Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dimash Kudaibergen...getting inspired by music in my studio

Hello, all you lovely friends!
I have been in my studio painting these past few weeks, being inspired by beautiful music.
I thought you might enjoy hearing what I have been listening to and what this music inspired me to paint.
I am currently crushing on the gorgeous voice and storytelling ability of this young singer from Kazakhstan, Dimash Kudaibergen.
You don't have to understand a word of what he is singing to be moved by his tone and delivery.
Just superb!
I will admit, the first time I listened to him sing, it brought tears to my eyes.
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Dimash Kudaibergen...Love Is Like a Dream

Dimash is very easy on the eyes also...bonus points for inspiration.

Monticello Roses cool

This image was created using a very cool phone app called ArtRooms. It lets you see what your art would look like actually hanging on a wall in a room design of your choice. 
Very fun!
So tell you listen to music while you create?

Until next kind and stay creative!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

My Iron Orchid Designs Painted Transfer, Winter's Song Floorcloth for your floors!

Hello, lovelies!
Today I want to show you how easy it is to create a beautiful custom vinyl floorcloth for your home.

Finished floorcloth
This is the pretty vinyl floorcloth that I created for my English cottage floral home.
What I love about this process, is that I get to pick the colors that suit my decor style. I am not forced to settle on a premade design that I HOPE will fit my home.
Here is my process...
Annie Sloan Old White
2 coats applied
I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Old White paint as my base coat.
I let that dry and start to cure overnight.

rubbing on the transfer
 Be sure your vinyl is on a hard, flat surface.
The marked grid lines make it easy to center the design on your surface.
This is the Iron Orchid Designs

image all transferred 

adding color
Once the image was transferred, I began the painting process.

building up the color
I started the painting process by first adding a soft wash of color, using artist grade acrylics.
I used brands like Amsterdam, Liquitex, and Golden acrylics.
The artist-grade acrylics have much more pigment than the typical craft paints.
Build up the color and begin to add dimension to the design.
Take your time

Lint roller before cleaning my floorcloth.
Remove all dust and lint before you varnish your floorcloth, by rolling a lint roller over the surface.
Don't just assume it is clean because it looks clean.
Here is my lint roller after cleaning what looked like a clean surface!
All this debris would be forever embedded in your clear varnish.
 I like to use a soft foam roller to quickly apply a thin, even application of varnish.
I apply the varnish in one direction on the first coat and the opposite on the next. 
That way I know I have not skipped any areas.
This is the product I use on my floorcloths. This is an indoor/outdoor, waterbased clear varnish. It is available in a matte or gloss finish. I prefer it because it does not yellow, is weather resistant and dries quickly. Also, no odor to deal with.
Soap and water cleanup is a plus. I applied 3 coats, waiting 24 hours in-between applications.
For fun, I added some colorful stripes at the edges.

I hope you give this a try and create something beautiful for your home!
Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.

Be kind and stay creative!


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rose floral paintings in acrylics, oils and watercolor and a free Christmas ornament painting video on YouTube!

        Hello sorry it has been a while since posting. I have been 
beating the summer heat by staying in my studio and surrounding myself with 
paints, canvas' and cold drinks.
I have also been keeping cool by painting Christmas ornaments.
I even created a fun video tutorial giving you full instructions for you to create your own!

You can 
find the video on my YouTube channel
While you are there, if you like what you see, I would be ever so grateful if you clicked on the 
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For those of you who are interested in some of the art, I have been creating this summer ...
Here is a sampling 
I am having fun painting whimsical ladies, cottage florals, folk art scenes, country meadows, intuitive landscapes, watercolor pretties and more.
Acrylics, oil paints, and watercolors fill my days. 
Not a bad way to spend these hot summer days.





My new watercolor line of umbrellas in my Vida online shop

Acrylics & Annie Sloan paint

Painted vintage wicker table





Watercolor & pencil

Watercolor & Ink

Watercolor & Ink






Well, that's what I have been busy doing lately. How about you lovely folks...what are all of you up to this summer? Do tell.

Don't forget, If you want to learn how to paint like me.....I can teach you!!
I offer online art workshops via the creative website
Come visit and check out all the wonderful artists and varied workshops available.
Until next kind and stay creative.
Janet xx