Pallet Knife Tiny Tree Painting and it’s Background Story

I love painting with a pallet knife. Probably more than painting with a brush. It gives that blurry, impressionistic look. I love Impressionism so I love this style of painting. This little painting or Mixed Media Project caused me to have to PIVOT and redo the background. Please keep reading to see how it was made. I also have a time lapsed video on Facebook.

——–I bought the rights to paint this from Amanda with Little Bluebird Gallery. Please go check out her website and her Facebook page. I love the way she paints and she is a great teacher.——–

When we studied this style in school I fell in love. I took a painting class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where I majored in Business. It was an elective my Senior year. I continued taking continuing education paint classes when I moved back to Victoria, Texas. My professor there had us paint many different styles. I forgot how much I enjoyed the pallet knife painting so I am glad I bought this “little tree” virtual class.

I hand painted red band black buffalo check onto a Canvas Board.

It’s freehand so it’s rough looking but I like it like that. Perfection is NOT necessary.

Then I wanted to practice my little tree on my Media Pad. But I liked my tree so much on my Paper Pad, that I thought I would decoupage it onto my canvas. Sounds good right? Kind of like a multi media project.

I painted this without a tracer, just used my memory.

I tore the paper to give it more of a rustic finish.
I should have left it like this but it just looked unfinished and I wanted the edges to stay down.

Well, I made the mistake of putting Mod Podge on my whole canvas after I put my little tree on. It stayed high gloss and it did not look good. It looked sticky. So I had to PIVOT and rethink the whole background out.

I hated it. But I learned a lot. Maybe that’s the important thing. Gotta get out there and try.

I thought if I put glitter on the background it would look alright. BUT NO. It was still too shiny and sticky looking. So I ended up painting a black background with my pallet knife.

I added snowflakes and then glitter. It worked this time because the black paint had toned down the high gloss finish.

It still looked plain, so I added some glitter. See above without glitter, see below for with the glitter.
The glitter had big chunks of glitter in it. Call Glitterific.
It’s not perfect. But I did the best I could with a bad wound. I may make another one for practice too. “The best laid plans of mouse and men……”

Just fyi….I am NOT a fine artist.

Like Heidi says from Texas Art and Soul, it is FUN ART, not FINE ART.

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Snowmen Signs for the Barn

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Our Barn or Shed is boring and I like to decorate my bench I put out there to try to jazz the place up. It has two plant holders on each side and I like to make it look festive with a few easy holiday decorations. Unfortunately this barn is so easily seen from the road and driveway. It always NEEDS something. But….that’s life on a farm….

On the plant holders I like to put signs that stand out from the road. For Summer I used Sunflowers and for Fall I used Pumpkins.

So now for Winter I want to use Snowmen. These could stay up past Christmas. I thought about painting Christmas trees or Poinsettias. But Snowmen won the contest in my mind. Even though these have little ornaments hanging from their arms, I will still leave them up at least through Valentines. I took a little virtual painting class online and Snowmen were the focus. I would like to teach some virtual painting classes online too. Maybe..??

I wanted to start painting again. I know I paint crafts, but I wanted to paint on canvas again. I am not a fine art painter by no stretch of the imagination. But I like whimsical fun paintings. I also like loose, impressionistic type paintings. Especially ones done with pallet knives. I also like to paint with a brush and use dot like brush strokes for the whole picture. I want to practice all the ways I learned to paint way back in another lifetime. Or so it seems.

I made a time-lapsed video of my process. I posted it on Facebook. Here is the link. It is fun to watch painting when it is time-lapsed. It is only 3 minutes long……please take a quick look.

For circles, I always try to find objects I can trace around. So that’s how I began.

These were just some scrap boards I had left from an old project. The reverse sides are painted with Sunflowers for the summer time.

I had to let the white paint dry and then paint another coat of white.

You can see the imperfections in one of the scrap pieces of wood. But that’s okay. No one will really go up close and look at these.

Below I painted some details but I again had to let dry and touch everything up with another coat in some places. These are just simple shapes and anyone could paint this. Try to get your children to create too. I don’t know how much time school really allows them to be creative nowadays. My arts and crafts classes were always my favorite classes. Along with Home Economics.

I added some snowflakes and here they are drying outside.
It’s not fine art…..but it’s FUN art. !!

