Sketchbook Sunday: Blue Lotion Bottle

Heck yeah I’m fancy, I put my hand lotion in a chic glass bottle! LOL! Hi friends, in this weeks installment of sketchbook Sunday I am painting this pretty blue bottle I bought a few weeks ago to house hand lotion at my kitchen sink.

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I wish I bought a second one for hand soap because the dingy plastic dollar store soap bottle I keep refilling looks really out-of-place next to this beauty! Who knew a $4 glass bottle from Christmas Tree Shop would class up the joint so much haha:) I have to admit I probably got too much happiness from this little blue bottle but that was what I was inspired to paint in my sketchbook this morning and that is what our sketchbooks are for. Painting what WE want without input or judgement of anyone else. Challenge yourself, make mistakes, play and enjoy it. That’s what it’s for! Watch the video for a time-lapse demonstration of this blue bottle in cheap gouache.

I just realized that the entire set of paints I used and the bottle combined cost less than $25, talk about a cheap date! Art doesn’t have to be expensive, supplies don’t have to be precious and you’re not going to “use up” all of your good ideas. The fact is that creativity is contagious. The more you create the more good ideas you will have. So, have you started using that sketchbook yet? What are you waiting for?

Supplies:

  • Gouache (or acrylic)  *Colors used: Prussian Blue, Cerulean blue, rose-red, yellow ochre, titanium white ***These Arteza paints are super cheap (less than a $1 a tube and work great!)
  • Brushes: (Mimik faux kolinsky rounds #1, #8)
  • Sketchbook: (6″x9″ Fabriano Venezia)  *This sketchbook is my absolute fave! It is pricey but so wonderful to work with!
  • For my palette I used a ceramic plate from Dollar tree and to hold my paint I used a small 24 box organizer from Harbor Freight

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I wonder what I will be inspired to sketch next week… Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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LIVE: Vintage bottles with Wildflowers Today 12:30pm ET!

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

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Howdy friends! Are you ready to paint? We will have a fun and relaxed tutorial today using watercolors and soft (aka chalky) pastels. You can use whatever brands you have but I will include a supply list below. Here is a quick color study I sketched:

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Here is the reference photo. I have a printable pattern here if you want to print and trace it.

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

 

Supplies:

Also, don’t forget there is only 2 days left to save 35% on my watercolor classes with coupon code HOLIDAY17 (offer expires 1/1/18)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm today! Happy crafting!

 

Friday FUN! Let’s paint Live Loose Florals Today @12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished piece from the live broadcast. 😀

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Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a loose floral bouquet! Below is the practise painting I did before the live stream.

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We will have fun and let the paint do the work. I hope you will paint along. Please use whatever watercolor paint and paper you have on hand (even the kids supplies!) I will link the supplies I used below if you want to check them out. There was a great deal on the paints I used and I do earn a small commission when you shop through my affiliate links. 🙂 You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters live or ask me questions be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET.

Supplies:

  • Cotman Watercolors (Permanent Rose, Cad Yellow Pale Hue, Hookers Green Light, Turquoise, Burnt Umber) *This is a great deal on the set of 45 pans I have. I recommend you remove the 5 colores we are using and put them on a palette or plate so you don’t get confused with all of the other colors in the kit. 🙂 I used poster putty to stick them in my palette🙂
  • Watercolor Brushes (Royal & Langnickel Majestic)
  • Watercolor paper: Aquabee #140 100% cotton (my practise paper) and the live painting will be done on Arches 9″x12″ 140# CP

We will sketch together and paint from out imagination! (That’s what happens when my printer breaks and I have printed out a reference photo yet LOL!)

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Reminder, next week we will be on Daylight Saving Time so if you don’t turn your clocks back you will need to adjust for your time zone (we will be on at 12:30pm ET Daylight Saving Time which converts to 1:30pm ET standard 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’m Back With a Live Show Today! Let’s Paint Something for Fall & Learn New Stuff!

Update! Thanks so much for tuning in today! I think this was the best live show we have had in months! Here is the final painting from the lesson today:

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Hi friends! I am back this week feeling much more caught-up, in control and relaxed (ohmm) so let’s have some watercolor fun! I was playing with a technique that I want to share: Packing Tape Masking! I am not a huge fan of masking fluid especially for a large area. It takes long to dry, it’s stinky and it can be hard to remove. I thought about using clear contact paper to mask off a large area but I didn’t have any so I grabbed the next best thing, packing tape! I wanted to test it out to make sure it worked. I wanted to be sure it didn’t let paint leak under and would come off my paper cleanly. The best part is I can sketch right on my paper, slap the tape down and cut off the excess! Instant gratification and so versatile!

