Artist Way link up (which starts tomorrow!)
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
2. Sand Block- Fine or Medium
4. Wood Stain- Small- I used a Java color but you can use any color you want. This adds the old to the bookshelf.
5. 2 sample sizes of orange paint. I got the sample sizes from Home Depot, but you can use craft paint- because we will put a seal on the top.
6. 1 quart purple paint- If your wood is already a dark color and don't want to change the wood underneath the top layer of white paint then you don't need a dark color underneath. It doesn't have to be purple- it can be whatever color you want :).
7. 1 quart of white- I picked a white that was tinted orange- sort of like a creamsicle. I really wanted to do a range of orange for my bookshelf. But there are million whites- so have fun with picking something you like.
8. tack rag
9. old towel or rag that you don't want anymore.
10. varnish- clear- as matte as you can get.
11. butter knife/hammer/screwdriver/old chain/wrench- beating supplies for your book shelf :) Just use tools you have around your house.
12. painters tape
13. Wood Putty- If you want to repair any holes. No holes? or like the holes? skip this.
14. 1 quart of Primer- If you are painting a dark color on top of the wood then you will need this. This book shelf was part wood and part board- so primer is important to make an even look. If you look your wood color and want the original wood color to show through- skip this.
Are you ready?
Step 2. Take your sand block and sand your book shelf. Take your time and really sand the crap out of it.
Step 3. Use Tack Cloth and wipe your book shelf. Tack cloth removes all the particles and dust from the shelf.
Step 4. Prime Your bookshelf. and let it dry.- If you like the color of wood of the book shelf- then just prime the part of the bookshelf you are color blocking.
Step 5. Paint the purple paint on your bookshelf. I picked purple because it is the complimentary color for orange. and let it dry. Skip if you like the color of wood and want to use that color for your base.
Step 7. Take your candle- and rub along the edges of the book shelf. This makes it easier to peal away the paint.
Step 8. Paint your bookshelf the white you picked out. let it dry.
Step 10. Beat up your book shelf. Less if more- so go slow. This adds the wear to the book shelf.
Step 11. Use tack cloth and wipe your book shelf.
Step 12. Use your old towel and put a little bit on your book shelf and rub it in. Less is more- You can always add more. let it dry.- over night if possible.
Step 13. Time to do the color blocking. Tape around the edges where you want to do the color blocking.
Step 14. Paint your color blocking. let it dry. I wanted a few drips on the white- so don't be afraid to not be perfect.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
1. Tape Measure
2. Painters Tape
4. Picture Hanging Laser- I got mine for 10 bucks at Home Depot but it isn't a requirement but I suggest it if you want a even look. You can also use a tape measure, level, and painters tape.
Step 1. Pick Out the artwork. Don't be afraid to take chances. Pick out the artwork you love. Some of the artwork is mine and the some are things I have bought from art shows or fairs.
Step 2. Take out your handy tape measure and measure where you want to hang you art. I measured the length of the mantle and the height to the ceiling. I wanted the art to be hung about 10 inches from the mantle.
Step 5. Once you pick out how you want the art work hung. It's time to start hanging. I measured the width of the bottom level of the artwork and wanted to them to be an inch apart. Time for a little math :)- the width of the mantle and subtract the width of the bottom layer of artwork. Since I want the artwork to be an inch apart- I subtract by one. Then divide that number by 2. So I will have 6 inches on each side of the bottom layer of art.
Step 6. If you don't have a laser pointer you can use painters tape and measure out lines. Take your first part of art. Since I decided I wanted the art to be 6 inches from the end of the mantle and 10 inches above the mantle. I mark the wall with painters tape- to guide the laser pointer. I set up the laser pointer in a level spot and make the cross in that corner. I go back to the wall and double check the measurements. This can be time consuming to make it just right- but it's worth it! because the more time you spend preparing the space- the better it will turn out.
Step 7. Take your first piece of art and since you have your laser with a cross point of the bottom outside corner of the artwork. Time to measure for your nail. Measure the height of the artwork. Flip the artwork over and measure the distance from the top of the art to the hanging point- (like a nail hole or wire or maybe the frame of the art work.) Subtract the height of your artwork and your hanging point and that is the distance where you want to put your nail. I know this can be a little tricky but its easier with small work and you will get the hang of it.
Step 8. Hang your first piece of art on the nail. Take your laser pointer and switch the vertical line to the other side of the painting. Cut a couple pieces of painters tape so they are an inch wide. Place the painters tape on the right hand side of the art. Remember I wanted to have the artwork to be an inch apart- if you want more room or less room inbetween the art- then this is an easy tip take make it exact.
Step 11. Move the laser pointer so that it runs on the edge of the painting.
Step 12. Hang you art! See I told you it gets easier once you place a couple of pieces.
Monday, September 26, 2011
5 cups of coffee drank
4 puppy walks.. They did a good job.. for the most part, but they do love to chase after bicycles. I just love going for walks in the fall- and hearing the crunch of leaves.
3 estate sales visited and found lots of amazing things. I so scored and am going to do a little photo shoot later this week. I think my thrifting luck may be turning.
