Still Life in Gouache on Questionable Paper…

Hi friends! Today I have a lovely still life to share with you!

I found an old block of watercolor paper I bought about 20 years ago. The sizing has gone bad on this paper but that’s OK, it will work fine for gouache (an opaque watercolor)so that’s what I used it for today! A 2 hour live narrated version of this tutorial is available at Critique Club. There are 42 other long format tutorials in Critique Club right now with 2 new tutorials added each month. These in depth lesson help you stay inspired and build your skills as an artist and you have access to them all as long as you area member. Critique Club membership is $5 a month and in addition to all of the lessons you can submit up to 2 painting for a critique from me. The lessons in Critique Club are in a variety of media making it wonderfully educational to artists curious about different supplies. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or join today!

This is the gouache set (affiliate link) I used. I will be posting a comparison between the jelly cup gouache sets in a few days in case you were wondering about them. Thanks for visiting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

Paint a Pepper!

Hi friends! This is the latest in my Quarantine still life series…

In today’s video I’ll share some tips with water mixable oil paints as I demonstrate how to paint this pepper.

The paints and brushes I used can be found in my new signature set from Jerry’s Artarama! These techniques can also be applied to traditional oils or gouache, and if you work fast enough, acrylics so use what you have and paint along! Below is the reference photo.

I recommend taking a reference photo when painting food or flowers that may deteriorate before you finish the painting. I took the photo above with my cellphone. You don’t need anything fancy.

I am so pleased with the way this painting turned out and it was fun to paint too. I hope you are safe and healthy and til next time happy crafting!

Cheerful Cherries!

Hello friends! For this weeks time-lapse I’m sharing a painting I did about a month or more ago, it was the first time I tried Golden Open Acrylics. They are a slow drying acrylic paint that I had been wanting to try for a while.

I have actually done quite a bit of experimenting with this paint since I recorded this and I really like these paints. I will have a review on these tomorrow on YouTube, and soon here on the blog, but for now enjoy this quick video. Feel free to recreate this in oils, gouache or even regular acrylics if you don’t have the paints I used.

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Usually on Sunday I share a painting or drawing in my sketchbook for Sketchbook Sunday and I have been painting but my two most recent paintings done have been oils and I couldn’t get a good photo as they are still wet but I will be sharing those shortly. I found oil painting to be very meditative and relaxing these days. And also bread making. I have a pan of cinnamon rolls rising right now! What creative things have you been working on? I believe we need these creative outlets now more than ever. Pick up a guitar, a paintbrush or a skein of yarn and enjoy the slow and quiet joy of being creative. Til next time happy crafting!

Painting the same still-life in watercolors & oils

Hi Friends! Woah, this has been a busy week! I just realized I had forgot to update the blog in a couple of days, my apologies! I stated a new personal painting challenge (20 oil paintings for the month of November) and I have been finishing up a new watercolor class (more on that tomorrow!) and it has kept me on the move! Today I have a tutorial of this watercolor painting:

I took this reference photo the other day because I wanted to paint it in oils as part of my November personal challenge. Part of the challenge is also working from my own reference photos as much as I can.

Here is the oil version, I think I need to wipe out some of the reflected highlight on the bottom of the grapefruit because it makes it look a bit moldy LOL!

I enjoyed painting it in oils so much that I wondered if it would be fun to paint with watercolors (a media I am much more proficient in) and I recorded the results in today’s real time tutorial:

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Which version do you like better, the oil or watercolor? I have really been enjoying the challenge of getting back into oils but I find myself fussing too much in an area and basically redoing the same spot multiple times. I think I need to set a timer and when it goes off be done with it. I don’t mind spending the time if I am making progress but fiddling doesn’t improve my skills or the painting so I am trying to identify when I do that and break myself of that habit. I hope you have some art goals you are working towards, it makes the journey so much more rewarding:) Til next time happy creating!

One Drawing 2 ways // Sketchbook Sunday

Hi friends! Today for sketchbook Sunday I decided to draw the same subject twice. Once in marker and once in watercolor. Watch the video and let me know what one you like better!

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That’s it for me tonight! I am late getting this blog post up because I got to spend the afternoon teaching an amazing group of ladies how to paint lilacs in watercolor! What a fun time! I hope you had a great day too and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday & Fortune Cookies

Hi friends! I was craving something “real” to paint, is in something I could actually hold and examine. Usually I would find a plant or flower or moss (something outside in nature) but since everything is buried under snow right now I had to get creative. That was when I noticed some leftover fortune cookies from some take out we had the other day and this painting was born.

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This painting was done with many breaks in between. The nice thing about it being a packaged item is that I didn’t have to worry it would wilt or rot before I finished the painting! For anyone who is interested the real-time version (all 85 narrated minutes of it) is available in now Critique Club which is my monthly membership club for folks who want individualized feedback on their paintings as well as some of the more advanced (long) sketchbook Sunday tutorials. You can learn more about that here and sign up if it is something that would be valuable to you in your journey as an artist.

As always with Sketchbook Sunday, here is a time-lapse of this weeks painting. Even the time-lapse is long LOL!

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I urge you to look around your house and see what ordinary objects inspire you and do a sketch of it. You can spend as little or as much time as you like on it. This will train your brain to see beauty in the everyday. Til next time happy crafting!

 

Paint with me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time Today! Veggies!

Hi friends! I was playing with watercolors last weekend in my awesome Fabriano Venezia sketchbook and I loved the “play” so much I thought it would make a fine live show project!

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to tune it at 12:30pm on the YouTube watch page.

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Hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET! Happy crafting!

Acrylic Painting Tutorial: Vase of Brushes

Hi friends! Today I have a project that can be done in acrylics, oils or gouache.

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I think I might want to do this one in watercolor too, well the pot anyway, maybe with a cup of tea and a pastry! Let me know what you think about that in the comments but for now here is the video tutorial!

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This was the first time I tried Aqyla paint. I have a viewer request a review of it and I will have one for you this weekend. I needed to try a few techniques and experiments with it before I gave my final opinion. The set of 18 colors they sent me sells for $46 and every tube contains the pigment number. It acts like an acrylic but is easier to blend. Technically it is an alkyd resin. You can find out more about Aqyla here. They also gave me a coupon code for my viewers to save 10%: thefrugalcrafter This is not a sponsored post but they did send me the paint for free for review purposes.

I am working on an 11″x14 canvas, my sketch was done in a watercolor pencil:) I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you give it a try yourself! BTW there will be a live show tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

You say Ta-MAY-to I say Tam-Ah-to, let’s just paint some!

Hi Folks! Today I have a water media tutorial that will get the dust off of your watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons (or water-soluble oil pastels) and watercolor paints. I’ll also show you how I work through an error I made in drawing so it turns out all right in the end.  You can find the beautiful photo by Lilian Bell I used as a reference here. It is from a site called Paint my Photo and it is free to join too! The video is sped up and voiced over. the painting took one hour to complete so don’t feel like you have to rush. Remember, painting should be relaxing and enjoyable! Here is the tutorial:

I hope you try mixing your watermedia! It is fun to build up layers and you can correct mistakes more easily than with regular watercolor painting, plus, it is just plain fun ad that is reason enough to do it! I hope you have some time to be creative today. I will be at the ball field for a baseball double header so I will have my crochet bag with me. What are you making today? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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