Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Snowman Tutorial - Free Painting Pattern



Before you cringe and run the other direction,
get ready...
there is no pattern. 

C'mon, you can do it, 
it's just circles....
really. 


You want to cut a piece of 
Roclon Multipurpose Cloth, 
roughly
10 x 18  
I always cut them a little bigger, 
paint over the edges and then trim it last. 

I used a quart paint can for the circles  
Overlap them on the bottom a little.
Trace another line in 1 1/4 inch in  on each side. 

These are the blues that I used 


Sprinkle them on liberally and paint them in. 

Everyone's background will be different. 
Beautiful!  
Don't overblend.  

Allow that to dry. 

Sand lightly.


Next you will need these colors. 

You can use a stencil for the star or freehand it 
Trace in the circles again
and 
add the noses
and 
let's basecoat 
everything! 




Now you should have this....
Easy so far, 
right? 

Now you will need these colors
and 
shade and highlight everything! 

Follow the pics....
you can do it! 


Don't forget to add the blue on the bottom of the snowmen
that is what really makes the circles
round! 

Details in black,
a few highlights, 
get out the scissors and cut away all the excess. 



Varnish 
Add a dowel rod 
and 
some twine 
and 
you are done!   


As always, I love to see what you have done. 

Email me at 
cathystrate@gmail.com
if you have pics...
or questions! 

Paint away 
and 
if you are lucky enough, 
sell away. 

No restrictions
other than
please don't republish 
these directions as your own....
that really would not be fair, 
now would it?

Half Finished



That is what I am choosing to call all this stuff. 

UNFINISHED
sounds so 
"glass half empty"

The quilt was started last weekend
at 
Ladies Sewing Retreat. 

What fun! 


The afghan is for 
Shelby's class' 
Linus Project. 

Not needed until January-ish.


Tons of doodles....in progress. 


And this.
The little quilt and pillow is finished. 

Now to paint the cradle. 

Cramming for the open house now! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Junk Collages and Jewelry Hangers




Just putting together junk
and 
making some of it into jewelry hangers.




And having fun collecting 
STUFF!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Art Retreat at The Lake


What a fun event! 

Two full days of painting and creating
and
even
a little cooking! 
It was the first year for what is sure
to become
a yearly event!

Hammered wire earrings.
The beautiful scenery of Lake Chautaqua.
Gelli plate printing!

Of course, it will become another addiction.
Some fun with sharpies and paper.
And honestly,
these people even allowed me in their kitchen.

Take that, JWS!

Beautiful weather!

Lots of messy creativity!
and
Best of All...
New friends made along the way! 

And now for me, 
back to painting and getting ready for the open house. 

But first, 
company again this weekend! 

Mom and friends are coming for a 
Sewing Retreat
at 
the unofficial
Strate B & B.

I can't wait! 
We have been trying to plan this for several years 
and 
something always happens,
Four days away 
and it looks like a go this year!  
 



For more information on the ART RETREAT, 
go to,
https://www.facebook.com/ARTRetreatatthelake

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Totally Tangled



How hooked am I?
Totally
hooked 
and 
tangled. 

But having fun
and 
creating
simply for the sake of creating. 




Nothing to market.

No decisions on price,

or if it is even marketable....

Simply having fun. 









How many of these do I have started?

Way more than I have finished! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sharpie Markers and Alcohol = Really Quick Art


What a fun, creative process! 

Grab all those sharpies that are hidden in your desk drawer.
Find that bottle of rubbing alcohol.
(Vodka or hand sanitize might work, you can always experiment)
Dig out a canvas, 
or go buy some, 
nothing like having some blank canvases hanging around. 


Draw some wild and crazy lines.
Fast and not a lot of planning work best. 



Hit it all with some alcohol. 

Allow it to move and blend. 

I use a brush for the alcohol, 
You could use a spray bottle or eye dropper, 
I just want a little more control on mine. 


And re-outline with a black sharpie!  

That's it! 
Fast Art! 

I will be teaching this next Friday along with two other 
fun projects in Mayville, New York. 

For more info go to:

https://www.facebook.com/ARTRetreatatthelake

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Clown Free Auction



And they are rare happenings
because
JWS
generally manages to find clowns. 

I "won" 
this cute little card table.


And this crock, that I quit bidding on
and 
JWS
picked up where I left off. 
I have a yellow one like it, 
have never seen this color. 


I loved this fabric, 
however
it resembled swiss cheese when I removed it from the 
washer.

The risk you take.



I bought a box, 
for the planter below
and there was this retro looking ash tray in it. 

Ash trays just aren't needed like they used to be! 




I have been looking for a set of these salt and pepper shakers 
for my camper. 

Anyone remember these! 


A stand  and a ladder to chalk paint. 


And my sister found some treasures also. 
The cornucopia?

I think she is going to paint it white.