This past weekend I had some very important projects to work on... for two of my nieces. One just had a birthday so I had to make a card for her, and the other has been well and truly bitten by the arts & crafts bug, and we have just started an art post-card swap via mail.
I've been playing around with applying paint for backgrounds using a palette knife and I decided to take it a step further. Now.... this is my first attempt at painting a beach scene in *any* way, so please be kind... it's not a masterpiece.
I chose some Fresco Finish paints in beachy colors... for the sand I chose cheesecake with a little bit of cinnamon mixed in. For the ocean I chose beach hut and south pacific, and for the sky I chose snowflake and (wait for it!) sky blue.
I started with the sky (which got cut out of the finished cards) and worked my way down to the ocean, and then the beach, applying the paint ONLY with a palette knife. Once I was happy with that I decided to add some beach grasses to each side, using the edge of the palette knife. When it was done I cut it down the middle to post card size (4" x 6").... outlined the edges with a black paint pen, and added some greetings that I printed out and cut out each word....
And here are the results.... be kind.... Here's the first one... the post card...
And here's the birthday card....
I *attempted* to create some wave-like images by adding some snowflake over the blue water, like waves cresting and crashing.
I'd say the proper fine-artists of the world don't have much to worry about, but I'm pretty happy with them for a first attempt. Good to try new things!
For those following along with our little kitten's story... here's a recent pic of our "Thor"... he's now about 3 1/2 months old.... seriously... could he be any cuter??? He's doing really well and learning how far he can push his older brother's limits of patience and self-restraint LOL! It's a slow process, but they're both learning, and we haven't had any all-out fights yet. Fingers crossed!
Take care 'til next time.