Mixed Media Fun LIVE 12:30pm ET & Privacy Policy Updates!

Hi friends! I was doing to cleaning and reorganizing in the basement this week as it is finally getting warm enough down there to work more in my basement art area. One of the things I enjoyed about working in my tiny (but heated, yay!) office this winter was that I put a small shelf next to my desk to hold a full set of watercolor pencils, colored pencils, marker and pastels. I found I used these supplies so much simply because they were easy to get to. On the other hand in my larger section on my unfinished basement where I have space and tons of supplies these items rarely got used because I didn’t like to bother getting the tins off the shelf and I didn’t like the real estate the open tins occupied on my table. So I dug around in my “empty storage” storage (yes, since I decluttered most of my storage space is filled with boxes of empty boxes…I wonder if I am a container hoarder now, hmm…) and I found some clear acrylic gift shop displays a friend gave me a few years ago. I also moved my pastel drawers to my table.

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The pastel drawers had some pastels in them but also gelatos, shallow stamps and some other odds and ends. I put the gelatos in the clear racks with a variety of other supplies I wanted handy. I put watercolor, pastels, specialty and standard colored pencils in the other rack and I unboxed some very precious soft pastels to go in the pastel drawers. I was able to clear out a cubby behind my desk and I put my pan pastel sets there because I really want to use them more so I need to make them easy to grab when I think of it because with me if I can simplify my process I will get more done and use more supplies. I am not done setting up my “within reach area” but I plan on filming a tour of it when I am done if anyone is interested, you can let me know in the comments below:)

I posted that photo on instagram the other day and many people asked me where I found the clear organizer and pastel drawers so I have some options below (may contain affiliate links)

  • Pastel Drawers: I bought mine years ago from Art Supply Warehouse which is owned by the same company as Jerry’s Artarama but you can also find the 3 drawer ones like I have on Amazon for $24.47 with good reviews. *other sizes available
  • Clear Acrylic storage with risers: The closest thing I can find are nail polish storage displays. Different sizes are available and some have dividers on each level and some don’t. Also check sizes before you buy as some are large and some are tiny and come with up to 7 risers. Measure your space before you order.
  • The spinning cubbies are from Harbor Freight. I have tried to move this off my table but it is so convenient to have andy and I reach for something in this spinning organizer every time I work. I saw this spinning organizer for $14.99 in Amazon and it will accommodate some taller items too, there is alos and extra $2 off coupon! You can also find a metal one like I have on Amazon but I think it is overpriced. I think the one I got in store at Harbor Freight was under $20. Also if you go to harbor freight I recommend their magnetic tool strips, I keep all of my scissors and oft used tools on that on the edge on a shelf behind me and I no longer lose my scissors!

Since I have all of this crafty goodness on my table I plan on doing some mixed media today! I am not totally sure what I am going to end up using but I will either update this post later or create a new one with all the supplies I used. I am thinking I might use one of my cradled wood panels, matte acrylics, stencils and pastels but don’t hold me to anything! You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you chat live with fellow painters be sure to watch on YouTube!

I did see this pretty metal bucket of flowers that I think I want to use as inspiration tho, again no promises:)

One more thing!

With all of the talk about GDPR privacy compliance going on in the EU I thought it would be a good time to have a refresher on how my blog, school and website uses your information. I want to assure you that I only use info you provide for the intent you gave me. For instance if you comment on my blog you have created an account with WordPress to do so (you can see the WordPress privacy policy here) and I can see your email address in my blogs back-end. The only time I would use your email address is to notify you if you entered and won a giveaway on my blog and I would “CC” that email to the giveaway provider, for instance the marker company who was mailing you the prize so you could give them your mailing address to have your prize shipped. I never add people to mailing lists or share your information other than if you won a prize from a sponsor and they need to contact you to ship you a prize. The only instance that I would use your email is if you asked me a question in a comment and I felt it would be better to respond privately via email instead of in a public forum. If you are receiving an email when I create a blog post you have signed up to follow my blog. You can unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email or you can switch to a weekly digest if you prefer. You can always manage your subscription if you look in the upper left hand corner of my blog (on a computer) or scroll down on your phone/mobile device and look for “Email Subscription”. I want you in charge of what stuff you get from me:) The other mailing list I have is my monthly newsletter and if you receive that you at one time opted in. If you would like to join it or unsubscribe you can do that here, or it is right under the email subscription box on my blog. As always there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of any email you get from me. I always strive to do right by my peeps and if you have any questions about how your info is used on any of my websites you can find out more here for my blog, here for my school and here for my shop. I hope over the years I have earned your trust on these matters but it is always a good idea to do a privacy checkup with any websites you use regularly.

Enough of that boring but important stuff! I have materials to play with to get ready for today’s live stream, see you at 12:30pm ET! Happy crafting!

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Ever After Winner & 20% Off Coupon!

