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Patriotic Art

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On this Memorial Day, I’m sharing three patriotic pieces I’ve made for my house. I’ll display them from today until July 4. Read the rest of this entry

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Spring Flowers

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Sometimes, you crap something up so irretrievably, you’ve just got to start over.

The pic below was my beginning. The more I added embellishments, the crappier it got.

I just didn’t like it. So out came the black gesso. I painted the canvas completely and then added colored marks with stencils and acrylic paint.

Using a palette knife, I added white flower petals and green leaves. I painted on stems and some centers to the flowers. Once I was happy with the look, I placed the picture in a white frame with a white mat. Now it looks cheerful and spring-y, and I’m happy I didn’t settle on the crap I first started with!

Mardi Gras Art

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More Mardi Gras art went on at my house last week. As I often do, I’m changing out some of my seasonal art for more crapsmanship of my own. This one was easy. I first used purple and gold Distress inks to color an 11×14″ piece of mixed media paper. I sprayed it with water to meld the colors and then allowed it to dry.
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Next, I pounced green and yellow acrylic paint over some stencils to fill the page with Mardi Gras colors.

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img_6490No one will ever accuse me of being an artist, but I do like having a little seasonal color. Not bad for an amateur!

Gingerbread in a Jar

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Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?

Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry

Mixed Media Pumpkin Pic

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I decided to temporarily replace a five-year old photo of my grandkids with a mixed media piece of a fall pumpkin. The grandkids have grown so much, but I can’t say my art skills have!  I started with a 11×17″ sheet of mixed media paper, some ecru tissue paper, and scraps of other tan-colored papers.  I ModPodged these down to form a random brownish background for my pumpkin.

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I then added some details to the background using stamps and black ink (though I neglected to take a picture of this).

My next step was to sketch a pumpkin onto another sheet of paper.

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I cut it into sections and used these sections as templates to reproduce the shapes on orange and patterned scrapbook paper.

I decided the center piece was too white, so I scribbled on some orange Distress Crayon and smeared it all over with a baby wipe.

img_5888To add some depth to the pumpkin sections, I used a brown Distress Crayon to edge each piece and smear the crayon marks with another baby wipe.

Now that the pumpkin part was finalized, I prepared it for ModPodging onto the background sheet.

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Now came the hard part. I played and played with green stems and leaves to get them just right.

img_5904I continued to add leaves and tweak their appearance until I was happy with the effect. I added some depth to both the leaves and the stem with brown and green Distress Crayons, a white GelliRoll pen, and a black Posca pen.

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I added a few more stamped images, framed it, and have it proudly displayed in a place of honor in my living room. I’m already working on the Christmas picture that will replace it!

Autumn Memories

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Over the past four years of this blog, I’ve posted much crafty crapsmanship related to fall and Halloween. In this post, I’m taking the lazy way out by revisiting a few. And maybe I’ll inspire you to try one!

FALL CANDLE DECOR

Crap 1

https://crapsmanship.com/2014/10/06/fall-candle-decor/

EASY HALLOWEEN DOOR HANGER

Crap 2

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/10/05/easy-halloween-door-hanger/

KICKED UP PUMPKIN

Crap 3

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/09/11/kicked-up-pumpkin-2/

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Crap 4

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/11/04/pumpkin-muffins/

TRIO OF PUMPKINS

Crap 5

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/10/07/trio-of-pumpkins/

Fall Leaves

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Last week, I shared the pumpkin picture I painted for a display in my living room (https://crapsmanship.com/2018/09/23/pumpkin-pic/). I change the picture out every month or so to match the season. I also use this same strategy for a display in my guest bathroom, and this time I decided to use my 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate to make a picture of fall leaves. Read the rest of this entry