A Summery Painting Tutorial to Warm You Up! 12:30pm ET

Edited to add the final painting. I like the additional palm trees and beach umbrella. How about you? Have a great weekend!


Hi friends! Were back this week with a fun summery beach painting that will take your mind off winter!


You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.



New March Collection of artwork in the shop!  These are original paintings you have seen me paint on YouTube or in classes. They are only available this month on a first come first served basis. Prices start at $45 (because I think everyone should be able to afford original art if they want) and USA shipping is free!


I hope to see you for a free live painting class at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube today, til them happy crafting!



Watercolor on YUPO Live at 12:30pm ET today! Southwest Landscape Tutorial!

Hi friends! Have you ever wanted to “loosen up” in your watercolor painting? If so, I have just the thing for you: Yupo!


Yupo is a synthetic paper that is loads of fun to play with! A lot of people are using it for alcohol ink these days but I have always loved it for watercolor (so much so that I bought a ream of it about 18 years ago and I am still using it up! Luckily it is synthetic and doesn’t go bad LOL.) Yupo is a very smooth thin white sheet of plastic that never buckles or warps while you paint on it. If you don’t like your painting you can rinse it off and try again. It easily takes watercolor pencil too which was a fun surprise I discovered today and it is awesome even with less expensive paints! I used to use this with my M Graham watercolors (which are my favorite but since they are in my big studio palette I rarely use them on camera because I can’t fit the palette in the video) but I often found the surface to be sticky due to the honey content I think but I don’t have this issue with my Prima watercolors which are really nice watercolors at a low price aimed at crafters. Are you curious? Well you can paint with me live today at 12:30pm ET and find out more! You can see the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page.


  • Yupo paper (you can also use this paper with alcohol inks, acrylics and other media!)
  • Watercolors (Prima watercolor confections: Decadent Pies) *On sale for $17 currently. I also recommend the Tropical set as a good inexpensive mixing set.
  • Silicone tools (the set I have has tripled in price and take 2 months to arrive but I found a cheaper set that are single ended.
  • Brushes:*I am recommending this set of Royal Majestic brushes on sale for $16 as they have good control and do not hold as much water as my Mimiks because we are working on Yupo. Yupo is a plastic paper and water does not absorb so if you use a lot of water it will take a long time to dry.
  • Watercolor pencils Spectrum Noir Aquablend Naturals Set. The primary set would be good to have too. *you can get by with just the naturals set for today’s tutorial. I am seeing 12 piece sets coming out that are as are selling for as much as the 24 pencil sets linked above so I am not sure if they are changing them, if so grab the bigger sets now while you can:)
  • Other: Paper towel, bucket of water
  • I combined 3 photos from the Artist Photo Reference book Landscapes to make this picture. This series of books is wonderful if you can get your hands on then at a reasonable price. I was able to get the full set of books piecemeal from several used book sellers on amazon.They come and go, check back often here.

My Original artwork is available for sale!

Have you ever wanted to own one of my original watercolors? I have a selection available for the month of February on my website, first come first served.

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We will be adding a new collection of paintings every month and removing the old. You guys have been asking me to offer these for years and now hubby has made it happen. Thank you for the encouragment to do this. 🙂 We’ll see you at 12:30 for some wet and wild watercolor on Yupo! Til then happy crafting!

Flowers, Tea and a Good Book:)

Howdy friends! First let me apologise that I didn’t get the blog post up before the live stream today. I just ran out of time and I am sorry. You can always check my YouTube channel on friday morning to find the scheduled video link if I pull these shenanigans again:) We still managed to have a great turnout and this is what we painted:

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You can watch the replay in the player below and if you have any questions you can leave a comment here or on YouTube and I will answer it:)


I decided to add some details with Prismacolor colored pencils at the end. I think it is wise to let your painting sit a bit before deciding it’s done. Sometime you will be disgusted with a painting, go to bed and the next morning it looks great. Maybe there is a painting fairy that stops by and fixes out work in our sleep, but a more likely reason is that we are our own worse critics and after a time working on something we can’t judge it objectively.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Vintage bottles with Wildflowers Today 12:30pm ET!

