Drawing a Parrot (Oil Pastel) + Pretty Bird card

Drawing a Parrot (Oil Pastel) + Pretty Bird card

This week’s fine art treat is brought to you by the Pretty Birds stamp set from Picket Fence! I have a thing for parrots, so even though the stamps are (I think?) cockatoos, I went the parrot direction anyway! I wrote a children’s story that I have yet to illustrate about the rainforest – and a parrot would be one of the characters.

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

These aren’t the artist-quality brand of Faber Castell oil pastels – but they’re some of the ones used in the kids Self Portrait Class I launched recently! I figured I’d see what else I could do with them. This set comes with a little do-hickey that creates lines and patterns, but I just used my stylus for this.

Ain’t he a pretty birdie?

I made a card from the stamp set – creating a green background with light highlights created with a colorless blender.

New class for kids!

New class for kids!

In honor of my niece’s graduation this weekend – I’ve hurried to get this Creative Self Portraits for Kids class set up before leaving. Hoping it all works as I’m not taking my computer with me, but if anything goes haywire I guess we’ll find out if I can fix things on my phone, right?

Class preview video – watch below or click HERE to see it on YT!

See supply lists and sign up for class HERE.

it’s mah birthday!

it’s mah birthday!

I’m heading out for the day – off to find wonderful things to paint, have lunch with a dear friend, then maybe take myself to a movie, too – so if you’re in need of anything, I’m treating myself to a day without email. I’ll get back to ya!

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And enter to win my card HERE!

My birthday wishlist:

  • Nice high bids on the auction cards for Nebraska – please share that page with your friends and family to invite them to join in!
  • Donations to charities – my own favorite causes are critter-related (domestic or wild), environment, human rights, journalism, children
  • Student homework uploaded to our facebook group – I love giving out prize classes (50% off a beginner or intermediate class) and the more uploads, the more prizes that month!
  • Sharing any of my sites or social media with your artistic friends. Especially YT, I’m creeping toward 100k and kinda freaking out about that!
  • Cards for the pups because they feel left out when it’s all about mama! Giallo and Vienna can be reached at: PO Box 23395, Federal Way WA 98093
Need art supplies?

Need art supplies?

Just a little quick note: Ellen has a sale on everything in THIS category this weekend. Just saying! I’m off to paint with Plein Air Washington Artists today…hoping my brushes are having a good day. Lol!

And while you’re here—it’s National Puppy Day…I love looking through baby pics of my kiddos!

Have a lovely day!

One Wreath Three Ways

One Wreath Three Ways

It’s always fun to get mileage out of our stamps – so why not try an atypical stamp set in a couple mediums, just to see what happens? I created these pretty wreaths in Distress Inks, Copics, and Pencil! The PinkFresh Oval Foliage stamp has so many possibilities!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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Distress Oxide Ink/Watercolor is one of the ways most people may consider using a set like this – applying the peeled paint distress oxide ink then painting into it with a wet brush.

I added some berries to mine with a brush, as well as tiny details in the chipped sapphire to add some depth.

Next up: Copic! I stamped some “messy” partial leaves first, then laid down a couple colors (YG03 YG00) and restamped again in an uneven fashion to add some realism. I filled in some detail in G28 and added RV14 berries.

Finishing off each card meant layering the panels with green cardstock, popping it up on dimensional adhesive on the same color cardstock to keep the color to a minimum and let the wreath sing. Sentiments were stamped on matching paper and popped, cutting the banner on one side and tying a little twine for good measure.

The pencil version may surprise those who haven’t taken Colored Pencil Jumpstart – powdered pencil!

The tea strainer is the magic that makes it happen…scribbling the pencil into it to create powder, and lightly moving it around with a cotton ball.

The sentiments were placed in the lower 1/3 of the card – designwise it keeps the important parts out of dead-center so the eye moves around the wreath and not just stopping in the middle.

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