Brush Set Giveaway! Chicken Sketchbook Sunday & Tips for Working with Gouache!

Hi friends! I had so much fun playing with gouache in my sketchbook today. I forget how awesome gouache (opaque watercolor) paint is and how fun and forgiving it is to paint with.

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The brushes I used today were perfect for gouache and I get to give away TEN 7-piece sets and winners can pick from the unicorn or mermaid Mythos brushes by Royal & Langnickel. Do to shipping restrictions this contest is open to USA residents only. For a chance to win simply leave a comment saying what state you are from and which brush set (unicorn or mermaid) you prefer. I will draw 10 winners at random next Sunday and you will be notified by email. *You do not need to put your email in the comment, I can see it in my admin, I will contact you by the email you signed up to comment with. Don’t worry if your comment does not appear right away, if it is the first time you have commented here I have to approve it.

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Speaking or Royal & Langnickel I am the Featured Artist on the Month! You can read the article here. I am so thrilled to be featured by a company whose brushes I have used for decades, I hope you give it a read:)

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OK, now on to the Sketchbook Sunday video! I hope you enjoy it!

Supplies: (Affiliate links may be used)

Tips for Gouache:
1. Work dark to light.

2.Work in thin layers (use a light touch to layer or be more aggressive to blend back to previous layers)

3. Use alone or with other media (over watercolor and marker, under pastel and colored pencil)

4. Mat and frame under glass as you would a watercolor.

5. Do not work in thick layers because the paint can crack.

6. Paper or matboard are excellent surfaces for gouache as it can bond well. Avoid using it on canvas or acrylic primed surfaces as the paint may not adhere well.

7. Play, experiment and have fun!

I hope the video give you insight on my process. I think diving in with the dark color can give you confidence and also speeds up the process because you get the dark values established quickly and you don’t have to fight the white paint which can overtake things quickly and muddy things up. If you want more help on your art journey, including real-time versions of 2 sketchbook sunday paintings a month consider joining critique club. You can post your current paintings and get a detailed critique from me and encouragement from other members, so you can improve and reach your artistic goals. Learn more here!

And one more shameless plug for the road…

If you want to paint better birds I have a class on that too:  Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl where you can learn how to capture the beauty of birds and the textures of feathers and plumage by following along with four step by step real-time tutorials with patterns included. There is also an archived list of all past bird tutorials I have created in case you are looking for something specific.

Phew! That was a long post! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a set of brushes, give gouache a chance and til next time happy crafting!

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GIVEAWAY! Color It Refillable Real Brush Watercolor Markers!

8/29/18 Giveaway is closed, here are the 3 lucky winners!

Virginia Staib from Hawaii, Rachel from Alaska and Madelyn Wolfin from New York

All the winners have been contacted by email and I replied to their comments below in case there are multiple people with the same name from the same state. Thanks for playing everyone, I can’t believe how many people signed up!

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Today I am reviewing the new refillable Color It watercolor brush markers and refills. A set contains 24 watercolor brush markers in a reusable zippered case for $29.99 and refill inks are available for $5.99 per color.  I will be giving a set of these markers away to 3 lucky readers. To enter the prize draw leave a comment below telling me what state you are from and what your favorite color is. I will draw 3 winners in one week and amend this post with the winners name and email the winners. This giveaway is open to USA residents.

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Color it products can be ordered on Amazon or on the Color It website. Watch the video to see them in action!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

The Review!

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Refillable pens
  • Reusable case
  • Colors blend well with each other and water

