Ever heard of “Paint by Numbers?” If your answer is yes, you probably recognize the style of this long-haired cat, but there is a new twist. Now, instead of applying paints, you apply stickers.
“Paint by Sticker Cats”
Over the last several years, “Paint by Sticker” and “Color by Sticker” books have been produced in an interesting range of themes for everyone from kids to adults. Let’s see how it works:
Kitten Close Up – Before
I chose an adorable kitten. As you can see, the image has been broken up into varying size pieces, and each one has a corresponding sticker with a unique letter & number combination.
Kitten Close Up – After
After all the stickers have been applied, this is the finished kitten.
Sticker Pages 1 & 2
The “Paint by Sticker Cats” book contains twelve cat images, and each has two corresponding pages of stickers, divided into four sections (A, B, C, D) with unique numbers.
Close Up Detail of Sticker Page 2
The front of the book contains large finished images so that you know exactly how the completed image will look. All pages are perforated for easy tear out. This will save you a lot of time flipping back and forth.
Apply Stickers – Sections B & A
Start anywhere you like. I chose Section-B stickers and applied all as shown above left. Make sure the stickers fit against each other to prevent the white background paper from showing.
Apply Stickers – Sections C & D
Apply the remaining stickers from Sections C & D.
Finished Kitten Image
Portable; No tools; No supplies; No fumes;
No clean up; No batteries; Inexpensive;
All ages; Fun; Easy; Colorful;
Struggle to peel & stick a few of the smallest stickers (may need tweezers)
Tiny print may require reading glasses
Each of the images are broken up into pieces like a jigsaw puzzle, however this puzzle tells you exactly where each piece goes by using a unique letter and number combination. How easy is that?
All the artistic challenges have already been worked out. Along the way, you may learn enough about light and shadow, color placement, composition, etc. to apply this knowledge to your future drawing and painting projects.
And when finished, you will have a frame-worthy piece of art.
As a kid, I remember reading a book about a courting frog, which is still popular today. And who could forget the story of the Frog Prince? To this day, my mom kisses every frog figurine, ornament, or pendant, just in case it turns into a prince. Nothing so far, but she remains hopeful. This week we will be painting a frog in search of a mate. We will start with a couple of photos for inspiration:
This frog has great patterns, nice mixture of greens and browns, and cool eyes.
The spotted pattern on this frog would be easy to duplicate.
How to Paint a Resin Frog:
Original Gray Resin Frog – Front
Talk about having a case of the blahs! This cute little frog has some nice details, such as the collar, tie and the intricately carved rose. We have been using it as a doorstop for years, and we never gave it a second thought. That changes today.
Original Gray Resin Frog – Profiles
The sculptor did an amazing job defining the frog’s body from head to toe, including adorable, webbed feet. The rose has layer after layer of petals with curled edges like a living bloom.
Original Gray Resin Frog – Back
The textured straw hat has been accurately rendered and will need to be carefully painted to maintain its integrity. Be sure to apply a thin coat of paint, or those details may be lost.
Resin Frog (11” high x 10” wide x 8” deep)
Acrylic Paints – white, red, yellow, blue, green, metallic gold, black, & tan
Small detail paintbrush and thicker brush for base coats
Clear Spray Paint – gloss or matte finish
Note: If you choose to blend several paints to create a special color, be sure to make enough to complete the project because it is difficult to duplicate. To keep wet paint fresh on a palette or dish for later use, cover the surface with plastic wrap.
Painted Straw Hat – Front
Paint the straw hat yellow, one rough coat to preserve texture. My mom painted the hat. And yes, she kissed the frog too! (lol)
Painted Straw Hat – Back
As you can see the straw texture is still visible.
Painted Frog – Front
Paint the frog’s entire body green.
Painted Frog – Profiles
You will need to use a fine brush in areas close to the hat to prevent green paint from marring the yellow.
Painted Frog – Back
Be sure to paint green all the way around, even in the tight curves and at the edges of the collar, tie and rose.
Painted Collar & Tie
On the first attempt, the collar was painted white. I decided the contrast between the green and white was too harsh and should be softened.
Repainted Collar & Rose
The collar was repainted tan, which has a much softer effect. Paint the tie blue and the red rose. The pupils are painted black and will be completed in the next step.
