Posted on April 12, 2017 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! We have had 3 sunny days in a row! I can feel the vitamin D coursing through my veins! Today’s project is fun and sciency and I think I will do this project with my free kids library class next month because I think they will get a kick out of it!
The really cool thing about this project is that it can teach some old-time photography methods as well. This process is closely related to cyanotype and works by sensitizing a porous material, in this case wood, with a UV reactive chemical and then placing either a negative the size of the final print (as is common with most non-silver process photography) or opaque object on the surface and exposing it to UV light. 20 minutes later you have a print! Cool huh? The photo below shows the treated panel with a photo negative and items to leave prints. The treated surface begins to change quickly once in the sun.
Now, let me be clear, although Solarfast and Cyanotype are very similar there are a few differences, if you wish to explore these please look at the comparison chart on the Jacquard Products website. One of the key differences is that Cyanotype is done on dry media, meaning you prepare the surface and let it dry before printing (You can make surfaces up ahead of time) and Solarfast must be printed when still damp. I did not know that before filming so I wanted to make sure to note it here. Cyanotype is cheaper and can capture greater detail but Solorfast is more durable for laundering and comes in more colors. In any event it is fun and I would not have tried this if I didn’t get it in a smart art box! I think more than ever that a Smart Art box subscription would be the easiest way to develop a well-rounded home school art curriculum.
This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art, you can purchase past boxes or subscribe to their monthly art box and they are now shipping to many countries!
- Ampersand cradled wood panel
- Solarfast by Jacquard (purple)
- Solarfast wash out liquid
- Solarfast transparencies
- Opaque black pen
- Foam brushes
- Other items (not in Smart Art Box) die cuts or objects to block out light (marbles, felt)
- Practice on a scrap of wood or fabric before working on your final project.
- Blot off excess fluid before placing down your transparency.
- Solid and opaque images give a better print than ink jet printed images. Use your printers best ink setting to make sure you get the darkest possible print.
- You can make your own negatives on the Jacquard Website.
This was a fun and educational project! I think the solorfast is more designed with fabrics in mind so I might try a T-shirt next, what would you print? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Uncategorized | Tagged: cyanotype, how to do cyanotype, how to use solarfast, jacquard, nature prints, smart art, Solarfast, sun prints | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2017 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I got a chance to play with some new supplies yesterday!
Today we will use the supplies in this months Smart Art kit to paint a seagull and a rose. We will experiment with these supplies and have fun! Watch the video to see my first experiments!
Supplies are all found in the February box from our sponsor Smart Art Box:
- Chinese paint brushes
- Ink pens
- Rice paper
- Walnut ink
Bonus: This kit comes with a reusable “Buddha Board” for practicing your brush lettering, Sumi-e painting or Chinese brush art.
Please note that it take a lot of practice to become good in the art of Chinese brush painting and I am no expert but it was fun using these supplies! I hope you try something new today and if you would like to find the kit I used check out our sponsor Smart Art! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, Uncategorized | Tagged: bird painting, chinese brush painting, smart art, sumi-e | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 12, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I am feeling a bit perkier today! I have rested my voice and my sore throat is pretty much over. I think the hot humid weather helped too but the 10 hours of sleep I got last night probably made the biggest impact on my health:) I also think creating art has a big impact on health and well-being, even if you only have a few minutes. Here is a 10 minute painting you can make!
It is painted with oils and palette knife. Sometimes trying something new without expectation (like a kid does every time they create) is the best way to enjoy the process of art and the tactile feeling of spreading paint on with a knife definitely brings me back to the days of fingerpainting! Watch the video to see how!
All of the supplies can be found in the July Smart Art Box
***For this week only, you can get 50% Off of ANY Past Smart Art Box purchase with the purchase of a new subscription! Pick any of our wonderful subscription options and get half off the Past Box of your choice AUTOMATICALLY! No coupon codes needed to redeem!
Oil pants (LUKAS)
5″x7″ painting boards
Other handy materials: paper towels, scrap paper to set your panel on, scrap of plastic packaging to use as a palette
Just have fun spreading that paint around! Thanks for all of the home remedies you share for my sore throat, I tried quite a few too! One of them must have worked but I am not sure which LOL! Thanks for caring and sharing and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: palette knife painting, smart art, sunflower | 9 Comments »
Posted on May 23, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I will share tips and tricks for using Watercolor paint on Yupo paper. Yupo is a synthetic (plastic) paper that accepts many types of art media. All of the supplies I am using came in the May Smart Art box.
Yupo paper is not for everyone. I used to use it quite a bit for watercolor before I started my YouTube career. What I loved most was working in huge sheets and filling it with big beautiful washes of color. It is a very freeing medium but not for someone who want a lot of control in their work. I think it is a nice change of pace. Keep in mind it is not going to behave like typical watercolor paper. Don’t be discouraged when using it, you can always rinse it off if you are not happy with it. For that reason in might ne nice for children who tend to create a lot of art! Are you ready to give Yupo a try? Watch the video for handy tips!
