Words are powerful. They can encourage, inspire, and help us to believe in ourselves. So why not put those words on a Christmas Ornament where they can be seen over and over.
Do you know someone who is having a hard time this holiday season? Maybe they are having health problems, experienced a loss, are not able to get out, or are away from family and friends for the holidays. I think we all know someone who could use a little extra love this year….maybe even someone we don’t know.
Getting away with other like minded creative women is not only good for your heart, mind and soul but also a great boost to your creativity.
A number of years ago I wanted to create a stone glitter house for our niece Emily and her husband Phil since they had just moved into a new stone home.
I was just with a group of fellow decorative painters. We were talking about painting and creating and how they like to change colors and different elements in a project moving things around from the original pattern or even combine two different patterns. They then said they could never design….but isn’t that the beginning of designing?
Today is the last day of the Ornament Exchange this year and Sandy, Deb, Lauré, and Wendy have wonderful designs for you. If you have not had a chance to see the other designs from Day 1 & 2 please stop by each of the artists blogs – you won’t be disappointed.
Today is the SECOND day of the Ornament Exchange Blog Hop.
I think some people are confused by what we are doing. We have a group of 12 artist who also have a blog. Each of them have designed an ornament and have put the instructions on their blog so that you can create the ornament.
I am so excited to be a part of this Ornament Exchange Blog Hop with all these other amazing artist. I hope you will take the time to check out all of their wonderful projects.
When I was making the last glitter houses (See Fall Sunflower Glitter house and Fall Pumpkin House) we wanted to have some fall trees. I was just going to buy some that come with the Department 56 or similar villages, but when I started looking they were either really expensive or I just didn’t like how they looked.
For my second Fall Glitter house I had visions of an orange house with a black button roof and pumpkins on the doorstep.
I decided to have a booth at NET (New England Traditions) this year. This has been a wonderful experience for me just being with other creative friends and also meeting new friends. One of the things that truely blessed my heart was having other people coming into the booth and telling me about some of my designs that they have painted.
One thing that I love about fall are all the beautiful fields of sunflowers. So they became the inspiration for this fall glitter house.
This flower canvas can be painted to suit any season or décor. I had painted it before in pinks (you know me) and since I am showing you how to create it now I thought it would be fun to paint it in fall colors.
This was the last week of our living with art classes. For this class we would be painting a canvas using tube acrylics.
This is the first time in probably 10 years that I have not worked in a booth at Heart of Ohio Tole Painting convention (HOOT). For most of those years my husband and I helped Della and Company, AKA Della and Bill Wetterman and last year I shared a booth with my creative friends Amy Mogish and Wendy Young.
I was not going to come, but at the last minute decided to come and spent the day on the trade show floor. I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of what was happening there:
I want to share with you today how to make those sweet earrings that my one student Sara made out of Shrinky Dinks. Many of the techniques are the same that we used in making other Shrinky Dink projects (See previous post here)…..but the secret to making these earring is using a Shrinket cone tool to make the dimensional floret beads. The tool is available from Julie Haymaker Thompson.
What happens when you get a bunch of amazing artists together who like to paint Christmas Ornaments? That’s right, you have an ornament exchange and share all the wonderful new designs with your painting friends in a book.
This week we painted on wood and I wanted to do something that would be fun for the kids to paint. I bought these fish from St Lawrence River Decoys. The fish are sanded and ready to paint. They also come with the glass eyes. My husband drilled a hole in the bottom of the fish and added the dowel and base.
This week for our living with art class we painted on fabric (find out more here about living with art). As we have been doing the projects I tried to find things that my students can use. For the fabric painting I found this messenger bag from Darice. I thought it would be great for them to carry their art journal and painting supplies in along with the paper mache pencil case.
For our third week of living with art we painted paper mache. Our first project was a pencil box for them to keep their pencils and other small supplies in. I let them paint whatever they would like using DecoArt Americana acrylics.
Our class is 2 hours and they had a half an hour left so I gave them a second project – a small paper Mache jewelry box.
