July 20, 2017

Orange Glitter Houses

Orange Halloween glitter house in progress

Hello friends!  Hope you have been doing well this week.  I have a few works in progress to share. And I seem to have had a thing for orange lately. I hadn't really thought about it until I was putting this post together. Typically, I don't use a lot of orange - but it has certainly appeared in my studio this week.

First up is this Halloween project that is currently on my work table. (Pictured above.)  A wonky house (pattern by Howard Lamey) and a worn out fence.  I deconstructed and altered a pristine white picket fence to make it look run down and weathered.  I painted the house bright orange then dry brushed with some black paint to give it an old and dirty appearance.  The roof is hard to see from this angle but it is a dark green. So far the base has a few layers of paint with more to go. The house is not finished yet either - there is more to add to the roof. This is the first house I have done that will not have any glitter on it - unless I change my mind and add just a touch somewhere!

orange and gray glitter house in the works

I also have this house in the works..This is new pattern I designed, inspired by other houses with towers I have seen.  The paint color is "melon pink" but it's a orange-y pink.  I like how it looks with the with slate gray trim.  The tower will have a bit of gray trim near the top and this one will get a frosting of glitter.  :)

Lime and orange glitter house

And in keeping with the orange theme here's a finished lime green house with melon trim and a happy snowman peeking over the fence. This one's probably headed for the shop or the craft sale in a few days. 

Thanks for reading!  I hope you're having a creative week.  I'd love to see what you have been up to.


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July 7, 2017

Pink Glitter House Church

Photo of pink glitter house church

This is one of my latest Glitter House Projects - a Pink Church.  This is a remake of a vintage design made by the Dolly Toy Company in the 1930's or '40s. I'm not sure of the exact year. This pattern was made by Howard Lamey. The decorative windows and the cardboard trees were part of the design. Thanks Howard for a wonderful pattern!

pink glitter house church

It was fun to make this church since it was a reproduction of an old one made so many years ago. I have never made a reproduction- type glitter house before. I'm sure my version is not truly authentic - I wasn't really trying to make it that way. I think the original was white but I couldn't resist making it pink!

The pattern itself was interesting to construct with some new challenges for me - especially related to constructing the center tower and the roofs/spire. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

The trees show up best the photo above. They are covered in green metallic glitter. In real life they are a little brighter than this - a nice Christmas green. These are the first cardboard trees I have done. I think I prefer the bottle brush trees but these were fun to try.

glitter house church with windows lit up

I wasn't sure how the windows would look since I printed them on regular printer paper instead of vellum but they glow nicely when the "lights are on" at night.

In other news, I am trying out a new blog header. I made several so I am giving this one a whirl. What do you think?

Thanks for reading. I look forward to seeing what you have been working on!


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June 23, 2017


Painting of girl with shield

This week I am sharing a painting and a couple of journal pages based on lessons from TAOS (The Art of Sisterhood - an online class from Kara Bullock Art.)

This painting is large for me - 18 x 22 with an "icon" type look/folk art feel.  As usual, I went my own way rather than trying to copy what the teacher did in the lesson. But it was a great lesson by Lauren Rudolph.

Next up is a journal page.  This was based on a lesson from Tiare Smith.  Lots of writing in the layers - a great art journaling technique.

And last but not least is a journal page from a lesson by the lovely Jackie Barragan. About love and forgiveness.  Lots of fun layers of collage and paint and writing in this one.

Sometimes art journaling is about making a pretty piece. Sometimes it's more about the process and thoughts behind it.

Well that pretty much covers my art week. I'd love to see what you have been working on!


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