Finish the eyes by outlining them with metallic gold. I experimented with a patterned iris, but he looked scary instead of cute, so I repainted the black. Add white highlights to give this little guy twinkles in his eyes. Look over the frog and touch up any areas as needed.
Frog Ready for his Close-Up
This is the close-up of our leading man. All he needs now is to find the love of his life.
Clear Coat Protection
To protect the acrylic, I recommend sealing the paint with two coats of clear spray paint. Notice how much richer the colors become after being sealed.
Frog Before & After
This froggy’s makeover is complete! He went from bland gray to fashionably colorful in a few easy steps.
If one day in your travels, you encounter a frog like this one, it might just be worth risking a kiss to find a true frog prince or princess. Good luck painting your next project, and I hope you find that special someone!
Have you ever admired the beauty of sunlight filtering through stained glass windows? The kaleidoscope effects are stunning. Given its otherworldly effects, it is not surprising to find stained glass in churches, royal palaces, and many grand architectural structures all over the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a similar experience at home?
Stained Glass Entry
If you are in the market for a new front door, there are many glass pattern options for the doors, sidelights, and transom windows. Because it is labor intensive, stained glass is significantly more expensive.
If you happen to be an artist, you could paint your own design on a sheet of glass, with special pigments called stains, which must be fired in a kiln to complete the process. Next it will need a frame to be used as a wall hanging, or metal hardware for hanging it in front of an existing window. It can also be installed in a window frame with a protective layer of glass on the exterior side to protect it from wind and weather.
Painted Glass Mandalas
These hand painted mandalas offer the beauty of stained glass without the need for cutting tools or wire.
If you love the look of stained glass, but lack the time and artistic ability, or have budgetary constraints, you still have a few options.
Decorative Window Film
Window films are available through many sources including home improvement stores. As you can see, the film provides the color and patterns of genuine stained glass without the expense. Film also provides privacy, and blocks unsightly views. Be sure to follow the installation instructions carefully. The most important step is ensuring the glass is free of all dust, dirt and debris. There must be a perfectly smooth surface for the film to adhere properly. Failure to follow these instructions could result in air pockets, bubbles and delaminating (peeling film).
Decorative Window Film
There are two types of window films, which differ by installation. The first adheres to the glass via static cling and the second uses adhesive. The films shown in these two photos are the static cling type. Personally, I prefer static cling film, instead of adhesive, because it’s easy to install and more importantly can be easily removed. The films come in a wide variety of styles, including the more traditional “stained glass” and some very contemporary geometric patterns.
Sunburst Stained Glass Suncatcher
Genuine stained glass requires specialized skills. Due to precise cutting required, sharp glass and metal edges and joint soldering, this process is not suitable for children. There’s an inexpensive alternative, which is an easy, family-friendly project.
How to Make Colorful Acrylic Suncatchers:
These suncatchers look like glass, but are actually clear acrylic with raised black ridges, which create compartments for holding individual stain colors. One big advantage is that the acrylic is not fragile, like glass, so if you accidentally drop one, no harm is done.
Suncatcher Stain Kit
Some stores sell the stains separately, while others offer kits, which include a suncatcher(s), several stain colors and a paintbrush applicator. When the stains have dried, the surface hardens and the vibrant colors are translucent, just like stained glass.
Suncatcher Stain Application Process
Using the provided paintbrush, stains are applied one drop at a time. No blending, no special brush strokes and no extra supplies are required. It’s that easy! There are no other steps. Simply let them dry and they’re ready to hang. Below are examples of completed acrylic suncatchers.
Butterfly & Hot Air Balloon Suncatchers
Balloon Bouquet & Cat Suncatchers
Dog & Bluebird Suncatchers
Tropical Fish & Cardinal Suncatchers
Mirror with Applied Suncatchers
Suncatchers can be hung upon windows or mirrors using suction cups on the glass, or hung with ribbons looped over window locks. I purchased two divided mirrors and screwed them together to create the eight-panel wall hanging shown in the photo above. The suncatchers were glued in the center of each square. The mirror allows natural and artificial light to reflect through the suncatchers. Because it resembles a window, I placed it above my stove to give me something pretty to look at while I’m cooking. It can also be hung in an interior room that needs a boost of color along with a “view.”