If you have been following along, you know that I have been teaching some kid classes this summer where we are painting on different surfaces and using different mediums. (find out more here). The first week we created an art journal with watercolors that they will be able to work on all summer. (find out more here).
Previously I shared that I would be doing art classes over the summer with some young ladies (find out more here) and also my regular older students. For the first week I planned to started with watercolors and created an art journal that they will be able to draw and paint in all summer.
You could use any watercolors or journal. I got the Prima Classic watercolors for them. I like that they are small and easy to travel with and they are nice happy colors. For the journal we are using the Strathmore 90 lb. watercolor visual journal. It is 5.5″ x 8″ so it also easy to carry around. I also started them with a pencil, a mister bottle, a #7 round brush and a small container of salt.
There is something therapeutic about just touching and preparing your art supplies. To start class we unwrapped our watercolors, numbered them and painted our color reference card.
I had them draw a color wheel in the front of their book. We painted the Red, Blue and Yellow from the colors in their paint box. For the Orange, Purple and Green I had them mix the colors and paint them in their book. Not because we didn’t have the colors in their set, but I wanted to show them how they can mix their colors to create new colors.
I had them draw a square and then paint it with water and then come back and paint in the square to show them how to contain the color to an area. We also painted a square and sprinkled it with salt so they could see the pattern the salt created as it dried. I then let them free draw and paint in thier book.
I had taken a class from Juliette Crane where she started all of her characters by drawing the same basic shape – a circle for the head with a rectangle that is wider at the bottom for the body. Then, by adding different features, like arms and feet, she would create her characters. I had the students start with this little exercise to draw a few characters and then paint them. It gave them somewhere to start with their drawing. I then let them draw and paint whatever they wanted.
I also gave them the option of painting the covers of their journal. To do this we lightly sanded the cover, painted with a coat of gesso, and then painted with bottle acrylics.
Here they are with their covers:
Here is the cover that Sara my older student painted:
Here are pictures of their favorite page:
And these are my older students favorite page in their books:
With my older kids I let them play with watercolor pencils and crayons, and liquid watercolors. I also enjoyed playing with the products and here is a picture of my doodles.
When they were done we put washi tape on the edges of the pages they created. They loved doing this. I asked them to bring their book back each week and as they painted the pages they could add the washi tape.
A couple days after class I got a picture of my older students playing with their watercolors at the Hershey Rose Garden. That blessed my day.
On the first day of class when one of your students jumps out of the car and does cartwheels across your lawn to the front door, you know it is worth every minute you invest in their lives.
I encourage you to share the joy of art.
A big painting hug to you,
Link to products I used ( I am not compensated for suggesting these products):
This summer I offered to have some art classes with some young ladies 8-9 years old. They all love art and love to create. Since they are younger, I did not want to weigh them down with drawing or painting classes. I wanted for them to just enjoy “art”, but I also wanted them to see how art is a part of everyday life.
So each week we will be doing art on a different surface and using different products.
The different surfaces we will be painting/creating on are:
- shrink dinks (plastic)
- paper Mache
And in the process we will be using these mediums:
- colored pencils
- craft acrylics
- tube acrylics
- glass paints
- fabric paints
- food dyes
And we will be making things that we live with, use and give as gifts.
Each week we will be doing a different project and I will be sharing with you what we are doing. I would love for you to be following along and creating with us and/or teaching someone else the joy of creating.
When I teach kids I have three rules:
- There are no rules – you can paint anything you want
- It is OK to copy – and learn from others
- Everyone’s work is good
I love teaching kids. They are always so happy with what they do, so each week they will be painting their own designs. I might give some suggestions but find that they have great ideas themselves.
I know not all of us feel that confident so I will also be creating some step by step projects throughout the summer that relate to the projects we are doing and I will do them as separate posts.
I do have another class of older student that I taught drawing and painting to last year. They will be doing the same projects, but I might be giving them a few extra things.
