Custom Christmas ornaments

I was so pleased when a friend of mine, who has purchased several pieces of my art, asked me to create her custom Christmas ornaments to give to her family. I jumped at the chance… And then I sat and didn’t do anything.

I had originally wanted to gelli print them, because I love the look you get from transferring the shape of the actual item (in this case, holly.) But, I couldn’t find holly of a size that would fit the size of the wooden discs.

After a bunch of “hemming and hawing,” I decided to just paint the holly and add some berries. In a short couple of hours the ornaments were all done, complete with a custom message to her family on the back.

I’m pleased with how they turned out and she is too, which is what matters most.

Monoprint Love :)

I have been having such a good time making monoprints with branches, weeds, and flowers – I’ve done this before with my gelli plate, but recently I have been doing it with a sheet of aluminum foil. What have I done differently? I have been using chaos layers or a surface with paint of some sort on it and then doing the monoprint on that surface. After the paint dries, I go in with Posca pens (acrylic paint markers) or soft pastels and add line work. It’s so much fun!

I will be delivering my first round of monoprint art to a local shop to be for sale. The second round will be taken to the shop once my mat boards arrive. Fingers crossed that they sell! I’d love to start paying myself back for all the art supplies that I have been purchasing.

This is one of my favorite monoprints from this first round!

Painting Peonies

I am a member of the Amanda Evanston Insider’s Studio group on Facebook and one of the weekly lessons was on painting peonies in a loose, semi-abstract fashion. I have yet to complete those peonies in acrylics, but… I painted loose, semi-abstract peonies in soft pastels! I love it.

I shared this painting online and a friend of mine loved it, so I am sending it to her, but I am not done with peonies yet. I have plans to paint at least one more in soft pastels and I also will be painting a few in acrylics with soft pastel accents. Can you tell I love soft pastels?! They are just so luminous and I think they give so much dimension to the paintings.

For my acrylic attempts I am going to use a stretched canvas instead of watercolor paper. Here’s my starting point. I’m so excited to get started.

Stay tuned for updates – hopefully I’ll be able to complete something this week! {I have a lot of “in process” paintings happening right now}

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