Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No Fear in Art - Part Three

Hello Peeps,

I am finally getting back to my painting of a horse. You can see my original two postings here and here. I started with two original photos of horse art that I found on the Internet. I removed the photos from my original posts as I thought I might be infringing on someone's copyright.

I made tracings from the photos - one photo for the body and another for the head. I painted a background in my scrapbook/journal and traced the horse onto watercolor paper. I did a detailed tracing and an under-painting on the body. For the head, I did less detail and no under-painting. I am learning, at least when it comes to art, I often have to do it wrong before I can figure out how to do it right. Less detail in the initial stage is better for me. Otherwise I become too methodical and my creativity is stifled.

Okay, so on to this day's progress. Today I cut out my body and head, pasted them with gel medium to my background and began painting.
Horse pasted to background with gel medium
Now is where I really wish I had not done an under-painting, or had at least done it in grey scale. The original photo was of a black horse and I want mine to be white. My first move was to use watery white paint to cover everything, but still remain transparent. I also did some shading and highlighting on the head. That was SO much easier since I had traced in very little detail and had done no under-painting. I am not saying that anyone should not do an under-painting. They can be very helpful, and please remember that I am a beginner.
White washed and details on face begun
Shading added and some highlights begun

Next I added some shading and a few highlights. The white paint I was using was old and not performing very well. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Wink.) He does not look very much like a white horse at this point. In fact, I might have been closer with the white-washed painting. Oh well. It isn't over yet, but it is certainly over for today. Hopefully I can get it a little closer to what I want next time. Until then I hope you will try something artistic you have wanted to do, but never thought you could.

Unless you are a creative genius, you will make mistakes. Don't be afraid of your mistakes. You don't have to be as crazy as me and post them for the whole world (or a small piece of it) to see. Your mistakes are valuable because they are part of your wonderful creative process. Try not to throw out your failed attempts. They will make you feel great when you compare them with what you are doing six months from now because, if you keep at it, you will improve. I promise. Just remember - There is no fear in art.

Blessing hugs,

Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Playing with Water Colours

Hello Friends,

Last weekend I picked up a cheap (about $2) set of pan water colour paints. A couple of months ago I got a cool layered stamp set on clearance at Wal-mart. I paid less than a third of the craft store price for it.

First I stamped all 3 layers in VersaMark ink on watercolor paper; then heat-embossed with SU Cherry Cobbler embossing powder. Then I had a play with my new watercolor paints. I finished by going lightly over the surface with a baby wipe to remove excess paint from the embossing. I dry-embossed orange cardstock and adhered my water color piece to it, adding photo corners to the piece. A bow, sentiment and a couple of K&Co. butterfly stickers pretty much finished the card.

I heat-embossed the stamped sentiment in bronze.
I love these K&Co. stickers. I got them on clearance too.
These are Momenta puff stickers.
I used another of my practice pieces for the inside.

If you haven't gotten it before, here is my 2014 birthday sentiment. Left-click to enlarge; right-click and select "save as" to save the files to your computer. If you use it on your projects, a mention would be nice, but is not necessary. Enjoy.


Thanks for stopping in. I hope you are enjoying your day.

Blessing hugs,

Challenges Entered:
The Outlawz Color Challenge - bronze plus two other colours of your choice
A Gem of a Challenge - embossing
All Sorts Challenge - All Sentimental
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes
Treasured Times - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a handmade bow
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Add Yellow
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Sparkle & Sprinkle - Anything Goes with glitter, embossing powder or flocking
Stamp & Create - Anything Goes
Pinspirational Challenge #120 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle

Friday, August 8, 2014

Christmas in July - a little late

Hello Peeps,

I finally fulfilled my commitment for the July Christmas club at the "Lady Anne's Friends" group at Paper Digital Art and Images by Kim.

The technique I used is called, "Embossing x2". After watching Gina's video at Stamp TV, I dove right in to try the technique.

If you are a regular follower you know I love to use my paper scraps. My 'frame' was made by layering two die cut negatives - a circle and a larger scalloped circle. The circle negative was white cardstock; the scalloped circle was fuchsia. I used my SU poinsettia embossing folder with VersaMark ink and then heat-embossed with SU Cherry Cobbler embossing powder. I stamped "Noel" on burgundy cardstock with VersaMark and heat-embossed with gold. I centered my embossed frame over the bobble and adhered, drawing a hanging loop at the top.
I added photo corners to the embossed piece and traced around it with a gold pen.
A white gel pen accents the letters and black marker around the bobble.
This sentiment is another paper scrap, accented with paper flowers.
The inside employs two more paper scraps.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying your August so far.

Blessing hugs,

Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Eclectic Paperie - Embossing
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Kraft (card base is kraft)
Little Red Wagon - Embossing
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesday - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Make it Sparkle

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Birthday Bling at The Outlawz

Hello Peeps,

I needed a birthday card fast today so I turned to The Outlawz challenge site for some inspiration. The Color Challenge (pink, orange & aqua) got me started. The twist in their challenge this week is "Birthday Bling". Next I went to the Sketch Challenge and that is how this birthday card for my SIL came about.
Thanks for stopping by. If you are in need of some inspiration for a card, check out The Outlawz.

Blessing hugs,

The Outlawz Color Challenge - Orange, pink & aqua and Birthday Bling
The Outlawz Sketch Challenge - see site for sketch