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My Little Pony Repaint

There are times that we get up to unusual things around these parts. Over Winter break my kiddo was watching a video where a woman painted a tiny My Little Pony, naturally, she asked if we could do it. I said “Yes,” really think that she wouldn’t want to lose a pony from her collection but I was wrong. I told her I would try but that I made no promises.

My Little Pony RepaintAbout a million years ago, or perhaps more like 15, I was into customising model horses. It is a really neat hobby and the best artist are amazing. Well, life got busy and I didn’t have time for it so I set it aside,  for the time being, (hint, hint) but this little project reminded me of my time as a model horse customizer. It was fun, but man those tiny cutie marks are a beast. Here she is, just in case you couldn’t tell, her cutie mark is a dragon. Becuase, of course, a 1/8th-inch dragon would be easy.

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These little figures are sold in Blind Bags, which means you don’t know which pony you are getting before you open it. We chose a duplicate pony. Normally I would have stripped off paint and glitter but I understand that the hard plastic doesn’t do well with acetone and you can just paint over the existing paint and glitter, which we did. I used inexpensive craft paints and got to work. It took about four coats of the body and hair color to get the lines clear. The nice thing about acrylic paint is that it dries very fast.

Once I had the body and hair painted I repainted the eye. I tried to follow the molded shape of the eyes and gave our girl lavender irises. Now came the hard part, everything up this point was easy compared to painting a teeny tiny dragon. I practiced a few times on scrap paper so I could give myself an idea of the general shape. I had used tiny paint brushes for the body but I needed something that was smaller and more rigid so I ended up “painting” with a toothpick. It took a few tried but it turned out okay.

Painted by Jennifer Miner

Now, our pony looked pretty complete at this point but you could see the lumpiness of the glitter under the paint. So, I decided to glitter over the glitter. I used tacky craft glue and glitter. I painted the glue on the main and tail and then sprinkled the glitter over the wet glue. My motto might be, “MORE GLITTER.” Our little girl did need more glitter, once the glue had dried I added another coat. I loved how she looked at this point. She really looked like all the other ponies. Sucess! I decided to seal her up using a satin sealer. This was a mistake. I got glitter transfer and the sealant was a little cloudy and showed brush marks. It wasn’t terrible but I will try a different product next time, maybe a spray sealant. “What, next time?” I hear you asking. Yes, my art director/client has requested another pony. She even made me a handy sketch so that it can be made to her very exacting specifications.

Next Pony order

Yes, those are schematic for a Peep Pony. Work will not begin until a suitable body to be repainted. Please note the directions for glitter. Glitter runs through our veins.

 

Knit Teddy Bears

Happy Monday!

I can finally share with you these two little knit bears I made since they have both been delivered to their babies! It just so happens that we had two family/friend babies arriving around the same time. I usually try to make something when I give a baby gift. I have done a few knit or crocheted blankets, a few hats, and even knit baby uggs. I really didn’t have too much time and I needed two gifts so I decided to try something totally new for me and knit teddy bears.

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I found a pattern on www.joann.com called Oso Cute Bears, in a previous incarnation of the pattern it was called Softee Bear. I used the yarn from the pattern, Bernat Pipsqeak in Baby Blue. For the two bears I used three balls of yarn with a tiny bit left over.

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Overall, the pattern was pretty straight forward and I really had a lot of fun. There was one section of the pattern that was a little confusing (and not just to me) and this was for the head gusset. The wording is a little confusing and I could tell from the comments that a few people had problems.

The area of confusion is this sentence: “Beg with a knit row, proceed in stocking st, inc1 at each end of 9th row and following 6th rows until there are 13 sts.”

Here is how I worked this:

Begin with a knit row, work stocking stitch for 8 rows. Beginning with Row 9 increase one stitch at the end of each row. Continue for 6 rows, there should now be 13 stitches.

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If you are working on a bear I hope this helps. It seemed to work for me and I really think that is what they wanted you to do. If I were to create this again I think that I would maybe make the arms a little thinner. One of my bears has clearly been hitting the gym and that is maybe not what I want in a teddy bear. My one other issue, was that the necks were a little floppy. I added a ribbon to help stabilize them but there is still a little too much flopping.

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One part of the creation that gave me a little trouble was stitching on the eyes and nose. The pattern shows a mouth too but I just stuck with mouth and nose. I used DMC Pearl Cotton thread. I gave it a few attempts and just had to stop with these since I was sure if I ripped anything else out I was going to have to start over on the whole bear.

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Anyway, I was overall pretty happy with these little bears and they were soooooo soft that I was forced to cuddle with them a little before handing them over to the babies.

In addition to my bears today, I have also posted a super speed video I made when I was painting my octopus rock. It is just the first part of the creation process but I thought that it was fun. You can see the video below.

It has already been a whirlwind week and it is only Monday afternoon!! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cheers!

 

Painted Rocks

Painted Rocks

A butterfly & lightening bolt in pointillist style

 

Hiya!

So my painted rocks have been very popular around here this summer. You can see the previous rocks here or here or here. The neighbor kids requested a few more rocks and they are really so much fun to paint that I had to acquiesce. I had a request for a butterfly and a lightening bolt. Without any additional delay, behold the painted rocks!

