Saturday, 23 August 2014

New painting

Well I'm happy to announce that this painting safely arrived in Manitoba.  I'm always uncomfortable shipping anything anywhere.....because....well....we know how reliable Canada Post is...I haven't had many good experiences with their services, can you tell?

Luckily though, this painting made it to its destination safe and sound!

Actually, my friend Rita had asked if I could create a personalized painting for her newest little bundle of joy (Jackson), similar to the one I created several years ago for her oldest son Ben.  So, I was more than happy to get started on it.  I kind of wish I had been able to get it there before he was born though....Oops!

I just used acrylic on canvas (my favourite type of paint) and bought some wooden letters from Michael's Arts & Crafts store.  I had to paint the letters black and then glue them on with a glue gun once the painting was entirely dry.

You might remember Ben's painting from several years ago:


And here is Jackson's painting:



Enjoy the last few days of summer everyone!

A.A.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Can't get enough of owls this year!

I can't believe I forgot to post this before I went away on vacation...
I guess I was in a rush to get out of this "cold" weather and into some actual summer weather...

Before I left I had a baby shower to attend for my good friend, Sarah.  She was hoping to have an owl themed nursery for the little girl she has on the way...and you know me, I like to create!  So...I put together a couple of little owls for her nursery.  Her nursery colours are: Purple and grey with lime green as the accent colour (how fantastic are those colours together?!).  For these little owls I just used acrylic paint on canvas.

Here are some pictures to illustrate how they turned out!

Enjoy!

A.A.

Just starting out...
The first little owl
The second little owl
Both little owls together

















Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Two blog posts in one week...it must be summertime!

Well the other day, the boyfriend said he needed to get a frame for a picture of us from my sister's wedding.  However...I got thinking.....and I told him not to worry, I'd come up with something.

Picture frames are a fantastic gift for anybody, and there are a million ways to make them personal! All you need is a quote and some art and craft supplies!

For this particular frame, I got the picture idea from something I saw online....and found the quote online as well....but I drew it out on the wooden frame and grabbed by wood burning kit and burned away. Of course I had to be super careful though...because I usually used the tapered tip for writing....and guess what decided to break as I was in the middle of working away?  That is correct...the tapered tip.....and, in a rush I went to Michaels, but they were out of those replacement kits....so I had to make do with another tip.

Now, because I'm a perfectionist, I may have "goofed up" on the first one and redid it entirely...

But, either way, I'm definitely happy with the end result!  And, my boyfriend loved it!  The best part of this project?  The frame is only $1.50!


And now back to painting...

A.A.

Monday, 14 July 2014

I can't believe I didn't post this yet!

So the wedding happened a week ago and I can't believe I didn't post a picture yet!

Believe it or not, I did take a couple "before" burning shots...However, my phone is ridiculous and I think on the outs...so the photos didn't save...And because of this, all I have is an "after" shot.

I used my usual wood burning kit and a wood piece I purchased from Michaels.  Whatever you do, always make sure you sketch it out lightly on a piece of wood before actually diving in.

*Another helpful little tip:  Use compressed air to blow all the eraser shavings out of the areas where you've done your wood burning (after you've gone over your sketching and erased the lines).

This is what I made for a part of my sister's wedding gift:



Enjoy!

A.A.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Urgh..I know....not many updates!

Life has been a little too hectic lately.....

But....I was finally able to do something artsy!  (THANK GOD!).  And soon I'll have a bit more time during the day to dabble in the arts again for a few weeks!  Woohoo!  So I'm sure I can come up with a few more posts over the next few weeks....

My sister's one shower theme was "cupcakes..." so part of the gift was a little cupcake canvas (I'll post a pic below).  You should have seen how frustrated I became....I re-did the canvas 3 times because I didn't like it.  I'm not a perfectionist at all.........

I have to admit..I kept getting stumped on how I wanted the background to look, what colour to do the cupcake liner, etc.  I already knew what colour I wanted the icing to be.....so that wasn't an issue....but enough babbling from me....

Here is the final canvas!



Sunday, 16 March 2014

Another little project...

So it was my Mom's 50th birthday this past week….and I decided to make something a little personal for her.

So, I busted out the wood burner and invested some time into some pyrography.

This is a super easy project..but the wood on these frames isn't easy to burn…I will warn everyone.  But a very inexpensive gift to make for anyone.  All you need is a wood burning kit, pencil and eraser, and a wooden frame (they're $1.50 each at Michaels).

There are several different ones to choose from

All I did was sketch out the picture I wanted to burn onto the frame lightly.  I say lightly because you may change your mind (says an indecisive individual) and want to change the design slightly...or entirely….as you go along.

After you've sketched out your drawing and you are sure you are happy with it, plug in the wood burner and let it warm up for about 10 minutes or so.  You definitely need the HOTTEST setting for this wood.

Once it's heated you may carefully begin burning your design.

I didn't bother varnishing this frame.  Although, I did think about using some paint and making a washed colour overtop of it..but I opted to keep it natural.

Here's the final result!

I hope she likes it!

A.A.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Part of a little wedding gift I made...

So I wanted to make something personal to go with the rest of the gift I had for one of my really good friends.  I was also in the mood to do some wood burning….so I decided to create a name sign (the gift was for a wedding).

Wish you could create something similar?  It's not difficult and wood burning (also known as pyrography) is a lot of fun.

Here's what you need:

  • Wood
  • Pencil/eraser (for sketching)
  • Wood Burning Tool kit with a variety of ends (I use the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool kit.  Buy it at Michaels when there's a 50% off coupon.  http://www.amazon.ca/Walnut-Hollow-23906-Creative-Versa-Tool/dp/B000VRRBRM)
  • Varnish
  • Sandpaper
First, decide on what you want the final image to look like and sketch it lightly on the wood.
Next, start burning away.
Then sand down any rough edges you may have.
Varnish.

Enjoy!
See.  It's easy!  You just have to have the patience to spend a few hours creating it on a Sunday afternoon.  

Here's the final product:

I hope Pat & Dawn like it :)
A.A.