Monday, December 22, 2014

Thyme for a ROLY POLY SANTA



Are you 
READY 
for
Santa?


I am still 
VERY BUSY 
in my 
STUDIO


I was gifted this large gourd by a friend
It came to me "paint ready" so I had no prepping or cleaning to do first!
I decided to paint a 
Lynne Andrews design 
on it called
ROLY POLY SANTA

My pallette for this project

Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Flesh Tone, Burnt Umber, Country Red, Hauser Medium Grenn, Plantation Pine, Titanium Snow White, Lamp Black

Speciality Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Emperor's Gold, DecoArt Glamour Dust, Americana Sealer Dura Clear Matte Varnish



I used graphite paper to transfer my design to the gourd surface.
Transferring your design to a round surface can be a little tricky.
You may have to make some adjustments as you go along.



We are now ready to paint!
I first basecoated 2 coats 
Antique Gold 
drying well between each coat.



I then began the 
face details, beard and wreath on Santa's hat.


I used 
to add to the holly wreath on Santa's hat


The pattern directions called for the mittens to be 
PLAID


  They were painted with a wash technique.




I then began painting the twig christmas tree and candy cane.



At this point I began to think that the mittens 
stood out a little more than I wanted them to
but I continued with the rest of the design.


I started working on the FUR on the cuffs of Santa's coat.


Lynne Andrew's often adds a checkerboard pattern to many of her designs
You can use a Koh-i-noor Radiograph pen size 00/.30 for this or a good quality permanent marker (medium point) or you can also use your liner brush and Lamp Black paint.


I painted the Lamp Black checkerboard design on my Santa with a tiny liner brush.


As I continued to paint the Santa I still was still not sure about the mittens as I felt the plaid competed 
with the candy cane and the black checkerboard design on sleeve.

  
I even changed the color of the plaid!


Working on the sleeves of the coat


Painting the fur on the bottom of Santa's coat.


I used
to add some sparkle to the fur 
on the
cuffs and bottom of coat.



I finally decided to paint the mittens a 
SOLID color 
and 
just add a snowflake to them
I painted the mittens using Antique Gold to match Santa's jacket.
I liked them a LOT better!

I sealed my Santa with several coats of 


I added some buttons to the botton of his coat

This was a fun design to paint. 
You can find Lynne Andrews wonderful patterns 

DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of thier
Helping Artist Program
and
Blogger Outreach Program
Thank you DecoArt for giving me the opportunity to try your wonderful products in my paintings!

You can read my 
DecoArt Blogger Profile 


I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint

ROLY POLY SANTA!



Keep those brushes flying!
Happy Painting!
Lynn



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It is THYME to show you Santa's MAGIC key

Have you ever wondered what would happen
if
SANTA
could not fit down the chimney
or 
worse what if you didn't have a chimney 
for 
SANTA 
 to slide down?

Well....
You would of course have to leave a
 KEY
for 
SANTA
to get in!



Let's head into the STUDIO and paint one!


My pallette for this project


Antique White, Dark Chocolate, Fleshtone, Dark Flesh, Red Iron Oxide,  Avacado, Lamp Black, Slate Grey, Snow White, Napa Red, Burnt Orange, Light Avacado, Antique Gold, Honey Brown, Light Cinnamon

Additional Supplies
Americana Multi Purpose Sealer, DecoArt Glamour Dust Ice Crystal, 
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish



I used a 
Pam Grady
design to complete this project

The surface and pattern can be found
at

I first sanded, then sealed my surface with Americana Multi Purpose Sealer
I then base coated with Lamp Black


I then used 
WHITE graphite paper 
to
 transfer the line drawing to my surface



These are good size wood surfaces measuring about 8 1/2" long

There is a lot of detail in this ornament!
Rather than just "scumbling" the FUR on the coat 
I painted it to LOOK like fur


Adding the vine , berries and other details


I used 
to 
add some sparkle to the fur




I used a WHITE chalk pencil
to
write
SANTA'S MAGIC KEY
on the back
I used a small wood snowflake to "dot" the I in the word
MAGIC
I varnished my piece
with
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish



I attached a rusty key
and
tied it with homespun


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

You can view my
Deco Art Blogger Profile

HERE

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint

SANTA'S MAGIC KEY



Happy Painting!
Lynn






Sunday, December 7, 2014

Paint with the angels this Christmas Terrye French

In 
May 
Terrye French's 
family
 announced 
that she had suffered 
massive stroke.
It sent a wave of shock through the painting community.
 Terrye 
was 
well known for her primitive, whimsical style.

Prayers were said all around the world for Terrye's recovery 
but 
sadly that was not meant to be
Terrye 
went home to
 HEAVEN 
on 
Thanksgiving Day

11/27/ 2014



Terrye was one of my earliest painting inspirations. 
I have 100's of her patterns 
and 
all the books she ever wrote. 

Several years ago Terrye 
started 

PAINTING WITH FRIENDS

Terrye was one of the most talented, creative, and giving persons that I have ever known
Her dream was to give other painters a chance to get their names out there by getting a chance to "paint with her." 
Terrye would send out line drawings to be painted and made into e-patterns.
 She encouraged you to add your own style to the designs.  
I was beyond honored when Terrye contacted me to be a part of 
from 
the very beginning.

To date I have about 18 PWF patterns published 
with 
several more to complete.

I never got the chance to meet Terrye
but I considered her a dear friend
 I will miss my chats with Terrye via e-mail 
and 
her face book page.


I am blessed to have 2 wonderful pieces in my home that were painted by Terrye.
They are even more treasured now.


This piece is called Strawberry Moon.
It was painted on an old pull toy



This is a wonderful piece that 
Terrye 
painted on an old mail box


Close up detail 


The painting community wanted to do something to keep Terrye's memory alive
she touched so many people with her magic brushes.


Terrye had a beautiful primitive tree that she loved to decorate.
Her family has suggested that it would be a wonderful tribute to Terrye to help decorate the tree for her grandaughters with hand painted ornaments.


Below is a note from Terrye's daughter


Note from Terrye's daughter Kera:
Thank you all so much for the love, prayers and messages you have taken the time to send. It is beautiful beyond words to know all of the lives Mom touched trough painting and her kind heart. Many have asked what they could do during this time. Mom had a primitive country Christmas tree, that she loved. We would be honored if you would help decorate it. If you would like to send an ornament for the tree that would be lovely. Please sign, date and put where you are from on the ornament. We plan to put up the tree every year on Thanksgiving Day. We will be able to share the giving, inspirational, helpful and loving way she touched each one of you with her grand daughters as they get older. This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Thank you so much for your love. You are a comfort to our hearts and for you all, we are thankful.

Ornaments can be mailed to:

Terrye French Memorial Tree 
C/O Kristin, Kera, & Klayton
1247 Wandering Oaks Ct.  Norman, OK 73026



I have completed my ornament


Santa's MAGIC Key

design by Pam Grady




Paint with the ANGELS now 

SWEET Terrye

I shall miss you dearly.

Lynn

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



 Close-up of face detail

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