Pour Painting Techniques

Have you ever wanted to try pour painting?

There are several different kinds of techniques:

The Dutch Pour, The Dirty Pour and The Swipe Technique to name a few.

Trying Pour Painting has been on my to-do list for over a year.

I’m not sure if I was intimidated or wasn’t sure if it’d be too much of a mess.

When I heard about my sister and her friend planning a time to play,

I casually mentioned my interest. Lucky for me, I got an invitation to join.

We tried all three different Pour Painting Techniques.  It was so much fun.

Just for you…I made a short video of each technique later in this post.

Before we started the process, we prepped the canvases with a coat of Gesso*.

We mixed acrylic paint with a pouring medium called Floetrol*.

It thins down the paint to help the paint flow easier.

(There are several different pour mediums available.)

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For each technique, we added the thinned down white paint to our canvas.

Make sure to spread it all over up to the edges.

The first one we tried was the Dutch Pour…

that uses a hairdryer and a straw to blow the paint around on the canvas.

Here I am dribbling  paint onto the canvas.

Using a hairdryer, blow the paint around the canvas.

For added detail, use a straw to spread the paint in a small area.

After I finished blowing the paint around, we used a small portable torch lighter over

the canvas to pop air bubbles.

Below is a video of the Dutch Pour on a different canvas. ↓

I planned on taking pictures of the process, but as we were getting ready to pour,

I decided at the last minute to videotape the process.

Being a little more than unprepared (and a little bit excited) the videos are not as good as

I would have liked them to be.  Next time, I will be more prepared with a tripod.

The Dutch Pour

This process involves blowing the paint around the canvas using a hairdryer and straw.

The Dirty Pour

The Dirty Pour is where to pour several different colors of paint into the same cup and

then pour it onto the canvas. (Of course, we used paint medium with the paint.)

The Swipe Technique

Being my first try at the Swipe Technique, usually, you’d only need to swipe once.

Giving the forgiving nature of the technique, I added more paint on the top and swiped again.

Deciding it needed a little red, I repeated the swipe a third time. (not shown in the video)

The most important thing I learned (that I didn’t do) is to keep your canvas level.

After our canvases were dried, Jeanie, my sister’s friend, gave them all a coat of polyurethane.

The canvas shown above is my Dutch Pour Canvas. 

Not only did I have a frame from another painting that was the right size

but also the perfect color.  Currently, I proudly have the painting on my mantel.

I want to give a shout out and a big THANKS to my new friend Jeanie for letting me play.

She is a lovely and talented artist.

You can find her and her work on Instagram under ArtUnearthed.

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Crafting with Kids…all about bugs

BUZZIN’ BUGS

The summer crafting adventures continue with Nick and Warren and the July Orange Art Box.

This months box is all about Bugs and I do believe it was Warren’s favorite box.

The kit came with supplies to make a bug jar, cute little felt bugs, bug stencils, stickers,

paper to make a bug book, plastic bugs, markers and several other fun crafty supplies.

Check out the boys video and the July Orange Art Box.  

(I’m starting to wonder if I should include their bloopers.  Never a dull moment.)

So…If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Art Box.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

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The Orange Art Box is a subscription art box for kids.

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Crafting with Nick…Under the Sea

June Orange Art Box

Nick’s back with a fun project using the June Orange Art Box.

I think this month’s kit has been our favorite Orange Art Box so far.

The theme for the June Box is “Under the Sea” and Nick had a really fun

time creating his fish inspired Shadow Box.

Check out Nick’s video below.

The Orange Art Box is a subscription art box for kids.

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Nick’s finished project.

I think the Shadow Box would make a great vacation memory project with a cute beach

photograph included inside the frame.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Art Box.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

Orange Art Box Giveaway

Got a Creative Kid in you Life?  

Looking for something different to keep them busy this summer?

I’m giving away the May Orange Art Box Kit to one lucky person.

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you’d give the kit to.

Deadline to enter is tomorrow, Wednesday 5-01-19    (US only)

For extra chances you can also leave a comment on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Here’s a silly video of my grandson’s opening up the April Orange Art Box.

To see what the boys made click here.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Box Kit.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

*Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”  This blog uses ads and affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

The Orange Art Box

Looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer and end the “I’m bored”.

I was recently introduced to the Orange Art Box which is an Art Subscription Box for Kids.

As you might know…I love doing crafts with my grandsons

and because the box is geared for kids ages 5-12, it was right up our alley.

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I was so impressed with the concept that I’ve agreed to do a monthly post with the boys for the

next few months using the products we receive in each month’s kit.

With Summer Vacation around the corner it’s a perfect activity to keep the boys busy.

***Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win the May Orange Art Box.***

What’s inside the Orange Art Box?

A collection of projects every month to inspire your artist.

Every Orange Art Box is designed with a feature project and multiple smaller projects

for hours of fun!

The boys and I did a short video of them opening their Orange Art Boxes.

It was seriously like opening a Christmas Gift.

You may notice in the video that they were just a little bit excited.

The theme for April was Mosaics…the April Orange Art Box included a wooden box, a large bag of mosaics, mod podge, brush, book mark, door knob hanger, tissue paper squares, 6 color scented pen and a folder of ideas, tips, patterns and instructions.

Enough projects to keep them busy for quite a while.

The boys all time favorite item was the six color “smelly” pen.   

The first thing they wanted to do was work on their boxes.   

It’s fun to see their creative minds at work.

I really think this will be a fun summer activity for the boys.

Nick’s Box with a combination of mosaics and decoupaged tissue paper.

Warren’s Box with a random artistic mosaic pattern.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Box Kit.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

Intrigued?  Know someone who would enjoy a Orange Art Box?

For a chance to Win May’s Orange Box Kit. 

Leave a comment on this post telling me who you’d give the kit to. 
Deadline to Enter 5-01-19.         (US only)
For extra chances you can also leave a comment on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

May’s Orange Art Box which is all about birds, birdhouses and feathers.

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Sue and Nick’s Deflecto Craft Caddy Challenge

Deflecto Craft Caddy Challenge…

When I worked in the Deflecto Booth last January at the Creativation Show,

each day of the show Deflecto held a Craft Caddy Challenge.

The challenge was to see who could fill their craft caddy the fastest.

It quickly became extremely competitive.  (but fun!)

The challenge looked like so much fun, I decided to create one of my own.

Of course, I wanted to race someone closer to my own speed.

Nick enjoyed the caddy challenge so much that when my nieces came over to swim later,

he challenged them.  He was a lot faster by then.

Here’s a quick video I made last year showing all the features of the caddy.

 

The Deflecto Caddy Organizer* is made by Deflecto Craft Solutions are available at Amazon

and now in Target Stores.

 “This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

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Sue’s ADORNit Unboxing Video

You may remember last month when I mentioned that I’d been given the opportunity

to be a ADORNit Brand Ambassador.

I patiently waited for my Happy Mail to arrive.  They said it’d be worth the wait.

They weren’t kidding.

For the next three months…

I will be sharing with you a variety of fun projects using their products.

I thought it might be fun to show in a video you what was in side.

I’m not the best at making video’s and this one gave me quite a few unexpected challenges.

But being fully determined, I finally got it done.  (Thanks in to my son Justin.)

To see all that ADORNit has to offer make sure to visit them at www.adornit.com.

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Sue and Nick’s First Video together on 3D Shimmerz from Paper House Productions

I asked my grandson, Nick to help me make a video.

If you’ve followed my blog any at all you’ve most likely seen a picture or two of my grandsons.

To be totally honest…some of my most popular posts are projects that I did with my grandson Nick.

So…when I decided to make a video showing how fun the new 3D Shimmerz from Paper House

Productions are I thought who better than Nick to help me.  He’s a natural and really did a great job.

He probably didn’t even need me.  Prepare yourself for extreme cuteness.

(oh…and please excuse the crickets in the background)

Nick asked me tonight when we’re going to make another video.  You just never know.

 

*This video was sponsored by Paper House Productions.

Clever Storage Ideas

Creative Storage Collage 2

I’m not one that’s easily impressed…

I’ve been told I’m a hard sell.

Let me tell you, these new storage containers from Deflecto has really impressed me.

So much that I made a quick 2 minute video to show the benefits and features.

Well thought out and versatile.  My new go to caddy to take to classes.

Ask for them at your local craft store.  Also available on Amazon*.

Deflecto Caddy Organizer, Three Compartments, White (29003CR)

Deflecto Stacking Organizer, 3″ x 3.89″ x 3″, 1 Compartment (20101CR)

 

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provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

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The Best of 2015

You know what?  Looking back, 2015 was a pretty good year.

Nothing too big or too small.  Just a good year.

So, In 2016… I look forward to improving my photography and blogging skills

and to keep sharing my creative endeavors with you.

So here how last year shaped up for Sue’s Creative Workshop.

In 2015, I posted 136 times on my blog. (an average of 2.6 times per week)

I created lots of Projects, Tutorials, DIY Make-Overs, Cards, Mini Albums and more.

I shared recipes, family pictures and gave a little bit of myself.

 

To make sure you don’t miss anything in 2016…

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