Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Paint Dot Mandala #004 - Christmas Ornament Special Tip Painting a Curved Surface

In this tutorial you'll learn how to paint a dot mandala on a Christmas ornament.  Use unique tools and dot painting techniques to create a colorful mandala dot painted Christmas ornament that would be perfect on an ornament stand, Christmas Tree or other home decor.  This would make a thoughtful handmade gift. 


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Tools:

Susan Bates Crystalites 12408 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set - http://amzn.to/2zFCPER

Susan Bates Crystalites 12409 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set - http://amzn.to/2yAgx3W

5pc 2 Way Dotting Pen Tool Nail Art Tip Dot Paint Manicure kit - http://amzn.to/2iTQ9Ly

Paint Brushes - http://amzn.to/2yBmnSB

Paint Palette - http://amzn.to/2z0cn9z

Ruler

Compass

Spray Bottle

Water Bucket

Materials:

Glass ornament – purple matte – from local store

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - http://amzn.to/2hpnZb0
(search for color on the DecoArt page)
• Peacock Pearl - http://amzn.to/2BDxEnb
• Splendid Gold - http://amzn.to/2ApKuY4
• Matte Medium - http://amzn.to/2AO3K28

General Pencil 5582BP Charcoal White Pencils 2/Pkg-2B - http://amzn.to/2idnFgp

Cotton Swabs

Water

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Friday, December 1, 2017

How to Paint Dot Mandalas #003 - 8" x 8" Canvas Panel

Here's a new mandala dot painting tutorial!  In this tutorial you'll learn how to paint a dot mandala on an 8" x 8" canvas panel.  Use unique tools and dot painting techniques to create a colorful mandala dot painted canvas panel that would be perfect as a gift or home decor.  If you'd like to purchase the written pattern in my Etsy shop.

Purchase the digital pattern for this project:  https://tinyurl.com/yca7839m

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Find great products for your projects in my shop or local craft/art stores.

Tools:

Susan Bates Crystalites 12408 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set - http://amzn.to/2zFCPER

Susan Bates Crystalites 12409 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set - http://amzn.to/2yAgx3W

5pc 2 Way Dotting Pen Tool Nail Art Tip Dot Paint Manicure kit - http://amzn.to/2iTQ9Ly

Paint Brushes - http://amzn.to/2yBmnSB

Paint Palette - http://amzn.to/2z0cn9z

Ruler

Compass

Spray Bottle

Water Bucket

Materials:

US Art Supply 8 X 8 inch Professional Artist Quality Acid Free Canvas Panel Boards for Painting 12-Pack (1 Full Case of 12 Single Canvas Board Panels) - http://amzn.to/2jBkYVB

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - http://amzn.to/2hpnZb0
(search for color on the DecoArt page)
• Chalky Finish Black - http://amzn.to/2yyNcXv
• Lavender - http://amzn.to/2jB2Co3
• Irish Moss - http://amzn.to/2BB3ktg
• Sapphire -- try to find locally, it's pricey on Amazon - http://amzn.to/2i6xb4E
• Titanium White - http://amzn.to/2AHDALE

General Pencil 5582BP Charcoal White Pencils 2/Pkg-2B - http://amzn.to/2idnFgp

Varnish/Sealer - http://amzn.to/2z0cW38

Cotton Swabs

Water

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Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Paint Dot Mandala - Ring/Trinket Dish

Learn to create a Mandala Dot Painting Trinket/Ring Dish using unexpected tools and great colors.  Dot painting is so relaxing and meditative and you can do it on almost any surface.  This little trinket dish would make a great holiday gift or home decor.  Here's the video tutorial link.  See materials list below the video.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to turn a plain terracotta dish into a beautiful ring/trinket dish. Use unique tools and dot painting techniques to create a colorful, lacy dot painted dish that would be perfect as a gift or home decor. It's functional too!
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Find great products for your projects.

Tools:
Susan Bates Crystalites 12408 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set -
http://amzn.to/2zFCPER
Susan Bates Crystalites 12409 Acrylic Crochet Hook Gift Set -
http://amzn.to/2yAgx3W
5pc 2 Way Dotting Pen Tool Nail Art Tip Dot Paint Manicure kit -
http://amzn.to/2iTQ9Ly
Paint Brushes -
http://amzn.to/2yBmnSB
Paint Palette -
http://amzn.to/2z0cn9z
Ruler
Compass
Spray Bottle
Water Bucket
Materials:
US Art Supply 5 X 5 inch Professional Artist Quality Acid Free Canvas Panel Boards for Painting 12-Pack (1 Full Case of 12 Single Canvas Board Panels) -
http://amzn.to/2zI5irg
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint -
http://amzn.to/2hpnZb0  (search for color on the DecoArt page)
Chalky Finish Black -
http://amzn.to/2yyNcXv
Coral Blush -
http://amzn.to/2yyNcXv
Citron Green --
http://amzn.to/2yXqDzZ
Tuscan Red -
http://amzn.to/2how2EZ
Calypso Blue -
http://amzn.to/2zCFbEq
Titanium White -
http://amzn.to/2AHDALE
General Pencil 5582BP Charcoal White Pencils 2/Pkg-2B -
http://amzn.to/2idnFgp
Gesso -
http://amzn.to/2iUabpu
Varnish/Sealer -
http://amzn.to/2z0cW38
Cotton Swabs
Water
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Polymer Clay, Wire and Leather

