Things are happening

First off, here is the FINISHED Product of the gift I had posted about earlier. It’s a little hard to see, but I’ve added a “wood grain” effect on the border. Feel free to post and tell me what you think!

Next, my favorite piece of all time has sold!

ImageThis piece was the first woodburning I had ever done and what solidified my love of woodburning. It was sad to see it go, but it has a fantastic new home now!
Starting tomorrow, I have absolutely no class and no work because I will be in the lovely state of California, on my summer break, focusing on nothing but art! So you will be seeing posts on new pieces and most likely new items in my shop! I’ve marked down a ton of items so please take a look!
Keep in mind, I also love doing custom pieces, so if you’re looking for a gift for someone, or even a gift for yourself, now is the time to let me know 🙂
Saruca
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Galaxy Earring Holder Frame

I think I am obsessed with these earring holder frames! I wanted to post a tutorial on how to make this one, but I didn’t get enough pictures so I will do my VERY BEST to clearly describe every step.

Here is the final product:
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And lets proceed with the steps!
1. Find a frame – I got lucky with this one. I went to my local Good Will and stumbled on this gem. The sun and the moon were already in place.

2. Remove backing – I took the back part of the frame that had the stand off including the glass it came with. The stand would be useful but it will block where the earring will go.

3. Cut Canvas – all i did was place the frame on top of the canvas and traced it, and then cut it. 

4. Penny Tracing! – I’ve used pennies to trace where the paint WON’T go. This is important because once the paint dries (I use acrylic), it dries hard and impossible for the earring stud to go though. Here is a picture of this step:
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You can see that i’ve overlapped the pennies because it gives you a better shape of where the earrings will go.

5. Start Painting!! – I started with the black paint. I used a brush that was fairly firm because once you get around the area that you’ve traced you want to almost dab it one with the bristles to give it a softer effect. This is your project though, so if you want clean lines, go right ahead!

6. Galaxy time – For this part I used a nail art tutorial. It’s the best way to explain the process. Instead of nail polish, I use regular paint. I also used sponge but you can use any fabric you are willing to through out or even a paint brush depending how well you can handle a paint brush. Here is the video:

Easy Galaxy Nail Art

The only part of the video I didn’t stick to was the very end with the white dots. Instead I just splatted white paint across. This gets MESSY so be outside or have some newspaper down! I also flicked the brush with my fingers to create the splatter.

The canvas painting is now done!

Next is the frame:

With the frame you’ll use the same technique as the canvas. My frame was a dark blue so I didn’t have to paint too much. I picked a couple corners to do the black in. With my galaxy, I painted from one corner to another so when it came to the frame I “continued” the galaxy in the same corners. I placed the canvas under the frame while paint just so I could be accurate. Once I started the splatter part on the frame I took the canvas away.

And there you have it! Your very own Galaxy Earring holder! I have a few more frames that I’ve found from Good Will, but I”m not sure what to do with them yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post below =)Image

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Saruca

Mah Bad

So last night I totally forgot to  mention I have an etsy shop. I’ve put up most of my artwork on that site, but of course there are a few gems I can’t bear to sell. Check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarucas . I know it really hasn’t been updated in a while and it’s mainly older stuff but it’s all for sale and I’m slowly working on new projects. There just isn’t enough time in a day!

On a side note, evil homework needs to be defeated today… and as soon as that’s done and over with, the first “real” blog begins! I say real because I’ve been itching to show some things rather than talk about it. What was that? You’d like a sneak peak? Oh I can’t do that. Oh fine, if you’re going to twist my arm about it…

It’s an AWESOME, super simple recipe for a delicious… TREAT! I can’t give it all away. What kind of blogger would I be?

I’ll document step by step guide and I promise it’ll be the best _____ you’ll have ever tasted!

Until this evening!

Someone just couldn’t get up today