Friday, June 28, 2013


Use the rose patterns in the first week of June to create new patterns by moving the roses and leaves around in different formations.  Fit them to the box, paper, or item  you’re putting them on.

I painted roses onto these boxes for a friend and my mom for Mother’s Day, as shown in the pictures below.  This week, see what you can come up with by rearranging my patterns.  Good Luck!

Friday, June 21, 2013


The leafy vine pattern works well if you want an organic background.  It can have black vines and textured leaves, or a black background, if you do it in black and white. Or color it any way you like.

Friday, June 14, 2013


These Shaggy Petals can be used as background, like I did in my picture, or they can be made to look like flowers—even atomic flowers.  Notice the four different variations pictured.  The variations can be as numerous as your imagination.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Have a mushroom or two. Fairies love to dance on mushrooms because the surface is wide, smooth, and soft, and doesn't shift as much as a leaf does.  Even a colorful mushroom bouquet can be beautiful by itself.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


This month the fun is with fairies and flowers, but the tutorials are on the background patterns—and the odd mushroom. I will also offer two rose patterns for you to copy and trace.

The fairies in this color book picture are dancing and celebrating with their king and queen. You’re  welcome to trace the fairies into your pictures if you like.

One day my granddaughter and I went around the house and yard searching out the possible hiding places for fairies. It was a fun activity, and a good one for grandma’s crusty imagination. There can be magic in this world if we’re willing to create it—or just believe.

Fairies are just small people with wings added. Their wings can be of the butterfly, dragonfly, angel, bird, or bat type—any type, really. And their clothes can be ethereal, hardy and rough, short everything, long everything, and from all types of nature. For instance, one of the fairies I drew had short pixie-like clothing and wings made of spider web.  (Not pictured)

Here are two rose picture patterns, and examples of those patterns painted with acrylics. I painted pink and deep plum colored roses, but you can make the roses any color you like.

Framed and on the wall. Voila!

Now, for your first tutorial—

This Bamboo Sky can be used in any picture that needs sky in it.  It can be colored with blues and purples, oranges and yellows, or magenta’s and pinks—any combination of three or four colors close on the color wheel.