In this class I want my students to just enjoy creating. I hope that they will be able to see art in the things around them. But most of all I hope to give them a foundation and confidence to enjoy art for the rest of their lives.
I hope you will join us for this artful journey this summer.
It is always fun to have a creative playdate with friends. Not too long ago I got together with my girlfriends Glenda and Deb. We had no plan…which I always love. We started playing with flowers which led us to talking about ideas for backgrounds. Soon we had the stencils out. Just using a few stencils in our projects brought them from pretty to gorgeous in a very short time.
“Isn’t it funny how you can start something and it just keeps growing. That is what happened for me with these frog pins.
One year my chapter was having a pin exchange and I came up with the idea to make these frog pins. I called them my Jump 4 Joy frogs, because my frogs were so happy that they wanted to jump for joy. As I thought about them I thought it would be fun to give them names. Fun names like “Cute Carol”, “Awesome Al”, “Sweet Sarah”, etc. Every one loved them and selected them because of their names. Continue reading
Earlier this year I spent some time in Palm Springs, CA. It was fun to ride around and check out the homes of some of the stars that were there when Palm Springs was in its heyday. One of the big entertainers was Liberace. He had four homes there and also bought one for his mother….good son.
For those of you who are tired of seeing more glitter houses, forgive me….but I have been getting a number of requests for some spring houses and want to try to keep everyone happy… so here are three new designs for spring:
When painting Easter eggs, the bigger the better.
Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love how the days get warmer and longer. There is something magical about seeing everything starting to bud and bloom. You can tell by my painting palette that these are also some of my favorite colors….the soft pastels, and vibrant clear colors of spring. I also love the smells of the season from the smell of the earth thawing and coming to life, to the sweet smell of the blossoms. And then there are the birds….I love seeing them make their nest, lay their eggs, and then their little families learning to fly.
Do you ever find that you have an idea in your head and when you start working on it you are just so disappointed you feel like giving up….throwing it in the trash, never to try to do something similar again. This can also happen when you are trying to paint someone else’s design.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to make an occasion special….and we all appreciate when someone makes the effort for us. This design is super quick and can be put on wine glasses like I am showing you. Think about all the other valentine gifts you could make using this design… it could also be put on coffee mugs, an ornament, votive candle holder, a glass jar holding cookies or even on a card.
I hope that you are not getting tired of my glitter house posts. I have been teasing you with this Music Glitter House and feel that it could be nice for winter.
Now that all of the holiday decorations are down things can seem a little bare. Why not add a little sparkle to your home with these snowflake lanterns. They are easy, inexpensive, can be made quickly and can be used indoors and out. You can use the same technique on mugs, wineglasses or anything glass.
Many times I seem to get into creative slumps. This year I found two things that helped me be more creative.
On the first day of November a post that I shared to my timeline from the year before showed up as a memory in my Facebook news feed. It was a challenge to make time for art every day even if only for a few minutes. It tugged at my heart and I mentioned the challenge to my husband who encouraged me to do it. I reluctantly posted on Facebook the challenge and asked if anyone wanted to join me. To be accountable I then posted updates on my Jane Allen Creates Facebook page.
Last year I did a post on creating glitter houses which turned out to be very popular. Many of my friends and family were inspired to create their own houses or have me teach them.
This year I am up to my eyeballs in glitter. 🙂 Our family made glitter houses after thanksgiving dinner, I am teaching two full classes at a local shop, and I have made houses to sell in the shop which after a week are almost sold out.
I love the colors of fall and how the season encourages us to reflect on our blessings. So today I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope my sharing of ideas, both decorating, creating and recipes are a blessing and encouragement to you and your family and friends. Every time I get a comment or a new follower I am encouraged to keep sharing….and when someone tells me they tried a recipe or project and liked it I am over the moon. Thank you!
Today I thought I would share a few glimpses of my fall décor before I dive into decorating for Christmas.
These two decorate my patio and front door. The hose lady is a Shara Reiner design and the scarecrow is by Maxine Thomas.
