Friday, June 23, 2017

Flower Tiles

Hi Everyone!
I'm on vacation and I'm behind in posting here.
The last few weeks I've been playing catch up with sharing my design team posts for The Crafters Workshop.
 
I'm almost up to date! YAY!!!
 
This creation was made using this stencil. Right now it's one of my favorites.





I started out with black and white gesso plus a little crackle paint.




Added some yummy color.




 
Added more flower tiles with TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste.



 
I added a wash of black paint on the canvas and wiped it off.
It left the modeling paste black and highlighted all the nooks and crannies on the canvas.



I always do the sides too.




Here is the finished piece.

 
 
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
 
You can see the full post at


Thanks so much for stopping by!











Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm not fond of cats!

When you're on a design team and one a member of team needs help with a post, I raised my hand and said I would.
 
That's what happened when Marlene from Art by Marlene wasn't able to do a post I offered to fill in for her. She is also one of the stencil designers for The Crafters Workshop and I asked her to pick out one of her stencils for me to use. A challenge!
 
I never thought in a million years should would pick her one stencil that would be more of a challenge than she knows.
 
 
 
You see I'm not fond of cats.
In fact they creep me out.
BUT
I thought I could handle this one since it's not alive. LOL
 
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
Here are the projects I created.  First a journal cover.
 
Keep Calm and Meow On!
The whiskers are made out of wire.
 
 
 
Next a canvas. I just used the eyes.
 
 
The last one is a catscape!
Can you tell how I made the city?
 
 
 
That's right! I made the city from the stripes on the cat.
It's a very old abandoned city I think.
BUT if I squint by eyes I think I see waves.
 
What do you see in the cat's stripes!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
You can see the full post at The Crafters Workshog Blog!
 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Yupo Painting - Titled: Take Flight

Hi Everyone.
Today I have a quick post showing you a painting I completed on heavy weight Yupo.


I used TCW684 Bird Gathering stencil to add the bird with TCW Modeling Paste.

The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

I used painters tape around the edges so I can frame it without cutting off any of the painting.


The heavy weight Yupo can take lots of paint and other mediums such as modeling paste. I'm really loving it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I CUT UP and MELTED My Stencils

Hi Everyone!
This post is not for the faint of heart.
I'm sharing a design team project I created for The Crafters Workshop. You can see the link to the full post at the bottom.
 
I'm in a get rid of junk mood and found that I had two of the same stencil, Flower Frenzy.
 
The Crafters Workshop provided me with the stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
 

 
 I cut up the stencil and then used my heat gun (in a well ventilated room) slowly heat the plastic so the flowers would curl. I then painted them with varies shades of acrylic paints.
  
 
 
 
When everything was dry I attached them to the canvas.
 
 
 
 I have tons of glass beads so I also added them to the flowers and canvas.
 
 
Here is the finished piece. 
 
 
 
You can see the complete tutorial by clicking HERE.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stay tuned for another FINDING ART post next week!
  
  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Not Enough Time for All the Ideas in My Head!

Hi Everyone!
I'm having the worst time getting anything done.
So many art ideas written down and when I start nothing is going my way.  My head, heart and hands and all going in different directions.
 
I wouldn't say I'm in funk and not creating anything. Just too many ideas to into one project.
 
So I've been walking away from my art studio and trying to purge the house of all the crap.
 
So I thought I would share with you some of my design team projects for The Crafters Workshop that I keep forgetting to share them here (links to tutorials under the picture). 

Hopefully they will give you some inspiration!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
 
 
I've been challenged to use a particular stencil, which is so outside my comfort zone, to create a piece of art on TCW's blog on May 11th.  Don't forget to check it out!!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

STICKY POST-IT NOTES ART - Part II

Hi Everyone.
Tax season part 1 is over but all the work you push to the side to get tax returns done is now a huge pile. Post-It Notes Art will probably continue.
 
Here are the last ones I created. The bottom right that is not finished but I lost my muse a bit so I left it alone.
 
 
 
You can see my little circle stencil that I used in some of my Post-It Note art. I just used a two-hole punch to punch the hole. I may design a few little hole stencils for my next Post-It Note art creation. You use what's available in the office.
 Also, see the mats I used under each note.
 
 
 
Here are a couple of mats. You never know they may turn into art too!
 
 
 
That's it for now.
I'm sure there will be more.
I'm enjoying the small size.
 
See any you like or gives you inspiration for your next art creation?
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
 
 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Painting with Flower Tiles

A quick post showing you a new mixed media painting I created using the new stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Flower Tiles. I'm loving black, white, gray and silver metallic or gold metallic. 



The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

I used metallic paste and embossing powders on modeling paste.






Thanks so much for stopping by!





Friday, April 7, 2017

The Gathering of Birds

I love birds. When it's warmer outside I love to sit with a cup of tea Sunday mornings and listen to all the birds.  Stencils with birds I gravitate to all the time.

For this Yupo painting I used a new stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Bird Gathering


The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.


I used heavy weight Yupo this time and I love it. I used TCW modeling paste on it with lots of paints.  Here is what it looked like before I changed it completely. 

I love the way the birds seem to disappear into the background but my hands and heart were going for something else.


So I added more birds and paint and changed the feel of the painting.  Here is the bird from the picture above.



I added more texture to the background which made it look like swirls of wind or something like that. I also started to like the light shade and added more white. 


Here's the final piece.


I can't wait to get this one framed.
Although I want to start selling my art I keep falling in love with it.
Do you have that problem too?

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Monday, April 3, 2017

Sticky Post It Notes and Art

Working seven days a week during tax season doesn't give me any time to create art. Getting home late I pop my head in and say hello art room but just go to bed.

That doesn't stop me from creating art with lots of colors. Many times I'm just sitting at my desk waiting for processing tax returns and I use that time to doodle. I don't have a lot of time but the small yellow post it notes work perfectly.

I even have lots of colors to choose from and I buy new colorful pens every tax season.


I can tell what my mood at the moment was based on what I created on the post it notes.  See the one below full of scribbles and the word frustration. There are many days like that.


There are a few that I give me lots of ideas for other projects. I'm still drawing these spikey flowers.


These are from this past week. The face is scary LOL!


I hope you liked my gallery of Post It Notes!
I'm sure there will be more. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!