Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A SPRING IN YOUR STEP!

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Now is the perfect time to put a spring in your step so grab your creative supplies and download these printable .pdf book deals today! 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

LET'S PLAY HOUSE!

Annie Lang shows you how to turn a paper mache box into a creative toy playhouse using a few basic decorative painting supplies.
Every little girl needs a place of her own in the world of make believe.  I had originally purchased 6 paper mache house shaped boxes to create a Christmas village for the holidays.   However, once the houses arrived I decided that a happy neighborhood of houses for my granddaughters would be a more practical use as they would actually be put to use all year around.  I will add houses one by one until their collection is complete.  Toy figurines easily store inside these boxes and each house can serve as a delightful accent item on the guest room shelves.  This is the first painted house I completed and it was overwhelming received by a very happy girl! Here's how I painted the girls very first house and hopefully will inspire you to make your own happy neighborhood!

SUPPLIES
Darice DIY Crafts Paper Mache House Box Medium 8-1/2.  I bought a package of 6 so the cost was only $5 each.  These houses are also available as sets with a large, medium and small sized box in each set.  The middle box in the set is the same size as house box I painted in the image.
Paper Mache Cupcake Box-3"x3.5"  (to hold toy figures for the house)
Brushes: Sponge brush, liner brush and assorted flat and round brushes
Craft Paint: bright pink, burgundy, bright yellow, bright green, true green, baby blue, true blue, lavender, white, black
Embellishments:  I added a large glitter sticker between above the door.
PREPARATION: Use a sponge brush to basecoat the inside and outside surfaces of the house and cupcake boxes.  This helps seal the painting surface and keep your paint colors vivid and bright. 

Annie Lang shares her painted  paper mache house project ideas and instructions.
PROCEDURE FOR HOUSE:
Paint the inside floor area with true green and the inside walls with bright yellow.  Paint the outside walls with bright pink and then apply a bit of thinned burgundy shading underneath the roofing edges to give it a bit of dimension. Outline the windows and doors with white.  I added accent trim lines to the front of the house by pulling a straight line down from the center of each roof peak and I then pulled 2 short lines out and away from the center line. For the roof shingles, I used baby blue thinned with water and then created horizontal shingle lines across each section of the roof approximately 1" apart.  I continued by staggering the baby blue vertical shingle lines so they wouldn't appear too uniform.  Using a flat brush, I painted over each shingle to tone down the blue a bit and add a bit more definition to each shingle.  To paint the chimney and stone entry, mix a little baby blue with some black to get a dark grey and then basecoat the areas with this color.  When dry, mix a touch of white into the grey mixture and use a round brush to tap in various size and shaped round "stones". When dry, you can then basecoat the "grass" areas around the house with true green.  Tap a little bright green over the true green using an up and down motion with the brush (otherwise known as stippling).  Using a liner brush, gently tap small dots of color "flowers" around the base of the house.  I used true blue, lavender, yellow, bright green and white dots.  I completed the house with a purple glitter sticker over the door, but anything you'd like to do here would look great, too!
Annie Lang shows you how to turn a paper mache box into a fun toy figurine keeper.

PROCEDURE FOR CUPCAKE:
Paint the top of the cupcake with bright pink, the inside and scalloped edging with true blue and the bottom of the cupcake with bright green.  When dry, thin a little burgundy with water and brush this shading around the bottom edge of the pink cupcake top.  Use a liner to add baby blue, burgundy, lavender and yellow "sprinkles".  If you'd like, go ahead and brush some crystal glitter over the cupcake top to add a little more pizzazz!  Thin some true green with water and then brush this shading color around the base of the cupcake and under the blue scallops.  Every 3/4" or so, I brushed some vertical shading lines around the area to make it look like wrapped paper.  Use a liner brush and white to randomly add tiny swirl designs here and there over the green.  Use a round brush to randomly paint baby blue polka dots over the inside area of the cupcake box.  Mix a little white with some true blue and brush this color down, out and away from the top rim of the cupcake box.  When dry, use a liner to add a baby blue line around the top rim of the scalloping and a line of true blue around the bottom edge of the scalloping. Use the tip of a round brush to add tiny little white dots around the bottom of each scallop and then add a thin white line above the dots, following around each scallop.  Finally, thin some true blue and use a liner brush to add three little lines down each scallop just beneath the line of baby blue along the rim of the scalloping.
You now have a perfectly sweet keeper for all those tiny little toy figurines to use in this delightfully cheery playhouse!    

