Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time Not Wasted!

Isn't that the truth!!  I wanted to use my new clock stencil, so I "googled" some quotes on Time.  I liked this one.  No matter what you are doing, as long as it's not hurting anyone and it's fun, how could it be a waste of time.  We all need to remember to live in the moment.



Little Wooden Houses

A few weeks ago, I started making little wooden houses.  I made one and I just couldn't stop.

I used my own handpainted papers, some scrapbooking paper, acrylic paint, pens and little doo dads. I sealed them with polycrylic.   I bought a long board at Lowes.  They actually cut the board into 10 inch sections for me (no charge!).  Then, my husband cut the angles to make them "house-like". Since I had one taller piece, I made an apartment building.

A friend asked me if they could be put outside in a flower bed.  I suppose they could, but I'd probably suggest a couple more coats of sealer.

Right now, I have them lined up on my fireplace mantel, but I plan to list them for sale on Etsy.



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thank you Shawn Petite

As I've mentioned many, many times here.....I love watching other artists make their art.

In a couple weeks, my husband and I are travelling to Colorado to visit his mother and brother.  My mother-in-law has suffered with Alsheimers for several years.  I was thinking about making a small piece of art that we could hang in her room.  Because we like to pack light I needed something that I could slip into a small suitcase. Then....Voila....I watched a video by Shawn Petite on the very morning that I was trying to come up with something to make, and it was perfect.

These three little hanging pieces are made using cardboard as the substrate.  Shawn attached a piece of ribbon as a hanger on hers.  I didn't have any ribbon that I liked, but I did have some copper wire and it worked fine.  I used different stencils and I didn't have any alphabet stamps that were large enough. I printed out the words in the size that I needed on the printer, then transferred them to the substrate with carbon paper, then painted them with a paint pen (and outlined with charcoal pencil).

I might make some more of these, except smaller, as they would make great little tags for gifts, etc. They were super easy and super fast to make.  So, if you need a quick handmade gift for someone....give it a try.

Again, thank you Shawn!