Monday, April 29, 2013

Small Vacation

Some may have noticed that I have taken a small break from my blog.

My projects are getting out of hand! I have a tendency to do one project then start another before finishing the previous one. I continue to do this until I am overwhelmed. This is what has happened to me recently.

In order to finish more projects and not feel overwhelmed, I've decided to lay down some rules for myself. I can do 1 large project at a time and must finish it before starting another large project. I can do a few small day projects here and there but nothing that will take more then 2 days. I have a tendency to do many large projects all at once and I'm hoping this will help me keep things under control.

For now, I will continue the Impressionists Afghan and stitch series tutorials.

I hope you enjoy what's to come!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hair Bow


My hair is forever getting in the way no matter what I do. I created this bow headband mainly to keep my hair at bay when I wash my face or wear a mask. This cute headband could in fact be worn whenever you like.

This is very much a beginner crochet pattern. The only techniques you need to know are single crochet, chain and the slip stitch.

Materials:

  • 1/2 ball bulky weight yarn (I used Benat Alpaca in fern)
  • Size I 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Method:

  • Measure around your head where you want the headband to go. This is the length of your crochet headband. If you crochet loosely, make the length of the band a few inches shorter.
  • Chain 7
  • Single crochet in second chain from hook then single crochet across. Chain 1 and turn your work. Single crochet across starting from the first single crochet.
  • Complete 10 rows of single crochet.
  • Attach the two small ends together with slip stitch to make a tube. Turn the tube inside out and set aside.
  • Chain 15.
  • Single crochet in second chain from hook. Single crochet across chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across starting with the first single crochet and ending with a chain 1 and turn.
  • Continue doing single crochet rows until the length reaches you measurement. Measure the headband against your head to make sure it will fit.
  • Thread the smaller band onto the larger one.
  • As before, slip stitch the two short ends together. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Turn your work inside out and your headband is done.
  • Situate the smaller and larger bands together so that they resemble a bow. Pinching and twisting when necessary.
I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pirate Octopus


Shiver me timbers scallywags! This is the sailor octopus by YarnYard on youtube. I've turned him into a pirate for extra cuteness.

This little guy was so much fun to create. I used worsted  weight yarn and a size H hook to make a bigger toy. I'm certainly going to make more of them. He does need shipmates!

The pattern for this is on YarnYard's Youtube channel. Most of the pattern is written in the description box. The rest of the hat and the face is gone over in the video along with the written pattern.

YarnYard has several free amigurumi tutorials that I think are extremely cute. I highly recommend trying all of them.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Birch Forest Part IV






This is the final instalment of the birch forest painting. This is originally a painting tutorial on Youtube by Amy Pearce. This tutorial is how I did that painting. This tutorial will cover finishing your painting.

Materials


  • Fine point brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Titanium white
  • Crimson
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium yellow medium

Method

  1. Your trees need a few branches now. Using your fine point brush and white paint, paint some branches on your larger trees. Let this dry.
  2. Using a clean sea sponge, dab yellow ochre and cadmium yellow medium on top of the painting lightly.
  3. On the bottom of the painting use crimson and yellow ochre to create more foliage. Don't go all the way to the bottom because you want the dark red to show through.
  4. Dab whatever is left on the sponge across the top.
Congratulations your painting is now finished!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Birch Forest Part III






In part III of this birch forest painting series we will be creating the trees. This was originally a painting tutorial on Youtube by Amy Pearce. These are the steps I took to create my version.


Materials


  • Yellow ochre
  • Titanium white
  • Ivory black
  • Fine point brush
  • 1/4" stiff flat brush
  • #6 flat brush

Method

  1. The paint on the background should be dry by now. Using the #6 flat brush dip into the yellow ochre. Paint thin tree trunks across your canvas. Make sure not to go to the top or bottom of the painting. I staggered the bottoms of the trunks for a different effect.
  2. Using that same brush, dip into titanium white. Paint on top of the tree trunks blending the color out at the top and the bottom.
  3. Using your fine point brush, dip into the black paint. Create little black lines on your trees. Do not go all the way across the trunks. Don't do very many of these lines because these trees are supposed to be far away. Let this dry.
  4. For these next trees you'll want to make them wider. These trees should be at least double the width of the previous trees.
  5. Using yellow ochre, paint two tree trunks. Go all the way to the top of the painting this time. Then paint over the trunks with the white. With these trees you want to make sure to keep the white color in the middle with the yellow showing on both sides.
  6. Take you stiff brush and run it across each tree trunk to add more texture. Continue making trees in this manner until you have as many as you'd like in your forest.
  7. Using the fine point brush, create lines like you did previously only many more of them. After this, make knots in the trunks by adding bumps to some of the lines. 
  8. Clean your brush and then dip into the white. To highlight the knots, line the knots on the top only.
I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Birch Forest Part II






Part II of the birch forest painting tutorial is all about background. Please remember this painting is a Youtube tutorial by Amy Pearce.

Materials


  • Primed canvas
  • 3" brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Titanium white
  • Sap green
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Yellow ochre
  • Ivory black
  • Crimson

Method

  1. Mark off five sections of your canvas. You'll want a large section in the middle and a skinny section on top and bottom of that. On top of these will be a medium width section.
  2. Paint the middle section. Mix sap green with a small amount of the black and paint across the canvas.
  3. Using the sap green alone paint the second sections and blend into the darker green.
  4. Mix sap green with titanium white. Paint this color across the very top and bottom of the canvas making sure to blend into the last painted section.
Stippling:
Now when all the paint is dry, we'll create the foliage.
  1. Use a dry sea sponge. For the foliage on top, dip the sponge in yellow ochre and cadmium yellow medium. Lightly dab the sponge across the top taking it down almost to the dark green.
  2. Using the same sponge, dip it into the crimson and yellow ochre. Lightly dab across the bottom of the painting.
  3. Mix ivory black and crimson for a deep red color. Dab this across the very bottom of the canvas.
Your background is now finished. On to the trees!

I hope you enjoy my tutorial!