Sunday, June 28, 2009

watercolors on wood

I painted this totally usuing watercolors on the absorbant ground. Then used a graphite pencil to outline. This is a 12x12.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Pink Saturday and a little Art Work

Just a reminder that this birdie in the teacup is on my Ebay for just a short time.
My own artwork using techniques learned at the Lisa Kaus workshop
Had to throw in a bit of music, nest and roses
Absorbent Ground... it allows me to paint with watercolors on any surface. Watercolors need something to sink into, not like acrylics that just sit on top of a surface. So this Ground is perfect. I did a little research on it, seems like it works best if your surface is coated with gesso first. I used Goldens Molding paste on these too, to add a little more texture...wouldn't want anything looking to

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Using Goldens Absorbent Ground

Uh Oh!! Look what I found today...a naughty kitty...ok, it's my fault. I left the bag of wool where he could find it. How can you be mad when he is so darn adorable! LOL
I bought a sheet of MDF (I think thats what its called) I added some molding paste then a coat of Golden's Absorbent Ground...I LOVE that stuff. I used just watercolors and it was sooo fun. Its a 4X4 . I'm tell'n ya, you otta get some and give it a fun fun.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Latest Pink Birdie Pincushion

Summer finally came to town today. It is so warm and lovely.

I just listed this little baby on my EBAY

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lisa Kaus's wonderful class!!

Class is so much more fun when you show up on the correct date. LOL. Class was wonderful. Here is what I designed. It is covered in wax so it is looking a bit more fuzzy then it really is. The paper down at the bottom are cake recipes that I took from my very vintage cook book.
Gotta love watercolor crayons!!!
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments for my mom. Bloggers are the best!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I'm back from my pictures to share, you say?? Weeeeel, this is what happened.
Alarm went off, had a cup of coffee. Got dressed, hair brushed, shoes on, bag in hand.
You know what sweet DH that I have...he got up, got dressed, had coffee and we got in the car at just the right time and headed towards Portland. We drove for about 45 min. I found Lisa's house with no problem. I grabbed my bag, said by to DH saying...see you at 4:00 bye bye. Walked into Lisa's house, other gals had also just arrived. Stacey called right then, I told her we made it ok and that I would call her during lunch.
We all proceeded downstairs where Lisa's fabulous classroom is located.
I found a place to sit...I asked everyone which one was Betty (I wanted to meet Betty) Lisa said, Betty was here yesterday, but not for todays class. Ok, thats ok...then I was looking around at the where's the paints and drawing things??? ummmm I wonder why she has all these embellishments out. ummmmmmm LISA??? What class is this???? she said, why...its the "heart" class. I then cocked my head to the side and you think I'm in the wrong class???!!! I'm here for the painting class....everyone was silent for a moment.....then busted out laughing. She was so sweet, said I could stay, but I didn't, called my DH and said...Cooooome baaaaack.
Then I called Stacey and told her what happened.... is where I'm confused (lol) My husband and daughter weren't at all surprised, why is that???? The good news...I didn't miss my class, it is tomorrow and I can still take it. lol

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pink Saturday

These roses are from my sweet DH! I've had a very very sad day. After visiting my mom I just cried and cried. She isn't doing well and I fear she wont be around for very much longer. So these flowers came from the heart to show me how much he cares.
For lack of having time to make something pink I thought I would show you this sweet little vintage girls dress that I have hanging in my sewing room.
On to happy things...the picture above and below are photos from a class I took with Lisa Kaus last year...tomorrow I get to take another class from her studio! I'm so excited and it will be so nice to immerse myself into creativity.
I'll have show 'n tell when I get home! Be sure and sign up for my give-away on the previous post.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Giveaway Card

I made this little card last night "just for fun" and to Give it away!
I'll pick a random winner around Wed.
It comes with an envelope too.
Just leave me a message on this post.
Here is my question....what is your favorite animal.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sneek Peek

This is a big project I just finished to send off to Somerset...It is hard to try to come up with new ideas that the magazine hasn't already seen or done...I came up with an idea..I don't think it has been done. it will have to remain a secret for now, I really got excited and got it all finished...

Sunday, June 14, 2009



Friday, June 12, 2009

PINK Saturday

I listened to everyones wonderful ideas on my lettering...I'll have to go back over my comments to see who came up with this idea so I can give her a tag...I'll let you know who it is. Anyway, when I paint...some days I feel like painting light and airy, sometime very antiquey and aged. So, when I got started working on the letters, I had to make some corrections which means I had to try to hide it by antiquing it...I darkened the eggs a bit...I like how it turned out. Thank you all for your input! Did I mess it up?? lol
I wont be able to post tomorrow, so I'm getting an early start. I just finished another order for magnets using watercolor paper and watercolors.