Have fun on a painting adventure. Try it out.

I will post more final pictures after my husband moves the tires he has in front of my bench. lol. Real Life around here….

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament (Buffalo Plaid)

Here is another simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash. I made this the same as the red one I posted about yesterday. Only this time I used Black and White Buffalo Plaid Ribbon.

These little ornaments would be perfect to put on a gift instead of a bow or in addition to a bow. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

Below is the link to the video I made while I was making it LIVE on Facebook.

All finished! It could be trimmed at an angle even more, but I love it!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a another word for it….CUTE.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. Both the ribbons had wire.

I did trim the sides more. I still think it could use another haircut, but I am going to leave it for now.

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Ribbon on a Twig Farmhouse Ornament

This is a simplistic ornament. You can make these with any color ribbon to fit any decor. It really didn’t cost me anything. I used a twig from my yard and ribbon and berries from my stash.

Mom and I are finished with all our Christmas Crafts and I have some leftover Christmas Ribbon. I am obsessed with RED this year. So that was the color scheme of the first tree I made. I am also obsessed with TREES this year. I plan on painting some soon. Christmas will be here before you know it. Where did the time go?

See below for more details of how I made this.

First on the list was to choose which tree limbs are the straightest and cleanest. I use my clippers to cut them down to the size I want.
This one was the straightest.

I again forgot to take pictures WHILE I was making it. But below are some pictures of the finished tree. I plan to go live on Facebook and do another one in a different color.

All finished!

I think it is homespun looking. Primitive, rustic, farmhouse or whatever word you use to describe it. Here is a word for it….CUTE.

I saw this done somewhere on the internet, but mine looks totally different because of the different ribbons and colors.

I put berries at the top. I am fresh out of stars.

I did not tie a knot. Only a half knot. This ribbon was not the easiest to work with because some had words that I had to keep straight and some did not have the design on the backside. But it was worth the extra time. All the ribbon had wire.

I put a hanger on the top but mine stood on my mantel by itself against my little trees.

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Tree Farm Sign

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We wanted to find a cute way to highlight this cute little vintage truck ornament we bought at Dollar General. It even lights up. So access to the bottom to turn on the light was a necessary part of our design.

I had bought the cute little trucks and we worked on the fall sign and Christmas sign at the same time. We used the scraps of fence slats as the base to the signs. The trucks actually help the sign stand up and become shelf sitters.

Working on two signs at once.
Putting it all together.
We decided to use a cinnamon stick as the sign post.
Isn’t the truck the cutest!! It has a bell on top of it!
We made a bow to go on the left side.
As you can see, it sits by itself. Here it is on my patio.
These little ornaments would look really cute on your Christmas tree. But if you want one of them to have more of a presence, make this little sign too.

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Dollar Tree Berry Wreath

Some of these berry wreaths have very high dollar price tags. Here is my version made from Dollar Tree Berry Picks.

I saw this done on the internet and wanted to give it a try myself. I think every wreath a person does is different and unique. I could not make this exact wreath again if I HAD to.

I have to say that I AM NOT an experienced wreath maker. Years and years ago, I made a lot of grapevine wreaths. They were so popular once upon a time. (maybe it was the 80’s?)

I have a fast paced, time lapsed video you can watch on my Facebook Page. Here is the link.

I do think this wreath turned out really cute.

Here are some of the supplies I used to make the wreath. Below are some pictures of the berry picks from Dollar Tree

Three stems of berries are on one Dollar Tree Pick.
Close up picture of the holly berry picks.
Here I was taking the berries off their stems and setting aside the leaves in case I needed to use them.

I used the larger embroidery hoop to make this wreath. I wasn’t sure if I had enough berries to go around the large one. But I did.

I used floral stem wrapping tape, wire cutters, and greenery.
This floral tape sticks as you pull and push it against surfaces.
Here are all my berries cut apart from their picks.
I had these as optional possibilities.

My base for the wreath was an embroidery hoop. First thing I did was wrap the whole hoop with the green floral tape.

Here is a picture half way done.

I used the tape to also tape the stems onto the hoop. Hot glue would have been too lumpy and would not have been attractive. Even though I used it later to add the optional berries and pinecones on.

Close up picture of how I wrapped the floral tape around the hoop and berry stem.

I added the greenery around the hoop and between the berry clusters.

