Quote for the day!

Psalm 30:5 Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Ok here's the pics of the Valentine Hang Tags....There in order of painting. The first picture I have floated the edges of the tags, and then I transfer my pattern. I draw a pattern of my own and then using tracing paper and transfer paper put the design on multiple tags. Once transferred I will begin basecoating the wings, body, and bottom...then I will do his hair. You will see as the pics go on.
Once I have basecoated everything I will proceed to shading to add definition to the little guy. As you can see in his wings I used a French Grey Blue to define the feathers. Then after all floating is done I will add specific details, ie Love and Cupids Bow and arrow. I will also float on the outer right a darker brown to add depth to cupid. You will see as the pics go on.
As you can see in the picture above I have added some Sweet Annie to the Hang tags. This is just something to give the little tags character and more smell. Hope you enjoy if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Have a good evening.
Some how the pics got reversed. I will come back in and fix it. Be patient with me...I'm not a pro at blogging hehe!

Monday! Monday!

Good afternoon friends and the curious. I had to work this morning at my other "JOB". So no fun stuff this morning but I am home now and it's off to the paint room. I am going to be working on some hang tags for an order that I have received. They chose Winter (my favorite snowmen) and Valentines. I am excited. So I will get those started and take pics for you guys. The first thing that I do to them is antique them with my coffee, vanilla and cinnamon mix. I boil coffee grounds vanilla and cinnamon on top of the stove then I start the dipping process. After they have set in the mix for a bit, I take them out and place them on a cookie sheet and place them in the oven at the lowest temp. Two hundred is a good one. Make sure to keep an eye on them because they can burn and well then now you have a new not so pleasant odor for them. lol. I know because I have done this. Trial and error is my motto. Then after they are dried I begin painting. I will float the edges to make them look even older. The color depends on the inner design. So I am going to get busy I think I will do the Valentines first. I am so ready to be warm and not think about snow...or cold...Not that I'm seeing snow here in Southern California it's beautiful here today, maybe that's why I don't want to work on snowmen...hehe...Love is in the air...Well have a wonderful day!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Winter Blues

Good day to all...I thought I would put some jumpy music on here to brighten up everyones day. I am fortunate enough to have Sunshine and Blue skies! But I know my fellow Northeasterners and others are having the winter blahs...So here's some fun music to brighten up everyones day. I know I've been absent from the blog world, but I have been painting. I painted a gourd for DecoArt and submitted it for there website. I haven't heard back yet to see if it has been accepted so cross your fingers. If it's not I will post a pic of it for all to see. It is too cute. Can I say that even if it is my own creation? hehe...My daughter even liked it and for a teenager thats quite a compliment I must say. Most of the time she just says "ah that's nice". But not this time. The hearts and minds of teenagers if we can win them over we have found a way to conquer the world. I have also painted some springy shabby chic coasters. I am going to try and get them into a magazine as well so no pics at this time...But I will be painting some other items that I will be posting pics of. I have finally gotten back into the groove of painting. Funny how that works because of course now I have a job. So time is limited on painting. Hmmmm if I could of just gotten back into the groove before I got a job then I wouldn't of had to of gotten a job. Lifes funny mysteries. Just a couple more months and my lovey will be home. I can't wait, once again my teenager never seems to stop surprising me, she can't wait for him to get home either. (She must really be bored}. Well that's an update of what's going on here. Times a ticking so maybe I should head to the infamous paint room....Good day to all!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I haven't been here in AWHILE...eek!

How is everyone in the blog world doing. I have been traveling for the holidays. I went to Texas for a brief period. I hadn't been home for Christmas in 8 years. So I thought it was time to go there for the holidays. It's different now but that's how life is. Now I'm back and seem to be a little more organized. I am going to hit the paint room hard this year. I have to focus. I hope everyone got a glimpse of my article in Create and Decorate. It hit the stands in December. I will post a link.
There will be another one to come out in February. I placed a pic in the top right hand corner. Create and Decorate is a great magazine to teach you many things including painting. Enjoy.
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