Butterfly Rock by Jennifer Miner
Butterfly Rock by Jennifer Miner

I started by painting my black circle on a clean and dry rock. I traced a butterfly and painted that white. Then I added the dots.  The hardest part for me is to not drag my hand through the wet paint.

Girly painted rock
Girly painted rock

There are some amazing artists out there in the rock painting world and I know that they are able to paint perfect circles. That is so not me on a whole host of levels so I use the back of paint brushes and toothpicks to create my circles.

Rock painted with acrylic paints
Rock painted with acrylic paints

This little butterfly rock worked up in just two sessions. It usually takes me quite a few more than that but this one just cooperated for me. I was able to paint the layers right on top of the previous ones.

View from the top
View from the top

It rarely happens that a project just works up so easily for me, of course, then the next one gave me all sorts of trouble to make up! This was so much fun to create. I think that I find these colors happy so I have so much fun painting in them.

Painted by Jennifer Miner
Painted by Jennifer Miner

On to the lightening bolt. this little guy gave me so much trouble. It is fairly simple but I had a hard time working with the “lightening bolt” as a general concept. In the end, I think that it worked out but it was no easy journey.

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I always wash my rocks before I start painting and then I try to be sure that they are totally dry before I start painting. Lightening Rock-4

This rock started with the black base circle and then the shapes painted in white. I want to keep this rock pretty simple (for a crazy pointillist painted rock) so I kept with a limited number of colors.

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After painting and drying, both rocks were given a healthy coat of glossy varnish. I do three coats on the tops and usually one or two on the backs. This should cover these if they are kicked out to the garden at some point. I will tell you that we have been painting rock around here for a few years and I never varnished any of those first rocks. They can still be found around our house, in the decorative rock or hiding in pots and most of them look like they did that first day. However, if you put a lot of time and effort into a rock I suggest that you varnish it. I may try out a matte varnish just to see how it looks. I do like the high glossy look but I might like something a little understated. Hey, it could happen!

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I also add the recipient’s name on the backs of the rocks. That way no one can mistakenly make off with it.

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The rocks were painted with simple craft acrylic paints that you can find in most craft stores. I am really drawn to paint by color and have no real brand loyalty.  That is it for tonight’s post. Hope you enjoyed my painted rocks, I certainly did.

Octopus Painted Rock

Acrylic Painted Rock – Pointillist Octopus

Good Morning!

As you may remember from my post about the heart rock I painted, I had a request for a new rock for my daughter.  She really wanted me to paint a t-rex  on her rock  but I explained that a t-rex is perhaps beyond my skill set. So, she selected an octopus, which is much more conducive to a rock painting. Well, here is our octopus: I went with a pointillist style for this project and in the requested colors of pink, teal and purple.

Acrylics on rock - Pointillist Octopus
Acrylics on rock – Pointillist Octopus

This is by far the largest rock that I have painted; and this presented a few challenges. It can be hard to hold a heavy rock and paint with a steady hand. I used an empty cup to hold it which worked better then me trying to hold in my left hand and paint with my right. However, it still cause so issues since it would only sit in a few ways without falling over.

To begin, I painted the top 2/3 of the rock with several coats of black paint. I then created an oval template for the central image. I traced this onto the top of the rock and gave that a few coats of white paint. I lightly sketched my octopus and then I started painting on my dots. The hardest part for me is not smudging the dots I have already painted. I started with the larger dots and then simply filled in with  smaller and then smaller dots. Once that was completely dry I erased the sketch lines. That was much more difficult then I was expecting. I will take care on my next rock to sketch with a lighter hand.

Who doesn't need a pink octopus rock
Who doesn’t need a pink octopus rock

I added the purple boarder and added the rows polka dots. There were lot of missteps  with my dots which caused me to repaint the black areas a few times but in the end I think that they turned out alright. I mention that I had a few difficulties with this little rock owing to it’s weight and size. Next time, I think that I will work on setting up a little platform with a towel to hold it in place. My biggest issue, however, stems from lack of patience. I just need to walk away sometimes and let the paint dry!

Lots of dots - side of the octopus Rock
Lots of dots – side of the octopus Rock

Once this baby was totally painted and dry I added the three coats of varnish so she can live outside if necessary. If I keep painting rocks this size I will have to find a new source outside of my yard. I find myself wondering if our local rock yard will sell me rocks one at a time, versus by the ton!

Painted by Jennifer Miner
Painted by Jennifer Miner

All in all, I am happy with how this little (not little) baby turned out and my daughter is pretty happy with it. I can see that I still have room to improve on the size consistency and placement on my polka dots but I can also see improvement.

Pointillist Octopus Rock - Painted by Jennifer Miner
Pointillist Octopus Rock – Painted by Jennifer Miner

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Painted Rock – Heart Motif

Heart Motif Painted Rock

Acrylic Paint and a Rock are all you need to create a fun art piece.

I am back for another of my sporadic summer posts. We took a quick trip to Seattle and it was absolutely wonderful. We saw and did so much but balanced that with time spent with our wonderful family, who lovingly allowed us to crash at their house.

