October 10

Try This – Background 6

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I’m gearing up for next month’s Art Every Day Month.  I plan to paint one girl a day during the month of November, so I’m preparing my background canvases this month.  This week’s background is a redo.

This was one of the paintings I did when I took Juliette Crane’s How to Paint an Owl e-Course.  I never felt good about this painting, so I decided to start again.

I painted wide bands of color.

Then sprayed the canvas with water.

I dabbed, sprayed and let it drip down until I had a new background.

Daily Inspiration

  

Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

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October 3

Try This – Background 5

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I am going to continue doing background canvases during the month of October.  My goal and my dream is to get my paintings in some local shops in 2013.  Before I start approaching shop owners, I’d like to have a nice representation of my work.  Last year, I participated in a challenge during the month of November call Art Every Day Month.  I want to challenge myself to paint one girl every day during the month of November.  That’s why I want to have the background canvases done prior to that.

This week I’m trying a little fingerpainting.  I started with a painted canvases.

Squeezed out a variety of colors.

Then, started playing.

I wanted to do some flower shapes.

So, I kept adding until I got a look I was happy with.

I added some black outlines to further define the flower shapes.  Once I add a girl to this painting, I have a feeling it will change, but this gives me something to get started with.

Daily Inspiration

 

 Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang

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September 26

Try This – Background 4

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This month, I’m preparing some backgrounds because I want to paint more of the girls I learned to paint in Juliette Crane’s How To Paint A Girl e-course.

This week, I wanted to try these alcohol inks.

I painted the background with Ceramcoat Trail Tan.

I immediately started to drop drops of the alcohol ink onto the wet canvas.

I used these colors of alcohol inks…Ginger, Caramel and Latte.

I think it is an interesting effect.  I’m definitely going to fiddle around with these inks some more.

Daily Inspiration

We are what we believe we are.

C. S. Lewis
 

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September 19

Try This – Background 3

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This month, I’m preparing some backgrounds because I want to paint more of the girls I learned to paint in Juliette Crane’s How To Paint A Girl e-course.

Sometimes, when I’m painting backgrounds, I really get into them and add a lot of interesting details.  Sometimes, I keep them kind of plain, knowing that I can add more details once I get painting my subject (in this case, a girl).  All the paints I used are Golden Acrylics.

I painted the background Ultramarine Blue.

I add swipes and dots of paint in Titanium White.

Then a few side swipes, also in Titanium White.

In anticipation of adding a girl, I smoothed out the area in the middle of the painting.  I learned that early on…it’s no fun having a big, bumpy dot right where you want to paint a face.

Daily Inspiration

 

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

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September 12

Try This – Background 2

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This month, I’m preparing some backgrounds because I want to paint more of the girls I learned to paint in Juliette Crane’s How To Paint A Girl e-course.

This week’s background was a little experiment.  All the paints I used are Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Acrylics.

I painted the background Blue Calico.

After that coat of paint dried, I painted over it with Tartan Red.  Using stamps, I pushed into the wet paint to reveal the blue paint underneath.

This didn’t give me the effect I was looking for.  When I try this again, I will use something with more substance, like a sponge.

To get more blue into the background, I wadded up a piece of aluminum foil, applied some blue paint and dabbed it on to the canvas.

It’s a simple background, but I think it will work.  I may add more color once I get a girl painted on it.

Daily Inspiration

 

Labor gives birth to ideas.

Jim Rohn 

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September 5

Try This – Backgrounds 1

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This year, I’ve been trying a lot of different creative pursuits.  As time as gone by, I’ve started to see that one of the things I enjoy most is painting.  I want to do more painting, so this month I’m going to paint some backgrounds to prepare for some more of the girls I like to paint.

This week’s background was inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts’ book, Taking Flight.  All the paints I used are Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Acrylics.

 

I painted the background Meadowlark.

I dabbed on Sea Lavender.

Then, rubbed it in with a paper towel.

I brushed on Pacific Iris and sprayed it with water.

Then, I blotted it with a paper towel.

I brushed Carrot on a piece of textured, nonstick drawer liner.

Then, pressed it down on the painted background.