Cons

  • Only 24 colors
  • If you purchase all the refills at once it can be expensive

Color it watercolor pens are the only refillable option for a real brush marker pen that I know of and they are easy to refill. One $5.99 bottle of ink refills a marker 15 times so it is way cheaper than buying 15 markers. I think these markers are as good as any of the other real brush markers I have reviewed. The ink flows smoothly and they feel good in your hands. The tip is slightly larger than the Zig Real brush pen but smaller than Arteza. To be clear I find all of these markers to be comparable but an advantage to Color It because they are refillable and you can buy the refill inks as you need them. The fact that no refills are available for the other brands out there has always bothered me because unlike a felt tip pen the bristles are not going to wear out so you would be tossing away a perfectly good pen. I am so glad these exist. As for there only being 24 colors available I think that’s fine because with watercolor markers you don’t need as many to blend like you do with alcohol pens and you can scribble the marker on a tile and pick up the ink with another pen to mix and it won’t harm the tip like it may with a felt tip pen. If you desire more than 24 colors that these won’t be for you. I love sustainable products and I am so happy to partner with Color it for this giveaway! I love to shout out companies actively try to do right by their customers and the environment.  Be sure to leave a comment if you want to go in the prize drawing, good luck and til next time happy crafting!

Heirloom Winners!

Hi friends! I am telling you, I am such a ding-dong this month. With so much going on between my regular videos and blog posts, classes and the kids end of the school year stuff (my son started drivers ed, yikes!) I have been running in many directions! I completely forgot to announce the winners of the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show Tickets! They are: Karen Stevens, Debra Graham, Monika.Buzsy, Mary Nieb, Kris Storts, Betty Wlazlo, and Donna Birney. Please check your inbox for an email from Nikki at Heirloom containing your tickets! See you at the show! If you didn’t win you can purchase tickets to the show on the Heirloom Productions website for $6 through 5/27/18 which is cheaper than at the door ($8/day or $14 for both days) but if you are taking a glass you get your admission to the show free.

I love attending the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show in W. Springfield MA, there are so many good vendors and I love seeing folks in person that I chat with here and on YouTube. People are so friendly and it is so nice to meet online crafty friends in person. I do hope you will say hello if you see me at the show! Last week I was notified that the Loose Watercolor Bouquet (Lilacs) class was nearly full but I do have spots open in the Loose Watercolor Roses class if anyone is interested. The past years I have taught at Heirlooms my classes have sold out so if you want to paint with me on Friday June 1st be sure to reserve your spot here.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun cardmaking tutorial with a sneaky die cutting hack! Til then happy crafting!

 

Ever After Blog Hop & Giveaway!!!

Hi friends! I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching
on Ever After this year! I saw the beautiful artwork from many talented instructors last year and I am so happy they asked me to be a part of this years crew! And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this magical new collaborative
art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

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First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 14 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale & myth inspired lessons with you AND they will also divulge all their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! 🙂 Yay!
You can find out all the deets (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE.
My chosen fairy tale is The Wizard of OZ. My lesson will be inspired by this
fairy tale, I have some fabulous ideas cooking! I’ve not fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing my drawing, layering and perspective techniques with you, much like you can see in this painting I did for Lifebook last year.

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Registration opens on May 15th 2018 and the class begins on July 1st 2018.
So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂
Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on this year’s Ever After to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂

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To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Ever After this year. I will announce the winner on 5/17/18.

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After this year. They too will be giving away a spot on Ever After so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

Have a great time following the blog hop, good luck and til next time happy crafting!

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Maker and Stamp Giveaway! PLUS 2 ways to blend and stencil with alcohol markers!

***Edited to add winners names: Rebecca Bishop, Becky Hill, tammyreese, Rachel Gonzales and Linda Dewolf. I have emailed the 5 winners so if you see your name check your email (and spam folder just in case!) I contact winners with the email they used to sign up to comment on my blog. Thanks everyone for playing!

Howdy friends! I am really excited today because I get to get away some art goodies! 5 lucky blog readers will win their choice of colorway of either a 7 pack or 13 pack of new Azure markers from Royal & Langnickel and (because you will need something fun to color) a Cling daisy stamp from Stampendous. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what marker set you want (you can see all 18 sets here) and tell me what state you are from because due to shipping restrictions I can only offer this to USA residents.

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I will also be giving away 5 Azure marker sets and Stampendous Poppy cling stamps on my Instagram! So pop over there for another chance if you like.

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In today’s video I’ll show you how wonderful these markers are and how you can use them (or whatever markers you already have) to create smooth blends and airbrush effects!

Video!