I have a fun little project which was fun and it is something that you can totally do. The supplies are minimal and since I used acrylic paints it dried quickly while I was painting away. The story of this little painted rock is as follows: I had the neighbor girls over to do some tie-dye (which was a blast BTW) and the  youngest dyer was roaming around the yard and found a little rock I had painted before. This was a pretty basic rock but she loved it, she loved it so much that she wanted to take it home. In fact, there may have been some tears when she was told that she had to leave it. In that moment, I told her that I would paint her another rock. Thus the heart rock was born!

Rock painted with acrylic craft paint. Created by Jennifer Miner
Rock painted with acrylic craft paint. Created by Jennifer Miner

The good news is that the rock turned out pretty cute. The bad news is that I am now on the hook to paint another rock for my daughter, since this rock was deemed and I quote, “Nicer then all of the other rock I had painted, how could I even think of giving it away.” Or something to that effect.

A view of the side.
A view of the side.

To begin, I raided our landscaping for a rock. This rock actually turned out a little more textured then I would have really liked but I think was okay. If you want a smoother rock you can give it a few coats of gesso to make it more smooth. I first painted my rock black. I then drew my heart, leaves and swirls. Then I just jumped in and started painting.

Top of the Heart Rock
Top of the Heart Rock

As I mention in my intro, acrylic paint dries super fast which makes multiple coats really easy.  I just kept painting and doting and painting and painting until I was happy.

Lots of dots - painted rock
Lots of dots – painted rock

Other then the three main shapes I didn’t have a real plan so this evolved in an organic fashion. I have seen some amazing painted rocks and I am hoping that mine get better as I continue to make them. My dots are a little inconsistent and uneven. I used teeny tiny paint brushes, a toothpick and the back-ends of may paint brushes to create my different sizes of dots. Once, I had my design as I wanted it I coated it with three coats of high gloss varnish. I used Delta Creative Gloss Exterior/Interior Varnish. I did actually manage to both read and follow the directions. I used Americana Acrylic Paint and I would say that it worked perfect for this project.

Rock painted by Jennifer Miner
Rock painted by Jennifer Miner

I will be painting at least another one of these soon and I will share it here when it gets done.  I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer!

 

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No-Line Watercolor – Sheep Trio

Hiya!

We have a an absolutely beautiful day here in Colorado. It was simply beautiful and I was able to get lots done! Today, I am sharing a no-line watercolor I created using the Zig Clean Color Markers and the darling Carnival Cupcakes by Mam Elephant. I just love this little sheep trio. I painted over their faces so I think that they look primitive then whimsical in this application. Again, I created a video for these, this time it is without voiceover but I didn’t really think that this one needed too much explanation. So, without further rambling; the Watercolor Sheep Trio.

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I just love this no-line technique. It basically entails stamping your image with a very light ink and then using watercolor techniques to paint your image. The idea is that they link you used to stamp is covered by the watercoloring. These darling sheep are from the Mama Elephant stamp set Carnival Cupcakes and the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse’s stamp set Fancy Phrases. You can find the video I created to show the creation below:

To create this card I stamped my seep on watercolor paper using Antique Linen Distress Ink and then colored them with Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers. I am in no way a watercolor expert but I am overall pretty happy with these cards and I like painting with this technique.

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Once I had my sheep and background painted I trimmed my watercolor image and mounted that to a piece of Spring Moss Cardstock from Papertrey Ink. That then went to a piece of Neenah Solar White and then another piece of Spring Moss.  I kept this card pretty simple since I feel like the watercolor should shine. I did paint over the faces of the sheep as I felt like it really gave a different feel to the stamp. I did a test image where I added the faces back in, still cute but I went with this. Here is a pic of the first attempt at painting.

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Still totally cute but definitely a different feel.

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I also created one with a little baby sheep and different sentiment. This one is from Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages. I just loved how these were turning out so you may see some more sheep.

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Materials

Stamps: Carnival Cupcakes – Mama Elephant, Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: Antique Linen & Forest Moss Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Watercolor – Strathmore, Neenah Solar White & Spring Moss – Papertrey Ink

Zig Clean Color Markers – Pale Green, Light Green, Light Carmine, Beige, Light Gray, Gray & Medium Gray

Nice short and sweet materials list for this little one. I will be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week; which isCreate with Critters.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolor Turtle

We recently visited Oklahoma to see family. We had a wonderful trip and one of our highlights were the turtles. We were able to see a ton while we were there we even found two box turtles in the yard. I decided to break out my watercolors and create a tribute to the turtle. I haven’t painted with watercolors since I was 12, so I am sure my technique is pretty rusty. That notwithstanding I am over all pretty happy with my box turtle watercolor. The paints I used were originally purchased for my daughter.

Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma
Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma

Overall, I think he turned out pretty good. I started with a sketch on watercolor paper and then painted him. He will be going as a “Thank You” card. I really had fun painting and may have to do some more.

Turtles are fun!
Turtles are fun!

Warning – this is probably not a scientifically accurate representation.

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Painting based on the Eastern Painted Box Turtle

The only thing we saw more of on our road trip were dead armadillos. Apparently they are moving up from Texas.