Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

Now I know it's only June but for those of us that do craft shows that means the show season is only five months away. Yikes ONLY FIVE MONTHS, that's scary.

Anyway it's time to stock pile all the different designs that I plan to have for the season.

This is a new one for me it's an Ann Lalonde design.

I started out frosting the ornament with a spray on glass frost that you buy at the hardware store. Then paint a circle with a light blue acrylic paint. Then I transfered the pattern on with Graphic paper. Now they are ready for the pen and ink to draw the details of the design.

Once that's done I sprayed with a matt finish. Okay now the fun part.

The colors are done with oil paints and a transparent gel. I haven't worked with oils for more then thirty years, but as I worked on this I remembered a little of what I learned way back when...LOL

There are so many more colors available now it the stores and different mediums that I have never used but I'm going to play around with some of these things just to see what I can come up with.

I added a little glitter and used acrylics to add a little border around the design.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Joyces tole painting

One day I was in a craft store looking at some books and something caught my eye. I picked up one of Laurie Speltz's books to look through it, I saw a project that I liked. I bought the supplies that were listed for that project and the rest as they say is history. I was hooked, I've never taken a class everything I've learned has come from books. Books are written by such a wide variety of wonderful artist that cover everything you could possibly want to know. So if you have ever thought you might like to paint and there are no classes available in your area head to the nearest craft store and check out their books.

Painting is good for the soul.

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