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 πŸŽ„

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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Jingle Shells Christmas Tree πŸŽ„

christmas summer Jul 27, 2022

This Christmas in July "Jingle Shells" is such an easy project! This is an 8x10 canvas and there is no tracer - we are literally just making a triangle, adding shells and other embellishments, and finishing it off with resin. No paint or painting skills required! 

I started off by adding two coats of white paint to my canvas, just so it is clean and smooth.

I have a bag full of shells of all shapes and sizes. I'm going to using a bunch of the smaller shells as my first thin layer. 

I'm just going to keep adding goodies as I go! I'm putting some bigger shells on, and I am adding a starfish as my star on the top of the tree. I also using a longer shell as my tree trunk. Do what you would like here and be creative with it! 

I am also going to add a teeny bit of glass - it's called Glass Filler from Michael's. This is a champagne colored glass. I am going to use this as a gap filler!

Now, we will add resin. We're going to elevate our canvas using blocks. Mix...

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Christmas Palm Tree πŸŽ„

christmas summer Jul 20, 2022

Merry Christmas in July! Today, we are going to do a Christmas beach scene with a palm tree, sand, and Christmas ornaments. We'll be creating using some acrylic paint, glass, seed beads, and shells. This is a great project for the summer or the holidays!

I'm going to start by painting the background. I'm using Vintage White on the bottom for the sand. I'm putting down a coat of white on the rest of my canvas and adding some blue as well. Let dry.

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

Next, we're going to paint our palm tree. I'm using Raw Umber and a little bit of white for the tree trunk. I'm painting the palm tree leaves with green paint. I just want to get the basic shape for them because we will be adding green glass leaves that I created from sheet glass. 

Feel free to decorate your palm tree however you would like! I am going to add some ball Christmas ornaments with some red paint and...

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Margarita Snow Cone β˜€οΈ

snow cone summer Jul 13, 2022

Today, we are going to make a summery snow cone and see how we like it! I am actually going to do a series of snow cones, and this one is the first. This one will be a green snow cone with a lime (And you are going to love what we're doing with the lime - a bottle ring from Etsy!) We are using an 8x10 canvas with some acrylic paint and glass. 

First, we will trace our snow cone onto the canvas. Tape your tracer to your canvas, place graphite paper underneath, and trace your snow cone with your stylus. 

Paint your snow cone base with white paint (we'll add a little more color later, just so it pops.) Then, we're painting the background with white and Indian Turquoise blue. 

Next, we're painting the actual snow cone with a couple different green colors. I'm using a light and a dark green. I'm also adding some Lemon Yellow. Using a smaller brush, blend the colors from the bottom to the top - dark to light. I'm also blotting in some white paint to lighten...

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4th of July Flag πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

4th of july flag patriotic Jun 29, 2022

As we're gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July, I have some gorgeous abstract flags for you in two different sizes. With these flags, we are using a palette knife to paint the stars and stripes and then adding some blue glass. These are so easy to make and we'll be walking through how to do them! We are using a 4x12 and a 4x4 canvas to create these.

Start by loading your palette knife with some blue paint. (I'm using a separate palette knife for each colors.) Scrape the blue paint onto the left corner of your canvas. 

Next is the white paint. Scoop some white onto your palette knife and make white stripes across your canvas. Don't make them straight, but make it look like the flag is waving in the wind. Then, we'll do the red stripes the same exact way. Blend the stripes together a little bit so it looks natural. 

Now I'm going to add a little bit of gold paint. I'm loading a tiny bit on the very edge of my palette knife. I'm holding it sideways and running it...

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Summer Watermelon πŸ‰

summer watermelon Jun 23, 2022

I found this hanging wooden watermelon at Hobby Lobby (for 5 bucks!) and we're going to paint this and add some glass! Such a fun piece to dress up and create some summery fun artwork. You can hang this anywhere (This will be on the door of my studio!) We're going to use some acrylic paint, green glass, and black seed beads to achieve this look. 

I'm going to start with Hauser Medium Green and Fresh Cut Grass paint for my rind - I'll also paint the edges too. I'll use some Buttercream Yellow that I'll add in between the green and red. 

Next, we'll use Primary Red as well as some Hot Pink to paint the entire watermelon. I'll start with a base coat of red and then add the pink and a little bit of white for highlighting and definition. Let dry.

Next, paint your seeds with black paint. I'm also going to take some white paint and add a small line around the outer edge of each seed. Let dry.

I'm going to take my graphic pen and add some details! I'm adding some short...

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Yellow Daisy 🌼

flower summer Jun 16, 2022

A few years ago, I stenciled several books with flowers, and this is my inspiration for today's project! I created a tracer from this, and I'll be using some spray painted glass from free floral vases. I use my nippers to create curved glass pieces, which are perfect for creating flowers! I'll be using an 8x10 canvas.

I have a painted canvas already ready to go. I used a palette knife to add little bit of green paint and a little bit of yellow paint to the background.

Next, we'll tape our tracer to the canvas. Place graphite paper underneath and use your stylus to trace your flower. 

I'm going to work on my stems and leaves first. I'm using a light green and a dark green paint with a long, skinny round brush. I'm also adding some white paint for highlights and dimension.

Next, I'm using a yellow paint to make the tiny little flower buds. I'm also adding some white paint and some green paint for some more dimension. 

Now, it's time for the flower center, which I am going...

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Beach Art 🌊

beach summer Jun 09, 2022

Today, we are doing a textured, monochromatic art piece with a fun, beach feel! We are going to start with a 6x6 canvas and we are adding some plaster to create a gritty, sandy texture. Next, we'll add some shells, glass, and resin to create a beautiful summery art piece!

I'm using Sandstone from Faux Effects to create the sand texture. You can also use Coarse Texture Gel to get the same look. Lastly, you can also just literally use sand mixed with glue and apply that to your canvas.

I'm applying my plaster with a palette knife - not covering it completely or perfectly. Let dry.

I'm going to add some Anita's Metallic White paint to the top of my plaster, so it's a little softer and glamourous. Let dry.

I have a cute little starfish, oyster shell, and some other white and off-white shells to add. I also have a piece of glass, white stones, Starfire glass, bubbles, and seed beads. 

I'm going paint my starfish with the Metallic White to make it all match better! Then, I'm...

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