December 28, 2011

Hand Painted Whimsical Love Bird Tray

love bird tray
I had a custom request for a hand painted tray depicting love birds
with special words and colors chosen by my client.

I started with a plain wooden tray

My client said she brings her husband breakfast in bed every morning
and she wanted a special tray for their daily ritual.
How sweet and romantic is that?

Here I've basecoated, painted the background with diamonds and swirls
and added the birds on a branch.

whimsical hand painted serving tray
She asked me to include these words on the tray,
"Good Morning Honey, guess what we get to do today?"
The answer being...we get to be together :)

I gave the bottom and sides a color paint treatment as well.

hand painted love bird tray
I added dots and stripes to the sides

Sweet love birds....

whimsical hand painted tray with love birds and words
It was so much fun creating something so unique and meaningful for this couple

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November 3, 2011

Hand Painted Coastal Christmas Stockings Beach, Ocean Stockings

turtle fish and starfish beach Christmas stockings
I just finished these hand painted Beachy Christmas stockings in natural canvas.
I created these designs in 2011 and they became very popular so I added lots 
more designs to my coastal stockings over the years as shown in photo below.

Lucy Designs hand painted sea life stockings
Update! As of 2015 I'm no longer making the stockings, thank
you for all your past orders! 
August 2017 update...
Visit my new website for my hand painted coastal ornaments
and coastal themed mosaic ornaments like these...
beach Christmas ornaments coastal beach stained glass mosaic ornaments Beach coastal theme hand painted Christmas ornaments

beach stockings in red
I also made a pair in red and white.

red canvas stockings
I started with plain canvas stockings. When painting don't forget to put a 
plastic bag on the inside in case any paint seeps through.

starfish Christmas stocking

hand painted beach starfish stocking
I've done many projects where I paint on fabric
and I use the same technique on these stockings.

handpainted sea turtle beach stocking
Sea turtle stocking.
To create my designs, I lightly drew an outline of my placement for the main design
 with white chalk then painted. The chalk is covered by the paint but if any chalk remains, 
I use a dry Mr. Clean magic eraser and it easily wipes off.

painted stocking
All of these designs are nothing more than a series of dots.
I use the end of different size paintbrushes to make the dots...

hand painted fish Christmas stocking
Fish stocking.

hand painted beach designs stocking

hand painted fish Christmas stocking
fish detail

hand painted canvas Christmas stocking
for the backs I applied white dots in a random pattern and
signed them at the bottom

painted starfish stocking
For the red starfish I used a paintbrush...

hand painted canvas Christmas stocking starfish
fish beach Christmas stockings

hand painted rubik's cube stocking, zebra stocking and harlequin and animal print stocking
Here are a few more painted stockings I've made in the past.
On these I painted the entire background 
of the stockings as well as the designs

hand painted coastal stockings
Update May 2017, visit my new Online store that features
my coastal and nature inspired mosaic art as well as Coastal Christmas Ornaments.
You can also find me on Facebook Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest too.

Christmas Ornaments Animal Print, Checks, Dots and Swirls, Hand Painted Finial Designer Ornaments

checked and dots whimsical Christmas ornaments.
They are big ornaments! They are bigger than the ornaments I recently painted
for a Pet Shop, but still fun and funky and I had a great time creating them.
Update May 2017
Visit my new online store dedicated to my mosaic art. I'm offering
 hand painted and mosaic ornaments in coastal themes for 2017!
Pop over and take a look.

primed ornaments for painting
I started by priming with spray primer.
I found them at a designer closeout sale and they were painted in solid matte gold.
They are thick, hard plastic and about 12 inches long.
They were also missing the hanger piece when I found them.

whimsical painted ornaments in process
I added a wooden knob and screw eye to replace the hanger.
Here they are in process with different basecoats and some of 
the decorative painting added. 
Please avert your eyes from my messy looking work space.

hand painted ornaments in different whimsical designs
Then the fun began painting all the different patterns and designs!

