Friday, February 23, 2018

Easter Egg Happiness

Sometimes in life, stress gets a hold of you, and it won't let go.

I won't go into any details, but my family has dealt with some pretty amazing stress the last few years. Since I like a happy ending, I am jumping right to that spot. It is done!!! The stress has been defeated. The sun is shining. The son is in a good place.

I know some people use art to deal with stress. I wish I had that skill. My studio the last few years became foreign land. I avoided it because I felt I could not be creative when life was out of control.

But like I said above, THAT IS ALL OVER!! Today, I created!!

Ok, I will be the first to admit that this is a pretty simple project. It is not the huge canvas that has sat blank on my easel for three years. But it is another forgotten project that I found in the back of a file cabinet recently.

I bought these adorable ceramic Easter Eggs before we moved out of the Midwest. Like everything else in my life, they were packet by movers in 2013 and forgotten. In a studio clean up / purge last month, I found them again. So today's simple easy project is painting these cute little eggs for the upcoming Easter holiday. I will tackle that huge canvas on my easel soon. It will be part of my bedroom remodel in March.

Tools needed:
- 1 Dozen ceramic eggs
( Mine came from Hobby Lobby. They still had 12 tiny price tags on them)
- Pastel Acrylic Paints in your desired colors
- Black and white Acrylic Paint
- Interference Paint
- Rubber Gloves
- Paint brushes to splatter paint

Step 1:
Paint all of your eggs a base color and let eggs dry.
(Brand does not matter.)

I wanted pastels, so I mixed white to a few colors to get the desired shades.
I wore rubber gloves and used baby wipes and my gloves to apply the paint.. I wanted a little more mottled look without having brush stokes.

Step 2:
Use a fan brush, old tooth brush, or stencil brush to flick white and black paint on eggs.
I used white first and did one side of the eggs. When the paint was dry, I turned the eggs and did another side. When that side was dry, I repeated the process with black.

If you are impatient like me, you can use a heat tool to help speed up the drying process.

Step 3:
Make your eggs sparkle. I considered using glitter, but my husband has an allergy to glitter, so I went with Golden's Interference Green. It is semi transparent, so you can still see your other layers. I once again just rubbed it on with some rubber gloves. Let dry.

They shimmer. So cool!!
It was a simple project, but it turned out beautiful and exactly like I wanted.

Now onto those other forgotten projects.
Thanks for dropping into the blog today!!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

He knew it was going to happen

At this point, it really is a good thing he loves me. We painted an entire house, then sold it and moved across the country, lived in a rental house for 6 months, bought a house with BORING beige walls, and have lived in it for 6 months. How long did he think I would last? I HATE beige!!!

These paint samples are now hanging on the wall in the front entry. He HATES to paint as much as I HATE beige, but he is so darn good at it. Since we are getting some tax money back, my wheels have been spinning. I NEED color!!. And I dislike flat paint all over the house. It's time for some eggshell/semi gloss color. This would be the color for the main living space. Bedrooms and offices would be different. My favorite is the middle one. It's called Metro Mist.

** Also considering putting in an electric fireplace, a sliding glass door, painting the exterior of the house, and buying some furniture. Don't tell him. I think he is starting to break out in hives every time we talk about it. LOVE YOU HONEY!!! Good news, the tax money won't cover all that, so we will have to do it in stages when cash is available. LOVE YOU HONEY!! **

Monday, February 2, 2015

Finally adding some things to the wall outside my studio

Slowly, but surely, I am adding art and pictures to the walls of our new house. We have been here 6 months. At what point do I stop saying new house?

This is a wall outside my studio. I found the arrow and metal words at Hobby Lobby. I really wanted an arrow, when I discovered this on lit up, I was completely SOLD. I love it. As always, my kids think I am strange. Oh well, some day they will be in therapy or a small group complaining about me. I see it as, I am at least earning their complaints. The arrow does have a switch at the bottom, so it doesn't have to be lit all the time. The B and frame were naked wood pieces from Michael's that I painted myself.

The art is a piece I did back in 2013 when I was designing for Artistcellar. An absolutely fabulous company with great quality stencils and art supplies.

I call this piece "Bright Beginnings". It has always been one of my favorite pieces.

I hope this inspires you to pull out your favorite pieces and to actually hang them on the wall. If you do not love your work enough to display it, how can you expect others to do it?

Gods blessings to you all.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My daughters mission

Hello all

As many of you know, I am the proud Mom of three kiddos. Today, I want to share with you something about my beautiful daughter. Liz is currently a Senior in high school. One year ago, this month, we moved her across the country to a brand new state and life. She handled this move with much grace and maturity and supported her Dad and I during this change.

Liz now attends a local high school that spends a lot of time teaching the kids about benevolence. The dictionary says benevolence is the desire to do good to others; goodwill; and charitableness. I absolutely LOVE this. We have raised all of our children to always help others in any way you can. Liz's high school spends the entire 4 years they have with the students teaching this principle. In fact, to graduate, each student has to complete a Senior Project showcasing this idea of benevolence. They spend four years doing different things to finish this project. Even though Liz has only been at this high school for a year, she is required to also do the project. Fortunately, this is a concept that she has been taught all her life.

Liz decided her project would contain two things our family is passionate about - Finding a Cure for cancer AND art!!

Liz has compiled some of her own original art pieces and is selling them to raise money for The American Cancer Society. ALL money raised from the sales will be donated to The American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer. She is even going to ship these pieces for FREE.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE check out the links below to Liz's blog and etsy page and consider helping her to successfully finish her Senior Project and help find a cure for cancer.

Liz's Blog

Liz's Etsy Store