Been working on some polymer clay focal pendants.  In this piece i've added leather cord and used silver wire and beads to create a free form bail.  Love the way it turned out.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Polymer Clay and Acrylic Pour Painting

In my last post I shared my latest acrylic pour painting on 45 records I found at the thrift store.  I love the way the paintings turned out.  The DecoArt paint I used was luscious and I thought the technique was beautiful.  It needed something though so I pulled out some polymer clay and tried a few different focal pieces.




The one on the top right is a traditional swirl, left is a spikey flower and finally bottom right is a rose style focal.










I tried all of these out and finally settled on the rolled flower piece with ruffled leaf shapes. Here are a few close ups.

 Everything was varnished with a satin varnish.  Love the final product.  I'll need to keep experimenting for more looks.




I'm also showing how I created a wire hook for the back and covered the center hole in the record. 

 It was fun to experiment with all of these different looks.  I lvoe adding the polymer clay to the acrylic poured paintings.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Acrylic Paint Art

I love paint!  And I'm fascinated by the art of fluid acrylic pouring.  This free form art allows the artist to focus on color and interesting textures and techniques.  I've done a number of acrylic pouring paintings in the past and am getting back to it now.  I happened on these 45 records at the thrift store.  Finding these 45s brought me right back to my teenage years and was a thrill in and of itself (although in honesty, none of the 45s I found would be considered cool then or now).    LOL  They're a great size, though,at 7 inches.

I have some plans for these to incorporate polymer clay sculptural elements in the center.  Hope I can turn what's in my head into great art.

Here's some macro views.





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Polymer Clay Tutorial - How to Make a Fluid Acrylic Polymer Clay Pendant/Necklace Parts 1 and 2


Hi All, hope you enjoy trying out new techniques.  This is a 2 part tutorial.  In Part 1, you'll learn to use fluid acrylic paint and ink to create a polymer clay veneer to use in making this summery pendant.  The DecoArt Media fluid acrylic I used is so luscious.  In Part 2 you'll learn to make the beaded knotted necklace for a great look.  Thanks for joining me in my studio to learn polymer clay and jewelry making techniques.  Hope you enjoy.





Get the stringing diagram:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2h9AZ7gLoZhdWM2T0hGendkSmc/view?usp=sharing

Neat tools and materials for this project and your studio:

Cool Tools - Jewelry Shape Template - Cushion
http://amzn.to/2nIAW4a

Cool Tools - Jewelry Shape Template - Fat Rectangles
http://amzn.to/2nrpaZU

Wolf Pliers - these pliers have grooves for consistent loops
http://amzn.to/2o2vZns

Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylic Paint, 1-Ounce, Cadmium Orange Hue
http://amzn.to/2od6dKr

Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylic Paint, 1-Ounce, Cobalt Teal Hue
http://amzn.to/2nrqmwl

Clay Yo Texture Sponge:
https://prairiecraft.com/kato/CY-TS.html

Tools

Pasta Machine
Oven
Clay Blade
Jewelry Pliers - round nose and chain nose
Wire Cutter
Craft Knife
Jewelry Shape Templates - either Cool Tools or make your own with card stock or plastic
Texture Sheet
Straw - cocktail size
Knitting Needle or other needle tool if needed to help with knotting
Hand Drill - size to match bail
Baking Form - 3" glass vase


Materials

Clay - Sculpey Premo! - Bright Green Pearl and Peacock Pearl
Paint - DecoArt Media in Cadmium Orange Hue and Cobalt Teal Hue
Liquitex Ink - Gold
Krylon Pen - 18K Gold or other pen to add striping
Stringing Material - I used cotton cording; 9 ea 24" strands
Pinch Bail - 1 ea
Jump Rings - 2 ea, 6mm and 1ea 9mm, or size to fit
End Cap - 2 ea 4mm, or size to fit cords
Wire - 22 gauge, 2ea 4" pieces
Hypo Cement or other glue for necklace ends
Beads - 28 ea 6mm or size of your choice to match stringing material and clay;  I used 3 colors of acrylic beads; Color A (Blue) 12 ea; Color B (Green) 8 ea; Color C (Orange) 8 ea
Genesis Medium Thick Extender or Liquid Clay
Varnish - Varathane water based varnish


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