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.


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.


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.

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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. 🙂


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.


  • 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.


  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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