Thursday, November 28, 2013

WIP Wednesday turns into a Thankful Thursday!

SO…today it will have been 2 weeks since I last posted a W.I.P.
I have no pictures to share, but here's the list of what I've been up to…

  1. cleaning the basement to get ready for my 1st mixed media class
  2. cleaning the house to get ready for Christmas decorating
  3. decorating for Christmas
  4. laundry
  5. holding my first class (11/22) with a bunch of great ladies
  6. grocery shopping/trip planning
  7. more laundry
  8. more decorating…the tree took almost a week to finish!
  9. decorating the outside for Christmas
  10. dinner with friends for an early Thanksgiving celebration
  11. shopping for the "real" Thanksgiving
  12. more laundry
  13. packing for a trip starting next week
  14. searching for the perfect backpack/wheelie bag for The Magpie
  15. prepping for Thanksgiving at parent's place…
And, really, that's just a peek at what I've been up to! Throw in the day-to-day routine & there hasn't been a minute to get creative!! I hope to squeeze in a project or two before we leave for vacation - if it does, I will post a pic or two!

But in the spirit of things…I am thankful for my family, especially my wonderful, loving hubby & bright, snuggly Magpie. I am thankful for our two kooky, sweet doggies that drive us nuts, but are always there to greet us with a wag when we come home! I am thankful for my parents who gave me life & continue to support me in my life's endeavors! I am uber thankful for my sister, who is my besets friend in the whole wide world & don't know how I would get through a day without our 5am texts! I am thankful for all my other friends & family who make my life complete! And lastly, I am thankful for the discovery of my inner-artist that allows me to share, release & grow as a person.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hug someone close today!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My 1st Mixed Media Mamas!

Remember when I posted this picture?
Well, this past Friday, I taught 8 lovely ladies how to create something similar to this canvas in my very first "Mixed Media Mamas" class that I set up in my basement!

Most of the girls have taken those "Canvas & Cocktails" classes where you all paint the same thing, the same way…and a few of my students are artists as well, but had never dabbled in mixed media or layered paintings. So it was great fun to share these techniques with them!!!

We started by adding 2 layers of stencils/mark making in warm & cool colors...
Jan & Lisa playing with stencils
Kelhe concentrating...
Kelhe having fun! LOL!
Sarah speeding things along!
Tonya & Lisa acting for the camera! LOL
Jan adding texture to the sides & then speeding things along.
Erin showing off her beautiful layers!
Charity's gorgeous peacock feathers!
More of Charity's after another layer or two.
After the first 2 layers, we washed the entire surface with a thin layer of paint so that the layers were still visible underneath... 
Jan & Lisa adding a wash of color…Lisa looks worried!
Kelhe getting messy!
Tonya's beautiful wash of orange!
 After that, they played with adding some stamped images to the canvases with paint & ink...
Erin's covered in a soft yellow.
Charity blended green in with her feathers.
 Then they could add more texture with modeling paste & stencils if they desired to!
Kelhe adding some more dimension...
Very subtle!
Tonya added a little contrasting turquoise!
It was so much fun to see how different all of our work turned out & to see the release of creativity that this process brings out in people! NO rules here!!!
The quintessential group shot! Albeit, a little blurry in the back row!
Of course, since I had to show the techniques, I began a canvas (above) during class & added just a bit more after class…

It's not done, but it's a great start!
I can't wait to come up with another class idea for January!!!
If you're local & you think you might want to come, email me with your contact info & I'll be sure to put you on the Evite list!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bits & Bobs for Christmas…continued

Hopefully some of you have popped over from my Altered Pages post to see some more pix of the spools I made using the great products from AlteredPages! If not, you can see the post HERE as well as the links to some of the supplies I used & a little bit about how I made them too.
Otherwise, this is mostly a "picture" post of the Christmas decorations I made using wooden spools
I was inspired by a similar spool I saw on Pinterest to make this angel! I LOVE PINTEREST!!!
Each angel is attached to a broken pencil that I hot glued into the spools.
The two tiny trees I found at Michaels, the other two I bleached myself.
Lastly, I made a few ornaments too…
I'm hoping to do something like these with my Art Group next month too!

That's it for today!
I'm off to get some Christmas decorations up & work on setting up for my class in the basement this weekend! (I am teaching my first mixed media class to a group of local moms! SO EXCITED)
This is what I am going to teach them:
I will post pictures of their art when we're done!
Have a great day & see you back here for WIP Wednesdays!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A little "graffiti" for Christmas!

So, when we moved into our new house last November (can't believe it will have been a year in a couple weeks!), I had this crazy idea to paint a shower curtain for my daughter's bathroom instead of buying one. I was going to either paint abstract flowers all over it or write some of the words to our favorite songs…fast forward a year & I never got it done. BUT, I did have an idea for a cute & fun Christmas decoration for her bath…
I tacked a inexpensive shower curtain liner to my art wall (covered with a canvas drop cloth) & "painted" the words on it with SHOE POLISH letting it drip here & there. The red in "RED" is a fluid acrylic (I still need to go back & thicken that a bit.)! It's not perfect, but it's fun & the Magpie likes it!

Off to a birthday party in the old "hood" & hopefully putting the tree up tonight! I KNOW, it's early, but I just want to enjoy it longer this year!
Have a great Sunday!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

I made this!

Today was a lovely day away from life chores & spent with my beautiful Art Gypsies (aka art group)!

I decided to host the project this month & since the weather is getting colder, I decided we should make t-shirt scarves! I've seen these scarves in stores for $40!! We made them for under $5 with a big stash of shirts I bought at the thrift store!
I only got a pic of my first one & got too busy to take others! But you can find TONS of photos & tutorials on how to make these on Pinterest!
A bunch of 1/2"-1" strips in three gray tones to make an infinity scarf!

I also made one like this:
My sister made one like this:
Only she used one shirt with a coffee theme & cool background graphics!
Another friend made one similar to this:
And another like this:
Mom made a pretty red one like this…
I found all of these styles on Pinterest & there are some good videos on YouTube as well!
So, go ahead & give it a whirl! Super easy! Super Cute! Super Gifts!! I plan to make a few more when time allows!!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WIP Wednesdays!

It's time for another Work in Progress Wednesday!!!
Here's what's on my desk this week:
Albeit, not started yet, but I hope to have a little time today to work on some Christmas decorations & gifts…
I want to wrap these paper mache ball ornaments in some white burlap with a french banner & red trim…
There are little wooden 3x6 trays under all that fabulous Christmas Washi tape that I hope to make into little tree wall hangings…
And finally, I found this little church birdhouse at Michaels & I am hoping to spruce it up for the next Altered Pages Challenge in December! (sorry, not giving away my plans on this one!)

I have MANY more projects underway, including the canvas I posted last week & SO little time to get things done! I hope that I can crank out a few in between obligations this week, teaching next week, Turkey Day & then off to Maui in December! I need to be one of those people that starts their Christmas projects over the summer, but it's hard to get in the mode that early! HA!

See ya next week, if not sooner!