Anyone can make colorful suncatchers with very little effort, beautiful results, and they make great gifts at a very affordable price.
Arranging flowers is like painting a masterpiece. Instead of paints on canvas, you place fresh-cut or silk flowers and leaves in a vase, bottle, or bowl. Before you begin, you have some decisions to make. What colors will choose? How will you create visual interest? Do you prefer balanced or abstract designs? What will be your focal point(s)? Do you have a container in mind? Would you like to include a few accents, such as berries, or butterflies? Feel overwhelmed? Below are several pointers on flower arranging to help you get started.
Orange & Blue
Complementary colors provide maximum contrast. They say opposites attract. Maybe that is why this orange butterfly found a blue flower irresistible.
Yellow & Purple
Yellow shines brilliantly alongside its complement, purple. This combination is associated with spring as well as Easter.
Red & Green
Red immediately grabs your attention. Set against green it really pops. Although red and green are hallmarks of Christmas, they are perfect any time of year, especially with other accent colors, as shown in the above photo.
Exotic Focal Points:
Bird of Paradise
While you are selecting flowers for a new arrangement, consider your focal point(s). A few exotic flowers bring bold colors, shapes, and textures to your design.
Dahlias offer amazing variety. Check out the gorgeous pink and white dahlia in this photo. Many people believe the ombre-effect was manmade, but Mother Nature thought of it first.
Although hibiscus is a readily available flower, the rich, blended colors and delicate details appear to be hand-painted by Mother Nature.
Monochromatic designs do not have to be boring. Choose a variety of flowers in shades of your chosen color and arrange them in a visually pleasing way.
Dramatic contrasts in color as well as shape are the keys to this arrangement.
Jewel-tone tulips stand on their own as an easy and attractive centerpiece.
Pastel colors and small-scale blooms blend harmoniously in this lovely springtime bouquet.
Floral Design Balance:
This arrangement has elements of symmetry and asymmetry. The heart shape and three roses are symmetrically balanced, while the assorted perimeter flowers are asymmetrical and yet still fit within the overall heart shape.
This asymmetrical centerpiece is an abstract art lover’s dream.
You might want to include a few well-chosen characters to adorn your floral creations, including birds, butterflies, ladybugs, geckos, and fairies.
Give a floral bouquet an upgrade with a special themed holder, such as this heart for Valentine’s Day, which can be paired with a vase, and reused for years to come.
Ribbons & Twigs
The bright yellow daffodils contrast well with purple ribbon, woven with other blooms upon a twig base. In autumn, pinecones, and berries are attractive additions.
Floral Display Containers:
And the Envelope-Please…
Flowers look beautiful no matter how you choose to display them. For the cute arrangement above, you need to “think inside the box!” An envelope-shaped box is a sweet surprise and wonderful conversation starter.
A new use for an old friend – this martini glass, with an extra-long stem, is a great idea for providing floral beauty, while still enabling guests to see each other across the table.
Old Fashioned Ceramic Jar
For country chic, choose the simplicity of a ceramic jar filled with a few fresh cut blooms.
Who needs a vase when you have a water bowl? A floating mandala design sets a relaxing tone. If you are having a party, each table could have a unique floating centerpiece to show off your creativity.
Floral Design Influences:
This Balinese flower offering exhibits many of the design principles discussed in this post including symmetry, focal point, all six complementary colors, multicolor flowers, and a unique flat design display. A large outdoor table, in a shaded area, offers a great opportunity for a flat floral centerpiece.
Cultural (Before & After)
Tropical flowers grow in abundance in Hawaii and are an integral part of their cultural history and traditions. This beautiful arrangement has a nice selection of exotic flowers, but two elements throw off this design: 1) The red roses do not belong in a tropical arrangement. 2) The metallic silver vase is too contemporary. To fix it, add more red ginger and anthuriums, and use a Hawaiian drum to conceal the vase, unifying this Polynesian theme.
A large interior space requires an equally strong floral display, and this one meets that challenge. These organ pipes have strong vertical lines, multiple levels, sculptural scrolls, and decorative arches, which are echoed in the grooved, scalloped urn, tiered flowers, curled leaves, and bell-shaped flowers. High contrast of complementary colors can be found in the purple flowers with bold yellow centers, and the blue flowers against the tall orange-red stalks. Exotic lilies serve as focal points, drawing the eye in toward the rich lush greens and purples and pulling your attention upward, much like the heavenly organ music floating upon the air.