designer look hand painted Christmas finial ornaments
I've been asked how I get my checks so straight...?
Well, if you look closely, you will see that they are not perfect by any means.
I don't draw anything out beforehand but just go for it and 
somehow the overall effect looks straight-ish  haha

mixed patterns on hand painted ornaments
Stripes, dots and swirls...I paint most of my dots with my fingertip!

hand painted leopard animal print Christmas ornaments
Gotta have animal print in there too....

black and white check ornaments
More checks...

large finial style ornaments in animal print and stripes

hand painted whimsical Christmas ornaments
There are 11 ornaments...

finial check ornaments
...all different combos

hand painted whimsical checked ornaments
all Sold
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October 31, 2011

Cat Face Pumpkin, Quick and Easy Carving with Rotozip Power Tool

cat face carved pumpkin
Kitty Pumpkin
I've used the Rotozip on foam pumpkins too, so easy!
I decided to use it again this year but on a real pumpkin.

rotozip spiral saw pumpkin carving
The Rotozip is a spiral saw power tool and I like it 
for detailed cutting in wood like scrolled wing dragonflies or, 
in this case, pumpkins!

cut a hole in bottom of pumpkin
The last few years I've been cutting a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin 
instead of making the little lid and then I place the carved pumpkin over a candle.
So much easier!

cat face pumpkin
After cutting the hole from the bottom and cleaning out the inside,
I drew a quick freehand design of a kitty face and started cutting.

kitty face carved pumpkin using rotozip tool
I used a silver sharpie to draw the face on the pumpkin
that's what those silver marks are you see on the face.

cat face pumpkin design
Place over a candle or you could create a solar pumpkin.

carve a pumpkin with power tools
It only took about 20 minutes start 
to finish, including the cleaning part

kitty cat carved pumpkin face using rotozip tool
Happy Halloween!
Click on my Fall/Halloween category to see more DIY Halloween ideas.

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October 25, 2011

Table Leg Dragonflies Mixed Media with Picture Molding wings, Recycled art frame pieces

using picture molding mixed media art dragonfly
I just finished a new batch of my table leg dragonflies
this time with a different spin on the wings.
I love working with decorative molding.
I've made a large butterfly using molding pieces as well.
Update as of April 2016, I'm no longer creating the dragonflies,
thank you for all your past orders. 
Please visit my new online store featuring my mosaic art 
in coastal and nature themes and coastal ornaments.

art using picture molding framing
I was gifted with beautiful corner picture molding sample pieces and 
I thought they would make great wings for my table leg dragonflies.

wooden table legs and spindles for dragonfly art
I started with spindles and table legs.

back view table leg dragonfly using decorative molding
Adding this beautiful molding was a little tricky.
I cut a wing shape from plywood, glued the molding pieces to that, 
then screwed the entire wing piece into the table leg "body".

I like to add the hanging hooks off center so the dragonfly 
will be at an angle when hanging on the wall

making dragonflies with picture molding scraps
This is a "before" shot of a few...
I planned on using most of the existing finishes on the
molding since they are all so pretty

finial tails for dragonfly bodies, fan blade dragonflies
I added finial pieces on the ends of some of the dragonflies

table leg dragonfly mixed media molding
I made a variety of sizes...

things to make with picture molding scraps dragonfly art
...and colors

table leg dragonfly with picture molding wings
For most, I did try to use the existing molding colors 

table leg dragonfly with decorative molding wings

picture molding corner pieces art
isn't that molding cool?

picture molding dragonfly
green and gold...

picture molding wings on table leg dragonfly
...neutral with metallics....

mixed media art with decorative molding

picture molding dragonfly
I love the red one!

metal eyes on dragonfly
I used random metal doodads for the eyes...

wire for whimsical oversized antenna
Swirled wire for the whimsical antenna.
Please don't email me to tell me dragonflies don't have antenna! lol
These are whimsical art creations :)

picture frame molding art
Have I mentioned how awesome all this molding is?...

picture molding dragonflies
Off to their new homes soon!
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