Tuesday, November 6, 2012

        

         "Gerbera Daisy

  I decided to go with pink for my "G".  I thought it would be nice to paint a gerbera daisy drinking up some rain.  I painted the rain with white fabric paint mixed with acrylic.  

  I realize that all my letters will only appeal to a young children and a female audience, but I also realize that I am more familiar with that demographic, so I'm not going to concern myself with that aspect of my goal at this time.

 

      "H for Heather"

   Moving on with my flower theme, I completed my H in the color heather and painted heather flowers up both sides.  It's going back to a less bold format, but I thought it would be a good theme for this letter.


           "Ivy climbing the I" 

When I started my letter I, I thought that a painted lace would look quite nice.  I began by painting the letter in brown, then I spray painted lace in red.  After I completed this step I realized that with a little fabric paint inside the spaces left by the lace, that might bring a look of brick which I thought would be quite nice.  I then placed ivy as if it were climbing up the letter in a circular movement.  

I believe this is the first letter that I can say is might suit any gender, quite pleased with the way it turned out.  


I'm really happy with the direction my alphabet is going, however I believe that it's about time to start working on a drawing again.  I have a few aprons that I have been working on.  I'll be posting those soon also.  

I am very thankful to those who have taken the time to read my blog and see the art I'm working on.  I appreciate that you have joined me on my journey.

With much love and gratitude,

Becky 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

F for Fence with pretty flowers

English: Paper Mache sculpture of person readi...
English: Paper Mache sculpture of person reading a book I accidentally stumbled across this stunning paper mache sculpture. Looking at the moss and lichen on it, it's been there a while. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    "F for Fence with pretty flower"

I'm constantly thinking of different ways to handle my letters.  I am working on painting some aprons and discovered that the white fabric paint works very well when I add to while and blue paint in clouds.  

I just couldn't resist placing a silk daisy behind the fence.  I was so tickled with the small silk flowers I added to the "D" I decided to continue with that thought for "F".  

 

I want my paper mache' letters to stand on their own, I would also love to add  diversity to my letters and as I start over adding 2nd additions, I will add more thoughts for themes. I believe this will allow all people to be hopefully be represented in my art work.  I want to fill the desires of as many people as I can. 

I will remind everyone once again, I will take commissioned orders. 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

D in Lace

                                    

                                    " D in Lace " 

   I went rather bold with my D in this bright green paint.  I originally thought I would continue on with the painted lace, but I got a little side tracked one day when I went to lunch with a friend of mine.  

   We had lunch at The Picnic Cafe in Belle Meade, TN.  It is a very quaint and delightful place for a luncheon on a sunny afternoon.  


 

 The cafe places the prettiest little lace doillies on each dinner plate.  When I finished my meal I noticed that my doilly was still stain free, so I thought I might take it home to experiment painting on, in lieu of my new found obsession with painting lace.  This is what is the result of my experimentation.  I was rather pleased with the finished product. I topped it off with a big pink bow and a bunch of small white silk flowers and tiny little flowers along the left side. 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

         Creating the Wedding Present

Spray painting lace is really a lot of fun.  Each section you paint may not turn out as the others, so it is always rather exciting to see how your next one will look!  I tried to make sure that the scalloped edges were always placed in strategic areas that would enhance the overall piece.  

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create a piece that would have both of the couples favorite colors in it, especially since their colors were red and blue, but it was very tricky placing these colors in just the right way. 

 

 

 I covered each area that had already been completed before started another, and the drying process took 24 hours, so this is not a quick project.  I would say that the entire process took almost a month.  I was always afraid that if I was not diligent about the 24 hours that the paint would bleed onto the paper and my entire project would be ruined.  I could not afford for that to happen. 



At last it was time to place the flowers, I had always had an idea of where I thought the flowers would look the best, and the Mother of the Groom agreed.  With the "R" painted red and blue, the white roses were just the thing to bring in all together and tone down the bright colors just enough.  

It's a shame it's not July!  

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Commissioned Piece for newlyweds

This is a large paper mache' letter that I did for a couple that recently got married.  The technique is spray painting through lace

I found some very lovely wedding lace at a fabric store and went to a crafts shop to get the spray paint in each of the couples favorite colors.  

It was a very lengthy process, but I do feel that it turned out quite nicely.  After the paint was dry I created a faux wedding bouquet and attached with hot glue.  

I included the Mother of the Groom in every stage, and she is very happy with the results.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

 Another in my Letter series

This was done as a custom order for a 21st birthday present.  Amelia is an artistic soul herself who's favorite animal is elephants and her favorite flowers are Calla Lilly's.  

This is an 8" wooden letter painted white.  Amelia's Mom explained that it was more than important that the elephant's trunk be up, so I found a picture of an elephant enjoying a bathe under a waterfall and decided to capture it's playful enthusiasm as best i could. 



