Let’s Paint a Cat! A long tutorial by request!

Hi friends! It feels like it has been a long time since we had a chatty tutorial…the last one being the snowy winter scene I think. I kept this tutorial narrated live in real-time for the first 40 minutes (watercolor portion) and I thought the painting was done at that point but I was not totally happy with it so I grabbed some colored pencils to enhance it. You will have to let me know if you liked it better before or after I added the pencil at the end. I did voice over the end of the video because there was a lot of noise and commotion here with everyone around and the colored pencil was an afterthought.

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I used 4 colors of paint: Ultramarine blue, burnt umber, light red (a rusty color) and yellow ochre. I used an assortment of earth toned colored pencils at the end. You can download the pattern here if you do not wish to draw it but I will show you how to draw it in the tutorial. You can find the photo by Lisa Martin I worked from at Paint my Photo. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

This was fun to paint. I do not often paint animals and I think this is the first time I have ever painted a cat…maybe I did as a child, it is hard to remember. Let me know if you think it was better with or without the colored pencil, I might have been a bit hasty adding it. I think you should probably let a painting sit overnight to decide. All in all it looks quite a bit like the new addition to my house. Maybe I’ll donate it to the humane society if they have an auction. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Home is where the heART is!

Hi friends! During a recent trip to the craft store I spied some overpriced plain burlap canvases that you can buy and alter. I also saw some even more expensive burlap canvases that were slightly decorated. That gave me an idea! Make my own just the way I want for way less! It was so easy using supplies from Papermart and some basics from my craft room!

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The other benefit to making it yourself is that you can stencil the burlap while it is flat which is much easier than trying to stencil it once it is stretched on a frame. The method for stretching the burlap is the same for stretching a canvas so if you ever wanted to make your own artist’s canvas you will know how to do that too! Are you excited to try this? Watch the video and see how it’s done!

Supplies:

Directions

  1. Cut fabric 2″ larger than frame on all sides and stencil on design. Let dry.
  2. Lay the fabric face down on the table and center the frame on top. Pull the burlap up and staple the fabric to the back of the frame.
  3. Use hot glue to add trims and embellishments.
  4. Attach a cord for hanging.

These wall hangings would be a lovely gift especially with the recipients last name stenciled on it. Make sure to visit Papermart to find the supplies I used here as well as other holiday craft, party and packaging supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

This is why I have not been around the last 2 days!

Hi Friends! I am just digging out from 17″ of snow! We just got internet and power back this morning. We are lucky, some folks in my area may be out until Friday! The people living around the corner from us don’t have it back yet. We got slammed with a lot of snow very quickly. Since it was wet heavy snow and all of the leaves had not fallen off of the trees yet it made for many downed branches on power lines and tens of thousands of people without power. I think it might be a long winter! I hope everyone else who was hit is staying warm and safe. Check on your neighbors if your area was affected. Oh and don’t forget to vote today!

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I had been requested to paint a snowy scene and I was inspired Sunday as the flakes started to fall to do just that (I luckily got it uploaded and scheduled before our power was out!) You only need two colors of paint, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna, to paint this scene. I am working on a block of #140 Strathmore 400 series but you can use whatever you like. I also used the huge Simply Simmons brush I bought for $4 at ACmoore the other day and I really like it! The photo is by Joseph Honings and ca be seen at Paint my Photo.

Now i need to go vote! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Got Glue? Got Glitter? Let’s Make Earrings!

Hi Folks! I have a super cheap and easy project for you tonight that will make you sparkle! Watch the video to learn how to make glitter glue earrings:

You will need:

Glitter in varying degrees of chunkiness

White glue or mod podge

2 ear-wires and jump rings

wax paper

pliers

*optional-glitter glue for even more sparkle!

 

Directions (make 2)

  1. Squeeze glue on a piece of wax paper, mix in glitter. Let dry.
  2. Cut glitter film into a circle and punch a small hole in the edge.
  3. Attach to a jump ring and ear-wire.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You say Ta-MAY-to I say Tam-Ah-to, let’s just paint some!

Hi Folks! Today I have a water media tutorial that will get the dust off of your watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons (or water-soluble oil pastels) and watercolor paints. I’ll also show you how I work through an error I made in drawing so it turns out all right in the end.  You can find the beautiful photo by Lilian Bell I used as a reference here. It is from a site called Paint my Photo and it is free to join too! The video is sped up and voiced over. the painting took one hour to complete so don’t feel like you have to rush. Remember, painting should be relaxing and enjoyable! Here is the tutorial:

I hope you try mixing your watermedia! It is fun to build up layers and you can correct mistakes more easily than with regular watercolor painting, plus, it is just plain fun ad that is reason enough to do it! I hope you have some time to be creative today. I will be at the ball field for a baseball double header so I will have my crochet bag with me. What are you making today? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Make a flip/swing card with basic supplies! No Dies needed!

Hi Friends! Tonight I am going to show you a very simple way to make a custom swing or flip-flop card using basic supplies:

The beautiful stamps I am using are from Rubbernecker (one of my favorite stamp show booths!) I used Wildflowers in the Wind and Cheesecloth background. I hope you enjoyed this back to basics tutorial. It is nice to know we can create something beautiful with cardstock, simple cutters or craft knife and stamps. Have a great evening and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Lavender Fields & Another Treasure Trove of Photos to Paint!

Hi Friends! First up I wanted to let you know that I am revamping my very neglected Cafe Press shop where I have some of my painting available as prints, note-cards, calendars, bags, shirts, mugs etc so if you wanted anything you might want to grab it now because I will be switching everything up next week! More on that later! I am so excited because a viewer told be about a really cool website called Paint My Photo where photographers upload their stunning photos for artists to paint. Here is a tutorial for a lavender field that I painted from a  photo by Robin Lovelock:

You can find the photo I used here. If you join the Paint My Photo community please say howdy and add me as a friend. I am new there too, we can explore it together!

I am using a 1/2″ Princeton Neptune Oval Wash. This is a synthetic squirrel brush. It holds a lot of paint and water. You can make broad washes but the tip comes to a fine point too. This was my first time using this brush and I wanted to play around with it. I hope it answers some questions you might have about this line of brushes.
Colors (Cotman)
Ultramarine blue
Light Red
Sap Green
Yellow Ochre
Mauve
Lemon Yellow

Well, I need to get my butt moving, I am going scrapbooking with Lorraine and Kathy today! Woohoo! that should be fun…or we will get kicked out of the crop due to wacky shenanigans. Any bets?Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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