Paint a quick Iris with me!

Hi friends! I am just getting back from vacation, unpacking and settling in. I will have the winner of the Plasty-Craft giveaway as well as pics of artwork I creating on vacation for you tomorrow so please check back! But for now let’s paint an Iris!

Video!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Ruffly Flower! {Real-time mini painting!)

Hi friends! I was looking for something the other day and came across a box of small frames I bought years ago when I needed cheap ways to display my art for sale. There was a bunch of 3.5″x6″ acrylic frames with a magnet on the back, they were meant for displaying photos on a ‘fridge but I would put small watercolor paintings in them and sell them for $5. I like making small watercolor paintings. They are a great way to warm up before attempting a large painting or a fun thing to do if you can only squeeze in 15 minutes of painting in your day. Often I will work on 4 or 5 paintings at a time so I can skip around when I am waiting for stuff to dry. As you can imagine I can end up with stacks of these little paintings so the small frames are a great way to display and sell them. I hope you like these mini paintings because I chopped up a bunch of paper to 3.5″x5″ and I am going to flip on the camera and film them as I do them. So, here is the first one, a ruffled pink flower:

Video!

Here is the reference photo I used by Christine Coffey at Paint my Photo. I used Yarka watercolors and Albright Druer watercolor pencils on Canson Montville 140# cold pressed paper. You can use whatever brands you like though:) Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!

Relax and Paint a Happy Little Stream! {Using Gansai Tambi Watercolors!}

Hello Friends! Summer vacation has officially hit the Frugalcrafter’s household…well for the kids, I still have a bit of work I had hoped to have finished before the kids got out of school and doing what would normally take me 15 minutes takes me all day. I totally needed a  few quiet minutes of painting therapy last night so I snuck down to my studio and painted this…

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…but they found me. I was recording this tutorial live when a few minutes in my twins showed up in my studio, started to bicker and then picked up a painting I had packaged up to mail to a customer, I could see one was trying to bop the other one on the head with it and I had to intervene before someone got hurt or the painting was damaged. I was a trooper, I tried to keep my cool and carry on but listing back I could hear the irritation in my voice and I was painting angry little trees and we can’t have that now can we? And besides, this painting should have only taken me about 15 minutes and I found it hard to get back in the flow after the interruption. See, we all have days like that, sometimes parenting is all friendship bracelets and rainbows and other times you are thinking “Who are these people and why do they keep calling me mom?” I’m pretty sure I have a rubber stamp that says that too LOL!  Now on to the video!

Video!

One of the reasons I wanted to paint this is because several people asked me to paint a picture with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Affiliate link-Hallmark Scrapbook) that so many stampers have been using lately. They are more opaque than traditional western watercolors but you can use them just the same. Go ahead and you whatever paints you have though, Traditional paints will be a bit more vivid.

Colors used: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Color numbers & Names () indicate traditional color names
#31 Scarlet Red (Vermillion or Cadmium Red)
#44 Light Brown (Yellow Ocher)
#54 Olive Green (Chromium Oxide green)
#62 Colbalt Blue
#47 Dark Brown (Burnt Umber)

Other Supplies:

Prima Watercolor Pencils (affiliate link)
140# Canson Monteville watercolor paper
A hunk of clear wax
Princeton Neptune brushes #16, #8 rounds (Micheals has these on clearance!)
Reference photo by Lynn Quinn at the new Paint My Photo Website.

I hope you give this painting a try, it is great for relaxing after a not-so-relaxing day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Sunset! {I almost forgot about this one!}

Hi friends! Today I have a quick and fun watercolor painting tutorial for you, a watercolor sunset. Watch the video to see how easy it is!

This painting as done in only 3 colors:

  • Alizarin Crimson (a cool red)
  • Ultramarine Blue (a warm blue)
  • Cadmium Yellow (a warm yellow)

And of course we mixed our “black”. You can find the photo I used as inspiration by Jeana Wood at Paint my Photo. I hope you try this easy painting and let me know how you do! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You asked for it! {a very long painting tutorial}

Edit: My good friend and expert Cindi told me that this painting is of a bridge in Southwest Harbor, just “up the road a piece” from Somesville. Thanks Cindi! (and you CAN get there from here! LOL-Maine joke!)

Hi Friends! I have to thank reader Jamie Evens for requesting this tutorial and allowing me to use her beautiful photograph she took of the Somesville bridge for today’s very long watercolor tutorial. Today I will show you paint this lovely scene from my beautiful state of Maine!

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Watch the video for a relaxed step by step tutorial. I had several viewers on YouTube who said they enjoyed the longer video because as beginners it helped them understand the process of completing a larger painting better. I hope you find it useful too!

Supplies for this tutorial:

  • Art Masking Fluid (also called liquid frisket)
  • Soap and a cheap brush
  • Watercolor paint, below are the colors I used, you can use these or similar colors:
    Cad Yellow light or Lemon yellow
    yellow ocher
    magenta or alizarin crimson or rose madder
    ultramarine blue
    sap green
    permanent green light
    burnt sienna
  • Brushes: 3/4″ flat wash, #10 round, #5 filbert, #12 flat You can go up or down a size and be fine though:)

Here is the photograph by Jamie that I have posted with her permission. Thanks again Jamie!

Somesville Bridge photo by Jamie Evens copyright 2014 used with permission. Click on the photo to see a larger image suitable for printing.

Somesville Bridge photo by Jamie Evens copyright 2014 used with permission. Click on the photo to see a larger image suitable for printing.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out. Please use the hints and techniques I shared with you in the video to paint your next watercolor. Nothing is more difficult to paint than anything else, just break it down into small steps and go for it and most importantly have fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Easy watercolor tutorial: Forest Stream

Tonight I am going to show you how easy it is to paint a tranquil stream in watercolors. There is no drawing involved, al you need is paper, paint and a few brushes and you are ready to paint along with me. If you try it let me know how it turns out!

If you enjoyed that free video tutorial perhaps you will enjoy this Mallard Duck PDF painting tutorial. It is only $3 in my shop and includes a pattern to trace and full instructions with photos so you can follow along.

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Well, I’m plumb tuckered out tonight so I will leave you to your evening. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Hydrangea Two Ways!

Hello friends! I have been having so much fun with water-media lately. I was stumped by what to paint the other day so I looked at my request list and painted a hydrangea. I did it both with watercolor paints and pencils and surprisingly I preferred the soft look of the pencils for this so I’ll show you that video first:

Actually I was not going to post the watercolor paint video. I was cut off at the end right before I said “bye” and the video was really bright because I had the “perfect auto levels” button pushed…perfect my foot LOL! It is kinda bright but I offered to post it if anyone was interested, don’t say I didn’t warn you :P

Well, it looks like we are in for a whopper of a storm this week, please be careful if you are in the east especially if your area is not used to snow, I plan to make a trip to town tomorrow for necessities like the “store bought” valentines my daughters want to hand out (where did I go wrong?) and valentine party snacks in the event that school is not cancelled Friday and I need to think of a valentines gift for hubby. Any ideas? I was thinking of buying him some more stuff for his shop but clamps and wood glue are not that romantic. Oh well, i’m sure I’ll think of something:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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