Pineapple Painting!

By request here is a tutorial on how to paint the fun pineapple with mermaid markers. You can use watercolor or waterbased markers for this!


Watch the video for this fast and fun project!

I hope you give this a try and til next time happy crafting!

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!



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.


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!

Let’s Paint a Pretty Bird & Q&A

Hi friends! You might have noticed if you follow me on YouTube and Facebook that I have been doing surprise live streams. I will continue to do my Friday at 12:30pm ET stream with Sarah as long as I am not traveling so don’t worry, those are here to stay but I also like popping in live when I have time to paint and chat.I decided to make the replay available after the live stream for everyone to see, I save questions til the end so if you want to hear them you can or you can stop watching when the tutorial is over. I hope this is helpful!


I am using the new Jane Davenport Watercolors from American Crafts! Grab whatever watercolors you have and join me for a fun time!


  • watercolors
  • 140# watercolor paper (Cold Pressed)
  • White Gel Pen(Uniball Signo is my fave)
  • Reference photo

Want more inspiration?


SALE!!!! Lifebook2017 extended the 20% off coupon through the end of January, use coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save! I am one of the teachers of LifeBook 2017! You get a new downloadable class every week for a year from top noth mixed media instructors all of one low price! Don’t wait, the 20% off coupon expires January 31st!

Don’t forget we have our regular live stream tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there and til then happy crafting!

LIVE! Paint a Rusty Old Truck in Watercolor! 12:30pm Eastern Time!

Hi friends! Are you ready to paint?15975319_10208175716216052_1886779803078494136_o

Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we will paint a rusty old truck in watercolors!


We will use a warm/neutral palette of the following colors: Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red Deep, Ultramarine blue, Olive Green (or sap) and Burnt Sienna. We will see granulating pigments in action and learn how to mix earth watercolor pigments without making the dreaded mud! You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters and ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET on 1/13/17. Ohhhh, it’s Friday the 13th, spooky huh?

You can download the PDF pattern to trace here.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!



*Thanks for purchasing classes at Craftsy, I earn a commission on classes bought via my special discount link and helps keep my tutorials free on YouTube!

I hope to see you in today’s free painting class at 12:30pm ET on YouTube! Happy crafting!

LIVE! 12:30pm Eastern Time, Beautiful Vintage Moth in Watercolor (and maybe mixed media}

15936408_10208122599768174_8311229058637729676_oHi friends! I missed doing last weeks show so much (snow storm power and internet outage) but I am back this week and I hope you will join me today at 12:30pm ET for a fun live painting class! I found this lovely vintage moth advertisement that is in the public domain and I painted a loose sketch on an ATC and shared it last week and many folks asked for a tutorial so I decided to do one larger with more detail today. Here is the reference image:


Here is a PDF pattern you can print and trace on your watercolor paper.  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the youtube watch page. Also if you are using a tablet make sure you don’t have it in full screen mode if you want to see the chat.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Other: water buckets, paper towels and I grabbed some rubber stamps and stencils in case I want to add to the background!

Love Mixed Media? Try a year long mixed media course and save 20% with coupon FIREWORKS2017 Join me and 23 other mixed media teachers for LifeBook 2017!


The first class is up and the artwork from the students is AMAZING! But it is not to late to join! Things are just getting started on LifeBook 2017 and I would love to see what YOU create during a year of weekly mixed media art classes, find our more or enroll here.


I hope you can join me for the live show today at 12:30pm ET, til than 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:


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.


Grab your paint, paper and brushes and paint along!

  • 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!

Loose Rose Demo and Watercolor Sketchbook Review

Hi friends! Today I am going to review the Daler Rowney watercolor sketchbook and Langton Prestige ATC freebies that came with the book.


Many people asked me to review the Daler Rowney watercolor sketchbook that I bought on sale for $12.99 at Jerry’s Artarama last week (and I just checked, it is still on sale!) I also reviewed the Langton Prestige watercolor paper ATCs and Robert Simmons White sable brush that came with the sketchbook. I will also show you how to paint a quick rose on both papers so you can compare.

Aquafine paper:
Pros: Affordable, thick, bright white paper
Cons: “tire track” texture, does not take scrubbing well, 100% cellulose

The Langton Prestige:
Pros: Beautiful well sized surface, 100% cotton, Colors remain bright, Price 12 sheet pads (9″x12″) are $10.29 at Jerrys, they are twice the price of the Aquafine but not bad in my opinion, infact after trying the Langton Prestige I went to investigate prices and they had a 10 pack of 22″x30 sheets on closeout for $32 making it even more economical than blocks or pads.

***Which brings me to a money saving tip, it is almost ALWAYS cheaper to buy the full sheet watercolor paper if you can store the paper or you don’t mind tearing the sheets down. You also have the versatility of cutting or tearing it to whatever size you like. I usually buy my paper this way when I see a great deal and I store it in a big flat box under my bed until I need it. Blocks are the most expensive way to buy paper, you pay for the convenience but again, if you don’t mind a bit of work you can make your own blocks with watever paper you like, tutorial here.
Cons: None

Bottom line on the paper: For pen and ink/wash or quick sketches the Aquafine paper in the sketchbook is fine but I personally would pick the Langton Prestige, the pads are about the same price but you get half as many sheets with the Langton Prestige. You can always save it for the projects you want to spend more time on. I like it as much as Arches and more than Fabriano Artistico.

I am so happy that they offered the ATC papers with the sketchbook because I found out about a new paper I like. I hope you find it helpful!

Robert Simmons “White sable” brush
Pros: price, synthetic, good paint, nice snap
Cons, does not hold a ton of water.
Bottom Line, a good value!

This is NOT sponsored, I purchased this with my own money and am linking to Jerry’s Artarama because that is where I bought it and they have the best price but you can shop where you choose:) However if you do shop you can let them know Lindsay The Frugal Crafter sent you! If you want tutorials on any of the sketches in the book or ATC cards let me know what ones and maybe I can make it happen:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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