Sketchbook Sunday: Geraniums

Hi friends! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I am painting geraniums! These hardy plants do well in Maine, I got a potted geranium from my sister last week from mothers day (that’s the one we will paint) and a hanging basket from hubby and the kids. The hanging basket is currently on the porch but I am waiting to plant the potted one until the weather warms ups a bit.  I did feel bad for the hanging basket one night and brought it in but so far so good. I hope it can deal well with the cold and lack of sunlight. Tomorrow is supposed to be 70 but thunderstorms, hail, and windy rain. I might have to bring him in again and save him from the shock!

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As always my sketchbook Sunday paintings are in time lapse but I do have a real-time lesson for this painting in Critique Club.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you had a chance to work in your sketchbook this Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

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Bubbly Betta Fish // Gouache on Canvas

Hi friends! Sorry this post is late, I uploaded it to YouTube yesterday for Sketchbook Sunday but was too busy yesterday to blog it. My son is getting ready to take is drivers licence test and needs more hours of practice to be eligible so we drove down to visit my parents and sister and her family. We had a great time but got home late and I could barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through my email.

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So better late than never right? This painting was a struggle. I almost tossed it in the fire pit about halfway through. But the awesome thing about almost giving up hope on a painting is the freedom in knowing “well, I can’t make it any worse!” and then you can relax and have fun. I hope this in enjoyable to watch and I hope it shows you that everyone struggles sometimes.

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Today I am using supplies from the March 2019 Smart Art Box. Occasionally they have extra boxes for sale here, Otherwise you can find the supplies below:

So the next time you are frustrated with a painting don’t be afraid to take a break and then go wild with it. After all, what’s the worse that can happen? Happy crafting!

Arteza Metallic Gouache and 60 Color Set Review

Hi friends! Recently the company who makes my current favorite gouache came out with a 12 color metallic gouache set and a new 60 color assortment that contains the 24 color I use on the regular, the 12 metallics and others!

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Arteza gouache is an affordable student grade gouache available is sets of 12, 24 and 60. FYI Affiliate links are used in this review. These can be purchased on Amazon or directly from the Arteza Website. *use coupon code FRUGAL10 to get 10% off your order on the Arteza website only.
Video Review

Pros:

  • Price
  • Pigment information and lightfast ratings on each color.
  • Smooth opaque colors
  • Saturated colors mix cleanly
  • Color selection is nice
  • No issues with cracking or adhesion
  • Workes well as a layer in mixed media
  • Perfect velvet matte finish

Cons:

  • No open stock colors

Here are the photos of the swatches I promised:

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Let’s looks at the 12 set of metallic colors. Amazon $23.99 or Arteza website $25.98 These colors are very opaque with a subtle pearl sheen. The color does not change when tipped towards or away from the light as metallic watercolors do so you can be sure your artwork will look the same no mater what angle it is viewed from or if it is behind glass. These colors are also true on light or dark paper so no surprises. They are great for rescuing a failed watercolor too! The downside is you don’t get the flashy shimmer like you do with metallic watercolors like the Paul Rubens metallic watercolors I compared in the video.

Bottom line: I have been using the original 24 set for a year and love it, it’s is very slow wearing so it really goes a long way. I hope they eventually come out with open stock colors so I can purchase larger tubes of the ones I run out of but since they give 2 whites in the sets it should keep me a while and I can always but that color from another brand and it will work fine. You can search arteza gouache on my YouTube channel and see these paints in action if you like. I can’t recommend them highly enough for the price and quality. I hope you found it helpful and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Paints & Skates!

Edited to add the finished painting from the livestream. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Take a break from Black Friday shopping and relax with a fun painting tutorial. We will paint some ice skates today filled with winter foliage! I am hoping this will inspire me to get my front porch decorated this weekend because I have an old wooden sled that I like to lean up on the stacked firewood on my porch and drape ice skates over. Let me know if you would like a Christmas decorating video and that might push me into decorating sooner LOL! Here is the practise sketch I did to prepare for todays video:

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We will have 2 ice skates in the live video, you can get the reference photo and traceable pattern in the supply list below. If you want to chat live be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET on YouTube today or as always you can catch the replay in the player below:)


I will be using supplies from Arteza today, they have 25 % off their shop today only with coupon code: BLACK25  *This video is not sponsored but I am using affiliate links so I earn a small commission if you purchase something with no additional cost to you, in fact if you use the coupon code BLACK25 you will save 25%! Thank you for your support!

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I hope you are having a nice start to your weekend! I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for a fun skate painting party! Happy crafting!

Watercolor on Kraft? Yes Please!

Hi friends! Today I have a two-fer of a technique for you, I am going to show you how I paint an ice cream cone. One with traditional watercolor technique on watercolor paper and also on kraft (toned tan) mixed media paper so you can see two ways to use your humble watercolors!

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Watch the video and feel free to follow along. This is a real-time beginner friendly tutorial and when you are done you have two greeting card size paintings to keep or share!

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Which version do you like better? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

5 Cards & 10 Fun Techniques with 1 Stamp Set!

Hi friends! Have you ever bought a stamp set and made one card with it and then never inked it again? Maybe I am the only one guilty of this but I know I feel better when I find many ways to use one supply. The other benefit is that you end up with a whole bunch of cards from one crafty play session so if one technique fails you still can feel good about what you made. I find that trying new things, even if they fail, spark new ideas!

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We will do the following techniques (in no particular order)

  1. Resist: Heat emboss resist
  2. Resist: Versamark on Glossy paper
  3. Rainbow Brayer technique
  4. Leftover ink brayer technique
  5. Coloring: White gouache on kraft paper plus colored pencil
  6. Coloring: Alcohol marker on cardstock
  7. Background Technique: Stamping with clear in and chalking
  8. Selective Glitter technique
  9. Background Technique: Using pigment powders
  10. DIY Domed paper dots

Here is the technique packed video!

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Here is a closer look at the cards:

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I hope you try some of these techniques the next time you are crafting. If you don’t have the exact supplies I used try the technique with the most similar product you have before buying new. There are so many products that can do double duty in our stash and trying them out is half the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More!

Hi Friends! I have decided to turn on my camera while I create for fun. During these sessions I listen to audio books or music and zone out in the creative process. I never know if the project will turn out well or not, I just enjoy the process. This painting took over an hour to create and it was a lot of fun just playing with products!

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I packed the video full of quick tips and techniques that you can apply to your next painting!

Supplies (Feel free to use what you have!)

*Affiliate links provided are to Consumer Crafts who sells vastly discounted art and craft products. They have fantastic prices on Darice and Crafters Companion products and many other brands too.

During this speed paint video I will talk about the process of creating this piece and how layers are built starting with a watercolor wash, adding metallic inks and layers of darker paint. The we build body with gouache and finally add detail with colored pencils. After the colored pencil layer is laid down you can adjust further with more watercolor if desired, just be aware that it will not stick fully to the pencil area. We will talk tips and techniques through this painting that took me more than 1 hour to create in real time. I hope you find these tips helpful in your next painting and til next time happy crafting!

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