Relax and Paint this Pretty Rose! (Great for beginners!)

Hi friends! If you find yourself in need of some relaxation today why not try this easy project!

It’s a postcard sized painting so you can paint it and mail it to a friend of loved one. It would be a great way to brighten the day of anyone stuck at home. Even if you’ve never picked up a brush before you can do this!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Don’t let the learning stop here! My friends at Bluprint (formally Craftsy) are offering a 2 week all you can watch buffet of classes on their website and best of all no credit card required to watch! Just make an account and watch all of the craft, cooking, art and DIY classes you like from 3/26/2020 through 4/9/2020. While you are there you can check out my mixed media class I filmed a few years ago. It’s fun and for the next 2 weeks it’s free! Sign up here. I hope that eases some boredom and anxiety if you and your family are stuck at home during these strange days. Crafting provides stress relief and learning is good for our soul. Have a calm day and til next time happy crafting!

Live! 12:30pm ET Let’s Paint a Lighthouse in Watercolor!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from Today’s Live stream. Enjoy the replay and have a great weekend!


Hi friends! Last week I had the opportunity to paint on Monhegan island with a group of delightful ladies from Louisiana. At the top of the island sits this quaint lighthouse.


Here is the on location sketch I painted:


I decided that I wanted to paint this again once I returned home so that is what we will do together live at 12:30pm ET today! You can watch live, or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live and ask me questions as we go be sure to catch the live stream on YouTube.

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.

My Mixed Mix it Up Mixed Media DVD is out…

…and on sale for $19.99 (Reg $44.99)  *Digital version is $14.99 this weekend too! If you have wanted to purchase my Craftsy class but prefered to have a DVD now is your chance. Craftsy selected my class to be in the DVD pilot program and I am so excited!!!


If you are not into mixed media I also have an online watercolor class:  Essential Watercolor Course  with over 5 hours of in-depth watercolor instruction to start your journey into watercolor painting off on the right foot. Oh! Exciting classroom news, you can now upload your artwork directly in the comments section of the classroom, right in the relevant lesson,  so you won’t need to post in the Facebook group to share your work. I am so excited for this development!

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Pretty cool huh? I love this update because if you have a question while you are working through the course you can pop it right in the lesson where it is relevant, not only do you get help but it helps your fellow students! Sharing is caring my friends:)

I also wanted to let you know that there will be no live stream next Friday (vacation!) so make sure you tune in today if you want to catch the live show! See you soon and until then happy crafting!

Free LIVE Painting Class today @ 12:30pm ET, Winners & a 50% off SALE!

Holy moly, that is a lot to put in one blog post! I am still on screech catching up from my weekend at the stamp show so please forgive this super full blog post! First up I have 3 sets of bracelet kits from Craft Chameleon to give away, the winners are: Candy Trippiedi, Martha Brunet, and inspiredinthehills Please check your email for my confirmation email, you will reply to that email with shipping details:) Also we are painting LIVE today!



. Transfer the free pattern (or free hand draw if you prefer) to image on watercolor paper so you can paint along!


You can watch the live class or replay in the player below but if you want to chat along and ask questions LIVE you will want to watch on YouTube. Sarah will be on hand to take questions.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

Turner Watercolors: Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Phathlo blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Pyrolle Red, Permanenet Yellow

140# Watercolor Paper

Mimik brushes

Reference photo by Sharon Whitley on Paint My Photo

And a 50% off sale! ALL Classes at Craftsy are 50% off Through Sunday! Get painting, crafting and cooking classes starting at $14.99 including my class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step! You get lifetime access to these classes so why not stock up when they are at the lowest possible price! Any class you buy (it doesn’t have to be mine) goes along way to support my blog and YouTube channel so I can keep offering free daily tutorials AND it is fun to learn new thing for different people and even better when it is 50% off! Don’t wait, This ALL classes 50% off sale at Craftsy ends Monday!


Note, Many classes are actually $14.99 and purchasing any class through this link supports my blog, thanks!

I have missed you guys so much after taking last Friday “off” and can’t wait to hang out and paint today LIVE at 12:30pm Eastern Time! Til then Happy Crafting!


Heirloom Class Update!


