framed prints

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My friend Kathy visited my booth when I was in Kalamazoo in early June. She purchased a print from the original Poppy Buds and shared her framing with me the other day. She used the neutral tone of some of the paper in the print for the frame and then used a grey background to pick up the grey in the picture. I am just thrilled and thank her for buying my art.

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My friend Michelle came to a show that I was in late last year. She purchased a print of Big Love from my original. I think her black frame complements the picture very well along with to dotted paper for the background. I also think the detail on the frame is quite pretty. Thank you for making a home for my art.

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My friend Nancy asked me to paint her granddaughters name on the blocks. Her mom also has owls in her room so we added a barn owl face. I thank you for asking me to paint these and I had such fun deciding on the designs of the letters. I love my friends, they are just great!

Work

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I am starting a new series of mixed media hearts. This canvas is 18 X 18. I started out with a salmon color which I mixed by adding orange and magenta. I wiped on titaniam white and watered down the salmon a bit for drips coming from the top. Other colors I am thinking about using are deep red, olive green, light sage green, possibly some black.

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Custom letter blocks for a little girls name. I will need four more blocks.

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Moxing bowls and the water bucket is a staple. I also am working on a black, red and white picture and when it gets finished I will share. It wasn’t far enough along to be interesting. So glad you stopped. Hope you are making something that makes your heart sing.!

A little creating

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I promised I would share the outcome of my blocks that I was painting. I am happy to say they were successful and I was pleased with the look.

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I first stenciled the Y lightly and painted it black adding turquoise dots and tiny white dots.

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I then stenciled the J red and added darker red stripes with white dots.

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I signed and dated the backs adding a heart.

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The O looks like a leaf wreath and I used colors that can be left out all year round. These were fun to make and I am going to make them to sell in my booth. Just the letters and then customers will have their own ideas about the words or names.

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I found a tutorial online using Tim Holtz distress markers. Click here to view it. I didn’t know that distress markers stay wet for a long time. I liked this technique because by using the non-stick craft sheet and a large rubber background stamp that is a cling it adheres really well to the sheet for no slipping. I used a stamp that looked like Van Goghs starry night painting. I cut waterpaper paper 4 1/2 X 5 inches, the size of the stamp. I have a limited amount of distress markers but what I had made pretty colors. The tutorial said to color the stamp and then liberally mist the stamp. I was too liberal on the top papers. They are still usable though. I did it again and was very careful about spritzing and liked the result much better. I used the lower right on my project.

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I made our niece Emily a birthday card. The sentiment and dog are by Stamps by Judith. The cake is a Katybug which is out of business and the candles are made by Westwater enterprises. It is an old stamp. I am submitting this to the Sweetstamps Anything Goes for December.

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The inside I used some washi tape to make a banner and the sentiment is by Art Gone Wild and the pictures are by Magenta. I also used the Distress Markers to color in the pictures.

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I wanted to share this picture of my cat Pavel. I just realized that his nose marking is in the shape of a heart! He is such a sweet, even tempered cat.  It works for him.  Thanks for stopping by!