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  1. Oh Rocks! Now What?

    December 27, 2011 by Administrator

     

    I painted faces on rocks. Why??????… Why do I paint anything? Because it was there and calling out for paint!

    Now what? I’m not sure what to do next with my rock paintings.

    Do you have any suggestions?

     

     

     


  2. I’m Graduating- A New Entrepreneur

    December 9, 2011 by Administrator

    I enrolled in a 10-week course for entrepreneurs  offered through the local Small Business and Technology Development Center. For a reasonable cost, the course offers training in starting and running a business based on the FASTRAC – New Venture Program from the Kauffman Foundation. I found this class through my local community college.

    I have learned a great  deal. Cash  flow, financing, legal structure, social networking and many other subjects were discussed by weekly presenters from the local business community. The goal of the course is for each participant to create a business plan. Private coaching is also available.

    I have also learned a lot from my fellow participants which are all present or future entrepreneurs.  This class has been great and has helped me create a solid business plan.

     

     

     


  3. Angels Among Us

    November 14, 2011 by Administrator

    Painting angels for Christmas  cards and ornaments using enamel paints on frosted glass bulbs  (from Hobby Lobby).

     

    Angels step by step.

     

    Using a non-traditional color scheme is fun. I love the purple and gold combination.

     


  4. Signs of Halloween

    October 28, 2011 by Administrator


  5. Rose Jewelry Stand

    October 26, 2011 by Administrator

    I’m going to use this as a decorative holder for my jewelry on my night stand.  No more knocking earrings off the night stand when reaching for my glasses.

     

    I used the following:

    One sheet of decorative scrap book paper

    One metal candle holder (from the dollar store)

    One plastic decorative wall plate (also from the dollar Store)

    Acrylic paint

    Mod  Podge or white glue

    Glitter

     

    I painted a One-Stroke Cabbage Rose  with buds on the scrap book paper. I cut the design out to fit the wall plate. I coated the front of the wall plate with Mod Podge then I added the glitter to the rim of the plate.  I centered the scrapbook paper cutout on the plate. The wall plate came with a PVC cover which I snapped in over the design. To finish I glued the back of my plate to the top of the metal candle holder.

    I like my finished project.  I can think of a lot of uses for a small stand like this.

     

     

     


  6. Simple One Stroke Greeting Cards

    July 7, 2011 by Administrator

    Simple One Stroke Greeting Cards

    These simple greeting cards were painted on watercolor paper using Plaid Folk Art paints.

    The background is painted first.  I used a dampened brush to slightly wet the paper.  I added the muted stripes of bright color allowing the colors to bleed.

    The vines, ferns and leaves were painted after the background dried. The foreground plants were painted using black/licorice paint and floating medium together on the brush.

    For more information about One-Stroke painting check out:

    http://www.dewberrycrafts.com

    or

    http://www.celestinepaints.com/home

     

     


  7. I am Busy!

    June 19, 2011 by Administrator

    I have been very busy lately.

    Face painting

    Examiner.com

    This week I face painted at a local community event. See the newspaper coverage by clicking the face painting link.

    I posted my first article with Examiner.co, an online newspaper. I am the new Lansing, MI, Arts and Crafts Examiner. I have included a link above.

    Next week is the big yard sale (weather permitting). I have worked hard to sort and purge the mountain of crafting supplies I own. I have much more work to complete by Saturday. I will also sell hand painted greeting cards and other artwork.

    For readers in the Lansing Michigan area:

    The Big Sale is Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26 starting a 9:00 AM.  Send me an email for the address if you are interested.

    celestine@celestinepaints.com

     

     

     

     


  8. Zen Greeting Cards

    May 30, 2011 by Administrator

    I used watercolor color greeting cards and Zentangle inspired techniques to create these cards.  This was great fun.  I can create the cards while sitting in front of the TV or visiting with friends and family.


  9. Important info for bargain hunters…..

    May 28, 2011 by Administrator

    If you live in Lower Michigan I have a couple of bargain hunting tips for you!

     

    The first one is the O’Leary paint store in Lansing, Michigan, 300 East Oakland. All year in the back room of this main store location there is a bargain barn that is open to the public.  The bargain barn carries closeout art, scrap booking and craft supplies at great prices.

    And better yet, O’Leary’s has its annual warehouse sale on June 10, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Oakland Street Store. Last year there was a line at 7:30 AM  waiting out side the store.  I have attended this annual sale every year for at least 5 years.  There are many wonderful bargains but you must come early because there are limited quantities of everything. For more info call O’Leary’s at 517 487-2066.

    For more feel good bargain hunting in Lansing you must check out the Creation Station, 200 Museum Drive. The Creation Station is a non-profit volunteer group which takes donation of items from industry and individuals to be used by crafters, artist, teachers, scouts, churches and any other creative types. “A destination for people with imagination, a community outlet to reduce, reuse and recycle. ”

    Shopping at the Creation Station you are getting great bargains and at the same time keeping good usable items out of the landfill.  I have routinely found many wonderful items at the Creation Station including beads, quilting fabric, yarns, paints and painting surfaces.  Most items are priced $5 or $6 for a grocery bag full.  Sadly the Creation Station is only open on Thursdays and Saturdays.  It is staffed by volunteers so call ahead to double check the hours, 517 371-2451.

    I am looking for an architectural salvage store in Lower Michigan – Let me know if you have found one! I would think that would be a great place to find painting surfaces.

    I would love to hear from you. Please post your favorite bargain hunting locations here.

    Happy bargain hunting!

     

     

     

     


  10. I heart graffiti!

    May 21, 2011 by Administrator

    I just love graffiti. These pics are from a legal graffiti wall in our area. It was starting to rain so I had to take pictures from the car.

    The creativity and the colors are always great. I would love to get that feel in my work!