Thursday, 21 March 2019

March Challenge - Love for Flowers by Suzanne Franin

Hey Everyone Suzanne here

This week on the Art and Soul Blog it's my turn for this months challenge for Soul Sisters Facebook Group and it is to use feathers or leaves 
Also check out the Art and Soul Studio Store for lots of yummy products - new stock arriving all the time

This mood board is so vibrant loving the glass bottles
Don't forget to enter and put it in the March Album with photo on it 

I have an unhealthy love for flowers hahaha which lucky for me this months challenge called for leaves and I have plenty of those as well

I had made a tag awhile ago using a Tim Holtz stencil with modelling paste

I added a row of heart stickers I think they were from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet and some Art Stones 
I then painted it with Impasto - Jade and Raspberry Pink and added a bit of water to it then stamped a Kaisercraft dotted stamp with some Black Archival Ink

The frame I was given by someone that they had gotten from the op shop, it was navy blue to start with
On the back of the frame I used the doily stencil then painted it with the Jade Impasto

So I used the Raspberry Pink Impasto which is so thick I only needed one coat
I then gave it a light wipe with some white gesso

I got out my flowers and added them after glueing the tag to the frame

I painted the leaves in the Jade because the green of the leaves just didn't go

I gave the chipboard word a flick with some watered down impasto because it was just too white

Products I used-

 Tim Holtz stencil
Finnabair Art Alchemy Impasto Paint 
RaspberryPink, Jade and Snow White
Art Stones (out of stock)
Mini Art Stones (out of stock)
Kaisercraft White Flowers
Little Birdie Leaves from a flower set
Tim Holtz Tag
Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet
Kaisercraft stamp
White Gesso
Memory Maze Doily Stencil (mine)
Memory Maze word Love chipboard (mine)
Frame frame the op shop
Metal Love word (mine)
Heart Stickers (mine)
Ribbon (mine)

Thank you for visiting I hope you come back soon x

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Acrylic Easter painting, chocolate bunny dad and son hugging each other, easy beginner painting tutorial.

Chocolate Easter Bunny Painting

Paints required:

Acrylic paints all available from Art and Soul Studio Hervey Bay.

Jo Sonjas Sap Green
Jo Sonjas Carbon Black
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Titanium White
Napthol Crimson
Cobalt Green
Hookers Green
Primary Yellow
12 x 16 Canvas board
Filbert paint brush size 4
Flat brush large enough to paint the background easily
Old stuff round brush for the white flowers
Old brush for scumbling
Rigger brush
Golden Glazing Liquid

Steps to painting some chocolate bunnies!

The first step is to get's almost Easter, Easter means chocolate!  Then grab your sap green and paint the whole canvas.  Let it dry and paint another layer of sap green. 

This is the point where you look at the reference photo I have provided.  It is royalty free and downloaded from Pixabay so you can do what you like with your painting of it :)  See the different shades of green in the picture, that is what you are focusing on.  Get your Hookers Green and your favourite scumbling brush (scumbling does ruin a paintbrush so use an old one or one you don't care much about) and start scumbling parts of dark green in the background, following the picture below. 

  To scumble, you place the tip of the paintbrush on the canvas and lightly go in circles.  To blend the Hookers green into the sap green you just scumble some sap green around the hookers green.  I have made a YouTube video for this painting.  I will add the link at the end of this blog.  Just keep scumbling lighter and darker green around the canvas until you are happy.  You should end up with something similar to this picture.

Now for the longer blades of grass behind the bunnies.  Using your rigger brush, and cobalt green, dip the brush in water and then mix it into the paint.  You want it watery, but not too watery.  About a third of the way up the canvas begin making long blades of grass, using sap green, cobalt green and a mixture of these greens together.  Fill the whole bottom third of the canvas with grass blades.

Using Titanium white, dip your old stiff brush into the paint and just lightly dab on some white flowers. 


Tracing in the chocolate bunnies:

Trace the chocolate bunnies in using your preferred method, or draw them in if you enjoy drawing (traceable will be at the bottom of the page and also on my Pinterest page.)

Paint over the whole bunnies in Burnt Sienna, leaving the eyes blank so you know where they will be.
Then paint a layer of Burnt Umber on Daddy Bunny.  Work on one bunny at a time, it makes things easier since they are so close to each other and the same colour.

Using Burnt Umber and a small amount of Titanium White mixed together paint the inside of Dad Bunny's ear.  Using Black paint in his nose and the little gap on his face that makes his nose. 

Dry brush Burnt Umber and Titanuim white combined on Dad's belly, the inside of his ears, his head and his arm.  Paint white where his eye will go.  Mix Napthol Crimson with a little white to make pink, and paint that inside his ear.  Then using Burnt Umber make small lines on the edge of his ears, these are the imperfections in the chocolate.  Make sure you follow the direction of his ear when doing these strokes, look at the reference picture you will see they all go in different angles.  Mix a little Burnt Umber and Titanium White and outline the dark creases you just did.

Add some Burnt Umber and Titanium White to the inside of baby bunny's ear so you know where it should be placed.  Finally for Dad bunny, using Black place a curved line where his closed eye is.

3.  The Chocolate cracks..

Make lots of small little marks on the Dad's face, and ears, looking at the reference picture to get an idea of the direction they should be going.  The mix Burnt Umber with Titanium white and make lines around all of the Burnt Umber spots and lines. He should begin looking like the picture above.  I have a quick time lapse showing how I did this.

Continue painting the choclate cracks all over his body.

