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Scratch Art Wild Horse on Recycled Canvas

horsescratchart2Horsescratchart3I recently acquired a bunch of used canvases. They went from being used for art, to being repurchased and covered with fabric to hang in a coffee shop as a music sound buffer so the sound wouldn’t reverberate, and then I acquired them after the coffee shop closed. I removed the fabric to find various conditions of canvas underneath. Some could easily be Gessoed over while others had assorted types of paper glued onto them. I pulled off as much debris as I could.

I applied a liberal layer of Gesso to this one. When it dried, I had a somewhat rough white canvas with a lot of texture. I wanted to do a scratch art design, in particular, a wild horse. I found a picture of a horse that I liked. I drew an enlarged outline of the horse on velum paper in pencil to serve as a pattern. In my mind’s eye I imagined trees and sun in the background and I wanted vibrant colors to show through. With this in mind, I painted acrylic paints on the canvas, with a 1″ flat brush. I chose bright blues, purples, oranges, golds and reds, blocking in patches of colors where I imagined the trees would be. Once I had the gesso covered in colored paint, I allowed this to dry.

Next, I sprayed the entire canvas with semi-gloss black paint. I made sure to do this outdoors. After that dried, I flipped my pencil drawing of the horse over and used white chalk to cover the design on the wrong side. Once I had a good coating of chalk on the back, I flipped the horse pattern right side up and placed it on my canvas, taping it in a few places with masking tape to hold it in place. Next, I used a stylis to trace over the lines of the horse. This gave me a faint white outline of the Horsescratcharthorse to work with. I didn’t trace the background but planned to do that freehand.

I wanted the lighter highlights of the horse to show through so I scraped more heavily in those areas, doing minimal scraping where I wanted the the most shadow. I began scraping by using a small awl which looks a lot like a miniature ice pick. I switched between that and an exacto knife which I wanted to scracp more heavily. When I finished with the horst for the most part, I began scraping my background.

Once all had this in, I still felt that the brighter highlights were too dim. In the past I have worked with colored pencil and I love the three-dimensional look they can provides. I use white pencil and some other pastels to bring out the clouds, mountains and add some pizzaz to the painting. I also cross-hatched in places for more effect and texture. I’ve included a close up so you can see the details on the horse’s head.

Here is a link to the painting in my Indiemade Shop

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Crafty Saturday Show & Sell #34, “I Love Geometry”

Show-and-Sell-250pix Wecome back to Crafty Saturday Show and Sell. As always, you are invited to share links to your handmade items. This week we have a geometric theme.  I’ve chosen two top pick from last week.

feltowlLittle felt owl ornament by Studio Pars

THIS LISTING IS FOR A PDF-PATTERN THAT YOU CAN PRINT YOURSELF!

Don’t feel like crafting yourself? Studio Pars’ shop also has  hand-made owls.

This little owl is made out of felt.
It is about 8 to 9 cm tall and hangs from a piece of ribbon.
It will look great hanging from you bag or keys, as decoration in your home or in a little while as an ornament for your Christmas tree. 

 

 

 

 

chevron pillowChevron Pillow by Creative Obsession

This decorative chevron pillow is made from upcycled jeans and has regular cotton for the back. The chevron print is fashionable and will go very nicely in your living, family room, or bedroom. Comfortable and cozy this pillow is perfect on your couch, sofa, or as decoration on your bed. The jean material is very versatile and will match easily with your decor. Choose from a barn red fabric with flowers or a navy blue cotton for the back of your chevron pillow. Options pictured in the 5th photo. Don’t forget to select your preference before ordering.


Measurements: 18 inches by 18 inches

 

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B008bA month or so ago, Ellen of The Chilly Dog invited me to participate in a creative reuse tutorial challenge. We were to each come up with a tutorial for making some sort of craft item from a material of our choice. I chose plastic and made wire wrapped leaf necklaces and earrings. If you missed it, here’s the tutorial, How to Make Beautiful Wire Wrapped Earrings from a Recycled Milk Jug. I am a huge fan of creative reuse because I hate waste and by reusing items, we help the environment. I incorporate recycled materials into my work whenever I can.

I got so fired up about reusing plastic I tried my hand at making something else. The result was these wire wrapped decoupage map bracelets.  It’s amazing what you can do with old maps, recycled plastic bottles, a little bit of Mod Podge and an electric carving knife. Here’s the  the tutorial

b007aI have these bracelets listed on my Indiemade store. Here are the direct links.

