Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Already?



Cheetah - Watercolor


We have been really focused on finding a house soon.

Tim and I just made an offer on a place that is little more than a shell of a house (no flooring, no cabinets, sinks, bathrooms gutted). 

It's a mess right now, but it would be fun installing things we like and are able to afford.  We will know if our offer has been accepted tomorrow night.


Hot glue stencils / stamps


In the meantime, I painted the cheetah, and then
experimented with making stencils with a hot glue gun.

The hot glue was swirled on top of kitchen parchment paper.  While the glue was still hot, I placed another piece of parchment paper on top of it and flattened it with my hand.  When thoroughly cooled, the flattened stencils / stamps were easily peeled away from the paper. 

The idea behind flattening the stencils is that they can later be attached to a piece of cardboard and used as stamps.
So that is something to look forward to.

Another positive thing is that I stumbled on the awesome site of artist Seth Apter called The Altered Page on the 10 year anniversary of his blog.  Seth was hosting a giveaway on that day, and I won a gift certificate to his online shop.  Happy days!  Thank you, Seth! 

  I will pick up one of his DVDs very soon & let you know how it goes.




43 comments:

  1. Hello Chris,
    This is a very nice creation of you. So wonderful how you've made this cheetah so well.
    I think you know that I like this kind of paint very much. It's fantastic!!
    I wish you all the luck to find a good new home.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  2. Thank you, Marco. And I love your photographs!

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  3. your cheetah looks so fluffy :D

    hopefully you get the house *crosses fingers*

    I haven't tried that glue stamp idea yet, but I have seen some nice patterns created with it

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    1. He looks fluffy because he is traveling incognito.
      Thanks for the good wishes on the house!

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  4. Your Cheetah is adorable!
    And your hot glue stencils are more than interesting. What a great idea!
    You could use them with all this wonderful "backgrounds" you did with
    cetra solve... or it is to spell or the gelli prints or...
    I will keep my fingers crossed for this shell-house!
    Best Beo

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  5. I love the face on the Cheetah, Chris!!!! Absolutely perfect!!! I have my fingers crossed for your new home! Stressful times....but it will work out!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda!
      You're right. It always works out.

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  6. Ii absolutely love your Cheetah, Chris! Your wonderful personality shines through your art, and I appreciate and admire your talent. And I enjoy seeing you experiment as well! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Dear Chris your cheetah is gorgeous. It looks like you put your great talents to work when you are in the waiting mode. Hope if this is meant to be all will work out with your new home. The stencils are a super idea - one that when I get the time will try out. Thanks for sharing as always. God Bless!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.
      And you're right about the house. If it's not meant to be ours, I don't want it.

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  8. Chris, I love your cheetah! I hope they accept your offer on the house. You guys will have a blast doing the work on it and then it will be just the way you want it.

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  9. Your painting is just gorgeous! The soft colors and expression are so beautiful. AND! I love your hot glue stencils, especially the one that looks like burlap (to me) ;) xo

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    1. Thank you, Kristin. I like the burlap-looking stencil, too.

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  10. What a fabulous post. First, the painting is amazing and I love the way it is painted. Then I have never seen a glue gun pattern made just for stamping. I have used the glue to set string and textural stuff to a stamp bast. Why did I not know about this earlier. Thanks for sharing.
    Good luck with the house. I have been full of admiration and respect for the way you have handles the emotional ups and downs during this process. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Thanks, Julie.
      I know you're getting ready for your big move and wish you all the best with it. I don't know why moving is so stressful. It should be more fun!

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  11. the cheetah ist wonderful i love the art!
    The technic is great.
    Hopefully you will get the house good luck
    Greetings Elke

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  12. wow Chris! The painting and the stencils look amazing! I hope you will find a b'ful house very soon. Congrats for the gift certificate :)

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  13. It is much more beautiful if you can create a house or an apartment according to your own ideas ... I wish you luck!
    And congratulation you on the blog win ... you can look forward as a child if you win something.
    I made Christmas decorations with this Glue-stencils, long time ago ... sprayed in gold and silver... but never used as a stamp. I am sure you will show your results soon!
    ... and the Cheetah watercolor is again exceptionally beautiful!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. I'm happy about the chance to get the house and the blog win.
      What a great idea to spray the glue stencils!! Thanks for sharing that one. And thanks for the compliment on the small watercolor.

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  14. Love the cheetah and the stencils - how creative! Good luck with the house-buying too.

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  15. I too wish you the best on the house! Your big cats are always great! I have never heard of making stencils that way and I love it! thanks so much for sharing that technique and showing them too!

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    1. Thanks, Teri!
      Those stencils keep me away from the TV.

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  16. Dear Chris, thank you for sharing wonderful work and posts. I hope the house will go well, fingers crossed. Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Salami! Appreciate your lovely comment and good wishes.

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  17. Your Cheetah is amazing,it has a lovely softness about it. I love the stencils what a great idea! You are so very creative!! Good luck with the house!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Love seeing you able to squeeze in some painting during your travels.

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  18. Your Cheetah is amazing,it has a lovely softness about it. I love the stencils what a great idea! You are so very creative!! Good luck with the house!

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  19. Wonderful looking painting of the Cheetah and I do hope that your offer is accepted. Warm greetings and best wishes!

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  20. Oh, I hope you find the house you want and need :) I've made these stencils using hot glue, too = easy, fun and economical (stencils are getting pretty expensive even though they last a long time). Making your own designs is a good idea, too. It was Tuesday, now here it is Thursday and we are finally having summer = hot, humid, sticky, uncomfortable to be outside (makes me want to return to the cooler days earlier this month).

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. Yes, the stencils are pretty easy, and it is nice to have your own scribbles & not look like everyone else.
      So it is your turn for that nasty weather - high humidity is an insult to injury. Stay cool!!

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  21. Another fantastic water color! And your hot glue stencils/stamps are wonderful!
    To find the right house is really not easy!

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      House hunting has not been easy, but we will keep trying for a while longer.

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  22. Love the stencils! And what a great opportunity!!!

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