Valentine's Gnome ❤️

gnome heart valentine's day Jan 26, 2023
 

I went to Hobby Lobby and couldn't leave without my obligatory Valentine's Day Gnome! This cutie was only $1.79 and is a wooden gnome that is approximately 14x8. We are going to transform this little guy with some fun acrylic paint colors, resin, and beautiful seed beads.

The first thing I'm going to do is take the string off. I don't want to get paint on it, so I'll remove it and add it back on once my piece is dry.

I'm going to start by painting his hat and sleeves with Cherry Red. Then, I'll paint his nose with a peachy skin tone color. I'll add a tiny bit of white for a highlight and a tiny bit of red for some shadowing. 

Then, I'll paint the brim of his hat with white paint. I'll also add some shading with gray paint. Next, I'll paint his entire beard with a coat of gray paint and add in some white streak for some dimension. I'll also paint his gloves with black paint with some white shading for highlighting and the same for his boots.

Now, we are going to work on the...

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XO Heart 💗

heart valentine's day Jan 18, 2023
 

We are creating a simple XO Heart project that would be perfect for Valentine's Day! If you are a beginner, this is a great place to start. This one only requires minimal glass and only two paint colors. 

I have some glass strips that I spray painted with just a mist of pink. I also have a round glass bottle ring that I grabbed from Etsy. I misted that with just a tad of Metallic Gold spray paint. I also have some Rose Gold glass pieces. Let's get started!

First, I'll paint the background with Metallic White and a tiny bit of Metallic Rose. 

I will trim my glass strips to fit onto my canvas. The strips will be standing up on their edges, so I cut one of the strips in half so that it can cross through the middle to create our X. Use tacky glue to secure your X in place.

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

Paint your heart with Metallic Pink paint. It will...

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Christmas Mittens

christmas Dec 29, 2022
 

I am using an 8x10 canvas today to create some Christmas mittens hanging on a line. I am going to add lots of glass and goodies sitting in my mittens, like a candy cane, pinecones, icicles, clear and green glass, Christmas miniatures, and more!

I am going to start by painting my background white. I'm going to add some Calypso Blue and just paint from top to bottom with strokes. I'm going to add some extra blue paint to the top of my canvas and spray it with my water mister to create drips down the canvas. Let dry.

Next, I'm going to add some snowflake splatters. Mix white paint with water to create a mixture. Dip an old toothbrush into your mixture and just run your finger along the bristles right above your canvas. Let dry.

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

Now, we'll paint! I'm going to paint the top of my mittens white and the mittens with Cherry...

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Christmas Lamb

christmas Dec 21, 2022
 

We are creating an adorable little Christmas lamb today complete with a Santa hat and starry night sky. I'm using a 5x7 canvas along with some acrylic paint and Starfire glass to make this fun holiday piece!

First, we are going to paint the sides and front of the canvas with Prussian Blue. Let dry. Then, we are going to create our stars! Mix white paint with water. Dip an old toothbrush into your mixture and run your finger along the bristles above your canvas to splatter your stars onto your canvas.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your lamb with a stylus onto the canvas. I am using white transfer paper so that it shows up on my dark background. 

Then, we will start painting! I am starting by painting the white trim on the Santa hat and the white body of the lamb. Then, I'll paint the Santa hat with red paint. For the lamb's face and ears, I am using Anita's Charcoal...

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Turtle Crawl 🐢

beach Dec 14, 2022
 

I bought a cute turtle ornament from Hobby Lobby that I've been waiting to use, so we are going to make a beach scene with it! I'm going to use bubbles, clear glass, seed beads, shells, Starfire, texture for the sand, and more to pull this all together. 

I am using an 8x16 canvas. I am going to start by painting my whole canvas white. Then, I'll mix some Vintage White with some Coarse Texture Gel to create a sandy texture on the right side of my canvas. I'll apply this with a palette knife. Then, I'll paint the other half of my canvas and sides with blue and more white paint. Let dry.

Now, we'll add our glass and goodies! I have Starfire glass, clear glass, shells, Sea glass beads, bubbles, crushed sea shells, and my cute little turtle. I'll have my turtle hanging off of the edge of the bottom of my canvas. I'll add all of my glass and shells to the sandy part of my canvas, add resin, and then add my turtle.

Next, we will add resin. We're going to elevate...