Wire Wrapped Decoupage Map Bracelet

Orange and Green Stripe Wire Wrapped Decoupage Map Bracelet

 

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Crafty Saturday Show & Sell #33

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School started for some states. Here in NC we’re still waiting so kids are trying to pack in their last moments of fun. Last week’s Crafty Saturday had a school theme and we had some great submissions. I’m spotlighting two of my favorites. You can  participate in this week’s link party too. To help us get even more exposure I invite you to leave a comment on this blog as well. I can’t wait to see your new creations this week.  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY EARRING GIVEAWAY.
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Leather tote by May K0 Bags.
Beautiful tote bag, designed from italian soft leather in distressed
brown color, handmade by Mayko.
Mid size, fitting body proportions, It is durable, a great choice for a work or school bag, supple and strong with thick leather straps and long enough to fit comfortably over your shoulder, big enough to carry your daybook, an Ipad, cosmetic bag, cell phone aswell as many accessories.
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Still Life Painting, Granny Smith Apple by Anna Robert Sart 
Great kitchen decor!

5 x 7 original acrylic painting on museum quality Gessobord

This painting has been varnished for protection

signed

unframed, fits into a standard 5 x 7 frame, no glass needed


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Beach Glass Earring Giveaway

E005aBeach Glass Earring Giveaway. Enter to win these handmade wire wrapped beach glass earrings from Serendipitini. Made from recycled glass similar to beach glass. Wire wrapped with copper wire. Earrings measure 1 3/4″ long from top of earwires to bottom of glass. Silver plated earwires. $20 value.  Offer limited to U. S. residents.

To enter, subscribe to Serendipitini’s monthly ezine. 

 

For additional chances to win, leave a comment with your email below on this blog.

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Contest ends 9/5/14

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Welcome to Crafty Saturday Show & Sell. We have a special theme this week so be sure to follow the guidelines. As always, if you don’t have something to fit the theme then post what you have. Before we start linking, I wanted to share my two top choices from last Saturday.
statehangerIf you want to toot your horn about the state you live in and tout the family name, then these monogrammed state door hangers are a great way to do it. Here’s one from Missisippi. These are made by M Square Home Decor.
This Monogrammed Mississippi Door Hanger is 24″ tall and 13″ across at its widest point. You may choose your colors from the ones pictured above or come up with your own color combination. With football season just around the corner, there isn’t a better way to show your support for your favorite team than with our Monogram Mississippi Door Hanger painted in your teams colors. Need another state? No problem! Just message me. Each state will have a coordinating bow and a wire hanger. 
Sun StarSun Star clay relief by Anna Robert Sart. Wouldn’t this look great on a patio or in a garden?
This is a little sun star made out of clay and painted. It is suitable for use indoors or out. It has a wire on the back for hanging. It is approximately 5 inches in diameter. It is signed in the clay on the back.


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Up Close and Personal with Outsider Artist Janie Brackney

Underwater GardenI like to spotlight the work of artists on Serendipitini. Today’s featured artist is Janie Brackney.  Janie resides in Washington state and lives the life of a full-time artist. Her self-described little business is called “Art on a Moonbeam”.  She rents space in a working studio and gallery where  she can both work and sell her art which includes oil painting, watercolors, colored pencils, pen and ink, and collage mediums.

She is self-taught.  “I love learning new things both from videos and the many artists that I rub shoulders with here on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.” Janie had several one-woman shows in Alaska, where she lived for 27 years before retiring to Washington. Her pieces can be seen in the Museum of Sequim Art Gallery, in a one-woman show at Colors of Sequim in October,  ant at her Studio at 115 Railroad Ave., Port Angeles, WA (The Landing).

She also loves to sew, do crafts of all kinds. “Doing three-dimensional pieces is my newest passion. I was invited into a Juried Art Show this past summer and feel like I finally have a place where I can bloom as an artist.”

Her motto has always been “Don’t Let Weeds Grow Around Your Dreams”.

Rose and pearlsFor more info you can find her work on her web site (http://sequimarts.org/news/artist-a-l/janie-brackney) and blog DreamOnAMoonbeam.blogspot.com.

 

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Ribbon in the Breeze for Daniel

 

 

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E004bSometimes I like to revisit art and jewelry designs I’ve made if I am not completely satisfied with them. It could mean the difference between selling them and watching them linger in inventory. This is the case with a cubic Zirconia teardrop earrings and matching wire wrapped necklace I designed a while back. I felt the earrings needed just a little more something so I added a smaller jump ring to the larger one and I think it gave it a bit more pizzaz.

With the necklace I had sterling silver bails attaching to the teardrop Zirconia but I never felt they were all that secure so I reworked it, removing the bails and adding a sterling jump ring. The change is hardly noticeable but I feel much more comfortable with the altered design knowing the prism will stay secure.

I doubt I am alone in how satisfied I feel with finished work. One of the dangers of being an artist is learning to appreciate your own art. I typically find fault with everything I do. Sometimes I realize a design is just a precursor to a better design. Everything I do tends to be a work in progress. Sometimes I have to admit I need to tweak something to get it to my desired level of quality

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Both the earrings and the necklace are listed on my Indiemade shop. Here’s the link to both.

Teardrop Zirconia Earrings

Teardrop Zirconia Necklace

You’ll find additional photos of them there as well.

