Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Watercolor and Acrylic

My love is watercolour however under the tree this year was a starter set of acrylics in my favourite brand.

I use Graham Watercolours to give me the best selection and sweetest colours.  One of the main ingredients is Honey.  Yes, you heard that right.  The honey leaves my paints moist, smooth and has great pigment colour.  They dilute easily, even when I have left them out for a long period of time.  Spritz them and they are shining and ready for use again.

This is a light wash on a very absorbent paper.  I tend to paint florals and learning the art of landscapes.  But this is my first horse.  Not a surprising subject as we are living in cowboy country.


 
Now I have the Graham Acrylics and here is my first foray into the wonderful world of acrylic painting.  I kept trying to paint like watercolour but finally have a finish piece.  How do you like it? Aren't the colours so intense.  So much to learn.


As an essential ingredient in our binding medium, honey contributes to moistness for smooth, easily controlled applications, increased pigment concentrations and freedom from reliance on preservatives.  Because of the honey medium, our color resists hardening on the palette, or in the tube.  It dilutes easily, often after months of disuse. - See more at: http://mgraham.com/products/watercolors/#sthash.rfmKhqTI.dpuf
As an essential ingredient in our binding medium, honey contributes to moistness for smooth, easily controlled applications, increased pigment concentrations and freedom from reliance on preservatives.  Because of the honey medium, our color resists hardening on the palette, or in the tube.  It dilutes easily, often after months of disuse. - See more at: http://mgraham.com/products/watercolors/#sthash.rfmKhqTI.dpuf
As an essential ingredient in our binding medium, honey contributes to moistness for smooth, easily controlled applications, increased pigment concentrations and freedom from reliance on preservatives.  Because of the honey medium, our color resists hardening on the palette, or in the tube.  It dilutes easily, often after months of disuse. - See more at: http://mgraham.com/products/watercolors/#sthash.rfmKhqTI.dpuf

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Who Wants a Kitchenaid?

I have never used one of these babies, but would love to!  Christmas cookies at Nana's house this week and having a Kitchenaid Mixer would be the icing on top.

 KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Culinary Depot is giving away a free Kitchenaid Professional mixer to one lucky winner this month. With a retail value of $559, we’re giving away the Alfa KP600 Kitchenaid 6 qt Professional Mixer with Stainless Steel Bowl.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win.  Enter here

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Miniature Paintings

Designs by Lesley
Designs by Lesley http://designsbylesley.blogspot.ca/
Something new I am trying - miniature paintings, also known as Artist Trading Cards, ATC for short. 

These are fun and creative exercises.  A terrific way to try out new techniques or mediums or even combine them all together.  These samples are in watercolour.  I made the painting the size for ATC and then left a small edge so they could be framed.  Great to mat for 5x7 or even 8x10 frames.  These little beauties will fit in all sorts of spots in your home!
Designs by Lesley http://designsbylesley.blogspot.ca/

ATC's are usually a specific size; 2.5"x3.5".  Read about them at Strathmore Artists 

Another madly creative miniature is the Tag, most often used in scrapbooking and gift giving.  Have a look at some fun and funky Christmas ones by Tim Holtz.  Check out his monthly tags as there are step by step How Tos.   

Here is another Tag idea from Strathmore Artists.  They include templates.

Look at these beauties I found on Etsy:  Lindy Whitton Studio
and here at Cindy Lane

I hope you give these a try yourself.  You will be hooked and then we can trade! 
Designs by Lesley
Designs by Lesley http://designsbylesley.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fall Glasses


With Alberta Culture Days coming up soon I was trying to get more Fall themed glasses done.  These have been fun, but now it’s time to start thinking of Christmas!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Alberta Culture Days

ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS 2014 IS FAST APPROACHING

The seventh annual Alberta Culture Days will be occurring September 26 - 28, 2014. With thousands of events happening in all four corners of the province, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Here is High River the High River Art Society will have an awesome display.  There will be great activities happening.  Artists demonstrating their talents; Live Music; Create your own painting!  

Designs by Lesley will be there with some new glasses for Fall plus framed and unframed watercolours.  See you at the Culture Center - 251 - 9th Ave; High River for Alberta Culture Days Sept 27th 


Designs by Lesley
Designs by Lesley








 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Chalk Paint and Summer Glasses


Experimenting again!  I found these cute glasses at Winners and they are just perfect for a fun time ~ summer time ~ out on the deck time.   And, best part, I get to play with my Chalk Board paint again.
 
I wanted a soft colour with the Chalk paint as a label in the middle making a high contrast.  I choose four pastels from my Folk Art Enamel.  







This is the first coat, sanded and then one coat of Chalk paint in the label area.




I used a small angle brush for the label.  About a 1/4 inch size.   The paint goes on quite thin. 
















Here it is with 3 coats and I am thinking I will still add one more at least. 
They are so cheerful looking!