Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How To Wire Wrap A Faceted Gemstone

I have been so busy learning to paint and crocheting a lot, that I have not had time to make much jewelry. I love this video on how to wire wrap a faceted gemstone. I hope to give this one a try soon. This is for a pear shaped gemstone, but I am sure once you learn the technique you could modify it for any shape gemstone.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mother and Child Silhouette Candle Jar

This is my first attempt at the mother and child silhouette. I hand paint this on a recycled jar. There is pink and white daisies all around the sides of the jar. It is signed and dated, and will be listed in my Etsy store. Get yours for Mother's Day. I will send a candle with the jar, but the jar does not have to be a candle. You can use it for whatever you wish. You could store all kinds of things in this jar. I will be making more of these in different colors and styles. I have a few varieties of silhouettes to try as well. This one was the easiest. Stop by my Etsy store by clicking the widget up above, or click here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Learning To Paint Waterfalls With Acrylics

This is one of the videos I have been watching to learn to paint waterfalls. I use acrylic paint and brushes. I am currently not using canvas. I don't feel ready yet. So I use acid free acrylic painting paper. As I continue to learn and grow, I enjoy painting more and more. There are other videos, but this one is my favorite because of length and ease of following along with the artist.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Waterfall Painting Attempt #2

This is my second attempt at painting a waterfall. I am very pleased with how this one came out. I liked the first picture, which had a waterfall in it, but was not the major theme of the painting. This one is all about the waterfall, and is done on a heart shaped piece of pottery. I added rocks and multi colors of wildflowers. It has a ribbon for hanging and would make a beautiful ornament, or just hung on the wall on a tac or nail. I am slowly getting all my new pieces into my Etsy store. If you see something on this blog, but don't see it in my store, the widget is above, please drop me a note. I may not have gotten it listed yet. I have lots of paintings, and crochet items to add. A couple jewelry pieces, but that has not been my focus as much lately. The other one of the puppy paw print was done by my daughter, but is for sharing purposes only. She does not want to sell any of her pieces, but she does enter them as a 4Her in the local fairs, and has done quite well.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

4 Upcycled Jars For Easter Baskets/Candles

These are four jars of varying sizes, that will have candles included with them, but could be used as a small Easter basket first. These are jars that I have cleaned and sterilized, then painted on with acrylic paints. There are four colors of bunnies, white, brown, sable, and lavender. The lavender one is not yet listed in my store, but it will be in the next day or so. The white bunnies have a basket of jelly beans, no cross. The others all have one bunny and then a cross adorned with flowers on the other side of the jar. Check them out in my Etsy store by clicking the widget above.


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