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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell, Link Party #31

custom gift basketsBefore we start posting our Crafty Saturday handmade gifts, I wanted to post my top picks from last week.

Custom made gift baskets from CraftsNamesandThings 

You can personalize a gift for a birthday, celebrations, or to say thank you. Each basket will be overflowing with tantalizing treats and gifts. The recipient will know you put time, thought and heart into selecting one of our custom-made basket. 

 

 

 

girlshairaccessoriesFrom The Curious Gigi I chose these custom hair accessories. Don’t they look good enough to eat?

Beautiful mini cupcakes hair accessories – the perfect party favors ! Hand sculpted Polymer clay miniature cupcake of your choice – please specify the cupcake choice when you place your order .

 

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Tips for More Interesting Photos


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We shot a lot of pictures on our trip to southern Europe so I thought I would show you a few and also give you a few pointers on how to take more interesting photos.

Pictured at left is a photo I took of a post card which gives the panoramic view of the castle we toured in Carcasonne, France.  The castle still has all the shops in place as you enter its first set of gates. Shop keepers selling wares–everything from enticing baked goods to scarves and purses–greet you.

I normally take my own shots and don’t advise taking photos of photos. I made an exception with this one because  I wanted you to see the full scope of this incredible castle which a regular width camera lens couldn’t capture. I imagine the photographer who snapped this shot took several and then spliced them which is one trick you can do Carcasoneif you want a wide shot of something or you can use a wide angle lens camera.

If you want an intriguing photograph, consider framing it with something in the foreground. This next photo was taken from inside the castle looking out over the town. Notice how I kept the walls surrounding the arch in the shot.  I think it makes it more interesting. You’ll see I used this in several other pictures as well.  Carcassonne became famous for its role in the Albigensian Crusades. You can read more about the castle’s history here.

The next photo was taken at Porto Verne, one of the five towns of the Cinque Terre (five small towns that are close together on the Mediterranean.)  The photo was taken inside a church in natural light. The black and white stone that you see is native to the area and is used in some local buildings giving them a beauty all their own.

The photo of the water was taken in the same area. I also captured some of the surrounding window which adds a nice frame. It contrasts well with the vibrant blue of the water. All along the cost of the southern Mediterranean there are round stones the size of cobble stones. The water isn’t murky but a brilliant blue.

The photo of the angel statue was taken in the town of Montarosso which is one of the five towns. You could take some steep steps up the mountain and we found a statue of St. Francis of Assisi overlooking the sea and further up was a convent, at the very
top, a cemetery.

ChurchPorteVerneThese are very unlike American cemeteries. They have crypts and niches and beautiful statuary, works of art in
themselves. This angel shot was taken looking up from the base of a monument on a tomb into the blue sky. Sometimes what is called a worm’s eye view (looking up from the ground) can add interest to a photo.

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ColeseumMany people try to eliminate any surrounding objects, but sometimes keeping them in the shot can make for a more interesting photo.  The snapshot with the people and the cupola was taken inside the coliseum in Nimes, France. The structure is intact (though with some leaks), and believe it or not is still in use today. They still hold concerts and bull fights there. During the Middle Ages it housed a castle and 25 small houses, each built within an arch on the bottom level. They have since been removed.  The stadium is about 1/3 the size of the Roman coliseum which is in very poor condition.

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DSCN0347 DSCN0339 I had to share a great shot my husband, Jeff, took in Rappallo. The bright purple petunias make the photo really pop and the lines of the street again create natural framing. This charming small town is  right on the water, a great place for shopping in quaint little stores. There is fortification (looks like a castle tower) right at the entrance to the harbor which was built years ago as protection from pirates.

You can see the structure isn’t centered in the picture. I try to avoid taking a perfectly centered shot with the main object in the very center (except sometimes the photo calls for it such as with the purple flower photo).  Though you may want those, you don’t always want to center. You do however, want to balance you photos. To do this, pay attention to where larger objects are located. So, say for instance, you have  a large object on one side, or a really dark subject that will “weigh” heavier  in the photo. You may want to balance it out with something of substance on the right etc. I think that’s why the photo of the fortification works. The rocks to the left help even things out.

One last tip. If possible, take photos in natural light. It will provide a much richer color and tone. Flash can help illuminate, especially if faces are shadowed, but flash will also wash out contrast so, when you can, avoid it.

We snapped so many photos on this trip. I couldn’t possibly share them all but I have to close with one last one. This bust was in one of the two museums we visited in Florence. We first toured the smaller Accademia where I saw Michelangelo’s famous David. Bella!. The Uffizzi Gallery  is filled with works on every imaginable notable classical artist.  It holds many works from the Renaissance as well as Roman and Greek scultptures. As I made my way toward the exit, this shot begged to be taken.

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The look on the subject’s face and the way the light was hitting it from one side coming in through the window made it even more beautiful. Don’t you think?

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