Hi friends! The azalea shrub in my yard is blooming so I thought it would be a nice thing to paint!
Follow along in today’s tutorial!
The supplies I am using are from my Turner Signature watercolor kit from Jerry’s Artarama which is now back in stock! Colors used: Quin Magenta, Mayan Blue, Lemon, Burnt sienna, Sap green, Yellow ochre
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That all from me today. My to-do list is mile long and I am hoping to get all my work done so I can sneak to the pond on this hot summer day! We get so few we need to cherish them in Maine! Happy crafting!
Edited to add the final painting from the live stream:) Have a great weekend and happy Easter!
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?
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.)
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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!
Hi friends! Today I have a fun painting tutorial for you, a love bowl of peaches perfect for summer!
Here is the reference photo I used courtesy of Graphicstock.
Watch the video and paint along!
I decided it would be fun to paint a bowl of peaches on a weathered blue table after reading [listening to the audio book actually] The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. It was a really fun book and would make a great summer beach read. I think I might need to download a couple more of Sarah Addison Allen‘s book to read on vacation, she has a nice way of describing small town life and the bond of female friendships (in this book at least!)
1″ oval Wash or any large brush for wetting the paper (Zen) *This kitThis kit would have all the brushes you would need and they are high quality.
Other: Pencil for sketching, white plastic eraser, 2 water buckets, paper towels
***If you need paper and want to try Rembrandt paint this kit has a 9″x12″ arches block and 7 tubes of Rembrandt for a steal (you will need to mix your greens though to paint today’s painting, I have this set and the block I am painting on today came in this kit. It is a nice way to sample Rembrandt paint before making a big investment too and an extra block of Arches watercolor paper always comes in handy!)
Follow along and have fun! Remember you can pause, slow down or speed up the video anytime you want. Click the gear icon at the bottom of the video player anytime you want to change the speed. Want more painting instruction? Check out my NEW Essential Watercolor Course. I hope you are having a great week and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I am quickly dashing off this blog post on my way out the door to chaperone a two-day school trip to a music festival. The sun is shining and everyone is in a great mood (I just hope they don’t allow musical interments on the bus!)
I wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to do the live show tomorrow because I will on the trip but I did want to make sure you had something to work on so I have a watercolor leaf practice video for you. This is quick, if you have 10 or 15 minutes grab your paints and play!
I hope you take a few minutes to paint today! If you are living somewhere where plants are in bloom and the weather is nice why not go outside and paint from life! It will build your observation skills like nothing else!
If you feel like you want more in-depth watercolor instruction I invite you to check out my watercolor course Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor. It has 5+ hours of video instruction on color mixing, texture effects, washes and three real-time paintings to complete.
I have also just added a private Facebook group for students to share their work (enrolled students can find a link in the Intro & Supplies module.) If you think you would benefit from this course check it out now because it’s on sale through the month of May for $39 but it goes up to $70 on June 1st. Here are what some student’s have said about the class:
“Absolutely loved this lesson. Great job Lindsay. I hear you say the same things in your videos but it is nice to have all the information about color mixing in one video by itself. Makes much better sense. I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks.” -Emily Knight
“Lindsay, you gave the best demonstration of a controlled wash on the green and red bottles that I’ve ever seen. This has been an “aha” moment for me! Now I’m really practicing controlled washes with success.” -Pricilla M. Ware
“This was such a good lesson on the difference between warm and cool colors and what can be achieved when mixing! I learned a lot. Now to play…” -Terri Honz
“Lindsay this class is FANTASTIC!! It is well paced and includes so many wonderful techniques. :)” -Janet Walsh
I am so grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received for the course so far, it has far exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful to find a place where I can take my time to teach all of the important techniques I think beginners should learn and practice. If you would like to learn more you can check out Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor here or enroll today!
If anyone would like a tutorial for the other rose painting I showed in today;s video just let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to post it. I will have a live stream NEXT week:) Wish me luck on chaperoning the school trip and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I had so much fun painting this sweet sleepy baby fox.
