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!


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)
  • 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


  • 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!


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!

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!



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.

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!


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!


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!


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


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!



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!


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!


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.


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.


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!!!!

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!

Paint Colorful Festive Lanterns LIVE at 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Yes, we have another live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and we are going to paint some colorful lanterns. You can catch the live show or the replay here but if you want to chat with us make sure you watch on the YouTube watch page and join in the fun with fellow painters! All are welcome!

lanternfinal Here is a pattern you can print and trace, or you can sketch from it.


I used two different reference photos from Paint My Photo, this one from Caroline Hughes King and this one from Mido Modi. Below is a color swatch and mixes. I am using Turner watercolors but you can use whatever brand you have. The colors I am using are: Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Yellow, Turquoise, Pthalo Green and Burnt Umber.


You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but remember, if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube.

You can find all of the supplies I am using today at Jerry’s Artarama

Turner Watercolors *Jerrys is having a super sale on these right now (up to 75% off list with some 15ml tubes as low as $3.25!

140# watercolor paper

Brushes Just an assortment of your typical watercolor brushes:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time for a fun painting class! Oh and one more thing, I have had a lot of people requesting acrylic painting tutorials and a have put together a playlist of all of the free acrylic paint projects I have done here, but if you want more instruction than I can provide (Acrylic is not my best medium) Consider these wonderful Craftsy classes that are 50% off today!

If you like Huge, bright, beautiful flowers check out Luminous Flower in Acrylic:


And since I have been asked a lot about painting animals I thought you might like this one: The Art of Painting Horses.


There are many other types of classes at Craftsy from photography, stamping, papercraft, quilting, sewing, cooking and cake decorating and any class you purchase via my link helps me bring new free tutorials to you on my blog and I thank you for your support! I also have a class at Craftsy called Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step and that is 50% off as well and we work with watercolors, watercolor crayons, collage and more, it was so much fun to create and I hope you enjoy it:)


Thanks again for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Horses in Pastures Landscape in Watercolors 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! We have another live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time today! It is a fun little landscape of a horse pasture. I hope you give it a try!


You can watch the live class in the player below but if you want to take part in the live stream and chat with up make sure you watch the class on the YouTube watch page. If you are logged into YouTube you can chat along!

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

Turner Watercolors: Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Phathlo blue, Burnt Sienna,Turquoise, Quin Magenta

140# Watercolor Paper

Mimik brushes

Reference photo

I hope you enjoyed this live stream! If you want to hang out some more I will be live with Barb Owen from How To Get Creative at 2pm, I will be working on a creative project with her as well. Hope to see you at one or both of today’s live events! I’m gonna need a nap after this LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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