Friday, April 1, 2016

How to start an oil, acrylic or mixed media painting on canvas

Over the years, I've painted in acrylics, oils, collage and mixed media, but I usually always start all my paintings basically the same, regardless of the medium. First, I do a rough sketch in my journal. If I'm struggling, I may draw it small a few times.

If it's a very detailed piece and I'm going really large, I may project my drawing, but most of the time I will just redraw it on to the canvas. Since I've been moving more toward an abstract style for my work, I don't worry as much about everything being "perfect". After all, it's my interpretation of the subject, and if it needed to be perfect, I'd just take a picture instead of painting it :)

Next, I sketch my design onto my canvas and go over my pencil drawing with black paint. After that dries, I cover the canvas with a transparent wash of color, usually orange or bright pink. My next step is to block in the darker colors and show where the main contrast areas will be. Then I start the layering process, saving my gel medium and collage for the top layers.

From this point, I will start to add papers and other types of texture. I use brushes in the beginning, and then when I get to the upper layers, I use a palette knife.

Hope you enjoyed getting a sneak peak of my process :) I'm working on a new series of paintings and can't wait to show them to you later in the spring. 

I do have prints of this cute little pig in my ETSY SHOP
plus some new prints perfect for Mother's day.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shopping for Unique Gifts-What to buy?

I'm working hard to develop some inspirational gift items from my artwork that are unique and made with love, so that you can give that special school teacher, Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader or best friend. Something to encourage or thank them for their investment in you or your loved ones.

I would love your feedback on what kind of gift items you like to give, and what you like to spend on gifts for special occasions or events like graduation, baptisms, end of the year gifts, etc... 

I know I give a lot of gift cards, but I'm always looking for something to personalize it and make it stand out from all the other gift cards.

What are your favorite gifts to give?

What top four events do you give gifts for every year?

How much do you typically spend on a gift like this?

Do you typically shop ahead of time online or last minute locally?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Planners and colorful accessories

Planners seem to be all the rage now. I've noticed lately that Michaels has started carrying a full line of planner accessories. I will say that since I've jumped on the planner bandwagon, it does make the monotony of scheduling more exciting when you get to add more than just appointments and reminders to your calendar.

Washi tapes, stickers, embellishments, fun clips, paint, stitching, stamps, tabs-what are your favorite things to add to your planner? I have a smaller moleskine planner that I keep important dates only, and then I have my larger moleskine planner where I document my prayers, devotionals and other life events. Some weeks I spend more time "decorating" than others, but I do love it looking so pretty :)

I love these fabric clips and use them in my Bible, my planner and as a bookmark. They are great to add as an embellishment to a handmade card or a scrapbook page.

They are available in my Etsy Shop if you would like some to add to your stash.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Easter Basket Stuffers and unique gift ideas

Looking for something besides candy to fill your Easter baskets? Check out my Etsy Shop for some unique goodies. Sign up for my newsletter and receive a coupon code for 20% off for any purchases in my shop this week!

Great gifts for Sunday school teachers, friends, mentors, or your grown children.

These also make good gifts for the end of the school year-custom options available.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Colorful Pig Wall Art

I don't like to use my blog as strictly an advertisement avenue, but I did want to let you know about the new prints I have available. I've been working hard over the past few months to identify some of my more popular products that I could reproduce at an affordable price and offer in my Etsy shop. It's so out of my comfort zone to have to find a printer, display and photograph the prints, and then market them. I guess I'm learning some new skills in my older age :)

This is one of my favorite recent paintings. I just love the color and whimsy. I'm now using a local printer and they have done such a good job at producing a print where you can visually experience the color and texture of the original.

These are now available in my etsy shop. They are an 10 x 8 inch professionally printed reproductions of my original work on canvas for $15 each. If you sign up for my newsletter, you can receive discount/free shipping codes to use at check out. So whether you are a Razorback fan, love color or just love pigs, this piece will add a smile to any room. Click HERE to purchase.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Making tags, bookmarks and art journal tip ins from recycled materials

I'm am such a hoarder-anyone out there with me?  I'm starting to even save tags off of clothing items and dig discarded cereal boxes  out of the trash. 

I do think I have a problem!

But why not save them? When all you have to do is add a coat of gesso....

Some paint and ribbon....

And Wa La... cute cute cute little things to use as gift tags, book marks or scrapbooking, Bible journaling and art journaling tip ins. And now you've also recycled something that is trash to most, into something useful and beautiful.

Follow me on Instagram to see my daily projects and artwork.

Would you like some custom tags or bookmarks? Visit my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Scripture Memory and Bible Journaling

Slowly but surely, I'm trying to build my Etsy Shop, and eventually a store on my website. Most all of my works on paper come from my personal Bible study and scripture memory. So if you see it in print, more than likely it's something that I have wrestled with God over.

I just added a scripture memory card to my shop. I hang these on my bathroom mirror, my refrigerator, give as little happy gifts, include in cards and use as bookmarks and tip ins in my Bible and art/prayer journal. This measures approximately 3.25" x 5", about the size of a small index card, and is professionally printed in archival ink on a heavy card stock. It is a coated finish on the printed side and blank on the back.

I will be adding new ones to the collection in the near future. You can find and follow my Etsy Shop by clicking HERE. I hope these little nuggets of truth will bless you in your personal study and faith!

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