Carnation Flower Real Time Beginner Watercolor Pencil Tutorial (Only 4 colors!)


Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today we’re gonna paint a carnation and I’m going to show you the reference
photo really quick, it’s from this wonderful book, we’re gonna do that one
right there, it’s from this book called “Artist Photo Reference Flowers” and these are out of print, but you can find use copies on Amazon and from
small booksellers, and if I can find a copy I’ll link it up for you, because I
found a treasure trove of the different artist photo reference books on Amazon
around Christmastime, and I’m so pleased that I got them and they’re really
wonderful if you can pick them up. So we’re gonna start off with basic shapes,
okay so I’m gonna do an oval. Don’t mind any cat hair, my cat likes to come up
on my table and I think take naps when I’m not around, you probably can’t see
this – all right now but when we add water you’ll be able to, so I’ve got an
oval, now I’m gonna put kind of like a rectangle underneath for the hip of the
carnation. Remember basic shapes, whenever you get frustrated, go to your basic
shapes. Then into a small rectangle here for another little carnation bud, do the
stem down, and then I love things in threes, in this picture the photo is so
beautiful I’m doing another rectangle here for the base of this other
carnation which is just gonna have some just some petals kind of coming up there.
It’s like it hasn’t fully formed yet and it’ll do a little
bud out there, so I apologize for that being really light but we are gonna
darken it, and we’re gonna go in with some green pencil but the yellow is
just lighter so I know if I make any errors I can correct it. The pencils I’m
using are by Spectrum Noir, the Spectrum aqua blend pencils, they’re
quite inexpensive as far as good quality pencils go,
water-soluble pencils, they’re more of a craft company but I have to say these
have been my go-to watercolor pencils. They’re not so expensive they’re
precious, like I always feel like my Albrecht Durer pencils are
just so precious and they stay in their precious little tin, and they rarely get
used, because heaven forbid I drop one, I might cry. So they stay in their protective little tin, which I’m not very happy about.
That’s definitely a failing of mine, but these are inexpensive enough that
I’m not afraid to use them I guess I should say. So I’m just doing
some detail on the little hips and giving a little shape so
we’re gonna give this flower little curve there, a little curve where it’s
starting to come up around the petals, and we’re gonna do that over here too,
give it a little hip here of the flower, they’ve got these little kind of
thick short leaves, they’re just kind of like an artichoke has those like scales,
that’s kind of like what’s what’s going on here. But I think they’re like just
leaves that haven’t popped yet. I love carnations, they always remind me
of a middle school because like on St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s you could
always buy carnations for your friends. I think, isn’t it the friendship flower, carnations? I think they are, and I’ll do
another little bud just down here, it hasn’t opened up yet, so when I draw it
with yellow I’m very conservative, because I don’t want to to mess anything
up and then I can go in more forcefully with the green, because I’ve got a good
idea of where everything’s gonna be, so now what I want to do is grab some
brushes and when I’m working with watercolor pencils, I like to work with a
stiffer brush, so I could use my Mimic Kolinsky then which is a faux Kolinsky
but it’s a firmer than my Mimic faux squirrel so whenever I refer
to those mimic brushes, they are a faux fur, or my Aqualons which
are a traditional synthetic golden taklon, they just don’t hold that much
water, and that’s kind of what you want when you are working with your
watercolor pencils. So let me bring over my water bucket, so a technique I really
enjoy doing is I like to wet my brush and then I hope that’s not adding too
much of a shadow. I’m gonna move it back just because it was making a shadow on
my paper, and then I’ll use the lead on these pencils, now they have a nice thick
lead and I’ll use that kind of like a pan of watercolor, and so I’m gonna go in and
fill in some of these shapes that I sketched. Now where I have
the sketched grain there from the pencil that’s gonna be darker, and that’s good,
