Let’s Paint a Botanical Style Watercolor Ranunculus!

Well friends, it has been a week of learning new things! First podcasts, and yesterday I learned how to do a livestream from my phone. I didn’t give advance notice because I was afraid I might not be able to figure it out but I did and it worked very well! This is what we painted.

Below you can watch the reply. This is a paint along style lesson so grab your supplies and paint with me!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you have a bit of creative time this weekend to try this fun project! I have been thinking of doing more of these botanical lessons, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Let’s Draw & Paint a Vintage Inspired Botanical (free line art included)

Hi friends! Today I have a cheerful flower to remind you spring is right around the corner!

I snapped a photo of my line artwork with and without the shading incase you want to look at it when you draw or print it out and trace it. These are jpg files so you can print any size.

Watch the video see see how to create this painting step by step!

If you enjoyed this lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop with lessons on painting many types of flowers and how to put them together in bouquets, wreaths and swags, the options are endless once you know the basics! Click here to learn more!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and till next time happy crafting!

Struggling through a painting…

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a painting I struggled with. I’d been out of sorts all week and I found it hard to focus or even decide what to paint. As I worked through this painting there were many times I just wanted to toss it in the garbage and I probably would have if I didn’t need it for work. This brings me to the thought that there are several ways we can deal with a problematic painting. You can pitch it in the trash, you can set it aside to return to at a later date when your might has had a chance to forget the struggle (probably the best option but you may risk losing interest in the project) or you can do what I usually do which is to fight through and finish it. How do you deal with this?

The real time version of this tutorial is up in Critique Club if you want to see the struggle in real time and see how I solved the many issues that came up in this painting. You can also watch the time lapse below.

Supplies:

If you want to learn more about soft pastels I have a course: Soft Pastels for Beginners you might like and you can save 40% on that class, or any other class in my Teachable school by using the coupon code LOVE40 now through 2/20/21. The pastel class link above should contain the discount but if you don’t see it click “add coupon” at checkout and type in LOVE40 to get the Valentines sale price! Happy crafting!

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!

Supplies (Affiliate links may be used)

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!

Supplies:

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.

Supplies available at Prestigify:

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!