After Christmas Craft & Art Supply Haul & Winners Announced!

Hi friends! The week of lazy continues for me, I have been puttering around, accomplishing next to nothing and enjoying the downtime with the kids! Today we watched Netflix while putting together puzzles and doodling in my new watercolor sketchbook.

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I actually went in my office and tried to do an acrylic project, my heart was not in it and I scraped the paint off the canvas about 15 minutes in. I may return to that painting, or not, currently I am not feeling it LOL! I did post an after Christmas haul on YouTube yesterday, some things I got for Christmas and other things I ordered before Christmas for upcoming classes and tutorials that just arrived. If you are curious have a look:

I hit the overstock and closeout dale at Jerry’s Artarama pretty hard, I bought:
20 of the 24  half pan Daler Rowney Aquafine palettes for $10 each (regular $50) for upcoming workshops & classes
LUKAS Design Gouache set of 12 ($12)
Cachet watercolor sketchbook ($12) *used in photo above!
Lukas half pans ($2.49 each)
Strathmore watercolor greeting cards

Amazon:
Empty metal watercolor tin that holds 48 half pans, brand Meeden $12

Assorted fun foam items from Mardens

Nail polish dispenser and shammy from Dollar Tree

Gifts:
Scent diffuser & oils
Fabric
Hot glue gun stand
tarp
stickers

I also wanted to remind you that LifeBook 2017 starts in just a few days! I am one of the teachers! If you are interested in a year full of weekly mixed media classes for one low price click here for more info, be sure to use the coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% if you decide to enroll. I would love for you to join me on this year of inspiration!

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Also I wanted to announce the winners of last weeks giveaways! The winner of the FABART knitting needles is Barbara Sabo and the winner of stamps from ArtNeko is Deborah Ward. Congratulations! Please check your email shortly for instructions on claiming your prize and thanks everyone for playing. Til next time Happy crafting!

Dreamcatcher Mixed Media Tutorial

Hi friends! let’s have fun making this mixed media painting of a dreamcatcher!

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Watch the video to learn how!

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Supplies:
11″x15″ Canson Monteville Watercolor Paper
Stamps from Lost Coast Designs Feathers and Grunge Border 3″ 
Watercolors (Gansi Tambi & Holbein)
Colored Pencils (Spectrum Noir)
Black pen (Pitt)
White Pen (Uniball Signo)
Glitter brush pen (Wink of stella)
Watercolor brushes

Please take your time building up layers, it is a fun process and there are no rules. Grab your supplies ad have some artsy fun today! Happy crafting!

Paint Colorful Festive Lanterns LIVE at 12:30pm ET!

Hi friends! Yes, we have another live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and we are going to paint some colorful lanterns. You can catch the live show or the replay here but if you want to chat with us make sure you watch on the YouTube watch page and join in the fun with fellow painters! All are welcome!

lanternfinal Here is a pattern you can print and trace, or you can sketch from it.

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I used two different reference photos from Paint My Photo, this one from Caroline Hughes King and this one from Mido Modi. Below is a color swatch and mixes. I am using Turner watercolors but you can use whatever brand you have. The colors I am using are: Quinacridone Rose, Permanent Yellow, Turquoise, Pthalo Green and Burnt Umber.

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You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but remember, if you want to chat live be sure to watch on YouTube.

You can find all of the supplies I am using today at Jerry’s Artarama

Turner Watercolors *Jerrys is having a super sale on these right now (up to 75% off list with some 15ml tubes as low as $3.25!

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Brushes Just an assortment of your typical watercolor brushes:)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time for a fun painting class! Oh and one more thing, I have had a lot of people requesting acrylic painting tutorials and a have put together a playlist of all of the free acrylic paint projects I have done here, but if you want more instruction than I can provide (Acrylic is not my best medium) Consider these wonderful Craftsy classes that are 50% off today!

If you like Huge, bright, beautiful flowers check out Luminous Flower in Acrylic:

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And since I have been asked a lot about painting animals I thought you might like this one: The Art of Painting Horses.

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There are many other types of classes at Craftsy from photography, stamping, papercraft, quilting, sewing, cooking and cake decorating and any class you purchase via my link helps me bring new free tutorials to you on my blog and I thank you for your support! I also have a class at Craftsy called Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step and that is 50% off as well and we work with watercolors, watercolor crayons, collage and more, it was so much fun to create and I hope you enjoy it:)

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Thanks again for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Using Watercolors instead of Ink! Stamp School

Hi friends! If you are just starting out in stamping you probably are limited in supplies. If you have a simple set of watercolors you can have a rainbow of color with little investment. The look is fun and artsy but less precise than an inkpad.

