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

"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








10 comments:

  1. I love how that came out and how it looks. I saw a lot of skates in the consignments, more people are using them for decorations. I hope you stay safe in the storm, I assume you will get more winds in your area. We spent the day getting supplies and gas for the generator, so all set.

    Debbie

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    1. The winds here were very strong Debbie! We got over 20" of snow!

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  2. I have a huge boxful of skates to paint and they just sit. Thanks for the inspiration! We got a dusting of snow from the storm that's headed your way. Most of the heavy stuff is suppose to go north of us in Baltimore. Enjoy the beauty and stay safe.

    D

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  3. Good Morning Lynn, Your skates are adorable! You are so talented.
    I was delighted last spring when I found a brand new pair of skates at the Goodwill. I do not have your talent for painting them, but I was planning on painting them red and then painting white polka dots on them. Well, during the summer one of my granddaughters discovered that they fit her . . . so now I'm keeping my eyes out for another pair, LOL. Our winters are usually to mild for our lake to freeze over in a safe way, and they closed our skating rink, so skates are not easy to find around here.
    I am so happy to have found your delightful blog and be able to enjoy seeing your amazing talents. I am your newest follower. Please come visit . . . I would consider it an honor if you were to follow me back.
    Have a nice day and stay warm.
    Connie :)

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    1. i hope you find another pair Connie! Glad your grandaughter discovered they fit her! I loved to skate as a young girl! I will be sure to visit your blog!

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  4. I would love to paint this pattern but I am having trouble finding the book and am not sure which Kindred Hearts book it is in?

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Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye