Live! 12:30pm ET Let’s Paint a Lighthouse in Watercolor!

Edit: Here is the finished painting from Today’s Live stream. Enjoy the replay and have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! Last week I had the opportunity to paint on Monhegan island with a group of delightful ladies from Louisiana. At the top of the island sits this quaint lighthouse.

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Here is the on location sketch I painted:

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I decided that I wanted to paint this again once I returned home so that is what we will do together live at 12:30pm ET today! You can watch live, or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live and ask me questions as we go be sure to catch the live stream on YouTube.

Supplies can be purchased from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama. Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

My Mixed Mix it Up Mixed Media DVD is out…

…and on sale for $19.99 (Reg $44.99)  *Digital version is $14.99 this weekend too! If you have wanted to purchase my Craftsy class but prefered to have a DVD now is your chance. Craftsy selected my class to be in the DVD pilot program and I am so excited!!!

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If you are not into mixed media I also have an online watercolor class:  Essential Watercolor Course  with over 5 hours of in-depth watercolor instruction to start your journey into watercolor painting off on the right foot. Oh! Exciting classroom news, you can now upload your artwork directly in the comments section of the classroom, right in the relevant lesson,  so you won’t need to post in the Facebook group to share your work. I am so excited for this development!

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Pretty cool huh? I love this update because if you have a question while you are working through the course you can pop it right in the lesson where it is relevant, not only do you get help but it helps your fellow students! Sharing is caring my friends:)

I also wanted to let you know that there will be no live stream next Friday (vacation!) so make sure you tune in today if you want to catch the live show! See you soon and until then happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Lilacs! {Real Time Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! I had a bit of free time on Saturday night so I live streamed this painting tutorial of Lilac flowers in a mason jar.

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I missed hanging out and painting with you on Friday because I was away on a school trip so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to paint with you:)

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This video origanally broadcast live on Saturday night. During drying times I answered viewer questions and I also took questions at the end of the show, if you don’t care for the chatter you can fast forward through the Q&A bits and not miss any instruction:) Video!


Supplies:

  • Watercolors: I used my LUKAS 1862 watercolors from the 48 half pan set for this but they are sold out on Jerry’s and Amazon (and the prices of the sets have gone up) BUT I did find a screaming deal on the 48 pan set of Rembrandt which is a better quality paint than the LUKAS 1862 and currently a lot cheaper. Colors used: Cobalt Teal, Andethrone Blue, Olive Green, Perm. Yellow Light, Purple, Diox Violet and Burnt Sienna
  • Arches 140# CP paper 
  • Mimik Brushes 3/4″ flat, #8 round
  • 1/2″ angle flat Majestic brush
  • Pastels

Lilac flowers are one of my favorite signs of spring, what spring flowers are your favorite? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS: If you want more real timewatercolor instruction be sure to check out my new watercolor course Essentail Tools and Techniques for Watercolor on sale for $39 (reg. $79) this month only!

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LIVE Today! Let’s Paint a Ruffly Parrot Tulip & My New Watercolor Course!

EDIT: Here is the finished painting from today’s live stream, I think it is one of my favorites!

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Hi friends! It has been an exciting couple of hours here in the Frugalcrafter family! I just launched my first watercolor course called Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painters and it is getting an amazing response! More on that later. First up let’s talk about today’s free live painting class at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! We are painting a beautiful, ruffled parrot tulip! tulip-1978165_640.png

You can download a printable PDF pattern here or sketch it from the photo above. You can watch the free live painting tutorial, or the replay, in the player below but if you want to chat with other painters live or ask me watercolor questions during the show be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies:

Now on to my exciting news!!!!

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For years blog and YouTube subscribers have asked me to create a watercolor class. I wanted to distill the essential techniques every watercolor painter should know down into a course with easy digestible chunks. I wanted to provide information on the tools and supplies so you get what you need without getting overwhelmed with all the options out there, and I wanted to give practical techniques to practice and perfect so that you could go forth and paint whatever your heart desires.

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I also wanted to show you how to apply the techniques you learned so I created three paintings that you can follow along with and put your new skills into action.

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This class is self paced and you have lifetime access to the content. The lessons are broken up into manageable chunks so you won’t be overwhelmed.

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I also wanted to simplify color mixing using a split-primary palette so you can avoid the mud when you want brilliant colors and create interesting neutrals and shadows when you need to.

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Last week as I was wrapping up my filming I asked you “What would you like to see in a watercolor course?” and I carefully reviewed your thoughtful answers and I am proud to say that I think I covered almost everything!

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I would be honored if you took a moment to check out my class and let me know what you think. My goal is to start watercolor beginners off on the right foot and fill in the gaps for more experienced painters who feel unsure about some of the foundations.

If you like the idea of learning watercolor painting at a relaxed pace from the comfort of your home please check out Essential Tools & Techniques for Watercolor Painting. I taught this curriculum as an 8 week course in my studio with success. Students paid $180 for the class in person and I always had a waiting list! I am offering this online class to my subscribers for $39 (Regular $79) during the month of May.