I really had no idea until this project that Calla Lilly's were so many different colors.  

I had originally wanted to paint the elephant in the lilly's, but using the "A" as a canvas made this a little difficult, so I decided on the base of the "A".  

 


I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the unwrapping of Amelia's birthday presents and was very excited to find out that Amelia loved her new "A". As you can see here, she has displayed it here with her other elephants on her elephant shelf.  A place of honor for someone who holds elephants in such high regard.  

 

 

You will be seeing my custom designs on my Etsy shop as time goes on.  I have another that will be complete in the next few weeks.  

I would love for you to join me at my blog.  Just go to the bottom of the page and click on "Join this Site".  I'll see you here next time. 

 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This is the newest installment in my newest series called " The Alphabet ".  

" The elephant is fixing eggs while the earth is revolving around the elderberries." 

I am so very excited about these letters, oh by the way, I know I skipped the "D", it was only because I had to mail order.  I do know my alphabet.  Ha!  Since most of my designs are a tad intricate, it does take a bit more time to paint than I would really like, but I do so like the finished product.  I hope in time as I progress, I will be able to turn these over a little quicker without allowing it to affect the quality.  I've never been one to slap paint on a canvas and call it a day.  It just isn't going to happen.  

Have a great day!  

Oh yes!  I have now figured out how to add the links so  you can join my blog, so please check it out at the bottom of my blog and please join me so I can get to know you!  I do so love to make friends!  

Thanks!    

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



Out the Back Door 

July 2012 

 

   The picture on the left is a photograph a friend of mine took one evening this spring while watching a storm brewing as she looked out her back door.  When I saw this posted on facebook, I asked her if I could have a copy of the photograph so that I could draw it.  She said she would be honored.  

   I am very thrilled with how it turned out.  I love the shadows in the clouds and the background landscape.  I also think that the framing of the trees in the forefront make a very dramatic statement, which just makes the entire picture.  

   This drawing will be added to my Etsy site in the fall.  I will have some Giclee prints made beforehand, since I never sell my originals.  Selling my originals would be too much like selling my children, and I just couldn't do it.  But, it will be on my Etsy site in the fall, so that is something to look forward to.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

 

  I have added these letters to my Etsy Shop today.  They are paper mache letters that I have painted in fun colors and fun characters and shapes.










 I have started asking for custom orders, but will also continue to paint letters on my own.  Of course, I hope that the custom orders become so time consuming that I don't have time to do anything else.  Ha!  Wouldn't that be grand! 

 

 

 

 

 I've really enjoyed doing these letters.  My first letter was a large letter that I did for my daughter.  It didn't take me long at all, so I was rather amazed at how labor intensive these 8" letters are, especially when I decided to put so much detailed work on them. 





These letters that are already complete are painted on both sides.  If it is preferred, I can paint only one side and place a hook on them so that they can hang on a wall.  

I am also have some wooden letters that I will be incorporating into my shop at some point in the future.  

 

 

 

I'm just super excited about working with these letters.  Working with them has been a lot of fun.   I am really looking forward to this so much!  

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012



I was married 32 years to my high school sweetheart.  During a great deal of my marriage I worked in the insurance industry while raising my family.  After I found myself unemployed at the onset of the recession I found a job working in the Davidson County school system. I've spent the past four years working for a special education pre-k teacher's assistant during the school year.  Now that school is out I plan on spending the majority of my time studying every available source to find out how to get my Etsy Shop up and running.  Not just up and running but how to make it profitable.  

I ordered a great kit from another Etsy shop called Homemade Success.  It's called The Complete Etsy Kit.  I have also found a number of helpful blogs on the Etsy site as well as a couple of forums that help people such as myself.  Those having a hard time getting their feet off the ground.
 I have been very pleased with what a close knit community Etsy  is.  It is crafts people and artisans helping each other, and admiring each other.  I have been very pleased with that aspect of my experience so far.  

I have spent a good deal of time racking my brain trying to think of other things that I could add to my shop other than my drawings.  In high school and college I did many crafts, and enjoyed them immensely. 

My daughter moved into a new apartment in January.  She had often talked about wanting to get a letter "B" to put in her new place, so I bought an extremely large one while shopping with a friend.  It didn't take long to paint it, and not only did she love it, but everyone I showed it to loved it as well.  

I've been painting some smaller letters.  Painting with characters on them.  Characters that would appeal to children.  I'll be finished by the 
end of the weekend.  I'm going to put my first letters in my shop and see  
how they are received.  Then I will start adding more as I complete them.
I'm thinking that I'll take custom orders once I get rolling also, but that will come later.   

I'm going to continue to think back to times gone by and try to remember what other types of crafts and such might be good to add to my shop.  I have two drawings to do this summer.  I must make room for those.  Drawing is my first love, one day I will sell my drawings, but for now I will find crafts to get "the ball rolling".  And then, I can move on from there.