15 Cheap or FREE Watercolor Hacks!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share 15 cheap supply tips you can use today in your watercolor painting projects! You have probably seen me use some of these before but if you are new it can be handy to have them all in one place! Please share this video with other new watercolorists out there, remember, sharing is caring!

 

15 Watercolor Supply Hacks!

1. Free spill proof water buckets: Use Tofu or mushroom packaging as water containers. They are free, won’t tip over and the ridges on the bottom and sides with gently clean pigment from your brush!

2. *Bonus tip: Use single or dual pet food bowls from the dollar store for a truly non spill water bucket for children!

3. Need a place to keep your paint? Recycle an old eyeshadow compact or pill-box for a portable palette!

4. Credit card scraper: Cut up an old credit card or plastic gift card and use it to scrape, scratch or squeegee your paint around when making rocks, trees and grasses.

5. Rubber band brush: Bundle a bunch of rubber bands together for a funky brush to paint foliage with!

6. Cut up kitchen sponge: A cut up kitchen sponge and be used to tap on trees or bushes or stamp on bricks and rocks. You can even keep a small piece of sponge in your paint palette to wipe you brush on.

7. Also while you are in the kitchen plastic wrap makes a cool texture when left to dry in watercolor and…

8. …salt in a watercolor wash looks cool too!

9. Toothbrush splatter tool: Why buy a pricey spatter tool when you can get better results from an old toothbrush, just load it up with paint and drag your finger or a craft stick across the bristles. Use wetter paint for bigger spatters and dryer one for tiny specks.

10. Rubbing alcohol makes cool bubble like effects in a wet wash

11.Less Sticky masking tape: Taping down your paper is a good practice to keep it from bucking as you paint. The low tack or artist tape is pricey so buy your tape at the dollar store and stick it to your clothing before your paper. The tip will pick up lint from your clothes so it will be less sticky and won’t rip your precious watercolor paper. Bonus side effect: lint free clothes!

12. DIY Watercolor block: Watercolor blocks are great because you don’t need to tape down your paper but that convenience comes at a price. You can make your own buy cutting your paper to size along with a sheet of cardboard and gluing the edges. I have a tutorial here.

13. Keep the whites with wax! Use a clear or white crayon, candle or hunk of canning wax to preserve white areas of your painting, just apply it to your dry watercolor paper in areas you want to be white before you begin painting. *Note, you do not need to remove the wax from the paper, it’s fine:)

14. Masking fluid dish soap trick: Make sure you don’t ruin your brushes when you use masking fluid, first coat your brush with dish soap or bar soap and then apply as usual. *It’s a good idea to mark that brush as a masking fluid only brush too.

15. Keeping your supplies identified: If you travel to class with your supplies you will want to make sure you don’t lose them or go home with someone else. Here are some ideas for marking them: 1. Stick on one of the free return address labels that you get in the mail, 2 use nail polish on the ends of your brushes 3 find a pretty washi tape and mark all of your tools with that but be sure you go over it with clear tape so it stays.

A lot of people on YouTube asked me where I got my martini tape despncer, I bought mine at the dollar tree over a year ago but you can also find it on Amazon.

Save 30% on any class in my online school with coupon code: 15HACKS

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OR try my new Watercolor Floral Workshop course for 50% off through 6/30/18  *Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if discount doesn’t appear automatically.

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Playing with Watercolor Texture & Irricdecent Mediums & 50% Off Gift Certificates!

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

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Howdy folks! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We traveled down to my sister’s house and had diner with her family and my parents. It was a lovely day:) Today I thought I’d play with some watercolor mediums during the live show at 12:30pm Eastern Time. Truth be told I don’t often use mediums in any of my paintings but I came across a bottle of Winsor and Newton Texture and Iridescent mediums when I was cleaning and thought I’d give them a try.

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The texture medium is really blah until it dries and then if offers a rough gritty texture that would be great for sand or rocks or the mottled furry skin on the seals we are going to paint. The iridescent medium adds a shimmer to your paint which would be beautiful for holiday greeting cards. I do want to point out that once you frame your piece under glass you lose some of the effect of the iridescent medium so I like it best for hand painted cards and art journal work where there is no barrier between the art and the viewer. These mediums have been available for years yet I am surprised at the lack of education around them so let’s change that shall we? You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page. With this being a holiday in the US I wonder if we will have a bigger crowd than usual? Go ahead and invite your friends:)  I am sure many people will be ready to sit back and relax especially if they spent the night black friday shopping!

Supplies:

How about a Black Friday Deal?

I am offering a huge 50% discount on my watercolor classes! You have to go big for Black Friday right? That’s not all, if you want to gift a class you can do so at the same price! I realize that many of you have enrolled in my classes and every day I get comments and emails saying how much value they have received from my instruction and how much their paintings have improved since taking my classes.  Comments like these:

Hello Lindsay, Thanks for a wonderful class. Wow, it is packed with so much information, and such fun to follow you! I am 74 and still enjoy learning. You are an awesome teacher!! -Linda Pasmore

Thanks for the tutorial. I am glad that it is in more depth than the YouTube videos, although I love them as well. I am brand new to both painting and drawing so even the iris was a challenge. When I started watching your YouTube videos I found that I had some watercolor supplies I had purchased about 15 years ago and never had the nerve to try. Thanks for giving me the idea that it is possible for me to learn to paint! -Helanna Andres

How to hold the brush is the best information you could have imparted! loving all these videos; can’t wait to start painting the iris. -Judith Taylor

Hey Lindsay, I had so much fun with this tutorial and learnt so many techniques – thank you! -Marianna Panopoulos

This is a great overview on color. I really appreciate the way you explained it. I never knew the difference between warm colors and cool colors and how they work together (or not) when you mix them to create new colors. Thanks for the encouragement on playing with colors. It’s so much fun. -Stephanie Youngerman

Love this lesson. Very detailed skills tips and skills provided. -Eloise Luyk

So here is the special offer! You can take a class of give a gift for 50% off! Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to get 50% off any class, or, if you want to purchase gift certificates you can get each class gift certificate for $39 (regularly $79.) The gift certificates are good for any class I offer in my online school. To order gift certificates simply email me at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and type Gift Certificate in the subject line. Let me know how many you want to order and I will send you an invoice via paypal. After I receive payment I will email you the gift certificates. You can even buy them for yourself and get a deal on future classes! *If giving a class to a beginner I recommend Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor painting. It is my everything you need to get started jumpstart course. Please allow up to 24 hours for me to process your gift certificate request as I enter them manually into my system.

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Of course buying a class is even simpler! I’ve added the discount codes right here in the links for Essential Tool and Techniques for Watercolor or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl. 

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If you happened to buy a class at full price already this week (11/17/17-11/24/17) let me know and I will send you a gift certificate for free. Just drop me a line and I will look up your info. I know I hate it when I buy something and then it goes on sale the next day and I like to treat my peeps the way I’d like to be treated:)

I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET for a live painting tutorial, til then happy crafting!

 

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