A few weeks ago I took a 3 day seminar with Wendy Young, from Olde Moon Lane Primitives (http://www.oldemoonlane.com/). I learned so much from her and she got my creative juices going. I encourage you to take a class from her or buy a pattern from her (they are also loaded with so much good information).
A few years ago I was looking for something new to do with my grand niece Sheena when we went to visit her in San Francisco. I am not even sure where the idea came from but I decided to take some shrinky dinks along to play with. We made a lot of projects but mostly jewelry, and we made many trips to the craft store to get more supplies. 😊
I am sorry that I have not been posting for a while. I put a lot of pressure on myself the last three and a half months, working on a book, and preparing to have a booth at Heart of Ohio Tole Painters Convention (HOOT).
I did the book with my friend Amy Mogish. Not only did I design and paint the pieces for the book, but my husband and I did the photography for the book and I did the desktop publishing. It was a wonderful learning experience and I enjoyed the process. On top of that I coordinated a Multi-author book.
I don’t know about you but sometimes it is easy to get discouraged with our art (or whatever your gift is). It is easy to look at what others are doing and think what we are doing is not the right thing or our art doesn’t measure up; or, even worse, have others tell us what we are doing isn’t good enough, or that we should be doing something else. Continue reading
When I was out shopping at Micheals I saw these cute houses. I immediately had an idea of what I would like to paint on them. When I got home I keep thinking about the cute flower cut outs they had and how they would make fun rooves on the houses. So back to Michaels and then I started working on my updated idea. If you don’t have a Michaels available to you, the houses could be cut from 2×4’s and the roof could be made out of scrape book paper glued to a heavier paper and cut out.
One of the blogs that I follow is Jennifer Rizzo and she is looking for monthly contributors for recipes, crafting and home decorating. To find out more about the contest go to her blog post Jennifer Rizzo Contributor Call-Out
To enter you have to do a post showing your three best posts. Since I do all three, I will show my three best post for each.
Normally I paint from a pattern or sketch from photo references, but sometimes it is fun to set up a still life and paint from it….so why not paint donuts.
The best part about painting donuts is having to buy a “collection” of fresh donuts to sketch and then eat them. 😀 Since my husband was more than willing to help and anxious to get started, I took pictures. I stacked them and also took pictures singularly from the top, side and at an angle. After photographing many donuts I decided on these three.
Once Christmas was over my home looked a little bare, but how to decorate? Should I do snowies, a touch of spring or something creative. You will see that I did a little of all three. And since I design and also enjoy painting other people’s designs you will find a lot of Art in my decorating.
And since I am posting this in the middle of a huge snow storm I am glad that I did not over due the snowies. This is a picture of my living room/dining room. I went with a lot of green here, especially on the mantel but you can see I have a little snow fairy.
I was moving some things around in my basement when I found the starts to these clothes pin snow people and thought you might enjoy creating them. You will need a few clothes pins, toothpicks, doll stands, some twigs for arms, butterfly stickers for wings, paint, glitter, glue, ribbon and tulle and any other embellishments you would like. If you don’t have them already, you can get most of these supplies at your local craft store.
Our family was celebrating my nieces 50th birthday on New Year’s day. I wanted to do something special for her so I decided to make a mixed media Birthday canvas. I had a general idea of what I wanted to do and was able to find the needed supplies at my local crafts store. I started with a 5x7x2 wooden canvas (you could use a regular canvas), I wanted to put her age on the canvas, her initial, a crown, and possibly feet on the project so she could sit it on a table.
I posted a picture on Facebook of me and a young friend making glitter houses, a number of people seemed interested in how they were made so I thought I would show you. You are probably thinking this is too close to Christmas is she crazy…..but this could really be a fun project/ memory with your children, grandchildren or a special friend over vacation break. In fact in would be fun to do every year and watch how their art changes as they grow. When they leave home they will have their own Christmas village, much more valuable than any they could buy.