Happy New Year! Let’s Paint Sunflowers!

Hi friends! To start 2021 off right here is a bright and happy painting lesson for you!

It’s a long one so feel free to break it up into smaller chunks. I took breaks during filming and during one break I took down and packed up the Christmas decorations. Switching gears helps give your mind a break and come up with creative solutions to artistic problems.

We will be working with mixed media. I start with watercolor crayons but if you want to use watercolor it will totally work! Dig through your stash, you might have a similar product to what I am using that you can use if you don’t have the same exact thing. Supplies come and go and honestly, you can always substitute. Don’t have paint pens? Try gel pens or acrylic paint and a dip pen or fine brush. It’s all good!

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I hope you enjoyed this bright and colorful artwork and you give it a try soon. Happy crafting!

Learn to Paint a Bokeh Effect in Watercolor (Hanukkah card)

Hi friends! I had a couple requests to come up with a Hanukkah card this year. I realize that the festival of lights has already begun but I wanted to wish everyone who celebrates Hanukkah a very happy one!

I also through it would be fun to see if I could get a bokeh effect in watercolor and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Learn how in today’s video!

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Reminder! I am having a sale on my Hand-painted Holiday’s Class! Save $10 with coupon code JOY2020 of by clicking this special discount link. Offer good until 12/31/2020, Regular price $39, with coupon $29. Enjoy some stress free holiday card and tag painting with new designs added this year!

Happy crafting!

Feeling Stressed? Paint a Zen Branch with Leaves & Berries!

Hi friends, Looking for some chill-out time? Here you go! An easy and relaxing branch with leaves and berries to paint in watercolor.

If you enjoy fun and relaxing projects you might like my Hand-Painted Holiday class and it’s on sale this month! Save $10 with coupon code JOY2020 if the discount doesn’t appear. Regular price $39, with discount $29. Offer good through December 31, 2020

In other news my signature sets are back in stock at Jerry’s Artarama. **I used paints from my Turner Signature set on today’s painting.

Colors used:

  • Quin Magenta
  • Perm. Scarlet Perm. Gamboge
  • Pthalo Green
  • Turquoise
  • Burnt Umber
  • Reference photo
  • You only need 1 round brush, any size on the #8-#12 range with a good point.

I wasn’t sure if I like the painting better the way I painted it or turned on it’s side. What do you think?

Happy crafting!

You can Draw & Paint! Oh YES! Poinsettia Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some fun poinsettia themed projects! These are great for a beginner because the drawing and painting are easy if you follow the steps!

First we will do a 5″x7″ painting perfect for a greeting card but if you want you can paint it larger and hang it on the wall!

And then we will make some lovely gift wrap!

Watch the video and have fun!

This video is sponsored by Prestigify, you can see their art products here. Use the coupon code FRUGALCRAFTER to save 20% on your order through 1/1/2021! Prestigify just released a holiday bundle set with a sampling of the products I used today and more at a big discount, check it out here.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and festive project and til next time happy crafting!

Woodless Watercolor Pencil Techniques & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share many ways you can use watercolor pencils. I am using the new woodless watercolor pencils from Altenew but you can use what you have. This post is part of a blog hop. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/28/2020 for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list under the video. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/30/2020.

In today’s video I am using the new Woodless Watercolor Pencils set of 24 from Altenew and the Paint a Sunflower stamp. They are available in a money saving bundle as well. (affiliate links used)

Woodless watercolor pencils are easy to use and versitile and I will show you 3 ways to use them for differnt effects.

The neat thing about woodless watercolor pencils is that there is no waste, you can use every bit of the pencil!

Watch the video to learn how to use these pencils!

Now that you have seen my project with the Paint a Sunflower stamps and Woodless watercolor pencils check out the other designers in the blog hop and be sure to comment on all of their blogs for a chance to win!

Altenew Card Blog 

Nicole Watt

Amber Rain Davis

Kelly Griglione

Erum Tasneem

Lindsay Weirich *You are here!

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Jenny Colacicco

Virginia Lu

Tenia Nelson

Lilith Eeckels

Emily Midgett

Norine Borys

Mindy Eggen

Tania Ahmed

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Maryam Perez

Nenette S. Madero

Svitlana Shayevich

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and good luck in the giveaway! Happy crafting!

A Fun Fall Flower you Can Paint Quick and 40% off Sale!

Hi Friends! Let’s paint mums on a greeting card! This tutorial is perfect for beginners. You can change up the petal colors to reflect your favorite mum or daisy-shaped flower! This is fast and loose and will cheer up whoever you mail it too!

Also I’m having Fall Sale on Classes! Save 40% on any full course in my Teachable school with coupon code FALL40

If you liked this tutorial you will love my Watercolor Flower Workshop (coupon link) or if you are getting started in watercolor try Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor (coupon link) or Learn to Draw with Lindsay (coupon link) or any other of my courses! Offer good through 10/18/2020, offer good on one time payments and payment plans. Use coupon code FALL40 at checkout if sale price doesn’t appear.

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That’s all for today! I hope you carve out a few minutes to paint and til next time happy crafting!

10 Tips for Combining Pen & Ink and Watercolor for Beautiful Effects!

Hi friends! Today I want to share my favorite technique for combing Pen & Ink and Watercolor!

We will use fine-liner pens, these are especially useful because not only are the waterproof when used under watercolor they can also be used with alcohol markers without smearing if you enjoy using both types of media. You can use then to draw a detailed picture and then paint over it or you can add refinement and details to ho-hum paintings.

We will also play with metallic watercolors. They are really fun for adding glitz, glamour and special effects especially this time of year as we get ready for holiday crafting!

If you are ready to learn a bit more about combing pen & ink and watercolor watch the video!

This video is sponsored by Prestigify, you can see their art products here. Use the coupon code FRUGALCRAFTER to save 15% on your order!

Supplies available at Prestigify

Keep in mind you can take little elements I showed here and there and apply them to your projects. I hope this inspires you and til next time happy crafting!

A Fall Themed Still Life

Hi friends! Wow, it is so gorgeous outside! We have unseasonably warm weather and the trees are all shades of red, green, gold and orange contrasted with bright cerulean blue skies! It’s a great time to live in Maine (do me a favor and remind me of this in January, OK.) I was keen to do some fall decorating so I bought some gourds and pumpkins and I thought I would do a simple still life for you!

And here is the photo I snapped.

Just to be clear, simple doesn’t mean fast LOL! This is a longer video but I didn’t want to skimp on technique or cut out portions that would be useful. I have had a lot of viewers ask about how I would paint a white object so I wanted to how that as well.

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One more note, my YouTube tutorials have outpaced my blog posts so if you are looking for something new I have a couple new cardmaking tutorials up on YouTube that haven’t been posted here yet. I didn’t want anyone to miss out:) Happy crafting!

This Misty Forest is a Fan Favorite on YouTube!

Hi friends! I have got more comments on this tutorial than any in recent memory!

It’s easy to paint too! I hope you give it a try:)

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That’s all for today! Happy crafting!