Seashells and lotus blossoms automatically make you think of water. Beginning at the top, invisible water flows diagonally, from leaf to leaf, making its way back and forth across the arrangement until it reaches the bottom, only to begin the journey anew. Textures in the seashell are repeated in the leaves. Whether you spend the day at a pampering spa or have a luxurious soak in the bathtub at home, this soft color palette and gentle flowing movement soothes away your cares bringing peaceful relaxation to body and mind.
Take your time finding inspiration, developing ideas, and planning your design. Choosing flowers and creating a unique floral display will shine with your artistic flair. Enjoy the process and best of luck!
Making fine jewelry requires years of special training in gemstones, precious metals, and jewelry design. Materials and tools are very expensive, and mistakes can be very costly. The invention of beaded jewelry created beautiful designs in a much more affordable way, and put the jewelry making possibilities into everyone’s hands. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a piece of jewelry, now is your chance.
How to Make Black Onyx & Tigerseye Earrings
These 2” long gemstone earrings are fashionable and easy to make.
Required Beads & Findings:
To make this pair of earrings you will need:
2) Silver plated Head Pins – 2” length,
2) 8.5mm Granulated Round Pewter Rondelles,
2) 8mm Tigerseye beads,
2) 10mm Black Onyx beads,
2) Silver plated Round 4mm Spacer beads
2) Silver plated Surgical Steel Fishhook Earwires with ball & coil
(Please note: Head pins are the foundation of these earrings. They are inexpensive and come in big packages. Be sure to have several on hand just in case. Craft stores carry jewelry making supplies, including beads, accents, and tools. If you get hooked on jewelry making and yearn for the ultimate selections, look no further than FireMountainGems.com)
Jewelry Making Tools:
Round Nose Pliers – the smooth, round tips on these pliers make it easy and safe to manipulate wire, pins, and small jewelry metal pieces known as findings. Please don’t use standard pliers, which have teeth that will damage delicate precious metals.
Jewelry Wire Cutters – a sharp pair of wire cutters makes jewelry making so much easier. Do not use them for other crafts, such as floral arranging, which can damage the blades.
Earring Making Instructions:
Step 1: Stack the beads in sequence on the head pin as shown. This is the dangle part of the earring.
Step 2: With the round nose pliers in your right hand, grip the wire just above the top silver bead. Be sure the beads are close together with no gaps in between. Hold the pliers in this position for the next step.
Step 3: Grasp the end of the head pin with your left thumb and index finger, and bend the wire toward you.
Continue bending the pin over the tip of the pliers until it touches the Black Onyx bead.
The reshaped pin will look like the photo above.
Step 4: Cut off the excess wire. Leave enough wire to form a small loop above the silver bead. This may take a few tries. Don’t worry if you cut it too short. Simply use a new head pin and repeat the steps.
This photo shows the trimmed wire, and beside it is the scrap piece to be thrown away.
Step 5: Hook the dangle earring onto the loop on the bottom of the fishhook earwire,
and close the loop using the round nose pliers.
Congratulations! You have successfully made your first pair of earrings.
These skills can be used to create many styles, which at first may appear to be complex, but are actually fairly easy when broken down into basic steps. Let’s take a look at a few examples below.
Blue Bead & Pearl Earrings– If you look closely, you’ll notice the same elements we talked about before: head pins, stacked beads, and earwires. The choice of silver earwires and accents with faceted blue crystals and Mother of Pearl creates a cool, summery vibe. This pair of earrings utilizes a different type of earwire known as lever backs, which prevent the earring from falling off – no more lost earrings!
Fossil Earrings – The natural spiral design and intricate details of these fossils make great focal points for these earrings. You can purchase charms and pendants such as these and simply attach earwires to the provided loops on top. How easy is that?
Triangle Earrings – These earrings are a simple progression from the fossil earrings above. The triangles are merely charms. Head pins, which are available in many lengths, are the keys to this design. Attach the three beads on the bottom of each triangle using pliers. The yellow beads are also attached with head pins. Cut the head off a pin, and use the pliers to make a loop above and below the yellow bead and then attach to the triangle on the bottom and to the earwire on the top.
