I bought a block of hot press watercolor paper and wanted to try it out. I saw a demo online where they painted a leaf on cold press and hot press watercolor papers using the same paints. Interestingly enough, the paint on the hot press paper was brighter and bolder than the cold press. Also the texture was different. Cold press paper is a little bumpy. The hot press paper is smooth so the paints don’t get stuck in the ridges and flow more evenly.
I made this painting using maple leaf stencil that I traced with a pencil and painted with Ecoline Watercolor Paints. Once the leaves were dry, I painted the background in a vivid pink.
Next I practiced writing the sentiment on scrap paper until I came up with a design that I liked. Using a Marvy Gold Metallic Calligraphy Pen, I wrote “give Thanks” on bottom. I also outlined the leaves and lettering with a Sakura Micron 01 Pen.
I mixed a little gold metallic paint with floating medium and added a little shading to the leaves. Last I added Stardust Stickles to the painting and Voila! I had a fun Autumn painting with bright cheery colors.
I’ve been away for a while and really miss everyone but I’m happy to be back!! My break wasn’t really a break. We had to replace our flooring and as a result, had to pack up the entire house which at the time seemed like a monumental task.
While waiting for everything to get done, I read the book “Clear the Clutter” by Karen Kingston. Most Feng Shui books I’ve read in the past were complicated and hard to understand. But Karen made this book an easy read, filled with great advice for clearing the clutter and getting the energy moving again. I highly recommend it!!
So when the time came to finally unpack, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the clutter. It was amazing how much “Stuff” you can collect over the years. I got rid of bags and bags of “Stuff” that I didn’t even remember I had. And it felt great!! My creative energy is zipping right along again. So now back to art and this fun project:
I purchased an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store along with 3 different printed fabrics. To start, I coated the pumpkin with gesso and cut the fabrics into 1 inch squares. Using Matte Mode Podge, I adhered the pieces of fabric to the pumpkin making sure to overlap the squares. Once it was completely covered, I let it dry and finished it off with brown ribbon that I glued to the stem with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Last I added a few fall sprigs and leaves to the top and Voila! I had a cute patchwork pumpkin to display for Fall!
In appreciation to all of my wonderful readers I thought it would be fun to kick off the holiday season with a Give Away!!!
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The prize is a brand new Cricut Cartridge – Best Images of 2008!!! This cartridge contains layered images from 11 cartridges including: Home Accents, Camp Out, Wedding, Indie Art, Baseball, Soccer, Storybook, Wild Card, Christmas, Basketball, and Sports Mania. You will be able to create dozens of gorgeous cards with this cartridge!!!
This is another super easy fun project to make. It’s makes a great inexpensive take home gift for your Thanksgiving Day Guests. You can personalize the pot rims with your guest’s name using Deco Markers, add Thanksgiving Sentiments or just leave them plain. Any way you choose, it will look great!
Trim your floral foam so it will snuggly fit into your pot.
Once you have the right fit, put a little glue in the bottom and put your floral foam in place.
Add a few drops of glue to the top of your floral foam and glue the Spanish Moss to the top of the foam. Make sure to completely cover the floral foam.
You can put a dab of glue on the tip of your Scarecrow pick and insert it into the top of the floral foam.
If desired, decorate the edge and base of the pot with Deco Art Markers. Voila! You have a fun and cute memento to give your Thanksgiving Day Guests.
Tips: For extra pizzaz add ribbon and a bow as decoration. You can also add an extra punch of color by painting the sides with acrylic paint or stencil a design. To save money and go green, you can recycle white styrofoam from a package and cut it to the desired size.
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Autumn Scarecrow Pix!
– 2 bundles of wheat
– 2 yds of 2-1/2″ Wide Harvest Colored Wired Ribbon
– 1 piece coordinating pipe cleaner stem to match your ribbon
– 24″ Floral Wire
– Wire Cutters
– 1 large rubber band
– 1 book 6-7″ in length and about 1″ thick (be creative there are so many things you can use for this – it doesn’t have to be exact)
This is a super easy fun project to make that looks great as a table centerpiece or home decor. The wheat bundles can be found at your local craft or grocery stores this time of year. Depending on the size of the wheat bundle, you may want to purchase 2 so that when combined your finger tips can almost wrap around the base.
Put your wheat together in one bundle and secure with the rubber band.
Using the wire cutters, cut a 24″ piece of floral wire and wrap it around the middle of the stem of the bundle several times and twist the ends closed. Cut off any excess with the cutters and tuck the ends back into the bundle so you won’t get poked.
Work the bottom part of the wheat stems and spread them a little to make it stand.
Cut about a 15″ piece of ribbon and wrap it around the bundle covering the floral wire and tie it off. Tuck the ends back under the ribbon.
Using your remaining ribbon, leave a 6″ piece of ribbon loose then start wrapping the ribbon lengthwise around your book. You should make 3 complete circles around the book and end up with about a 8″ piece of ribbon for the other end. (Note: Each wrap around the book equals two loops on the bow)
Carefully slide the ribbon off the book and pinch it together in the center. Using the pipe cleaner stem wrap it around the center and twist.
Bring the longer end piece back around the front to make a loop and secure it with the pipe cleaner stem through the middle of the loop. Then secure the bow with the pipe cleaner stem to the ribbon around the base of the wheat bundle.
Cut the ends of the ribbon so they are both about the same length.
Shape your bow and end pieces. Voila! You have a beautiful autumn centerpiece.
Tips: For extra pizzaz, add some dried florals or colorful feathers to your centerpiece. Also, if bow making is not your thing, just buy a pre-made bow and attach it to your bundle with coordinating ribbon.
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Autumn Wheat Centerpiece!
TAG, YOU’RE IT! I am thankful for Vanessa at Southern Cricut Lady! Vanessa was the first visitor and subscriber to my blog. With her positive words of encouragement I knew I had made the right decision to start this crafting blog and website. Vanessa’s Cricut Designs are fantastic and inspire me to think out of the box with my Cricut! Thank you for all of your positive feedback. It is so greatly appreciated!!! ~Sophia
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