Wildflower Fabrics

Wildflower Fabrics

Wildflower Fabrics

I may have mentioned that I had been working on a new business, this is it.  My watercolour paintings turned into fabric.  The learning curve has been fairly steep but so very interesting.  Actually, calling it a new business is a bit of a misnomer as well.  First I have been painting for about twenty years and second, well it’s not much of a business yet.

 

At first blush I thought I would be able to “hit the big time” right away.  lol  That changed very quickly when my bookkeeper said I needed to stop playing pretend.  I needed to re-evaluate what I really wanted and what I loved to do.  That was easy, I love to create.  I did not have the financial resources to do it all on my own so turned to the company that prints the fabric.  They have a whole program for selling, marketing etc.  Of course I don’t make the big bucks but then I don’t lose them either!

 

Now, you as an individual, can purchase fabric of a unique and individual style to make what you choose.  An additional benefit is there are two other companies that will make or create for you.  The first is for home decor and the second is sewing patterns.

 

Here are the links.  There is not much for feedback from customers, so I would love your feedback.  If you get there and can’t find me; there are so many designers; just put “wildflowerfabrics” in the search bar.

SPOONFLOWER.COM

ROOSTERY.COM

SPROUTPATTERNS.COM

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming at Skimmerhorn Studio.  These glass ornaments will be going to a gallery in Okotoks, AB in time for their Spirit of Christmas show.

 

 

Skimmerhorn Studio

Skimmerhorn Studio

Updating My Overhead Fan

I was looking at my overhead fan the other day, it was in need of serious dusting.Old fashioned Dust Bunnies

The one in the master bedroom had to be replace last year.  Oh my goodness, what a song and dance that was.  All those wires in a “itty bitty living space” to quote Genie from Aladdin.  I wanted to replace this with a newer modern The Beforeone as well.  This particular fan is located over the stairs leading to the basement so struggling to tuck all those wires, unless absolutely necessary, was just not going to happen.

As I said, I was contemplating the dust and dragged out the ladder to have a closer look.  The fan casing is gold and the paddles are a brown, with a cream woven part in the center.  Very old style.  However the casing and the part that held the paddles were in good shape.  There did not appear to be scratches or flaking on it.  The only thing that looked really dated were the paddles.

Why not paint them?  I have some of our high gloss white left from the trim and thought this would be perfect.  We were a little nervous of upsetting the balance of the whole thing so I did one at a time, which took longer but in the end it looks greatLove the white Brushes I tried

I gave each one two coats, top and bottom.  Even though these were older, the paddles were still smooth and shiny and need to be gently sanded and wiped clean.  I tried using different paint brushes but in the end a small roller was the very best and left a great finish.  I’m loving the new look.Finished

National Craft Month ~ March

In honor of National Craft Month, I am posting my efforts from today.  Granted they are not “handmade” but on the other hand, I did make them.

I received a gift of a Microsoft Office Suite which included 2010 Publisher Program.  My computer had been factory reset and I had lost the key to my previous Office Suite.  I was helpless!  Especially without my Publisher.  Do you have a program that you particularly like?  I LOVE Publisher.  It is so easy to use and I just feel like I can make it stand on end.

With our move to another Province, I decided my Art site needed an update and new name so I choose Skimmerhorn Studio.  I have also been going to a couple of markets where I need to have a business card; cards for my hand painted glasses, etc.  Improvisation was the name of the game.  For business cards I used small (I mean mini) watercolour paintings and for a company name plate I painted a picture, and little white tags for prices.

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DIY – Chalk Paint Curtains

Chalk Paint came into my radar before we moved last year.  Probably just about this time of year too.  I need to update my kitchen cupboards and decided it was my best bet.

They turned out fantastic and I was so pleased with the results I decided to do my coffee table as well.  It was looking pretty good, then my son used it for a platform to move things in the storage shed when we were packing up.  Now it has great big footprints!  Boys.  I do plan to redo it.

The next project was window treatment for my studio in the new home. [Read more…]

Valentine Card – Ombre Heart

February is already sneaking up on us fast.  Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  Here is a quick card you can do and have tucked away for your special sweetheart.

I wanted to try an outline of a heart and thought of dots, but as you can see, it turned into an Ombre Heart!  Ombre Heart 7

Start with a small square/rectangle of watercolour paper as the base for your painting.  I cut out a smaller heart, this can be from anything that will hold some shape, like a good card stock.   [Read more…]

Easy, Mailable Christmas Cards

Do you mail out Christmas Cards?  My sister was telling me how many she has going out.  Forty or more just in Canada, then there are some going to the UK, Australia and the US.  I thought she may have to take out a second mortgage just to get them all sent!

