toned paper too. Also I found that the colors match the old Spectrum Noir Blendable pencil sets so if you were trying to complete your collection you can. You can find printable color carts on the Manufacturer website, they have both blank and colored in charts. The old style with numbers are the Blendable and the new style are called Colourblend. I recommend you print out the ones with the new names and copy the old numbers on them if you want that info.

The only difference I could see between these new ones and the old formula was that the pencils are fatter and the leads are thicker and instead of color numbers they have color names but the colors appear to be the same as the ones in the old tins. The changed the name of the Marine set to Shade and Tone but that is about it. To purchase them on sale visit Hallmark Scrapbook. The bundle of all 5 sets (120 colors) is on sale for $119.95 (regular $174.95) and each set of 24 is on sale for $24.45 (regular 34.95) and since there is no duplications between sets you can pick up a 24 set as your budget allows. Hallmark Scrapbook also has free shipping on orders over $99 (USA only I think for the free ship but they do also ship internationally) Below are links to each set individually:
SHADE & TONE (formally Marine)

Reference photo by Briar Wolf on PMP

If you want more in depth colored pencil instruction check out the wonderful colored pencils classes at Craftsy and save $5 off $25 with coupon FRESHLOOK25

*Please note that this post used affiliate links and ANY class you purchase at Craftsy or Hallmark Scrapbook after clicking my link helps me keep my YouTube tutorials free for everyone! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting! 🙂


A sale you say?

Hi friends! I’ll be back later today with a super fun tutorial but I just wanted to let you know that Craftsy is running a sale in celebration of Craftsy turning 5! You can check out the sale page here, Just to let you know I do earn a small commission if you click-through my link and purchase any class and I thank you kindly! 😀 I have taken many of Craftsy’s painting classes and they never disappoint, it is interesting to see new ways to do things from other artists perspectives. Hint: Hit the 50% off banner when you get to Craftsy to see all the 50% off classes in all craft categories, they even have cooking if you like that sort of thing:)



Thanks for reading my shameless sale promotion,the sale goes through Saturday the 21st til 11:59pm MT! I promise I will be back later with a super fun, colorful craft AND don’t forget tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30pm Eastern Time we have the free live painting class here! I hope you can make it! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


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