Edited to add the final painting. I like the additional palm trees and beach umbrella. How about you? Have a great weekend!
Hi friends! Were back this week with a fun summery beach painting that will take your mind off winter!
You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.
New March Collection of artwork in the shop! These are original paintings you have seen me paint on YouTube or in classes. They are only available this month on a first come first served basis. Prices start at $45 (because I think everyone should be able to afford original art if they want) and USA shipping is free!
I hope to see you for a free live painting class at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube today, til them happy crafting!
Edit! The live stream was so fun today! Here is the final painting. The replay is available below!
Hi friends! This week I am in a castle collaboration with talented painters Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney-The Art Sherpa! We are all painting castles! Here is a color study for the one I will be painting:
The colors I am using are: Quin Red, Cobalt Blue, Cad. Yellow Lt., Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Yellow Ocher but you can pick whatever you have that is closest. If you are new to watercolor you can thin down acrylic paints to a watery consistency and work on paper. You do not have to worry about under-binding on paper;) Here is the reference photo for the castle but please refer to the printable pattern because I am adding more landscape area to this.
You can watch the live stream or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me questions during the show be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.
Today’s Live Stream Castle Collaboration Schedule:
- 10am ET Angela Anderson with a lovely Fairytale Castle in acrylics
- 12:30pm ET Me, the Frugalcrafter with a lovely watercolor castle
- 2pm ET The Art Sherpa paints Hogwarts Castle in Acrylics
All the supplies for this tutorial can be found from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:
I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube! Maybe I’ll see you in the chat on Angela’s or Cinnamon’s live stream too! Til then Happy Crafting!
Hi friends! ! will have a LIVE Landscape Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube!
You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat along with your artsy friends or ask me questions as we go you need to watch on the YouTube watch page. I also wanted to let you know that ALL classes are 50% at Craftsy this weekend as part of their Labor Day Sale! Don’t wait, grab the classes you want now, you have lifetime access so you can watch them whenever you like! Purchasing ANY classes through this link helps support this channel so I can create free daily tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel (without costing you any extra:) and I think you kindly for your support!
Here are the colors we will use today: Rose (quin) red, Yellow ochre, Permanent yellow Ultramarine, Pthalo blue, Turquoise, Burnt sienna. You can see some of the mixes we will make in this chart.
And here is a sketch you can trace. The pink areas in the front should be masked with removable masking fluid and let to dry before painting. Please look at the reference photo if you want to see more detail of if you want to sketch directly from that.
I hope you can paint along with us today! Remember if you want to chat you need to watch directly on YouTube.
Supplies available at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:
Don’t Miss Out on the 50% off Labor Day Sale at Craftsy!!!!
Craftsy has more than just painting! Try papercrafting, jewelry making, knitting, woodworking, cake decorating, quilting, sewing and more! Purchasing any classes though this link helps support my channel so I can keep bringing you these free daily tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel, thank you so much for your support:)
I hope you can find time to paint with me today! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely bird. Don’t tell anyone but I am sneaking in some drawing too (maybe if I make it really fun people won’t realize that they are learning a lot, let’s keep this between you and me though, I don’t want anyone scared away!)
I was thrilled to read in YouTube comments that several of you tried it right away and had good success! I hope you try it too, if you do let me know in the comments below! I am using inktense water-soluble pencils (Derwent) but feel free to use whatever watercolor pencils, inks or paints you have.
I know many of you have a long holiday weekend so what better time to try some of my free painting tutorials. If you post your creations online please le me know so I can see them!
- I am using Derwent Inktense in the following colors:
#0200, 0230, 1720, 1520, 1000, 2020, 0500
- #6 round brush (Loew-Cornell Comfort 3000)
- Strathmore 140# watercolor greeting card
- Photo Reference (by MarcoPolo23 courtesy MorgeFile)
BTW on the right hand side of my blog I have started a list of website who have royalty free images that can be used as artist reference photos. If you know of other reputable sites (besides Paint My Photo or MorgeFile) please let me know so I can check them out. I’d like to come up with a good resource for you guys.
To all of my American friends have a safe happy holiday weekend and to everyone happy crafting!
Hi friends! Today I am going to show you have to make this mixed media parrot painting. I thought he looked like he belonged with a pirate!
