Are you ready to play?

Art Play Date Seminar

Art Play Date Seminar

Kelly Hoernig is a very talented lady with some really great ideas.  What would you think if you could take full blown art classes for only $4.95 each?!!  Kelly has set up the Art Play Date which offers 24 classes taught by 24 talented ladies.  I was honored when Kelly asked me to each one of the classes.  I didn’t even hesitate to say “YES”.

I thought a long time about the class I would teach.  I wanted to offer a class that would not be the traditional painting class.  I wanted to offer a class that focused on layout, design and composition.  I wanted to offer a class that focused on techniques, tips and tricks.   I wanted to offer a class that focuses on color.  I wanted to offer a class that would incorporate using unusual elements.  I wanted to offer a class that would turn out great, even for the novice.  I wanted to offer a class that would entice the creativeness of the inner soul.  

Sooo…the class I am teaching will stir up those creative juices.  It incorporates all of the above and finds a use for all those left over pieces, odds and ends, what I call “junk”.  Whether it be metal, plastic, wood, fabric, any kind of scraps.  I will teach you to look beyond the surface to visualize the end result, almost like turning an ugly duckling into a swan.  Everytime I do this technique, I am amazed at the transformation.  I promise this will open many doors into the world of creative adventure.

This class is for the daring, those that love to try new and exciting forms of art.  What a great way to use all those bits and pieces in a new and exciting way.  Think about all the different applications this can be used for such as, frames, candle holders, cards, tags, home decor, gifts, the list goes on and on.  This is a sneak peak at a portion of the project.  The surface is a metal plaque that can be used as a photo or note holder.  I love projects that serve a purpose.  This would be a great gift ideas for all genders and ages.  (you can also incorporate sentimental elements to make it even more special!).  

Art Play Date class with Chris Haughey

Art Play Date class with Chris Haughey

Don’t miss out on this amazing artsy adventure.  24 classes taught by 24 talented ladies with 24 different ideas, techniques, tips…all for only $99.00!  Click on the link to sign up:  <a href=”https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=235423&c=ib&aff=269108&#8243; target=”ejejcsingle”>Click here to visit Kelly Hoernig.</a>

Ringing in the New Year

I usually don’t make resolutions because they always get broken or lost in the daily business of life.   One New Year’s Eve I decided to join the masses and made several resolutions.  One of them was to start eating better.  Guess what, I woke up on New Year’s Day and ate a brownie for breakfast!  The other resolutions did last a little longer, however, when they were broken, I felt guilty and defeated and decided that would be the last of my flimsy attempt to control the year.

Every January first, I like to take time to evaluate the prior year and ponder the year to come.  This year when I reviewed 2013, I felt incredibly blessed with faith, family and friends.  God has graciously given me a creative mind and allowed me to share my designs and do what I love.  

Instead of making resolutions, I challenge you to affirm goals.  Loosing a few pounds, organizing home, working harder, being on time, these are just a few of the most “popular” resolutions.  However, I like to take a more practical and upbeat outlook on the new year.  I like to set goals that uplift my soul and benefit those around.  I decided a long time ago that cluttered closets and extra weight were going to happen no matter what and the extra guilt from failure just added to the defeat.  This year I will strive to think more positive and trust God for peace and guidance.  If achieving this goal is only partial, I will be a better person and much happier!  

The jest of this short blog is to set goals to higher levels, to achieve to better person and let your situation become your opportunity.  The results will be a positively amazing you in 2014!

Art Kits

I always thought Art Kits were something you bought for nieces and nephews.  They seem to always have a bunch of unnecessary inexpensive stuff to make the kit look more impressive.  However, check out the newer sets, they are wonderful!

Soft Pastels Set

Soft Pastels Set

There is a 24 piece Soft Pastels Set that has divided storage to keep the chalks organized, clean and deter breakage.  There is every color under the rainbow!  If you ever wanted to try pastels, this is a great, inexpensive way to test the waters.

Sketching & Drawing Art Set

Sketching & Drawing Art Set

The 27 piece Sketching & Drawing Art Set is stored in a thin, tin box that can easily be slipped into luggage or even a purse.  How nice to travel with a complete sketch set!

Sketching Art Set

Sketching Art Set

If you want a larger, more advanced set, the 58-piece Sketching Art Set contains everything that you could possibly need and it is stored in a beautiful, well organized carry case.  This works perfectly for those that don’t have the luxury of a big studio.

Watercolor Pencil Art Set

Watercolor Pencil Art Set

Think about playing with watercolors?  The 20-piece Watercolor Pencil Art Set comes in a convenient tin storage case.  In addition to watercolor pencils it also contains watercolor cakes.  If you prefer tubes of paint, the Watercolor Painting Set is complete with brushes, paint tubes, palette knife, eraser, watercolor pad…it is complete!  This set comes in a wooden carrying case (wooden means it can be decorated…hint, hint!)

Watercolor Painting Set

Watercolor Painting Set

Think how awesome this is; #1 you can try new mediums inexpensively; #2 everything is included, you don’t waste money on product you really don’t need; #3 everything is stored in a handy, well organized container; #4 most kits travel well;  #5 you will always be ready when a great idea hits;  #6  they still make great gifts for the nieces and nephews!

Stretch your wings and treat yourself, you might find talent that is just waiting to emerge!

Do I really need that?…………….

Brush Care Sampler

Brush Care Sampler

Another great stocking stuffer is the Mona Lisa Brush Care Sampler Set.  There are just some brands that always stand for quality and Mona Lisa is top of the list.  Mona Lisa has been around form many, many, many years, which alone depicts quality.  This sampler is a perfect way to check out these outstanding cleaners.

