Pen & Ink and Watercolor Daffodil Tutorial (YOU can paint this!)

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to draw and paint this daffodil:

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All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolor paint and watercolor paper! Let’s get started!

Video

Supplies:
Koi Watercolor set of 24 Amazon has the best price $20.26, they also have the best price on all sizes 12-48 pan sets, Blitsy has it for $30 but they offer free worldwide shipping when you spend a certain amount OR Simon Says Stamp sells it for $36 and they also offer shipping to most countries

Strathmore watercolor cards #140 cold pressed
I get the 100 pack of 5″x7″ size because I go through a lot of them and it is the best deal on Amazon, But other sizes and assortments are available. Blitzy has the best price on the 10 pack of 5″x7″ for $7.64 (but it is more expensive than buying in bulk on amazon)

Waterproof pens (Faber Castell Pitt Pens in Sepia color)

Other: I clip my watercolor cards to a scrap of foam board with binder clips as I find 5″x7″ watercolor cards don’t really need to be taped down on all 4 sides unless you want a white border on them.

I hope you give this tutorial a try, if you don’t have a waterproof pen you can sketch in pencil, paint with watercolor and add the pen lines on top for a similar result. Use what you have or you can use my special discount affiliate links above to purchase exactly what I used. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I really needed this spring painting today because this is what I woke up to! C’mon Mother Nature, take a hint, it’s Spring already LOL!

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Sketch Everyday! A Fluffy Ducking!

Hi friends! The best habit you can do to improve your art is to sketch a bit everyday. Taking just 20 minutes a day to practice will serve you better than on 2 hour session on the weekend. Think of it this way, would it be better to lift light weights for 20 minutes 5 days a week or carry a piano up a flight of stairs once a week? Daily exercise of course! Hey, if you can draw or paint for an hour a day that’s even better but for now just aim for 15-20 minutes. If you are afraid that you won’t have anything to sketch just draw what you see. I also recommend making a personalized reference file folder where you can keep photos you might want to paint or draw. I use an expandable file folder and I collect clippings from magazines, seed catalogs, computer print-outs and photographs I have taken. I have been collecting these snippets for years and I learned to do this from my art teacher who had a filing cabinet full of folders of images. I learned to draw in the pre-internet days of the 1980s so if you needed a reference image you went to your folders or the library! I find that the internet can be a massive distraction so if you can access the visual info without getting sucked into the rabbit hole all the better. So if you are wondering how you will ever find 20 minutes to sketch each day might I suggest turning off the computer or smart phone. At least that is where my time seems to get sucked away. Present blogs excluded, this is not a waste of time LOL:)

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I have decided to film some of my morning warm up sketches to share my process. Feel free to sketch along! One more thing, I want to stress that drawing from life is probably the best way to understand light and form so be sure to sketch your cat or the fruit on your table or anything else you see in real life. It will make the work you do from reference photos look more authentic. Here is the reference photo I used and I chose to only sketch the duckling that was fully visible.

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I added a vague puddle and stones to complete the sketch. Please not that I did not get the feet right at the start and notice what I did to adjust them during the sketch. Watercolor pencils are nice for this rework-ability but feel free to use a regular pencil if you prefer!

Video!

Supplies

*Above are affiliate links to Consumer Crafts. They had the best prices on the supplies I used today!

Coming up tomorrow!

It ‘a day of live painting classes on YouTube, I have teamed up with Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney to bring you a day of live painting! Angela will be live with an acrylic castle tutorial at 11am, I will follow at 12:30pm and Cinnamon Cooney (the Art Sherpa) will paint after me in acrylics! It will be a lot of fun and don’t worry, we will record our classes so you can watch them later if you can’t make it live! I am so excited to be a part of this collab. I will have more info in this tomorrow morning,til then, happy crafting!

 

Playing With Pencils! Sketch Along With Me!

Hi friends! I am feeling a bit under the weather today, I have a sore throat. I had two kids home sick today and the school secretary said that middle-schoolers were dropping like flies (and I chaperoned a class trip with the entire middle school Friday!) I thought while my voice held out and since it was the first day of Spring (paying no attention to the foot of snow on my lawn) that I would paint a springy picture!

