Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A spectacular card website for safekeeping

There are some things that just need to be shared. Check out this incredible website:

Card making website

The intricacy is incredible. I especially love her all white cards. I HAVE to make some of these! Wow wow wow!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Loom knitting website for safekeeping

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across a pin for loom knitting. So of course I pinned it and then I proceeded to check it out. This page:

Loom knitting link

Is packed with really good links to wonderful tutorials, video, to get you started on loom knitting. I'm putting it on my blog to share and for safekeeping for me.

Go ahead, take a look...you may get the bug!

Monday, November 12, 2012

You'll never look at a rock in the same manner again!

I was cleaning in the basement and came across my basket of painted rocks that I use to use as examples when I taught painting to my kid and granny classes. I thought I'd share them with you today.

I have all of Lin Wellford's rock painting books. That lady literally rocks! I love all her creations and I love that anybody can paint on rocks. When I was teaching beginner painting, I found that rocks were a totally friendly medium to use. They were free and thus people were not intimidated if they made a mistake. Of course with paint, mistakes are simply painted over...no sweat. Teaching rock painting gave my students confidence in their new skills and gave them the courage to try more conventional works of art like painting on canvass.

 I always started with painting turtles. The rock shapes for turtles were easily found and they are pretty basic. My kids and granny students alike loved starting with these.

Snakes were next on the list and my students chose the whimsical snake pattern or the realistic snake pattern. I'm not a snake fan, so whimsical it was for me.
The kids caught on quickly, so I always had extra projects for them to work on while we waited for those to finish the "class" project like the snake.
More ideas for extra projects.
These were the two rock examples I used to teach fur. First, we started with the hedgehog and then we progressed to the baby chick.
These two projects were specifically for the boys in the class. The girls of course could paint these too.
If I could find enough flat rocks, we painted fish on both sides of the rock. It gave practice to my students to line the painting from the first side to the second side of the rock.

When my students, had enough experience, they got to tackle a cat rock with all that lovely fur.
Then, we finished off the classes with a cow rock.

We used the Patio Paint brand paints that do not fade as quickly, if at all when put outside. It is important to note that before painting the rocks, they should be base coated with a spray primer called Kiltz. Now in Canada, we can no longer get that product, so currently I use Zinsser brand for all of my priming. It's a really sticky primer so that your project shouldn't peel. Of course the rocks have to be washed and completely dried before painting.

There are now other rock painting books besides Lin's. They all have their purpose. I still love her books the best, she's an awesome teacher and author. And no.....I have never met the lady.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rocker is in Primer stage

My husband says he found this guy sitting on the rocker, reduced to bones because he's been waiting that long for this chair to be finished. Funny guy. The chair is in the primer stage and I ran out of primer. I used the primer in spray bomb format for a smoother coverage. It's Zinsser brand primer that covers anything coming through your top coat as it blocks whatever is underneath. There were a few splotches of paint left on the chair seat that I could not get off. Because this is an outdoor chair, I'm not that fussy over it being perfect and it's going to have a chair cushion on top of it anyways. So now that I have a second can of primer, I'll be painting the underside and some of the places on the chair that were missed. I'm going to really appreciate it when this chair gets finished. The final coat of paint will be the Tremclad brand that I will apply with a small roller. Probably paint a couple of coats, we'll see how it pans out. Hopefully get to it this weekend to finish it off. As for the antique chair, it has half a coat of stain on it so far. I'm getting there...seems to be a long drawn out process. Can't wait to have them done so I can start on my next project!