Watercolor Practice & No Live Tomorrow

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!)

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Hey Foxy! {Beginner Real Time Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! I had so much fun painting this sweet sleepy baby fox.

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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.

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Supplies:

  • 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)
  • Reference photo

A couple of reminders!

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!

Happy crafting!

Wildflowers in Mason Jar Painting Tutorial & White Nights Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today I have a quick tutorial of flowers in a  mason jar and a review of White Nights watercolors!

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These paints are an affordable option for folks wanting a professional paint. Watch them in action in this video tutorial:

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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.

Pros:

  • low price compared to other artist lines
  • vivid colors (except some earth tones)
  • good quality
  • colors are semi moist and reactivate easily
  • mixing area removes from palette in the 24 count or higher sets which makes cleaning easier

Cons:

  • 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!

 

Watercolor Gourds REAL Time Tutorial!

Hi friends! Are you ready for a long watercolor painting lesson? Let’s paint gourds!

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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!

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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!

LIVE! Teacup With Grapes Watercolor 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! I’ll be back with a free live watercolor painting lesson at 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube! We will paint a teacup with grapes from this amazing photo by Lillian Bell at Paint my Photo!

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Here is a pattern you can print and transfer to your watercolor paper if you like:

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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.

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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.

Supplies available from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

SALE! All classes under $20 this weekend at Craftsy! Pick up a great class while helping support the free tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel! It is a great chance to get a jump-start on holiday crafting too, check out their painting, drawing, quilting, papercrafts and sewing classes. Speaking of holidays you can even give a class as a gift! There is so much to offer and it’s all on sale through Sunday!

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Here is an even better deal! Enroll in my Craftsy Class at 50% off, here is a peek at one of the 3 paintings you will learn!

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Remember any Craftsy class you buy after clicking my link helps financially support my channel and enables me to share free tutorials with you daily. I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time today for this fun and free live painting class! Til then happy crafting!

Fall leaf in watercolor tutorial & a thank you:)

Hi friends! I think the most requested tutorial from the paintings I shared from vacation (next to the birch tree) was the fall leaf so today I’ll show you how to paint it!

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Watch the tutorial and follow along with whatever supplies you have. I will post a supply list below as well.

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Supplies (links to Hallmark Scrapbook and Simon Says Stamp)

*If the above products are out of stock You can find a great selection of more watercolor supplies at Simon Says Stamp. I find Simon Says Stamp has the BEST selection BUT Hallmark Scrapbook has better prices but they sell out fast! They are both wonderful & amazing companies though:)

* The above links are affiliate links, by clicking my link and purchasing anything on the site I receive a small portion of the sale (it doesn’t cost you extra) and it helps me keep these tutorials free. I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who used my affiliate link to purchase classes at Craftsy this weekend during their 50% Labor Day sale. By shopping via my affiliate links you help me create the tutorials you want to see and I don’t have to worry if they will get enough views to be financially viable. I just feel very grateful to have such an amazing community and I wanted to make sure you knew that! Big hugs guys! BTW you still have today to grab 50% off classes at Craftsy if you like. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Paint a Watercolor Landscape LIVE today at 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! ! will have a LIVE Landscape Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm Eastern Time today on YouTube!

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You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat along with your artsy friends or ask me questions as we go you need to watch on the YouTube watch page. I also wanted to let you know that ALL classes are 50% at Craftsy this weekend as part of their Labor Day Sale! Don’t wait, grab the classes you want now, you have lifetime access so you can watch them whenever you like! Purchasing ANY classes through this link helps support this channel so I can create free daily tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel (without costing you any extra:) and I think you kindly for your support!

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Here are the colors we will use today: Rose (quin) red, Yellow ochre, Permanent yellow Ultramarine, Pthalo blue, Turquoise, Burnt sienna. You can see some of the mixes we will make in this chart.

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And here is a sketch you can trace. The pink areas in the front should be masked with removable masking fluid and let to dry before painting. Please look at the reference photo if you want to see more detail of if you want to sketch directly from that.

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I hope you can paint along with us today! Remember if you want to chat you need to watch directly on YouTube.

 

Supplies available at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

Don’t Miss Out on the 50% off Labor Day Sale at Craftsy!!!!

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Craftsy has more than just painting! Try papercrafting, jewelry making, knitting, woodworking, cake decorating, quilting, sewing and more! Purchasing any classes though this link helps support my channel so I can keep bringing you these free daily tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel, thank you so much for your support:)

I hope you can find time to paint with me today! Happy crafting!

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