Supplies:

 

 

These cards were a lot of fun to make and I think the rose ones would be perfect for Mother’s Day. If you want to win your choice of a 7 or 13 pack of Azure Markers just leave a comment below telling me what set you would like and what state you are from and I will pick 5 winners next Thursday! Don’t forget to check out my Instagram page today for another chance to win as well! Thanks to Royal and Langnickel and Stampendous for providing these prizes and good luck to you and til next time happy crafting!

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Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop & Give Away!

Edited to add winner’s name: Janice Higgins! You will have received an email from me with instructions on claiming your prize. Contest is closed here but you can still enter to win on some of the other blogs I linked to below.

Hi Friends! I have a fun giveaway to share today! My friend Tamara, the creator of the LifeBook year long workshops,  has just created a book that encompasses the spirit of her fabulous yearly LifeBook class! It is a beauty and she is letting me give a copy away to one lucky reader! I have been enjoying my copy for a few weeks and it is simply delightful and inspiring!

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Let me tell you a bit more about Tam’s new book in case you
haven’t heard about it yet! “Celebrate and honour your creative potential with Create Your Life Book!” Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, Create Your Life Book offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfilment. Each themed chapter presents 4 or 5 two-part projects: The first part of each project explores a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth, and includes a worksheet or list of questions to be answered; the second part is a step-by-step mixed-media art project that provides a way for artists at all skill levels to contemplate and work through that issue. Also included are projects contributed by some of Tamara’s Life Book guest teachers–Roxanne Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and Effy Wild–who are noted mixed-media artists in their own right. Along the way, Tamara shares inspirational photos and uplifting and encouraging affirmations. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.

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The nice thing about having her class in a book format is that I can browse it at my art table without having the distraction of my computer around. Sometimes I just want to get away from the screen and get lost in a beautiful art instruction book. I also love how she mixes unusual supplies to create beautiful, whimsical and uplifting art.
You can now pre-order Tam’s awesome book here: Amazon USA UK, Canada, Australia, or from The Book Depository. It’s officially published in January 2018, although many sites are now showing the publishing date as earlier in December 2017! You can pre-order it NOW! 🙂

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 copy of Tam’s book to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂
Simply leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to get a copy of Tam’s book! I will announce the winner on 12/18/17.

Here is the list of the other people on Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop – they too will be giving away a copy of Tam’s book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂 Their giveaway will go live on the day in december that corresponds with the number next to their name so check back for the dates later this month if their posts are not up yet!

  1.  Tamara Laporte
  2. Effy Wild
  3. Ivy Newport
  4. Roxanne Coble
  5. Andrea Gomoll
  6. Mystele Kirkeeng
  7. Tracy Verdugo
  8. Wyanne Thompson
  9. Shiloh Sophia McCloud
  10. Alena Hennessy 
  11. Lindsay Weirich (you are here!)
  12. Jane Davenport
  13. Carla Sonheim
  14. Mati Rose McDonough
  15. Annie Hamman
    Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂

I am so happy to share Tamara’s book with you. If you would like to enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment below and I will pick a winner in one week. You can also pre-order a copy on Amazon if you wish! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Canvas Giveaway and Acrylic Painting Cactus Tutorial!

Edited to add contest winners! Congrats to Tina Rich, Jane and Velma Hutchison. All the winners were notified via email and need to reply to the email I sent. The contest is closed. Thanks for playing!

Hi friends! Tonight I have an exciting giveaway, a multipack of 28 canvases! I will pick 3 winners of this prize pack from our sponsor Arteza so make sure you leave a comment below for a chance to win. Everything I have tried from Arteza has been wonderful and the prices are incredibly low so if you are in the need of some art, craft or quilting supplies give them a try and use the coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 to save an additional 10% on your order!

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Today we will paint a cactus in a cup in acrylics! It is a great beginner tutorial and cactus themed stuff is so on trend right now. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Video!

Supplies (From Arteza)

You can find the video and links to the mini ornament canvases in this blog post.

This was a lot of fun to paint and I really like the quality of the canvas panels from Arteza. I hope you give them a try! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a multipack of 28 canvas panels, I’ll choose 3 winners next Monday! If you want to shop for some supplies be sure to use the coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 to save10% but don’t wait, offer expires 1/3/18. That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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