Stamp Giveaway! Heat Embossong Tips & Watercolor Sheets! Stamp School!

 

Hi friends! Today  I have some really fun stuff for you! First, Artneko is giving a lucky winner the stamps I used in today’s card, just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I will draw a winner in one week and notify the winner via email.

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Secondly I am playing with a brand new watercolor product called Viviva watercolor sheets. I was contacted by the designer of these watercolor booklets last year and have used a couple different prototypes and provided feedback and I am really proud of the final booklets they created, you can find out more here. Of course you can use whatever watercolors you already have. We will watercolor over a heat embossed image, it is a great way to get into coloring with watercolor as the heat embossing creates raised partitions for the paint. Don’t worry if you have struggled with heat embossing in the past because I have some tips and tricks in today’s video!

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Stamp panda scene with black pigment ink on hot press watercolor paper and heat emboss. Touch up any un inked spots with a black embossing pen and re emboss those areas.

2. Use a waterbrush and watercolor sheets to color the scene. Let dry and cut out oval leaving a 1/8″ border.

3. Emboss a 4.5″x6.5″ panel of white cardstock and brayer ink on top from a Kaleidacolor inkpad. Mount to a 4.75″x6.75″ black card.

4. Adhere die cut felt to embossed panel or wrap ribbon or string around the panel or glue down a lacy die cut for a similar effect.

5. Attach stamped panel with foam tape, stamp sentiment on black, cut out and adhere that too with foam tape.

6. Attach brads in the corners and adhere this panel to a 5″x7″ card using ATG adhesive or double stick tape.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it really helped beginners learn how to get really good heat embossed images. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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LIVE! Watercolor Painting on YUPO Paper 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from today’s live stream:

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Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time we are going to have fun exploring water-coloring on YUPO paper!

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Recently Yupo Paper has been popular with alcohol ink artists (I’ll be posting a tutorial on that soon!) but I always enjoyed it for watercolor. I first tried out the paper about 15 years ago and liked it so much I bought a pack of huge sheets that I am still working through today! I had a few requests to demonstrate it so I figured that would be fun to do today. In the photo above you can see a quick teacup painted on regular cotton watercolor paper (top) and YUPO below and you can see the difference the papers make. If you have ever wanted to loosen up more in your work I recommend giving YUPO a try! Here is the reference photo for today’s painting.tea-with-lemon-783352_640.jpg

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

Supplies! I scouted out this mornings steals on Amazon and will share links and prices below. By purchasing via my special discount links you get awesome deals and you help support my free live tutorials, thank you:) *As always follow along with what you have at home, having more supplies does not make you a better painter:)

  • Watercolors: Here are some deals on Student & Professional grade watercolors that I personally use:  Sakura Koi set of 24 (never seen the price this low!) $14.18  *They also have a good price on the 48 set!, Prima Tropicals Set of 12 in metal tin $14.16 (great mixing set!), Prima Decadent Pies set of 12 in metal tin $12.13 (Great for landscape panting) and Cotman Sketcher set of 12 $12.99 (this is what I teach with) For Professional grade paints today’s deals are: Holbein watercolors at about $2 per tube when bought in sets (vs $9 when bought individually) Mission Gold sets $38+ (They are always cheaper on amazon for some reason and I am using the 24 perfect pan set in today’s tutorial) and Daniel Smith 6 tube essentials set (A GREAT mixing set) $25 *The price on this fluctuates between $25-$45 on Amazon and retails for $60 on some sites.
  • Yupo Paper: 9″x12″ pad of 10 sheets $13.55 *other sizes available too!
  • Silicone tools to wipe out highlights (these nail art tools are the same as expensive art silicone tools at 1/4 the price!)
  • Watercolor brushes (you want ones that do not hold a lot of water because Yupo does not absorb anything) this set of 5 Majestic brushes for $16.32 has all you need!
  • You will want a fine tip pen for today’s project, I am using a ultrafine sharpie because I know it will dry. I will use this to draw my design directly on Yupo paper.
  • *Yupo paper is also great with alcohol inks and markers, tutorial on that coming soon!
  • Pattern to print and trace

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Tips & Tricks for Yupo!

  1. Yupo is made of plastic so it does not absorb the paint and water so use little water or it will take a long time to dry.
  2. If you don’t like your painting you can rinse away watercolor, although some colors might stain.
  3. Yupo will not warp so you can use the cheaper lightweight Yupo with no problem whatsoever.
  4. Thick watercolor application may remain stick when dry especially if you are using a paint containing honey. Make sure to frame your masterpiece with a matte and glass (not Plexiglas because it can flex and stick to the paint) if you want to keep it for posterity.
  5. Go with the flow! Yupo is a very fluid and slick surface to paint on, let it do its thing and don’t try to control it too much.
  6. Avoid using a heat tool or blow dryer on Yupo, the heat tool can warp the paper and the blow drier will just push your paint and water around. Patience grasshopper.

I hope you check out this fun project. I think Yupo would make a great paper for kids too, you can simply wash it off and reuse as much as you want for little kids watercolors and finger-paintings. There are just a lot of uses for this wonderful “paper” and I hope you get your hands on some to try! Have you or would you try Yupo? let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Tea-time With Flowers & Lemons Watercolor Tutorial on YUPO Paper!

LIVE! Easter Lily in Watercolor & Tips for Painting White Flowers!

Edit: Here is the finishes painting from today’s live stream, have a great weekend and happy Easter!

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Hi friends, today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube we will learn how to paint white flowers in watercolor! Here is a quick color study I did this morning, but don’t worry, our painting during the live stream should be more refined. 😀

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I like to play with color in my journal before I attempt a live stream to warm up, I think we will have a lot of fun with this. You can watch the live stream or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with us be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm Eastern time today!