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This was one f of the reference pictures I asked you to vote on last week and so many of you liked it so how could I refuse!

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Watch the video and sketch along! I am using watercolor pencils but you can use what you have, if graphite blend with your fingers and if wax pencil you can blend with paint thinner or leave it unblended. It is daily practice that will make you better, not a certain kind of materials:)

I am using Aquablend Pencils from Spectrum Noir. They come in sets of 24 (4 sets total-primaries, naturals, florals, essentials) with no duplicate colors between sets. Because things sell out quickly I found a few shops that have them in stock at an affordable price. *If you want all 4 sets the best price is at Hallmark Scrapbook when you buy the collection.

Shops & Prices

The above links are affiliate links, I earn a small commission on the items you purchase after clicking my discount links. It doesn’t cost you any extra but is does help keep the free tutorials coming on my channel. Thank you for your support!

If you want more spring painting tutorials in watercolor or watercolor pencils please check out my Paintings for Spring YouTube playlist! There are different length videos so you can try something according to your time and it’s free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bunnies in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! Thank you for voting yesterday to help me decide on this weeks live tutorial! You picked these sweet bunnies as our subject.

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The totals were really close though so I plan to create recorded tutorials of the other sweet animals as well, how could I not? You can watch the live tutorial (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with us live and ask questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for this fun paint along! Til then Happy Crafting!

Think Spring, Stamp a Scene & Save 40%!

Hi friends! It is currently snowing outside and we have had temps ranging from -20 to 8F the past few days. Luckily I live in Maine so if I don’t like the weather all I have to do is wait a day and it will change. They are calling for a high of 40 and rain tomorrow. Almost springy huh?

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I do hope we have a white Christmas (as long as the roads are good so I can safely travel home to see my folks) but honestly I needed a break from Christmas cards. I finally got them addressed and in the mail today. I know what you are thinking, the cobbler’s kids have no shoes right? The professional crafter (almost) doesn’t get her Christmas cards out LOL! Ha! I never claimed to have my act together, one year I sent out “Happy New Year” cards because I completely missed the boat. In today’s video we are going to make a one layer card using many techniques with simple supplies. Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry they are having a BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) + all Frugal Crafter fans get a FREE Mini Mistletoe Stamp (not currently on our site) with any size purchase. Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut window from typing paper, save both pieces.
2. Place window on cardstock and swipe ink on with brushes, then stamp on images.
3. Add more color with colored pencils.
4. Remove window and place cut out over the stamped scene and stamp and ink the border if desired.

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are this weekend! Have fun with these inking techniques and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Kraft Paper Pockets with Seeds!

Hi friends! Even though I have a “black thumb” I can’t resist picking up little packets of flower seeds each spring. I love the potential of the flowers than *might* grow as well as the lovely designs on the packets. I also think they make a nice embellishment or gift to include in an invitation or card!

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In today’s video I will show you how to make these cute little cards that would be appropriate for Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers or spring party invitations. It’s quick and easy too!

This is a great project to use up supplies you already have but if you want the specific supplies I used you can find then from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Kraft Paper
6″ Paper Doilies
Organza Ribbon
Bakers Twine
Fabric Flowers
Tulle
Dry Adhesive (ATG double sided tape)
Rubber stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Ink (Kalidacolor)

Directions:
1. Make sleeve/bag from kraft paper.
2. Cover with doily.
3. Wrap with ribbon and twine.
4. Stamp a tag and tie to twine.
5. Insert seed packet and fabric flower.

I hope you are having lovely spring weather this weekend! Happy crafting!

 

Easter Card made with Limited Supplies!

Hi friends! I have seen some really cute cards made with “peep” themed stamps lately, there are a few companies who make them but I don’t have any so I decided to use what I had, a pen, watercolor pencils and some paper.

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You can do it too! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Affiliate links to Hallmark Scrapbook used.  Think of all of the things you can draw with the simple template technique! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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