Golf Weekend – The Masters

This weekend I am working on designs but have a very good seat in front of my TV set because it is Masters Weekend!  To most you say this is just another golf tournament but to me this is the game that holds a very special place in my heart and in my life.  I really think that it is the true influence on what my favorite color is – green.  Foliage Green to be exact.

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I started playing golf at about age 14.  My uncle put a club in my hand but just like painting I was self-taught for the most part.  I went on to play 4 years of collegiate golf and consider my college years a wonderful experience.  We have a family joke that my sister Sandy worked her way through college and I played golf.

I approach painting a lot like golf.  It takes practice, patience and lots of creativity.  You have to be a problem solver.  Golf taught me discipline and made me very humble.  It also taught me to pick myself up, dust myself off and tee it up again.

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Most of all it is a challenge and fun.  If it wasn’t, there would be no reason to do it over and over and over again.  I also have had some great opportunities for lifetime memories in both activities and have met wonderful people along the way.

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For the last few years I have been teaching on Masters Weekend so this is a real treat for me.  I have been battling a knee and back problem but I bet by tomorrow I will get out my sticks and at least give them a swing to see what happens.  Wish me luck!  I want to play again and days like this make it worse.  In a good way …

If nothing else I will be painting green this weekend!  Enjoy the Masters!

Going last year was a tease. I want back in the worst way. :-)

 

A Little Look at My World

Here is a video that I shared with my online club last May.  Debbie Cole asked if I would share my video of my workplace and I thought I would share this one.  I think it gives a little bit more insite into what gives me inspiration.  I am obsessed with the “Disney” influence and like to share it.  You also get to see some of my workplace at the warehouse and in my home.  I know it doesn’t have as much to do about storage.  I work very simply and my office is simple also.  The photo above is next to my table in my studio at home.  Lots of Starbucks green iced tea is consumed in the creative process.

My workplace is not very often “all together” nice and neat.  There are piles of things around my workplace surrounding me.  It is a workplace that is in constant motion and constantly changing.  It’s me without a maid.

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Camper Mania: You wanted it, here it is!

I have had several requests for the little camper pattern I did.  I did one pattern using my own shape in Pixelatted Palette and that is a pattern packet available on our website.

Click here to check it out.

This one was a project I did for a promo.  I used a stamp for the main image so I did not do a pattern since I couldn’t give you any artwork.  I updated  some of the info and you can do it as a FREE project.  Just add your own coloring of the camper.

Here is the project I did using some fun techniques.  I followed a process like this:

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I start with a fun background and then added my crackle stamp.  I started with a Snow White board.  The background was created with washes of Turquoise Blue, Lavender and Foliage Green.  Shade the edges with Soft Black and stamp the board using the crackle stamp out of the #ASCRS06 stamp set from Stampendous.  It is called Toxic but I can’t live without it.  I used Soft Black paint.

The stamps are available on our site:  click here to check them out

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I used my trailer stamp from #CRP283 and created a pattern for myself by stamping onto transfer paper with ink.  I use Archival Ink from Ranger.

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I transfered the outline of the pattern onto the board.

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I then blocked out the area by dry brushing the area with Snow White paint.  You don’t have to be perfect.

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I then stamped the image with Archival Ink.

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Next I cleaned up the area around the camper by floating color around the image.  I used Soft Black.

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I used acrylic washes to paint the camper as you desire.  The ink will not run but try to stay in the lines.

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Shading and highlights finish it off.

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Added lettering some stars and dots to finish my “Happy Camper”

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Hope you have fun!

 

Our New Year has begun…

 

New Years is long over and done but our new year starts with our first convention of the year in Las Vegas.  It was a tiring event with nice crowds and attendance in our class.  Thanks to all who came to the booth and spent an evening painting with myself and Chris Haughey.  Lots of non-stop fun!

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The new year also brings new challenges such as doing more posts on this blog and keeping it current. I am trying to pick a day of the week and stick with it.   I have lightened my load so that I can make a total commitment to making our club and offerings up to date and on time.  I am working at finishing some extra specials for our Ultimate Adventure people.  It will be up by the end of March.  I will keep you posted.  Also working on new club patterns and getting the pins done.

