A Red, White and Blue Bouquet for You! (and 40% off classes!)

Hi friends!  Today I have a loose and free bouquet to paint.

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I went with a red white and blue colorway in honor of Memorial Day. A day to remember fallen soldiers who served our country. I love seeing the flags on display in small Maine towns. There are many elder veterans who put these out every year prior to memorial day and leave them out through July 4th for the parades. This painting can be a reminder of what we have to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy a few peaceful moments of reflection while you paint along.

Supplies available at 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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***Memorial Day Sale: Take 40% off any class in my online school with coupon code: MEM2019 through 5/28/19. *Click the orange “add coupon” on the checkout page to enter your coupon code. If you enjoyed today’s tutorial you can learn more about this style of floral painting in my Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn how to paint a variety of flowers and how to arrange them so you can paint beautiful bouquets from your imagination! If flowers aren’t your thing I offer other classes too which you can grab for 40% off through Memorial day with coupon code MEM2019.

In case you wanted to see close up of my practice arrangement or demonstration version of today’s painting I have posted them below. There is no reference photo because I made up the arrangement. I hope you give it a try!

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Happy crafting!

 

 

So Many Flamingos! Mirror Stamping & Bleeding Tissue Paper Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Back in December when I did my year-end craft room declutter I came across 4 flamingo stamp sets I have purchased over the past year and a half that I had not used! I bought them and couldn’t wait to use them so why do they sit uninked in their packaging?

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I also found a pack of bleeding tissue paper that I had-to-have last year and only used once so that had to get used, as well as washi tape because honestly I went a bit off the rails with washi tape over the past few years but it all “sparks joy” so I better use it! I’ll also show you how to mirror a stamp like I did with the flamingo below!

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I decided it was time to use it or lose it and so I decided to make big fun tropical colorful batch of cards! Watch the video to see how!

Don’t feel shame if you have supplies you bought and have not used, just use them! Supplies are made to be used. I’ll be honest, it is easier to collect supplies than to use them but the joy you get from creating will far outlive the high you might get from finding and buying them. I can’t wait to use these stamps again!

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Some of the products are from Simon Says Stamp, they have a great selection but rarely ever have a sale BUT they are having their 17th anniversary sale and offering 17% off sitewide with coupon code SANV783 through 2/17/19. They also ship worldwide!

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I hope this inspires you to ink up an unloved stamp and have fun!

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It always makes me feel good to play with my supplies! Happy crafting!

Sketching Citrus! Sketchbook Sunday…er Monday LOL!

Hi friends! First I want to wish all of my fellow Americans a happy Labor Day! It is considered the end of summer in these parts as the days are getting shorter and all the kids are back in school tomorrow! September always feels like a fresh start to me. My twins started High School this year so that means no more popping down to the local elementary school to lend a hand with this or that. It’s so weird! You kids go through life and get a little more independent each day and in turn you can be a bit more independent yourself. It’s a bit sad to see them getting older but on the other hand I am excited for the adventure that awaits them.

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Speaking of school…I think it is always important to learn new things. It helps keep our mind fresh and supple and puts us in the atmosphere of growth where we can find fulfillment and happiness. This might mean signing up for a class or giving a supply that you were frustrated with in the past another go to challenge and push yourself. You can find ways to grow and learn everywhere! I purchased a RENDR sketchbook a while back because it was supposed to be no bleed through paper for markers and mixed media but I soon realized that “no bleed through” meant “no blend” as well. I felt bad about buying this kinda pricey paper that I couldn’t seem to use but I decided to put it out yesterday and try it again. This time I decided not to fight with it but to do what the paper wants: layering. This also got me using my alcohol markers in a new to me way. I typically work small coloring stamped images blending from dark to light in a very quick fashion. I had seen some beautiful marker illustrations recently on instagram and I realized that these artists were using markers totally differently that I was by layering! This allowed them to work a bit larger and get really vibrant results. I never realty thought of my markers as a “serious art medium” as all markers (except for Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers *use coupon code SALE818 for an extra 15%-25% off through midnight today and Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers which are on sale now!) are fugitive, meaning they will fade in the light but hey, this is Sketchbook Sunday and my sketchbook isn’t getting direct sunlight! See a time-lapse on the layering technique here!

