Peonies in Watercolor and Pastel Live 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Today we are going to have a good time painting flowers in watercolor and pastel!

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I like to use mixed media as you can pull in the best aspects of different mediums to achieve the results you want. You can also use these techniques to rescue a painting that is nor working. You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30 today.

Supplies:

LAST DAY to SAVE!!!

Last Day to get any class for $42 in my online school, use coupon code HB42 to get any class for $42 or 46% off payment plans. It’s my birthday week treat for you! All my classes have lifetime access so you can buy them on sale and take them when you have the time, you can also return to any lesson again and again as much as you like. Below is a rundown of the classes I offer and who they are best for!

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 out 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! Use coupon code HB42, if discount doesn’t automatically appear,  to get any class for $42 (that’s 47% off!) and start creating today! Don’t wait, today is the last day to take advantage of the Birthday deal! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Shabby Chic “Farmhouse Flowers” Mixed Media FUN Art!

Hi friends! If you joined us live on YouTube today you would have seen this painting unfold, if not you can watch the replay below!

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I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun playing with acrylics! Yes, I said acrylics! I used other stuff too but the acrylics were the star!

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I hope you enjoy this long real-time tutorial, if it’s too long you can click on the gear icon on the bottom of the video player (after you start it) and choose to speed it up. I know an hour and a half is a long time!

Below are the supplies I ended up using. *Amazon and Consumer Crafts affiliate links used. Consumer crafts has really great prices and they have 20% off this weekend in the paper crafting category so you can snag the stencils and gelatos even cheaper, use the code: SCRAP518 if you end up placing an order. Also I linked to the Studio 71 acrylics because I have used them and they are a great deal and much cheaper than Liquitex but if you prefer the Liquitex brand you can find them here.

I ended up painting the edges of my panel white and then I mixed the violet paint I used in the painting mixed with white to make a lavender and I stamped a flourish design on the edges. I also stamped the corners with that stamp in white. This stamp is an old one from Tattered Angels but you can probably find a similar flourish stamp or stencil it. Foam stamps also work great for this, use what you have!

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I hope you enjoyed this mixed media project, I sure did and it was fun to work on a rigid wood panel vs paper. I am going to hang this up in my kitchen! Hubby is repainting the cabinets white and I think this will look charming! So, are you going to give this project a try? I hope so and be sure to let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Paint a Pineapple LIVE 12:30pm Today!

Edited to add the final painting from the live stream:) Have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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Howdy friends! I have to admit my practise painting for today’s live stream is a hot mess. That’s OK though because I know where I went wrong, and continued to go wrong until I had the equivalent of compound interest of wrongness on my paper. It is just as valuable to know what not to do as it is to know the steps to do it right. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, am I right?

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My painting went wrong when I decided to put in a background after painting my pineapple. It threw off all of my values (relative lightness and darkness of the subject.) I started painting with a white background in mind but then decided I wanted a colorful background so I spent the rest of the painting using mixed media techniques to try to pop the pineapple out of the background. Values are so important in any artwork. It is how we create depth and dominance in our focal areas. If you struggle differentiating tonal values my new Class Learn to Draw with Lindsay can help show you how to see your work in values and correct mistakes when they inevitably happen. We may not need the mixed media supplies in the live stream today but they are nice to have handy just in case. You can watch the live broadcast or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today (Friday 3/30/18.)

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.

Tomorrow is the last day to save 50% on my classes!

You can get Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor (Beginner), Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl (Intermediate) or the NEW Learn the Draw with Lindsay beginner drawing class for 50% off (Regular $79, sale $39.50) use coupon code DRAWME if the discount doesn’t show up.

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The students have been creating beautiful work in Learn to Draw with Lindsay, here are a couple of examples:

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Magnolia drawing created by student Janine Hall

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Portrait of a girl done by student Lori Ristau

I love hearing how happy my students are with the results they are achieving. Here is what a few of them had to say:

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

Thanks for the tips. Gee, the way you’ve arranged all of this is just wonderful, Lindsay — never a problem viewing what you’re doing, your voice is crystal clear, the lesson projects are challenging because they teach new skills yet are simple enough for beginners, plus the Q&A and comments section is so helpful. It’s obvious you’ve worked hard on this setup and it’s absolutely perfect! LOVE your classes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~Kathleen L. Mechanic

Hi Lindsay! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials on YouTube for a couple of years and I just joined this art class today! Thank you so much for offering it to us! I have spent over 50 years telling myself that I can’t make art due to my lack of talent, but you have helped me to realize that I CAN make art that I enjoy viewing! All I have to do is follow your instructions! You are so fun to watch, and your instructions are easy to follow! I love your enthusiasm! You’re the best! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are aspiring to be better artists! ~Nancy Whitmore

