Pen & Ink with Watercolor Wash LIVE Today @ 12:30pm ET

Hi friends!  I really think you are going to enjoys today’s free live tutorial! Here is the practise piece I worked up this morning:

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All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolors and any watercolor paper that is not too rough. Since the pen drawing takes care of most of the detail we can simply splash on some paint using non aggressive techniques so cheap paper will be fine. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm eastern time (New York time.) I recommend if you want to paint along that you download the pattern below and have it drawing in ink on your paper prior to the live stream. I spent an hour drawing the final sketch on my “good” watercolor paper last night so plan on taking that long to draw or about 20 minutes to trace before painting.

Supplies: *affiliate links used

BTW my friend and fellow YouTuber Angela Fehr is hosting a 6 week course called Watercolor Mastery for intermediate to advanced painters and she is offering $50 off with coupon code FIRSTIN  *this is an affiliate link, if you purchase through this link I earn a commission at no additional cost to you:) Class runs 6 weeks and starts on April 16. The coupon code FIRSTIN is only good through 4/16/18 when class begins. The class runs 6 weeks but you will have lifetime access to the class materials. Angela is a wonderful teacher and a kind and encouraging person and I hope you check her out!

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That’s all for right now! I hope to see you live at 12:30 for a fun watercolor lesson! Till then happy crafting!

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Sketching Desserts and New Supplies! {Inktober}

Hi friends! After falling off the Inktober bandwagon I finally did a sketch!

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Watch the video to see the process!

This was my take on yesterday’s #inktober2017 prompt “Juicy” and I had fun rendering this sweet treat in inks. I began drawing with india ink in my fountain pen and coloring with inks. I did use some watercolor to expand my colors. They both worked fine so use what you have. Supplies below.

  • Fountain pen safe india ink: (this is the exact ink I use, I can’t believe I found it!)
  • Fountain pen: Jane Davenort Inkredible pen, load the cartridge with fountain pen safe india ink as the inks that come with the pen are not waterproof)  *note, this is the old style pen, you can get the white and gold one from janedavenport.com
  • Bleed proof white opaque watercolor (I love this thinned with water for gauzy colors with ink of for sharp opaque highlights used straight from the bottle)
  • This is the watercolor paper I did my swatch on
  • And the art journal I worked in
  • First edition mermaid markers (from comparison at end of video)
  • All of the new Jane davenport products are available on her website (watercolors, inkcredible inks, new style pen etc)  *And will be in Michael’s stores across us and Canada after November 10th
  • Reference photo

I snapped a photo of the mermaid marker in comparison. The colors are not perfect matches but some will do in a pinch. I have not run out of any ink in my mermaid markers yet but I have refilled my Beinfang Watercolor brush pens with these liquid watercolors and they worked perfectly (you can even mix these colors to get just the right shade) so that is another option.

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If you want to see more of the new Jane Davenport products that will be out next month you can see my unboxings on my YouTube channel. The first box contained the inks I used today and more art journal/papercrafting stuff and the second box was more of the mixed media product stuff. I plan on doing a review of the new art media stuff so you can see what would add value to your stash and what just duplicates what you already have (and I think that this will be different for different people.) Let me know in the comments if there is anything in particular you would like to see me use first. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I need a cupcake…..

Howdy friends! Well, if today isn’t a Monday I don’t know what is! I got the kids off to school and hubby off to work then I went to walk the dog and promptly locked myself out of the house. Every door was locked. I knew it as soon as I heard the click. I did not even have a cell phone with me.  I had to stack up lawn chars to climb in a window which luckily by some divine luck was not locked.I am inside now none the worse for wear, obviously or I would not be blogging. It is definitely the kind of day where I could use a cupcake.

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I made this journal page the other day when I was feeling rather blah, I needed some fun, whimsical, bright color art therapy and this page fit the bill. Watch the video to see how it was made:

I used supplies from Oriental Trading Company on this Art journal Page. If you shop there please thank them for their support and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay The Frugal Crafter sent you!

Well, I better get back to work. The house is in desperate need of a deep clean and I have the grand idea to re arrange the living room. Wish me luck. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How To Refill your Micron and Pitt Pens!

I have a super easy tutorial that will save you some cash today! I’ll show you how to refill your waterproof Micron and Pitt artists pens with India ink in today’s video:

Easy huh? Who says these pens have to be disposable? I have another quick tip for you. If you have the skinny Pitt brush pens and the nib gets dull and frayed you can pull it out with a pair of tweezers and put it in backwards, there is a fresh tip on the other end of the nib! Cool huh? Have a great weekend and as always happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Paint Pouring & Stamping Gear!

Howdy folks. I have a simple art journal page for you today with lots of fun tips and tricks:

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I had a request to do some paint pouring and I will show you my no-waste method and share one of my neglected tools, the Stamping Gear, I also have a tip for keeping those pesky pages from curling, have a look:

I hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial and I will have another art journal tutorial for you tomorrow! It’s a mixed Media Weekend here at the frugal crafter! If you create something please share it over on the facebook page so we can all ohhhh and ahhh over it! Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for Supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, Bombay India Inks and Micron Pens I used in today’s tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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