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

HATCH SOME EGGS!

Download Annie Lang's hatchling egg character patterns for painting your own paper mache springtime project!
Here's 3 fun little Springtime egg characters guaranteed to make you smile! They also make great basket stuffers,  Baby Shower decorations and Mother's Day gifts. Feel free to share this page link with your friends and family so they can get creatively inspired, too.  To download the patterns at the bottom of this page, right click and save image to your computer.
Get Annie Lang's FREE project instructions and painting patterns to create paper mache eggs and basketsSupplies:
4 1/2" paper mache egg for each featured character
sponge brush for basecoating
assorted brushes and liner brush
3"x3" scrap of white watercolor paper for bunny ears
adhesive to attach bunny ears to the egg
transfer paper

Assorted Acrylic Craft Paints  as follows...
Funny Bunny Hatchling: white, black, baby blue, true blue, pink, burgundy, spring green, true green
Happy Chick Hatchling: bright yellow, light yellow, orange, burgundy, white, lavender, dark purple, pink, spring green, true green, black
Peeper Hatchling: bright yellow, light yellow, orange, pink, burgundy, white, baby blue, true blue, black
Hatchling Basket: white, baby blue, true blue, lavender, dark purple, spring green, true green

Prepping Instructions:
Use sponge brush to basecoat all paper mache items with white.
Apply a coat of bright yellow for the chick character egg.
For the peeper egg, basecoat the top with pink, the bottom half with baby blue and the middle strip (approx 1" wide) with bright yellow.
Transfer patterns onto eggs
Painting Instructions:
Bunny: Tap baby blue and white around transferred lines. Tiny eggs are baby blue shaded with true blue, pink shaded with burgundy and spring green shaded with true green.  Brush handle is burgundy and bristles are black with white blended in to highlight.  Nose is pink with burgundy shading and a white highlight is then added with a liner brush.  Eyes and mouth areas are painted with black. For the ears, use baby blue thinned with water and brush this shading color around the border edges of the traced pattern on the watercolor paper.  Fill in the inner ear areas with pink and shade with burgundy.  When dry, cut out the ears and attach them to the bunny's head at the top of the egg. When dry, tap a little pink onto the cheek areas.
Chick:  Tap light yellow paint over the bright yellow basecoat.  You can also use a liner brush to add light yellow lines of texture for a more "feathered" look. Thin a bit of orange with water and apply this shading color around the outlines of the transferred pattern.  Fill in the beak area with orange and then shade with a bit of burgundy.  Flowers have lavender petals shaded with dark purple. Leaves are true green with spring green highlights added with a liner brush. Use orange to paint the flower center and tap some mini dots around the lower flowers.  Eyes and inner mouth areas are painted with black. When dry, tap a little pink onto the cheek areas.
Peeper:  Brush some burgundy shading around the bottom edge of the the pink egg section and around the edges of the cracked opening.  Repeat with true blue for the bottom area of the egg.  Randomly paint large white polka dots over the pink section of the egg, vertical orange lines onto the yellow band and some freestyle true blue star and dot shapes over the blue egg section.  Fill the inside egg "cracked opening" area with black.  Peeper eyes are white with black pupils. Basecoat the beak with orange and shade with burgundy.  Use a liner to add 2 tiny black beak lines and light yellow lines for hair feathers.

Annie Lang's FREE project instructions and patterns to make paper mache painted egg charactersBasket:  Use sponge brush to paint the inside basket and underside of the handle with baby blue.  Paint the outside handle with lavender and then randomly add tiny white swirl shapes to finish the handle.  Use thinned true blue to add a line of shading onto the white outside edges around the top and bottom of the basket.  Freestyle paint vertical stripes and patterns as you please down the basket.  I shaded and highlighted the stripes on the sample project before adding pattern shapes...this is optional of course!
Transfer Annie Lang's free patterns onto paper mache eggs to make a bunny, chick and peeper character.




