Relax and Paint a Happy Little Stream! {Using Gansai Tambi Watercolors!}

Hello Friends! Summer vacation has officially hit the Frugalcrafter’s household…well for the kids, I still have a bit of work I had hoped to have finished before the kids got out of school and doing what would normally take me 15 minutes takes me all day. I totally needed a  few quiet minutes of painting therapy last night so I snuck down to my studio and painted this…


…but they found me. I was recording this tutorial live when a few minutes in my twins showed up in my studio, started to bicker and then picked up a painting I had packaged up to mail to a customer, I could see one was trying to bop the other one on the head with it and I had to intervene before someone got hurt or the painting was damaged. I was a trooper, I tried to keep my cool and carry on but listing back I could hear the irritation in my voice and I was painting angry little trees and we can’t have that now can we? And besides, this painting should have only taken me about 15 minutes and I found it hard to get back in the flow after the interruption. See, we all have days like that, sometimes parenting is all friendship bracelets and rainbows and other times you are thinking “Who are these people and why do they keep calling me mom?” I’m pretty sure I have a rubber stamp that says that too LOL!  Now on to the video!


One of the reasons I wanted to paint this is because several people asked me to paint a picture with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Affiliate link-Hallmark Scrapbook) that so many stampers have been using lately. They are more opaque than traditional western watercolors but you can use them just the same. Go ahead and you whatever paints you have though, Traditional paints will be a bit more vivid.

Colors used: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Color numbers & Names () indicate traditional color names
#31 Scarlet Red (Vermillion or Cadmium Red)
#44 Light Brown (Yellow Ocher)
#54 Olive Green (Chromium Oxide green)
#62 Colbalt Blue
#47 Dark Brown (Burnt Umber)

Other Supplies:

Prima Watercolor Pencils (affiliate link)
140# Canson Monteville watercolor paper
A hunk of clear wax
Princeton Neptune brushes #16, #8 rounds (Micheals has these on clearance!)
Reference photo by Lynn Quinn at the new Paint My Photo Website.

I hope you give this painting a try, it is great for relaxing after a not-so-relaxing day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Winner, a Web Technique & Another Giveaway!

Happy Friday folks! Well, the fine folks at About Art Accents/Art Neko was so happy with the amount of comments on last weeks givaway that they have given me more stamps to give out! First thinks first, the winner of last weeks drawing is: Patti! Patti, I will send you an email:) Today I am going to show you how to make a spiderweb background for your stamping or painting projects:

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All you need is cardstock or watercolor paper, wax paper (AKA cooking paper, greaseproof paper, paraffin paper depending on where you are from) and ink or watercolor paint. Watch the video to see how:

I love the effect!

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You can win the stamps I used on this card plus a few others by leaving a comment. I’ll pick a winner next Friday! If you want to snag some of these Halloween stamps before Halloween you can visit the Art Neko website and use my coupon: Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order. Thanks for stopping by, good luck and til next time happy crafting!

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Free Watercolor Painting Tutorial: Bearded Iris

Evenin’ folks! It officially feels like fall ’round these parts. I watched my son compete in a cross country meet with 7 schools today and it was so chilly (I can’t imagine how all the shorts and tank-topped runners felt) that it must have taken all my energy to keep warm because I zonked out on the couch after dinner! I was chilly all day really, I brewed a pot of tea and put it on my coffee-cup warmer while I worked in my studio and drank cup after cup of raspberry zinger. It won’t be long until snow falls…anyway, I’m gonna keep it short tonight (yawn) and share another quick watercolor tutorial:

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I love irises and I filmed a quick video to show you how to draw and paint them. Today we will use a new item, wax, in out painting, nothing fancy, just a hunk of wax like an old candle or white crayon. We will also use my most useful, yet least fancy tool: a piece of cut up credit card. Have a look.

I hope these quick free watercolor tutorials help you discover the fun in watercolor painting. I try to introduce a new technique each time so you can create beautiful paintings while adding to your bag of tricks. If you want to learn more about watercolor or try longer projects please consider one of my PDF printable Learn to Paint With Lindsay painting tutorials. the new Autumn stream tutorial uses the wax technique you learned today.

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Well, I better mosey before I fall asleep at the keyboard. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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One stamp six ways!

I was thrilled to get the stamp Fairy on Rocks from The Rubber Cafe. I know many of you love this stamp but are thinking “what can I make with it, How many times can I use a stamp of a fairy?” Well many ways as you will see. I look at stamps as an investment and before I choose them I think of the ways the image can be used.

K& Co (Amy Butler)

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K& Co (Amy Butler)

On this card I used the whole fairy image, why not it’s beautiful! I stamped the dress portion on pattern paper and cut it out and glued it on top for dimension. I colored the image with colored pencils. I love the look of colored pencils on colored card stock, it gives so much depth.

For the basket I stamped only the wings and punched out a circle, colored and glittered it and used it as an embellishment. Get the idea?

My Minds Eye

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: My Minds Eye

For this layout I stamped the wings on vellum, added some color and used spray adhesive to attache them to this photo of my daughters from my sister’s wedding. I would have never bothered to scrap this photo cuz they weren’t looking at the camera or smiling and Maizy was cut off in the pic but I love it! I glued the transparency (Scrapnfonts DB boho frames) down with glitter glue which I used liberally around the page. Oh yes, and the pattern paper is by My Minds Eye from the wild asparagus pad and I shaped the edges with a fiskars shape express template that I scored at the “DollarTree” It reminds me of the pretty Pink Paislee paper I’ve been drooling over…

Around the Block, Vinyl

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, PP: Around the Block, Vinyl

Here is the whole image again but I stamped extra rocks to extend the length of the card. I raised the fairy off the card with foam tape. The moon is made from metallic self adhesive vinyl, a freebie from the sign shop!

Lucky Squrriel

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Shrink Plastic: Lucky Squirrel

I had some leftover shrink plastic from the mermaid earrings and stamped the fairy face on it, punched it and colored them with sharpies.

The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Speaking of the mermaid, Here she is again with the “rocks” from the fairy stamp. I carefully inked only the rocks with a staz-on black ink pad and added a few lines here and there with a permanent pen then water-colored over it and glittered the mermaids tail. Before painting I rubbed a peice of wax where I wanted it to look like the water was reflecting and splashing, it left those areas white.

There you have it, six ways to usr the “fairy on Rocks” stamp from The Rubber Cafe. Think about all of the other ways you can use the stamps you already have! Have fun and Happy Crafting!


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