I just finished this too. I painted a piece of canvas layering pinks and tans to get an old aged look. I then wanted the bird and rose to look aged too. The green fabric is a piece of silk that was a blouse a touch of lace, piece of vintage music, old buttons. a bit of bling.
Please check out Beverly from How Sweet the Sound for a list of participants.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Magnets and Roses

I just finished this order for magnets magnets magnets

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

sad news

I don't want to rehash what happened again, but for those of you have a been with me, remember Staceys friend that was in jail. The judge sentenced him today...10 years in prison. He's the toughest judge that is in our court system. No one ever wants him to be there judge. There is no doubt that Stacey will stay in contact with him...they were never best friends, just friends, they've just known each other for a long time and he has lost most of his friends over this ordeal. So now it is a bit of a burden to know that she cant and won't stop being his friend...but 10 years is a looooong time. I've never even met him. We went and saw him sing yeeeeers ago at a talent show at the Fair. It is just so sad...there are so many horrible people that get out of jail with a slap on the hand, I'm sure the judicial system does the best they can, but I also know they can screw-up.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Project....Box...and a little givaway....

This is a music box that I picked up for pennies
I sprayed it with a coat of white primer
I layered 3 thin coats of molding paste to hide the engraved hearts. Then antiqued it and paint the top. Looks a little different huh. Looking at this photo...I don't think I like the green lettering...I'm thinking the egg color...or the pink??? Let me know what you think...I'll will make you a tag if I use your idea...

Daughters are soooo fun

The class wasn't the greatest...but having Stacey there with me to take the class...PRICELESS
It was all about overlaying a letter on a letter

I forgot to take pictures of what Stacey did...I hope I can get them before she gives them to the recipients. She has some nieces and she did their Initial...fabulous. We had a great time together...thats what its all about...and I'll use what little I learned.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Altered Bottles / Laces and Goodies

I've been sleeping pretty well lately...until last night!! It all started with an husby invited me to go with him to Eugene, its an hour drive, and I would have the car to do whatever I wanted for 1 1/2 hours...and brunch at a very nice could I pass it up..right! I only got to a fabulous quilt fabric store and an antique mall and the to-die-for art store before he called and said to pick him up...The photo up above are...fabric samples from an upholstery/gift shop
bottles from the Goodwill that I came home and immediately soldered the tops
I found this beautiful doily, pin. Then at the art store these metallic crayons, and the pens are for Monday when Stacey and I are taking our Fanciful Letter class
Look at these beautiful fabrics and laces. We then went to Ben Franklin where I got these LARGE glass pieces, cant wait to try those out...We went to Costco while down there and a couple of shops that we found as we were driving was such a fun relaxing day. When I got home I worked on the bottles...oh yes, I found a couple more wooden things, I'll share them tomorrow...anyway...I didn't sleep at all last night...I was crafting ALL night long, my body may have been asleep, but my mind wasnt!! lol Never good to go shopping right after

Friday, June 5, 2009

PINK Saturday Roses

I have painted a lot of pink roses this week, be sure and scroll down and take a look. The Pink Teacup Pincushion with my Pink Birdie is on Ebay right now.The top photo are tags I just finished. Thank you for looking!!! Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting Pink Saturday.
My creation
Originally uploaded by lauriescharmingdesigns.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Magnets

I am laughing as I post these magnets that I made last night...have you ever noticed how I hop and skip around on what I'm working on...that is what is sooo fun...I can work on what ever moves me at the moment...Isn't crafting fun!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Little White Box

I forgot to take the before picture...just a plain wooden 3x5" box. it has a pink velvet liner...99 cents.
I sprayed it with some great new white spray. In the oval was an etched flower on glass, I just sprayed right over it, then glued a piece of quilt, lace, buttons and a little painting.
I antiqued it with glaze and raw umber.

Teacup Pincushion with Pink Birdie

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


What can be done after the DIDN"T drink it....really! LOL I picked this up at a garage sale.
Vintage laces, attached using resin/wax
I soldered the top and around the circle of canvas, which I also waxed.

Monday, June 1, 2009

New Tag

My latest and greatest new toy...yea for coupons from Micheals!
My latest tag...see the little rose...I tore a piece of vintage linen, slathered on some of that new medium, dried it, painting on it was wonderful, gave it a watercolor looking background, which was so easy to do using the golden fluid acrylics.
The back is a piece of an old quilt that I have had for years, just waiting for the right project to come about.