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  • Rendr Sketchbook there was zero bleed through on the back of the page but it doesn’t blend well so you are better off layering on this paper. If you have this paper give yourself time to learn to use it as there is a learning curve, I like it so much better than when I first got it.
  • Ohuhu markers I used pens from the 100 set  Review here
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • I also used col erase pencils for the beginning sketch but I didn’t need to erase so the others would have been fine but if you want the erasable version here it is
  • Extra fine tip Posca pens for opaque highlights

 

***BTW today is the last day to save 45% on any of my teachable classes with coupon code OFFLINE45 

And one more deal you don’t want to miss…

Consumer crafts is offering 15%-25% off total purchases on their website (*excluding WOW of the week) through 9/3/18 11:59pm PST with coupon code SALE818.  Craft fairs and holiday crafting is right around the corner and this is a great chance to grab some deals on craft basics, art supplies and more. You never know what you are going to find so it is a bit of an adventure and the deals can’t be beat!

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I have purchased a lot of my stencils, dies, craft storage, beads, pencils and markers from Consumer crafts as well as basic craft supplies for the library kids classes I used to teach as well as art gift sets and decor. If you know you need some of these products it pays to stock up when they have the total purchased discounts, they don’t happen often. Some, but not many, exclusions apply.  Use coupon code SALE818 to get the extra discount! Sale ends tonight at 11:59pm PST.

I hope you have a wonderful day! If you have today off I hope you spending it with family and friends or maybe creating some art! Til next time happy crafting!

Announcements {And 45% off!}

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in really quick to say that I will be offline most of the weekend starting tomorrow for some much-needed family fun time before the kids start school on Monday. I am recording the project scheduled for the live show tomorrow and it will be up on YouTube at 12:30 (the normal live show time) so feel free to pop in and chat with friends in the comments section and paint along as usual!

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Because I will be offline I will be slow to respond to students in my online school so if you need assistance please leave comments in the classroom today (comment box under each lesson) and I will check in tomorrow morning. Comments left Friday and Saturday will be responded to Sunday evening. As a thank you for your patience as I take a much-needed weekend off I want to offer you 45% off all classes in my Teachable school with coupon code: OFFLINE45 through Labor Day 2018.  You have as long as you like to complete any of these classes so you can grab them now and take them when you have time, you have lifetime access! That means you can return to them whenever you need a refresher too! This coupon is good on one time payment and payment plan options. To redeem the coupon simply click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter OFFLINE45 to get the discount or simply click the discount links for the class you want below:)

Learn to Draw with Lindsay: This class is designed to teach anyone how to draw without gimmicks. You will learn to draw what you see. You will learn how to sketch, shade, decipher tonal values and how to apply your new drawing skills to other media. This beginner class is for anyone wanting to improve their drawing ability and contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction. Enroll or learn more here.

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Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting: This class is designed to teach you everything you need to know about watercolor so you can get painting fast. This class is a good foundation for your watercolor studies. In the first part of this class you will learn about supplies, develop techniques and practise the skills you will need to create whatever paintings you desire in the future. In the second part of the class we will put all of the skills you learned into practise as we complete *four beautiful paintings. This class is my most popular course. *This class originally had 3 final paintings but I added a 4th on negative painting. Student always have access to any content added to classes they are enrolled in. Find out more here!

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Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl: This class will teach you how to realistically and expressly paint birds in watercolor. We work on capturing the subtle texture and shading in feathers and we add hints of colored pencil to enhance our feathered friends when desired. NEW! I have added an alphabetized bird painting tutorial archive to this class should you want to find past bird tutorials I have done that are not included in this course.  Click here for more info or to enroll.

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Watercolor Flower Workshop: This is my most recent class and it is all about loosely painting expressive flowers in watercolor. Have you ever tried to paint loose and ended up with a hot mess? Well, this class will offer the structure you need so you can create a floral scene from your imagination that is well-balanced, beautifully composed and loose! This class focuses heavily on brush control so it’s good for folks that need help with brush strokes and are curious about some of the odd specialty brushes that are out there. I soon will be adding a wedge brush section to this class! In addition to the all new step by step real-time instruction provided in the course there is also an alphabetized archive of other watercolor flower tutorials for your convenience. Learn more here.