Hi friends! Yippee, today I get to draw a winner for a spot in the multi instructor fairy tale themed art extravaganza Ever After! And the winner is Penny who wrote:

Hi – I would love the opportunity to be part of the ever after 2018 group as I started painting end of last year and I can learn so much from the classes! I am holding thumbs!

Congrats and enjoy the class when it opens on July First! I am sorry to those that didn’t win a spot but I do have a treat, a 20% off coupon code for Ever After 2018. Use coupon code MAGIC2018 to get 20% off through July 5th 2018!

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This is going to be an awesome class with 15 talented mixed media art instructors! I can’t wait to teach you and see what the other teachers have in store! If you have a sense of fun and whimsy you are going to love EverAfter 2018!

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They are offering several options for students wanting to take this class, they have just the fairytale class option, or the fairy tale plus style development classes and they have money-saving bundles that include previous years Ever After classes as well. Don’t forget to use the 20% off coupon code MAGIC2018 if you sign up! Please visit the EverAfter 2018 page for more information or to enroll!

Programming note: We will have our weekly live stream tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm ET! 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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Sketchbook Sunday: When at first you don’t succeed keep adding more media!

Hi friends! Today’s sketch was an exercise in frustration at times but once you have a hot mess on your hands it can only get better, right? You wouldn’t believe how bad it got before I ended up with this result I was happy with.

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Honestly, I kinda like it when a painting hits rock bottom because there is no place to go but up and the pressure is off. As Janice Joplin one said “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” Watch today’s video where I demonstrate working through the disaster in my sketchbook and prove that there is no need to worry because it’s only a piece of paper!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

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Hey! Want to own a piece of my original artwork? View the current connection here available through the end of the month! I feel like such a dingbat not to mention it until the month is nearly over. Well, if today’s video proves anything it’s that nobody’s perfect and that’s just fine. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed today’s Sketchbook Sunday, artist pep talk and cautionary tale and I hope it helps take away any pressure you might feel to make something perfect when you work in your sketchbook. Remember it’s only a piece of paper and you deserve to use it. Till next time happy crafting!

 

Daydream Art Journal page (from a failed Inktober sketch)

Hi friends! This started out as a messy inkblot from a failed sketch but after a opened up my journal a picture appeared!

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BTW I did post a whopping 2 videos on my YouTube channel today, my regular inktober and a Konmari VLOG if you want something extra:) But here is the process of how I turned a rorschach looking inkblot into an art journal spread.

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This was a fun, learn as you go project. That’s why I narrated it after the fact. I hope you try some of these techniques to rescue a page too! Happy crafting!

I hope to have a live show tonight, but for now a mermaid…

Hi friends! I am writing this post on Tuesday night, my van is packed with camping gear and I am about to head into the wilderness with a spirited group of 46 8th grade students. I am excited to chaperone this school trip but I am not a camper. I will get back in town late Friday afternoon and depending on what shape I am in I’d like to do the weekly live show at 7pm. If you are subscribed to me on YouTube and you clicked the bell icon you will get notified when and if I go live 🙂 I didn’t want to leave you hanging incase I am totally beat after this trip so I prepared a little mixed media painting in my art journal for you:

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Providing I scheduled everything right you should be able to watch it in the player below, if not, wait and hour and try again (incase I messed up the times LOL!) Also, warning, this is a time-lapse, I know some people don’t like them but it was the best vehicle for this project. I hope you enjoy it!

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You know the drill, use what you have. Mixed media is the “wild west” of painting! Be a rebel, splash on some ink, break the rules and have a blast! The main reason the video was not live narrated is because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next! Relax, let go and create with abandon! Giddyup!

Before I go!!!

There is just 2 days to get 50% off my new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl! Learn the techniques to paint birds successfully and these techniques will cross over to your other paintings. Use coupon FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up.

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Learn more here or enroll today! Offer good through 10/1/17

Wish me luck on the camping trip and hopefully I’ll see you live on YouTube tonight! Til then happy crafting!

Heat Embossing on Wood!

Hi friends! Today’s technique is a fun and useful one that can be used to make embellishments, gift tags or even Christmas ornaments!

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We are going to emboss on wood!Are you ready to get inky? Than watch today’s video!

Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order! They also have free USA Shipping over $50!

Supplies:

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Tips!

  1. If you have leftover paint, brush it over cardstock to make matching decorative paper!
  2. Make an envelope first from 12″x12″ scrapbook paper and use the scraps to die cut embellishments.
  3. Make a batch: It only takes a little more time to make multiple cards while your supplies are all out. As a bonus you’ll have less to file away when you are done. Use up those scraps now because they may never get used if you file them away. (At least that is the case in my experience.)
  4. Be careful when heat embossing your small wood tiles so you don’t burn your hands off.
  5. If mailing these thick cards place them (envelope and all) in a bubble mailer to prevent snags in post office machinery.

I hope you give this project a try, and til next time happy crafting!

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