Sharing the small things.
Sharing the small things.
Posted on 12/06/2013 | Permalink
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I finally finished a commissioned fabric book. Everything is fabric except the tags. All images are printed on cotton or silk or are an image transfer onto the fabric page. I have heard back from my sweet customer and she is thrilled so I can share it now. I had to get it shipped off so while there are many more pages to this fabric book, these are all the photos I have. Her only request was for her favorite colors, blue and white.
Ever since I have had a blog, my goodness, 7 years now...I have always centered my text and photos. The other day I was reading through some "experts" blog tips, that centering is the worst way to layout your text and photos, and you should orient to the left or right. Hmmm. Are they right, is this true? What do you think? I'm trying orienting this to the left for this post to see what I think. If you scroll below you will see my usual centered posts. I'd love to have feedback from you!.
Sweet Southern Smoochies Y'all
I've been knee deep in projects and learning curves and filming a new digital class, plus I'm taking a couple photoshop online classes, so I'm keeping busy and out of trouble. :)
Is this year moving on as fast for you as it is for me? I was having a conversation with my hubby the other day about a September deadline. I blithely started to blow it off at first saying..September? Well then we have pleeennnty of...I slowly stuttered to a stop and then said, holy cow! Sept is month after next! How in the HECK did that happen?
I've got some projects going using Deco Art's new Chalky Finish paint. I am waiting on some dark wax to finish them and then I'll post them to show you what I've been up to at the paint table. I am a Deco Art Helping artist so I do get some products free but when I give opinions on anything on my blog, they are totally mine. That's how I roll.
We are always in need of "smalls" for our antique booth and recently I found two of these little cast iron birdies for a very good price at a thrift store and knew I could resell them in our booth. But first I wanted to "bump" them up a bit.
So I grabbed a jar of Deco Arts Chalky Finish Paint in the color Vintage. Perfect paint name I think!:)
I proceeded to paint the birds and made sure I didn't cover them completely.
Once dry I did a little sanding to bring out some more darks
Then I added a coat of clear Creme Wax, dried and buffed it and then added a coat of Golden Brown Creme Wax
As soon as I had the wax on I used a clean cloth to start removing most of it. I simply wanted a slighty aged rusty look.
And I think that's what I got.
I did say I had two of them.
They finally made the trip from my dining room table to our booth where hopefully someone will take a cutie or two home.
As I said I am waiting for the dark wax. The Golden Brown I think I will reserve for items I want to give more of a "rusty" sort of look. For me, dark wax, or a dark glaze makes me happier when it comes to "aging" things. Just a personal preference. The wax is wonderful and creamy, goes on easy and dries quick. Wax can be persnickety so I've never been a big fan of using it, but I liked my first experience with a creamy wax and can't wait to get hold of the dark.
Til next time my friends and Happy July!
xxoo ~ Gail
Join Gail Schmidt and Liz Miller for our Summer’s End ArtFling 2014
Sept 5 & 6, Friday and Saturday
Workshop held at Artful Endeavors, Raleigh, N.C.
This is our “no stress, just fun” workshop where we explore different media to create our masterpieces.
Gail teaches on Friday, 9/5. Mix It UP! Mixed Media Painting/Collage $95
When it comes to any kind of painting, to achieve depth, layers are the magic. In this one day workshop I will be sharing techniques to help us build layers and texture to our background in preparation for our collage image(s). We will be mixing it up with lots of layers of paint, ink, stencils, texture, images, stamps and loads of fun. This technique requires no painting experience and any one can do it!
* Your favorite acrylic colors, plus black and white
* Modeling Paste (not heavy)
* Palette Knife (if you have different shaped knives bring them, you might prefer one over another)
* Old credit card/plastic gift card/hotel key
* If you like mark making tools and have any favs bring them with you. I will be sharing mine.
* Palette of any kind
* A couple scruffy brushes if you have them. We will use one for glueing and one for scruffy blending of paint for anyone who doesn’t want touse their fingers.
* DecoArt Decoupage, or Soft Gel (Matte or Gloss, your preference) for the glueing of our images
* Baby Wipes
* Paper Towels
* I use a 9″x15″x2.5″ birch cradle board for my substrate, and this is not a standard size. You can purchase the closest size to 9″x15″ wood panel you can find. You do not have to use a cradle board, it’s simply what I prefer. If you would like to use the same as I do, Leon can make you one for an additional $10 and I will bring it when I come to Raleigh. Please let Liz know know no later than Aug. 20. This is totally optional. But you do want a wood panel as it works best for our technique.
* Soft rubber brayer
* Detail scissors…for cutting around our images.
* I will be bringing image options for you to choose from, plus stencils, stamps and acrylic inks to share.
