DIY Inktense Palette & My First Facebook Live with Demo and Q&A

Hi friends! I tried out Facebook live yesterday and did a live demo of a watering can with flowers in a loose style. I painted it with Inktense blocks but you can use watercolors.

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I know not everyone is on Facebook (especially These days!) but it is much easier for me to see your questions during a live stream so I might pop in once a month and do a live Q&A kinda like the old “Ask a Crafter” videos I used to do so if you are interested in that be sure to like and follow by Frugal Crafter Community Facebook page. To make sure you don’t miss a live event click like, then follow and click see first. I plan on posting the replay on my blog here but if you want to interact live you will need to follow on Facebook.

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Here is the video from yesterday:

Here is a video showing how I made the palette:

I had a full set of inktense blocks and pencils as well as a small set of 12 that a sweet viewer had sent me years ago when I was unsure if I wanted to get the full set. I like them enough to buy the set of 72 but having doubles I felt silly investing in another duplicate product just because it was a different format. Plus I couldn’t even find the Inktense pan set to purchase. Honestly I use the pencils more than the blocks anyway so I figured I could sacrifice some of the blocks to go in the palette and as an extra bonus all of my loose blocks fit in my large Inkense block tin so less storage space!

So you are probably wondering how these differ from watercolors? Well, to be honest I prefer watercolors. I find Inktense to be vibrant but yet it’s chalky and I find this chalky quality more in the block than in the pencil although they are purportedly the same thing. The big attribute to inktense is that after you paint with it on paper (and it dries completely) it bonds permanently with the paper so you can layer over it without if reactivating. That’s a boon to mixed media artists who want to keep working on a project without disturbing the layers underneath. You can use watercolor over inktense as it won’t repel the media because it dries matte. My top recommendation for the inktense line will always be the pencils but knowing how you like to use media can help you choose the right thing for you. I hope you enjoyed this craft hack and live rebroadcast. If you would like to catch my next live endeavor I will be doing a guest live stream on the LAVA soap facebook page at 2pm ET today where I will show you how to make your own Acrylic pouring medium and we will do an acrylic pour. The stream will last about 15 minutes. I’m a bit nervous so wish me luck! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday: Chickadee!

Hi friends! Today in the sketchbook I decided to sketch a bird that has been plentiful around my bird feeders: the chickadee!

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I used a reference from the Artist Photo Reference: Songbirds book. I picked up a bunch of the Artist Photo Reference books used on Amazon back in December and they have been the best investment. I highly recommend them if you can grab them at a good price.  Here is a time-lapse video of today’s sketch!

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If you would like more detailed, step-by-step real-time instruction in painting birds please consider checking out my class Texture Toolbox Feathers and Fowl. Save 20% with coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t automatically appear. Birds are one of my favorite subjects to paint and I want to share the skills with anyone else who would like to learn:)

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find a few minutes to sketch in your sketchbook today! It is sunny and warm here today so it would be a great time to sketch outside! Let me know what you are working on in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday (a day late)

Hi friends! Wow, Monday already huh? Late Monday at that! I had a head cold this weekend so the past two days have been really surreal. I love to get absorbed in a good book but I feel guilty reading during the day (especially on a weekday) so when I woke up stuffy and sneezing I was absolutely giddy because I had 3 new books on my shelf and a licence to slack off. Hubby says “You look awfully happy for a sick person…” I was! A day full of guilt free reading plus nobody asks you to make food for them when you are blowing your nose every 5 minutes. I read the book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgeman and it was hilarious! I am not sure what you would think of it if you were not from Maine or New England but I laughed out loud a few times and I chuckled throughout. I didn’t know who the author was but he was actually a writer and actor on The Daily Show. I thought it was super funny but I am from Maine so they could be inside jokes. This was a long roundabout way to explain why my voice sounds the way it does today in the video. I’m sick (cough cough) no where are my books….

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: The Eyes Have It! & April Artwork

Howdy friends & Happy Easter! We are about to head out to my sister’s for Easter dinner but before I go I wanted to share today’s Sketchbook Sunday project.

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I had planned to paint some Easter candy but I wasn’t feeling it and the first (and only) rule about sketchbook Sunday is “Paint what you want to!” So I did:) I do have a real-time tutorial for painting an eye in watercolor here if you would like to see it. As always my sketchbook sunday paintings are time-lapse. This sketch took me about 45 minutes in real-time.

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NEW Art for April is in the Shop!

We just refreshed the shop on my website with new artwork! These are all original paintings and available on a first come, first served basis for the month of April. I believe that everyone should be able to afford original art so my prices start at $45 and include free USA shipping. Thanks for taking a look!

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I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Easter and please have safe travels if you are visiting family and friends today. Til next time happy crafting!

 

Sparkly Ring in Watercolor // Sketchbook sunday…er, Monday?

Hi friends! Every Sunday morning I like to make my coffee and sit at the desk in my office and paint before anyone else is up. I usually listen to a podcast or audio book and just relax and paint whatever I feel like painting at the moment. I have wanted to paint a close up of sparkly jewelry for a few years but never had a “reason” to. Well, Sketchbook Sunday gives me a reason to just paint what I want just for fun!

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You can watch a time-lapse with instructional voice over below. I hope you enjoy it!

Want more drawing help? Check out my new class Learn to Draw with Lindsay! BEST DEAL Save 50% (Regular $79-sale $39.50) Use coupon code DRAWME if discount isn’t shown, coupon good through 3/31/18. (For a payment plan use coupon code DRAWMEX3, regular price is 3x $30/ price with coupon is 3x $15 with coupon DRAWMEX3)

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What are you working on in your sketchbook? I’d love to know! If you liked this tutorial please consider sharing it using one of the sharing links below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fox in Watercolor Pencil and Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today we will paint a fox in watercolor pencils!

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You can use any watercolor pencils you have but if you are in search for a good quality and inexpensive set check out this set of 36 from your sponsor AMAZROCK. You get 36 vibrant colors in a reusable storage wrap for $21.30 (Regular $47.98) They are even offering an additional 10% off coupon if you sign up on their website.

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Watch the video to see the real-time watercolor pencil tutorial.

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Amazrock is giving away a set of 36 watercolor pencils with carrying wrap to THREE lucky viewers. Click this link to enter the giveaway.

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I am glad that companies are offering good quality watercolor pencils at a low price and this kit will be in my go to summer travel kit. I think I might even be able to wrap it around my travel watercolor palette and DIY watercolor block due to the extended strap length. I hope you give today’s tutorial a try and good luck in the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday Episode #1

Hi friends! Today we are starting a new series called “Sketchbook Sunday” where I share a process video from my own personal sketchbook. I have developed the habit of getting up before other members of my family on sunday mornings, making coffee, putting on a podcast or audio book and working in my sketchbook.  I’d often share photos of my sketchbook work on Instagram later that day and many folks asked me if I had a video tutorial of the projects so last week I let the camera roll as I worked and then I took the footage and narrated it.

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I hope you enjoy this time-lapse and more than that I hope you make a bit of time every week to work in your sketchbook too:)

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Speaking of sketching I am working on a new online drawing course. Here is a sneak peek!

 

My new drawing class will be in my online school on March 9th 2018. Stay tuned for an exclusive discount offer for current viewers!  Drawing and sketching can provide so much happiness and satisfaction and I am so excited to help people learn how to draw!  Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

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