Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Inside my Heart

Come over to StencilGirl Talk and see how this piece came together with lots of layers! See you there!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun with Seth Apter & StencilGirl

Welcome to the StencilGirl blog hop featuring Seth Apter's newly released stencils.  

I love incorporating stencils subtly into my art for an extra layer of texture and interest.  I started with a canvas I had already prepared with collaged papers and paint - it was waiting for inspiration.  I immediately saw Seth's stencils in this to finish my vision.  In my mind they were just "enough" to add that final touch but still allow the background I created to shine through.

I sketched out my girl reaching for the sky.

I used Golden Fluid acrylic Titan buff and Titanium White with Seth Apter's Techo Insiders Star Stencils and Seth Apter's Urban Outsiders Stencil.

I used some Burnt Umber on the abstract ground and background with Seth's Techo Insiders Tag stencil and the Urban Outsider's stencil again.

I finished up with the details on the piece.

And this is how she turned out.

I may add a word or phrase later or just leave her like this.  I hope you enjoyed. Be sure to keep hopping along with all the artists listed below.  Also if you leave a comment, you will be entered for a giveaway!

Blog Hop Order
Kirsten Reed you are here

$25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate to one lucky winner!
All comments left on the hop list participants posts will be entered. 
One comment per blog. 
Comments close on July 24th @ 11:59PM Central.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Collaboration Fun with a Friend

On my way home from a visit to friends in Ohio, I decided to make a slight detour and visit my friend and artist Carolyn Dube.  I was SO EXCITED to play in her studio with her! You know those kind of people that just "get" you? Well, she does and we wasted no time playing, video taping and laughing. Laughing a lot!

She is the video queen and has TONS of great tutorials on YouTube including this one below.  Please excuse the disheveled look of me in the intro...she did NOT tell me we were going to tape and so I didn't get hours in the make up chair like she did! ;0

Anyway, hope you enjoy our little canvas play as we paint a layer, switch canvases and paint more.

Here are some snap shots of the canvases as we played.  Below is the video.

Does anyone else laugh when they see these words and how they "happened" together??!!

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Creating Owls

Come visit me on StencilGirl Talk all day today where I show you how to create this textured owl.  
It will be a hoot! (okay I couldn't help myself) 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 15, 2015

From Glum to Glam

Oh how I love spring time and all the colorful blooms! It makes me want to work in my yard and garden and make everything beautiful again.  Since spring sprang, I decided it was time to spruce up my two urns for the front of house that were sitting in the back with nothing in them.

But when I looked at them, well, they looked a little glum.

Sad looking with weathering and chipped away paint, I decided these two needed a makeover.

A few brushes, a sunny afternoon and a little bit of Annie Sloan Chalk paint from local distributor C'est Moi to the rescue!

First, I brushed on Chateau Grey (which is actually a kind of greenish color).  I purposely left areas of  the original dark brown show through.  This gave it more dimension.

After that dried, which was rather quickly due to the porous nature of the urns, I highlighted the rounded edges with some Paris Grey (which is a true gray).

Voila! These two are now the stars of the show in front of my house.

What DIY projects have you pulled out this spring?  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Be Kind

Hop on over to StencilGirl Talk blog today where I make these little minis come to life!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Good Morning!

New piece fresh out of the studio! Lots of texture in this "Good Morning" bouquet measuring 30x30" acrylic on canvas. Contact me for purchase details at: kirstenreed@yahoo.com.

Hope you have good morning!