Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

10 Steps to Mask and Pour
Mask out your main subject of your painting and pour on the background.

1. Apply masking fluid to the main subject of your painting. In this project, I masked all the flowers.
2. Choose your colors. It's best to start with 2 or 3 analogous colors, colors next to each other on the color wheel. Here I used green, blue and purple.
3. Using a small cup, mix a small amount of the paint with water to easy pouring consistency. Do this for each color.
4. Wet you entire page with clear water.
5. Pour on each color, one at a time. Tilt the board to blend.
6. Optional: Add kosher salt just as the shine goes off the paper.
7. Allow to dry completely.
8. Wipe away salt, if used.
9. Remove masking fluid with a rubber cement pick up.
10. Paint your main subject.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Personalize Printing Source

Today's design project was revamping Squier Design's Click Print website. An awesome little site where you can go to order Labels, Mailing Labels, Rubber Stamps, Business Cards, Post-It Notes and more.

Design your own layout using the templates online or upload a completed design. Fun and easy to use!

Plus excellent prices!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Boho Chic Beads

Torch fired beads, each with unique color. I enamel each bead one at a time, by hand using a torch. Each metal bead is heated until glowing orange at about 1500 degrees, dipped into powdered glass enamel and heated again. This process is repeated several times using both opaque and transparent colors until the desired effect is achieved. The reaction of the metal beads and enamel in the torch, each bead is somewhat unique.

Can't you see yourself creating your own fabulous jewelry with these bohemian beads?

These beads and more can be found in my Squier Etsy Shop: http://squier.etsy.com

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Peeling Tape

When peeling the tape off your watercolor painting, peel at an angle away from the painting.

By doing this, you lesson the chance of tearing off a layer of paper with part of the painting that goes with it.

Once you remove the tape from the edges it really brings the finished painting to life. No more tape, no more messy edges, no more messy board to which the painting is mounted. That little white paper edge virtually frames the piece for the first time.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yay! Etsy FP!

Happy Birthday Etsy!

Just found out my Squier Etsy Shop made the front page of Etsy.com with my husband's handmade Cigar Box Guitar No. 29 La Gloria Cubana in a fantastic Happy Birthday Etsy Treasury. It can be played as either an acoustic guitar or plugged into an amp and played as an electric guitar.

Pair it up with our portable battery operated cigar box amp and rock out by the camp fire!

Chocolate Roses

What I did today ...

I baked a half dozen chocolate rose cakes and 11 cupcakes.

Then I poured a dark cocoa glaze over the top and topped them all off with red sprinkles. Love the sprinkles!

I baked them for Father's Day, but I think we're gonna have to test one tonight. Make sure it's good. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

So you've tried landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, florals and abstracts, what's next?


Don't be afraid to give portrait painting a try in watercolor.

A few little tips and you'll be on your way.

Use transparent colors. You can create endless skin tones with a warm red, a cool red, a warm yellow and a cool yellow. Burnt sienna is an excellent choice for skin tones that are warmer and darker. Okay, burnt sienna is not a transparent color, it's sedimentary and kinda semi-transparent, but it's still perfect.

Use LOTS of water. Whether you're mixing up your colors with red and yellow or using straight burnt sienna, lots of water is key.

Layer up the colors to achieve shape, form, texture, depth.

Use hard and soft edges. You will need to define shapes and shadows with lost and found edges. To define the jaw and the ear, start by painting a hard edge under the jaw and behind the ear and then blend away the top edge so it fades upwards. This will also give shape to the head.

Start by keeping it simple and work from a photograph. Choose a photograph where the person's eyes are closed or looking down or maybe they're looking away. A profile. Eyes are tough. Choose your subject matter wisely. If you think you can't paint a portrait you can if you choose a simpler subject. A toddler, a baby, a bald headed person. Don't laugh. Eyes can be tough and so can hair. So don't let that stop you from trying to paint a portrait.

Study the photo. Look for shapes and textures. Simplify. Don't think of a nose as a nose, look for geometric shapes, organic shapes. A nostril can be a quarter of an oval with a hard edge at the top and a soft faded edge to the bottom.

Take your time. You can do it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prints or No Prints

I've been trying to decide do I make prints or just keep making originals. I'd love to turn some of my dew drops into prints. I've got a bunch of favorites from my Painting A Day Challenge that would make great miniature prints. ACEO sized.

But I've also been toying with the idea of starting a few new larger dew drop paintings.

What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know. Thank you!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

One Single Bead

One of the 101 beads.

Love it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

March of the Bead Groups

I have been busy this afternoon organizing, sorting and photographing my beads.

This week I have created 101 torch fired beads. I am doing a test to see how many beads I can create with one bottle of map gas. So far, 101 and the bottle is not empty yet.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Cool Effects with Waxed Paper
Enjoy creating abstracts? Want to try your hand at an abstract watercolor but don't know where to start? Grab a roll of waxed paper, tear off a few strips. Trim it into whatever shapes you feel like creating.

Start by creating a wet into wet watercolor background. While the paint is still wet, lay down pieces of waxed paper. Allow to dry. Peel off the waxed paper to reveal the cool texture left behind.

Use this as a base for your abstract painting. I added a few circles and a rectangle using lost and found edges. Experiment and have fun with it!

Use your imagination ... I'd love to see how your experiment turns out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

More for My Dew Drop Series

Two Raindrops
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Miniature Art
ACEO - Art Card

I love the dew drop series!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Recently Read

Handling Sin
by Michael Malone

Last Fall, I went to a fund raising book sale for the Spencertown Academy. While I was there searching through all the fabulous books, a man next to me picked up this book and said "I have to recommend this book to someone, it is so funny." He was so enthusiastic about the book. He was hoping someone would take it home.

I read the little blurb about the book and decided to add it to my pile of books to take home. He was right. It is a good book.

My husband and I read aloud to each other. While one is cooking a meal, the other reads aloud. We often read to each other instead of watching tv. It's fun and we can enjoy the same book at the same time.

If you ever get a chance, read this book. I highly recommend it to anyone with aging parents.


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