- Yupo paper
- round and flat brush
- pencil and eraser (not included in box)
- water buckets (not included in box)
One thing I wanted to emphasis is that Yupo is an unusual paper, you will not get the look of a traditional watercolor with it so if this kit is your first introduction to watercolor I recommend you pick up a pad of good cotton watercolor paper to try. It is about as opposite as you can get!
If you would like to receive a surprise box of art supplies to your door every month please check out our sponsor Smart Art
they ship to many countries and always contain full size supplies, not samples. You can also purchase past boxes from their website if you don’t want a surprise. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting | Tagged: how to paint on yupo, smart art, watercolor, watercolor yupo, yupo | 4 Comments »
Posted on February 24, 2016 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! This project took me back to the summer art camps I used to run back in the day before I had kids of my own and actually had the energy to handle large groups of kids all day!
So when the February Smart Art box arrived on my doorstep I knew I would have a good time! Some good news! Smart art is doing another shipment of the February box and giving you a 10% discount but order soon because they ship out March 1st. Smart Art now ships to US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Austria! I love that this company listened to your suggestions. You asked months ago to be able to order the boxes after you saw what was in them and you asked for international shipping and they aim to please. Don’t worry if you’d rather get a surprise box, you can still subscribe and get the boxes a month before everyone else. I think it boils down to the amount of stuff you already have. If you are new or have not branched out into many art forms the subscription is a good bet because it is unlikely that you will have the supplies in the box and the boxes have everything you need to get started in a medium, but if you already dabble in many crafts you might want to wait and see to make sure you aren’t getting supplies you already own.
Now, let’s paint a mask!
That was fun, I think I might try and get more blank masks for the kids class I teach at the library, they would love that!
Acrylic paint (Turner Acryl Gouache)
Ebony Splendor Brushes (#4 round, 1/2″ wash)
1. Mix paint to create shades of tan and brown and apply with a crumbled paper towel.
2. Add “veins” with brown using the round brush.
3. Add colorful details around the eyes, nose and top of the mask. Let dry.
4. Brush on a coat of glitter glue with the 1/2″ wash brush.
5. Tie elastic (supplies with mask) on and wear!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Smart Art
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: mardi gras, mask painting, mask tutorial, masquerade mask, smart art, venetian mask | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 7, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
These little dishes can sit on the window sill and keep your rings safe when you wash the dishes and they are so easy to make!
I used supplies from the October Smart Art box. If you are looking for a gift for an artist (or yourself) you might want to give these a look. Every month you get an ample box full of supplies to try a new kind of art. I have been receiving these boxes for a few months now and they never disappoint! I have been sent other monthly art club boxes in the past but this was the only one I would allow as a sponsor because it is the only one I felt had a good value of what you get compared to what you pay. You can see past boxes on their website if you want a better idea. The boxes are a surprise, you never know what you are going to get but that is also part of the fun!
Polymer Clay-Super Sculpey-firm
Craft mat or waxed paper
Acrylic paint and varnish (Liquatex paint and Minwax polycrylic)
1. Condition clay.
2. Shape into dishes.
3. Press leaves in clay.
4. Bake at 275 F for 15 minutes. Let cool.
5. Paint and varnish.
This is a fun thoughtful gift to make. Please visit our sponsor Smart Art to learn more about their monthly art boxes or to subscribe today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: christmas gift, polymer clay, pottery, sculpey, smart art | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 11, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Many times when a painting seem “off” it is because there is a problem with value. Value refers to how dark or light the elements in your painting are. If you do not have your values correct and the right amount of contrast your paintings will not be as strong as they could be. The best way to learn values is to remove the color and work in black and white. Today I am going to show you how to do a basic ink-wash technique using black India ink and water.
Watch this video to see how I did this.
The supplies in this kit were from Smart Art, a monthly subscription box filled with gobs of art supplies, everything you need to get going in certain medium. Each box is a surprise and each month they treat you to full size, name brand products. The price is $49.95 a month (cheaper per month if you do 3 months) but for each kit I have seen there well over $50 value in each box and shipping is included in the price. Sorry, Smart Art only ships to the USA. I want to thank Smart Art for sponsoring this post, I think it would be fun to do a monthly Smart Art painting party with the contents of the box, what do you think? I have been sent other monthly art kit club boxes to review and declined them because I did not feel that they provided a real value in product or education to my viewers. That said, feel free to recreate today’s project with the supplies you already have at home!
One of the great things of living in the modern world is computers, if you want to try more ink wash paintings try printing a picture you like off the computer in greyscale, you will have the values worked out for you that way, compare it to the color version and you will begin to see the subtle changes in value. It will really help you grow as an artist. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Painting, Product Reviews | Tagged: basic sumi-e, contrast, elements of design, ink wash, smart art, values | 5 Comments »