Tip: Choose a packing tape that is not super sticky or press it against your clothes a few times to remove some of the sticky. Only press the tape down on the edges to seal out the water but not the middle so it will be easier to remove later.

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I wanted to paint from the reference photo below sho I could show some wood graining techniques but I didn’t want it to look fussy around the leaves. I wanted to paint right over them. Using this method will allow that. We will sketch this picture together during the live stream.

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As always you can watch the live broadcast or the reply in the player below but if you want to chat live or ask me questions please tune in at 12:30pm ET on The YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

*** I might add in a white gel pen and pastel pencils so if you are curious about those supplies let me know!

During the live shows I am often asked “what are your favorite (insert art supply here) so I made a favorites list here you can check out.  I will add to it as I think of things, I’ve tried sooo many products but I am just sticking to the things I use a lot and would recommend first on that list. Also shopping from that list helps support my free tutorials so thank you:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm ET today and til next time happy crafting!

Summertime, and the Painting is Easy! Live Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from the live class today! Replay is available below:) Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Let’s paint a relaxing summer scene in watercolor today at 12:30pm Eastern time!  You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

Supplies:

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My Mix it Up! Mixed Media Class is on sale for $14.99 for digital download or $19.99 for a DVD! I still can’t believe they picked my class to be one of the DVD offerings!

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When you purchase a Craftsy class you have lifetime access so why not stock up while it’s on sale? You can take your time to complete it and return to it whenever (like in the doldrums of winter LOL!) I just snagged a couple of zippered bag classes because I think I might like to make some to organize my little supplies in drawers and in my car. It is fun to learn something new and if you can save a bunch, why not? Disclosure: I earn a small commission on any class purchased after clicking through my special discount links, your support helps keep these live streams and tutorials frequent and free. Thank you for your support ! See you soon for the live class and happy crafting!

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Easy Birthday Cupcake Watercolor Tutorial! {It’s my Birthday!}

Hi friends! Today I hit the big 4-1 and honestly I don’t feel bad about it! I feel so good in fact that I put my Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor class on sale for $41 this week! *If you click the link above it should show the discount but if not use the coupon code: BIRTHDAY41 to get the discount:) I think turning 40 was harder. Since 40 is a milestone birthday I think we put greater expectations on ourselves and set goals we should have reached by that age. Non milestone years is where it’s at folks. I thought it would be fun today to make a hand painted cupcake birthday card. You can paint this card in less time than it would take you to drive to the drugstore and buy one!

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Feel free to switch up the colors, add sprinkles and do whatever you like. It’s your cupcake after all! 🙂

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This is the reference photo I used, as you can see my painting is nothing like the reference but it did give me a subject to draw from and I could see where the shadows fell on the icing. A reference photo does not need to be copied exactly and often it is better if you don’t. Use it as a reference and go on from there with your own ideas. It’s your painting, have fun with it! And if it doesn’t work out try again, after all it’s only a piece of paper.  Watch the video and paint along, paint a few if you like, they are nice to have on hand and you can play with color choices too!

Please feel free to use whatever paint and paper you like for this project. I like to paint on watercolor cards for practice because they are cheaper than making my own from watercolor paper and they come with an envelope but you certainly can make your own card with the paper you have.

Supplies:

  • Surface: Strathmore watercolor card #140 CP
  • Watercolors (I am using M Graham but you can use any kind)  Colors: Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna, Cad Yellow medium, pthalo blue, Quin. Magenta
  • #10 round synthetic brush (Grumbacher) *If you want to use a smaller brush you can, use what is comfortable but a big brush that comes to a fine point is most useful:)

I hope you give this easy beginner project a try, and if you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor training please consider checking out my course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting on sale for $41 (Regular $79) this week only!

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Join hundreds of happy students who are building their skills and confidence with watercolor! See what some of them have to say:

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

Lindsay U R an amazing painter. I’m truly enjoying practicing these techniques. I’ve learned so much from this class. Watercoloring is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved detailing, so I know I’ll enjoy doing this iris..it’s just so pretty. -Kathleen Geisel

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

In this course I show you the essential techniques to make your paintings more powerful. You will learn to mix colors from a limited palette. We will also go over the tools and supplies and how to use them. You will complete these paintings in class.

I think the best feature of this class is that it teaches you how to paint, not just copy someone else. My goal is for my students, upon completing this course, is for them to paint whatever subject they wish because they will instinctively know how to mix colors, pick paper and paints and handle a brush well. If you have ever felt like you needed more guidance in learning how to watercolor please check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course today at 48% off! Enroll today for $41 (Regular price $79) and you have lifetime access so you can return to the class whenever you like! This offer Ends 7/18/17. Thank you so much for painting along with me today and til next time happy crafting!

 

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