Edited to add the finished painting. Have a great weekend!


Howdy friends! Are you ready to paint? We will have a fun and relaxed tutorial today using watercolors and soft (aka chalky) pastels. You can use whatever brands you have but I will include a supply list below. Here is a quick color study I sketched:


Here is the reference photo. I have a printable pattern here if you want to print and trace it.


You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube at 12:30pm ET.



Also, don’t forget there is only 2 days left to save 35% on my watercolor classes with coupon code HOLIDAY17 (offer expires 1/1/18)

I hope to paint with you live at 12:30pm today! Happy crafting!


Easy Dragonfly Painting with Matching Mat & Watercolor Pencil Tips!

Hi friends! Here is a fun painting you can make today!


I am using watercolor pencils and it is so easy to do. Learn how in today’s video!

Watercolor pencils and waterbrushes are from sponsor Arteza! Save 10% with coupon code THEFRUGALCRAFTER10 here! Check out their other art, craft and quilting supply basics at super low prices too:) 10% off coupon good through 9/17/17


This project should take between 30-45 minutes to complete but feel free to pause the video and take breaks because the most important thing is that you learn and enjoy the process!

Want more in-depth watercolor lessons?


Check out my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course on sale for 30% off this week with coupon code TEACHME, you get over 5 hours of watercolor instruction for $55.30 (Regular $79!) Join the nearly 700 watercolor students getting fantastic results! Learn more here or enroll today! Sale ends Saturday so don’t wait:) Happy crafting!

Summertime, and the Painting is Easy! Live Watercolor Tutorial 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from the live class today! Replay is available below:) Have a great weekend!


Hi friends! Let’s paint a relaxing summer scene in watercolor today at 12:30pm Eastern time!  You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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.


SALE!!! Over 500 classes for Under $20 at Craftsy!

My Mix it Up! Mixed Media Class is on sale for $14.99 for digital download or $19.99 for a DVD! I still can’t believe they picked my class to be one of the DVD offerings!

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When you purchase a Craftsy class you have lifetime access so why not stock up while it’s on sale? You can take your time to complete it and return to it whenever (like in the doldrums of winter LOL!) I just snagged a couple of zippered bag classes because I think I might like to make some to organize my little supplies in drawers and in my car. It is fun to learn something new and if you can save a bunch, why not? Disclosure: I earn a small commission on any class purchased after clicking through my special discount links, your support helps keep these live streams and tutorials frequent and free. Thank you for your support ! See you soon for the live class and happy crafting!


What do you think of speedpaints?

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! As you might have noticed during Friday’s live stream I had a few tech difficulties, hey it happens with live-shows, I’ve learned to go with the flow. 😀 It took much longer than expected to edit out the big glitch in the replay so while I was waiting I took the footage and made a speedpaint (you can watch it below if you like) and surprisingly several people on YouTube said they liked it better than the long version because they don’t have time to watch an hour-long video.


So I am thinking that I might take the footage from past live shows and turn them into speedpaints with a voice over if anyone would be interested, let me know in the comments below. Don’t worry, I have NO INTENTION of speeding up my regular videos, this would be an “in addition to” not an “in place of” situation. at the very least I might just make a speed version of the live shows going forward and see if anyone watches it LOL:) It actually might be kind cool, people can pick what suits them best! In any event I hope you enjoy this bonus speedpaint and if you want more info on the supplies and products I used as well as the real-time tutorial you can find all of that on Friday’s post.

One more thing! Today is the last day to get the birthday special on my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course. Use the coupon code BITRHDAY41 to get my class for $41 (that is 48%off!) if the discount does not appear in cart. I have tried to post a link with the discount attached so nobody pays full price on accident:) I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my first watercolor course a success. I started with a beginner course because that was what you asked for. My next courses will be more advanced but I believe with a strong foundation of skills you will be able to break down a subject, no matter how daunting, and paint it.


Also thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes, it has made my 41st birthday truly magical:) Till next time happy crafting!



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