Hi Lindsay, Great exercise! I am happily covered in graphite from head to toe but somehow that makes me feel more like a real artist! lol 🙂 I am grateful for this lesson as I have much to learn with values. Seeing things through your eyes and hearing how you explain things helps me learn new perspectives in art 🙂 I truly appreciate all your instruction 🙂 ~ A happy pupil, Pam Karasy 🙂

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

Don’t wait! The 50% off coupon DRAWME is only good in my online school through tomorrow. You can purchase a class now (on sale) and take as long as you need to complete it as you have lifetime access, in fact I sometimes add new goodies to class and you will have access to that as well! Learn more or enroll today! I hope to see you live at 12:30pm eastern time for a fun pineapple painting, til then happy crafting!

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Let’s Paint Impressionist Roses!

Hi there! Today I have a fun tutorial for you that you can paint in acrylics, gouache or oil paints!IMG_20171122_120132

I used a Japanese paint called Aqyla and it reminds me a lot of acrylics (it is a water-based resin paint) but it lets me rewet and rework areas if I need to. It is really nice, the only drawback is it needs to be imported. I’ll give you some more info about this paint in today’s video!

Today I am using the NEW AQYLA water based resin paint from our sponsor Kusakabe.  SAVE 10% on their products with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter If you want to learn more about their new formulation you can watch their new video about it.

Enogu is a Japanese word that means a tool to fulfill art! AQYLA ENOGU paint combines the look of oils, the fast drying durability of acrylics and the reworking capabilities of Gouache in one paint. It can be used on many surfaces and is very durable after it is cured (about 6 weeks after painting) You can thin it down and use it on paper to get the look of watercolor, use it over acrylics or under oil paints so it can be a handy accompaniment to the other paints you already enjoy. As for price the set I am using cost about $52 which is pretty low compared to other artist grade paints on the market.

New AQYLA has the following features:

  • Environmentally safe
  • 7 new colors
  • Easier to use creamy consistency
  • The color payoff is richer and denser
  • Paint adheres to multiple surfaces including canvas, paper, stone, metal, glass, plaster and more!
  • Can be used with other paints

 

I recommend using a stiff synthetic brush with these paints as they resemble a soft body acrylic. Clean up is with soap and water. This paint is gentle on brushes and environmentally friendly. You can find the reference photo I used here.

As always you can use whatever type of opaque paint you like (Acrylics, Oils, Gouache) to follow along with for similar results! We will have a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET and we will be working in watercolor! Til then happy crafting!

 

LIVE: Painting on Aluminum?!? Really? Learn All About This Fun Surface Today!

Hi friends! I tried a fun new surface yesterday and I thought I would share it with you during today’s live stream because I think some folks might find it very useful. Aluminum panels have many advantages. They are lightweight, double-sided (a smooth shiny side that would be nice for mounting art, pop art, vinyl transfer or silk-screening and a rough side that grips paint and primer beautifully), archival and easy to frame. That said I found this surface took a little getting used to. I did this painting directly on the brushed aluminum side.

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For today’s live demo I have primed another panel so we can see the difference between primed and unprimed. Because the surface is slick you can’t afford to waste many brushstrokes or you will have an oily muddy mess on your hands. To be honest I think this surface is much better suited to acrylics if you are not priming first (yes I said “better for acrylics” don’t be shocked) so I am looking forward to working on a primed version next because I like a smoother surface to paint on and these are lighter than wood panels. I also think it would be really fun to use one of these panels with alcohol or India ink. I will have one panel left after today so let me know if you would like to see that. Here is the reference photo I used to paint the apples.

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You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow “frugalites” or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Tutorial Sponsored by 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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Edited to add more notes about painting on Aluminum panels…

The primed aluminum panel worked a lot like a gesso board or primed hardboard panel with the advantage of being lightweight. I think to take the most advantage of the unique surface I’d use it unprimed with a permanent transparent media such as alcohol or india ink. I think either side would be fun to experiment with and yield beautiful results. I found painting directly on the unprimed surface a bit frustrating as I was trying to complete the painting all at once and I felt like my paint was sliding around. I’d recommend in working in layers and allowing drying time between them. If using oils I recommend Lukas 1862 as they dry to the touch overnight.

