Posts Tagged ‘children’s art’

Spooky

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Spooky
Candy corn is right around the corner. I used LOVE that stuff as a kid. I even loved the smell of it. Now I love to have a dish of it set out amongst the Halloween decorations just so catch a whiff of it and see the pretty colors. I don’t eat it any more but I bet the spiders in this painting would love to chow down on it. This sweet little hallows eve painting was inspired by a package of Halloween napkins I bought last year. I loved the skull and spiders on it. I used confetti spiders and covered over them with a white layer of napkin and added a wash of paint over the top.. then I topped the spiders off with a golden rhinestone. She’s up on Etsy today if you just can’t resist.

I started a “project” yesterday morning and worked on it again today, right now it’s drying and will be ready to start painting on soon. I’m making something from a recycled carton and I have a vision but they don’t always turn out as planned so I’m stepping lightly as I go. I’ll share more with you when I feel more confident in how it’s turning out. I’m sure after I’ve done one I’ll know more about how to do the second one… for now I have a learning curve… or a complete curve ball! Only time will tell.

I dug through my toy box and found something really fun to share with you!

Tammy’s Toys
These are great! They have such fun projects and you don’t need to be a kid to do them… Being a kid at heart is perfect enough. Each card has a project on the front and the instructions and materials list on the back. Just think of all the fun you can have on a cold winter’s day!

Aren’t they just the cutest things EVER!?

Recycled Journal Page

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Life

This journal entry started when I was cleaning up from my “I Need Chocolate” painting. I had finished painting the back of the wood panel with Berry Wine and had quite a bit of paint left on my makeshift palette. Rather than let it go to waste I decided to grab a paper towel. I noticed it had a decorative edge which made me smile as I knew I could emphasize it. I laid the towel flat on my desk and sprayed it with a misting of water. Then I started dabbing on the left over Berry paint. Alternating the paint with spraying more water on the towel the paint started to bleed really nicely. Once the paint was all used up and the towel was “pretty” I dabbed the towel with a cloth towel to soak up excess moisture. When it was dry enough to handle I glued the paper towel down in my art journal and let it dry. I used Stabilo markers on the preexisting decorative edge of the towel and brightened the colors to make them ‘P0P’ I used yellow paint to add the dots to the flowers along with the colors on the towel the yellow changed colors accordingly so it turned out very nice. I used a stencil sponge and black rubber stamping ink to stencil the word “Life.” Next comes the fun part… writing down whatever words popped into my head that related to life. The page has a nice “fabric” type feel to it and it’s soft to touch. I’m happy with how it turned out. =) Happy Hump Day! I hope your creative juices are flowing like a river! I’d love to know what you’re up to so leave me a comment and let me know! I’d LOVE to hear from you.

I Have Your Heart

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I Have Your Heart
This sassy little heart is created from a recycled shipping envelope. I had not idea that you could get such awesome envies until I got this one in the mail. Of course I saved it and put it in my recycle drawer. Yesterday while playing I had glued down the heart paper as a background for my journal entry and then I started digging through my “green” drawer and rediscovered this envelope! I knew right then how this journal entry would play out. I used the back side of the envelope, so thankfully I still have a full side to play with. The flowers are cut from the envie as are the leaves. I used gel pen on the edges and my aqua brush to blend a bit. The red hearts are stenciled on using a stencil sponge with rubber stamping ink, and the blue hearts are rubber-stamped. It was really an easy peazy piece of pie! Which reminds me I’m going to make banana bread today! And if I need to whisk my eggs I’ll be using one of Tammy’s Toys! Yep! It’s 2sday again and time for Show & Tell. Here’s this weeks:

Tammy’s Toys Tuesday

See you back tomorrow so I can share some more creativity with you! My comments section has been fixed so if you’d like to leave a comment I will love you all forever!