Most of all I want to thank you for the support and encouragement you have given me over the years and the confidence to create this course. You are the best! I hope you can join me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube to paint this fun flower! Til then Happy Crafting & Painting!

Let’s Paint a Weeping Angel Statue @ 12:30pm ET, Today LIVE!

Hi Friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we are going to draw and paint a lovely (and maybe a bit scary for all you Doctor WHO fans out there) weeping angel statue.  There is no pattern because we will sketch it together! Yay!

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask me questions as we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET and if you are on a tablet make sure to not have it in full screen mode (or turn your device to portrait mode) so you can see the chat.

Supplies are available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! *They are currently having a BOGO on many of my favorite brushes including the Mimik synthetic Squirrel brushes! Check it out!

Watercolors: I am using M Graham as many people have been asking about them lately:

140# CP (cold pressed) Watercolor Paper

Brushes: Mimik Synthetic Squirrel (I recommend the value pack set of 8)

Also, you will want a pencil, soft white eraser (we are sketching!) 2 water buckets and paper towels.

ALSO the 20% off discount for Lifebook 2017 has been extended through the end of January! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% off a year of classes an inspiration, find out more here. I just finished up filming my first class for the year long workshop, it will air in March, here is a picture of the finished page.

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There are 23 other wonderful mixed media artists sharing their secrets too so I hope you have a look at what Lifebook 2017 has to offer and I thank you for your support. 🙂

Get your supplies ready and we will see you at 12:30 ET for some painting fun! Til then Happy Crafting!

Learn to paint an eye in watercolor! {Step by step real time tutorial}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to paint an eye.

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We will mix and layer colors and lift away highlights.

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Watch the video for step by step instructions.

Paint colors: (I am using Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors)
Cerulean Blue PB35
Alizerain Crimson PR206
Prussian Blue PB27
Yellow Ocher PY43
Burnt Sienna PR101

Brushes: #8 round, #2 round mimik squirrel

Any watercolor paper is fine, I am using a scrap of 90# CP aquabee

I hope you found this tutorial useful! Thanks for watching and til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Postcard Painting Tutorial & LUKAS 1862 Watercolor Review

Hi friends! Today’s video is a bit on the long side (shocker, I know) but I wanted to do both a review of my new set of 48 halfpan Lukas 1862 watercolors and do a tutorial of a pretty vintage postcard of a butterfly and pansies.

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Here is the reference image:

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Watch the video and paint along! The review is first so if you want to skip ahead 12 minutes to the tutorial you can:)

Supplies:

  • Watercolors (I used LUKAS 1862, you can use whatever you have, even thinned down acrylic!)
  • 14-# watercolor Paper 6″x9″ (Aquabee)
  • Brushes #2 #8 round (Mimik Squirrel)

Lukas 1862 Watercolor 48 half pan review:

Pros:

  • Artist quality paint with tried and true pigments
  • 35 out of 48 colors are single pigment colors
  • Price (half or less than other artist quality brands) The paints are available in sets as well as single half pans, with pans and 24ml tubes ranging from $2.50-$7.69 each currently on sale a Jerry’s Artarama. (I have not used the tubes)
  • Highly pigmented-strong colors
  • Unique characteristics between colors (some are smooth, some granulate, some transparent some semi opaque)
  • Glazes well
  • The palette that comes with the paint is an enameled metal (steel? it is magnetic) and the pan holder tray lifts out for easy cleaning and so you can have additional mixing area.

Cons:

  • I feel that the paint could use a bit of honey or more gum arabic to improve luminescence and transparency but that can be added and it is a nit-picky thing.
  • The palette stained with the pthalocyanne colors but it was minor and it probably will come off with a magic eraser (but I don’t have one right now)
  • When I bought my set the list of colors on the website was not accurate. Below is a picture I took of my swatch, hope you can read my handwriting.

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Bottom line, if you are looking for an affordable artist grade watercolor set give them a try. A 12 half pan sets starts at $30 or grab a few tubes or pans and see what you think. I hope you enjoyed this review and tutorial! Happy crafting!

Loose Peony Painting for Beginners! Let’s have fun painting!

Hi friends! I took it easy work-wise last week, it was the funny time between Christmas and New Years Day when you just feel relaxed, lazy and are totally fine with it. One of those days I had a hankering to splash paint about and this was the result:

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I also turned on the camera when I did it so here is a fun and loose beginner tutorial. It is also helpful for folks wanting to loosen up I think.

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Grab your paint, paper and brushes and paint along!
Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint: Gamboge (warm yellow), permanent rose, Alizerain Crimson, Green gold, Prussian blue (LUKAS 1862 brand used)
  • 140# watercolor paper cold press
  • A variety of round brushes

 

I will have a full review on the LUKAS paints this weekend. So far I am liking them:) So, are you going to paint this? I hope you give it try! Happy crafting!

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