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 »
Posted on September 19, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I was asked by a few folks if I could figure out how to make paper sequins without buying an expensive die. Well, I took that challenge! Watch the video to see how I did!
Well, what do you think, do they look like real sequins? Well, then you just saved $15 on a sequin die and used up scraps too. Grab your small circle punches and make up a batch of pretty sequins for your projects this weekend. I bet these technique would work well for making small flower sequins with your tiny flower punches too. Get creative and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes | Tagged: DIY, how to make paper sequins, how to make sequins with punches, paper sequins, sequins, sequins wihtout a die | 30 Comments »
Posted on August 8, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Scrapbook week is winding down and I want to share a quick supply you can make that would be pretty as a page border:
Boy, that brings back memories of magic mesh and the fun we had scrapbooking at out local scrapbook store! Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Scrapbooking | Tagged: DIY, drywall mesh, magic mesh | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! By request here is a watercolor cloud painting tutorial, I hope you like it!
This week is super busy for me. Please excuse me if I do not respond right away to emails and comments, I’ll be trying though:D Have a great day and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: DIY, how to apint clouds, tutorial, watercolor | 18 Comments »
Posted on July 11, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Here is another great use for deli paper! Homemade washi tape. Watch the video to see how I made it:
So grab your stamps, stencils (the star stencils I used were from Oriental Trading Co.), paint and imagination and make some unique tape today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling | Tagged: art journaling, deli paper, DIY, mixed media, stencil, washi tape | 16 Comments »