I Painted My First Monet!

I’ve been watching TheArtSherpa on YouTube and loving the painting techniques! I thought I’d share this painting with you.

One of her paintings that really caught my eye is the Girl with a Parasol by Monet.  Here’s the original.

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I love the colors and the way you can feel movement.  Here’s Cinnamon’s video https://youtu.be/XH4vTMLr_no

I used Cinnamon’s outline to guide me which she offers as a link on the video.  She starts with an under color which gives great shading and detail.  This color is Ochre which is a color I never liked, but now I really love the shading it creates. I tried to stay in the lines cuz hello that’s what we were taught in kindergarten right!

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The thing I learned about Monet was that he used small strokes and lots of blending.  Blending of colors can only be achieved, I have found, when the paint is very wet and fluid. What I learned was that you don’t have to stay in the lines AND if you don’t like the way your painting looks wait for it to dry and paint over it.  Layers with wet paint create the most beautiful blending.  It took me over an hour just to blend the sky and the clouds.  Her dress Made me crazy, lots of steps back and reimagining.  Here’s the first part.

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The skirt has blue and purple as undertones and then white with a touch of Ochre for kisses of the sun.  I did something awful with her hands – some how one is sword like? However I did get the right skin tone color!

Now here’s the final picture.

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I love how this picture came out.  I can’t tell you great it feels to finish this picture! I can almost feel the wind blowing her scarf and the heat of the sun! I hope this painting inspires you to pick up your paintbrush and give it a chance!  Now off to the next painting, maybe ballet slippers….or a landscape, or a VanGogh!!

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Amazing Race Art Journal – France

This week’s country theme is France!

When I think of France I think of Fleur de Le, country side flowers, Marie Antoinette, lace, beignettes, and wine.  Here’s what I came up with.

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So Im sure it looks like a mismatch of stuff, but for me it’s a great French vision.  I love the fleur-de-le all over.  The lace which always makes me think of the 1920s when you’d import expensive French lace.  I continue to make the point to bring the country’s map and flag to each page.  I love the acrylic colors in the background which is what I always think the Paris skyline looks like at night with all the amazing structures.

Ive never been to France, but my parents have and love it.  I hope it inspires you to be creative and maybe eat a croissant!  Have a Magical Day!

tinalala

Let’s try painting?

Yup you read right I said PAINTING!

So my grandmother has painted all my life.  Beautiful pictures.  Actually the first one every women in my family owns.  The second one was a birthday gift and has hung over my bed since I was 5 yrs old!

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One day as I searched YouTube I came upon Cinnamon, The Art Sherpa!  She is an amazing night talent who shows you step by step how to blend, use paint brushes and create amazing pictures!  My first picture is daisies cuz I thought it would be easy.  Here’s the video. http://youtu.be/JG-rqYySHqY

I love how she shows you how to base out the picture to then build on it for shadowing and tones!  Here are my stages. The first stage shows base coats for foundation.

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Now here is my final picture.

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I know it’s not perfect, but it is a huge first step for me. So much confidence has built in me that I can do this and more!  Actually painting helps releave so much stress so I highly recommend you grab paintbrush and give it a try!  Hope I’ve inspired you!

Have a Magical day!

tina

 

Butterflies in a unique fold

i might have mentioned it before, but my friends granddaughter (a Brownie Girl Scout) has asked me to be her pen pal!  It’s been a long time since I had a pen pal, but her little notes and personalized cards are so lovely!  I posted before showing her camp card.  This last one she told me how she loves butterflies so I thought I’d send her a unique fold card with butterflies so she could have it stand on her desk to keep her happy.  I searched Pinterest and YouTube for something and finally found France’s Martin’s video here.  http://youtu.be/GX3jYDrlEZU

Here is the card I made!

