Monday, September 30, 2013

October Visits.

31 Days.

That is how many days there are in October.

And that is how many days I plan to step in for a visit here everyday,
with a bit of art from my home to you.

I have been frantically drawing and painting and creating,
and I plan to splash those drops and spatters,
scratches and sketches here...

for the next month.

So click on by when you can.

I will be joining these other bloggers for this fun writing challenge

Ten Commandments Coloring Page #6

Hello, everybody!

Sorry this is getting up late.

I just finished the colorized version, so here they are,
the 6th of the Ten Commandments in black and white
and a colored version using Copic markers.

These are free for your use 
as long as they aren't used for resale.

I hope they will be useful.

Have a great week!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My Fall Mantel / Free Vintage Image: Boy Under the Tree

Hey, everybody!

I decided it was time to decorate my mantel for fall 
and wanted to fill in a place on the wall with something of autumn.

I paged through some of my antique books and saw the tree in this one.
I have used this before, but didn't share the image itself,
so I cleaned it up for today's post.

Here it is in black and white.

 Here it is antiqued.

For the space I wanted it to fill on my mantel, I needed for it to be a colored version,
so I colored in an antiqued version with Copic markers.

This image is from a book dated in the late 1800's, so it is free of copyright
and you are welcome to use it for your own projects.

Here it is finished and in an old frame.

My mantel is dressed for fall.

Living on a farm seems to influence decorating:
just can't get away from those cows.

I am drawn to blue touches and I love antiques.
They seem to have their own story to tell.

Bold colors belong in my house as well.
These horses were originally gold and were chipped up,
so I painted them red.

Do you decorate your house for the different seasons?

Thanks for stopping by and...

Happy Fall!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Art Lesson: Shadows with Watercolor


How are things where you are?

The first days of fall have come to us,
and school keeps the kids a bit busier.

This week we will finish the watercolor picture of the blue canning jar and the rose.

There is just a smidge of shadowing to do and some final touches to the colors in the jar and leaves.

Under the leaves at the base of the jar, I dabbed in some gray
and under the rose, it appeared the shadowing had a tinge of red in it,
so the shadow was made to be more of a light brown color.

This was washed around and then lightly taken up with a piece of paper towel.

Once I had worked the image to where I felt I thought it should be,
I stepped back and made a few final adjustments.
The jar seemed to me to be too drastic, so I washed a bit of the blue over it to blend the colors just a tiny bit more.

And then I stopped because I was afraid to do more.

That often seems to be my stopping point.

I fitted it into an antique frame,
and even won a blue ribbon on it at the fair.

That was a surprise,
but a happy one!

This is just a short lesson, but I hope we've learned something here to help us as we try again with this fun medium, hopefully soon!

 Thank you for stopping in and have a bright and cheerful week.

To view the first two steps of this painting click:
Art Lesson: Watercolors: Painting a Blue Canning Jar
Art Lesson: Watercolor: The Rose

Monday, September 23, 2013

Coloring Pages for the Ten Commandments #5


Here is the coloring page for the Ten Commandments,
Commandment #5.

This one is different.
The kids can fill in the facial features of their own parents.

Here is one that is done in case somebody may want a colorized version for use in Sunday School or something like that.

Of course, parents come in every look there is,
so you may have to draw one up in the style you like if your parents don't look like mine.

I thought about doing a few different colorized ones up,
but I would have to make such a variety.

If you would like a specific look,
just let me know in the comments, and I can do one up for you as you like.

You may print these up as you need them,
just don't use them for resale.

Thanks so much and have a great week!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Vintage Image: Face on the Moon.

We have had a beautiful moon shining the last couple of nights.

I found these images of the moon a few months back and remembered them when I saw the moon last night.

Here it is cleaned up in black and white.

 Here it is antiqued.

This image was in the same article.
These are from an 1800's magazine.

Have fun using these as you would like.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Watercolor: the Rose


Last week we started adding watercolor paints to the jar and leaves of this sketch.

This week, let's paint the rose.

I started with a very watered down red over the whole flower.

I let it dry.

I then started on the outside with some dark edging.
Sometimes I start flowers from the center.
I think whatever one feels comfortable with starting is the key.

I continued adding the edging: a watered down wider edge
as well as a darker more distinct thinner line where I saw it in the photo.

This process continued in toward the middle.

At a certain point, I find I have to add the center so I can make sure that all the details are being put in the right places.

Once the whole rose was painted in, it looked a bit dark and flat to me.
The great thing about watercolors is that some of the color can be pulled up using a wet paper towel.

I was then able to repaint the detail with a little less color.
It should be noted that this should be done carefully and with limited attempts because the paper can begin to disintegrate with too much rubbing up.

I am sure there are many ways to paint a rose:
if only there was a way to paint the incredible scent of it, as well,
but, of course, that is what makes the real thing so wonderful.

Next week, we will finish this piece by going over the steps used to shadow the jar and rose.

Thank you for stopping by.
Be sure to pick up a brush and add some color to the canvases in your own life.

To see the beginning of this painting click:
Art Lesson: Watercolors Painting a Blue Canning Jar
To see the conclusion of this painting click:
Art Lesson: Shadows with Watercolor

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ten Commandments # 4 Coloring Pages

Today I am posting the 4th of the Ten Commandments from the verses in Exodus 20.
These verses were long,
so I made several pages to break them up.
You are free to use these for your children or Sunday school classes or such,
but please don't use them for resale.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.
(To copy these coloring pages, click on the image, right click, and then click on "copy".

Open up Microsoft Word and right click on the screen, and then click "paste".

 The image should paste onto the page.

You can then click "print" to use them as coloring pages.

If you have difficulties or suggestions, please let me know.) 

Here is the colorized version:


Thank you for stopping by!

For the rest of the Ten Commandment Coloring Pages,
Click on this LINK.

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