Thursday, 23 November 2017

Instructions for sled ornaments

Hi Friends,

I recently posted some sled ornaments I made. A friend asked for instructions so here they are:

Supplies (per sled):
  • 5 pre-colored popsicle sticks
  • Wire cutters
  • Medium grade sand paper
  • Aleen’s Tacky Glue
  • Glue gun (optional but useful)
  • Desired embellishments
  • Small piece of twine
  • Cut 3 popsicles sticks at the ¾ mark with wire cutters (you can indent first and then snap apart with your fingers)
  • Sand cut ends
  • Line up the longer pieces, side by side and glue 2 of the short pieces across as slats (this is the underside of your sled)
  • Glue 2 whole popsicle sticks on the underside, with one side almost even with the base and the other ends extending beyond it. (These are your sled runners. You can use tacky glue if you hold them in place for a while and wait for them to dry, or you can use the glue gun instead.)
  • Fold small piece of twine in half and glue ends to the center of 3rd small piece of popsicle stick. I used hot glue.
  • Glue small piece with twine to the runners (top side) slightly ahead of the sled base. I used hot glue here too.
  • Hot glue embellishments however you like. I prefer the ones where the front slat (with the twine) is showing, but it is whatever looks good to you.
For some of my sleds I used 4 popsicle sticks for my base. On those, I used 3 small pieces as slats.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Hi Friends,

Last week I had a friend over to make a few Christmas tree ornaments out of popsicle sticks. I got hooked and ended up making over 20 throughout the rest of the week. Here are a few.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Water colour girl

Hi Folks,

I recently took a water colour course at Islandscapes Etc. and discovered, inadvertently, that water colour is a wonderful medium for making realistic skin tones. It was inadvertent because it was during a homework session with a classmate that I started drawing my face.

My friend asked me to show her how to draw an eye. In order to show her, I drew one. It looked lonely so I drew one to match. I added a nose, mouth and then figured I might as well go all the way with a head, shoulders and hair. The next day, I thought I would try my hand at painting it with water colours.  I had only ever painted faces with acrylics so I had no idea how I would manage with water colour paint.

My big challenge with painting skin in acrylics is to not have my portraits turning out looking like made-up corpses. I was very excited to discover the varied tones and translucent effect of water colour paint.

Here is my first attempt at a water colour girl, drawn and painted totally from my imagination.