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Today we're talking about art supplies with a big price tag -- over $100. If you're looking to give the gift of art supplies, keep reading. And if you're looking to receive art supplies, feel free to share this list with Santa. H-Frame Easel - $169.99 This is the easel that I have. I bought it more than a decade ago when I lived in a tiny NYC apartment. I could fold it up flat when I wasn't using it and unfold it when I wanted to paint. Perfect for a small space. Now that I have a big painting... Read more →


Today we're talking about art supplies under $100. If you're looking to give the gift of art supplies, keep reading. And if you're looking to receive art supplies, feel free to share this list with Santa. QoR Watercolors - $90.01 for the set I was first introduced to QoR (pronounced "core") watercolors in 2016 and I've never looked back. I've also never had to buy watercolor again. I'm still using the original set from 2016 five years later. So, yes they're pricey, but they will last you. They are intensely pigmented use Aquazol instead of Gum Arabic as a binder.... Read more →


If you're looking to give the gift of art supplies, I've gathered a list for you of great stuff that is all under $15. If you're looking to receive art supplies, feel free to share this list with Santa. :) Golden Gripper $2.59 I use this thing every single time I paint. It makes opening paint tubes a breeze. No more pliers. No more teeth. No more sore fingers and struggles. If I ever lose it, I will buy another without question. Stabilo All Marking Pencils $1.75 each - buy all 8 colors for $14 This water soluble pencil writes... Read more →


One of my favorite things to do with my ScanNCut is to make custom t-shirts. It’s quick and easy and they make great gifts. As you may know, Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) is a breeze to cut with the ScanNCut (especially with the Vinyl Auto Blade). However there is one part of the process that I have messed up a few times, much to my chagrin. And the worst part of this mistake is that it really makes the whole project look bad. So here’s my true confession: I don’t always get the sizing and placement of my designs right.... Read more →


This is the EIGHTH year of #CarveDecember. I can hardly believe it. Here are five reasons why YOU should participate in #CarveDecember right now this year today: 1. You don't need a lot of supplies to carve a stamp. If you don't have rubber, use a potato or an apple or a pencil eraser. And you don't need carving tools. If you've got a craft knife, you can carve a stamp. Here's a video tutorial from me on how to carve a stamp from a pencil eraser: And even if you do have all the supplies, we're still talking about... Read more →