Monday, June 29, 2009

Painting for Halloween

Each year, it seems as though I start painting for the holidays sooner than I did the year before. But, that's a good thing, right?!

I've recently completed these Halloween art pieces...some I'll keep and some I'll put in my Etsy shop in September!

First, and probably my favorite, is a large 12x16 canvas titled "Three Moon Inn" that I painted with acrylics...

here's a few closeups on the enchanted Inn...

I also created several oversized tags (4x6 ) featuring some spooky jack o lanterns...

here's a closeup of one of the spooky fellas...

This is a fun set of tags I painted featuring Pumpkin Longlegs, Miss Witch's Boot and Scat Cat Man ... don't they look festive and ready for the holiday?

Here are some closeups ... I'm starting to experiment more with the layered background look. It's a new concept for me so it's a challenge, but fun! I think Pumpkin Longlegs is my fave!

The other day I was at Hobby Lobby and found this "love sweet love" plaque on clearance for under $2. The plaque measures 8x8 and it's just the surface I needed to create a new mixed media piece featuring a primitive Halloween girl. I bought two of these plaques, so maybe I'll create a little Mr. to go with her??

Here's the plaque before....

and here's the's my original design featuring a prim little Halloween witch. I used a polka dot paper for the background and then about 5 layers of washed acrylics. Then I used some stamps in the background and premium scrapbook papers to make her hat. I added some shading and sealed the entire piece with a gel medium.

I can't decide if I need to add something to the right of the girl or leave it as is. I was thinking of adding a Halloween quote or some sort of text. What do YOU think? Comments encouraged!

That's all I have for now. More goodies to share soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

God Bless America - mixed media artwork

My red, white and blue paints were put to good use this week since my painting group's challenge topic was to "paint something patiotic".

I've just finished up this large 16x20 mixed media artwork on a recycled canvas. I used papers, acrylics, inks, stamps, markers, charcoal pencils, and a gel medium sealer.

Available on my Ebay.


Another Close-up:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summertime Dessert

Just wanted to share with you this super easy dessert I made for Father's Day. It's perfect for summer get-togethers 'cause it's made with ice cream! Here's the scoop on how to make this yummy treat...

Your shopping list includes the following:

When you get home from the store, you'll want to put your whipped topping in the refrigerator so it thaws (trust me, it won't work if it's has to thaw so you can spread it).

Alright then....after your whipped topping has thawed in the frig, you can get started!

First, grab a 9x12 dish and your box of ice cream sandwiches. You're going to unwrap the sandwiches and place them in the bottom of the dish. You can cut the sandwiches like I did so that you cover the entire dish.

Next up, take the entire tub of whipped topping and spread it over the ice cream sandwiches. Mmmm.....

After you've made a layer of the whipped cream, you'll want to take the dish and put it in the freezer until the whipped cream is frozen again. Don't skip this step or the dessert will be too runny!

Now that it's frozen, you can do the fun part! Take the chocolate and caramel syrups and drizzle them on the top of the dessert.

Finally, take your candy bar and break it up into pieces and sprinkle it on the top of the dessert. I used a Hershey's bar this time. But you can use your favorite candy bar! Or try a couple different ones!

That's it! Keep frozen until you're ready to serve. You'll want to cut it with a knife in order to cut through the ice cream sandwiches.

Now let's talk about some variations....

Use any flavor ice cream sandwich ... I did mine with Cookies N Cream. There's also chocolate chip, mint, strawberry, plain ol' vanilla, etc. Pick your fave! Also, whipped cream comes in a variety of flavors, too. Try something you've never tried before!

Another variation I've tried: After layering the ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of the dish, drizzle some syrup over the sandwiches before you spread the whipped topping. Then drizzle them again as directed. This makes an extra layer of the drizzly goodness!

And here's an idea: After laying the ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of the dish, sneak in a layer of sliced bananas. Then instead (or in addition to) the candy bar on top, you can put on a few cherries and have a "banana split" inspired dessert. Yum!

Finally, for 4th of July, try this variation: Instead of the candy bar on top, decorate the top of the dessert like the American flag. Put some blueberries in the top left corner. Then take some sliced strawberries and make horizontal rows leaving some of the white whipped topping showing in between your rows.

I hope you try this dessert! It's an easy recipe for kids to help with, too!
Let me know how you like it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Trying something different

I've had in my mind a painting technique I've wanted to try ... with bold strokes and black highlights ... and I finally tried it. My painting challenge topic this week was "LEMONS" so I went to work with my paints and canvas.

The technique was what I expected, the outcome was not. As always, my family critiques my paintings and although they liked the "style", they said it looked more like cookies than lemons. So, I felt compelled to write "lemons" at the top of my painting so you'd know what it was!

The good news is my husband asked me to do more paintings like this for the kitchen.... just with more recognizable items! Why not leave a comment and tell me what YOU think?!

See this and more paintings in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Calendar Cupcakes

Who wouldn't love a cupcake for every month of the year?!

I just finished working on this mixed media artwork featuring calendar cupcakes. You can find prints and notecards available in my Etsy shop.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Strawberry cupcake - sneak peek!

This week I've been having lots of fun creating some
new artwork for my Etsy shop!

Here's a sneaky peek at what's coming in a few more days...