I do love to receive cards but find that over the years and too many moves to count, we have lost track of friends over the years.  I still send out a few, those determined to keep track of us!

Handmade cards are still my favourite to send.  They can be expensive and a bit of a pain to mail however.  Canada Post likes to stuff your envelopes through this tiny slot to see if it “measures up”.  And that is the trick with handmade cards.  All those lovey embellishments that stick up or poke out just don’t make the tiny slot and you end up paying more for each envelope.

Here is a bright wintery card that will definitely make the grade this year.  What do you think?Christmas Cards 5

The stamped image is on watercolour paper.  I like to use watercolour paper because of the quality and the ability to wet it without having the paper curl on you. This does not have to be expensive paper.  You can buy a relatively cheap paper from almost any department store, or wait until Michael’s has a coupon.  I buy the Canson cold press pad.  It is 140lb, acid free.

Next I scored the a sheet into rectangles 3.5×4.5  This was just enough to print one image, the Christmas Tree.  I got six trees from one sheet of 9×12 paper.

Using a juicy ink, my white is hardly ever used so was perfect, I stamped the tree in the center of a couple of the rectangles.  Because I was going to emboss the trees, I only did two at a time.

With all the trees done in silver embossing, I was ready for the colour.  You can use petty much anything to add colour.  I used my Acrylic paints as they were bright and intense.  If you like a softer look, watercolour or pencil crayons would work.  For more intense the copic pens would be great as well.  But, as you know, I love to splash paint around and so used my Acrylics.Christmas Cards 4

The paint exceeded all my expectations.  I loved the look and how the colours blended into one another, without rolling out over the edges of the embossed tree.  While the last two were wet, I tried to sprinkle over some silver glitter.  Ha!  Glitter Dump!  It was fun.

The background was from my stash.  I cut them 4×5.25, smaller than my 4.25×5.5 cards but larger than the rectangle trees.  The edges are just run over with some matching ink.Christmas Cards 3

There are no embellishments of any kind, but the embossing power and the brilliant colours make the tree stand out.  I love them.

Do you send out cards?  Bought or handmade?

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

Completed

It’s Done!

Watercolour

I have a commission to do a watercolour painting of two dogs and I am perfectly terrified!  Any other artists out there that sweat over doing commissions?

Not a sweet landscape or a flower but someones treasured and loved pets.  I have tipped toed around the drawings and finally took the plunge today.  This is the start of the first puppy.

Starting the puppyShe is looking kind of Zombie like but here goes with the eyes and nose.  More personality that way.  I find it better if the eyes are in, like they are watching me.   Also adding some more layers of shading.PuppyNext comes some brush strokes to show the fur.  This little one was fun.  It’s not finished but I feel I made a good start.Almost complete

DIY Easy Christmas Card

With all the Christmas decorations going up in stores and the touch of white stuff on the hills, I want to start all things Christmas!

On Penny Black blog there are so many great designers and ideas that it is hard to pick.  There was one called Frosty, Cool Colors I just had to try.  Of course, I did not have their great design stamp or for that matter any of the materials.  In fact this is pretty much not like theirs at all.  But it did inspire me to try and make something like that.

Here is what I used.

Watercolour paper – these were pages that the original painting was, well let’s say “not up to par”.  I cut them 1/4 inch smaller all around than the card I was placing them on.

Watercolour

Watercolour

Next I swished water over (on the clean back side!) in a back and forth slant, not really filling in or covering my paper.  On to this, I dropped or splatted four different colour blue paints from my palette and let it run where it wanted to.  Once all the colour was dropped in, I took a blow dryer to it.  I am terribly patient that way.

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I stamped on the Christmas/Winter design from my Close To My Heart Stamps and poured over silver embossing power. My stamps were not as loose and airy as the one in Frosty, Cool Colors but I was still pleased with the results.

Next I managed to find some Close To My Heart paper.  This was a feat as most of my studio is still stuffed into the front porch, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do!   Christmas Cards 6

Don’t you just love those colours?  I cut the background paper the same size as the card and used some thin glue dots to attach both the background and the picture.  It was such a fast easy method and I think the results are great.

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Are you sending cards this year?  Will you make your own?

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