Jasper & Pearl Earrings – Gemstones come in an amazing array of colors and shapes. The accent beads can be mixed and matched in infinite combinations. Experiment by laying out the beads to test your options. The nice thing about earrings is that you can place the beads on a pin and hold them up to your ear to see how they look, with no commitment whatsoever. Don’t like what you see? Try another combo.
Jewelry making is a fun, creative hobby. Best of all you get to wear and share your creations with your family and friends. For more information on beaded jewelry, please read “Designing Beaded Jewelry.”
On a scale of 1-10, who is the cutest – an Alpaca or an Ewok?
My apologies to all the Star Wars fans, but this week our craft project is all about Alpacas.
This baby alpaca looks so soft and cuddly like a stuffed animal.
Adults have long shaggy fur, which is used to make yarn for blankets, sweaters and other garments.
Some have monochromatic fur, such as the one pictured above.
Alpaca fur tends to be thick and plush in a variety of shades and a few fashion-forward combinations. Whatever your preferences, you can’t go wrong applying those creative choices to this fun project.
How to Paint a Wooden Alpaca:
Raw Wood Alpaca
Thick wood has been cut out in the shape of an alpaca. Both sides and all the edges will need to be painted. Due to the raw nature of the wood, it may require a little sanding, especially along the edges.
Supplies: Wooden Alpaca (6-1/4” high x 4-1/2” wide x 1-1/2” thick) Acrylic Paints – gray, white, black Bottles Fabric Paint – brown, white, black Paintbrushes Sandpaper Black Sharpie Marker or pencil
Paint Base Color
Using acrylic gray paint and a brush, paint both sides of the body and all the edges.
Paint Accent Colors & Draw Eye Detail
Apply white acrylic paint with a brush on the head, neck, lower legs and tail. With a pencil or marker, draw the eyes.
Define Facial Details
Using a combination of acrylic and fabric paints, add the eyes, nose and mouth.
Textured Fur Detail
Creating thick, three-dimensional fur is easy with fabric paint. You must start at the BOTTOM and work your way up using short downward strokes. Keep the placement and stroke size random, layering new fur over the previous sections as you work your way to the top. Allow the paint to dry overnight because it shrinks as it dries. Repeat this process until you achieve the desired appearance.
Paint White Textured Fur
This photo shows the completed white fur on the legs and tail. Repeat this process on the other side.
Note: To achieve a very thick fur coat, you may need several bottles of fabric paint.
Paint Brown Textured Fur
Apply brown fabric paint on the torso, and upper legs, using the same textured process described above.
Paint Additional Layers of Textured Fur
Repeat the painted fur process as many times as needed to create a thick fur coat.
Paint White Textured Fur
Once again using the white fabric paint, start creating the fur at the bottom of the neck and work upward.
Paint Additional Layers of White Textured Fur
Repeat the process to achieve desired thickness. Remember to thoroughly cover the edges too. You may also want to add more fur on the tail as well for a bushy effect. Allow time for the paint to dry between coats so that you can see which areas need more work.
Congratulations! You are now the proud parent of an adorable alpaca!
As you can see in this photo, the fur continues up over the top of the head, including bangs on forehead.
Alpaca – Before & After
We started with a plain wood figure, and with little effort and patience during drying times, this cute alpaca is ready to adorn your home or be given as a gift. Either way, smiles are sure to follow.
White icing, piped details topped with maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings make this Black Forest cake outstanding, but the real showstopper is the chocolate latticework wrapped around the sides.
I have a confession to make – researching and writing this post made me hungry for dessert. Before you continue reading, I suggest having a treat ready to eat, or grab the car keys and run to the bakery. Okay, now let us explore cake decorating.
Icing Piping Bags
Cake decorating bags can be filled with a variety of icings and each metal tip creates different designs, from flowers, to ribbons, stars and many more. Piping bags can also be used for fillings in pastries and donuts.
The piping bags shown in the previous photo produced these unique floral motifs.
Piped buttercream frosting is a colorful and flavorful choice for cake decorating.
Owl Fondant Cake
This adorable owl cake is decorated with fondant, which is made from sugar paste, rolled out into sheets, and then cut into any desired shapes.