This is part of the YouTube wide collaboration #lovesummerart. You can search the hashtag and find lots of wonderful summery tutorials. New videos are being uploaded through tomorrow! Watch my video to learn how to make this mixed media parrot:
- 140# Cold Pressed watercolor paper
- Caran D’ache Neo 2 watercolor crayons
- Bombay India ink
- Versafine black ink
- small paintbrushes
Follow along with the video to create this colorful bird! If you wanted to see how it looked before I added ink here is a pic:
I think the ink and stamping improved the piece. What do you think, should I have left it alone? Let me know in the comments and please feel free to share this project on any of your social media, there are even handy sharing button at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hello Friends! Summer vacation has officially hit the Frugalcrafter’s household…well for the kids, I still have a bit of work I had hoped to have finished before the kids got out of school and doing what would normally take me 15 minutes takes me all day. I totally needed a few quiet minutes of painting therapy last night so I snuck down to my studio and painted this…
…but they found me. I was recording this tutorial live when a few minutes in my twins showed up in my studio, started to bicker and then picked up a painting I had packaged up to mail to a customer, I could see one was trying to bop the other one on the head with it and I had to intervene before someone got hurt or the painting was damaged. I was a trooper, I tried to keep my cool and carry on but listing back I could hear the irritation in my voice and I was painting angry little trees and we can’t have that now can we? And besides, this painting should have only taken me about 15 minutes and I found it hard to get back in the flow after the interruption. See, we all have days like that, sometimes parenting is all friendship bracelets and rainbows and other times you are thinking “Who are these people and why do they keep calling me mom?” I’m pretty sure I have a rubber stamp that says that too LOL! Now on to the video!
One of the reasons I wanted to paint this is because several people asked me to paint a picture with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Affiliate link-Hallmark Scrapbook) that so many stampers have been using lately. They are more opaque than traditional western watercolors but you can use them just the same. Go ahead and you whatever paints you have though, Traditional paints will be a bit more vivid.
Colors used: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Color numbers & Names () indicate traditional color names
#31 Scarlet Red (Vermillion or Cadmium Red)
#44 Light Brown (Yellow Ocher)
#54 Olive Green (Chromium Oxide green)
#62 Colbalt Blue
#47 Dark Brown (Burnt Umber)
Prima Watercolor Pencils (affiliate link)
140# Canson Monteville watercolor paper
A hunk of clear wax
Princeton Neptune brushes #16, #8 rounds (Micheals has these on clearance!)
Reference photo by Lynn Quinn at the new Paint My Photo Website.
I hope you give this painting a try, it is great for relaxing after a not-so-relaxing day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi Folks! Today I have a viewer request! A prairie painting for Sarah Hoffman.
You can find the reference photo I used by Rachelle Eversole at Paint My Photo. Since I did not go over drawing the scene in the video I made a pattern for you, you can print it for free here. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it too, it was fun to paint!
Supplies: (Feel free to substitute for what you have on hand.)
140# 9″x12″ Strathmore 400 series watercolor block
3/4″ Angular brush, 1/4″ flat, #4 round
Cotman colors: English Red, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine Blue
Other: Credit card scraper, paper towel, 2 buckets of water.
Paint along and have fun! If you would like more painting tutorials click here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi Friends! First up I wanted to let you know that I am revamping my very neglected Cafe Press shop where I have some of my painting available as prints, note-cards, calendars, bags, shirts, mugs etc so if you wanted anything you might want to grab it now because I will be switching everything up next week! More on that later! I am so excited because a viewer told be about a really cool website called Paint My Photo where photographers upload their stunning photos for artists to paint. Here is a tutorial for a lavender field that I painted from a photo by Robin Lovelock:
You can find the photo I used here. If you join the Paint My Photo community please say howdy and add me as a friend. I am new there too, we can explore it together!
I am using a 1/2″ Princeton Neptune Oval Wash. This is a synthetic squirrel brush. It holds a lot of paint and water. You can make broad washes but the tip comes to a fine point too. This was my first time using this brush and I wanted to play around with it. I hope it answers some questions you might have about this line of brushes.
Well, I need to get my butt moving, I am going scrapbooking with Lorraine and Kathy today! Woohoo! that should be fun…or we will get kicked out of the crop due to wacky shenanigans. Any bets?Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hello friends! Tonight I have an easy painting tutorial, I am using a 9″x12″ watercolor block for my painting but feel free to paint this on a greeting card. We will begin by sketching a peony flower on the paper with a pink watercolor pencil and then we will paint a wet into wet background and proceed with painting the flower. Give it a try! This video will show you how easy it is!
I thought this painting needed something else so I painted a Japanese beetle on it (collective groan from all the gardeners) and I will show you how in this quick video:
You know what, this painting is still sitting on my table because it still does not feel done to me. Any advice? What do you think it needs? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!