Tuesday, November 28, 2017
This is a fun process I am just starting to work with. It was inspired by an IG post by Stephanie Ackerman of Homegrown Hospitality. She didn't explain her process, so I just sort of winged it. But here's what I did:
1. Painted some Dollar Store signs and a wood panel with black gesso. (Remembered to take a picture after I'd already added some color)
2. Painted lots of colors and designs all over them. (I knew two of them would have Christmas words on them so I painted those backgrounds mainly red and green, but in the end it doesn't really show through as much as I thought it would. Any colors would work).
3. Painted a soft coat of thin white (craft) paint over the whole thing. Sorry no pic of this step.
4. Did the lettering with a paint pen.
5. Did another layer of white over the whole thing going around and inside the lettering and scallops. Tip: on two of the signs (You are Brave and 'tis the Season) I used the thin craft paint again and on one (Joy to the World) I used a heavy body acrylic paint (the kind in a tube). I like the look of the heavy body acrylic more. I'll do that from now on. It let a bit more of the background show through.
6. I popped the '''tis the Season" wood panel in a white frame I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby. And I drilled holes and attached a wire hanger on the other two. And of course I added ribbon and fabric. I can't not.
The hanging signs are for my sisters for Christmas and the framed sign is for me cause apparently, I'm REALLY doing a lot of holiday painting for myself this year. Stay tuned for more holiday paintings to come...
Monday, November 27, 2017
I took pictures as I went if you want to see my process.
1. First I draw the main title and I usually put a cloud or box or square around it so it doesn't get lost in the rest of the lettering.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
These masonite tags* were leftovers from an old project and my husband just cut them down a bit for me. They used to be 3"x3" square. They're now about 1.75" x 3".
my Glasses Girls. I didn't stick to it exactly, but it was a great jumping off point. (I went back and painted the sides of the tags later--they just looked too sloppy this way. And I wanted to be able to see from the top which color was which).
*A litte bit more about these tags. Years ago I made chalkboard tags from masonite squares my husband had cut for me. I sold them in groups of 3-5. An international company contacted me and wanted an order of 500 tags to tie to a CD they were about to launch. They said if all went well, they'd be ordering 500 more. So my husband decided to cut and drill all 1,000 at one time since the equipment was already set up, etc. Well, the second order ended up not happening. (I hope that doesn't mean the CD launch didn't go well...I don't really know). But I found myself with A LOT of little masonite tags. Throughout the years, I've made a bunch of things with them.
Below are some pics if you're interested. As you can see, I DO NOT let things go to waste and if there's something I can paint on, add paper to, and/or add ribbon to, I'll do it!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
my ETSY shop.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
The first one is already hanging in the office where I work. Once I hang this one, I'll decide if a third will fit or if two is enough. Either way, once everything is hung, I'll take some pictures of the girls in their new home.
18"x22" acrylics and wood on canvas
18"x22" acrylics and wood on canvas
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
30" x 5.5" acrylic on wood