Monday, March 27, 2017

Goin' To Grandma's!

Just right click and save Annie Lang's FREE Goin to Grandmas project page!





Here's a fun little painting project you may want to try for FREE!  This design is one of dozens you'll find in Annie's "Pitter Patter People" decorative project book now available in .pdf format for only $2.99.  Of course, you're not limited to just paint...go ahead and use your fabric textile markers or paint it on a white tee shirt if you'd like.

The pattern is printed in reverse for you so you can easily transfer it onto your project as instructed.  To download, simply right click the pattern and download to your computer.  Please don't post your downloaded image file for resale or for social media "free sharing".  Just share the link with your friends and family and I'll keep the free stuff coming...ENJOY!

FREE SAMPLE PROJECT FROM ANNIE LANG"S PITTER PATTER PEOPLE

TIMELESS CREATIVITY





Annie Lang's Decorative Painting Instructional Pattern Project Books are now available in downloadable .PDF format! These publications have been out of print since 2003, but many of the projects are absolutely timeless for a new generation of creatives just learning how to paint and craft.  Affordably priced at only $2.99 per book title and because you can print as many pages as you'd like, these publications are ideal for classroom and group projects.

A Little Background on These Publications...
The original softcover books (the first was in 1995) were submitted to the publisher on floppy disc, written with Word for Windows 3.0 with hand drawn ink pattern designs! Manufacturers sent me most of the project surfaces and supplies I used for the book projects and after the sample projects were painted, I shipped them along with the floppy disc to the publisher.  Easl Publications formatted the book pages, took the color photo shots for finished book pages and oversaw all printing, book production and inventory tasks. On average, books usually took 3-5 months to get from my home studio to the store bookshelves.  As time went on, I was able to upgrade my Word program and purchased Photoshop 4 software to digitally create my pattern art.  Although it was an improvement over hand drawn art submissions, drawing with a mouse wasn't nearly as easy and precise as it now is with Photoshop CC and a digital pen tablet!

Softcover book editions VS .pdf formats...
1.  Original books are designed for you to trace the art and then transfer onto the prepared surface for painting.  With .pdf's, you can skip the tracing, print the page and then transfer directly onto your surfaces.
2.  If you are a classroom or group teacher, author permission is needed to duplicate softcover book project patterns and instructions for each student.   With .pdf editions, you can print as many pages  as needed for your classroom.
3.  Original softcover book patterns are not easily resized to fit your project without graph paper or multiple scans.  Pattern pages are easily resized in .pdf formatted publications which allow you to size according to %, pixels or inches.
4.  Pattern stitching multiple page patterns is much easier in printable formats.  Simply print the pages and tape them together.  With softcover books, you'll need to tape traced designs together before transferring to your surface.
5.  Instruction pages in .pdf format can be read from a computer monitor or tablet screen near your work area.
6.  If softcover books get damaged, they need to be replaced.  With digital books, you should work from a backup file of your original file.  Store the master copy on a backup drive (not your PC!) so you can make a duplicate if needed. Please note that you should NEVER make a duplicate to sell or post/share on social media for free as this is a copyright violation and a reason why so many creative arts designers are no longer publishing!
7.  Pricing for digital publications vs. printed publication editions is reasonable and affordable for everyone since production costs are minimal.  You can purchase a digital .pdf book for less than the cost of a greeting card which is another reason you should support the artist who created it for you!
8.  Page numbering is sometimes incorrect with .pdf's.  Depending on the printer, covers and book photo pages are not numbered but counted as individual pages for commercially produced softcover books.

Book content information...
Materials, supplies and manufacturers referenced in the original publications may have changed.  In the earlier books, you may note that company emails are listed but many did not yet have websites or online ordering!  You can easily get manufacturer and product info by simply typing it into Google Search.
Unfortunately, many of the smaller creative arts suppliers, woodcutting services, and even publishers have either retired, sold their businesses or merged their companies since my decorative painting books went out of print.  However, designs are adaptable and created for use on any kind of surface imaginable so don't be afraid to make any changes necessary to adapt them to whatever project you'd like to create..  After all is said and done... anything IS possible in our world of creative adventures!