Eastern Blue Bird Watercolor Painting
I recently had surgery on my left foot last month, unable to walk around much I am confined to a chair more often than I like. I have tried to make jewelry but I just can’t seem to say focused and I neve seem to have the supplies or tools I needed within arms reach so I quickly became frustrated. I have often admired watercolor painting and thought I’d watch a few videos to get an idea if this was something I thought I could actually do. I was intrigued by the soft flowy effects by some of the skilled artist. They made it look so easy… like anyone could do it. So, I thought why not give it a go. I borrowed paints and purchased paper and sat down to paint. Well, as it turns out it’s not so easy. There are things that ya just don’t know until you invest time and yes, money too. Like for instance that quality paint, paper, and brushes are essential. You don’t have to break the bank but if you think this is something you will enjoy it’s worth spending a little extra time and money to get decent supplies. I did just that. Not the best but got good enough to learn with without getting frustrated that my painting was working like the demonstrators.
My first painting I started was of bumble bees. I followed what the demonstrator was doing, making modifications with the colors of paint I had and starting painting a bee! I was so excited that my bees were actually looked like bumble bees. This was encouraging to say the least. I had to stop for the day, but I was hooked and I ordered a few more paint colors. The next time I was able to open my paint set I thought I’d start with something easier for a beginner where I could learn more about brush strokes and how to mix colors. I found a one hour tutorial on the Michael’s website. Admittedly it was a fast class for someone with on watercolor experience, but I was able to stop the video till I was ready to proceed. I’m no Picasso but I think my Eastern Blue Bird looks pretty good for my first bird painting.
I find watercolor painting relaxing and good for the soul. As an instant gratification kind of person, I like that I can finish a painting in one setting, I don’t have to wait too long for the paint to dry before I add another layer. My mind is relaxed and I don’t even notice the pain in my foot. It certainly keeps me still and occupied which is making my recovery more enjoyable. As an added benefit it’s easy to take anywhere. There is little to pack and sets up quickly. 😊
If you want to give it a try here is the video I watched.
Here is a printout of the drawing of the blue bird you can trace if you don't want to free-hand the drawing.
Here is the printed instructions from the video
I did not have all the colors or supplies listed on the video but here is a list of the supplies I used:
I'd enjoy hearing from you drop a comment below. Enjoy!
Have You Ever Won A Contest?
I Won the Wubbers University’s “Spring Break Giveaway”
Back in March on a whim, I entered a giveaway through Wubbers University, they were doing a giveaway for Spring. For those who are not familiar with who or what Wubbers is I will explain. Wubbers is a jewelry tool manufacturer known for their mandrel shaped pliers. They make forming wire into various shapes easy. I own a few of the round plies and use them regularly to shape wire and thin metals. To enter the giveaway you had to follow their rules/terms and conditions. It was easy and clearly stated, so I submitted my information along with a photo of a ring I had made using their pliers and turquoise chips. I kind of forgot about it, because I rarely ever win anything, so I just put it out of my mind. Needless to say, a few weeks later I received an e-mail of Congratulations YOU WON. I was so excited and replied immediately with the required information. A short time afterwards, I received a treasure box of 2 new shaping plies, a couple strands of beads, several loose cabochons, a pair of earrings, and stick-on nail color. What a fun treasure box that totally brightened my day. I am excited to try out the new pliers and add those cute beads to a new design. I’ll keep you posted on what I make.
You can check out the tools and more on Wubbers University on Facebook😊
Have you ever wanted to make jewelry for yourself or as a gift? I can show you how in a private or small group, or zoom session. Theses sessions make great gifts too.
DIY Farmhouse Christmas Angel
How To Makeover Christmas Tree Angel Topper
I love Christmas. It’s a time when I get to be with most of my family, celebrate our faith, and enjoy the festivities together. The Crow’s Nest is usually the gathering place for our east coast family, everyone comes and goes as their schedules allow and it’s a wonderful time of laughter, games, lots of good food, crafts and projects all going on at the same time for about a week. I love how everyone pitches in and reconnects after a busy year apart. Last year my angel tree topper had finally fallen apart, she was given to me many years ago by a dear friend. It was time to repair her and give her an updated look. I’m a country gal at heart and happen to have four pairs of cowgirl boots in my closet in various stages of worn and worn out. Naturally when the farmhouse style became popular, I was thrilled. This year my angel was going country! I remade her frame and sewed up a gray plaid skirt my momma would be proud of. My niece helped my find the perfect cowgirl boots to complete her new look.
I loved how my country angel so much I even added cowgirl boots! I had extra gray plaid fabric so I traced the shape of our existing tree skirt and sewed the edges. Cute!! I then decorated the tree with gray buffalo check ribbon and added the ornaments. Love it!
Let me know if you make or remake one, I'd love to see it. Merry Christmas!
Art from Recycled Bottle Caps
We love to support our local community with art projects. This project is near and dear to our hearts as it's for our local veterans at Camp Breac, The Spring Creek House in Bellefonte, PA. Their mission of serving veterans and families, preserving, recycling, and educating meshed so well with ours, we were happy to see what we could do to solve a problem they had.
Lots of wet fishing boots and waders inside the lodge causing musty storage room. The host, James Lanning needed a place for the fishermen dry their wet boots before they enter the lodge and store the boots.
It is one part of the larger 14 foot outdoor art piece that will also serve as a fishing wader boot drying rack. This project was more challenging than I anticipated.
More on this to come along with the finished fish.
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Neighbors encouraging each other. We invite you to participate and add your painted rock.
After some pretty strong winds our sign had fallen and broken. I knew I had to get the paints out and make a new one. I used a recycle floor tile, craft paints, and sealed with several coats of clear acrylic. It was a fun project. I made it much brighter in color. Ed and I designed a frame that now hangs the tile securely in place. The garden is growing, it's so fun to see others thoughts, art work, and words of encouragement. For me, it rewarding to have neighbors and park visitors stop and chat about the rocks and brainstorming what they plan to paint on a rock. I hope to see more painted rock and encourage anyone interested in adding to it. I look forward to seeing your rock soon.
If you need directions: see this previous post
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Hi, I'm Janise Crow a jewelry designer and mixed-media artist. Here you will find our latest projects, experiments, and even how to's.