Archive for the ‘The Great Outdoors!’ Category

Blooming Paint

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

As for my easel… here’s the progress I’ve made thus far on my latest…

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I’ll be working more on this tomorrow. It’s time for me to head downstairs and start scaring up something for dinner. It’s pork roast for tonight so I need to get it in the oven soon.

 

More Works in Progress

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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This is coming along nicely. The flower, leave, and berries are 3D. They are cut from QuakeMat pads that I picked up for 10 cents per packet at a surplus outlet. I drew the designs on with a marker and cut them out with ultra sharp scissors, to adhere them I crumpled paper napkins in white and mod podged them to the prepped surface. This is now in the drying process so I’m working on a few smaller projects that I’ll share here later.

 

Deck the Falls!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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It’s time to bring the fall colors out and celebrate the season of apple cider and caramel apples.

Here’s a few close ups of what I’ve been doing around the living room to welcome the cool air with warm colors.

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Such a beautiful hot fiery orange to see the season in with. Tomorrow is grocery day so I’ll be checking out their pumpkins both produce and canned… oh yes, and pumpkin coffee creamer too! It’s time for pumpkin bars and hot desserts. I’ll also be looking into their decorative gourds. Can’t let fall pass us by without an awesome burst of color splashed across the living room.

My work in progress is…

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More on this tomorrow!

Guilded Butterflies

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Using wood panels and a wash of green paints I layered tissue paper over the top and let the wrinkles fall where they may. Adding more layers with stamps, textures, stencils, mediums, foils, paints, and lots of love… I added until I was happy with what I saw. These simple panels are a delicious pop of color and texture for any smaller space in your home, cube, office, get-away… and more.

 

 

On The Easel

Friday, September 6th, 2013

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Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m working on at the moment. I’m about half way through the process now and loving the background. I used blended fibers for the leaves using a stencil and palette knife. Next time I do this method I think I’ll mix in a hint of color instead of painting over it.

I’m heading to my parents next week so these gems will be on my desk for another week brewing.

I’m planning on getting my hair textured while I’m out of town and I’m super excited about it. I might just be sharing a snapshot of myself with you then. =)

 

InterTwined

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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These two 5×5’” panels are an eye-catching set of paintings. These were very therapeutic to create. I didn’t plan a thing while starting this artistic journey. I just let the substrate speak to me.

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I started with vintage text pages circa 1946. I layered some crumpled tissue paper over the top and use a matte medium to set them in place. I then brayed some blue paint over the tops and after it was dry I stippled on the green. I sponged on some white and added opaque flakes. Next came the flowers. Using a rubber stamp and some orange acrylic paint I loosely dabbed the flowers on. I then used yellow acrylic and added pastels and mini rhinestones and gold paint to add depth and emphasis. I outlined with chalk and black lava medium. To tie the flowers together I used black hemp that I separated which added the curliness.

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I added picture corners and used a sharpie to connect the corners to give these a completed look.

What an adorable duo to hang on any wall!

And the tips this Tuesday…

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This is Rimmel London 60 seconds nail polish in Cupcake Pink. Yes… it dries FAST! I would recommend this for a fast manicure. It goes on great with the wide brush and dries quickly

Gears and Glam

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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Ooohh La La… Oh how I love texture and color. I snapped this photo several days ago… I’m almost done with this painting. I thought I was finished yesterday but this morning while sitting here pondering it I got inspired… so I’m not yet done.

I took a break yesterday to grow my indoor garden…

And glam myself up a bit.

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My nails are Wet N Wild’s Undercover…I Love the megalast® polish line. It’s got a professional brush for an awesome manicure and it’s fortified with staying power. A must have so I have more time for art…

The flower is made of muslin and a vintage button. I’m growing more flowers and don’t even have to water!

Steampunk Sparrow

Monday, June 17th, 2013

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This lil’ fella speaks for himself. He pretty much dictated himself into creation. I was just his vessel.

I used everything from vintage sheet music to feathers on this piece. Stencils, pearls, precut trim, hemp cord, watch parts, decorative tape, gold foil, stickers, paints galore, and beeswax.

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Here you can see the textures of the wax, foil, gears, and watch parts. This turned out deliciously and smell oh so sweetly of honey with the beeswax on it. Good enough to tweet!

Fine Tuning God’s Sparrow

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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I started with an 8×8 wooden plank and layered it with vintage text pages, collaging papers, stencils, and layers of paints… using glaze to allow colors from behind to show through.

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Then I really started having fun… using several of my favorite summery colors I started stenciling and adding color and depth to the background. I used black hemp to make a “branch” for the bird to perch on. I used vintage sheet music for the sparrow and will be adding many more layers of background color and texture. I just wanted to show you that the bird is in da house!

And I just couldn’t help adding some summer to my fingertips as well….

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How pretty is that!? I’m really loving this color. It wears awesomely and adds such a joyful “noise” to my fingers that I smile each time I look at them.

This is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme wear in Mint Sorbet with a topcoat of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat.

And I’m ready for the weekend!

Standing Tall

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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You know those long boards that are great for putting hooks on? This is one of those. I turned it into wall art. I’m in love with how this turned out. The DH likes it too. He’s tempted to hang it in the living room. Luckily it’s too small for any of the walls he’s tried it on so I’m keeping this puppy brother for my bedroom gallery wall.

I started by painting the board black around the edges and adding vintage text pages for my background base. Then I did this…

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Paints, decorative napkin and Glimmer Mist.

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The pink flower center is actually colored hot glue. I used texture mediums to help build the flowers. Inside the center is Black Lava texture… and the white around the center is white opaque flakes… both mediums are from Liquitex. I opted not to use the pewter beads in the very center, add added jute stems with a few glass beads instead.

For adding a soft bit of color on this piece instead of using paints I used pastels.

Whatcha think?