Arteza Expert Watercolor Pencil Review

Hi friends! I have been getting requests to review the Arteza Expert Watercolor pencils. I decided it would be nice to get this review up before Thanksgiving in case there are some really good Black Friday sales to take advantage of (you never know!)

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I have really enjoyed working with these watercolor pencils, they feel softer and creamier than a typical watercolor pencils but they sharpen well without breakage. It’s not what I expect from a budget priced product. Then again I have been pretty impressed with Arteza’s line of products over all. Arteza gave me a 10% off coupon code FRUGAL10 to share with you if ordering off their website but I also recommend checking Amazon before ordering to make sure you get the best deal. You can check out these pencils in today’s video review.

Pros:
Price-$35 for a set of 72 in a reusable tin
Quality- Vivid colors that layer well
Lightfast info provided
Leads are strong and seemed well centered sharpens well

Cons:
You can’t buy individual colors so if you use one up you will need to replace it with another brand or buy a new set

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Supplies: Affiliate links used: Watercolor pencils and paper from Arteza *Use coupon code FRUGAL10 for 10% off if shopping on the Arteza Website.

The paper I used to demonstrate was their premium cellulose super-affordable student grade paper. They just came out with a 100% cotton Expert version that I haven’t tried yet.  Let me know if you would like a review of the new paper. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Chicken Update, Azalea Tutorial & Watercolor Pencil Review!

Howdy friends! You were so sweet to ask after our sweet chicken Rosie, she is doing better, eating and drinking more (although not enough I feel like she can go outside) and today she started cooing (that sweet little chicken purr or trill sound they make) again. We gave her a warm bath this evening to clean her feathers, she did not have the strength to stand when she did her business so her tail-end needed some cleaning plus she was a bit exuberant with some yogurt today so she needed the works. She actually seemed to enjoy it then Lila held her in a towel for a bit before we finished with a blow dryer. This chicken is getting the spa treatment and I worry she may never want to back out to the coop! My husband is not keen in the idea of having an “inside” chicken though.

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Today we are painting azaleas with watercolor pencils. I was at ACmoore with a rewards check burning a hole in my pocket and I saw a set of 36 watercolor pencils by the brand Fantasia on sale for $16 so I thought I would give them a try. See how they preformed in todays video!

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I am glad I found these at this price, I think they would be a good set for a beginner. The downside is that 36 colors is the biggest set and to my knowledge you can’t get individual pencils if you use one up BUT if you use up this set you deserve a professional set because by golly you earned it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found the review helpful and til next time happy crafting!

PS I know that we usually have Stamp School on Wednesdays but do to our chicken drama I have to skip this week but I have a fun Christmas stamping project coming to the blog Friday so you can get your stamping fix!

Lookie! Cheap watercolor paper and pencils that are awesome!

Hi Friends! I know I have been sharing a lot of new stuff lately. I tend to go in cycles with my shopping. I have been looking for inexpensive watercolor pencils that I can use in my kids classes but are nice enough to recommend to adult painters and stampers too and I think I found them!

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I picked up this set of 36 Reeves watercolor pencils on my last Blick supply order. I had a coupon so the set cost me only $11. I have used Reeves brand watercolor and gouache paints in my kids classes because the colors are really nice and they are non-toxic, easy to lift for beginners and a steal of a deal. Also the local craft stores carried them so people could get their hands on them easily. The paper was a new find too, I have been using the 75 sheet pads of the Fabriano studio 90# cold pressed for years and I see they now have big pads of hot press watercolor paper for the same price. The paper feels like silk and is simply lovely. I bought a pack of 75 sheets of 90# and a pack of 50 sheets of the #140 in 11″x14 size for $23 each. If you can only get one I recommend the 90# for stampers because it is plenty thick for stamping and painting and the 140# for painters because you are likely to use larger sheets and get it wetter. Hot press paper also seems to buckle more easily than cold pressed or rough papers so painters will want the thicker paper. Want to see these items in action? Watch the video:

I am not affiliated with Blick Art Materials but I do order from them regularly for my art business. I just wanted to share a deal and some inexpensive options for those looking for watercolor pencils and paper. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watermedia Review {pardon the mess}

Today I will go over the different water-soluble media I have with the exception of acrylics because they are a different animal altogether. I will show you what I have for paint, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, ink sticks, pastels etc. I will compare kids supplies to artist’s quality and advise when to save and when to splurge. Here is a sampling of the media will will try out in the video:

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I will warn you, I have a lot of water-media. I have been adding to my collection for 15 years and I teach art professionally so please do not feel bad if you do not have as much. Nobody would go out and buy everything at once, get a few items and try them out, see what they can do and add to your collection as budget permits. I hope this video will help you make smart decisions when buying your supplies:

If you have any questions about the products I showed in the video or want to add your recommendations for products please leave a comment. I think it would be impossible to have every kind of water-media out there (it would be fun trying to collect it though!) but I hope I covered all the types of media so you can see what will work best for you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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