Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Plant or Basket Pokes

Happy Spring!

We had thunderstorms last night, and at least
one tornado touched down locally,
it's just that time of year!

Since I've been too busy sorting and packing
and loading and basically emptying my
house of all (most) things extraneous to
paint any fun spring projects,
I thought I'd share an old post.
Makes me want to paint something fun!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dance Prop - Sign

Hi! It's me! Back from the ... road, I guess!
The title of my post is Dance Prop - Sign,
because, well, it's a sign that we needed for our
Nationals number we'll be doing in
Orlando next week; but more importantly ...
I got to paint!! I painted!!
I'm. So. Happy.!!

That's enough, I don't want to be too
wordy after being silent for so long, it might
throw us all into some sort of shock.

I tried to take enough step-by-step pics
so that explanations wouldn't really be necessary
for each photo. I always use tracing paper
and make a pattern of all of my letters/words first,
then I can play with spacing.  I chose the
granny/grampa pics because our number
is titled Church Ladies and it very much fits
our dance!  I included two pics (although not very
good ones ~ sorry) at the end, that I was able
to take during rehearsal last week.


This is the sign from March, which
replaced the sign from February,
and is now being replaced with a July version.

Peace, Granny!!


~ Peace Out ~

One more photo if you've read this far;
today is my birthday.
This is the first pic I've actually been in
on purpose since my episode in December.
I mean, there's always that random
photo where I'm in the background talking
or chewing or making a bizarre facial contortion ~ 
those pics rear their ugly heads more often than
I'm completely comfortable with.
  I had lots of inflammation after
my emergency surgery, inside and out, and
I've had to change my diet and be religious about
it.  No sodas, no gluten ...I won't bore
you but it's been really tough, and requires
much longer stays in the grocery aisle reading
labels.  Which, by the way, are printed with such
unnecessarily tiny print ... and I already have
to hold the box out as far as my arm will
reach to read the label ... it's a long, long
trip to the grocery store, is what I'm saying.
I believe I'll start ordering my GF
foods online.  From the privacy of my own
home.  Where I can enlarge the print to
max x4000 and no one has to know.
Shh.  Don't tell!

 PPS  Yes, it's 1200 degrees outside
and I'm wearing my sweater.
I told you I was getting old!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Smoothfoam(TM) Valentine's Day Hedgehog

Here's a quick and easy
Valentine's Day project ... this
would make a great centerpiece for the
classroom or the teacher's lounge!

Supplies: 8" Smoothfoam(TM) Half Ball
Acrylic Paints: Red, White, Black, Brown
Sharpie Marker, Ruler, Stylus
Tracing paper & Transfer paper
(to transfer face to body)

 Base coat the Smoothfoam(TM) Half Ball
with two coats of Red paint.

Once the paint has dried, transfer the
hedgehog's face to the body
using transfer paper and a stylus
(or the handle of a paintbrush).

 Mix the red and white paint together 1:1
and paint the hedgehog's face pink.

Use brown paint for the inside of
the ears, the nose, and the patch of hair.
 The eyes are dip dots of black paint.

Use the ruler and measure out
1.5" from the head in the center of the
half ball ... use the stylus to poke a hole
every 1.5" along the hedgehog's back.
Repeat this until you have enough holes
 for the number of suckers you need.
(I only needed twelve, but there's plenty of
room for more if necessary!)

Paint a small heart onto each hole.

Once paint has dried, use Sharpie marker
to outline all the details.  Insert
a sucker into each hole.

~ Peace and Happy Valentine's Day! ~

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Goodie Jar

I love to upcycle ... here's a painted
Valentine's Day Goodie Jar ~

I don't usually skimp on chocolate,
but we've been battling snowy roads and
the dreaded flu ... somehow extra
chocolate evaded my consciousness as
I shopped for chicken soup and Be Kool strips
these past two weeks.
(I'll have plenty of time to stock up
before Valentine's Day!)

Supplies: empty jar with lid
Acrylic Paints: Red, White, Black, Yellow
Tracing paper and Transfer paper
(to transfer design to painted jar)
Masking Tape
Mod Podge (for sealing)

Use masking tape to tape off the
top and bottom of the jar ~
so you can paint a large band with
a 1:1 ratio of red and white paint.
(or use pink paint ... but I didn't have any
of that in my household stash
so I had to go all Old School and use
my paint mixing skills).

Paint the jar lid with the same color.
Use transfer paper to add the
main pattern lines to the painted strip.

Forgive me for not taking more
step-by-step photos ... perhaps my fever
was getting to me.

I painted the entire outline of the bee
with white.  Once the white paint
dried, I add the detail lines with the
transfer paper and painted
the bee black with yellow stripes.
I added tiny pink hearts to his wings.

Base coat the heart with red paint.
Once the red paint dries,
you can add the lettering with
the transfer paper and go over the
transfer lines with a thin brush
and black acrylic paint.
I also used the black paint and the
thin paintbrush to outline my
entire design ... you could use a 
Sharpie marker if you prefer.

Once everything has dried completely,
I coated the lid and the painted
surface with Mod Podge to
protect it from chipping off.  No
one likes chipped paint in their chocolate!
~ Peace and Happy Upcycled Jar Gift ~

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Simple Snowman Gift Tags

Christmas has come and gone for 2013,
but we are still snowed in!
I made a super simple gift tag, and
it turned out so cute, I made dozens more
and thought I'd share:

Kraft cardstock and XL punch
1" sponge dauber
Acrylic paint: white, black
Dimensional paint: orange
Pink Powder Blush and cotton swab

 Punch out your tags ...
Dip your sponge dauber into white paint
and pounce ... either in the center,
or over to the side (I wasn't sure whether
I might want to add a name or a message, so
I pounced on the far side of the tag!)

Dip a stylus into black paint
to add the eyes.

 Use the cotton swab to
apply blushed cheeks to each
snowman head.

Add the carrot nose with the
orange dimensional paint.
To see a tutorial on how to make
these dimensional noses,
as well as the dots ...
click here.

Use the stylus dipped in black paint
to add the mouth.  Dipping the stylus before
each dot will give you same-sized dots.
To get dots decreasing in size,
dip once and dot two or three times
before redipping.  Experiment
on scratch paper first so you'll be happy
with your little black dots!

~ Peace and Happy Snowman Tags ~