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This card is made starting with a basic 8 1/2 X 11 card cut at 5 1/4 X 11.  I was very excited it used a basic piece of card and still gave a unique fold.  I scored the paper at 1 1/2, 3, 5 1/2 and 8 (verify these measurements in Frenchies video to be sure).
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I used Mellon Mambo and I think this is Crushed Curry for my butterflies.  The large butterflies I cut using my Pink Journey Cricut cartridge at 2″ and the smaller ones were dies I had in my stash.  The Wild Wasabi green stamped images are from the Basic Butterfly stamp set.  Here’s a picture of the butterflies I started with.

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Like I said I wanted the card to stand up, which as you can see here it will.

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I loved how happy this card is and I know she’ll love the butterflies.  Now to write my letter!  Here’s a close up of the fancy butterfly which I painted with a clear Wink of Stella for some glitter!

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I’m sure you know someone who needs some inspirational lift to their spirits.  Try making this unique fold and maybe change out the butterflies with flowers, or hearts or Mickey heads!  I hope it inspires you!

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Shadow Embossing

Sadly I’ve had a need for a lot of sympathy cards lately and wanted to find something simple that I could mass produce.  Watching Dawnsstampingthoughts.net she made the perfect sympathy card with a technique I really enjoy – heat embossing!  Here’s her video- http://youtu.be/ELTGqrgIDks  Here’s my card.

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Using Serene Silloutte stamp set you first stamp a brown layer and then using Versa mark you stamp slightly over and to the side of the brown layer. Using a Stampamajig is definitely a must on this one.  Then you heat emboss white powder. Then by sponging the brown color over and around the two images you really bring out the shadow effect.  I used Chocolate Chip only because I thought it was softer.

I hink this card has SO many possibilities and Dawn references that in her video.  Color combinations and themes are endless!  I hope you give the shadow effect technique a try!

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Have you tried the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons yet?

Did you see Tim Holtz display these new Distress Crayons at CHA 2016?  Here’s a video from Scrapbooking.com http://youtu.be/JD852lg4gDsimage

I’ve been watching many videos and even taken a workshop on these crayons to figure out what they are and how they work.  Right now I’d say they have similar qualities to a Gelato stick but they’re not as fluid for watercoloring.  I also think they don’t move as nicely with your finger as Gelatos do but I really like that you can coloring a background, but a distress ink over them, do a water splattering and the crayon colors won’t be effected underneath.

I had mentioned going to a workshop where we had created the March Tim Holtz tag specifically using the crayons.  Here’s my tag

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I used the set that was more deep Fall colors and moved the colors around with my fingers. I didn’t feel they blended well so we added water and it did better but not perfect.  I have to say I really like the way these crayons work, a lot like Gelatos.

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I definitely recommend if you like water coloring that you give these crayons a try.

hope this inspires you! Have a magical day!

tinala

Mission Inspiration : April

For those of you who haven’t been following Mike Deakin’s Mission Inspiration, here is this month’s video – http://youtu.be/9UglyEobSV8

I highly recommend this challenge not just for art journals but cards,  ATC (artist trading cards), canvas – the media is limitless!  Here are the steps:

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This month I’ve decided to do a Disney theme – I know shocking right!  When MD graduates next year the entire and extended family is going to Disney to celebrate her graduation.  With all the renovations constantly popping up on the news, let’s just say I’m missing Mickey!  Here’s what I came up with:

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Im not going to go step by step, but I’m going to highlight some areas to inspire you to create your Mission Inspiration!

Step #1 – I went out to the Internet and thru my Disney stash and found some pictures of the Disney park maps!  What other background could be used but the four parks themselves!

Step #5 – I again went out to the Internet and pulled a bunch of historic Disney tickets.  I was inspired by Mike’s antique feeling on his page and I’m currently reading Ridley Pearson second Kingdom Keeper series The Return, so I thought I’d bring the old Disney back.

I love this page.  A true omage to Disney.  Did you notice that I made my own Mickey head stencil for the molding paste step! Yup those are homemade Mickeys!

Hopefully this will inspire you to have a Magical day!

tinalala

 

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