so that’s gonna just almost give me like a natural shading. Now you can use any
brand of watercolor pencils in this fashion, some brands will say oh it’s not
a good idea to get the tip wet, but I think that this is one of the most
versatile ways to use it, because then it’s like you had a little set of
watercolors. Just be careful if you’re gonna dip the pencil in the
water, I typically don’t do that too often, just because if you dip it for too
long you could get that wood wet and when the wood swells it could crack, so
that’s probably something I wouldn’t do with my Albrecht Durer pencils, because they’re too precious, but I’m not as worried with
these because they’re quite affordable, and I’ll link all the
supplies I use in the video description so that you can find it, or at least know
what I’m using, so you know you can shop around yourself. We’re just filling this
in here giving, it a base of color, now another thing I like to have handy when
I’m working is a cut up old gift card or old credit card, and the reason I like to
have that is because I can use that to get really fine lines and it’s a real
big time-saver too, because you could fuss around with a tiny little brush for
a long time to get really fine lines, or you can scrape them with a credit card,
so I always just whenever I’m done whenever I use up a gift card or credit
card expires or debit card expires or whatever, I just cut it up and use that
in my my art, so I’ve got this old gift card here, and I am going to throw in
just some little veining here. You know if your paper starts to dry a little bit
you’ll get a lighter line, if it’s really wet you’re going to get a darker line.
And then you can let that dry and go over directly with your pencil if you
decide you want a darker line, if you go onto the damp paper with your
pencil you can get a more distinct line that’s not gonna blend away, so if you do
this on top of the wet paper, you just want to make sure that it is in a place
where you really want that dark color to remain. Otherwise it will be difficult to
dissolve it, because you’re getting that pigment full-strength and it’s just a
little bit more difficult. So the next technique, we’re going to do the
kind of oval of our flower with a base of yellow, so I’m just going ahead and
I’m just scribbling it in here right off the pencil, now you could take it off the
tip with a brush like we did with a green, but I don’t want to do that,
because I need this to be really wet and because when we go in with
our red, we’re going to be using the wet of the paper to help our technique. So
when I wet this I want to kind of push the pigment around so I get the shape of
those carnation petals, which is kind of pinked at the edge, you know. It’s kind of
ruffled I guess is that is the right word, so I don’t want to make a lollipop up here. I don’t want it to be perfectly round. I want to
get those a little bit of movement in there, they’re not super floppy petals, because they’re packed tightly, but they do have a little bit of fullness, a lot of fullness and a
little bit of movement, so I want to make sure I get that represented in there, and
I want to make sure that I’m leaving the paper wet for this next technique that
we’re going to do with our pencils. I’ve had a lot of requests for watercolor
pencil techniques lately, so I thought this would be really fun because I
didn’t have anything planned today and and I know it’d be kind of a fun easy
technique to do, so now we’ve got our red pencil. It’s relatively sharp, doesn’t
need to be super sharp, but it does need to be fairly sharp and what I’m
gonna do and this is a little scary probably if you’ve never done it before.
I am sketching in the edges of my petals, because this particular carnation had
red on the edge of the petals and going on the wet paper remember how I told you
about the green, to be careful because whatever you do on that wet edge is
gonna be super bold, well I am using that quality of this product, watercolor pencils, for that particular purpose, because I know it’s
going to give me that beautiful pink carnation edge. So I’m just gonna go
through here and sketch up my petals, so you got to really make sure you’re not
fussy. If you’re afraid of this, if you’re afraid you’re gonna make a mistake, you dont’t
have to work on the best quality paper for this because you’re not doing a lot of
scrubbing or lifting. You can work on your cheap practice paper ,it’s
