Monday, December 30, 2013

Crowns, Clay, Wood, Inside Time

Inside time has me working with my salvaged metal, and, crowns are one of my favorite things to make.

I've been experimenting with my homemade paint as well.  I got a nice crackling effect with the mini crown I created for this little bust.  I gave the bust a plaster finish.

I've been making, and, painting, ornate clay hearts.

They're nearly 4" high, and, I had a lot of fun with the layered paint treatment.

I'm also making more wooden "Joy" hearts.

This next piece was originally gold, and had a very heavy feel.  It's made of metal, and plaster.  I wanted a delicate look.

Yes, I'm keeping busy in this cold weather we've been having.  Going through my stash.  Transforming items. Building my inventory.

More projects await.

See ya soon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The First Noel

And the angel answered and said unto her,

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

St. Luke 1:35


Thanks for your readership.  I sincerely appreciate it.

Joy and Peace to you all.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Angel Makeover

I was in the zone with this transformation, before I realized I hadn't taken a before. Trust me, it was rather blah.

After I finished this angel, I just had to create a crown for her.  The angel is composition.  The crown is salvaged metal.  I just gave them the same finish.

I used the same homemade paint I used with the bird from my last post.  You can review that post HERE. However, I varied the consistency with each layer.

Distressing here and there gave me the look I wanted.  I LUV it.

While I was at it, I painted this cross.

I have more items to create, and, transform.

See ya soon.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Old World Birdie

In my last post, I showed you how I altered a glittery dollar store ornament.  Well, I altered another one.  I used the homemade paint and gesso recipes from the FARRAGOZ course.

Just to review, here is where I started.

You can still see hints of the gold.  Layered on top, is a shade of grey, followed by gesso.

This brand new ornament is sporting a little "Old World" flavor now.

So, if you don't like a finish, change it.  That's my motto.

See ya soon.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Altered Dollar Store Bird Ornament

This is what I do with a Dollar Store ornament.

I grabbed a package of glittery bird ornaments last year, threw them in a box, and forgot about them.  My intention was to alter them, and, I finally got around to finishing one today.

This is the original finish.  Very glittery.  I don't have anything against glitter, but this was a little much for me.

I layered on various shades of paint, and finished by hand rubbing the final layer of gesso over the surface. The glitter underneath gave it great texture.  I stopped when I got the look I wanted.

Now, the glitter is more of a whisper.


See ya soon.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Tree Topper and Fun

Here's the topper I created for my Christmas tree.

It's a crown.  A crown I envisioned when I pulled out some of my Christmas ornaments.

I knew I wanted to use the largest star, but, alone it wouldn't make much of a statement.  Then, I thought, "crown".  So, I got out one of my partially finished metal crowns, a section of rhinestone trim, and,

that was that.  The trim was wrapped around the metal crown, and attached with wire at the back. The star was then attached with wire as well.

Now, my quirky little tree, has a quirky little crown. I decided to display my hand painted wooden hearts in the frame behind the tree.

The entire vignette is a bit quirky and fun.

Are you remembering to have fun this season?

Speaking of fun, one thing I did last week, was help my friend Sharon fill Christmas stockings for underprivileged kids.  She and her husband Tim have a ministry, and have been doing this for many years.

That's Sharon on the left, and her friend Donna on the right. As you can see, we took a cookie break.

Sweets are a BIG weakness of mine.  Can you tell?  Now, you know what to get me. LOL

Monday, December 9, 2013

FARRAGOZ Discount Extension

Just a quick note to let you know that my friends at Farragoz have agreed to let me extend the Special Discount for their 12 month online course.  The discount is now available through Christmas.

So, you still have a chance to sign up for this great course, at a great price.

As you know, I've been experimenting with the paint, stain, and gesso recipes from the course.  Honestly, it's my favorite part of the course.  That's because it's so versatile.  I've applied various finishes to many of my own projects.

The artist in me sees so many possibilities, both big,

and small.

I've enjoyed applying plaster-like finishes.  Like I did with my violin playing cherub,

and, chippy finishes.

I've had fun mixing various colors, like the ones I used on this frame.

I've used the recipes on wood,

and on plaster.

I've painted clocks,  frames, and small pieces of furniture as well.

So, now, I'm very happy to give my readers another chance to experience the course for a fraction of the normal price.

For all the details, click HERE.  Or you can click on the FARRAGOZ banner on my sidebar.

For those of you who have enrolled in the course, don't forget to have FUN.  Make each project your own, and, experiment.

This is not a paid post.  FARRAGOZ has enrolled me in their course to give an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  My decision to become a FARRAGOZ affiliate, , was based on my impression of the course.  As an affiliate, I receive compensation only if their is an enrollment through my site.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Relaxing Christmas

That's right.  I'm cruising into Christmas decorating.  No rush, rush.  No bigger, better. Just taking my time, and enjoying the spirit of the season.

I'm sticking with a smaller tree this year, and, it's almost done. I'll be adding a few more of my hand painted wooden hearts.  I'm also working on a topper.  I'll share when I'm completely done.

I'm still going through decorations,

and sprinkling touches here and there.

Feeling festive, and, relaxed.

Are you finding a little peace and calm this season?  You should.

See ya soon.