Dec 09, 2013

How to Make a Chevron Style Painting



In this episode of Crafted by Us Michelle takes an old ugly painting and converts into a new Chevron style painting. With a some patience and very little painting skills you too can create a new painting. The follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Canvass to paint on
  • 2-3 colors of acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Rub-ons (found in scrapbook supply)
  • Paint brush




Dec 02, 2013

"Joy" Christmas Holiday Burlap Banner


In the spirit of the holiday season, Michelle has created another Christmas banner, this time made out of burlap, a stencil, and some paint. No sewing skills are required! If you would like to follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • Burlap (3 pieces about 10x10 in.)
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brown Sharpie marker
  • Sticki tac fabric glue (a must have!)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors




Jan 22, 2012

This Time with Watercolor

I decided to try painting again but this time with watercolor. First I sketched out my image in pencil. Because the last face I drew looks so creepy I decided to draw a different face rememberinng to space my eyes better.

Then I just start painting with my watercolor paints. I tried to paint lightest to darkest but that makes things a bit more difficult for me. With acrylic paint I don't really plan what I am going to paint as much but with watercolor I really have to think about what colors I am going to use and where before I start. It really makes me think differently when painting.

After I had the painting the way I wanted it I went back over my lines with a fine point black pen. I like how this technique looks.

Nov 26, 2011

Drawing and Painting with Water Soluble Oil Pastels

In this episode we experiment with drawing and painting with oil pastels, acrylic paint, and water.


To follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Omnigrid ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Titanium white paint
  • Porfolio series water soluble oil pastels
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Paint brushes
  • Wax paper

As you follow along with this episode you may find the music a bit annoying because there is a lot of it! Just hit the mute button. As you watch the show you will see that there are just a few simple steps in this project.

1. Draw a grid
2. Sketch a face with pencil
3. Color face with oil pastels
4. Paint picture by adding liquid to picture (use your paint and water)

If you would like to learn how to draw a face check out some of the online classes taught by Suzi Blu. They are well worth the price! Also, I highly recommend the book, Unfurling by Misty Mawn. I used one of her creative prompts as a starting point for this project.

Oct 13, 2011

Creepy? Or an Olive?

I was able to spend some time yesterday working on an exercise that I got from the book "unfurling" by Misty Mawn. I enjoyed working through this and want to try again. Next time I will record the process. I think the final image looks creepy. I asked my youngest daughter what she thought. She said, "I think she looks kind of like an olive." Ok, so a creepy olive lady. That is what I painted. This is definately a case of "the reward is in the process not the final product."

Aug 17, 2011

Sitting Down with Somerset Studio

My mom came over yesterday so that we could work on some of the projects/ideas from the latest issue of Somerset Studio. We ended up working through two projects in the May/Jun 2011 issue of the magazine instead. We started with the bird drawing exercise on page 30. I wasn't too sure about doing this one, but I actually really enoyed it and found myself wanted to draw more birds later.


In the instructions it suggest to use ink pads for color. We tried. It didn't work so well for us (probably because we used wc paper) so I broke out the water soluble oil pastels. Much better.


After spending time on the birds we moved on to the Lively Layers workshop on page 99. I thought I would really enjoy this one but it didn't hold up to my expectations. I could have been that I was so excited about the bird results that anything after that would have fallen short. I kind of think that I have developed enough of my own style that it is getting harder for my to follow the step by step directions of someone else without feeling like what I am working on is a bit off. In the end though, I was please with my background. Now I need to make something with it!