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Where Have I Been?

Or rather, what have I been doing?

I’ve been up to my elbows in acrylic paints! Only unlike the painting in my last post where I was attempting a design, I have been learning the art of acrylic pouring.

It’s more than just dump paint on a canvas and tilt it, which a lot of people think that’s all there is to it. I’m still learning, so I’m not an expert by any means, but I can share what I’ve learned so far.

This was my very first one. I had old tube acrylic paints and a vague idea of what pouring medium was for. I did puddle pours as that’s all I knew about at the time.

Lessons from this one:

1) wear gloves.

2) mix enough paint that it will also cover the sides.

3) don’t use old paints.

After that I picked up some new paints, but cheap ones as I’m in the practice and learn stages. Although pouring medium is not cheap. Get it on sale! (I’m using CraftSmart paints and Liquitex pouring medium).

This was my second one. I did puddle pours again.

Lesson: after pouring the puddles, don’t forget to do a little swish through the puddles with a stir stick. Otherwise you get blob areas like I did here. But don’t stir too much either or you get mud.

After that I started experimenting with dirty cup pours, multiple puddles on one canvas, flip cups, and dragging a toothpick through the paint. And got better at making sure I got the sides covered.

Lessons:

1) different paint colors need different amounts of pouring medium. Experiment with it.

2) some colors work excellent together and some turn to mud colors.

3) as you tilt the canvas you can use one hand to catch paint and kind of slide it down the edge of the canvas to help draw paint to the edges and over.

4) glitter paints are a hit and miss paint. Sometimes the glitter will pop like crazy, other times you’re scratching your head (hopefully without paint drenched gloves on still) wondering if you really did add glitter paint or not.

5) Enjoy. Have fun. Experiment.

6) you might not like the end result, but someone else might fall in love with it. Don’t immediately decide it’s a failure. (Unless it’s a canvas of mud. Then it might be!)

Lots of pictures incoming!

I’m loving this art!

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Playing Around

I decided to take a sewing break after the big push to get all those bags done. So I’ve been dabbling with a few other hobbies the past couple weeks.

One hobby, which I’d actually love to take classes on to learn the correct techniques, is painting. But for now I just have fun with it. I created a little 12×12 canvas painting for our living room:

I took random items from around my Wife Cave to get the various circle sizes.

I’m also working on transforming an old wooden tray that I bought years ago into a craft tray. So far I have a few base coats of paint on it but haven’t decided on design yet.

In the center section I’m going to glue some fabric pin cushion balls that I made.

I’ve also worked a little on my latest embroidery rose (which I don’t appear to have a picture of), some artist trading cards, a few fun drawings, and a Zentangle drawing:

What have you been up to lately? Try anything new?

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New Planters – Recycled

We decided this year we would try planting a container vegetable garden. But rather than spend $$$ on containers, Jason had a great idea for recycling some we had.

If you’ve ever bought cat litter, you recognize this:

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What normally happens to these containers is they end up in a landfill. Thousands and thousands of these litter buckets thrown out by thousands of people. So J decided, why not reuse them? He saved all the ones we’ve used over the last year or so.

A couple cans of Green spray paint:

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And Ta-Da! We have green containers for planting our seedlings into.

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It may only be a tiny drop in the bucket, but at least there are seven less litter buckets in a landfill right now.

Eye For Fiber – Canvas Painting

Last month at our monthly Eye For Fiber meeting, we did a neat painting project. A round-robin canvas painting project that involved acrylic paints (and some fabric paints), large canvas chunks, and a lot of laughter.

Deb from the group has all the photos of during the process and will post them on the Eye For Fiber blog once she has them organized (lots and lots of photos to go through!) but I thought I’d show the finished product here:

This is the one that I came home with:

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This is the one Mom ended up with:

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And these are the rest:

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Goals for 2012

Since I did a recap of 2011, it’s only fair (I think) to do a Goals for 2012 post as well.

For 2011, I crocheted 6 blankets that were for donation to a cancer center. Time got away from me though (my own fault) and I did not get them to the cancer center before 2011 ended, so they will be the first donation made in 2012.

 

Crochet Goals:

  • This year’s goal is to aim for 10 donation blankets. Again, my work schedule will be the deciding factor as to if I get that many made, plus whether or not I have baby showers/wedding showers to make any for. And if I get any more custom orders for blankets, scarves, or whatever else crocheted.
  • Another goal is to use up more of my yarn stash than I buy. Hard to do though, isn’t it? All those skeins of yarn in the stores, calling our names, saying please save me. And of course, sometimes you need a specific color to match what you have at home, and while you’re there looking you find those three orphan skeins looking for a home. It’s not right to leave them behind, is it?
  • I also want to learn a few more patterns and stitches this year, even if I don’t do much with them other than practice swatches. You never know when that experience will come in handy down the road.
  • While we’re on that subject, I think I want to set a goal of trying to create my own patterns as well. Why not, right? The worst that happens is that it doesn’t work out and I hide the attempts away in the cupboard!

 

Non-crochet related goals include:

  • Painting the kitchen, putting up a tin tile backsplash (saw it in a decorating book), changing out cabinet hardware. Basically trying to freshen up our kitchen that was decorated years ago by an 80 year old lady.
  • Practicing more with canvas painting and wood painting. I think the wood items are more forgiving and turn out better, but the canvas is fun!
  • Getting back into writing more – I have a story running around in my head and I need to write it down before it disappears to show up in someone else’s brain.
  • Making my fabric butterflies and maybe dragonflies to hang on my Wife Cave walls.
  • Experimenting more with cooking.

 

What are some of YOUR goals?

Practicing Painting Technique

I needed a break from the round ripple so I decided to play with my paints again. A long time ago I watched one of those “learn to paint” shows on a channel like PBS and I recalled today one of the techniques.

Now granted, this was a LONG time ago that I saw that special, so I could be remembering completely wrong, but for a first attempt I don’t think it’s too shabby. Definitely amateurish, but hey, we all have to start somewhere!

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More Painting Practice – Canvas, Wood

Came home from work today and decided that I was in the mood to paint again. So I fed the cats, got into comfy clothes, and went down to my Wife Cave to do some painting.

First up, I painted more wooden words that I had picked up this past weekend:

Next, I set up a blank canvas on my brand new $6 table top easel:

Then I looked at my paints and pulled out yellow, white, and green. Mixed things up a little, did some lightening, etc:

It still didn’t look finished, so I then grabbed some orange, some of the leftover purple, and more of the green. A couple of slashes here, a couple of curves there, and…

a face appeared! It looks better in person, but it’s still…weird!

 

After that, I grabbed a 5×7 canvas and played around a bit:

 

Want to see my next (possibly) painting project? Pixie wanted to help me show it to you (if you look close, you can see her tongue sticking out):