absolutely fine. This is a Strathmore greeting card. I
love to kind of practice and play on these, because I can just send it away
when I’m done, you know. I don’t have to keep it forever, and then I can brighten
somebody else’s day with it. So there, we’ve got our little edges
and we can go in and scrape with a credit card scraper and get some veins,
you’ve got to do that while it’s wet. I’m gonna try keep my hand out of the way,
but sometimes it gets in there, sorry about that. And it’s just gonna give us
some subtle veins that we want. Okay, we’ll come over here to this guy, make
sure that he got a little attention, and then this one down here, and you can always Google images if you don’t have this book, you can look
for carnation photos online, or there’s wonderful websites where you can find
public domain images to use. But I just love these books so much, I urge
people to keep their eyes open for them so that if you know some become available
they can snag them if they’re not too expensive. I got most of mine between
five and thirty dollars. Most of them were between five and fifteen, honestly,
and then I did pay a little bit more for some of them, and now I thought for some
darker shadows I’m gonna grab this deep blue pencil and I’m gonna just kind of
do some shadows. I’m gonna pick up the color from that tip of the pencil
because I don’t want anything too dark. I want to be able to control it a little
bit this is also a good technique if you want to put a background in too, but I
think I’m gonna probably leave this one just the way it is. A very easy beginner
tutorial here. You have fun with it. I’m only using a
couple colors, if you have just a standard set of watercolor pencils you
should be able to follow along with the colors that come in the set that you
have. Most basic sets would have a yellow red and green and blue.
We’re not using anything too fancy, yeah I think I’ll go on it a little more
green now. You probably don’t want to go over the edge
of your paper, or not directly over your paper to do that, just so you don’t end
up with any splashes of color that you might not expect. I like to kind of put
it in a little bit of a patchy format so I get a more of a loose look, and then
I’m gonna do the same with some yellow. So I generally will not go back in and
draw on the paper if I have gone and wet the tip, because then you’ll get some dark lines and some light lines. It’s kind of unpredictable,
so I will save this technique to the end a lot of times, and one more
thing I really like to do when I’m doing projects like this, is I will do some
spattering. I just think it really is playful and fun and it gives a very
light-hearted feeling to a quick watercolor card like this, and then you
can let it dry and you know send it to somebody who you love, and I just I think
that’s really thoughtful. I also like when I flip color down like that if it lands somewhere where the paper is still wet, then they kind of get soft, like I might just wet a little bit of the area
with a little the paper here and there, and then flick some color, and then I’ll
get some really pretty soft soft splashes that look nice. So let’s do that
with a red, let’s see how that works. Yeah, that’s pretty. I like that. You don’t
have to do this, though. Some people absolutely hate spluttering, and that’s
fine, you don’t have to do it. Rremember, it’s your painting, you do whatever you
want to do, right? Make it however you want it to look. There, and if you do want
to do any scraping, if you see any areas that are wet, could use a little attention, go ahead and scrape
it in there. And then when it’s dry, just sign it. You’re good to go. It’s a lot of
fun, and you can also when it’s dry you can redefine some of those edges, you can
even go in there, well it’s a little wet too, if you want to, but try not to overdo
it, because it’s fun, it’s easy, it’s a beginner watercolor pencil tutorial, and
I hope that it helps you break those pencils out of the box and be a little
bit less timid around them. And I thank you so much. If you enjoyed this tutorial
please give me a thumbs up, and if you’re new here I’d love it if you hit the
subscribe button. I have a lot of beginner tutorials as well as
intermediate and advanced watercolor tutorials on my channe,l so go poke
around and create something really fun today. Thanks so much for watching! Until
next time, happy crafting.