I Need Chocolate

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I Need Chocolate
You’ve had those days when nothing will satisfy you like a big chunk of chocolate just like me I bet. There’s something medicinal and soothing about chocolate. It’s one of God’s magic remedies. It’s tastes awesome, is actually good for you and it’s sooths the savage beasties in all of us.  This painting expresses just how much this gal needs her chocolate fix! Thankfully she’s got a big bar ready for unwrapping. This started with layers of cream and red, then I added a wine berry color wash and started layering in colors that would go well with the paper I had chosen for her dress. Of course we had to put some brown in here as after all… chocolate is the deepest of browns. I used gold metallic paper to punch some hearts from to layer over stenciled brown hearts. I used gold leaf to make the piece more cohesive with the use of the gold hearts and the gold wrapper in her candy bar. The edges are dabbed with a rich and thick gold paint that helps to add extra texture and richness. Now, If you’ll excuse me… I hear some chocolate calling me from the kitchen!

Plum Press

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Plum Press
*SOLD*
Extra ~ Extra! Read all about it! Sticking with a palette of black, gray and purples I managed to find enough collaging and background elements to get this painting done the way I wanted it. I simply did a gray wash over the background and started layering items of interest. From rubber-stamps, collaged lavender napkins, black lava texture, dripped pearlized crayons, and glued on mini lavender rhinestones. I purposely dressed her in text trimmed garments. with rhinestone and feather accents. She actually is bit more purple than this photo shows but such is uploading. =) With lavender eye shadow she’s ready to head off to her next super scoop story.  She’s on a serious news story so be ready for a news flash soon! I always have a fun time with all the paintings I do.. but behind the scenes you’re missing another kind of art that I’m sharing now:

This is the palette I’ve been using for well over a month. It’s simply a meat tray from buying steak/pork chops/cubed steaks/etc! By the end of six months this will be a plethora of colors that bleed together and make an art piece of their own. One color covers another and so on forever! This is the current look from the last seven paintings I’ve done. I really love when the colors start to bleed together as you can see with the green and black at the bottom right. Six more paintings and I’ll have an even FORTY 4×4″ hanging paintings… not to mention the ones I used fun fibers to hang. I’ll be getting these ready asap to varnish and add to my Etsy as the Holiday season is up and coming soon and I have SO much to finish creating and share. I do have to say that I’ve had fun so far with what I’m creating and I’m thankful that creativity is something that no-one can take away! It truly is a gift from GOD! … God… Thank you!

Glory

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Glory
I‘ve been working on another set of five 4×4″ mini paintings to put on Etsy and take downtown. I’ve made nearly 40 since I’ve been back at painting after my respite from my ankle recuperation. I’m off today again to the specialist for another appointment. I can hobble pretty well with my shoes on, but barefoot is another story. I’m concerned about the cost of another surgery and the whole process of knowing what I’d have to go through again. I’ll be praying on it. This little sweet pea is covered in the golden glory of God. Who else can create flowers of gold? The collage paper I used for her dress is from a bar of soap given out at Christmas time by a local health food store as a gift. I thought the paper was so pretty and smelled SO good that I had to add it to the painting. The painting grew from their. I used stencils, rub ons, mini stickers, black lava texture, gold leafing, I even used fabric paints. I’ll be back to creating after my Dr’s appointment today. And yes, the AC is going strong, it’s going to be another hot day, oh how I miss the rain! Today’s 2sday again and that means Toy Time! This week’s show-&-tell is a family favorite and always brings a smile or laugh. It’s my Pig Nose! Just looking at the picture of it here makes me giggle. Until tomorrow.. keep your nose clean!

Tammy’s Toys

Journal Giraffe

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Journal Giraffe
I finished this journal entry last night. I then propped it up between our computers and smiled each time I looked at it. I think it’s really sweet. This mini giraffe makes me happy. I used layers and layers of collaging items, from torn paper napkin, stickers, punched flowers, stamped and cut leaves, and more. There are a number of mediums used here including inks, chalks, & acrylics. I was thinking of using some Victorian paper with grapes on it and calling this “The Grapes of Giraffe” but I thought that was a “stretch” (pun intended.) However that may still come to fruition one day. I settled on pink as it’s only natural for me to want a miniature pink giraffe.   Inspiration for this entry comes from a TV commercial of all things. I love this commercial and just have to share it with you! Click ME!
See you tomorrow! Happy Creating.