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Are you ready to give it a try? Grab a stamp and watercolor paints and let’s have some fun!

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!    *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint (pan style, kids paint is totally fine for this!
  • Stamps: Dragonflies and Postcard back
  • Hot Press watercolor paper or white cardstock
  • Small flat paintbrush
  • paper towel, waterbucket

Directions:
1. Trim paper to 4″x6″ and on stamp postcard back with ink.
2. Lay stamp face up on table and apply paint using a small brush.
3. Spritz with water.
4. Press paper to stamp and rub over the back.
5. Touch up the image with paint if needed.

Tip: Experiment with this technique varying the amount of water you use. Have fun! Remember even bad prints can be fun backgrounds on other cards, waste not want not! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Peerless Winner Announced & How to Set Up a Watercolor Palette!

Hi Friends! Holy Moley! What an amazing response to the Peerless Watercolor giveaway! Between my blog and YouTube I had almost 1,600 entries! I want to thank Beth from Olivemeartsie for sending me a palette to giveaway and remind you that you can buy your very own Peerless travel palette that she makes by hand for $10 in her ETSY shop. And now, the winner is Lisa Waitt! Lisa, please email me your mailing address at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com

Speaking of watercolors I have been asked a lot to share my watercolor palette, what palette I use and what colors I recommend so in tonight’s video I will give you an overview of my watercolor palette.

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A couple of years ago I did a watercolor basics post with a printable PDF of the supplies I recommend. You can read that post here if you want more info. 

Good news, I will have a new Ask a Crafter for you tomorrow with Kathy and Lorraine, our schedules aligned today. I called them over for an impromptu filming (who would have guessed that out show is usually planned days in advance..um, nobody LOL!) and they came over. It was nice to get together! Well, on that note, have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Make this palette for free!

Hi friends! I had an idea the other day for a DIY watercolor paper made with stuff from around the house. Best of all I can change colors as easy as can be:

This Marie’s set is just about the cheapest good watercolor paint I have ever found! It was $5 a set of 18 tubes at Ocean State Job Lot but most big art suppliers have it for about the same price.

Supplies for this DIY:

  • a magnet sheet
  • metal soda or beer bottle caps
  • adhesive if your container is not metal.

Directions: Cut a piece of magnet sheet (I get scraps for free at a sign/banner shop-they are leftovers from the car magnets they make) to fit your container and adhere it inside magnet side up. Arrange bottle caps on the magnet. Fill bottle caps with paint. You can an add or remove caps easily because they are just held in by magnets. You might need to replace them occasionally if they rust. (I only mention this because I’ve seen old rusty metal bottle caps outside in the dirt before.)

Not bad for a cheap palette, eh?

The brushes are the Real Value line from Princeton Art & Brush Company and they are excellent for the price, the set I demonstrated cost $6 at Ocean State Job Lot but, again, you can probably find them online.

I hope this us useful to someone! Happy crafting!

 

DIY “Peerless” Style Watercolors Tutorial

Hi Friends! I had a request the other day on the facebook page to make faux Peerless watercolors. Peerless watercolors are dye watercolors that come on small rectangles of paper. They were mainly used for photo tinting but lately stampers have been using them for coloring because it is easy to control the amount of color you get.Here is a card I colored with my faux Peerless palette. The rose stamp is from Lost Coast Designs.

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I really loved the ease of coloring. You can use almost any water-media you have to make a Peerless style travel palette but I had the most luck with my Inktense blocks and traditional watercolors. See how I did it:

The dye reinker and marker attempts never dried fully, even days later. You can also use watercolor pencils and crayons or gouache. If you can’t get the Yupo paper I used try laminating cardstock or use a report cover or transparency. If the paint doesn’t want to stick you can lightly sand the plastic first. Yupo is designed to be used with watercolor so no treatment is required. I liked the sample I made with my set of 12 inktense blocks so much I swatched out my set of 72 and it did not make a dent in my blocks! I love that I can take my full set of colors with me while leaving my set of blocks safely at home. since the Yupo paper is thin I attached it to a file folder.

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This is a great idea for classes and supply sharing too since we rarely use up our watercolor pencils and crayons!

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So you are probably wondering why anyone would buy real Peerless paints if you can make these so easily, well, I reckon that the peerless watercolors have more paint on the swatches and they are super transparent because they are a dye. I will probably have to reload my inktense palette many times to equal amount of use I would get from a stack of peerless sheets. I’d love to try them someday but this works for me and my budget right now! Plus it is always good to use what you have. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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