93 comments

  • Sandy U.

    I love your channel! I have learned so mmuc, thank you 🙂

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  • Mariam M

    Love it!! Thank you so much~❤️

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  • Daphane Mcconnell

    Love it. Thanks

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  • Gabri’s Colorama

    Looks great and seems sufficiently basic for me, I can’t wait to try it myself. Thank you!

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  • Anne Ross

    Definitely going to try this one. Love it. Would make a great card.

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  • chrissyart

    Hey have you done a review on artist loft watercolor?? Also love this flower!! Just went to Michael's! And bought some cool stuff!!

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  • Carina Schembri

    like a reale flower

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  • Susan Hamilton

    I remember another water colour pencil tutorial that saved my life. I had just purchased the largest set of Albrecht Dhurer and couldn't make them work properly. I watched your other video and you solved all of my problems so thanks Lindsay. I'm watching this one too. I might learn something new. 🙂 The brush is very important!

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  • Sherlene Mats

    I love them but they were called the funeral flower when I was growing up. The scent reminds me of my Granny, who had carnation perfume. They remain one of my favorites.

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  • encouraginghope

    I borrowed these artist photo reference books from my library. They are great! 🙂

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  • StylHarmony

    Great idea to practice and so easy and fast. Thank you Lindsay

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  • YELS YELS

    Superb inspirational ….I am still aiming to do drawing or watercolour every day …tomorrow I was planning to experiment with Nicola Blakemore techniques….then came along your video…this evening I have drawn a carnation in ink to get a feel for this flower, no pencil, went straight in with the ink, I am so pleased with myself! I am now confident to go straight in with the ink! Ok, it's in my journal, where it doesn't matter but I didn't hesitate and went straight for the ink! I would not have done this a few months ago. I highly recommend a personal journal (it doesn't have to be a fancy journal, you just need that space to experiment). even if I experiment on different papers, I can always cut and stick into journal. Thank you and Nicola Blakemore plus many others for giving me the opportunity to find myself in this lovely arty world of creativity.

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  • Mona m

    😍😍😍 جميل وسهل

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  • Linda

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to treat us to another wonderful video. I enjoyed it very much!

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  • Anita Holmes

    Great tutorial and I am going to hunt for that book! TFS

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  • Diane Giarrusso

    Apropos of nothing… Tewksbury MA was once the Carnation capital of the world.

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  • Margaret House

    Reminds me of my garden of carnations, great painting Lindsay, thank you.

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  • Debbie T

    You have no idea how easy you make this look….and how difficult it is for me to do. LOL This is beautiful. Everything you do is beautiful.

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  • Elizabeth Macchi

    Love this!

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  • Cynthia Richter

    This was so cool! You really gave a good amount of tips and gave me encouragement to try some more of these. Love all your videos.

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  • Becky B

    Very pretty flowers and very nice reference books, I'll be keeping my eyes open for similar at my local library. I don't have water soluble pencils and that's ok for me, but did have a question about regular color pencils used on colored papers – how do you decide what color of paper to use for color pencil drawings? Is it decided by the subject you're doing? Last question, what is the least paper weight for light water media? I hope you and your family are doing well. Thank you so much. Sincerely Becky B from Arkansas

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  • Sylvie Dufour

    Awesome Lindsay, love these beginners tutorial using watercolor \\\pencils, which is not that simple when you never use that medium, but with Lindsay everrythings is possible LOL! Thank you so much for the great tutorial and your Flowers is very inspiredd project to do!

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  • annette fournier

    I'm sure I could massacre this. But I have watercolor pencils set by Derwent for over 20 years that I've only used 3 times for lack of knowledge. So why not!? I can try this even if the grandkids are in my hair. Thanks Lindsay.

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  • Windy Dayz

    What pencil sharpener do you use for your watercolor pencils? Also do you have a recommendation for a sharpener for pastel pencils? Thank you!

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  • Valarie Connell /DrawingWithFire

    Great video Lindsay! 😁

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  • DM Beatty

    Linsay, you are amazing! I like how you talk you us, you are so encouraging, you give me confindince. Thank you

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  • Caitlin Raley

    Those little green “leaves” around the base of the flower are called sepals! They’re what cover the bud before it blooms!

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  • Carol Shain

    beautiful! can"t wait to try it. I have been practicing on several of your paintings and I love it.