Bunny Hop

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

♥ Bunny Hop ♥
This is a bunny with attitude. She’s just daring you to even think of taking her carrot. I did the off-centered head on purpose just to see what it would look like and I think it’s rather cute. She’s got the cutest droopiest ears and a love for hopping around her garden. This journal entry is layers of love and fun. I started this by taking some bright pink tissue paper, wadding it up into a ball and then semi smoothing it out. I then adhered it with Mod Podge. I toned down the pink with a water/gesso wash and used a paper towel to pick up the extra unwanted medium. Then it was time for fun! I started the sketch and as always what comes from my pencil is almost always spontaneous. Using acrylic paints with glaze and finishing off the shading with watercolor pencils I had the base of her face done. I added micron pen and charcoal to complete it. She’s suited up in her daily hopping attire which is simply washed on layers of white paint. She stands in a garden of tulips which came from a decorative paper napkin. Extra flowers and leaves were stamped around to give extra garden detail. She’s got a mound of dirt with a carrot nearly ready for pulling and she holds her lunch in her hand. I have to say I really like the whimsical feel of this journal entry. I like her attitude and I really liked trying something different with her. Let me know what you think. Today is grocery day and it’s going to be hot out so I want to get going before it’s too hot! I’ll be back tomorrow for a TGIF show-and-tell!

Simplicity

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

♥ Simplicity ♥
Playing on pink parchment that I glued into my art journal. My focus on my journal pages lately has been trying different ways of applying mediums as well as experimenting with facial expressions and features. I used a paper doily for her dress and washed over it with pink paint.
This was actually quite a simple page ~ hence the name… and the fact that there isn’t much to the background. It’s just a peaceful pink angel inspired from a book I’m reading ~~ Angels in my Hair by Lorna Byrne. I haven’t been able to put it down at night. I end up setting it down at 4:30 in the morning and kicking myself for reading too long and knowing I’m going to feel “ughhy” the next day .. heh.. the next day, who am I kidding, I’m up by 8ish. I’m half way through the book now so I only have a few more sleepless night left. It’s a very good book! I’m working in my journal today and gesso-ing some canvas’s for the Chaos and Calm class I’m taking. I’ll be picking up the remainder of the supplies I need for the class tomorrow when I hit Freddie’s for food. They have an art isle that I know like the back of my hand. =) I’ve had a busy day at my desk with helped relieve the stress of yesterdays long day on the phone dealing with providers and insurance. Ugh! I’m going back to painting now. I have a play date with myself. Be sure to come back tomorrow as I have some-bunny here who wants to say “hi!”

Coraline’s Garden

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Coraline’s Garden
After mulling over this painting for a week I finally decided I wanted to paint Coraline in her garden, where she was happiest. I added button centers to the flowers strung with metallic threads to add sparkle and punch. I used stenciling, stamping, flowers cut from paper doilies, confetti circles, tiny fingernail art stickers, and finger painted some glitters about the garden. I think she turned out pretty sweet. And since it’s summer with flowers blooming all about it’s also quite appropriate. Thankfully our heatwave has taken a vacation and we have a nice overcast day with gray clouds so it looks as though the flowers will be getting watered by Mother Nature. I played late last night in my art journal before watching a few episodes of The Dresden Files… thanks to Netflix! We’ll watch the final episode tonight.  I wasn’t quite ready to get up this morning when I woke up but I did so anyway as I knew that painting awaited and that always lures me up as does the smell of coffee perking, I’ll be pouring my first cup very soon! Happy Tuesday, it’s time to take a peek inside the toy box again this week.

Tammy’s Toys

Yep! We all need a button like this on our keyboards. My keyboard is packed with keys, but this one is the one I wish I could make work. I haven’t yet decided where to put this… it’s got a sticky back that you can peel off so you can put the button where you want. I’m sure I’ll find someplace very creative to put this clever guy. Not quite the same type of button that Coraline has but a button nonetheless. Once I decide this guys final resting place I’ll be sure to share it with you. Until then it sits on my keyboard and I “pretend” to use it when necessary. Get out there and have a great day and I’ll be back here tomorrow to share last night late journal play with you.