A note about the Charvin Extra Fine Oils…

These are a very high-end paint and a bit more spendy than I usually use. They are made in small batches and triple milled for a smooth buttery consistency and the color load is robust meaning you get lots of color in a small amount of paint.  The paint is made with poppy oil rather than linseed oil (they say to reduce yellowing but the kit I got has a bottle of linseed oil in it which seemed odd but I did not need it on the silky smooth surface of the AlumaComp board) and it uses high-grade pigments with a range of 205 colors. The tubes have hand-painted swatches of the color at full strength which can be deceiving as the rose in my set looked black straight from the tube but turned into a lovely mauve as white was added. I can see how it would be a useful deep shadow color in floral paintings. I wasn’t familiar with some of the colors in the landscape set I received from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama but I found them to mix well and perform as expected for an artist grade oil paint. I think they are a bit pricey for beginners but someone who has experience with oils will enjoy and appreciate the subtle differences in quality in these paints. *Charvin also makes an extra fine acrylics line as well.

What do you think of painting on aluminum? If you want to give it a try I recommend starting on a small panel to see if you like it before investing the time and money of a larger one incase you don’t care for it. It’s growing on me but it was pretty aggravating at first getting use to the slippery surface (kinda like going from driving a big pickup truck in 4-wheel drive to a sports car on an icy road LOL!) Once you get used to it you can see the possibility it holds! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you live at 12:30 on YouTube, til then happy crafting!

YOU can paint this snowy cardinal!

Hi friends! If you have been thinking of giving acrylic painting a try this is a great first painting.  FYI This project will work well in oils or gouache too. 🙂

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I will show you how to sketch on the design and paint it step by step and it won’t take very long, an advanced painter can complete it in about 30 minutes and a beginner can get ‘er done in under an hour, but don’t rush, relax and enjoy the process!

Free painting video tutorial!!!!

All of the supplies I used (except for the 1″ wide flat I picked up at the beginning) can be found in the December Smart Art Box, Last I checked they still had a few December boxes left if you want the exact kit I used. I have yet to be disappointed with a Smart Art box, they contain all the supplies you need to get started in a art form and a project instruction sheet if you don’t know where to begin. I have checked out other art subscription boxes in the past but this was the only one I thought offered a good value and ample supplies. When you subscribe to Smart Art you get a surprise box of artsy goodness delivered to your door each month, they have 1 month ($49.95) or 3 month ($134.95) subscriptions available and USA shipping is free. This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art and I thank them for their support, but as always feel free to use the materials you have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Creative Inspirations Acrylic Paint (red, black, yellow, blue, white)
  • Simply Simmons Oil and Acrylic Brush Wallet #12 & #20 round, 3/8″ flat *note if you are using short handle brushes use #6 and #12 rounds or something similar to give you the effect you want
  • 10-Well Plastic Paint Palette
  • Creative Mark All Edge Media Cotton Canvas 8″X10″
  • Other: Bucket of water, paper towel
  • Reference Photo

Let me know if you give this a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Art Marketing Video: How to be a paint party instructor!

Hi friends! Yesterday I shared the tutorial I used for a painting party I was hired to do this week. I taught at a bridal shower and it was so much fun! Paint parties, also called “Sip and Paint” have become so popular lately, in fact it is becoming a big industry with studios popping up for drop in classes and bars and restaurants hosting the events. I was at a softball clinic today and another mother mentioned how she went to two different “sip and paints” this week at two different places  taught by two different instructors. If that is happening here in Smallville it is surely happening in your neck of the woods. The best part is that many of the ladies (and men-I don’t mean to sound sexist) taking these classes have never painted before! Think of all the people you know that say “oh, you’re so creative, I could never do that.” You can say “I’ll show you!” In tonight’s video I’ll show you how you can start your own paint party business with some inexpensive supplies (most of which you already have) and how to have a successful class.

Video! (email subscribers, please click-through to my blog to see the video)

If you have questions please leave them below, also check out the comments on the YouTube video page because there are some great questions and advice there too.

What do you need to have a paint party? Plan on more than enough for everyone in case you have extra students.

  • Paint
  • Surface (canvas, paper, wood item, etc)
  • Brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Water buckets
  • You may also need cleaning wipes and paper for covering tables
  • Your easel for teaching and a finished project to work from.

Tips:

  1. Charge by the project so there are no surprises for the host (or you!)
  2. Set a minimum # of students so you can guarantee making a certain amount.
  3. Arrive early to set out supplies.
  4. Have business cards to encourage guests to have parties or invite them to take your regular classes if you teach them.
  5. Talk about your paint party business to friends because this type of business is advertised best by word of mouth.
  6. Consider teaching at children’s birthday parties if you have lots of patience and energy.
  7. Bring an assistant for large groups so they can refresh supplies and help students if needed.
  8. Never supply alcohol, this might be a “sip and paint” but the sipping would be taken care of by the host of the party. You are the teacher, not the bartender.

I hope you found this helpful. I think it is a great way for an artist to start a business teaching with very little overhead and there is a huge market for this so jump on the trend and you may tun some curious non-artists into class taking Picassos! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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