Hi friends! I can’t believe in a couple short weeks it will be time for the Heirloom Productions West Springfield Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival! I just LOVE this stamp show! It is great to see demos from the wonderful vendors and learn about new products and see older supplies used in innovative new ways. If you get a chance I hope you can go, it is one of the few big stamp shows left in the country. I hope younger people check out these shows as well, it is so much richer of an experience than shopping online. In most cases you actually meet the people who make your stamps! I met my friend Linda (owner of Lost Cost Designs and Carmens Veranda – I used her stamps on the artwork featured below) and through her I have been able to teach workshops at the show. I have two workshops this year, one is sold out and there are still a couple of spots left in the other.


Details on the classes:

The Beginner class with the butterfly mixed media painting is sold out BUT if someone cancels you can get a spot. Call Heirloom Productions between 10am-5pm Pacific Time at 541-574-8000 to be placed on a waitlist, first come first served.

The Intermediate Class with the tulip still has a couple of openings as of 8am, click here to register or to learn more about the class, if it fills up before you get there then you can call the number above to be wait listed. At this early of a date there is a good chance you will get in. If you have been painting along with me for a while or taken my Craftsy class you will be all set to take this intermediate class.

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I would also love to do a meet-up at the heirloom show if there is any interest, let’s say at 4:45 Saturday at the Lost Coast Designs Booth, maybe we could all grab dinner together or something? I love seeing my crafty internet friends in person!


If you can’t make it to the Heirloom Show but you still would like to take a class with me I am still offering ALL of my lovely friends 50% off my Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step class at Craftsy. The class retails for $29.99 and it is $14.99 for my friends using this link. Hey, it is probably better than a live class because you can pause or mute me whenever you like!

I hope to see you in a class in person or online soon! Til next time happy crafting!


Stamp School: Easy Layered Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! I know a lot of people are intimidated by using “messy” supplies on cards but I hope to help you get over your fear with today’s simple card:


All you need is cardstock, a stencil, foam and rubber stamps and acrylic paint. You can use either a cosmetic sponge or foam brush to apply the paint and yes they can be washed and reused. Watch my tutorial to see how easy it is!


The stamps and stencil came in a kit from Stampendous, they have 3 of them, one with an indian/elephant theme, one nature bird theme and this urban theme. I have all 3 and they make mixed media layering a breeze. When I first posted the video they had the sets at Simon Says Stamp and Blitsy but now both places are sold out:( I bet if you ask your favorite stamp store they will order it for you (these are brand new so they should:) plus that helps you local stamp store if you are lucky enough to have one, win-win!  If you are not sure if you like this sort of thing I recommend trying one and see if you care for it before stocking up on all 3. I hope they make more kits like this!


Don’t forget to add some light-colored paper to the inside of the card if you are working on dark cardstock to make an area for writing. I use pattern paper scraps for this, hey, the back side is white, why waste it? A little bit of washi tape can also snazzy up the inside without making it to fru-fru!


If you would like more in-depth lessons on Mixed Media please check out my new class at Craftsy, I am giving a 50% discount to all of my readers, just click the 50% off link here. I break down the process of creating interesting mixed media paintings into manageable step by step layers. I am really proud of this class and I think it can really help beginners learn the “Why” as well as the “How” of some of the popular mixed media materials and techniques out there all while keeping your budget in mind by getting the most use out of versatile supplies. I don’t like to buy a product that has only one use that ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust and I don’t think you do either! You can take the class at your own pace and you have lifetime access to the class so there is no rush BUT if you want the 50% off savings enroll in Mixed It Up Mixed Media Step By Step soon! I can’t wait to see your artwork in the classroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



Denver Haul & Giveaway!!!

Hi friends! Many of you asked about my trip to Denver and what I bought so here it is! As you know I went to Denver to film a class for Craftsy. The mixed media class I shot will be live soon and they are letting me give a spot in the class away to a lucky reader, you can sign up for a chance to win here.


And now, on to the haul! Video!!!

And I only had 2 cups of coffee hours earlier, just say’n.

Don’t forget to sign up for the drawing for a spot in my new Craftsy class! Here are a few pics from the class:

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Thanks for supporting me on this journey:) If you have a moment please click on the handy sharing buttons at the bottom of this blog post to help be spread the word about the class and giveaway, I really appreciate it:) Til next time happy crafting!

My office this week…

Hi friends! What an amazing day! As many of you guessed correctly I am in Denver to film a class for Craftsy. Today was rehearsal day and I film tomorrow and Friday. Here are a few pics from their amazing studio. Please excuse the lighting, these were taken with my phone:)




The studios are in an old taxi company hence the motif in the dining area.



And look, I get to have my hair and makeup done by a pro! I can get used to this!


I’ll let you know how the first day if filming goes tomorrow, til then happy crafting!

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