Gifts for Artists & Crafters!

Hi friends! I am not sure if this post will be more useful to my regular readers or new friends looking for gift ideas for the artist in their life. It can be super tricky to buy for someone with a hobby (especially if you don’t know what they have) but there are some things that artists and crafters will find useful no matter what is in their current stash!

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In today’s video I will give you options both practical and fun that will delight the creative person in your life! BTW I created this video for HGMM so if you need any home and garden inspiration check them out!

Here is a run-down of the items I mentioned in the video!

For watercolorists:
– Mimik Faux Squirrel Brushes
– Arches Paper
– Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks or any watercolor crayons
– Metallic Watercolors
– Light box

(for beginners to watercolor)
– Cotman sketcher box
– Strathmore Wind Power Paper Pad
– Royal Aqualon or Majestic Assorted Brush Set

For Acrylic Painters
– Canvases
– Brushes
– Palette Paper
– Acrylic Mediums
– Gelli Arts or Gel Press Printing Plate & Rubber Brayer

(for beginner to acrylics)
– Try an all in one paint/brush. easel set, Royal & Langnickle makes some affordable ones that they sell in the big-box stores reasonably under the Art Instructor line.

For Oil Painters
– Senseo Clear primed linen panels or stretched canvas
– Black Swan brushes (Faux red squirrel)
– Oil Bars or Paint Sticks

For Pastel Artists
– Schminke Soft pastels assortment
– Sanded pastel paper
– Pastel storage box
– Pan Pastels/Sofft tools (sponge applicators)

Creative person:
– Adult coloring book and markers/colored pencils/gel pens
– DIY Origami kit

Paper crafter:
– Nice cardstock (12”x12” for scrapbookers, 8.5”x11” for cardmakers)
– Coloring mediums: Markers, Pencils, Calligraphy pens
– Card-making or scrap-booking subscription box
– Stamp carving kit

Knitter
– Stitch markers
– Knook (cross between knitting needle and crochet hook)
– novelty looms

Quilter, Knitter, Decorative painter
– Subscription to a project magazine (or renewal)

Kids
– Sculpey 3 Polymer clay assortment pack
– Portfolio water soluble pastels
– Prang watercolors and real watercolor paper
– Perler Beads (heat fuse beads)
– Klutz book
– Big sketchbook or newsprint pad and non toxic chalk pastels

There are so many wonderful creative gifts you can give. Best of all you are giving someone the gift of self expression and the feeling of satisfaction in competing a new project of learning a new skill. Speaking of learning a new skill you can always give the gift of a class and with online classes they can take them whenever they want in the comfort of their own home with no worries of missing a class is they are not feeling well or the weather is bad. Online craft classes are available for any art or craft genre from painting in any medium, quilting, photography, cake decorating, papercrafting, jewelry making and even wood-working. Learning a new skill is a gift you will treasure always. If you need some ideas Craftsy has they top 200 classes on sale for $20 or less this weekend, see what they have to offer! Any class you buy helps support the free content on my blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support!

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I am sure you will find the perfect gift for your crafty friends! Good luck and happy crafting!

Loose Watercolor Practice & $10 classes!

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

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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:)

Supplies:

  • 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!

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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.

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

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

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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!

3 Minute Watercolor Practice: Loose Cherries

Hi friends! If you have 3 minutes you can paint these cherries!

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Watch the video to learn how!

Learn to let your watercolor paint flow and do what it wants to by creating a water path for it to follow. This is great for beginners and can be done with ANY watercolor paint even in inexpensive paper. Plus this design makes an adorable note-card. This is a fun technique to practice and it will help you relax and get used to what your paints want to do naturally!

Supplies:
M Graham Watercolors (Aliz Crimson, Mauve, Perm yellow light, sap green)
#8 round mimik brush
Jones Palette
Aquabee 90# CP watercolor paper

Did that tutorial get you in the mood for something sweet? Craftsy has all of their Breakfasts, Sweets & Desserts classes on sale for $12.25 today only! Buy purchasing any class via my special discount link you help support the free videos on my blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support. 🙂

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I think it is a pretty fun sale, I’ll teach you how to paint the sweets and Craftsy will show you how to bake them just in time for holiday entertaining! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Deer in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern Time Today!

Hi Friends! Today we are going to paint a peaceful deer in watercolors live at 12:30pm on YouTube.

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I have added holly to the design in case you would like to use it as a Christmas card but you can easily paint the deer in a meadow if you prefer, just omit the holly. Here is the sketch you can print out and trace on your watercolor paper. Here is the reference photo of the fawn in a meadow by Joan McLellan and here is a reference photo of holly and berries by Margaret Battye from Paint my Photo.

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Here are the colors we will be using: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Quin Rose and Pyrrol Red. We will mix all colors from them.

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You can watch the free live class or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with other crafty friends be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page so you can take part in the conversation.

You can find the supplies I am using from your Sponsor Jerry’s Artarama, I have all of the supplies arranged in a handy teachers list. Be sure to check out their Black Friday deals and Holiday Sales Flyer! They also have a bunch of affordable samples to try including Turner watercolors and Mimik watercolor brushes!

Speaking of sales Craftsy is having their huge Black Friday sale, all classes are $17.99 or less, it is the lowest price of the season. My class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step is on sale for $13.99! That is the lowest price ever and with Craftsy you get lifetime access so stock up or buy a class as a gift! Any classes you by at Craftsy via my special discount link greatly helps support the free tutorials I post daily on my blog and YouTube channel and I thank you for your support!

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Don’t miss out on Craftsy’s lowest prices of the year! The sale runs through Monday 11/28/16! I hope to see you for the free live painting class today! 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:)

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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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