Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Colors of Ecuador

Lindsay from Lindsay Blogs is going to Ecuador this Fall. She is going to help and do some good. To support her loving effort, I made a necklace that she could auction or sell to go towards the trip. We thought it would be great if the necklace could reference something related to Equador.The colors of the Equador flag are bold yellow, blue and red. I used yellow, blue and red ceramic beads to reference the flag colors and I think it turned out beautifully.

If you are interested in Lindsay's story, check out her blog at http://www.lindsayblogs.com/.
Her trip is in September and she is really excited about the wonderful people she will meet and memories that will be made.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Painted Easter Egg Tutorial

Spring is in the air again! I just love the pastel colors and sweet baby animals Easter brings each year.

To celebrate, I put together a little tutorial for you!

I used store bought papier mache eggs. These craft paper eggs can be found inexpensively in most craft stores. 

I painted the egg form with gesso to have an even painting surface to start with. This will also make the colors more "true". Lower quality paints, or even some colors of good quality paints might be more transparent and they could appear muddy over the craft paper base. Applying gesso also creates a barrier between the base material and the paint, making the paint layer more stable.

This egg is plaid, so I started the first grid pattern in one color. Then I applied each additional color in its own pattern. You don't have to do plaid, you can use stripes, polka dots, wavy lines or whatever suits your taste.

In this example, I used a light blue base and pale purple, yellow and pink lines for the pattern.

Voila! A basket of eggs that you can enjoy each Spring and Easter for years to come. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Ornament

Introducing the 2012 ornament for my son and nephew. This year, I experimented with a hollow ornament with a little character holding their "Christmas Number" One had a mouse, the other a bear and both oh-so-cute if I do say so myself.