New Video Tutorial – Reclaimed Denim Earrings – a fun and easy DIY project
The latest project up on my YouTube channel will have you crafting and upcycling some amazing, colorful and SUPER EASY DIY earrings. I think my favorite by far is the watercolory (yup, that is a word, I just made it up) fringe earrings, but I am thrilled with how all of them turned out. I think are not only a great craft project for kids, teens and the young at heart, but would also be a great item to craft up to sell at markets and fairs. My niece has already gotten her hands on the earrings I made for this video and claimed them for herself!
This is only the first of several projects in the works with my kids old torn up blue jeans, so stay tuned and make sure to subscribe!
Scrap denim – 2 pieces
Gel Medium (if you want the denim to show)Acrylic paint
Paint markers or paint pens (I used Sakura Souffle in White)
Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD
I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl. I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.
I begin to work on adding a background. Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.
I am happy with the beginning of the background. I will tweak it a little more along the way
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated. I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture. After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl
Adding in a few more areas for detail
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece. Do I need areas of contrast? Do I have too much going on? Should I add color?
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?
Detail work, does it need another color in the owl? He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me. Sky Dancer!
Sky Dancer is finished! Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints. I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.
In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.
It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece. But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head. Cant wait to share it with you