4.  Painting Baby Bunny:

Using Burnt Umber and a little bit of Titanium White, cover the baby bunny in paint.  Add the pink mixture to the inside of his ear.  Use some Burnt Umber to outline where his arm and ears and head will end if you need to.  It does help.

Follow along the same procedure for making the cracks on baby bunny as you did on Dad bunny.

5.  More strands of grass

Using the rigger brush and a combination of the greens you used before, place some long strands of grass in front of the bunnies, this helps with pushing the bunnies back into the painting a little.  

Place some more white flowers around the front of the bunnies too.

Using Titanium white paint the eggs in, wherever you want them.  Using white first helps the colour you choose for the egg to be seen better.  Use Primary Yellow for one egg, and Napthol Crimson for the other.  Let it dry then do another coat.  

Use Hookers green to paint the shadow of the eggs on the grass.
Mix the yellow with some burnt Umber to create the shadow on the yellow egg.  Mainly on the bottom of the egg and the sides.  Mix Yellow and Titanium White to create the highlight on the top of the yellow egg.  
Mix black with red to create the shadows on the red egg, and mix red with zinc white to create the highlight on the red egg.  You can use Titanium White, just be careful not to turn the red pink.  Zinc White is less strong and it takes a bit more of it to turn the red pink, henceforth making it perfect for highlights.

Decorate the eggs however you want, making sure if you want lines on them they need to be curved to make the egg appear rounded.

Using the rigger brush, add some grass strands in front of the eggs, like you did for the bunnies, and then some white flowers.

Don't forget to sign it......

All of the paints I used here I got from Art and Soul Studio, right here in my hometown, Hervey Bay.  You can order online here.....

Or visit the store when you are in beautiful Hervey Bay, it is a crafters and artists paradise I guarantee.  The address is shop 2/168 Boat harbour Drive, Pialba.

My Pinterest page where the reference photo and the traceable can be downloaded:

My Facebook Art Page:

Art and Soul Facebook Page:

I will have the YouTube video up for this tutorial by the end of today, so make sure you check it out:

That is it for me this month.  Hope you enjoy painting this sweet little Easter scene.

Lots of Art hugs......

Floral Mixed Media Tag by Dutt Preety

Hi friends :)
Good Morning !

Today, I'd like to share a Floral Mixed Media Tag- "Smile"
I was inspired by the gorgeous colours of the March mooboard. 
I've added die cut leaves to the tag. 
Hope you'll join the March challenge. There are awesome prizes on offer!

Floral Mixed Media Tag- Smile


Step 1: Took an XL size tag & applied modelling paste through a Tim Holtz stencil to create background texture
Step 2: Applied black gesso to the whole tag, to prepare it for coloring.
Step 3: Used Lindy's Sprays to spray on different shades of purple onto the tag & coloured a piece of lace using the same colours
Step 4: Used Finnabair's waxes to add highlights and accents to the tag
Step 5: Adhered die cut leaves, a Little Birdie flower, sisal and a sentiment chipboard onto the tag using 3D Matte Gel 
Step 6: Mixed mini beads, glitter & art stones with 3D Matte Gel & applied this paste to some areas of the tag
Step 7: Created splatter using watered down acrylic paints, darkened the edges of the tag with archival ink & tied the coloured lace at the top.
Products Used:

Prima Finnabair Mini Art Stones & Art Stones
Ranger Archival Inkpad- Jet Black

Please don't forget to join Art & Soul Studio's March Challenge. There are awesome prizes on offer & we have a stunning mood board every month. For inspiration, please check out the gorgeous projects made by my talented team mates. All the details about the March Challenge can be found HERE. You can add your March Challenge entries in the facebook album HERE

March Moodboard

Lastly, please do share your beautiful work with us on our Facebook group- Soul Sisters, we would love to see what you create with supplies from the Art & Soul Studio Store.

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

A Bird in Harmony with Nature

Hello and Welcome Ina here to share with you what I made with
 the most gorgeous March Mood Board for
Art and Soul Studio.
The Mood Board called for leaves or feathers
so on a walk back from my mailbox (it's a bit of a walk)
 I collected a few bits of bark and leaves
with some amazing colours and markings
to add to my creation. Also found a few feathers
left behind by some birds.
Here is my 8" x  8" finished canvas.

and the Mood Board

I started by adding gesso to my canvas and then
 inking Art Alchemy Metallic Paints in
Frozen Berries and Romance Pink with
strokes of white .

Adding some interest with some inked rings
using the lid of one of my sprays
then texture with Tim Holtz Stone Stencil
with DecoArt Crackle Paint.
Now the inky fun part begins by going outside
and spraying my leaves, bark and birdcage with
Dylusions Funky Fuchia Spray, Tim Holtz Antique Bronze
Spray Stain and Lindy's Witches Potion Purple Spray.
I did this on the side of an old trailer in our garage.

Now to decide where to add my elements.
Straw bits were sprayed with the colours above
and I added Finnabair Art Stones.

Here are a few close ups -
That beautiful blue shimmer is from
Lindy's Witches Potion Purple Spray
Added a few feathers I found in our yard. 

And to finish - a photo of the bird cage.
Thanks to Aussie aNNie
and my blingy bird is from my stash.

Products I used from Art and Soul Studio are
 Art Alchemy Metallic Paints
Lindy's Spray
Finnabair Art Stones
DecoArt Crackle Paint.

We'd love to have you join us this month at
our Facebook site - Soul Sisters
Check out how you can win a $50 voucher from 
Art and Soul Studio if you live in Australia but
don't be discouraged if you don't because you 
will be invited to show your talents as our Guest.
Rules are Here
Hope to see your entry Here 

Thanks for checking my project out.

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