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In addition to the never before seen content in these classes you have access to my support in the online classroom. Under every lesson there is an area for you to post photos of your artwork and ask me questions. I love giving feedback and seeing your beautiful artwork! Here is what some of my students have said:

Thanks so much! Love this class I do each section so many times because it is fun and i keep learning! Thanks again! -Karen L Jackson on Watercolor Flower Workshop

I LOVE THIS COURSE! Actually can paint a flower without a drawing! -Joanna Stratten on Watercolor Flower Workshop

Hi Lindsay, what a great drawing course. I have been painting for 30 plus years, drawing was my weakest, until now. I’m starting to see things in shape, I think the most helpful is starting with a circle or shape then fill in with the shapes of whatever you are drawing. This has been the best money I have ever spent. What I love I can look at these lessons over & over until I get it!! -Linda on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

I am blown away by the excellence of your lessons! Things that I have struggled with are making more sense when I sketch along with you. So glad that I will be able to go back and reference your videos! -Irene Addison on Learn to Draw with Lindsay

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 on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

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 on Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor

Hi Lindsay, Great Class!!! Simple and easy to follow. Thx for putting this together. I can’t wait to start the next painting! -Tina Amoroso on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

Finished the duck and this course! Loved it! Thank you so much for these watercolor painting classes. I just got the Rembrandt 48 half pans and am excited to use them….. I can actually do some watercolor painting thanks to your classes. Crystal Neuendorf on Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl

 

I love helping people discover the hidden artistic ability within them and I welcome anyone who want to paint better (and more often) to join one of my watercolor classes! Just make sure to use the coupon code OFFLINE45 if the discount does not appear (coupon good through Labor Day 2018.) Again I want to thank you so much for your support! I hope you have a relaxing weekend with your family and friends and maybe get a bit of art done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A “Sweet” Live Watercolor Lesson & Any Class for $42!

Edited to add final painting photo. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Today we are going to paint lovely luminescent gummy bear candy in watercolor!

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I spent my birthday with my family and we spent the day in Belfast and we stopped into Perry’s Nut House as we do every summer to get nuts, candy and fudge. Lila asked me if she could get some gummy bears and they looked so pretty in the bin that I said “Sure, but I want a few to paint” so last night she told me “Mom, if you want some of these to paint you better take them now.” Haha:) You can use the photo above for reference but I will be working from the actual bears in today’s lieve stream, I managed to keep them safe LOL!

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As always you can watch the live show or reply here on my blog but if you want to chat live and ask me questions please watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET (New York time.)

Supplies available at 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.

  • Watercolors: Turner
  • Watercolor paper: Arches or a cotton paper #140 cold pressed
  • Brushes: Mimik value set
  • Optional: Col-Erase colored pencils for sketching:  *you could also use watercolor pencils, regular colored pencil or a graphite pencil. I have been wanting to try out my col-Erase though:)
  • Maybe a white gel pen or fine tip paint pen or gouache *we may not use it but have it ready just in case:)
  • Other: 2 buckets of water, paper towel, masking tape

Birthday Week Deal! Any Class for $42!

I turned the big 4-2 this week so I thought it would be fun to put all of my courses on sale for $42 for a week. Use coupon code HB42 to get the discount! Just click “Add Coupon” after clicking to enroll and add HB42 in the box, or simply click on the class you want below and it will take you to the discounted price. You can also get a 46% off discount of payment plans if that fits your budget better. I had a lot of interest in my older classes recently so now you can grab them for a song. If you click on one of the thumbnails below the discount code will already be applied:)

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Don’t wait if you want a class, this deal is only good for a week! I’ll see you at 12:30 for a free live watercolor lesson, til then, happy crafting & painting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Rainbow Roses!

Hello friends! Today in my sketchbook I decided to paint a rainbow rose!

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This was a fun loose watercolor that I enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils. Watch how it all came together in this weeks Sketchbook Sunday timelapse:

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I also wanted to share this lesson I added in my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Class. If you purchased this class in the past you have access to it in now in the classroom. If you would like to enroll you can use coupon code DRAWME to save 50% on the class (Regular price $79, sale price $39.50 with coupon code DRAWME through 3/31/18)

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The Hydrangea lesson is focusing on the skill of negative painting and I think it rounds out the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course very well. If you are new please make sure to do the lessons in order so you get the most from the class as the hydrangea lesson assumes you have already completed the previous lessons in the course. I can’t wait to see your work in the classroom!

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You can also save 50% on my new Learn to Draw with Lindsay Class or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl (and I am working on an extra goodie for students of that course too!)  but don’t wait if you want to save 50% as that deal is only good through 3/31/18. *Enter coupon code DRAWME if the discount isn’t shown.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Sketchbook Sunday video, tell me, what are you working on in your sketchbook today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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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