Confectioner’s Sugar drizzled over this cake is quick and easy. The clustered cherries hint at the fruit filling hidden with this single layer cake.
Marzipan is made from almond paste and is a favorite candy treat, which adds a bit of whimsy to cakes as well as cupcakes.
If you always wanted to try sculpture, here is your chance to create a beautiful art piece and it’s edible too! While smaller decorations can be made with fondant or gum paste, modeling chocolate is much stronger, enabling the creation of larger figures, such as the Disney characters shown above.
Rainbow Layer Cake
An easy way to add color to any cake is by using rainbow colored layers.
This cheesecake has a translucent topping and center filling made from orange juice concentrate and sugar. An unexpected block pattern is only revealed when sliced.
Red Velvet Cake
Rich red crumbles hint at the alternating layers of moist chocolate cake and cream cheese icing hidden within this decadent dessert.
Fresh fruit garnishes and a little powdered sugar are all you need to top off this summertime favorite.
Most people love chocolate and this dessert does not disappoint. Chocolate whipped cream is sandwiched between the layers of cake and is also piped on top, garnished with chocolate shavings and raspberries.
A marbleized effect is achieved by piping chocolate frosting over vanilla and then running a knife or spatula through it.
Fondant with Piping & Roses
This lovely wedding cake has pink and white fondant, with piped icing details and fresh-cut flowers.
Star Wars Theme Cake – (Fondant & Modeling Chocolate)
Special occasions present perfect opportunities for themed cakes. Any child would be thrilled to have Yoda at his or her birthday party. A few “big” kids would love it too!
Mosaic Fondant Cake
This cake and display tray have been covered with chocolate fondant for a seamless look. Multi-color fondant sheets are cut into circles of various sizes and individually placed in an intricate mosaic pattern.
Modeling Chocolate Lego Cake
The figures and Legos are modeling chocolate, while the white icing is fondant. Isn’t it amazing how realistic the Lego blocks look?
These wintry snowmen are decorated with modeling chocolate, piping, and macaroons. Sprinkled granulated sugar resembles the snow and ice.
Want to know the secret to making large decorations like the giraffe, the zebra and the turtle’s head and legs? Rice cereal treats are covered with fondant to seamlessly blend with the cake.
Designer Textured Cakes
Both of these cakes offer incredible color and texture. On the left, the ombré effect of the piped roses leads the eye toward the sparkling glass bride and groom topper. Piping, stamping, gum paste, and candy making techniques have been beautifully combined in this unique garden gazebo.
Designer Bold Colorful Cakes
Bold colors are certainly eye-catching. The first, known as a topsy-turvy cake, is wrapped in fondant and decorated with geometric and floral cut fondant. The floral cake has been hand-painted with edible inks, creating the look of stained glass.
Designer Pastel Floral Cake
This floral cake is a real labor of love. Each gum paste flower, leaf and butterfly is made by hand and set in place to create the cascading garden. As the design nears completion, iridescent edible inks are brushed on to provide depth and realistic details in this incredible wedding cake.
I hope you are inspired to give cake decorating a try. A visit to your local craft store will give you additional ideas, and you will see an amazing selection of the candies, pre-mixed fondants, and gel icings, as well as tools of the trade and specialty pans to make your next dessert a masterpiece.
Before we begin this Easter-themed project, we’ll need a little inspiration. Let’s take a look at a few of Mother Nature’s color scheme choices in the adorable bunny photos below:
Baby bunnies are just so cute! That’s a lot of love wrapped in a soft tan and cream coat.
This stylish rabbit is modeling the very popular gray and white color combo.
Wild rabbits often have a blended fur coat of brown, tan and black to help camouflage them from predators. The one pictured above looks perfectly content to nap where he is without a care in the world.
Last but not least is this precious black and white baby. His delicate features, including his button nose, inner ears and the outline of his eyes, are a soft pink.
Now that we’ve seen a few ideas, let’s get started painting!
How to Paint a Wooden Rabbit:
Thick wood has been cut out in the shape of a rabbit and has the advantage of strong, rectangular base. Both sides and all the edges will need to be painted. Due to the raw nature of the wood, it may require a little sanding, especially along the edges.
