Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wall of Inspiration: Herringbone Pattern Canvas

Another project for my wall of inspiration! I'm creating these projects with inspiring words or sentences so when I look up while working I'll see an explosion of inspiration, not just artistically but also emotionally! So I try to diversify the techniques I'm using and the colors too.

This canvas has an interesting herringbone pattern and a contrast of colors versus white blocks of paint. I wanted to try this pattern for a long time and finally found the opportunity to do it. It's fun to make not only on canvas but also on any craft project and it was so much easier than I thought! The trick is to cut equal size masking tape pieces and follow the pattern. Don't worry if it's not exactly accurate...mine isn't and it still turned out great!

You can use this technique on an old canvas or a new canvas from the dollar store. The pattern with the white paint will give it an entire new look and you'll get a new art work with hardly any effort!
Check out the video tutorial to find out all the step by step instructions on how to create this pattern.

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Friday, August 28, 2015


It's BACK!
Top 10 Contest!

In about two weeks we will celebrate the Jewish New Year! 
Like every year I want you to celebrate it with me 
by helping me sum up what has been an amazing year. 

This celebration is equally amazing because you get to tell me what are your favorite Einat Kessler projects and win a FABULOUS GOODIE BAG! 

Here is what you need to do:
1. Go through all my blog posts this year ( September 2014 to Septemer 2015)
and leave me a comment telling me what are your three favorite projects.
2. Spread the word about this contest on your social media or blog. (leave me a separate comment telling me where you shared it or leave the link).

To increase your chance of winning this amazing prize:
Each of these will grant you an extra entry in the random raffle.

* Like my Facebook page  (one more entry)
* Tag a friend in the comments of the "Top 10 contest" FB post (each tag will give you one more entry)
* Sign up for Einat Kessler creative newsletter (one more entry)

Top 10 contest closes on Sunday, Sep 13th midnight GMT
The winner will be announced on Thursday, Sep 17th

 Can't wait to see what you picked!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Painting Tips

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced" - Vincent Van Gogh

Contrary to what people might think painting IS for EVERYONE and it's much easier than you think. When I say painting I mean the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. It might sound intimidating to some but here are the top 10 tips that will help you succeed.

1. Supplies
You really don't need any fancy paints, tools or canvases. What you need is simple: a brush basin with clean cool water, paintbrushes (flats, rounds and a liner) in a variety of sizes, and paints in a wide variety of colors.  Here's another tip, if your paint bottle cap is not color coded, add a dot of paint to the paint cap so that you can easily identify the color you are searching for. 

2. Changing Colors
When painting with acrylic paints, have a brush basin or container for water on hand.  When you need to change the color you're working with you will want to clean your brush.  Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent to the cool water in your brush basin.  This will clean your brush quicker. Then it's really important to dry your brush on a paper towel before loading it with a new color.  If you don't dry it, the excess water in the brush will dilute or thin the new paint color. 

3. Surface
You can paint on anything: wood, metal, glass, ceramics, canvas, paper mache, terra cotta, cement, fabric, feathers, some plastics, leather and even old cookware.  Find original surfaces like old furniture and suitcases, clothes and any old stuff you want to alter or change. Remember that each surface need a different kind of paint depending on the material and the look you want. Any craft store would help you with that information.

4. Load your brush
Loading your brush properly will enable you to paint with professional looking results.  Dip the brush into the puddle of paint on your palette, flip the brush over and stroke into the same puddle.  This will ensure the brush would not be overfilled with paint which may create ridges of paint when stroking the brush across your painting surface.

5. Painting Wood
When painting a wood surface with acrylic paint, the wood grain will be raised after the first paint layer is dry.  This makes the wood feel rough to the touch.  Sand with a fine sandpaper and remove the particles with a damp paper towel before applying your second basecoat. If you don't have a fine sandpaper, you can use a section of a brown grocery bag.  Simply cut off a section of the bag, fold it in half and sand away!

6. Texture
Create fun textures and looks by using other tools to paint your surface. Use sponge, spray, baby wipe or fabric. Each tool texture will create different texture on the surface.

7. Patterns
Stripes - To easily paint stripes, use stencil or painter's tape to mask the desired vertical, horizontal or diagonal pattern.  Apply paint to the unmasked areas using a brush. Peel tape while paint is still wet.

Polka Dots - Easy polka dotting tools can include: round brushes, handle ends of paintbrushes, daubers, spouncers, toothpicks, a stylus, fresh pencil erasers or even a dead ballpoint pen.

Fun Patterns - Use other tools to create patterns like bubble wrap, TP rolls, stamps, feather etc. Use your imagination!

8. Mess Free
When painting small items stick the small items onto double-sided tape before painting.  Wood beads or balls can be strung onto a small dowel or chopstick before painting.  Your fingers will remain paint-free and thank you for it!

9. Patience
Paint takes time to dry! Wait patiently before painting another coat of paint on your surface! Use a heat tool to speed up the drying time.

10. Brush Cleaning
NEVER allow paint to dry in the bristles of the brush.  Thoroughly clean all your brush after each use with water and soap.  However, if you do end up with a brush with dried paint, soak the bristles in Murphy Oil Soap, then lather and rinse.  Be sure to store cleaned brushes so that they are NOT resting on the bristles.  It is best to store a brush so that it is upright (bristles up) in a cup or container. And here's another helpful hint:  Add a little dry, uncooked rice to the bottom of the cup to help stabilize the brushes.

Hasn't this information just made your fingers tickle? Don't you just want to go and paint something? I know I do!
I hope you found this information helpful, leave me a comment telling me about it or ask me a question.

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