* Small spray bottle for water and water container
Liz Teaches on Saturday, 9/6. Night Hunter $80
Night Hunter Liz Miller CDA
Fee includes: 11 x 14″ canvas, colored pencils
I’ll have Pan Pastels and paints to share. Bring your brushes and general painting supplies including Viva paper towels, small detail scissors, and small pencil sharpener.
Mark your calendar and get ready to join Gail and Liz on our mixed media escapades
Contact Liz at Artful Endeavors: 919-847-4101
Do you have one of these closets (or maybe it's a box or a basement)? You know, you bought something for a project you planned on doing "one day". And then it got lost, or forgotten, or in my case, just plain old ignored for want of what that "something" was. I won't even begin to embarass myself by telling you how many of these future projects I have sitting around. :)
I was digging through my closet recently looking for something else when I came across the two wood house shapes. The light bulb went off and I wondered how the painting I've been doing lately would translate to something smaller.
So I hauled them from the closet and got to work.
I am pleased with the results.
Tomorrow we're going thrift shop hopping and I wonder what I will haul home for my closet. Not that I need anything...but I bet a lot of you know how that goes. :)
xxoo - Gail
Want to take a live class with me?
Summer’s End ArtFling Sept 5 & 6, 2014
We have SO much fun and so do out students.
I am teaching this style collage/painting with different focal point options available. This style painting will truly have you creating an original one of a kind painting, even if you have never painted. No two will ever be alike. Most of our work will be done witout a lot of brush usage. We'll play with color, texture, stamps, and stencils and I "know" some of us will even be using our fingers. :)
Details will be at the studio very soon. I will be teaching Friday.
On Saturday Liz will be teaching a mixed media painting, using Pan Pastel, acrylic, and colored pencil. This piece is called Night Hunter. Again, you do not need a painter to achieve this look!
We would love to have you come and spend both days with us having fun, but you are welcome to also take just one of the classes.
I love Raleigh and if you make it a weekend affair Raleigh has a wonderful flea market open at the fairgrounds on Saturdays and Sundays! I ALWAYS find something to bring home. :)
I'm still painting! This is the most I've painted at one stretch in a very long time. There was a time, feels like decades ago when I was never "not" painting. Andusually more than one going at a time. But then some things happened and I didn't paint for a very, very long time. I had lost my heart for it. But this. This I am enjoying for however long it might last.
This is another mixed media painting/collage on a 15"x9"x.75" birch panel.
I call it Beauty and the Bird. The sweet birdy was digitally added to the image before printing.
I hope everyone in the States has a wonderful holiday weekend. I shall be painting. :)
This is a lesson I keep learning.
Sometimes I feel like I shall never forget it again. Yet other times I'm like...huh? In the beginning this painting kicked my butt. I hemmed and hawed, I was wishy washy, I started to second guess myself. But something told me not to fold to keep going. To trust the process.
I have been painting and creating for over twenty years. You would think I wouldn't do this. But I keep learning all of it is also part of the process. So I just want to say to anyone who needs to hear it...don't give up, keep working at it, everything you learn, the successes and the failures are all part of the creative process, and we are absorbing it all whether we realize it or not.
This is Tea and Roses 15"x5"x.75" A mixed media collage/painting. Acrylic paint/ink and lots of texture.
It's has turned rainy here in the mountains. I don't mind. It's nto cold or snowing. :)
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend. May is rumbling past like a bullet train.
xxoo ~ Gail
Hello dear friends. I hope all the mom's out there had a fabulous weekend!
I know I did. My BFF Liz came up and we spent most of yesterday having this kind of fun out on the deck with the most fabulous weather.
Then later Mr Shabby and I cooked out for our little family to celebrate our awesome mom. Liz is an "adopted" sister and she and mom have a love fest going on. :)
Liz took this photo of me, mom and my sister Terri under duress of our good natured protests.
And I finished this mixed media collage/painting I call Beauty and the Nest. Which I love and is going to be the inspiration for a live workshop in Raleigh NC in Sept. (More info on that a little later as I start the workshop painting next week)
So that's what I've been up to and I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did mine.
I have spent the past five days Spring cleaning and my home is sparkly shiny smell good wonderful (I wish I could say it is always like that, but alas it would be a lie.)
But before I got lost in deep cleaning I got lost in paint and found my joy.
I am in paint cycle. I wonder which cycle will come next?
Happy Mother's Day to all the great mom's out there in the world! I hope you Find Joy in your weekend!
xxoo ~ Gail
Mixed media painting on maple board. 15"x5.75"x3/4"deep.
I really love the way this turned out. I had no plan when I started, I was just waiting for my hubby to install our new modem and started laying some color down on this board he cut for me that was sitting on my work table.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Spring weekend planned. The sun is out here in themontains but the wind is keeping the days chilly. If the wind died down it's be so nice and warm. But I'm just thankful the snow has finally left. lol
xxoo ~ Gail
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