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  • Bonnie Lipke

    Loved it❤️

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  • starshinesoldier

    I always admire your flowers, you're so talented! Hahah, I feel your pain Lindsay. My Schmincke Watercolors are still resting in my cabinet. I have come to terms with the fact that it's just going to be a collector's item for me. >.> I have been using my JD watercolors and mermaid markers every day though, so I am not feeling too bad that I'm just collecting art supplies.

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  • Brenda Collins Deeks

    Thanks so much for giving us this tutorial today Lindsay! I’ve been sitting on my new Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils since they arrived because I wasn’t sure what to try with them. This is the perfect-meaning not too intimidating-painting to use for a test run. 😃

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  • Dori

    Like Debbie T. said, you make it look so easy. You turned yellow blobs into detailed, gorgeous flowers. You never cease to amaze me, Lindsay. Just beautiful.

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  • Amberck Calhoun Kern

    Im having trouble picking the right brushes,size,hair etc. Do you have a video on this. I think I use them like a pencil, point only. I'm such a newbie ugh

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  • Lisa Bellinger

    The flower book you showed, is at least 42 bucks. I can't find it cheaper. OUCH!!!

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  • Shekat Hearl

    I just tried my WC pencils last night after watching a couple of your video's. It didn't go quite as smooth but once again you made it look simple, sooo tomorrow back to try again. Thank you for all the tips and techniques, you are a blessing.

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  • Carla Schaeffer

    I have learned so much from you. Thanks so much for the videos. I have both the crafters companion pencils and aqua pencils. I am just a beginner, mostly watercoloring in colorbooks. You make it look so easy. I do paint from my pencil just as you do. I love watercolor so much. Hope. with practice I get more confidence.

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  • Misty Workman

    I love watching your videos. You always make it look so easy.

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  • Linda Frasca

    You are my inspiration!!! Thank-you, Lindsay!

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  • TheGuitargurl37

    hi lindsay i always love your inspriational video tutorials. and love how you make things looks so simple. think im going to have a go at this one.

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  • maplestoryftw12

    Love it!!!!! It looks sooo easy when you do it! LOL!!!! I'm working on your Budding Spring set and copying your whole video. Not bad….. I've made 6 cards. I have two more to color. They are for the troops for Easter. Did a 100 cards. I don't want to see ducks and baby rabbits for a long time LMAO. However, I'm thinking that the rabbit in your set will look great with your pine trees for Christmas!!!! Thanks and I am having a great time doing this….with your help.

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  • diane murray

    So fun, and easy, and pretty! Loved doing this one! Thanks for sharing this technique!

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  • Debra Accetta

    This is so pretty! I just found a couple of the books you spoke of…I love those books! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  • Kathy Pollock

    My favorite flower. This is beautiful . Thanks so much for the water color pencils tutorial. Loved it.

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  • RaeDeane Brooks

    Lindsay thank you so much for your beginner lessons on watercoloring with the water color pencils

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  • Our Wandering Footprints

    Love It! I love watercolor pencils and you do make it look so easy( Like Debbie T says) Plus, you are an awesome teacher:) Thanks for inspiring all of us! ((Hugs)) Judy

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  • Lynn Gregory

    I am still taking baby steps with watercolour pencils. Slow but sure I will get there. Thank you for showing me how. I have followed you for years and learned so much.

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  • Nancy Osborn

    This is beautiful!!!! Soft baby pink carnations are my absolute favorite flowers!! I don't like roses, I want carnations! Thanks for showing this! Guess I need some WC pencils now lol

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  • annette fournier

    Yay! Thanks! I did it, It worked! Next time I'll make the red petal lines a little thicker initially so I don't have to go back in. Woohoo!! I'm like a kid at Christmas. Thanks again Lindsay 💙💚💛

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  • Cara Cassell

    This makes me think that I could make art! Thank you!!

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  • Kimberly Walker

    Your carnations are lovely☺

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  • Jayne Keck

    Love it my favorite flower. Thanks!!

