LIVE! Still Life with Oranges in Gouache 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today we are going to do something a little different! We are playing with gouache on a dark surface! I am going to work on matboard but if you like you can paint a sheet of watercolor paper (even an old failed painting) with ink to get a dark surface. I’ll also be trying a new brand of gouache that is really inexpensive!


I want to work with gouache more because the techniques can be transferred to other opaque mediums like Acrylics or oils, so, if you want to paint along with those mediums you can! The live stream or replay can be watched in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


  • Gouache paint: Arteza
  • Black mat board
  • Brushes: Any firmer watercolor brushes or synthetic brushes used for acrylic will work. I like the Zen, Aqualon, Majestic of Fusion lines of Royal and Langnickel for Gouache or this soft grip set by them will have what you need.
  • White watercolor or pastel pencil for sketching *These generals pencils are high quality at a low price
  • Other: Bucket of water, paper towel, plate or plastic palette *You can keep any unused paint and re-wet it later!
  • Reference photo by Viacheslav on Paint my photo

ALSO….My shop is live!


Original watercolors for sale here! In addition to undertaking the arduous task of editing new videos and closed captioning older videos my husband has opened this shop on our website! I can’t explain what a difference it has been just in one week of having him on board! I hope you can join me for some live painting fun at 12:30pm ET!  Til then happy crafting!


LIVE! Field of Colorful Poppies 12:30pm ET

Edited to add the finished painting! Have a great weekend!


Howdy friends! I decided to take a break from winter this week and paint a riot of color inspired by this photo by Lina Angelov on Unsplash :lina-angelov-106534.jpg

Won’t you join me? We will sketch together so no pattern will be provided but I assure you this will be easy enough for a beginner. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


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I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today for a fun colorful and free painting lesson! Invite your friends and til then happy crafting!

LIVE! English Roses in Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET

EDIT: Here is the final painting from the Livestream today! Please note that there were some audio issues at the beginning of this video, we did swap microphones out and the audio improved. Oh the joy of live broadcasts LOL:)


Hi friends! I had a great couple of days off last week but I missed you during the live show so I am so excited to paint with you today! Earlier this week I was trying to paint an english rose with very packed petals. I was working in a small sketchbook with a waterbrush and a pocket set of watercolors.


I enjoyed the challenge of my quick sketch above but realized that to do the flower justice I needed a plan. I wanted to paint it larger on good paper using better brushes and paint and that is what we will do today!


You can watch the live tutorial or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.



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LIVE! Easter Lily in Watercolor & Tips for Painting White Flowers!

Edit: Here is the finishes painting from today’s live stream, have a great weekend and happy Easter!


Hi friends, today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube we will learn how to paint white flowers in watercolor! Here is a quick color study I did this morning, but don’t worry, our painting during the live stream should be more refined. 😀


I like to play with color in my journal before I attempt a live stream to warm up, I think we will have a lot of fun with this. You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with us be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern time today!

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Sorry to keep it short and sweet but I am running behind today! Hope to catch you live in a few minutes on YouTube, happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Yummy Dessert! LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Please join me for a fun painting tutorial today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube!12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! We will be painting thisHere is a traceable pattern.


Here is the reference photo:

You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions while we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.


Supplies (Amazon Affiliate Links Used)

  • Mission Gold Watercolors: I am using the Perfect Pan set of 24 because the palette is compact and fits on-screen, but this set of 36 is a better deal *BTW I just ordered this set and will review it soon! I also have and recommend the 24 pure pigment set before, I think it is the best value because you have all single pigment tubes (larger tubes than in the 36 set) and you can mix all of the colors in the 36 set from this set I believe. It is more expensive because you are getting more paint and it is a bit heavy on the red/pinks so it is better for flower/still life painters as opposed to landscape artists. You really can’t go wrong with any Mission Gold paints but a little goes a long way so just pick the set that meets your needs (you don’t need them all LOL!)
  • 140# Arches Watercolor paper CP I am working 9″x12″ size and I tear my paper down from large sheets. I just saw this pack of 10 22″x30″ sheets on Amazon for $27.99 and I have never seen this paper at low! *I buy full sheet watercolor paper, tear down a couple of sheets at a time and store the paper in the shipping box under my bed FYI:)
  • Brushes: For beginners I recommend Royal Majestic, this 5 peice set is a good assortment and cover most anything you want to paint. The bristles have more snap and hold less water which makes working with student grade paints easier as well, they are an excellent value! If you are more advanced I recommend the Mimik Synthetic Squirrel Watercolor Brushes as they hold a TON of water and paint and are a great deal!
  • White gel pen (Uniball Signo)

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Acrylic Painting Tutorial: Vase of Brushes

Hi friends! Today I have a project that can be done in acrylics, oils or gouache.


I think I might want to do this one in watercolor too, well the pot anyway, maybe with a cup of tea and a pastry! Let me know what you think about that in the comments but for now here is the video tutorial!


This was the first time I tried Aqyla paint. I have a viewer request a review of it and I will have one for you this weekend. I needed to try a few techniques and experiments with it before I gave my final opinion. The set of 18 colors they sent me sells for $46 and every tube contains the pigment number. It acts like an acrylic but is easier to blend. Technically it is an alkyd resin. You can find out more about Aqyla here. They also gave me a coupon code for my viewers to save 10%: thefrugalcrafter This is not a sponsored post but they did send me the paint for free for review purposes.

I am working on an 11″x14 canvas, my sketch was done in a watercolor pencil:) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you give it a try yourself! BTW there will be a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Paint with me LIVE at 12:30pm ET! Orange Snapdragons

Hi friends! Happy Friday! We will have a live painting tutorial for you today at 12:30pm Eastern Time today!


We are going to paint a lovely Snapdragon flower and I hope you can join us! If you want to chat along make sure to watch the broadcast on YouTube but you can also watch live or catch the reply in the player below:

Find the supplies I am using at sponsor Jerry’s Artarmama!

Mimik Brushes

Watercolor Paper

Reference photo by Barbara Swinton 

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I hope to see you live at 12:30pm for this fun tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!

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