Fall Leaves 🍁

fall Oct 05, 2022
 

We are using a 6x6 canvas today to create a simple fall scene complete with glass, green vitrigraph, pinecones, and acorns. There are all kinds of goodies in this piece and I can't wait to show you exactly how to make it! 

First, I am painting the background with white paint as well as light green. Let dry.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace the leaves with a stylus onto the canvas.

I'm making these fall leaves very colorful. I am using Cherry Red, Burnt Orange, Gilded Oak (dark mustard), Crocodile Green, and Burnt Umber. I am also using the brown on the stems. I am doing lots of blending on the leaves and just going back and forth between each color. Make sure you cover your tracer lines! Let dry.

Next, I will add details with my graphic pen. I am just outlining my leaves and stems with short strokes. 

Now it's time to add our glass and other goodies! I am adding green vitrigraph, some acorns and...

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Blue Velvet Pumpkin 💙

fall pumpkin Sep 28, 2022
 

Today we are using a 10x10 canvas to create this beautiful blue velvet pumpkin on a gold background. I started off by painting my background with black paint then I did three coats of gold paint - and this background is truly stunning! Let's continue by painting a blue pumpkin and adding some glass pieces (including a very cool glass stem!)

Grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your pumpkin with a stylus onto the canvas. I'm going to use a piece of glass for my stem, so I'm going to skip tracing that.

Next, I am going to paint my pumpkin with Prussian Blue. I am painting one little section at a time. Let dry.

I will add another coat of the blue paint and also add some highlights and definition with black paint and white paint. Let dry.

Now I'm going the little spot where I am going to put my stem with Traditional Burnt Umber and Raw Umber brown paint. I am also going to add some champagne colored floral glass in the center too.

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Candy Corn Pumpkin

fall pumpkin Sep 21, 2022
 

Today we are making a candy corn pumpkin, complete with an adorable glass stem that will fit perfectly. I'm also using some vase glass and will show you how I add these pieces to my 5x7 canvas. 

The first thing we are going to do is paint the background white. This just helps create a nice, smooth canvas. Let dry.

Grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your pumpkin with a stylus onto the canvas. 

Now, let's paint our pumpkin! I am using white, orange, and yellow paint. I'm using a 1/2 inch flat brush and we're going to be blending these colors. We do not want hard lines between the colors. 

I'm starting with yellow at the bottom, orange in the middle, and white at the top. Let dry.

Let's add details with our graphic pen. I'm just going to outline the pumpkin with short strokes. 

I have a piece of glass from a glassblower that I am going to use for the stem! You could call a local glassblower and see if they have any...

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Crazy Orange Pumpkin

fall pumpkin Sep 14, 2022
 

It's officially pumpkin season! I love making pumpkins (I think I made like 20 last year!) We are starting off very basic with an orange pumpkin with a teal blue background and some clear glass and beads on a 6x6 canvas. We are mixing some crazy colors together and having some fun. Let's get started! 

We are going to start by painting the background with white paint, Mermaid Blue, and a green teal color. Add strokes in all different directions as you mix the colors. I'm also painting the sides as well. Let dry.

Grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your pumpkin with a stylus onto the canvas. 

I'm using Spiced Pumpkin, Terracotta, Heritage Brick, and Yellow Ochre to paint the pumpkin. I'm going to start with the Spiced Pumpkin color and then add in some of the other colors for highlights and definition. I'm even going to add in a little bit of the blue paint too. I'm just adding in colors that make me happy!

Now, I'm...

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Orange and Black Pumpkin 🎃

fall pumpkin Sep 07, 2022
 

We are using a 4x12 canvas today, which I've only been able to find at Michael's. We are doing a cute tall pumpkin with an old, twisty stem and a black background. I'll also be adding some clear glass and resin to make it all pop!

Start by painting your canvas with black paint. I did two coats of paint. Let dry.

Grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your pumpkin with a stylus onto the canvas. I'm going to freehand mine with a watercolor pencil.

I'm going to be using Burnt Orange as the base color of my pumpkin. I'm also using Heritage Brick, Gilded Oak, Raw Umber, and a little bit of white paint. 

Start by painting the entire pumpkin with the Burnt Orange. Then, paint your stem with the Raw Umber. 

Next, I'm going to add some shadowing and details to our pumpkin. I'm using the other colors on my palette, like Heritage Brick, Gilded Oak, and the white.

 Let's work on the stem. I'm going to add a little bit of green...

