A wonderful time!

I had a great time yesterday teaching a colored pencil workshop for the Society of Decorative Painters! We FINISHED 2 colored pencil paintings in just under 7 hours (lunch break included!) It was such fun to spend the day with these lovely ladies, here is what we painted:

If interested the illustration for this piece can be purchased in my Fancy Flowers digital stamp set. Pencils: Prismacolor, Paper: Canson Mi Teints

This illustration for this painting can be found in my set "Pretty Primitive", click on to photo to go to my shop:)

How about trying a colored pencil painting on colored paper? It is great fun and the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff digital stamps make excellent patterns! In fact many of my digital stamp designs started out a sketches for my paintings.  I do hope you will give it a try!

*PS, I am thinking of branching out into fully detailed painting instruction packets, if that interests you let me know by leaving a comment 🙂

If you are looking for projects from my Junior DT today you will have to wait until Thursday, they have moved up the ranks to Sr. DT members and will post their fab work with the rest of the team on Thursdays! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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Tray Chic {part duex!}

Here we are in the second phase of the the tray table I am painting for the Maine Discovery Museum’s Charity Auction, to see part one click here. This step is done in well under an hour and will teach you a faux-finishing technique called marbleizing, lets take a look at what the table will look like when this step is finished:

An easy faux-finishing tecnique!

An easy faux-finishing technique!

I wanted the table top to have a chess/checker board on the surface to add decoration as well as usefulness , how nice to be able to play a game of chess or checkers without dragging out a board! Here is what you will need for this step:

Supplies: Contact Paper, Acrylic Paint (M Graham & Co,), Craft knife, sea sponge, foam brush, ruler, pencil, Other: Painter's or masking tape, scissors and a feather or fine brush.

Supplies: Contact Paper, Acrylic Paint (M Graham & Co.), Craft knife, sea sponge, foam brush, ruler, pencil, Other: Painter's or masking tape, scissors and a feather or fine brush.

Step 1: Cut 32 1 1/2″ squares out of the contact paper. Mark out a 12″ square in the center of the table top and stick down the contact paper in the design of the grid.

Stick down the contact aper where you want the dark squares.

Stick down the contact paper where you want the dark squares.

Step 2. Mask off the boarder with painters tape.

The painters tape will give you a nice crisp border!

The painters tape will give you a nice crisp border!

Step 3. Set up your palette, I am using a disposable palette (a pad of this waxed paper) squirt out dabs of white, yellow ochre and burnt umber and mix them to make a dark, medium and light shade of brown, do not over-mix!

Mix 3 shades of brown using white, burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Mix 3 shades of brown using white, burnt umber and yellow ochre.

Step 4. wet the sea sponge and squeeze out all of the water you can, dab it in the paint colors and sponge over your checker board. Do not rub or paint may seep under the contact paper.

Never put paint on a dry sea sponge or you will ruin it, always wet it and ring it out first!

Never put paint on a dry sea sponge or you will ruin it, always wet it and ring it out first!

Just dab on the paint, that's all there is to it!

Just dab on the paint, that's all there is to it!

Step 5. Take a feather or thin paint brush and add in a few veins to the marble with strait burnt umber and white paint.

don't try to be perfect when painting the viens, the sloppier you are the better it will look!

don't try to be perfect when painting the veins, the sloppier you are the better it will look!

Step 6. Wash out your brushes and sponge with dish soap. Remove the painters tape and contact paper. Do not worry about any rough edges, we will fix those next time 😉

Peel off the tape and contact paper and viola!

Peel off the tape and contact paper and viola!

Thanks for checking out my progress on this table and thanks to M. Graham & Co. for donating the paint for this project. Til next time happy crafting!

“Tray” Chic! {part 1}

No, I don’t mean “tres chic” I mean Tray Chic! I am painting a tray table for the Maine Discovery Museum to be auctioned off this fall. I thought it would be fun to document my painting process on my blog…for those of you not into painting you can just smile and nod 😉

Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.

Here is the painting I designed for the top of the tray table, I will add more detail later...or not.

I want to give a BIG thanks to the M. Graham & Company for donating the paint for this project, I’ve used their watercolors for years and their acrylics are perfect for this project, good color strength and blendability (trust me, I was painting outside on a 80 degree day!

Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}

Mmmmmm paint! {yummy paint from M. Graham & Co.}

The first thing I did was make an acrylic “stain” for my table since it was new wood and I didn’t want to cover the grain plus it would seal the wood and make it easier to paint on. I mixed equal parts burnt umber paint and acrylic gloss varnish and a squirt of burnt sienna acrylic. Spray the table with clean water and apply the stain quickly blending as you go with a large natural bristle brush, use a small bristle brush to get paint in the grooves.

the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!

the stained table. This is my least favorite part of a painting project, I hate the prep work!

Here is how I set up my palette, for acrylics I use a Masterson Palette seal (but you can do the same thing with a large flat Tupperware container. I placed damp paper towels on the bottom of my plastic container, put a sheet of waxed paper on top and weighted the corners with flat marbles then squeezed out enough paint for this part of the project (the tray insert) the damp paper towels will keep my paint moist while I paint and if I don’t have time to finish the painting I can snap on the cover and the paint will stay wet until next time.

When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!

When using artist quality acrylic paint you don't need a lot, this is more than enough to paint the table top!

I designed the pattern for the inside of the try buy cutting a piece of paper the same size as the bottom of the tray then I folded it corner to corner to equally divide up the halves then I sketched a calla lily motif in a big and little triangle and transferred that design to the table (you can make out the white lines of the transfer paper in this photo:

one quater of the design painted!

one quarter of the design painted!

I think this might make a nice digital stamp too;) Here is a pic with two sections painted in, since I repeated the pattern for the other half of the table it is balanced and easy to paint.

Half-way there! You can do this too!

Half-way there! You can do this too!

I have a lot more work to put in to this piece, this is just the tray that sits on top after all, Here is a look at the painted tray on the table base:

Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!

Not bad for a first tray...er, I mean try!

I’ll post the next installment of this project next week, thanks for reading  {or just smiling and nodding} through this long post, till next time happy crafting!

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