LIVE: Misty Mountains in Watercolor 12:30pm ET Today!

Edited to add the final painting from today’s live show! Have a great weekend!

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Hi freinds! Grab your paints and get ready for a fun watercolor painting lesson today! Here is my practise piece I worked up this morning:

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I wanted to paint my test painting on cellulose (student grade wood pulp paper) paper so when we paint during the live stream on cotton paper I can give suggestions to overcome some of the issues you may face using a wood pulp paper. If you have cotton paper it would be a good time to use it but if not I will offer suggestions on dealing with it:) You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me a question be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today!

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I hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET for a painting tutorial! If you are local I will be at the Briar Patch Books in Bangor, ME from 4-6pm for a book signing with author Kelly Brooks bay for her new book Sea Glass and The Lighthouse that I illustrated! I am super excited for that! The book will be available on Amazon next week! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Yes Virginia, There IS a Live Show Today!!!

Edit 10pm 10/27/17: If you are experiencing problems with the video quality please try again in the morning. I am having issues with YouTube processing but it should be fixed soon. When it reverts back to the original stream you may have to scroll in about 5 minutes to the tutorial but the picture will be clear. Thank you for your patience:)

Howdy friends! I am so happy to let you know we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm today! Here is the sample I whipped up this morning!

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EDIT: Here is the live show painting:

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This is a beginner friendly tutorial so don’t be shy, hey why not call a friend and paint along together! Let’s spread the love of painting!! I love that you can begin painting at ANY age, you can progress at 60 just as quickly as you can at 18 and learning new skills keeps your mind quick and supple. Heck, even if it didn’t keep your brain sharp at least you’ll know how to paint:)  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask questions to me or the moderators then you want to watch the broadcast at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

I decided to use Sennelier watercolors today, but you can use any brand you like. I recommend if you are trying a new brand of paints to start with a small set (the 12-14 sets are the most affordable per color) or a couple of tubes in colors you need anyway as you can intermix brands with no trouble. The benefit of Sennelier, for me, is the ability to layer without mud. They are my favorite plein air colors (and my palette is very beat up and has sand embedded in some of the pans to prove it!) because I can splash the paint around quickly, but also build up layers of translucent paint without making mud. This painting is done pretty much in one layer so it really doesn’t matter what watercolor you use though, just have fun! Also, about the paper, I did my sample on Aquabee #140 100% cotton 6″x9″ watercolor paper. This is my “practise” paper and it is much cheaper than Arches, you get 50 sheets for under $14. If you are starting out or on a budget give it a try! It is acid free so if you make a masterpeice on the Aquabee it will last too! 😀 I will do my live painting on the Arches paper so if you want I can show them side by side at the end of the live stream and you can see the comparison. Use whatever watercolor paper you have. You can do this!

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We will sketch and paint together today so there is no pattern available. I will also talk about composition and adapting a painting to suit your style, you are the king or queen of your painted scene!

Want more watercolor instruction?

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor is a beginner course aimed at packing all the info you need to know to start your watercolor journey off on the right foot. You get 5 hours of video instruction and will compete 3 beautiful paintings during your class!

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl is the first in an intermediate series exploring specific subjects and textures and how to render them in watercolor. As a bonus we work on fixing mistakes in watercolor and I show you many ways to use reference photos to enhance your painting experience.

Make sure to use the coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t show up automatically to save 20%! I hope to see you in the free live painting lesson today and til next time happy crafting!

Oh, I almost forgot! The winners of the Jerry’s Artarama gift cards are:

Jean Arizona

Jaycee

Laurel Evelyn Hall

*Check your email for confirmation:) I replied to winners in the comment thread of the giveaway post too! Have a great weekend!

LIVE! Loose Watercolor Floral Bouquet Today @ 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! I was feeling the need to paint a loose floral and this is what I came up with for today’s live lesson!

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I painted my sample on cheaper paper (6″x9″ 140# aquabee paper, it is actually 100% cotton so you painting will last but you get like 50 sheets for $16!) so feel free to use whatever you have, there is no lifting or scrubbing so any watercolor paper will do I think. BTW I use “cheap” paper but not “bad yucky” paper LOL! I will be doing the live demo on Arches 140# CP so it will be fun to see if there is any quality difference in the final painting. I hope you can join me! Don’t worry if you can’t join live because the replay will be available in the player below. If you are tuning in live and want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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.

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I’m using Yarka St. Petersburg/White Nights original set of 24) Colors & pigments #s so you can substitute if desired:)
    Carmine Hue PR170:1, Cadmium Orange PO36, Cadmium Yellow Med PY35, Emerald Green PG7, Russian Blue (aka phthalo) PB15
  • Watercolor paper (BTW the sample I did before the live show was on cheap watercolor paper, there is no lifting or scrubbing so you can really use anything but I’ll use Arches CP 140# torn to 6″x9″ in the live demo)
  • Mimik (faux) squirrel #4 & #8 round (they are in the value set or individually)
  • Optional: Dr PH Martins Bleed Proof White and or a white gel pen
  • Other: Credit card scraper, 2 water buckets, paper towel, spray bottle of water

***You might want to tape or clip down your paper but I left mine loose. Tape it if you are painting this larger than 6″x9″ or using thinner than #140 paper.

