Tuesday, October 17, 2017

butterfly pumpkins

I've been painting pumpkins during the fall for a very long time- so long that I kinda consider myself a pioneer of pumpkin painting! Back in 2010 my pretty painted pumpkins tutorial went viral and since then it has become a yearly tradition of mine to come up with a variety of unique pumpkin tutorials with the hope to inspire others to push the boundaries with creativity and a pumpkin! I've got a few fun ideas coming your way in the weeks ahead and today I am kicking off the season with some whimsical butterfly pumpkins. I hope this inspires you to get creative with your fall decorating!

When I paint pumpkins, I typically begin with a good thick coat of acrylic paint.

Next, I created butterfly wings from some heavy cardstock
I painted a simple body and then I glued the wings to the pumpkin.

Looking for more pumpkin decorating inspiration? 

You can read all about what I call "the art of decorating a pumpkin" HERE


Check out all of my different pumpkin decorating tutorials below!

Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW class palette knife possibility!

Happy Monday Friends! My latest class Monoprint Magic launches today and today is the last day of my early bird sale! Here is a tiny preview-

begins Oct. 16th
Register HERE
When working with paint, a palette knife can be a really fun alternative to using a paint brush! Typically a palette knife is used for mixing paint but it can also be used to apply paint. In this class we will be ditching those brushes and exploring all kinds of ways to use palette knives to swipe, scratch, drag, dot, mark, layer and spread that paint!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

dream builder online class- FLASH SALE TODAY!

Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! My online class Dream Builder is on sale $30 $20 today! This is a fun little class that is perfect for those of you looking for some inspiration and encouragement for going after those creative dreams!

$30 FLASH SALE $20
To register or more information HERE

Back in 2009, I quit my day job to pursue art full time. I had spent over 15 years working towards my dream of being a full time artist but it wasn't until I got honest about my dreams and made a plan that I was able to grow a successful business. If there is one thing I have learned from my own journey, it's that when you make time and space in your life to for your dreams, big things can happen! In this little class I am sharing my experiences, my own plan and journey, practical tips and tricks for going after your creative dreams. If you are looking for inspiration to grow as an artist, launch a dream or find motivation to go after something big, this is the class for you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NEW class creative compositions with Megan Wells!

Hey friends! The latest online class from my good friend Megan Wells Creative Compositions launched last week and it's not too late to join in the colorful fun! Here is a little preview!

Creative Comp. Intro from Megan E Wells on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

shibori inspired pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins are nothing new but I thought it would be fun to put a simple twist on them! I love shibori (ancient Japanese dyeing technique with indigo dye) and I thought it would be fun to create a big ol' batch of pumpkins out of handmade shibori inspired fabric!

I used some scraps of white fabric, a few packages of Tulip One-Step Dye Kits in blue and got busy creating my dyed fabric.

I used a few different techniques and a variety of different clips, rubber bands, folding and wooden shapes to create my fabric.

I followed the directions for the one step dye and let my fabric sit for about 6 hours then washed and dried it!

The result was some really fun pieces of blue fabric that have that tie dye/Shibori vibe I was going for!

Next, I got busy creating my pumpkins!

Creating fabric pumpkins is SUPER fast and easy.

Start by cutting out circles from the fabric. I cut out a variety of different sizes of circles. 

Then stitch all the way around.

Next, fill with poly-fil and gather the thread.

Stitch it closed.

Using twigs from our yard, I hot glued the stem into the middle of the pumpkin. 

Last, I tied raffia and craft paper wire around the base of the stem.

The result is a batch of beautiful shibori inspired pumpkins that will be used in our fall decor this year!


Monday, October 09, 2017

a new batch of original art in the shop!

Hey friends! I've got another sample sale this month!

When you teach and demo art for a living, you end up with a lot of original art and samples! I spend so much time filming videos, practicing techniques, exploring ideas and warming up and the result is a ridiculous amount of art. I've got a batch of floral paintings in the shop today. 

You can head on over to the shop to see everything HERE


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