Wooden Rabbit (17” high x 8” wide x 1/4” thick) (Base is 5-3/4” wide x 4”deep)
Acrylic Paints – brown, black, gray, tan, green & white
Fan paintbrush, small detail paintbrush and thicker brush for base coats
Optional: Fabric paints – black, brown, white (Refer to Advanced section below)
Step 1 – Paint the rabbit with 2) coats of white acrylic paint, including both sides and all edges.
Step 2 – Start painting the fur on the back. Experiment with colors and brush techniques. I poured black, brown and gray paint onto an artist’s palette. Dip a fan brush into each color and then apply to wood surface to create a fur-like effect. Because the paints have not been mixed, each new brush stroke will have a slightly different combination of colors, just like real fur. Repeat thus process until the back is completed. The white tail will be added later.
Step 3 – On the front, draw the face (eyes, eyelids, eyelashes, muzzle with nose, mouth, whiskers), ears and feet with a pencil. Paint the inside of the ears and eyelids tan.
Step 4 – Create the fur by repeating the procedures in Step 2. Be sure to make long brush strokes along the edges of the ears to resemble thick fur. You can leave the eyes, muzzle, and feet white for now. These areas will be detailed in the next step.
Step 5 – Paint the facial details. I painted the eyes, eyelashes, nose, mouth and whiskers black.
Step 5A – This is an alternate version for the eyes and nose. A brown iris has been added to each eye, the eyelashes have been extended, and brown nostrils define the nose. For a more lively expression, don’t forget to put a dot of white in the pupil of each eye.
Step 6 – The finished rabbit has white feet with black lines to define the toes. The base was painted with two coats of green.
Step 7 – Paint a big, white fluffy tail on the back.
At this point your project is finished and ready to display. If you would like to take this design to the next level, please follow the steps below.
Advanced Rabbit in 3D
Followers of this blog know how much I love creating 3D details on wood projects using fabric paints. If you appreciate three-dimensional effects, this section is for you! Unless otherwise noted, all paints listed below are dimensional fabric paints.
Start by painting 2 thick coats of white fabric paint on the muzzle, and brown paint for the eyes.
Next paint the feet with 2 thick coats of white paint.
To complete the face, use black paint for the nose, mouth, whiskers, eyelashes, and the outline around the eyes. Add a black pupil in each eye. Paint a white dot in the center of each pupil, and use brown paint in each nostril.
Add long brown fur along the inner edges of both ears and define the two front legs using the same paint. Add the black lines to define the toes on each foot.
Using short strokes, bring the black and brown fur mixture up into the face.
Layer additional black and brown fur to define the body, and add the two back feet.
Because the rear legs are in the background, keep the paint lighter by using tiny strokes with just the brown paint in an upward direction. If you want additional fur texture, you could use acrylic paints and a brush to thicken the fur coat with highlights and lowlights.
The last step is painting the tail with 3 coats of white fabric paint.
Mission accomplished! This cute little guy is ready to be displayed in your home, bringing joy to your life for years to come.
In the movie, “Back to the Future”, Michael J. Fox traveled back in time. As a new year begins, it’s interesting to review the best moments from the previous year. As voted by you, the readers, below is a list of the Top Six posts of 2020, in ascending order:
Number 6: Say It with Flowers
Flowers have been used for centuries to decorate, commemorate and celebrate the moments of our lives. Whether you choose fresh cut or silk flowers, the artfully arranged blooms are both a challenge and a triumph for the dedicated crafter. To read more, please click here.
Number 5: Celebrating 100th Post
Today marks a very important milestone – my 100th post! It has been a wonderful experience, and I thank all my readers and followers. To read more, please click here.
Number 4: The Beauty of Wood Crafts
Wood crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to express your creativity. From birdhouses to toys and home décor, there’s something for everyone and these projects are great activities to do with the kids. To read more, please click here.
Number 3: Tropical Splendor
Ah the tropics! I’m sure we all wish we could be basking in the sun on a tropical island -sand under your feet, a soft ocean breeze, and a cool fruity drink within reach. Our travel plans may be on hold for now, but we can dream. A tropical project may be just what we need to brighten the day and lift our spirits. To read more, please click here.
Number 2: Thank You
With many thanks to all of you, I have reached an important milestone: 400 Followers. Thank you to all my readers and followers for liking, commenting, and sharing this creative journey with me. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. To read more, please click here.
