Having a little summer sale. From now until July 4th @midnight, everythingin my etsy shop is 20% off! Use coupon code SUMMERFUN.
Also, I have finally fixed the bugs in my computer and everything is running happily and smoothly in the e-course department. Yay! The new date to start is July 12th! Only 6 days behind schedule. I will be continuing the early bird special for another week!
Four beautiful weeks of happy, bright and colorful painting projects, tips, techniques and fun crafty videos to bring the birds, blooms and butterflies out of your art journal and into your home.
The very kind folks at ArtResin sent me a sample kit a while back to test and review. Although I had a few issues with this product, overall I was still quite pleased and will need to work with it a bit more to get the issues worked out.
I had previously been using IceResin for my art pendant jewelry. These pendants are fairly popular at my art shows and I like making little wearable tokens of my art. I have tried Diamond Glaze and glass inserts, and they always ended up yellowing and bubbling and are not permanent. Not good! I felt a resin technique would make them more durable and more significant.
I was excited to try ArtResin because of having issues with Ice Resin bleeding into the paper, making it look stained in spots and sometimes around the edges. Unfortunately, this one does the same. I have tried many methods too. I have used tape ( I don’t like how it makes the image look grainy), several different sealers (Mod Podge, Collage Pauge, pva glue) and I even bought the special SLK Paper Sealer. I sealed the front and back and plus a couple more coats just for fun. Some would turn out and some didn’t — a total crap shoot. And let me tell you, a wasted pendant is wasted money. Not good for the business finances.
With the ArtResin, I was able to, at least, save these pendant trays. I scraped out the resin, wiped them with alcohol pads and soaked them in water to soften the paper image and scrape it out. Then I cleaned them again with alcohol and the pendants are good to go for another attempt. I hadn’t been able to do this before without ruining the pendant and it remaining sticky to the touch. So, there is hope.
Pros and cons of this product:
* Very clear, glossy and hard finish
* 30 minute work window and 8 hour drying time.
* Bubbles pop easily enough, but still felt compelled to use a heat gun for safe measure.
* Easy mixing
* Safe, non-toxic formula, no vocs
* Cost effective – only $1.54 per ounce plus free US shipping. Cons-
* Paper images bleed if not properly sealed.
* Only available in 16oz bottles, which is great for large projects, but 8oz would be nice for smaller projects.
I will definitely be buying ArtResin for future projects. I know there is a way to stop the paper images from bleeding, I just need to figure it out! Please help if you know of a great, magical secret! I would LOVE to hear it!
Just back from a lovely little family vacation to San Diego, our favorite go-to summer spot. We took Freya with us this time and stayed at a pet friendly hotel on Dog Beach. We all had a great time watching her enjoy the water.
The weather was a little gloomy and cold (for us). But we enjoyed every second knowing we would be going back to 100+ degree weather.
Now we are back and I have piles of work to do. The hard drive of my computer crashed when we got home. Thank goodness we were able to save all my files –a good reminder to back everything up!
My e-course is now available for a special early bird price!
*Making a beautiful art journal to do all of your lessons in.
*Drawing – learn the basics and then we can build up from there.
*Color theory. Make your paintings bright and vibrant.
*Simple painting techniques to build a strong base.
*Mixed media techniques for adding depth and texture.
*Fun craft projects with paper, clay and rubber stamping.
4 weeks of painting colorful, vibrant and whimsical birds, blooms and butterflies.
*Starts July 12th
*4-6 lessons per week
*Follow along or go at your own pace
*Videos and content will be available to you for one year so you can continue to practice and learn
*Facebook group page for sharing and connecting with other group members.
May was such a beautiful, eventful and exhausting month. I always forget how busy the last month of school is with all the events, parties and projects. My oldest finished 8th grade with flying colors. We are very excited about his next school time adventure into high school.
May weather was spectacular! The best I can remember. Cool, cloudy, a bit of rain. We tried to take full advantage with lost of walking, hiking and bike rides. Last day of May and we’ve hit the yucky 100 degrees. It will only get hotter from here on out.
Just a few more of my favorites this month. A visiting hawk, my awesome bike, gorgeous peonies and a lovely cup of joe.
Nothing like sick kids, last week of school and 8th grade graduation (plus activities) to really throw you off your rocker! I had so many other things planned, but everything got completely pushed way back.
I did find a wee bit of time to play in one of my art journals. They started out as quickies (20 minute portraits) that I do right before bedtime — just to get some paint time in. Then sometimes, I go back at the them the next day to add a little more detail.
Enjoy the Ride
Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch cradled wood panel
Now that I am fully recovered from my spring art show season, I have been trying to work on what’s next.
(1) Get Busy Bird (2) Good Day (3) Rise & Shine
Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch cradled wood panels
I am currently (and finally) working on some new e-courses. On the list is Birds, Blooms & Butterflies and Pencil and Paint Portraits and then maybe some shorter online workshops with fun journal making projects.
Lily and the Blackbirds
Acrylic on wood panel with Floater Frame
I am so excited to get these out to you, but haven’t decided exactly on the layout and delivery. I know a lot of people really like the one lesson per day over a few weeks, but that will be hard for me to manage with all the kid stuff happening over the summer. I kinda like the idea of just having a “go at your own pace” with everything available at once, or maybe just do 2 or 3 lessons per week instead of every day.
Still trying to get it all figured out. And, as many of you know, my e-courses will be jam packed with lots of good stuff which ever way they transpire.
Whale Rider, Stargazer
11 x 14 Acrylic on flat wood panel
mounted in a floater frame
For a while, but especially at my last art show, I was asked by a lot of people, why I don’t paint men. I’m not really sure, and don’t have a great answer except that men feel too specific.
For example, when I paint a woman or girl, it could be any woman or girl. Someone’s daughter, mother, wife, girlfriend, etc. Also, woman are beautiful and easy for me to do without too much inspiration from a photo. Where painting a man feels like I have to paint someone specific, probably because it’s out of my comfort zone. I’m not really sure.
Well anyway, I thought I’d take up the challenge and paint this guy. He is actually inspired by Jimmy, the beard guy. He looked like he would be fun to paint, but with my own twist; he had to be a sailor who rides whales and spends a lot of time stargazing, thinking about love and life.
He was really fun to paint and I think a might paint a few more dudes in the near future.
Remember this painting? Well, I wasn’t completely happy with just the flowers, so I reworked it a bit and came up with the above painting. A combination of three of my favorite things; inspiring words, flowers and a butterfly.