Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thyme for some Peppermint Stix

I love going junking
 so I can
find pieces to add
 to
 my stash to paint


I found this wood tray  at a thrift shop a long time ago.
I finally decided on a design to paint on it!

Today I would like to show you a design 
by


called

PEPPERMINT STIX

that I have painted


My palette for this project





Lamp Black, Snow White, Tomatoe Red, Cranberry Wine, Tangelo Orange, Leaf Green, Avocado, Olive Green, Black Green, Warm White, Cadium Red, Rockwood Red

Speciality Paint


Finish


I use the matte finish to complete my project . 
It also comes in Satin and Gloss.



Let's Paint!!


I mixed equal parts of Americana Gesso with Lamp Black for my initial basecoat.


I applied with a 2" foam roller. 
When dry I applied a second coat with Lamp Black again using a 2" foam roller.




I used WHITE graphite paper to transfer my design to the tray.



I began by first painting in the evergreens in the background of the design


I used painters tape to tape off the peppermint stix one at a time to paint.


I used a small wedge cosmetic sponge to "paint" the peppermint stix using Snow White.


Now for the FUN part! 
Lets add some STRIPES!




 STRIPES 
require
 a 
STEADY HAND and GOOD EYE !!!
It's one thing that is getting harder and harder for me to do!




I've added shading to my peppermint stix's.
I am now adding the holly and berries on top of design


I decided to add some
 peppermints and holly vine 
to the upper and lower corners 
of
 the tray






I used a CIRCLE template 
and 
a wedge cosmetic sponge with Snow White to base in the
 peppermints
in the corners of my design




I added 2 coats of

GLAMOUR DUST Ice Crystal
to all my peppermints
to make them
SPARKLE !

I painted the rim of the tray with

Tomatoe Red
for
contrast


I finished my piece with several coats
of
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish


I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint

Peppermint Stix



This pattern can be found 
at
Lonna's Strokes of Art



Deco Art provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist 
and 
Blogger Outreach Programs

Thank you Deco Art for the opportunity to use your products!

You can read my 
Deco Art Blogger Profile









Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's THYME for some WINTER TIME MAGIC

Living 
in 
New England 
I have to say that we have been very 
LUCKY 
so far this winter 
because we have not seen much of the 
WHITE stuff 
yet!
Listening to the weather forecast
 for
the next few days there is a possibility 
that 
could change!
We could be in for some
WINTER TIME MAGIC!

Even 
IF 
the weathermen 
are wrong 
I have decided to paint some winter MAGIC!


I love to paint on ice skates!
They can usually be found at yard sales thrift shops or even in your own basement!
I use grey metal primer to prep skates 
after cleaning them well
 and 
taping off the heel and runner.

I used a design from 
Viki Sherman's 
Kindred Hearts Book
called
WINTER TIME MAGIC



My Pallette
Burnt Umber, Soft Black, Mississippi Mud, Titanium White, Paynes Grey, Black Green, Evergreen, Antique White, Burnt Orange, Light French Blue, Black Plum, Avacado, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Heritage Brick, Deep Midnight Blue, Cherry Red


After the primer had dried well I basecoated my skates with 2 good coats 
of
Mississippi Mud




Ice Skates 
are 
a fun surface to paint on!
Just paint right over the existing stitching.


After painting my design I painted the eyelets Lamp Black for contrast. 
I added some
GLITTER SNOW
along the sole of the skate.

I varnished my skate with 2 coats of

When dry 
I lightly sprayed my skate with a spray glue for glitter
I then sprinkled my skate 
with
DIAMOND DUST 
to
 make it sparkle!
Add some 
DIAMOND DUST
 to the blade also 
so it will look like there is
 ICE 
on the blade.



I like to fill my skates with a mix of 
"winter thyme" greenery
I secure a piece of floral styrofoam inside the skate with hot glue
I make some "snowballs" using various size styrofoam balls.
Spray the styrofoam balls
 with 
spray glue for glitter
 then sprinkle them 
with 
DIAMOND DUST
I use wooden skewers to make my snowballs into picks to stick in my arrangement.
Use green floral tape to cover the wooden stick


I tore strips of homespun to use as laces 
and 
added a large bell



I attached a small tag that 
said
BELIEVE


Attach a piece of wire in the back for hanging



Or
if you prefer to use your skate as a table centerpiece
cut a block of wood, paint it , cut a groove down the center of the wood
 and 
insert the blade of your skate!



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 use your products!
You can visit my DecoArt Profile

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint 

WINTER TIME MAGIC!

Happy Painting!
Lynn









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