Posted on October 17, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I have another (or should I say 10) giveaway for you today but first I am going to show you how to paint this picture of snapdragon flowers:
Here is a pattern you can print out and trace on your watercolor paper. I recommend graphite paper but if you do not have that you can scribble a pencil on the back of your printout and trace. You can also see my DIY graphite paper tutorial here.
And this is the reference photo I took at the Common Ground Fair this year. I created the pattern because all of these flowers might be confusing to deal with. This will provide color reference though.
And now, here is the video!
You can find the products I used at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!
Turner watercolor 18 color set-5ml tubes (List $150 SALE $29.99!)
Mimik Kolinski Brushes (vegan synthetic)
Mimik Squirrel (the large grey handled wash brush I used)
Arches Watercolor Paper (up to 65% off list on all sizes of blocks!)
This painting is part of the Creative Arts Collaboration #ThinkPinkArt collaboration and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month Jerry’s Artarama is giving away 10 pink wristwatches. Leave a comment below and I will select 10 winners at random next Saturday. This contest is open to US residents only so just let me know that you live in the US in your comment to be eligible. I want to thank you for spending some of your weekend with me tonight, take care and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: blog candy, DIY, free pattern, giveaway, how to, how to paint snapdragons in watercolor, snapdragons, transfer paper, watercolor | 135 Comments »
Posted on July 2, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I have a fun idea for you tonight, DIY wrapping paper using paint and stencils!
I must confess, ever since I got a big roll of kraft paper from Papermart I have been making all of my own gift wrap! You can use it as-is or try stenciling it like I did tonight! Papermart also carries the kraft paper in white if you want a brighter look too. I think I need a big roll or white paper after now knowing how much I use the brown stuff. Watch the video to see how I make this paper and matching gift tag:
60# Kraft paper
Large Shipping Tag
Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
Stencil brushes and make-up sponges
1. Stencil design on kraft paper using acrylic paint.
2. Stamp tag using leftover paint and make up sponges. Wash stamps immediately after use.
3. Wrap gift. Add ribbon and tag.
Try this idea using any stencil for different looks, you can make any theme paper just by changing the colors and stencil patterns. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Papermart.
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Posted on June 21, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I just got back from visiting my dad for father’s day, we all went out to dinner and visited for a while. It was nice to get together with my parents, sister and to let the cousins play (my little nephew looked confused when I called his grampa ‘dad’ “Hey, that’s my mom’s dad!” he said LOL! Hmmm, if he does not realize that his mom and I are sisters I probably need to visit more! As soon as I saw this birch tree forest stamp from Rubbernecker at the stamp show earlier this month I knew I wanted to make this card:
The technique is so useful, quick and fun that I had to share it with you! As a bonus at the end of this video you can see the project that my daughter Maizy made while I was making these cards! She is so funny, she pretends she is makign a video whenever she crafts. Like mother like daughter LOL! :)
Ink: Archival black, Tea Dye brown Distress (Ranger) and Lawn Fawn Inks in Green, yellow and orange
Cream and kraft cardstock
sponges for blending (I used make-up sponges)
wax or clear/white crayon
Tip, I used a knife to cut a pointy chunk of wax off of the hunk of canning wax, it will help you have control where you apply it. You can also use a white crayon or save a clear crayon from an egg decorating kit too. Any wax will work for this. I hope you give this technique a try and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 3, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Don’t toss empty eye shadow containers! You can use those tiny compacts to make wonderful travel watercolor kits! Watch the video to see how:
You don’t have to use these for just travel. They are a great way to store extra colors too. The small size of the wells makes the paint dry quickly too, I made my palette last night and used it today! It worked great. If you don’t have access to old eyeshadow palettes (or a friend who can save them for you) you can use pill boxes, fish and tackle boxes, ice-cube trays or blister packages that things you buy come in. If it has little wells in it you can use it! Yay! This tiny palette is perfect for my small heated upstairs workspace too! I hope this little tip helped you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: green livin', Painting | Tagged: DIY, how to make a travel watercolor palette, travel palette, upcycle, watercolor | 18 Comments »
Posted on January 3, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend. We decided it would be fun to organize all the drawers and cupboards in the kitchen today. Notice I said organize and not re-organize because it was never organized in the first place. I estimated the process would take an hour. “For that drawer?” my husband asked. “Nope, for everything, it’s not that bad.” I said. That was about 10 hours ago. I was wrong. But I must say it is my boundless optimism that allows me to tackle such project at all because if someone asked me if I wanted to spend my Saturday organizing my kitchen I’d tell them to go fly a kite. I would happy organize a craft room for 10 hours (that probably explains why my craft room is the most organized place in the house) and I am planning a “how to store it” craft/art supply video series this month so if you have any things you would like me to tell you how to store just let me know in the comments (and it better not have anything to do with kitchen utensils LOL!) Actually, the kids helped a lot and I was able to dodge much of the organizing…the silverware drawer though, that was all me. Wait, you came here to paint, not listen to my tale of woe so here is what we are painting today, a lovely Amaryllis!
I snapped a photo of the flower too so you can see what I was working from. I’m not much of a photographer but you get the idea:
Follow along in this real-time tutorial:
I mentioned I was using watercolor canvas by Fredrix. You might like it and (yay!) it IS still being sold (I am never sure when I use a product I’ve had a long time) it is good if you like to lift back to the white of the paper, it might be aggravating if you like to build glazes. I think it is nice to break out of your comfort zone and try something new…like organizing the kitchen…(NOT!) I hope you have a great rest of the weekend and have time to create something amazing, til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: DIY, flower paitning tutorial, fredrix watercolor canvas, how to paint an amaryllis, tutorial, watercolor tutorial | 11 Comments »