Archives for the month of: March, 2015


Three dimensional artwork is fun and easy to do. It only requires a little extra time and a few extra supplies. For the painting above, I painted a basic swathed background and allowed it to dry well.


For the tree trunk, I mixed Mod Podge with sand (the kind you get for floral design) you can use course or fine, depending on the texture you want for your painting. I used course for the tree. I applied a thick coat of the Mod Podge/sand mixture in the shape of the tree trunk and allowed that to dry well. I took a full day.


The Mod Podge dried clear, leaving the sand in the shape of the tree trunk. I then painted the tree trunk with a dark brown and allowed that to dry. I highlighted the trunk with other colors to make it look realistic. I had a piece of bark from a tree outside to look at.

imageFor the blossoms on the trees, I used plaster (which you can get at craft stores) mixed with acrylic paint. I started with the darkest pink and added white several times for the other shades. You should allow the paint to dry in between each coat of paint. If you have any questions, please comment and I will try to answer. 🙂



If artwork mediums could be married, I would hook-up ink and colored pencils. I have found that, like a good marriage, the two partners must compliment each other and each realize their own weaknesses. Ink is great for outlining and coloring in areas that are not too big, unless you want the pen marks to be part of the composition. For the work above, I outlined the entire thing in ink and colored in key areas that I wanted to highlight. I also used ink for the strings. However, as you can see, pen marks show on the large areas that I colored in with marker. They would have looked better if I had used pencil.


For this piece, I printed out the words on my inkjet printer onto drawing paper first, then I used ink to outline the tree and give the trunk texture. I also colored in the prominent leaves with marker using a stencil I cut from a piece of card stock. I filled in the trunk and the top with colored pencil.


I decided I wanted the pen marks to show on this one. I drew the circles with a circle grid template, then carefully colored each one in using an arc pattern. I tried to  make the arcs go in the same direction. I drew the dots in the background with a pen. Then I colored the background with pencil.

Give the marriage a try. The two make a great pair.



I know I haven’t posted in a while. I have been very busy studying Anatomy and Physiology and watching my husband and son shovel snow. I did have time to exhibit my watercolor collages at the Kentucky Crafted: the Market in Lexington, KY.

I have also been laid up with a messed up knee and have had a lot of time for painting. More posts on that to come.

I don’t like to waste things. That includes paint. Anytime I finish a project and have left over paint, I grab a blank piece of canvas or paper and use up all the extra on the paper. Most of the time I don’t have enough to paint the entire piece, so I let it dry and put it away until I have more left over paint. Eventually, I wind up with pieces like this:

Here is one I did on a piece of stretched canvas that had somehow acquired a stain. Once I piled several swathes of paint on the canvas, the stain was forgotten.


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