Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Are you "GEARING UP " FOR CHRISTMAS?


The 
MAGIC 
of
CHRISTMAS 
is 
beginning to happen in
 my
STUDIO


Step inside and see!


Today I want to show you a design
by
Cynthia Erekson
that I have completed 
called 
Paint Nick
This is one of two Santa's that are in her new
pattern packet 
called
"Gearing Up" for Christmas
part of her 
Reflections of the Past
series
You can purchase Cynthia's designs
at
The Quilted Acorn


My Pallette for this design 
was

Antique Gold, Antique Rose, Antique Teal, Arbor Green, Bleached Sand, Buttermilk, Camel, Cherry Red, Dusty Rose, Heritage Brick, Lamp Black , Milk Chocolate, Red Iron Oxide, Sea Glass, Shading Flesh, Snow White,Yellow Ochre

Other supplies:
Dazzling Metallic Emperor's Gold, Deco Art Acrylic GESSO , Americana MATTE Spray Acrylic Sealer/ Finisher, Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish



This piece was painted 
on
canvas


I prepared my surface by basecoating it 
with 2 SMOOTH coats of 




I let that dry thoroughly between coats.
When dry I sanded lightly and wiped with a damp paper towel 
to remove any dust


My surface is prepared! Now for the FUN part!
Let's paint!

I base coated my surface with Arbor Green then heavily spattered it with 
Sea Glass
to 
give Santa's coat
 a 
"wool " look.


I then used graphite paper to transfer the main pattern lines


The "Paint Nick" kit 
came with all the embellishments
 to 
complete this project


Working on Santa's face
It is always fun to see a piece come to life!




I love this Santa's gentle face!


Working on the tiny pallette and brush embellisments



Adding detail
 to 
Santa's coat and hat
The backside of this surface is painted 
with 
Dazzling Metallic Emperor's Gold


I sprayed my Santa with several 
It is always best to spray 
OVER 
your piece 
and 
let the mist fall on it 
rather than spray ON your piece!

I used 
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish 
on the small embellishments




Use a good strong glue such as
 Arlene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue 
in a jar
or 
Quick Dry Tacky
to glue your Santa together.
I used elastics to hold it together as the glue dried
I left it over night
so I was sure that it had completely dried


Adding the remaining embellishments



Paint Nick 
is
now ready to hang on the tree!




I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint this piece!

DecoArt provided me with the paints and supplies to complete this project as part of their
Blogger Outreach and Helping Artist Programs
Thank you DecoArt for the opportunity to work with your wonderful products!

You can read my Deco Art Blogger Profile

HERE

Keep those brushes flying!
Happy Painting!
Lynn

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thyme for Rollin' The Cookies


Today 
I would like to show you how I painted 
Prudy Vannier CDA
design
 called
Rollin' The Cookies


You can find the surface for this pattern at 
Tolemine 

My palette for this project is:

Black Plum , Black Green, Burnt Umber , Buttermilk, Cadium Yellow, Camel, Delanes Cheek Color, Driftwood, Grey Sky, Hauser Light Green, Holly Green, Honey Brown, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Medium Flesh, Milk Chocolate, Neutral Grey, Terra Cotta, Titanium White, True Red, Hot Shots Fiery Red

Other Supplies

Deco Art Glamour Dust Ice Crystal, Deco Art Americana  Dura Clear MATTE Varnish, DecoArt Americana Oak/Chene Gel Stain, Americana MATTE Acrylic Sealer / Finisher 


Basecoat the surface
I sometimes also use a small roller for this


Use your graphite paper to transfer design


Let's start to basecoat the design


When painting RED areas such as the ELVES coats
I always paint a coat of either GREY or GREEN FIRST
then I paint my RED


Painting the crock
 I stippled this area to add some texture


Shading the dough


I added
Glamour Dust ( Ice Crystal ) 
to the dough to make it 
sPaRkLe


I just LOVE Prudy's Elves!


This is a
 FUN
 piece to paint!



I am now starting to paint the second surface to this design. 
It is base coated 
in 
True Red




Adding some more
 details and shading
 to the 
main design



I used 
cookie cutters
 to
 trace the designs 
for 
the cookies





Let's add some icing to the cookies!


When my painting was completely dry
I varnished with several coats 
of


Thyme 
to
 paint the frame!
 I painted the frame
 with 
Honey Brown
and 
antiqued 
with 

I let the gel stain dry 
COMPLETELY
before applying
 2 LIGHT coats 
of
Americana MATTE Acrylic Sealer/Finisher 
to the frame


Close up 
of the
Elves



Finished piece!






Thank you Prudy Vannier
for 
such a wonderful design to paint!

DecoArt
provided me with the supplies to complete this project as part 
of their  
Blogger Outreach Program

You can view 
my 
Deco Art Blogger Profile 
and 
many other talented 
DecoArt Bloggers

Thank you DecoArt
 for giving me the opportunity
 to
work with all your fabulous products!


Happy Painting!
 Lynn

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Do you BELIEVE in MAGIC?

When my children were small
I used to tell them
SANTA
comes to 
ALL
who 
BELIEVE


Each year I set out to 
MAKE THE MAGIC
of 
CHRISTMAS
happen

And so .....
this year will be no different.
Step inside 
my 
STUDIO
and 
I will show you what I have been working on


Today I am going to show you how to make 
SNOW LADIES
These are a fun easy project
I make several of these every year
to give as gifts


First gather your supplies

Supplies

 WHITE satin christmas balls, white fur boa, craft ribbon ( I used SILVER), sprigs of holly, berries, stylus, glue gun, pink powder blush, Americana Acrylic Sealer/ Finisher Matte Spray

Paints
Lamp Black, Burnt Orange, Heritage Brick, Snow White 

I free hand painted the faces on but you can lightly sketch them on with a pencil


Base the eyes using Lamp Black, when dry add the highlights with Snow White. 
Add the eyebrows and lashes with Lamp Black
Paint the nose using Burnt Orange, shade with Heritage Brick, when dry add some 
snow to the top of the nose with Snow White. 
Dot the mouth on using your stylus and Lamp Black. When dry add a highlight to the Lamp Black mouth dots with Snow White
I add "color " to the cheeks using powered blush and a q-tip


When dry LIGHTLY spray your ornaments 
using 
Deco Art 
Americana Acrylic Sealer/ Finisher Matte Spray

Tip when spraying!!!
*** Do not spray directly ON your ormnaments....rather spray into the air OVER them and let the midst fall on your ornaments ***


Cut a small piece of ribbon for hanging and thread thru the top of ornament.
Use your glue gun to line glue around the top of the ornament hanger immediately add a small piece of white boa all around the top of the silver hanger.
I added a
small 
GLITTERED HOLLY LEAF
AND
RED BERRIE
to my snow ladies hair


I always look for unusual boxes and wrappings every year for my gifts
to make them look special
and
"MAGICAL"


provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist
and
Blogger Outreach 
programs.

Thank you Deco Art!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!
Happy Painting !
Lynn