Hey everyone--just in time for Fall and Halloween--a pumpkin--in my style. You can check out my step-by-step tutorial over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog HERE
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
I don't do this as often as I would like to--paint furniture--in this case 2 very different tables that I found at flea markets. The first one was one of my favorites to find--
a typewriter table--definitely a memory from the past. I love finding these tables and giving them a new life--
a sewing machine table--I gave it some color--
And then I took my new art and repurposed that on to a cigar box--
This is definitely my favorite way of making art--taking those forgotten items from the past life, give them a facelift and bringing them back out into the world again.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Hi everyone! I have a tutorial for this piece over at the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog--
It all started out with the doll head that I had in my art room just staring at me for the longest time--once she started helping me create herself (because it took a little while)--it was fun--check out my step-by-step process HERE.
Monday, July 31, 2017
I always love transforming the old pieces that I pick up at flea markets and garage sales--like this one....
actually one of 2 old cupboard doors that I found at a flea market this summer--$5.00 for both--that's $2.50 each! You can't feel guilty about messing up on these at that price, and they are a pretty good size too--18 x 30
putting on my first layer
next step--the sunflowers
used a palette knife for the first time--once I got the hang of it, it was fun to do
the finished door--
so happy with this--don't pass up those old doors or whatever you may see at flea markets that could very well end up in the trash--it's always fun seeing what you can do with pieces like these. so now.....on to the next one!
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I'm not sure that these two have much in common, but that's what I've been painting lately....
"Find Your Joy"
my Mushroom land
and....some new boxes too--
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
I have a new tutorial over at the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog for this piece that was so fun to make from beginning to end....
...using DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints that are wonderful to work with and come in lots of colors--see my entire process HERE. I hope you try this very fun way of painting!
Monday, May 22, 2017
I really should call it an obsession--flea markets! I love searching for forgotten items from the past and using them again giving them a new life in my art.
When I find these (especially the vintage photos), I want to know more of their history, and who are these people in the photos?? Why did they end up in a flea market of all places?! I want to take them all when I see them, but unfortunately it would be way too many for me--so sad to see these vintage family photos tossed aside like this.
All of these collage fodder goodies pictured here are courtesy of the Brimfield Flea market that I went to a couple of weeks ago. Oh my goodness--22 fields of flea markets all in 1 place--over 4000 vendors. It's 6 days long, and we went for 3 days--not nearly enough time to see it all. If you like flea markets, and you live near Massachusetts, then go!
Here's the booth where I found a lot of these 'art supplies' in Brimfield--
....you can probably guess that this was one of my favorite booths...
And as an added bonus, it's only a couple of hours away from New York City. We spent a few days there and visited our son who lives right in Manhattan. He takes us everywhere--a great tour guide.
You can't go to NYC without experiencing Times Square--at least once :-)
So needless to say, we had a great week!
And when I got home, I was totally inspired by all of my finds--
--even though they're not the original, they come in great for that finishing touch--already pre-cut, and in different sizes too...
they were perfect for my latest box
And another find--
Before and after pic--I found 4 of these 9 x 9 wood boards at a booth (that's all he had). I really like them because of the raised center that they have--for $2.00 each, I would have bought whatever he had available, since wood is my favorite surface to work on.
And another one--
I got a lot to keep me busy for a while! I really love this time of year around here--the weather is warmer, which means garage sales and flea markets are starting up and going strong--makes me happy!
Monday, May 8, 2017
Poppies--one of my favorite flowers to paint!--especially blue ones! I started warming up with my background--
.....and then the poppies--
...and playing with my latest favorite supply--these fineline applicators--you fill them with whatever you want--I like to fill them with undiluted fluid acrylics. They'll leave a little texture on the surface that way--a nice effect.
I added more texture to this one also with molding paste through a stencil on the sun--
and one more painting which included some more poppies--
I'm really happy with these--they're coming with me in my upcoming shows. No more painting for a few days though--I'm taking a little vacation to Massachusetts--the Brimfield Flea market--if you know flea markets, then you'll know that this is a BIG one--I'm excited for this, and it's my first time there--hope to come back home with lots of goodies!
Friday, April 21, 2017
This is just a short post of my latest painting that was SO much fun to create. A few years ago I had found this wood board at a flea market. It's 20 x 20 with a 2 inch raised edge on 3 sides--not exactly sure what it was meant for, but for me, painting on it was the thing to do. My first step--
I painted the board with my background colors adding and taking away and a little stenciling. This is the warm-up part and the most forgiving, because if you're not happy with it--just cover it up with more paint. And then I added the row of paper houses across the bottom.
Next came my rooster--
.....the first layer...
and then some texture and more collage--
Some finishing details with some black paint to define the edges and add some shading--
And the completed piece--
This piece came together very easily for me--no struggling on this one--most likely because I enjoy painting on wood, and I love painting roosters! It's always better when you're able to do what you love most--whatever it is :-)
Friday, April 7, 2017
That's what's been taking up most of my time these days. Spring around here has been very rainy and gray most of the time--so I had to bring some color into my life--with lots of happy ones--thinking Spring in my house if it can't be outside.
This makes me happy! I'll show you a little bit of my process--
This is on a 10 x 29 birch cradle board. I cover the whole surface with my painted papers and whatever else I have at hand. This is where this one ended up--
Thoughts of Spring....
and here's another one in process
This one is on a 6 x 18 cradle board (one of my favorite sizes to work with). After I collaged all of the papers on to it I sketched my design on it, and then started painting--
...my sunflower girl--I liked her so much that I put her on a 6 x 6 canvas also--
And one more --
My happy owl scattering some love :-)
Happy Spring everyone!!