Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fun Work & Listings

I love teaching.  Today was painted ornaments to a fun group of ladies.  This group always plans a get together that includes some sort of crafting project and today they learned how to paint a snowman ornament.  I had a blast with them - laughing, teaching, learning, creating.  This is why I love teaching craft classes - being creative and teaching others how to add that fun and creativity to their day.  Fun, fun, fun!

I finally got brave and listed three items on Etsy.  Two hand painted ornaments - one with green holiday flowers, berries and pine needles, one with a snowman in a scarf.  I also listed a tall coffee mug with the holiday flowers.  Eventually I plan on listing some of my mixed media items and some of my art kits that I never got a chance to use.  I am excited and hope that it goes well.  We will see.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Doodles

My 100 Days of Art is coming to an end.  I've had such fun creating little pieces of art each day.  Okay, not everyday but I make up for it the next day.  I love seeing everyone's art and getting inspired to try new things.  Here are a few of the latest doodles.

My DD loves doodles of girls in pretty dresses so I could create an entire collection of them just for her.  I enjoy creating little doodles of animals for the kids, they especially like cows for some reason.  I've only got a few more days before I'll have 100 in but I am thinking of continuing on so that I'll have an entire year of 3x 5 1/2 tags.  Help keep those creative juices flowing too.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holiday Painting

I've been having such fun doing the One-Stroke Painted Ornaments lately.  Made a few extras but forgot to take photos before giving them away.  The snowmen turned out very cute.  I made one with a scarf, one with a hat and one with a twig wreath on it's head.  The scarf is easier so I'll be teaching that one for the upcoming class.

Green Flowers, Berries and Pine Needles on clear glass ornament.

Snowman with Scarf on clear glass ornament.

I've also done a few tall off-white ceramic mugs for teacher gifts.  I'm going to fill them with a cute pack of red and green M&M's, and one of those small one-pot bags of gourmet coffee.  I think both of the kids teachers will enjoy them.  I hope at least.  I will be creating a few snowmen ones on pale blue mugs for a craft show.  I've already purchased the cups now I just have to get busy painting.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Busy Bee

I actually feel like I made some progress with all the class samples the last few days.  A cute "Thankful" paperbag mini album.  A set of quick & easy cards for a luncheon project.  A set of three tags for alcohol ink techniques class.  Still have to finish another painted ornament sample and write up notes/slide show for a couple of classes.  That's for Old Town University.

Thankful Paperbag Mini Album

Alcohol Inks Techniques
Luncheon Card #1

Luncheon #2

I've also finished three clay snowflake ornaments that turned out better than I expected.  Need to finish up the paper flower samples yet.  I have two out of five flowers completed, ran out of glue gun sticks.  Do those tomorrow after a trip to store.

Clay Christmas Ornament

Now I've just got to tackle the projects for the holiday show this weekend.  Three more nights to crank more stuff out.  It's going to be a busy weekend.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Mixed Media Piece

Just playing with some paper, paints, and odds-n-ends the other day.  I had fun with purples and greens with this one.  Another 5x7 canvas board creation.  I really like this size - easy to work with, small enough not to be overwhelming, large enough to fit some fun stuff on it.

Purple Hydrangea

Used acrylic paints, gel medium, patterned paper, Distress Ink, Magic Mesh, Stickles, antique button, chipboard, fiber and gel pens.  A lovely way to use up smaller pieces of my favorite patterned papers that I just can't bear to throw away.  Still debating whether or not I want to add a poem or a sketch/doodle at this point.  I'll give it a few days and revisit it then decide if it needs something else or if it is complete.