3 episodes of Glee- also on Netflix :)
2 pairs of socks worn- I still can't believe it's already Fall weather. I did miss wearing socks but I think that's the Oregon in me.
1 book case thrifted- yahoo! I can't even tell you how many places I went to before I found even 1. I am doing a DIY makeover.
1 typewriter thrifted- now I have 6 yikes! I think this might be last one because 6 is a bit much. Don't you think?
What did you do this weekend? My weekend was filled with some thrifting, DIY projects and lots of Netflix :) Oh and the dessert in the photo was so perfectly delicious- it was like a biscuit with strawberry- I gobbled up every little crumb.
Friday, September 23, 2011
What are you up to this weekend?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I have been so inspired by big bold patterns lately and they have been popping up in my sketches and drawings.
PS- Photos courtesy of pinterest.
Chevron or the zigzag! Seriously so much energy in this pattern.
PS- Photos courtesy of pinterest.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A. Age: 32- shhh I don't say it very often.
B. Bed Size: Queen
C. Chore you hate: Putting away laundry. I can fold but I hate putting things back.
D. Dogs: I have two darling little pug monsters. Winston and Yoda and I often wonder if they are planning on taking over the world.
E. Essential start to your day:: Coffee and Checking emails- a must!
F. Favorite Color: Mustard Yellow and that retro turquoise.
G. Gold or Silver: Gold! I think I am a little allergic to silver.
H. Height: 5'5
I. Instruments you play: Piano and Flute. I played Flute in high school before all the American Pie movies :) Don't judge me.
J. Job Title: Oil painting blogger. I also do the books for a couple of tech start ups.
K. Kids: I have 2 puppy children- who do like to be held like babies.
L. Live: Born and raised in Portland, Oregon.
M. Mother's Name: Vilma
N. Nicknames: Some people call me E.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Nope
P. Pet Peeves: When my hubs pretends he is listening to me :).
Q. Quote from a Movie: “Close you eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.”- the Wizard of Oz
R. Right handed or Left handed. I am a righty all the way! This is random but I can only snap my fingers with my right hand. Left doesn't work.
S. Siblings: 2 older sisters... even though they try to convince people they are the younger sister.
T. Time to wake up: 7:00 am.
U. Underwear: Stripes
V. Vegetables you hate: Lima Beans.. I got one stuck in my nose when I was 4. I can't even look at one.
W. What makes you run late: Myself. or I should really blame television.
X. X-rays you have: just dental. I did do one of those head scans at the dentist and that freaked me out a little.
Y. Yummy food that you make: I make a mean grilled cheese. Want to have a grilled cheese eating contest?
Z. Zoo animals: I love the elephants and giraffes.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
What are you looking forward in fall?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
2. Stick to 1 subject per blog post. When I first started blogging I would talking about my whole day sort of like a journal post- but it's a lot easier talking about 1 subject per post and it's easier for people to get to know you. So if you want to talk about lots of different things then do multiple posts- its just that easy.
3. Make it easier for people to find you and easier for people to connect with you. Even if you don't want to fill out your profile- fill out your URL and email address. If you follow blogs with Google friend connect- click on your icon and you can add your URL to it. When you leave a comment fill out all the sections- you never know who is going to connect with your comment. I know when I read my favorite blogs I will click on other people's comments because if they enjoyed that post as much as me, we probably will have something in common.
4. It's ok to step out of your comfort zone. I know that I am pretty shy person in meeting new people but I have to allow myself to be open to meeting new people. I think one of the hardest thing for me when I first started blogging is that blogging can feel like you are talking to the void. Eventually know that people talk back, but sometimes you have to talk to them first :).
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
capturing a little slice life. I am a realism painter because I really feel strongly about capturing life now and I am in love with the idea of capturing something in that moment. I think some of the most interesting art pieces through out history are the ones documenting the world. A little glimpse into the past through the eyes of an artist. If you look at some of Picasso paintings- he loved the ladies and he loved his dachshunds and you could really see yourself in that world. I always imagined his life of a messy decadence.
2. Art is important because captures magic, imagination, and wonder. As I have gotten older- I have realized how important those qualities are and as you get older how much harder it is to hold onto those qualities. I recently found some of my old drawings when I was a kid and they were full of rainbows and pirates. I was always told there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but I remember thinking that if I could never find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow- I am sure a pirate could find that pot of gold. :) I just love remembering that pure magic. I try to squeeze little bits of that dust into my paintings now but it's something I chase after.
3. Art is important because it can be a true expression. There are so many different types of art.. fine art. designed art.. performance art.. commercial art.. and many many more.. Art is a great way of communication and I know sometimes it can be difficult to express oneself but sometimes you can just clear everything out of ones mind and just make. The art of making things- is such an amazing thing! I know growing up and pretty much my whole life- I always have a safe place with my artwork. It's a place that I can go and just be me and say whatever I want to say.. yell as loud as I want to yell.. make whatever I want to make... just being free...
What do you think? Why do you think art is important?
Friday, September 9, 2011
here- just click on the short 10 second video.
Here is me visiting the real Elfie Tower.