I just wanted to remind you…

…that my brand new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl has a special launch price through the end of the month so if you have been thinking about improving your skills with an intermediate level course check it out while it is half off!

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If you ever wanted to improve your bird painting skills and learn some gentle techniques for fixing mistakes in your watercolor painting give this class a try! You will learn how to create textures from fluffy down to sleek water birds and wispy feathers. During the swan demo you will learn the secrets to painting any all white object in watercolors. There is so much to learn that you can carry over to non-bird paintings too! Join the nearly 200 students who have enrolled in this class already and take your painting to the next level! Here is what some of the students already have to say about Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl:

Just beautiful Lindsay! I hope I can do it justice! I see where learning this will come in handy for painting lilies, or even snowmen on snowfilled winter scenes. Thank you for another informative,fun class! Also looking forward to more tips on correcting paintings gone wild! Very helpful! But how do I get the trash man to bring me back the paintings I pronounced too far gone?!? Lol Live and Learn! – Linda Fitch

Hi Lindsay ! I finally made it through the first class and so excited to start this one. You are a wonderful teacher and detailed which is great for a beginner like me. -Dianne Prewitt

This was fun and it felt good when my 5 year old grandson knew it was a peacock feather! -Jessal Strecker

Oh Lindsay, this is gorgeous! Just previewing the class content and am really getting inspired. -Elaine Legere

If you want to improve your paintings and skill creating texture, working with reference photos and fun ways to fix mistakes (using a couple mixed media techniques) I encourage you to check out Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl today! All the links in this post should have the 50% off discount attached but if not use coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up automatically:) Thanks again for all of the encouragement to provide these watercolor courses! 🙂 I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm et! til then happy crafting!

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A LIVE Show Today & a NEW Watercolor Class!

Edit: Thanks to everyone who joined the livestream today! Here is how our birdie turned out. I loved the suggestion from the chat to add the red berries, so fall like! If you missed the live show you can catch the replay below:)

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Howdy friends! I might be a bit punchy and silly today because I was up into the wee hours of the morning putting the finishing touches on my brand spankin’ new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl! I’ll Tell you more about that and share a discount code in a minute but first I want to invite you to paint with me LIVE on YouTube today at 12:30pm Eastern time!

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You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions as we go be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page.

Here are the supplies we are using today:

I like to teach my classes with a limited palette so students don’t get overwhelmed by materials and it makes the classes much more budget friendly. If you already took my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor class than you have just about everything you need for Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl!

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This course consists of four robust full length painting tutorials that cover a wide variety of techniques for capturing the soft, fuzzy and sleek texture of our feathered friends. The lessons are broken down into easily digestible chunks so you won’t get overwhelmed in this intermediate level class.

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Each lesson has a comment area where you can ask questions and share your work in progress. If you are having trouble we can get it corrected before the painting goes astray. But if it does go astray, no worries! I am going to show you my favorite ways to fix paintings that took a wrong turn using gentle mixed media enhancements with colored pencils or pens.

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All of the bird paintings come with patterns to trace but I do go over sketching a bit for those of you who prefer to draw free-hand. This is not a drawing class though:) I will also show you how I use reference photos to suit my style and where you can find ones that are free to use.

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If you have taken my first course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor, or followed along with many of my free YouTube tutorials then you are more than ready to tackle Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl. I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach you and to show my thanks I am offering a 50% discount for Texture Toolbox: Feathers and Fowl through the end of September. Just use the coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t automatically show up. 🙂 I hope to see you at 12:30pm for a fun LIVE painting tutorial on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

*Note: The only additional supplies we use in Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl that were not used in Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor are colored pencils and a white gel pen and they are optional.

Easy Dragonfly Painting with Matching Mat & Watercolor Pencil Tips!

Hi friends! Here is a fun painting you can make today!

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I am using watercolor pencils and it is so easy to do. Learn how in today’s video!

Watercolor pencils and waterbrushes are from sponsor Arteza! Save 10% with coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 here! Check out their other art, craft and quilting supply basics at super low prices too:) 10% off coupon good through 9/17/17

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This project should take between 30-45 minutes to complete but feel free to pause the video and take breaks because the most important thing is that you learn and enjoy the process!

Want more in-depth watercolor lessons?

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Check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course on sale for 30% off this week with coupon code TEACHME, you get over 5 hours of watercolor instruction for $55.30 (Regular $79!) Join the nearly 700 watercolor students getting fantastic results! Learn more here or enroll today! Sale ends Saturday so don’t wait:) Happy crafting!

Let’s paint a geranium in watercolors!

Hi friends! Here is a fun and loose painting for today, A geranium!

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I just bought some Sennelier watercolors (there was a deal I could not resist!) and wanted to try them out. I will have a review for you later after I get a few more paintings under my belt but for now here is a tutorial on how to paint a geranium.

Please follow along using whatever watercolor you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Birch Tree {by request!}

Hi friends! Today I have the much requested tutorial on how to paint this birch tree from my vacation:

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Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Cotman watercolors
Waterbrush (small and large)
1/2″ zen filbert
140lb watercolor paper

As always use what you have but if you need supplies shopping via the above affiliate links helps support this channel, thanks! Happy crafting!

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