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  • Lisa Foster

    Thanks Lindsay! Wonderful Tutorial! 🙂

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  • Judy Ptak

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

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  • Marilyn Todd

    Thanks again, Lindsay!

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  • That artsy boi

    Hi Lindsay I’m 9 years old ana I’m a boy I love wa ching your videos and specially watercolor landscapes of yours but this one was also awesome im only 9 years but I already. Have a lot of art supplies such as kuretake watercolors and derwent watercolor pencils love you

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  • Shirley Clement

    Your lessons are so clear and easy to follow……in my old age I hope to acquire some rudimentary artistic skills and you certainly are helping me along this path. Merci beaucoup!!

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  • Judy Tulk

    Gorgeous!

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  • Judith Taylor

    During one of your videos you gave a recommendation for brushes, as in if you have these few you should be good. I can not find the Royal and Langnickel 1/2" Aqualon on Amazon. Are there any other brands that are just as good as the Aqualon that you would recommend? I have the Mimik set, but it does not include any angled brushes. Thanks for your videos and all your help!

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  • Paige Garrison

    Hey Lindsay! I just got a 36 set of Raffinée watercolor pencils today. Have you worked with these before? I just made my swatch today. Unfortunately, they didn’t come in a tin, but simply a box, so I taped my swatch up on the wall! 😊

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  • Weedus

    I did not knew such Books exist… nice i need to take a look

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  • peggy Picasso

    I sometimes think it is a tad silly to keep your expensive supplies locked up like a set of gold bricks hidden underground to protect them..With this gtory some neighbour saw this person hide his gold brick and in the night dug h4em up and left a phoney set of bricks and th eowner was no worse for the wear ..as his real precious gold brick was as far as he knew under the soil..I keep thinking that here the neightbour loved using the gold brick to shop for things and travel and his neighbour was so secure with a stone brick .. but in truth we should never seem to hide our possessions if we buy them as it is for use and hiding the brick is like others who have beautiful gems and jewelry yet have a imitation made so they do not lose or have their expensive jewelry damaged , stolen or lost. lol

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  • Patricia Schoenberg

    Wonderful video! Thank you! Can't wait to see you use the Albrecht Durer pencils!

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  • Leona Davis

    Just tried this one tonight, and loved how it turned out! Didn't have anything handy to scratch with, tried a tooth pick and ended up finelining some red veins, but what a fun and beautiful introduction to watercolor pencils! So glad I decided to give them a try, and thanks so much for all the inspiration and tutorials!! I know you will always deliver when I can't figure out where to start.

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  • Katywu Ste

    I’ve never used water colours but I think this may be harder than it looks. Great lesson

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  • Charissa Wilkinson

    Thank you.

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  • So just a quick question but how wet should the paper be when you add the red? Are we talking wet like when you're filling in a BG wash wet or just damp enough to let the colour bleed a bit?

    Also, did your Iris tutorial a while back and it turned out much better then any of my previous attempts at watercolour had. Since applied the techniques learned through your tutorials to other pictures and I find the quality has improved by leaps and bounds since discovering your channel.

    You use very simple to understand language and explain techniques in such a way that you don't need to have tons of previous experience to follow along. I also like how you don't skip ahead a bunch assuming that the watcher following along has gotten a new technique down after the first demonstration of it (unlike some ppl). Despite years of art and even having a degree for it I still learn new things every time you post (though watercolour is relatively new for me as my previous terrible attempts lead to abandoning it for a bit. Didn't help that most of my teachers weren't much for it either)

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  • Robyn Belle Horton

    Thank you so much . I loved this . Carnation is my favourite flower and I love how you explain things . It’s really pretty . I have an old pic I must find of a bunch of burgundy and Ivory coloured carnations . 😊💕

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  • Jose Luis

    baia puta mierda

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  • Jose Luis

    me da asco

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  • Jose Luis

    me cago en toda tu familia

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  • Amber Clayton

    @thefrugalcrafter once you start painting the lines you drew in, do you paint the line so there's no bold lone left anymore?

