Thursday, June 30, 2016

Textured Gesso Barn

My textured gesso and watercolor barn for Mary Jean, part of a trade on
Red Barn
5x7 canvas panel

Steps 1 - 4: textured gesso background and first layers of watercolor wash

Steps 5 - 8: Continued layers of watercolor; adding pencil shading, more layers of watercolor and charcoal shading. 

In between final layers with charcoal and pencil, I added spray fixative, and ended with several coats of spray sealer.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Canvas Panel Exchange

Pennyquilters Michigan Winter
5x7 Acrylic

I decided to participate in a 5x7 canvas panel exchange on this month. We are assigned one partner and create a painting for them and send it off within 2 weeks. I'm just completing the one I created, it needs one more coat of sealer. 
I used the watercolor over gesso technique I learned from Carla Sonheim. 
While I'm not supposed to share the painting  until my partner receives it, I will share the beginning showing just the textured gesso layer. 

More to come... :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Patchy Characters

Patchy Birds
Sharing a few artist trading cards created for a swap on in the Junker Jane style. These are drawings to give the feel of the creepy-esque little dolls she creates. 
Patchy Peoples 
Granted, mine aren't as creepy as those she creates. I just can't seem to create creepy like that. But I'm happy with them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A little bit of art

I took part in an art a-thon this past weekend, and actually got a bit of collage art done to trade with the other artists... 

Our local artist trading card group meets the fourth Saturday of the month, and someone brought up angels as a group project. A couple of us made in another art group several years ago, and I'd actually come across the pattern last month during as studio
 destash bout.  However we'd need to make one for each artist participating. 
They were a bit time consuming (for me at least) so while I'm not sure I'd do the group trade,(10 - 12 is too many!) I'll probably make one or two. 

This is the one I made several years ago in memory of my daughter. 
Jen's Angel 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Treasure Tuesday

Some of you may know that I have two online shops on Etsy; one shop features my artwork and a few art supplies. The other shop has a variety of vintage and antique items. Some come from our own collections, and some come from our treasure hunting at estate sales or thrift shops. (It's addicting!) 

One of my fellow vintage sellers made a comment today that totally describes what I do when I come across something that appeals to me: "I rescue  it, bring it home, care for it a while and then send it on to a new loving family". 
Similar to pet rescue, only different. ;)  

I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of the treasures from Etsy - from my shop and some of my favorite Etsy sellers too. 
Every so often I'll have a Treasure Tuesday... like today! 

This week just a few from the collectibles section of my shop: 

Colclough Bone China Tea Cup and Saucer circa 1940s

Wild Rose Porcelain Trivet - hand painted in 1950s

Large Porcelain Piggy Bank circa 1960s
Ohio Pottery Pink & Blue Flower Vase circa 1950s

Enjoy your Tuesday! 

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