It’s OK to Fail & Grab Bags for Sale!

Grab Bags are Sold Out! Thank you so much for your support:)

Hi friends! Last weekend we emptied out the retail booth I have rented for the last few years. I used this space to sell paintings, cards, jewelry and crafts. As my schedule got more and more full I decided that this was a better way for me to have work for sale then attending craft fairs as my shop was manned by the company I rented from. Every month or sho I dropped off new items (the stuff I made in YouTube tutorials) and freshened things up. It was fine. It gave me a temperature controlled place to store my artwork where customers could come and buy it if they liked. Some months I made a profit, other months I barely made rent.

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You will try many different things during your journey as an artist, some will pan out and some won’t. Some will succeed at first but then will change. Don’t let the fear of failing keep you from trying. All you need is one great idea once in a while and the more ideas to put out there the greater your chances for success. One of the best things about my YouTube career is that I can keep posting new projects for free. It is often the ones that I think “Will anyone even watch this?” that end up being the project that inspires and resonates with others. Then I get to hear the wonderful comments from happy people who made the project and to think I almost didn’t post it. Sometimes you can’t tell what idea will be a winner and what will flop. You can’t win if you don’t play right?

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I always say “You either succeed or you learn.” From my antiques shop experience I learned that only exposing my art to a small local market limited its potential. The shop I rented was in an antiques mall so all of the shoppers were there to buy antiques. Sure, some folks were buying gifts so they would buy a birthday card or they were looking for home decor so they would buy a painting but most were looking for antique treasures for themselves or resale. Art is subjective and it is a niche product so I finally accepted the fact that it was a product better suited to a website. I also realized that the massive amount of paintings and cards I had on display would take an eternity to list online and I want a fresh start so I am selling a limited number of art & card grab bags here on the blog!

Guaranteed in each grab bag:

  • 1 watercolor painting
  • 1 hand painted watercolor greeting card
  • 5-8 handmade cards
  • 1 pair of handmade earrings
  • 1 other handmade goodie

Other goodies include:

  • Beaded wire bubble wands
  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Felt flower barrettes
  • Fabric shopping bag organizers
  • Handmade hand warmers
  • Knit items
  • Handmade journals
  • Wire rings
  • Pendants, brooches and charms

The grab bags are $50 with USA shipping included. I am planning on using USPS Priority Mail flat envelopes so I can really fill them with goodies without worrying about shipping  weight! The items in the grab bags will be gift quality so you can pass along items that are not your style. Grab bags are a gamble, I get it, so here is a photos of one grab bag’s contents (and I’ll probably tuck in a few extras!)

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It was really fun when I went through all of my shop inventory yesterday because I had forgotten so many of the projects I had made over the years. I remembered how I felt as I designed a new items and it instantly took me back to that feeling of creativity. That said I want to start fresh so I can have a blank slate and room for my creativity to grow. I have had so many people ask if I would sell my cards, jewelry and crafts online, well now’s your chance to get them! If you would like to purchase a grab bag please email me at: artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and put “Grab bag purchase” in the subject line and I will send you a PayPal invoice. I only have 20 grab bags available and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Thank you so much for your support and til next time happy crafting!

PS I also have one Bow Making Jig for sale if anyone is interested email me. $25 shipped within the USA.

 

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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!

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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!

 

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.

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SALE!!! Over 500 classes for Under $20 at Craftsy!

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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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Free Shipping and $5 Marker sets Today Only & Life Changing Magic!

Hi friends! I have a lot of crafty goodness coming up this weekend on YouTube but I wanted to pop in really quick and share the Consumer Crafts is offering free shipping on ANY size order today only and today is the LAST DAY of the $5 6-pack Spectrum Noir marker sale!

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Coming up tonight on YouTube I have a pretty selective glitter card Stamp School to share (it was delayed because I had no voice to record it Thursday) and tomorrow on YouTube I am going to share my EPIC craft room declutter/purge/tidy inspired by Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! I am so pleased with the way my room came out and I am so excited to share it with you tomorrow! I hope you have amazing Saturday and til next time (later on today) happy crafting!

$2 Embossing Folders & 25% off Total Purchase!

Hi friends! I am sorry I did not share this sale earlier but it is a great one! 25% off your total (non-sale) purchase at Consumer Crafts! The also have free shipping on orders over $75!

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They also have their embossing folders on sale for $2 each! It is a great time to stock up, it is where I bought most of mine because you can’t beat the price or selection but they do sell out fast so don’t delay.

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They also have the best prices on markers and colored pencils from Crafter’s Companion so if you have been waiting for a deal to buy these the time is now! They even have the watercolor markers I use a lot for stamp school on sale for under $16!

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They also sell a larger variety of craft supplies from painting to floral to jewelry making and storage so if you are in need check them out today when they have 25% off your total order. Any thing you purchase at Consumer crafts after clicking my special discount affiliate links in this post also help support the free tutorials I post here and on YouTube and I thank you for your support! Happy shopping and crafting!

 

 

Free LIVE Painting Class today @ 12:30pm ET, Winners & a 50% off SALE!

Holy moly, that is a lot to put in one blog post! I am still on screech catching up from my weekend at the stamp show so please forgive this super full blog post! First up I have 3 sets of bracelet kits from Craft Chameleon to give away, the winners are: Candy Trippiedi, Martha Brunet, and inspiredinthehills Please check your email for my confirmation email, you will reply to that email with shipping details:) Also we are painting LIVE today!

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. Transfer the free pattern (or free hand draw if you prefer) to image on watercolor paper so you can paint along!

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You can watch the live class or replay in the player below but if you want to chat along and ask questions LIVE you will want to watch on YouTube. Sarah will be on hand to take questions.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

Turner Watercolors: Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Phathlo blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Pyrolle Red, Permanenet Yellow

140# Watercolor Paper

Mimik brushes

Reference photo by Sharon Whitley on Paint My Photo

And a 50% off sale! ALL Classes at Craftsy are 50% off Through Sunday! Get painting, crafting and cooking classes starting at $14.99 including my class Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step! You get lifetime access to these classes so why not stock up when they are at the lowest possible price! Any class you buy (it doesn’t have to be mine) goes along way to support my blog and YouTube channel so I can keep offering free daily tutorials AND it is fun to learn new thing for different people and even better when it is 50% off! Don’t wait, This ALL classes 50% off sale at Craftsy ends Monday!

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Note, Many classes are actually $14.99 and purchasing any class through this link supports my blog, thanks!

I have missed you guys so much after taking last Friday “off” and can’t wait to hang out and paint today LIVE at 12:30pm Eastern Time! Til then Happy Crafting!

 

Stamp School: Blended Sunset Window Card!

Hi friends! I am so glad you took a break from the cooking and cleaning and preparing that goes along with Thanksgiving Day in the USA to spend some time with me.  I am also thankful for everyone who spends time with me here not matter where you are from:) I had a lovely afternoon crafty shopping with my sister today and now I am relaxing by the fire and looking forward to tomorrows dinner at my parents house with family. Speaking of relaxing, I was so happy yesterday when I had a chance to have fun and create this card:

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It was relaxing to make it up on the fly and let the colors go where they may. If you are looking for an artsy way to use your Gelatos or Water-soluble oil pastels give this a try!

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Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and til next time happy crafting!

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