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In the Studio with the Grandgirls

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Dan the Man and I have had three of our granddaughters visiting this week. Boy, are we tired! For fun mornings, we’ve been to the studio at least once a day, and I’ve been doing little lessons on artists and art techniques. Here’s my photo-documentation. 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!

Golden Cross

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img_6069I had an idea for a small memento for Christmas gifts. What could be hard about a small wooden plaque and a painted cross? You would think that it would be easy, but the more I tried, the worse it got. In the photo above, you can see where I started. I painted two small wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby black. I then drew a white cross with acrylic paint on each and used some silver leaf to embellish it. CRAP ALERT: It didn’t really work to my satisfaction. Being a true crapsperson, I knew I could try another step, so out came the pink spackle. Read the rest of this entry

Easter Egg Crapsmanship

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My two attempts at trying a new egg-dying technique were a failure, but perhaps it wasn’t due to my crapsmanship.  This tutorial (http://www.coupons.com/thegoodstuff/dye-easter-eggs-with-shaving-cream/#) for coloring Easter eggs with shaving cream and food dye seemed easy enough.  But instead of hard-boiled eggs, I used these craft eggs I got on clearance last Easter: Read the rest of this entry

Crapsmanship Rule #1

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I’m getting better (finally!) at knitting and have recently finished up this purple scarf.  I got the pattern from All Free Knitting at http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Scarves/Garter-Drop-Stitch-Scarf.  My knitting of the scarf is a perfect example of the first rule of crapsmanship:  MAKE YOUR ERRORS BECOME A DESIGN DETAIL. Read the rest of this entry