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Hope Sunflower 🌻

flower Aug 31, 2022
 

We're finishing out our sunflower series today with a Hope Sunflower! This one will be facing forward and has the word "hope" in it. Again, I'm using seed beads for the center of the sunflower along with some clear glass along the bottom of my canvas. 

First, we will grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace the sunflower with a stylus onto the canvas (just the flower for now, we'll do the "hope" later)

Next, I am painting my background with turquoise and white paint, just going around my traced sunflower. I'm also painting my edges too. Let dry.

Next, grab your tracer again, tape it to the canvas, place the graphite paper underneath, and trace the word "hope" with your stylus.

I'm painting the sunflower petals with Antique Gold. I'm also painting the leaves with a light green. I'm using a #12 round brush. Let dry.

Next, I'm adding some highlights and lowlights on my petals with some Crocus and Terracotta paint. For the leaves,...

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Love Sunflower ❤️ 🌻

flower Aug 24, 2022
 

I'm continuing with our little sunflower series! This sunflower will be facing the other way and will have the word "love" included. We will be doing a similar turquoise and white background as well as including clear glass on the bottom and some seed beads in my sunflower center. Let's get started!

First, we will grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace the sunflower with a stylus onto the canvas (just the flower for now, we'll do the "love" later)

Next, I am painting my background with turquoise and white paint, just going around my traced sunflower. I'm also painting my edges too. Let dry.

Next, grab your tracer again, tape it to the canvas, place the graphite paper underneath, and trace the word "love" with your stylus.

I'm painting my leaves with Hauser Green. I'm using a #6 round brush.

For my sunflower, I am going to use some different, fun colors! I am using the Marigold color again, plus some Spiced Pumpkin (orange) and...

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Faith Sunflower 🌻

flower Aug 17, 2022
 

I've been having some fun sketching out and coloring some new fall designs - and this one is definitely one of my favorites! We are making a sunflower with "faith" as the stem and it is just so cute. We are working with an 8x10 canvas and I'll be adding some clear glass to the bottom and seed beads to the center of my sunflower.

First, we will grab the tracer, tape it to the canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace the sunflower with a stylus onto the canvas (just the flower for now, we'll do the "faith" later)

I'm painting the background with my favorite turquoise color - Desert Turquoise. I'm also mixing in some white paint and just filling in around my sunflower. Let dry. 

Next, grab your tracer again, tape it to the canvas, place the graphite paper underneath, and trace the word "faith" with your stylus.

I'm using a bright green color to paint the leaves. Then, I'm painting the petals with yellow paint - it's called Crocus. 

I'm adding a little bit of...

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Pretty Abstract

abstract Aug 10, 2022
 

Today, we are making a pretty abstract 11x14 piece with gray, blue, metallic gold, taupe, and white paint along with some gold leaf foil and glass. This is going to be a monochromatic art piece for my bathroom and I love the way it turned out! (I also make a mistake and show you exactly how to fix it!) 

First, I'm going to start by drawing a horizontal line about a 1/3 of the way down my canvas. I'm going to add the darker gray paint to the top of my canvas. On the bottom, I'm adding a smoky blue color. Let dry.

Next, I'm adding Oyster White and Anita's White over the top with a large chip brush. I'm just adding the paint from left to right over the top of gray/blue color. Let dry.

I'm going to define my line again with a tiny amount of a khaki and white paint. I'm going to bring the color down a little bit on my canvas too. Let dry.

Now I'm adding some metallic gold paint! I'm taking some paint on just the tips of my bristles and going...

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Bead Christmas Tree 🎄

christmas Aug 03, 2022
 

This project is as simple as it gets! This is my last Christmas in July project for now, and it's very easy and very fun. This is a Christmas tree on an 8x10 canvas and all you need is some acrylic paint, seed beads, and resin! Make this now for the holidays or put it in your back pocket when the festive mood strikes.

First, we are going to add some navy blue to the canvas, plus some white. I've already sketched on my tree, so I'm just going to paint the navy blue all around the tree. I'm also painting the edges blue too. 

Add some dark green, medium green, and light green to your palette. I'm grabbing a fat round brush to paint the tree. I'm just going to add the color in long strokes from the edge of the tree towards the middle. 

Now, it's time to resin! I know - it seems like we're doing this backwards, but after the resin, we will sprinkles our seed beads.

We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix 1/2 ounce of resin and stir gently for three minutes....

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