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Snowballs for Sale Snowman ☃️

snowman winter Dec 08, 2022
 

Today we have a cute little snowman that is going to be all glass! I cut a hat out of sheet glass, I have cardinal gemstones, and I have a glass scarf cut from a mercury glass vase. I have lots of other goodies to add to my canvas along with an adorable sign that says "Snowballs 4 Sale" and some crackle stenciling for the background. Let's get started!

We are using an 8x10 canvas. First, we are going to paint our background with white paint and then I'm going to add a light blue. I'll keep the bottom white for my snow. Let dry. Then, I'm going to take my crackle stencil and use a round brush to add Metallic White paint. 

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your snowman scene with a stylus onto the canvas. Then, I'm going to paint my snowman white. Let dry and do a second coat of white. I'm also going to add a little bit of Oyster Beige for shadowing. Let dry.

 

Now, we are going to add our...

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Christmas Manger

christmas Nov 23, 2022
 

I am using a 6x12 canvas to create a beautiful Christmas manger scene with a night sky. We'll add some goodies like clear glass, seed beads, and some glass strips to create the star over the manger. Such a perfect piece for Christmas! 

First, we are going to start by painting our background blue - I am using Deep Midnight and Prussian Blue. I'll also add in some black paint. I am also painting the sides of my canvas. 

Then, I'm going to take some white to blend with my blue. I am just creating a swirly circle right where my manger will be. I'll also add some white to the bottom of my canvas too. Let dry.

Now, we are going to splatter! Take a little bit of white paint and add some water so it is a watery mix. Use an old toothbrush, dip it into the mixture, and run your finger along the bristles to create splatters on your canvas. Let dry.

Grab your tracer, tape it to the canvas, place transfer paper underneath, and trace your manger scene with a...

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Christmas Tree 🎄

christmas winter Nov 17, 2022
 

We are creating a simple and beautiful Christmas Tree out of a green votive candle. We'll be using an 8x10 canvas for this and adding candle glass nips, beads, acrylic paint, and more. This is a great way to use a cheap or broken candle votive in a festive and creative way - perfect for beginners too!

First, we will start by painting our background with Anita's White, Anita's Metallic White, and a tiny bit of Sky Blue.

Then, I'm going to take some Traditional Burnt Umber to paint on my tree trunk. Let dry.

I grabbed a green votive candle holder for 3 bucks and cut some glass nips from it. I'm using wheel knippers from Home Depot. Hold your vase sideways and cut around. You will get a curved shape kind of like a tree branch! Use a honing stone to dull your points.

I lined my pieces up by size and I'll just arrange my glass pieces onto my canvas to create a tree. I'm going to use a tiny bit of tacky glue to keep them in place. I'm also going to add some clear glass to the bottom...

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Christmas Candle

christmas Nov 10, 2022
 

This is a super simple Christmas candle - it is just a rectangle! We are using a 6x12 canvas, but you can use whatever size you would like. We will be adding lots of fun goodies and glass as well as some acrylic paint. Let's get started! 

I am painting my background with white and a light blue called Waterfall. 

I'm going to mark where my candle flame will be. I'm going to add a little bit of Metallic Gold paint. Dip it into the gold and swirl it onto your plate. I want this to just be a light glow on the canvas, just plaint a circle around where your flame will be.

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

Next, I'm going to paint my candle with Cherry Red. Then, I'm going to add some brown to my canvas with a liner brush to create my little evergreen branches. I'll also paint the melted tip of my candle with white paint and the flame with Metallic Gold. Also, add...

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Snowman Hat ☃️

christmas winter Nov 03, 2022
 

Today we are making a cute little snowman hat with two red birds perched on the top. I'll be using some red flat beads for the birds, glass, seed beads, paint, and other goodies. We are all ready for the Christmas and Winter projects and this one is so fun and unique!

First, we are going to start by painting the background. I am using white and Spa Blue to cover my canvas. Let dry. 

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

Now, we are going to start painting! I am painting the hat with black paint and the band with red paint. I am also painting the birds red. Let dry and do a second coat for the red.

I am also going to add a tiny bit of white and black on the hat band for some highlights and shadowing. I am adding some white to the hat for some highlights too. Let dry.

I am going to take my flat red beads and paint the tiniest yellow beak on it with an eyelash brush....

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