DIY Inktense Palette & My First Facebook Live with Demo and Q&A

Hi friends! I tried out Facebook live yesterday and did a live demo of a watering can with flowers in a loose style. I painted it with Inktense blocks but you can use watercolors.

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I know not everyone is on Facebook (especially These days!) but it is much easier for me to see your questions during a live stream so I might pop in once a month and do a live Q&A kinda like the old “Ask a Crafter” videos I used to do so if you are interested in that be sure to like and follow by Frugal Crafter Community Facebook page. To make sure you don’t miss a live event click like, then follow and click see first. I plan on posting the replay on my blog here but if you want to interact live you will need to follow on Facebook.

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Here is the video from yesterday:

Here is a video showing how I made the palette:

I had a full set of inktense blocks and pencils as well as a small set of 12 that a sweet viewer had sent me years ago when I was unsure if I wanted to get the full set. I like them enough to buy the set of 72 but having doubles I felt silly investing in another duplicate product just because it was a different format. Plus I couldn’t even find the Inktense pan set to purchase. Honestly I use the pencils more than the blocks anyway so I figured I could sacrifice some of the blocks to go in the palette and as an extra bonus all of my loose blocks fit in my large Inkense block tin so less storage space!

So you are probably wondering how these differ from watercolors? Well, to be honest I prefer watercolors. I find Inktense to be vibrant but yet it’s chalky and I find this chalky quality more in the block than in the pencil although they are purportedly the same thing. The big attribute to inktense is that after you paint with it on paper (and it dries completely) it bonds permanently with the paper so you can layer over it without if reactivating. That’s a boon to mixed media artists who want to keep working on a project without disturbing the layers underneath. You can use watercolor over inktense as it won’t repel the media because it dries matte. My top recommendation for the inktense line will always be the pencils but knowing how you like to use media can help you choose the right thing for you. I hope you enjoyed this craft hack and live rebroadcast. If you would like to catch my next live endeavor I will be doing a guest live stream on the LAVA soap facebook page at 2pm ET today where I will show you how to make your own Acrylic pouring medium and we will do an acrylic pour. The stream will last about 15 minutes. I’m a bit nervous so wish me luck! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

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LIVE @ 12:30pm ET 4 Color Watercolor Landscape {Beginner Friendly} Tutorial!

Hi friends! Join me at 12:30pm today for a fun live paint along! We will paint a colorful landscape using only 4 colors so we can do some mixing too! Here is the quick thumbnail and color workup I prepared. Don’t worry, the final painting will be more polished and detailed but a thumbnail helps work out colors and composition before you embark on a painting. You should give it a try (it is fun and low pressure too!)

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You can watch the live stream of replay in the player below but if you want to chat live during the stream be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

I hope you see you like at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube! Til then happy crafting!

Paint a snowy mountain landscape with me LIVE at 12:30pm ET today!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from Today’s live stream. Have a great weekend!

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Hi folks! Very soon we will be painting live on YouTube! Here is a color study I did to prepare.

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You can catch the live stream or the replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live please watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be found at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Supplies:
9″x12″ Arches watercolor paper Cold Pressed or Rough (Block on sale for $24.28 reg. price $54!)

Watercolor paint: Turner *colors: Turquoise, Ultramarine, Pthalo Blue, Quin Rose (or any cool red) Burnt sienna, Yellow Ochre

Other: Pencil, paper towel, 2 waterbuckets, tape and a board if you are not using a block of paper

Reference photo by Sandie Bell on Paint my Photo

I hope you can paint with me live at 12:30pm ET today! Til then happy crafting!

LIVE! Sunflower in Watercolor Painting Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube we will paint sunflowers!

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You can watch the live show or the replay below but if you want to chat live and ask questions make sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be found at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

I hope to see you shortly on YouTube and til then happy crafting!

 

Free LIVE Watercolor Class: Seashells 12:30pm ET today!

Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time on YouTube we will be painting these lovely seashells with 4 colors or watercolor paint!

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Edit: The seashells only took a half hour so we also painted this during the live stream:

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We with a waterproof pen and then apply washes. This is a fun, casual approach that combines loose sketching and a gradual build up of washes. You can use these technique to sketch and paint anytime and anywhere.

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and interact with me and Sarah make sure to tune in today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on the YouTube watch page so you can chat with the community or ask me questions as we go!

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

  • Cotman Watercolors Or use what ever brand you prefer (Seashells: alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine blue and Burnt sienna) (Leaf: Cad red, Cad yellow, Sap green, Ultramarine blue)
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper (the best “cheap” paper I have found *the 11″x14″ 50 or 100 sheet pads are a great buy and is what I made my landscape watercolor block from, I cut each sheet into 3rds 4 1/2″ish x11″ pieces)
  • Brushes-Mimik (#3, #8 round)
  • Black waterproof pen (sharpie, micron, pitt pen-your choise!)

This weeks Craftsy Class pick: New! Get Started Watercoloring Fresh Florals by Kristy Rice on sale for $19.99! This lady is so upbeat, encouraging and inspiring. I know you will love her, I have been watching her class and her love of painting just shines though the screen. It is a beginner level class so I recommend it to anyone who wants a back to basics class or wants to loosen up in their technique.

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Or check out this week’s other Craftsy painting classes on sale.

*Note, I receive a small commission on any classes you buy ANY classes via my link at Craftsy, it helps keep my tutorials free on my YouTube channel and I thank you for your support! I hope you have an awesome weekend and I hope you pop back tomorrow on the blog because I have an awesome free coloring class for stampers using alcohol markers and colored pencils! You won’t want to miss it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE Watercolor Lesson by Request!

Hi friends! We will be live again today at 12:30 pm ET for a free watercolor lesson! I asked you what you wanted me to paint in the live show last week and it was a landslide vote for the magnolias (that I did in the short video last week) in watercolors.

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You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with us live be sure to watch from the YouTube watch page.

Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Supplies:
Turner watercolors

Watercolor Pencils

140# watercolor paper

Mimik Kolinsky brushes

Water, paper towels

Reference Photo by Eloise Mace from Paint My Photo

I am using a more professional set up today, it should make the video sharper and clearer then ever before, Wish me luck and happy crafting!

PS if you have a request for what medium I should use next week leave it in the comments below!

Glass Bottles In Watercolor {LIVE Fridays!}

Hi friends! I will be hosting another live class on YouTube this Friday at 12:30 ET, this time we will paint this in watercolor!

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Here is a pattern you can use if you don’t want to draw it:

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You can get the reference photo by Anika Makay at Paint my Photo. You will be able to watch the show live, or the replay in the video player below BUT if you want to join the party you can take part in the live chat on the YouTube watch page. You can also ask questions ahead of time if you have some but can’t make it live.

Here is a full supply list:

Tip! If you plan to paint along live be sure to have your pattern transferred and your workspace set up before the show (12:30pm ET 11/13/15) but don’t worry, you can always watch the replay as many times as you need:) I am so excited to paint with you Friday! Happy crafting!

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