May 18, 2017

Designing a new Glitter House

Designing a New Glitter House

So I have a new house design in the works and have been sketching out ideas and working on dimensions.  I started by first determining how large I want the house to be. Here I have measured out for the house to be 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
Then I start deciding on the sizes and locations for other items such as the windows, doors and any other architectural features I want to include.


This particular little house is based on an actual house my husband likes that we see when visiting a nearby county. This blurry pic was snapped as we drove by!

Next Steps

The porch on the front is a design feature I have not made before so it should be fun to figure out the best way to design that - especially with the stone porch posts. I'm not sure I will try to make an exact replica but rather will use this house as inspiration.

With my sketches finished the next step is to draft the pattern in paper and make sure all the pieces fit before cutting the actual house out of cardboard.

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

I think one of the reasons these houses are so fascinating to create is the blend of creativity and technical/analytical skills involved. On the one hand you get to be artistic with paint colors, glitter and embellishments and on the other hand there is precision and some "engineering" required.
Have you ever taken those quizzes online that tell you whether you are more "right brained" or "left brained"? Right brained  people are said to be more creative and left brained people more logical. I usually score right down the middle! Maybe that is why this balance of art and engineering appeals to me.

Are you more right brained or left brained? Do you think this affects what you like to do artistically?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a creative week!


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May 11, 2017

Yellow and Pink Glitter House

Aside from painting faces I have been working on glitter houses behind the scenes.  This one is yellow with pink trim. It is based on a  pattern by Howard Lamey. The yellow is actually a bit softer than it appears in this photo but this was the best shot I could get in the studio tonight.  The house has been glittered and the base is ready for snow and glitter.

Some tools of the trade.

Above I am adding the snow/paint mixture to the base and fence. After it dries overnight I can add the glitter.

Trees are getting the treatment, too.  Snowy trees are are the perfect compliment to the little houses.

And some fence experiments are in the works.

So that's what has been going on around here. What have you been up to?


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May 7, 2017

Girl and Owl

painting of girl and owl
Girl and Owl

Whew! I've been busy on my little blogging break. Still enjoying the classes I am doing but taking some time to paint things I want to paint in addition to the lessons. This painting called "Girl and Owl" is one of my recent works.  I used acrylic and mixed media on watercolor paper. This is the third painting with an owl that I have done, lol!  We can hear owls outside at night and somehow they are speaking to me and ending up in my paintings. Owls have such a captivating face with their intense forward-facing eyes.

I wonder what they are saying to each other when we hear them at night? They are definitely mysterious and a little eerie. What we have outside are barred owls.
Here is a link to a short Youtube video so you can see one and hear it's call.

Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to see what you have all been up to!
Hope you are having a creative week!


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