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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Crafting with Easter Egg Dye!

Hi friends!  I bought this Easter egg dying kit a month ago with the best intentions of dying eggs with my kids but between the school play and their busy schedules we never got around to it. I knew if I saved the kit until next year I’d forget where I put it so I thought I would mix up the dyes and color some craft materials. My girls loved these bookmarks and they will last longer than an egg for sure.

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I liked the soft colors I was able to get on the ribbons. They have a vintage vibe too because of the crinkled seam binding and vintage art supply stamps. Watch the video to see how fun it is to work with egg dye! I bet you can pick up some of these kits on clearance right now too!

This tutorial is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps!  SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies: *may contain affiliate links

Directions:
1. Dissolve dye tablets in water.

2. Stamp images on manilla tags with waterproof ink and color with clear crayon if desired.

3. Dip tags and seam binding in dyes. Let dry.

4. Re-dip tags if a darker color is desired.

Tips:
1. Use less water or leave materials in the dye longer for stronger color.
2. Do not add vinegar as you would for eggs because the acid could damage paper over time.
3. Keep leftover dyes in spray bottles if desired for other craft projects that won’t need to be washed.

This project came out much nicer than I expected and I am glad I have some dyed and crinkled seam binding leftover for other projects. I just love the soft vintage feeling it gives a project especially in the pastel colors. I also love that you can get a 100 yard roll of white for about $12 and make tons of colors to suit your needs. When it doubt buy white as you can always alter it! Thanks for spending some of you day with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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!

 

I didn’t fall out of the canoe!

Hi Friends! I’m back from vacation! We had a wonderful time. It was the first time we ever took a week off as a family. We rented a cabin on a pond. It was tranquil and relaxing with lots of swimming, canoeing and just enjoying life! I made sure to bring some art supplies (you can see what I packed at the end of this post) so I could do some nature sketches because this vacation was all about downtime. I really needed to relax and I think my kids did too because we all had a great time and I did not hear “I’m bored” once! That say’s a lot because there was no internet or cell phone service there…I was surprised at how easily I could do without the internet…I just might become a recluse one of these days LOL! So, do you want to see what I painted? Have a look at the video:

Here are close ups of a few of my favorite vacation paintings:

This painting was done from the canoe, I really like how the rock turned out thanks to my credit-card scraper!

This painting was done from the canoe, I really like how the rock turned out thanks to my credit-card scraper!

This is a quick colored pencil sketch on blue paper of the view from our deck.

This is a quick colored pencil sketch on blue paper of the view from our deck.

A watercolor postcard painting of the view from our dock.

A watercolor postcard painting of the view from our dock.

Waterlily in pastel the day it bloomed.

Waterlily in pastel the day it bloomed.

Waterlilies in watercolor the day after the first waterlily painting, another one bloomed! The flowers only opened in the morning. I sat on the dock with my coffee and paints. My dog shook all over this painting after she went for a swim, I think she helped it LOL!

Waterlilies in watercolor the day after the first waterlily painting, another one bloomed! The flowers only opened in the morning. I sat on the dock with my coffee and paints. My dog shook all over this painting after she went for a swim, I think she helped it LOL!

I'm calling this the "moonlight paddle painting" because I painted it from the canoe in the middle of the pond.

I’m calling this the “moonlight paddle painting” because I painted it from the canoe in the middle of the pond.

And here is what I packed for creativity:

Thanks for keeping everything running while I was away. I was happy to see folks helping one another out with their crafty questions here, on facebook and on youtube. I really appreciate that! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

How to Draw Faces {Art Journal Tutorial}

Hi Friends! People seem to have a tough time drawing faces but it is quite easy if you know a few tricks. Here is a journal page I made yesterday:

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I constantly need to remind myself of that when I am obsessing over something that I did or said or was said to me. It is also a very useful quote when dealing with tween girl drama! Good ole’ Eleanor Roosevelt, keepin’ it real since 1884 LOL! Now on to the super easy face drawing tutorial:

I hope you try this, charcoal, conte’ crayon and pastel are great for this as you can smudge away any mistakes, You can use hairspray (the cheapest stuff is best like Aqua Net aerosol) to set the drawing before adding more media as well. Have fun with it. Faces are so expressive and art journaling is about expression so naturally they go hand in hand…or face as the case may be. I hope you enjoyed this bonus art journal project this week and til next time happy crafting!

Radiant Ruffles from Doilies!

Hello folks! I love to get white crafting products because the options for using them are endless! Look as what I made with white doilies from Papermart:

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All you need is a little ink and some 6″ paper doilies and you are ready to make this craft. In today’s video I will demonstrate the card but the basket is made in the same way, have a look:

Supplies for the card and tag: 6″ paper doilies, cardstock, dry adhesive, unstrung merchandise tags, baker’s twine, hot glue and homemade spray mists for dying the doilies, a Happy Mother’s Day stamp and purple inkpad. Tip! You can get Easter egg dye pellets right now from the dollar store, they make great spray ink or dip dye (just don’t add the vinegar like you would if dying eggs!) I also used a Darice honeycomb embossing folder and a white ink pad on the tag.

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Supplies for the basket: paper cup (for the base), paper doilies, twisted paper cord (handle) ric-rac, fabric flowers, hot glue (I adhered all of the ruffles with hot glue, the project took 15 minutes not counting dying the doilies (I had a bunch left over from the card project.)

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I planned on the basket being a “May Basket” but it is so darn cute, quick and easy you could whip up a bunch of these as Easter favors too! Or change the colors for any occasion! I hope you try these fun projects or adapt the ideas for your own unique creations! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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