I know when I first saw this set, I wasn’t really sure they would be of any benefit or that much different than any other cleaners. So, I put them to the test.  I brought out all my nasty brushes just to see how good Mona Lisa products really were.  I am happy to say that I was really impressed and totally sold!  I teach all around the country and the thing that I hear the most is complaints about keeping brushes clean and in good shape.  This little trio is the answer to any brush problem and here are three good reasons:

#1.  Problem:  Forgot to clean out brushes, dried paint in the bristles…   Solution:  POWER WASH – This amazing cleaner will get dried paint not only out of the bristles, but the ferrule also!  Who wouldn’t want a bottle of this on hand?!

#2  Problem: Bristles break or get stiff and unruly.  Solution:  PINK SOAP – Using too much harsh cleaners is hard on bristles.  Pink Soap contains a cleaner and conditioner that will help keep the bristles soft and like new.  Now that makes sense!

#3 Problem:  Wild bristles cause the brush to loose it’s shape.  Solution:  BRUSH RESTORER – Whenever bristles start to splay out (I call it “looking scarey”) strokes become frustrating.  One lone hair can make you to want to pull out your own hair.  Once all the old paint is out of the ferrule, Brush Restorer will re-shape bristles to pristine condition…imagine that!!

Now you know why I am sold!  Why pitch out old brushes when they can be restored.  With the cost of brushes, good care is always a good investment.  This sampler set is a great way to find out what you have been missing!

Brush Care Sampler

Brush Care Sampler

Tools I Love, continued…

Precision File Set

Precision File Set

As Christmas quickly approaches, another great stocking stuffer is the Precision File Set.  I accidentally stumbled upon the file set and reluctantly gave it a try.  OH, OH, OMG…it is awesome!!!  All the prep involved in getting a surface ready to paint is time consuming and boring.  This doesn’t mean it can be skipped, however certain tools make prep work a snap and this certainly fits the bill.

This complete file set comes conveniently stored in a compact cylindrical container which makes it easy to toss into any brush bin, supply drawer or travel tote.  The file set is perfect to remove burrs, ragged edges and easily smooth out rough spots even in the little hard to reach places.  The handles on each file are rubber coated for comfort and grip and are pink, which doesn’t mean anything except they are pretty!

The kit contains two flat (about an inch wide) files which are great for bigger spaces, and four rat-tail files for small places.  What I love is the fact that each rat-tail file has a particular shape.  One is an oval, one is a square, one is round and one is flat on one side and domed on the other.  They are wonderful on wood and can also be used to distress chipboard, plastic, paper and metal with fun and unique effects. There is absolutely no spot that can not be reached and filed.  How sweet is that?!  

They seem to be very durable as I have had mine and used them heavily for almost a year.  The clear container makes storage convenient and handy.  This little set certainly deserves a two thumbs up rating.  I have become very attached and dependent on this handy set and always keep it within reach.

So you can see how handy they can become.  Pick up a set for you or your painting buddy (or both) at

 

Precision File Set

Precision File Set

 

Tools that I won’t paint without…

Mijello Water Basin

Mijello Water Basin

As Christmas is nearing, ideas for stocking stuffers and special gifts are so appreciated.  If you have an avid painter or even a newbie on your Christmas list, I thought it would be fun to share the tools that I absolutely love.

The first tool that I have become very attached to is the Mijello Water Bucket.  I used the traditional water basin for years and was quite satisfied.  As owner of Cupboard Distributing, I feel it is my duty to test every item that we carry just to make sure it is worthy of any praise.

These are some of the  features of this brush basin.  It is 6 x 11 x 7 inches with handle laying down with a large-capacity (2 liter or 1.8 quart), blue polypropylene bucket.  What this means is that is is extremely durable and holds lots of water, boiling down to the fact that fewer trips to refill for clean water are needed.  I can use the same water for 8-10 hours at a time without changing.  Also, because it is so sturdy, I can carry a completely full bucket of water and not worry about the handle breaking.  If I do happen to drop it (I am a little uncoordinated) it won’t break!

The handle that folds down and has grroves to hold and keep brushes from rolling away during use. What I like best is the three compartments for cleaning and mixing.  One of the compartments is large enough to stick in my entire hand.  I can easily rinse and squeeze out a sponge which is soooooo nice.  There is also a small dish on the top lip.  This is a great place for special mediums such as flow enhancers, glazing mediums, etc…

We all grumble at change, but often find out the end results are often much better when all is said and done.  I am so pleased that I finally decided to give this basin a try.  I do love tools that make my painting time more pleasant and I am always smiling when I rinse my brushes!

Check out the basin at http://www.cdwood.com/Mijello-Painter-s-Water-Bucket-p/29-05468.htm

Mijello Water Basin

Mijello Water Basin

Dare to be Creative…

I listened to a guest artist, Trish McKinney at our local art association.  She quoted Matisse “It takes courage to be creative”.  The more I thought about this the more I realized how true this statement is.  It doesn’t matter what type artist, whether a painter, journalist, musician, dancer, chef, etc…  It takes courage to step outside the box and dare to try something different.

I often get tired of painting the same thing over and over. It is very refreshing to try a new technique or take an old one and add a different spin.  These painting “tangents” can be stressful, but far from boring.  The best part is they often open new doors with fun and exciting results.  Once the “new” idea has been revealed, it can evolve into something fabulous.  This is what makes the journey so fulfilling!

Dare to be creative.  What is the worst that could happen???…I guess the worst would be sanding and starting over…and who hasn’t done that?!  Weigh that against the possibility of what would be the best that could happen.  To me, there is no question as to whether it is worthwhile to venture out into creativity!  Oh, and how rewarding when that challenge is met with exciting and pleasing results.