I brushed Arrowhead on a piece of bubble wrap and pressed it on the bottom on the canvas.

Using one of the paint bottle caps, I stamped circles using Sea Lavender.

I added some depth by painting Pacific Iris inside the circles.  After it dried a bit, I added some dabs of Pacific Iris to the bottoms of the circles, sprayed them with water and let them drip down.  All that’s missing is a little girl.

Daily Inspiration

 

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.

Linus Pauling

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August 29

Try This – Frame It

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In August, my “Try This” posts all feature some things you can do with thrift store finds.

Have you ever stumbled upon a beautiful textile in a thrift or antique store and been tempted to purchase it, but then, what would you do with it?  Frame it!  Not only will you find lovely old doilies, handkerchiefs and linens in thrift stores, but also old (and new) frames.

These little doilies were made by my Grandma.  The idea for this project came to mind while I was thinking about what to do with some of my “unusual” family heirlooms.

Daily Inspiration

 

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.

Thich Nhat Hanh

About the photo (taken on August 26)…I took this photo in the garden of the Oliver Mansion where I volunteer as a docent.  All the roses were gone, except for this lovely little show-off.  It was leaning over to the path, sharing its beauty.

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August 22

Try This – Mix It Up

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In August, my “Try This” posts are going to feature some things you can do with thrift store finds.

Combining thrift store finds can be a fun way to create something entirely new.  For instance, I’m combining a candlestick and a wooden bowl to make a candy dish.

I love Martha Stewart’s paints.  For this project, I’m using a metallic paint in Sterling.

I started by lightly sanding the bowl to give the paint something to grab on to.

This is one coat of the paint.  I could have easily stopped here as one coat gave it a tarnished silver look, but I wanted to see what the paint looked like with several coats, so I added two more coats.

If you want the base and bowl joined together permanently, use a strong multi-surface glue.  If you want the bond to be temporary, use an adhesive putty.  Super simple and very inexpensive.

Daily Inspiration

 

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.

Pablo Picasso

About the photo (taken August 19)…I took this photo outside the Sunrise Cafe in Lafayette, Indiana, a diner we often go to when I visit my daughter.  The flowers were so lovely, I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

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August 15

Try This – Cut It Up

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In August, my “Try This” posts are going to feature some things you can do with thrift store finds.

If you want to craft on a shoestring and enjoy working with a variety of fabrics, secondhand clothes are perfect.  Garage sales are a really great place to pick up clothes to cut into fabric because you can find things that are ridiculously inexpensive.  There is a fabulous tutorial on Emily’s Little World for a flower made from a t-shirt.  This flower is similar to the folded petal flower I made on June 13.

Make a flower template.

Cut out 9 flowers and a felt circle.

To make the petals, fold a flower in half and in half again.  I applied a little Fabri-Tac glue in the fold.

Arrange 4 petals so their corners meet in the center of the felt circle.  Glue the petals to the felt circle.

 

Arrange a second layer of 4 petals by placing them in-between the petals of the first layer.

 

The remaining flower makes up the center.  Fold the flower in half and then in half again.  Roll the petal to make a cone.

 

Glue the rosebud cone in the center of the flower.

Fluff the flower and add dabs of glue where necessary to hold the petals in place.  Isn’t that a pretty flower?

Daily Inspiration

 

 The entire universe is a great theater of mirrors.

Alice Bailey

About the photo (taken August 15) …I took this photo to go along with the quote I selected for today’s Daily Inspiration.  It’s been a lot of fun this year, pairing up quotations with pictures.

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August 8

Try This – Paint It

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This month, my “Try This” posts are going to highlight some things you can do with thrift store finds. 

One of my favorite things to do is just paint what I find.

The first step is to clean the piece(s) and apply primer.

Primer comes in different colors.  I use white if I’m using light paint colors and grey if I’m using mid or dark paint colors.

I love Martha Stewart High Gloss paints.  They have a thick consistency and offer good coverage.

I painted this set in sea glass colors.

I painted this set in fun bright colors.

Daily Inspiration 

Don’t find fault.  Find a remedy.

Henry Ford

About the photo (taken August 8) …I admit it; I love to learn, and I have a weakness for “self-help” books.

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