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  • Alisha Tuschewski

    Thanks for the great tip using the credit card. So much better than trying to control a tiny brush with unruly bristles.

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  • Baubles Bangles and Beads

    QUESTION; The lead of one of my watercolour pencils broke while I was sharpening it. I tried again but all I'm left with is a very blunt pencil that will not sharpen. How can I fix it? Thanks.

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  • Julie Reis

    Hi Lindsay! I’m new and have been binge watching the water color pencil videos. I just came from the Iris card video and you made a comment about wanting to be able to have a way to have your pencils and a brush or 2 as well as some paper in something small but able to organize your supplies. So I had a thought that a medium sized make up bag that is sectioned would be a good idea you can put the pencils into the elastic lopes if you bring your water brush you can put it in the zipper pouch to keep it separate and safe, and paper and a small clipboard maybe or just cardboard/foam board cut to size will snug right in.

    And what ever you like or if you want something larger look 👀 for a laptop bag with pouch inside. I recommend “MIMI”!!!!! !!!!AWESOME!!!!

    P.S. New subscriber 💕💕

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  • partlycloudy90

    I love your “ basic shapes” reminders. Thank you for taking the time to do these videos!

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  • Brenda Bell

    What is that you use to scratch on your painting

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  • Valerie Griner

    Beautiful! I may have to dust off my tin of watercolor pencils. I learned something new today…(I always DIPPED the tip of the pencil in the water, but it's hard on the lead). I also love pastel pencils. I use them to "save" some of my not-so-great watercolor paintings…even the ones I cut into small greeting cards. Watercolor is still my favorite medium. I just subscribed to your channel. Thanks so much!
    P.S. Do you paint ZINNIAS? They're my favorite flower.

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  • Melody Beiery

    Carnations are my favorite tfs. Love it.

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  • becky Rose

    Awesome. Thanks for the tips. Would love to see your reference photo throughout the video and maybe if you show us how to use it as you go along.

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  • Mai Brown

    Wow ! That is so beautiful!! Can’t wait to try this 😍

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  • yvonne whitehouse

    wow thank you I can have a try now!

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  • Susan Christiansz

    As always, excellent art and excellent commentary.

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  • Marco Aguilera

    Got some watercolor pencils at Ross n i did this one.. I loved out Thank you miss Frugal crafter teacher 🍎 apple for my teacher

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  • diana swanson

    What is the thing you scratch the design with? Almost looks like a sharp edge tool? About 1 x 2 inches n thin like a blade of some kind! Love the painting!

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  • diana swanson

    I see. A credit card!

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  • Sarah McAndrew

    this was so amazing and helpful for a begin who doens't know squat and can't do very much

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  • donna mcgowan

    You need a zoom in a little bit more

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  • donna mcgowan

    The Carnation was my grandmother's favorite I heard that very hard to grow

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  • riku mon

    四角いものはなんですか

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  • Peloncito Bravo

    thank you a lot I needed that I my dads daughter I needed this because I have a project based on plant biology and I am doing it on carnations and I really needed to paint a colored carnation

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  • NaturesBestArt

    Amazing technique. I so much appreciate your incredible talent & teaching. You are so inspiring. I hope you never stop painting, you have touched so many lives and brought beauty in this world. Thank you.

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  • Heidi Espinola

    Do you use a special paper?

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  • Paul Morgan

    Hi Lindsey, it's been a while since I last looked into your videos. I suddenly caught the urge to start using watercolor pencils for painting and have course came back to my favourite artist teacher. I hope the family is well and all ok with your good self. I really enjoyed this simple carnation especially as I'm not a drawing kind of person. I tend to use stamps to give me the outlines I need and paint from there. Would you point me in the direction of any similar types of video in your collection that might help a complete beginner. Kind regards as always. Paul from London

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