Watercolor Gourds REAL Time Tutorial!

Hi friends! Are you ready for a long watercolor painting lesson? Let’s paint gourds!

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You only need 4 colors: A warm red (cad red, scarlet, vermilion) a warm yellow (cad yellow, new gamboge, indian yellow) prussian blue and sap green.  Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Video!

I am using Neo watercolors from Kusakabe, use the coupon code thefrugalcrafter if you want to order any to save 10%. As I mentioned in the video I would recommend just buying the colors you would use (check for tried and true pigments) rather than the sets.

Bottom line the Neo watercolors are OK but honestly I think you can get more for your money getting the Holbein watercolors on Amazon or the Turner watercolors at Jerrys. Both are a higher quality paint at a lower price. Now, don’t get me wrong, painting with these watercolors was fine. I am concerned with a few of the pigments in them (PY1, BV10, PR83) and some tubes of paints say “not listed” under pigment info, I don’t think that is acceptable when you are buying artist quality paint.

I wanted to love these watercolor because I love their Aqyla line of water mixable alkyd paints and found them a great value using lightfast and tried and true pigments but the watercolor did not deliver in my opinion.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video but I did receive the paint for free for review purposes.

I hope you try painting gourds and pumpkins using whatever watercolors you have and til next time happy crafting!

Wicked Easy Halloween Trick-o-Treat Bags!

Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!

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If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.

Video!

Supplies:
Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored Pencils
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)

Directions:
1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.

Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!

A Ninja, a Fairy and a Princess…

Those were the Halloween costumes last year. Actually the princess was supposed to be “the Good Witch” form Wizard of OZ but I was only informed of this change of costume a day before Halloween so a princess costume would have to suffice 😉

 

I used stamps from Pink Persimmon on this layout. I colored the Vintage Pumpkins with markers and perched them on a ledge made with the Singing Birds mat stamp and added the word Halloween with the small Carnival alpha. Here is a look at the stamps I used:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Marker Tips!

Happy Sunday folks! I was over at the Creative Belli Challenge blog the other day and they issued a challenge to use water-based markers in a design, I have lots of these that I have forgotten about since discovering Bic mark-its so I thought it would be a good time to show them some love:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

I made this card with a die cut from Creative Cuts and More and new Halloween stamps from the rubber cafe called Pumpkin Face Mix and Match, take a look at this set:

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Yep they are clear! you can mix and match the faces for tons of variety and they are high quality clear meaning they stick well to the acrylic block and they hold the ink well! BTW I made the “magic Mesh” by swiping orange acrylic paint over drywall mesh I found at the hardware store. If you stick, creative cuts and more it to cardstock first you will have fun pattern paper after to peel up the mesh!

Watercolor marker tips:

1 Use waterproof ink to stamp your image or use pigment ink and emboss it in clear before you used the markers to prevent ink smears.

2. Work quickly: I colored the pumpkins yellow, added some light orange shading then dark orange around the edges.

3. My favorite way to use waterbased markers id to color on the rubber and stamp. A great way to may your stamp collection more versatile without buying more ink-pads! I used that technique on this project.

Thanks all for today, have a great Sunday and till next time Happy Crafting!

Dragonflies, Witches and Freebies, Oh My!

What a week folks! Despite my crazy summer I managed to have some new designs in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop this week! First we have the Elegant Dragonfly and Dragonfly Swirl images:

Digital Stamps: (dragonflies and swirl border)Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Pattern Cardstock: DCWV (Rock Star Stack) Rubbewr stamp: The Rubber Cafe (flueradidy), Inque Boutique (Special Friend saying), other: Hot glue drops

Digital Stamps: (dragonflies and swirl border)Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Pattern Cardstock: DCWV (Rock Star Stack) Rubbewr stamp: The Rubber Cafe (flueradidy), Inque Boutique (Special Friend saying), other: Hot glue drops

I used the sketch from 2sketches4you on this one (below).  The focal image is your freebie of the week but you have to find it on one of my Design team Members blogs, who will have it this week? Better hurry cuz it is only free for a week, after that it goes into the shop 😉

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper co.,Pattern Paper: K&Co., Die Cut: Cricut, Epoxy Stickers: Dollar Tree, Rubber Stamp "hi" Studio G

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper co.,Pattern Paper: K&Co., Die Cut: Cricut, Epoxy Stickers: Dollar Tree, Rubber Stamp "hi" Studio G

I’ve had Halloween on the brain and thanks to the suggestion of one of my lovely customers (thanks Ellen!) I have A Cute Witch, some Spooky Pumpkins and Harry the Spider in the shop for your stamping pleasure! Take a look:

A cute witch, only $1 in the shop!

A cute witch, only $1 in the shop!

These too are only a buck!

These too are only a buck!

yep, only a dollar!

yep, only a dollar!

OK, OK I know why you really visit me on Thursdays, for the freebie of course! Check out the wonderful projects from my uber-talented Design team and snag your free stamp!

Diana Stout (August Guest DT)

Katt

Melissa Bove

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Melissa Craig

Kim

Tracey

Thanks for stopping by and till next time Happy Crafting!

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