Category Archives: Crafts

Shared Art 3

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I know you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the third installment of my Paint and Pass pictures (wink, wink). Last week, though, I was busy with my eight-year-old granddaughter, who hadn’t stayed with us for a year due to COVID. I skipped a week of blogging to play with Lulu, but I’m back again full steam.

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Shared Art 2

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Last week, I blogged about a routine I now call “Paint and Pass.” In the studio, two friends and I painted on our own for ten minutes, and then we passed the painting to another for continued work. We kept passing and passing, changing each painting in both little and big ways. Here are photos showing how BFF’s painting changed over time.

Shared Art 1

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A while ago, two friends and I met in the studio to create, but none of us had an agenda for the day. We decided to each get some acrylic paints and a piece of mixed media paper and work for ten minutes on any design that struck our fancy. After ten minutes, we rotated the papers to work on someone else’s. We continued this routine until we’d each had six or so turns of the rotation. This week and the next two, I’ll share with you the process pictures. I know I missed several of the iterations of this pic, but here is Martha’s.

Ornament Paintings

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Our main Christmas tree (we have five!) is very tall and very skinny. Each year, we take down the art work that usually hangs on the wall behind where the tree is now situated. Every year, the wall looks empty except for the little area taken up by our thin tree. Art to the rescue!

I bought two 16”x20” canvases, and began with a layer of blue base paint. I varied the color a little and used some bubble wrap to add some texture to the blue (see close-up photo below).

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Masked Gnomes

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Last September, I saw these cute gnomes for a good price on Amazon (https://amzn.to/39JhSLb), and I knew I could make a quick addition to each one to customize these ornaments for 2020.

I got some T-shirt yarn from my knitting stash (excuse Dan the Man’s feet in the pic!), and cut out pieces about an inch and a half each.

I used white thread to gather the ends, and then I tacked a “mask” to the face of each gnome.

I was asked if I was going to write “2020” somewhere on the ornament, but I don’t think any recipient will misunderstand the mask reference or forget about the COVID-19 pandemic. So, here’s to friends and family! (You know what you’re getting for Christmas!)

Stamped Holiday Cards

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About a year ago, I bought a Speedball linoleum cutter and accessories, and I finally started playing with it as I’m prepping cards for Christmas sales. I decided to start easy since I am a newbie, and this straight-lined Christmas tree seemed to be a good pattern to try. Read the rest of this entry

Pop Art App

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I played around with an app I purchased called PopArt. The photo below is one of my sweet granddaughters after eating something berry-flavored at Dairy Queen. Cute, huh?

I sent the photo to PopArt and converted it into this image within the app.

I saved the pop photo, sized it, and sent it to my printer. I then used a printed copy and a light box to trace the photo onto mixed media paper. Painting the picture was a pain, but here are two versions.

The colors of the bottom photo match her bedroom. The picture is now framed and ready for Christmas!

Slat Frame

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BFF and I have been doing studio art that is appealing to both of us. A few pieces are worthy of hanging in our homes, but framing is just so darn expensive! After reading somewhere about slat framing, we decided to give it a go. Each frame, at most, cost $12, though it did require a little crapsmanship to make it happen. Read the rest of this entry