Number 1: Fun with Photo Editing
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could simply change a gloomy sky to a gorgeous day with a wave of your arm? We might not have that ability now, but we can certainly achieve this monumental task through the power of photo editing. To read more, please click here.
And there you have it – the top 6 posts of 2020. Now we have a new year, a clean slate, and together we shall explore the world of creativity. There are always new ideas, new mediums for experimenting, and I’ll be sure to include more of your favorites. Your opinions are greatly appreciated, and I look forward to so much more this year. If you have any suggestions for future posts, please let me know. Thanks for reading!
It’s the night before Christmas, and little feet tiptoe toward the tree for a sneak peek at the presents. We may not admit doing this but it’s human nature to wonder what’s inside the box? Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, you’re going to give gifts to lots of people, and those gifts need to be boxed, bagged or wrapped in an attractive fashion. Here are a few ideas:
Colorful Gift Boxes
If the thought of wrapping gifts is unappealing, you could buy readymade gift boxes such as these. All you need is some ribbon and bows and no wrapping is required.
Vintage Wrapping Paper
Revive memories of Christmases past with vintage designs and twine.
Contemporary Sparkling Gift Wrap
Modern technology has enabled the creation of new textures, colors and special effects never before possible.
For an all-natural look, utilize recycled paper with twine instead of ribbon and pinecones, evergreen or other elements from your own backyard.
This easy to use method only requires the gathering of foil paper and a simply tied bow.
Coordinated Paper & Ribbon
Even though the prints vary, red and white colors unify this attractive gift wrap.
The invention of the self-stick bow is a wonderful time saver.
What do you get when you combine a metallic pompom and a large white bow – an amazing starburst bow, which makes the perfect topper for an elegant package. (And it’s a self-stick bow too!)
Instead of a bow, tie long strands of crinkle ribbon around a package and curl it with a pair of scissors.
Triple Bow & Custom Paper
Making your own bows is a sure way to make your gifts stand out. For an added more personal touch, plain white wrapping paper can be colorfully finger-painted, creating wrapping for gifts year round.
Floral Fabric Bow
Sometimes a really great topper steals the show. A floral bow, such as this, will be treasured and it’s reusable. Check out the many bow-making videos online for how to instructions.
From a distance, this photo resembles a water lily garden, but it’s actually green bows adorned with artificial red berries.
Dress up dollar store ornaments with ribbons or bells and tie onto your gifts and hand-delivered cards.
Handmade Ornaments/Gift Tags
Is it an ornament or a gift tag? It’s both! Write the name & year on the back and attach it to your present. After the gift is opened, it’s ready to hang on the tree.
Gift Bags – Paper
Gift bags are probably one of the best inventions of all time. They’re sold just about everywhere, including the food stores, so when you’re running around last minute a gift bag is easily on hand.
Gift Bags – Fabric
Amazon provided these sparkly gift bags, which are reusable and perfect for any occasion.
Gift pouches are ready to use and include the ribbon and gift tag.
If you have several small size items, a Christmas stocking is a fun alternative to traditional gift wrap.
A gift basket filled with the recipient’s favorites is always a welcome surprise.
Collectible Porcelain Box
Porcelain boxes come in a variety of designs for jewelry, small items, or cash gifts.
Seasonal Metal Tin
Most people associate tins with cookies or other baked goods, but this large tin could easily hold a pair of pajamas or sweater. The design is adorable and all you need to do is simply close the lid and the gift is ready to give, without the need for paper, bows, tape or scissors! How easy is that?
Glass Mason Jars
Jellies, candy, sauces and anything else you cook up stores well in re-sealable glass jars, which require nothing more than a simple bow or ornament, and can be reused indefinitely.
Handmade Soap & Soap Dish
Many people like to make their own Christmas gifts. Take your creativity to the next level by designing a unique gift presentation, such as this handmade soap and accompanying twig soap dish.
It’s a Family Affair
If you can’t get help with all that wrapping, at least you’ll have the companionship and encouragement from your family pets.
As they say, “it’s the thought that counts,” but “presentation is everything.” With a few creative choices, wrapping gifts can be a pleasure, and be sure to treat yourself while you’re at it! Thanks for reading!