You can paint this too, I will even show you how to draw it! Feel free to pause the video if you want as you paint along, take as much time as you need. This was a really relaxing image to paint, I hope you enjoy it too.
7″x11″ 140# watercolor paper (Fabriano Artistico)
Watercolor paints in Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red (PR101), Olive/SAP Green, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose (Sennelier La Petit Aquarelle-from the 24 1/2 pan set) *Review coming soon!
Watercolor brushes (a variety of rounds mostly, I also used a dagger/sword and a 1/4″ “Maxine’s Mop” scrubber)
I will be drawing a winner for the FabArt brush giveaway tomorrow (Thursday) and I will be drawing a winner for the Christmas Bundle on Friday so do be sure you pop over to those posts and leave a comment for a chance to win!
Hi friends! Today I have a quick tutorial of flowers in a mason jar and a review of White Nights watercolors!
These paints are an affordable option for folks wanting a professional paint. Watch them in action in this video tutorial:
You can find the White Night Watercolor from Pro Art Supplies on Etsy OR Ebay. Here s a link to the exact paints set and palette I used.
The sets come in cardboard or wooden boxes or in a plastic palette. Sets come in 12, 24 or 36 whole pans. There are over 50 colors in the range and you can also buy the pans individually (for about $3.50) which is a nice option if you just want to try a couple of colors or if you use up ones in your set.
low price compared to other artist lines
vivid colors (except some earth tones)
colors are semi moist and reactivate easily
mixing area removes from palette in the 24 count or higher sets which makes cleaning easier
some earth tones like sepia are weak
many people dislike the plastic palette because it may stain, in that case save money and get the cardboard box set and put the pans in a palette you like more
Bottom line: I really like these paints and about 15 years ago I bought a set of Yarka St. Petersburg paints that I also loved and I recently found out that both White Nights and Yarka are trade names for the same paint. The reason for this is the Russian manufacture name is difficult for most to pronounce so they changed the name for American and European markets. Let me know what you think of these paints if you have used them and then people can get more views on these in the comments below. As always I as not paid to review these paints but I was provided with a set for free for the review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! Are you ready for a long watercolor painting lesson? Let’s paint gourds!
You only need 4 colors: A warm red (cad red, scarlet, vermilion) a warm yellow (cad yellow, new gamboge, indian yellow) prussian blue and sap green. Watch the video to see how easy it is!
I am using Neo watercolors from Kusakabe, use the coupon code thefrugalcrafter if you want to order any to save 10%. As I mentioned in the video I would recommend just buying the colors you would use (check for tried and true pigments) rather than the sets.
Bottom line the Neo watercolors are OK but honestly I think you can get more for your money getting the Holbein watercolors on Amazon or the Turner watercolors at Jerrys. Both are a higher quality paint at a lower price. Now, don’t get me wrong, painting with these watercolors was fine. I am concerned with a few of the pigments in them (PY1, BV10, PR83) and some tubes of paints say “not listed” under pigment info, I don’t think that is acceptable when you are buying artist quality paint.
I wanted to love these watercolor because I love their Aqyla line of water mixable alkyd paints and found them a great value using lightfast and tried and true pigments but the watercolor did not deliver in my opinion.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video but I did receive the paint for free for review purposes.
I hope you try painting gourds and pumpkins using whatever watercolors you have and til next time happy crafting!
Here is a pattern you can print and transfer to your watercolor paper if you like:
We are only using 4 colours in this painting, feel free to substitute with the closest you have: New Gamboge (warm yellow), Napthol Red (neutral red), Burnt Sienna (warm brown) and Ultramarine Blue (warm blue.) In the swatch below you can see some of the mixes we can achieve from these colors.
You can catch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask questions be sure to watch on YouTube.
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Watercolor Paint (any watercolor is fine!) I used Cotman but the Prima sets are really nice and quite a bit cheaper, You can use either the Classics or Tropical sets to mix up the colors you need for this.
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