Sunday, December 20, 2015

Snowman l.o.v.e

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are finding time to enjoy this holiday season! As crazy as things have been with myself I have purposefully found some time to create some art.  Today I would like to share with you an adorable snowman that I created using Art-C pallets.

So here we go!

First thing first--I used three different sized pallets and hot glued them together to create the shape of the snowman.
Once the pallets were glued together I then covered them with vintage book paper and sanded the edges with the Groove Tool.

I then mixed white chalk paint and silver metallic paint together to paint the pallets. To apply the paint I used the Groove tool with the bristle brush attachment.  The really cool thing about the tool is how much texture I was able to get by using it with the sponge & bristle applicators.  (Check out this video to learn more)

Once all of the pallets were covered with the paint the way that I wanted, once again I went back in with the groove tool, this time with the sanding block attachment, and distressed the edges to show some of the wood from under the book paper.
Next it was time to bring the little guy to life.  For embellishments I used the Art-C wood letters and these adorable metal snowflakes (swooning-i love them!).  
The letters were a natural color so I painted them with the white chalk paint and while the letters were wet I tapped them in iridescent glitter to add some winter sparkle.  I attached the letters onto a little pennant banner that I cut out of green corrugated cardboard from a collage kit, I strung the banner together with bakers twine and tied it onto the twig arms that I glued onto the pallets. It is so cute!
I chose some vintage buttons for his eyes and button on his chest.  Cut out a little orange nose, and tore up a flannel shirt to make his scarf and used my white gel pen to add some last minute details. Last but not least, I created a black hat with a piece of cardboard from the Art-c embellishment packaging.  I distressed the edges of the hat with the Groove tool with the sanding block.  Once I glued the top hat to him he began to dance around! lol.

This little guy will be able to stay out all winter long on a shelf with some other knick knacks for my family to enjoy!
I hope you find some time to create some beautiful art this holiday season.  All of the supplies that I use for this project are available at your local Michaels. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Jingle Bells!

It is Christmas time again!  This year I feel that Christmas hasn't been shoved down my throat the minute we shut our lights out from passing out Halloween treats to all of the ghosts and goblins.  It has remained more low key; enjoyable even. With limited time this year to my create art I have decided to make more purposeful art.  Often I buy ornaments from my Christmas tree, however, this year I thought it would be nice to create some ornaments instead.  I have really enjoyed working with Art-C wood pallets recently.  Isn't everything cuter when it is tiny?!?! :)
This little ornament is made from a small wooden pallet. Also used were Art-C paints and their adorable stencils, collage pack, and hanging clips for this project.

To begin, I used the Art-C metallic gold paint and painted the pallet and all its nooks and crannies. This paint is creamy and has very good coverage.

Next, I used these great little number stencils; they come in a set and are sticky on one side. The stenciled numbers fit perfectly on the pallet vertically! The fact that they are sticky is great for working on small surfaces like the pallet.  They stayed put as I sponge daubered the brown gel stain on.  I had to apply two coats in order to get a good solid coverage.  


Finally, I cut out some Christmas Tree from some colored corrugated cardboard from one of the Art-C collage kits.  I glued them to the pallet. At the end of the project I used the sanding block on the Groove Tool to distress the edges and to add texture to the tree. 

To complete the project, I used little clips on the pallet, and then added some vintage seam binding to make a bow for hanging.  These little pallet ornaments are great for your own tree to to make as sweet DIY ornaments as gifts.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas.  Stop by again soon for some more great projects!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Art-C Groove Tool

Hello Everyone!

Long time no see!  Life as a teacher has been busier than expected, but, I am trying to make an effort to make time for my art again.  I just began my second year teaching at a high school about 25 minutes from where I live. I must say I really love my job!!

I've begun working with some new products by Art-C and I am excited to share them with you. Today I am going to share a quick little video that I have made.  This tool is so versatile and can do so many cool things!  If you suffer from arthritis this tool will be a godsend to use!

Here is a link to the Groove Tool