Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's thyme to show you a Prim Bunny


Today 
I am going to show you a design 
by
Terrye French 
that I have painted
called
PRIM BUNNY BOWL 


The original design was painted by
Sharon Bond
for 
PAINTING WITH FRIENDS
Sharon used a wood bowl for the design
I used a small wood breadboard
to complete my project



My Pallette 


Honey Brown, Lamp Black, Traditional Burnt Umber, Driftwood, Bleached Sand, Warm White, Shading Flesh, Dark Chocoalate, Wisteria, French Grey Blue, Celery Green, Antique Green, Marigold and Mocha

Supplies

Homespun, grungy tag, old tooth brush for paint spatter, white candle, sanding disc, graphite paper, fine line permanent black marker



I first base coated my bread board using
 Lamp Black
When dry I took a candle and rubbed areas that I wanted to look worn,
mostly around the edges and the handle.
I then painted over the Lamp Black with Honey Brown.
I used my sanding disc to sand the areas where I had applied the wax
allowing the initial Lamp Black base coat to show


I used graphite paper to transfer the 
bunny design
I then base coated the bunny


I dry brushed the highlights


Painting the basket and crow


Adding the final details!
I used diluted Lamp Black and a liner brush to out line my project
I applied 2 coats 
of 
Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish 


to my finished piece

When dry I used diluted 
Lamp Black 
with an old toothbrush to spatter my piece
I used a piece of paper to cover my bunny 
and 
only spattered the
background!



I made a "grungy" tag and wrote 
Prim Bunny 
on it!
(you can find my grunging recipe by clicking on the recipe tab at top of page)

I tied my tag on with homespun


Here is my finished Prim Bunny project!

DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project 
as part of their 

Helping Artist Program
and
Blogger Outreach Program

Thank you DecoArt!

You can read my 
DecoArt Blogger profile 


Happy Painting!
Lynn

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. 
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, 
and 
at the end of the day you don't look at it 
and 
wish you had painted something different." 

~Author Unknown





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Its THYME for Captain Crabby's Picnic

Today I would like to show you a design that I painted
by
Cynthia Erekson
called
Captain Crabby's Picnic


I purchased the surface
 ( pine buoy 11" L x 3 1/4" W)
from
Cynthia at when I was at
( New England Traditions)

My pallette for this project


DecoArt Americana Acrylics

Lamp Black, Antique Teal, Oyster Beige, Charcoal Grey, Bahama Blue, Honey Brown, Bleached Sand, Country Red, Colonial Green, Khaki Tan, Warm White, Cadium Red


I started my project by first "basecoating" my piece with 
Lamp Black
I used a sponge brush to achieve a textured, bumpy look
When dry I sponged on a combination of 
Colonial Green and Bahama Blue


I transferred the background details and painted them


Painting the sail boat



Adding the stripes and CRAB to the sail!

I then painted the
WHALECOME
lettering

I used DecoArt Americana
Matte Finish Varnish
to finish my piece


I decided to put my finished BUOY on a wreath


I added a fish net, sand dollars and starfish to complete my wreath


provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program
and
Blogger Outreach Program
Thank you DecoArt!

You can read my 
DecoArt Blogger Profile



I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint

CAPTAIN CRABBY'S PICNIC!

Keep those brushes flying!
Happy Painting!
Lynn

"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. 
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, 
and 
at the end of the day you don't look at it 
and
 wish you had painted something different."
 ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thyme to see what all the BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ is about

Today I am going to show you how to make some

BUMBLE BEES!


PAINTS
DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints
Lamp Black, Antique Gold

SUPPLIES
EGG shape wooden pieces and small wooden balls that have a FLAT side
( these can usually be found in craft stores)
glue gun, rusty wire, old window screen

LET'S GET STARTED!

I glued egg shaped wood pieces to
the small wooden balls.
The wooden balls SHOULD have one flat side
I cut a slit on one side of the egg
I then painted them using
Lamp Black


When dry I  added some stripes using
Antique Gold

Hmmmmmmmmmm
Do you know what this
is going to
BEEEEEEEEEE
yet?????


I then cut some wings
out of an old screen



I folded it in half

 

I inserted the wings into the slit I had made



I cut 2 small pieces of black wire
I curled the ends
I drilled two tiny holes in the head
and
added the antennae


I took some heavy rusted wire
and wrapped it around a pencil


I drilled another small hole
on bottom side of the egg


OH...............its a BUMBLEBEE!

I made some vanilla stained tags
I wrote
BEESKEP
on them


I designed, cut out and painted this BEESKEP to attach my bee to!



I also painted this sign


So there you have it......
all thats
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZING
here!


Happy Painting!
Lynn


"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
and
at the end of the day you don't look at it
and
wish you had painted something different."
 ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thyme to show you how to make some Primitive Easter Eggs!


Today
I would like to show you how to make some 
PRIMITIVE EASTER EGGS


Lets gather some supplies and paint!
Supplies
colored plastic Easter eggs, cinnamon, thin wire or twine, homespun, old paint brush, drying rack or egg carton, glue gun, drill , disposable rubber gloves, disposable container for  mixing paint
Paint
grey metal paint primer, DecoArt Americana Khaki Tan paint
Lets get started!

The eggs that I found had holes drilled in the top.
If you want to hang your eggs, now would be a good time to drill your holes
IF
your eggs do not have holes in them!
If your eggs come apart in the center use your glue gun
and
a dab of glue to glue them shut!


Spray a couple of LIGHT coats of gray metal primer to your eggs!
Let your eggs dry well between coats.
I use an old egg carton to stand my eggs in to dry.
I spray the tops first , when dry I rotate them and spray the bottoms.


Let your eggs dry well!
Pour some Khaki Tan paint in a disposable bowl
(depending on how many eggs you are painting you may need several bottles of paint)
Sprinkle CINNAMON into your paint a little at a time.
Mix well. 
The paint will be THICK!
( this is what gives your paint texture and adds flecks of color)
BEFORE PAINTING
If you are going to hang your eggs
cut a small piece of wire or twine
and
stick into the holes on top of your egg.
Secure with a dab of glue 
You are now ready to PAINT your eggs!
Use an old scruffy brush and mush the paint on your eggs.
The thicker the better!
You don't need to try to get these SMOOTH!
They are PRIM Easter eggs!
Let your eggs dry well!


Cut strips of homespun


You can tie your homespun at the top of your egg


I display my eggs on my primitive tree.
I made this tree using an old antique sugar tin I found
at a thrift shop!



 I display my
 " primitive tree" 
on an old dough box in my dining room
I make various seasonal decorations to hang on it


I saved some of my eggs to display in my yellow ware bowls


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial to make primitive 
EASTER Eggs!
Deco Art provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program
and
Blogger Out Reach Programs
Thank you Deco Art for all your wonderful products!
You can find my 
Deco Art profile

Happy Painting!
Lynn


"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
and
at the end of the day you don't look at it
and
wish you had painted something different."
 ~Author Unknown

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


Happy Painting!
Lynn



"Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.
Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness,
and
at the end of the day you don't look at it
and
wish you had painted something different."
 ~Author Unknown