Monday, December 22, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I got to use my "creative" eye in a different way this past weekend! Here are the center pieces I helped create for an 80th birthday party in my parents' barn. It's amazing what you can do with some burlap and a hot glue gun! I was also able to use my fancy Ti5 camera and take some beautiful photos of my parents' barn and the party.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Here is something I am trying out! A new way to find freelance work and put more to my student loans! Check it out! You can always message me if you have any projects you want me to do. This could be a complete disaster but I'm always trying different ways to get my work out there! http://www.gofundme.com/dimx3g
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
While I am teaching, I'm allowed to set out a"tip" can. It is always awkward asking for money, especially when the tickets are already bought and customers have a food/drink bill. One way I have been successful at bringing attention to the tip can is by making mini paintings! I announce at the end that tips are welcome, and if they happen to tip more than $10, they can take a mini painting.
Last night was my 50th event! I did not even announce that, and with only 15 people sign up I was completely shocked when I counted well over $100 in my tip can. Only one person took a mini painting , yet my can had multiple 20 bills and 10 bills. I felt accomplished and proud that I gave everyone a great paint experience and I was more proud of how everyone's paintings turned out!
When I'm teaching a Paint Nite event I try to get unique and fun photos. Here are some of my favorite group photos. It is difficult sometimes to encourage everyone to get together but this photo was a success! Only 10 people were missing but we still had a great evening!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Here are some more paintings I have created for "Paint Nite" and I'm hoping to teach them within the next few months! I'm very excited for these (maybe not the cat as much), but I am getting a better feel for what customers/beginner painters like to paint!
Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Here is an interesting photo I was working on for my sister. With some editing I was able to make her original photos of these galaxies more clear and bright. Though I am not a photographer or a photo-editor, I thought this was just a neat thing to work on.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I saw the rewarding side to teaching tonight as an older woman (mid-60s) hugged me at the end of the class. After 2 hours of being frustrated with herself and doubtful, I held the canvas 10 feet away from her, and I will never forget her reaction when she looked at it the first time with "fresh" eyes. She was so proud and happy with her painting that she grabbed her face and started crying. She kept saying "Did I really do that?" And "I've never done anything like this." It was such a priceless moment and I am proud to have been a part of it. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of her painting but here is my painting that was taught. Hers was not far off, maybe even better!!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
How to prepare an acrylic painting canvasWhat You Need:
- Wide brush (At least an inch, wider if you have a large canvas)
- Sandpaper that is 240 grit (if you want to sand the layers in between each other for a smooth painting)
- Buy a tub of premixed white gesso and give it a stir. You don't want lumps on your painting. It really comes down to personal preference. I work from a tube to put it directly on the canvas, I also don't usually paint larger than 16x20. If I am painting a large number of paintings or a very large painting, I buy a tub to save on coasts and I can control the amount of gesso on my brush for each stroke.
- The first coat should be diluted with a touch of water. It will soak into the fabric and help to prevent cracking. This is a very thin layer.
- Allow to dry, then apply a second coat. This layer does not need to have water added to it. If you want a more absorbent surface, add another layer.
- Apply a final coat using the pure, undiluted gesso.
- Using a 3 inch decorators brush, apply the gesso directly to the stretched canvas in even strokes. Work from the top to the bottom of the canvas, in parallel strokes from one edge to the other.
- When applying the gesso turn the canvas 90 degrees between coats to insure an even coverage.
- Sand between layers to get rid of any brush stokes if you desire and smooth surface
- Wash your brush out immediately in running water then use a brush cleaner to thoroughly remove the gesso out. It’s worth cleaning it twice even if you think it’s clean.
- My main reason for gesso on a canvas is to save costs on oil or acrylic painting. The first layer of paint will soak a significant amount more into the fabric than onto a layer of paint.
- Helps stiffen canvas for a more firm surface to work on.
- If working with oil paint, it will prevent the oil from soaking through and ruining/staining anything it touches behind the painting.