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



Thursday, November 13, 2014

The STUDIO gets BUSY at this THYME of year!

It's that THYME of year again 
when things can get pretty BUSY 
in the 
STUDIO!

Because
it's 
THYME

TO MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN!


Step inside 
and
 I'll show you some of the pieces that I am working on


I'm working on lots of ornaments!



This is a wonderful 
SANTA 
design by Pam Grady
that I'm painting on MORE ornaments!



This is a design called
Rolling Out the Cookie Dough
by 
Prudy Vannier

It's a REAL favorite of mine!

NOW
You might be wondering where my ELF
HINKLEY
has been?


He arrived 
EARLY
this year so I was hopeful that we would not fall behind on preparations to
MAKE THE MAGIC 
happen for Christmas

HINKLEY
was made by the 
MASTER ELF MAKER
BRENDA
at

I had requested an Elf that could help me 
in the 
STUDIO
 to
sand & base coat pieces, type patterns, and some "light assembly work"
well....
he can't 
TYPE


This
 ELF 
also needed to be able to help with all the other 
usual Christmas preparations
 such as wrapping, decorating , baking etc.


Every thyme I take out the 
KITCHENAID 
he tells me to
BEAT IT
because 
it's THYME for his SPINNING workout......sigh

BEFORE
the Elves leave Brenda's workshop
they must attend 
ELF CLASSES




We all know how much I love to paint, design and create....
I've even had the PRIVLEDGE to MEET and PAINT 
with some
REAL BIG BRUSHES 
(ARTISTS/DESIGNERS)
who always inspire me 
to 
PAINT OUTSIDE THE LINES
I've shared so many painting stories with
  HINKLEY
during our thymes in the 
STUDIO


But a PAINTER he is not!
Nor does he even try to be.......when I try to teach
him....he says that I don't need any more
BIG BRUSHES
in the STUDIO.... I have enough!


Well.... it looks like I shall be heading back to my painting table 
ALONE



 I wasn't expecting him to become a
BIG BRUSH
but
a little help with base coating would be appreciated!

WELL
 I am just going to


Keep those brushes flying!
Happy Painting !
Lynn














Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's THYME to paint an Olde World Santa

Today 
I am going to show you step by step
how I painted this 
ZIM'S 
Olde World Santa
Pattern Design 
by
Kristen Birkland, CDA



In case you are not familiar with 
ZIM'S
I will give a brief background history

Zim's was founded by Cliff & Eleanor Zimmerman over 50 years ago. Zim's was very well known as a major pioneer in the Arts and Crafts Industry and built a reputation in that industry as a most innovative and reliable company.
It was 1995 when Zim's began to produce a charming line of unique nutcrackers and smokers for the Gift Industry and this marked their official entry into this market. For many years prior to this time, Zim's supplied products, raw materials, various components and manufacturing services for many producers of quality gift lines. With four years of successful production and marketing of the Heirloom Collectibles Line, Zim's began to plan the next quality line that they would produce. The Elves Themselves were introduced in January 2000 and became an overnight sensation. With these incredible successful lines of finished products abd 50+ years in the Arts & Crafts Industry, many people became familiar with Zim's name and consistent dedication to quality, creativity and service.

Zim's 
unfortunately went out of business several years ago.
Their unpainted surfaces are hard to find now, if you are lucky enough to find one they are often pricey.






Lets paint!

My Palette
Light Buttermilk, Shading Flesh, Fleshtone,Gingerbread,Tuscan Red, Royal Fushia, Persimmon, Light Cinnamon, Russet, Forest Green, Hauser Medium Green, Citron Green Lamp Black, Uniform Blue, French Grey Blue, Burnt Umber, Snow White
Dazzling Metalics Splendid Gold, Glamour Dust Ice Crystal


I started by first
basecoating 
the 
coat, hat and pants
 with 
Tuscan Red






Transfer design using graphite paper





Painting detail along the bottom of the coat


The trees, and scroll work were painted with
Forest Green, Medium Hauser Green and highlighted with Citron Green






Further detail work was added using
Persimmon
and 
Dazzling Metalics Splendid Gold


I then basecoated the fur trim on the hat, sleeves and coat 
with 
Light Buttermilk



I added the various size dots on the back of the coat using
 the ends of 
different size brushes


and 
my stylus


The various size dots were painted using
Dazzling Metallics
Splendid Gold







I then painted the mittens and the Christmas tree.


 

After I painted the tree it was dry brushed with
Dazzling Metallics
Splendid Gold


I then went back to working on the fur.
I used a stippler brush
 and 
Snow White
to go over the areas of the fur that I had previously painted


I immediately used my blow dryer on it 
which added texture to the paint.
I then painted the fur using
Deco Art Glamour Dust
Ice Crystal
to add some
sPaRkLe


Painting the shoes 


and 
adding details to the base


Adding details to the hat



Painting the BLUE bird!


Almost done!
 I sprayed my Santa with 2 coats of
AMERICANA 
MATTE Sealer/ Finisher


THYME to give Santa a beard!


Are you ready to see him?



Olde World Santa



This was a fun piece to paint!

Deco Art provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program
and
Blogger Out Reach Program

Happy Painting!
Lynn