Sunflower Gnome 🌻

flower gnome Sep 06, 2023
 

We are working on a 4x12 canvas and creating a super cute sunflower gnome! I will show you how I paint this gnome from start to finish, and then we'll be adding some yellow glass sunflower petals as well as some amber-colored glass to our flower center. This is a great fall art piece to create this season!

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

First, I am going to start by painting his hat with Hauser Green. Then, I'll use a lighter green on the bottom part of his hat. Add a second coat to both colors.

Then, paint his shoes with black paint and his beard with white paint. Then, I'm going to mix together some black paint and white paint to create a gray color, and apply that to the gnome's beard as well. 

Paint the nose with Cool Bisque, which is a peachy skin tone color. Then, I'm going to add some detail work to the hat with some black paint and some white...

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Pink Pumpkin On Tin

fall pumpkin Aug 23, 2023
 

We are using a very different surface to create some art today! I am using a 10x14 piece of old rusted sheet metal and we will be painting a pink pumpkin, adding a glass stem, and sprinkling lots of seed beads. This project is perfect for the fall season and would look great as part of your rustic autumn decor!

First, I sketched a pumpkin onto my tin using a piece of chalk. I am going to start by painting my pumpkin with Poodleskirt Pink and white paint. Do not fully cover the surface because we will be adding more paint for shading and highlighting. Dry with a heat tool.

I will add some more Poodleskirt Pink and layer on some Dragonfruit (darker pink) and white as well. I'll use my brush to blend the colors together. Dry with a heat tool.

I'm going to fill in any spots with more paint here and there. I'll also take my paintbrush in the white, tap off excess paint, and just lightly drag it down my pumpkin to create some light texture. I'll do the same with my dark pink. ...

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Lace Heart Trio πŸ’•

 

I am using an 8x16 canvas to create a trio of hearts! I am using a stencil to paint the first heart, adding foil and beads to my second heart, and adding glass to the last heart. This is very simple to make - especially if you have a few stencils in your stash! This is also a fun way to explore different embellishments, like foil, glass, and seed beads in your artwork.

Let's start by painting our background! I am using pink paint, teal paint, and white paint. Start by applying a coat of white to the entire canvas, then add the teal towards the top and the pink toward the bottom. I like keeping my strokes messy and random, blending the colors together where they meet. Dry with a heat tool.

Add your first heart using pink paint. I'll also blend in some white for highlighting. Then, grab your lace stencil, tape it to the canvas on top of your heart, and use a stencil brush to apply red paint. Dip your brush into the red, swirl some off onto a paper towel, and apply your paint in a...

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Seaglass Beach 🌊

beach summer Aug 09, 2023
 

I am dreaming of the beach, so we are going to squeeze in one last beach art piece before the summer is over! We are working with an 8x8 canvas, and this art project has minimal painting and lots of glass goodies. We'll be adding sea glass in blues and greens, tinted seashells, Caribbean Blue and Solex glass, flat gems, seed beads, bubbles, and more! 

First, I am going to paint a beach background. I am going to paint the lower portion of my canvas with Vintage White for the sand. Then, I'll use Spa Blue, Castaway, and white paint to create my ocean and sky. I'm using Castaway for the ocean and going lighter towards the top of my canvas, blending the colors together. Dry with a heat tool.

Next, I am going to lay out some of the glass onto my canvas. I am adding the Solex glass, Caribbean Blue glass, and tinted seashells right where my sand and ocean meet. (We will add the rest of the sea glass, seed beads, and other glass after the resin is on)

Next, we'll add resin....

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Chubbie Dragonfly

summer Aug 02, 2023
 

We are working with an 8x8 canvas and creating a dragonfly with some acrylic paint and a piece of Chubbie glass from JL Glass. This little glass piece is the perfect thing to create a dragonfly's body! I'll also be using some seed beads to make those wings really sparkle. 

Start by painting your background with Metallic White and then I'll also add the tiniest bit of Metallic Turquoise in an arch motion to create a pearly sky. Dry with a heat tool. 

I have some small dragonfly stencils that I am going to use with some Enchanted Turquoise, which is an iridescent paint, to add two dragonflies in the background. I'll just place the stencil on my canvas and use a stencil brush in a pouncing motion to apply those. Dry with a heat tool.