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Supplies:

Sorry to keep it short and sweet but I am running behind today! Hope to catch you live in a few minutes on YouTube, happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Yummy Dessert! LIVE 12:30pm ET

Hi friends! Please join me for a fun painting tutorial today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube!12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube! We will be painting thisHere is a traceable pattern.

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Here is the reference photo:

You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions while we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

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Supplies (Amazon Affiliate Links Used)

  • Mission Gold Watercolors: I am using the Perfect Pan set of 24 because the palette is compact and fits on-screen, but this set of 36 is a better deal *BTW I just ordered this set and will review it soon! I also have and recommend the 24 pure pigment set before, I think it is the best value because you have all single pigment tubes (larger tubes than in the 36 set) and you can mix all of the colors in the 36 set from this set I believe. It is more expensive because you are getting more paint and it is a bit heavy on the red/pinks so it is better for flower/still life painters as opposed to landscape artists. You really can’t go wrong with any Mission Gold paints but a little goes a long way so just pick the set that meets your needs (you don’t need them all LOL!)
  • 140# Arches Watercolor paper CP I am working 9″x12″ size and I tear my paper down from large sheets. I just saw this pack of 10 22″x30″ sheets on Amazon for $27.99 and I have never seen this paper at low! *I buy full sheet watercolor paper, tear down a couple of sheets at a time and store the paper in the shipping box under my bed FYI:)
  • Brushes: For beginners I recommend Royal Majestic, this 5 peice set is a good assortment and cover most anything you want to paint. The bristles have more snap and hold less water which makes working with student grade paints easier as well, they are an excellent value! If you are more advanced I recommend the Mimik Synthetic Squirrel Watercolor Brushes as they hold a TON of water and paint and are a great deal!
  • White gel pen (Uniball Signo)

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Pen & Ink and Watercolor Daffodil Tutorial (YOU can paint this!)

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to draw and paint this daffodil:

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All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolor paint and watercolor paper! Let’s get started!

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Supplies:
Koi Watercolor set of 24 Amazon has the best price $20.26, they also have the best price on all sizes 12-48 pan sets, Blitsy has it for $30 but they offer free worldwide shipping when you spend a certain amount OR Simon Says Stamp sells it for $36 and they also offer shipping to most countries

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I get the 100 pack of 5″x7″ size because I go through a lot of them and it is the best deal on Amazon, But other sizes and assortments are available. Blitzy has the best price on the 10 pack of 5″x7″ for $7.64 (but it is more expensive than buying in bulk on amazon)

Waterproof pens (Faber Castell Pitt Pens in Sepia color)

Other: I clip my watercolor cards to a scrap of foam board with binder clips as I find 5″x7″ watercolor cards don’t really need to be taped down on all 4 sides unless you want a white border on them.

I hope you give this tutorial a try, if you don’t have a waterproof pen you can sketch in pencil, paint with watercolor and add the pen lines on top for a similar result. Use what you have or you can use my special discount affiliate links above to purchase exactly what I used. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS I really needed this spring painting today because this is what I woke up to! C’mon Mother Nature, take a hint, it’s Spring already LOL!

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LIVE Castle Paint-a-thon!

Edit! The live stream was so fun today! Here is the final painting. The replay is available below!

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Hi friends! This week I am in a castle collaboration with talented painters Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney-The Art Sherpa! We are all painting castles! Here is a color study for the one I will be painting:

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The colors I am using are: Quin Red, Cobalt Blue, Cad. Yellow Lt., Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Yellow Ocher but you can pick whatever you have that is closest. If you are new to watercolor you can thin down acrylic paints to a watery consistency and work on paper. You do not have to worry about under-binding on paper;) Here is the reference photo for the castle but please refer to the printable pattern because I am adding more landscape area to this.

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

Today’s Live Stream Castle Collaboration Schedule:

  1. 10am ET Angela Anderson with a lovely Fairytale Castle in acrylics
  2. 12:30pm ET Me, the Frugalcrafter with a lovely watercolor castle
  3. 2pm ET The Art Sherpa paints Hogwarts Castle in Acrylics

All the supplies for this tutorial can be found from sponsor Jerry’s Artarama:

I hope to see you today at 12:30pm ET on YouTube! Maybe I’ll see you in the chat on Angela’s or Cinnamon’s live stream too! Til then Happy Crafting!

Playing With Pencils! Sketch Along With Me!

Hi friends! I am feeling a bit under the weather today, I have a sore throat. I had two kids home sick today and the school secretary said that middle-schoolers were dropping like flies (and I chaperoned a class trip with the entire middle school Friday!) I thought while my voice held out and since it was the first day of Spring (paying no attention to the foot of snow on my lawn) that I would paint a springy picture!

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This was one f of the reference pictures I asked you to vote on last week and so many of you liked it so how could I refuse!

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Watch the video and sketch along! I am using watercolor pencils but you can use what you have, if graphite blend with your fingers and if wax pencil you can blend with paint thinner or leave it unblended. It is daily practice that will make you better, not a certain kind of materials:)

I am using Aquablend Pencils from Spectrum Noir. They come in sets of 24 (4 sets total-primaries, naturals, florals, essentials) with no duplicate colors between sets. Because things sell out quickly I found a few shops that have them in stock at an affordable price. *If you want all 4 sets the best price is at Hallmark Scrapbook when you buy the collection.

Shops & Prices

The above links are affiliate links, I earn a small commission on the items you purchase after clicking my discount links. It doesn’t cost you any extra but is does help keep the free tutorials coming on my channel. Thank you for your support!

If you want more spring painting tutorials in watercolor or watercolor pencils please check out my Paintings for Spring YouTube playlist! There are different length videos so you can try something according to your time and it’s free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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