Here is my wreath not quite done. Later I add more optional berries plus pinecones.

It didn’t seem quite finished yet. It needed something. So I added some pinecones and more of the optional berries I had on hand. I think they came from Hobby Lobby.

I added small pinecones
It looks good against my white garage door, but the pictures were a little shadowy.

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FreeHand Buffalo Plaid on Dollar Store Canvas

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The simplicity of this project is very FARMHOUSE. And the supplies I used are very simplistic too. Keep scrolling for the finished picture…..

  1. Dollar Tree small canvas
  2. Black paint
  3. Pewter gray paint
  4. Brush the size you want your plaid to be
  5. Evergreen greenery to make a simple wreath
  6. Holly Berries
  7. Wire Cutters
  8. Glue
  9. Hot glue
I used the wire cutters to cut my evergreen wreath the size I needed and to cut the holly berries off their stems.

As you may know by now, I am obsessed with BUFFALO PLAID. I capitalize it because it is an entity of it’s own in my mind.

I saw several pictures on the internet of Buffalo Plaid done in a messy, random fashion. I wanted to try it. So this little canvas (shown above and below) was in my stash and I decided to just free hand the Buffalo Plaid. I am glad I did. I plan to use this method to paint many backgrounds for other paintings or crafts.

I only used the one brush and just wiped it between using the gray and black paints.

I made my horizontal AND vertical stripes with the medium colored gray paint. Let the brush strokes show through. That is the look you should be going for. I did not even paint my canvas first. I choose a paintbrush the size I wanted the plaid to be. You could choose a bigger brush or a smaller brush.

I then went back with black paint at all the intersections. I did have to do two coats of the black to get the look I wanted.

I wish I had taken more pictures. I am new and learning how to blog better. I just get in the mood and begin a project without thinking that I need to stop and take a picture.

Then I added the wreath when it dried. I wrapped the evergreen greenery around twice and tied it with a red ribbon. I hot glued it on the canvas in a just a few places.

Then I added the berries in randomly with Elmer’s glue.

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Hang Tag Door Hanger

HANG TAGS are so popular this year. After making some other projects, we had enough wood to make these two hang tags. They aren’t very big so we combined them into one door hanger.

Mom decoupaged with red and black….and….black and white….buffalo plaid scrapbook paper.

Then we found that the Dollar Store Joy Ornament looked really good with it because it too had the red and black buffalo plaid.

The finishing touches were the evergreen, pinecone and holly picks. Also from the Dollar Stores.

Below is a picture with the whole door, so you can see the size.

Besides the decoupaging, this was an easy peasy decoration to make.

MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE FULL OF JOY THIS YEAR!!

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Aqua Candlesticks

Hi Everyone! Aqua is my favorite color as you will discover if you follow my blog. Turquoise, aqua, teal it doesn’t matter, I love them all.

So……..I had to paint some of these candlesticks in Aqua. The set with brown lowlights will probably stay in my house instead of going to the craft show. lol.

I painted one set Caribbean blue straight out of the paint bottle. I painted the aqua green set from a mixture I made trying to get my sister’s favorite color, sage green.

At first the color looked so flat and plain. I love to mix colors. So I went back and put some brown on the candles that were deep aqua. It really helped give them more character.

We added ribbons and raffia and voila’.

Mom made a wood garland to match and I added matching ribbon.

In the picture below are the aqua green set of candlesticks. There is a difference but it is slight. If you favor blue you will love the set above. If you favor green you will like the set below.

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Paintbrush Santas

These turned out so stinking cute! I saw several versions on Pinterest and we had to try our hand at it too. This would be a cute gift for the handyman or woman on your gift list.

They would also be GREAT as part of your gift wrapping. Put a bow and one of these little fellows on top of a present meant for your favorite handyman or crafter. Love that extra special touch.

Get different styles of paint brushes and they will each have their own personalities. I like the short bearded one on the left the best. He NEEDED polka dots for this handle/hat.

In the picture below you can see our little Dollar Tree Charlie Brown Christmas Tree without it’s tree skirt and before decorating it.

Mom made the white fluff from a Swifter Mop refill. LOL.

I hope you liked this post about PAINTBRUSH SANTAS. Make a couple. I wonder if a MRS CLAUS could be made? Why not? She would need some eyelashes. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating and crafting.

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