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

Next, I am going to paint the wings with Metallic Turquoise, Festive Green, Splendid...

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Cotton Boll

summer Jul 26, 2023
 

We are creating a cute and simple Cotton Boll art piece on a small 6x6 canvas. I'm going to show you how to paint your background and cotton boll and then we'll add some Starfire glass, seed beads, and resin to finish off this art piece. 

First, start by painting your background with a smokey blue color. I'm using Winter Blue and I'll also mix in some white paint too.

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

Next, I'm going to paint my cotton boll with white paint. I'll paint the stem with Spanish Olive, which is light green. Then, I'll add some Olive Green, Raw Umber, and white paint for some shadows and highlights. 

I'll add a second coat of white paint to my cotton boll and then add some Winter Blue to create some definition with the curve of the cotton boll.

Take a graphic pen to add some detail lines. I'm going to add some lines around my stem and also some...

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Teal Heart πŸ’™

heart valentine's day Jul 19, 2023
 

We are working with an 8x10 to create a simple teal heart art piece with clear glass, seed beads, and some gold leaf flakes. Plus, I am sharing a new technique with you that you can use for lots of future art projects - reverse stenciling! 

First, we are going to paint the background of our canvas. I am using Aqua Sky and applying it to my canvas with a big, flat brush. Paint the edges of your canvas too. Dry with a heat tool.

I traced a heart onto a piece of cardstock. I'm going to cut out the heart with scissors and use that heart as my reverse stencil. 

Add a little bit of double-sided tape to your heart and place it onto your canvas so that it stays in place. Next, I'm going to use Desert Turquoise, which is a darker teal, and apply it around my heart with a stencil brush, moving in a circular motion. I'll do the same with another teal called Mermaid Tail and white paint, blending the colors as I go out toward the edges.

Remove your stencil. I'm going...

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Popsicle Art β˜€οΈ

summer Jul 12, 2023
 

We are using a 5x7 canvas to create some cute popsicle art, complete with a real popsicle stick! I'll show you how to paint this from start to finish and we'll add on some glass seed beads and resin too. This is such a fun, easy summer project!

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

I'm going to paint around my sketched popsicle with some white paint and a tiny bit of Tropical Blue mixed in. I'll also paint the sides of my canvas too. Dry with a heat tool.

I decided to paint my popsicle a mix of red, yellow, and orange. I'm going to start with my yellow at the top, then orange, and then red - blending them together where they meet. Dry with a heat tool.

Let's work on details! Grab your tracer and trace on the little indentations of the popsicle. In the yellow area, I am going to take some orange on the corner of my brush and add it to the indentation to create a shadow. In the...

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Mini Watermelon Canvas πŸ‰

Uncategorized Jul 05, 2023
 

What screams summer more than watermelon? We are making a little watermelon art piece today. I'll show you how to paint it from start to finish using a fun palette knife technique. Then, we'll add some clear glass and resin to finish it all off! This one is quick, easy, and fun!

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

I'm going to take some black acrylic paint and apply it to my canvas background using a palette knife. My background isn't going to stay black, so this doesn't need to be perfect. We'll be adding another color on top later. Dry with a heat tool.

Next, we will paint our watermelon! I am using a smaller palette knife for this part of my art piece. I am going to start by applying some Primary Red to the right side of my watermelon and pulling it to the middle. Then, I'll add some Pink Melon in the middle, blending it towards the red. Then, we'll add white to the left side of the watermelon,...

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Let Freedom Ring πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

 

We are using an 8x10 canvas to create a fun, rustic patriotic flag art piece! I'll be showing you how to get that rustic look using palette knives when applying our paint colors and also how to add some patriotic phrases. We'll also be adding glass and resin to finish the piece off. This is the perfect art project for the 4th of July holiday or anytime this summer!

First, start by sketching out the shape of a flag - the square in the top left corner and some stripes. I'm going to add a base coat of paint to my canvas using Prussian Blue, Cherry Red, and white paint. I'll also paint the sides of my canvas. This does not need to be perfect and doesn't need the best coverage because we'll be applying some paint on top of this. Dry with a heat tool.

Next, I am going to apply some paint to my white stripes. I am using red, blue, black, gold, and white and I'm applying this paint with a palette knife, and using the back of the palette knife to add the paint from right to left in...

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