New merchandise was released and the new patterns will be posted the first of the week.  Here is a start…more to come!

 

 

My New Favorite Technique

Hi Everyone!

Debbie Cole asked if we would share our favorite techniques on her Creative Innovations Facebook group.  As artists we constantly evolve in our craft.  We try new supplies, styles and techniques to try to stay current.  We all strive to bring something new to our followers.  Sometimes we try things and we are not impressed enough to try it again.  Other times we are hit with the WOW moment and you can’t wait to try it on every piece you do.  When I was doing my new book “Holiday Mix” I came across 2 of my new favorite things to do with stamps.  When you find two things at once you really get excited.

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I have been using lots of stamps in my backgrounds and when I found out that Stampendous had a stamp that would create a crackled look, (WHHAAAT!!!!), I was all over it.  It is SKU#ASCRS06.  www.stampendous.com.

I used it on the pumpkins and hearts.  It was quick and easy I just basecoated and then stamped the crackle image over the background with Soft Black paint.  I use a cosmetic sponge to apply paint to my stamps.  You could use any color but I thought it made it look very realistic.  I will never crackle any other way again : )

My other fun stamp technique I worked with was to insert and an image into my background by whiting out the area first.  I then stamped over the area with the outline with ink and then added my detail/color with paints.  In the book this was done on the Halloween tag.

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Here is a new project I just finished using the same techniques.  To do that I followed a process like this:

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I start with a fun background and then added my crackle stamp.

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I used my trailer stamp from #CRP283 (www.stampendous.com) and created a pattern for myself by stamping onto transfer paper with ink.

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I transfered the outline of the pattern onto the board.

 

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I then blocked out the area by dry brushing the area with white paint.

 

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I then stamped the image with Archival Ink.

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Next I cleaned up the area around the camper by floating color around the image.

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I used washes to paint the camper.

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Shading and highlights finish it off.

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Added lettering some stars and dots to finish my “Happy Camper”

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I also used the same technique on the pumpkin sign to insert the leaves.

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So, hustle out there and give this a try.  You will never look back.  If you do look back you will be laughing at all the time you wasted messing up a good crackled background and how you missed how you can combine our painting techniques with the use of stamps.

Enjoy

Laurie

www.lauriespeltz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter

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Just wanted to say Happy Easter to everyone.  If you are following our adventure, today would be a great day to do some brainstorming on new projects or endeavors.  I have several pressing things on my schedule this coming week.  Plus, we are preparing for our spring Creative U that we hold here in Des Moines.

I have member patterns on my table for both the regular pattern club and for the next online adventure.  I am also working on the next set of stencils.

Hope you all took a little time to spend with family and friends this weekend.  Painting can comence again tomorrow.

Laurie

The Ultimate Creative Journey Begins

Welcome to our new blog.  As I am typing I am in not so sunny California getting a much needed Disney break.  The Las Vegas Creative Painting Convention is over and was once again a great time and success.

The new blog is our new place to post our announcements that need more detail than facebook will allow.  It will allow people to enter at their own leisure and get updates when they want.  I can add materials easily for review and direct our VIP’s (Very Interested Painters) who are joining us for the online adventure where they need to go to get more information about the journey.

Only members will have the passwords to our class materials and special extras but everyone can keep up to date here to see what we are up to.

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This was our full house event in Vegas.  When we start the first project for our adventure March 15th, I will talk about things that happened in class here. Chris Haughey and I enjoyed leading this crew through 2 projects using the new Media line from Deco Art.  Each participant received a goodie bag with over $135 work of goodies.

The trade show was good and our crew did an awesome job setting up and tearing down.  They also helped immensely with getting customers all the product they were looking for in the booth.

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After Vegas we headed to Arizona to pick up Margy Spradling and off to Disney to get some revitalization and creative inspiration.

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The adventure now is officially underway.  Stay tuned to get filled in on all the details!

Laurie