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Friday:) Fun Friends and Artists at Towne Creek

25 Jun

“Friends make the days brighter, but art friends make the days funner. And we get to make up our own words and play with fun art stuff.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow! Another fun day with out lovely senior art friends over at Towne Creek today. We had a little bit of a setback at first, because when I opened the store room closet door where we keep most of our art supplies, the floor was flooded. Fortunately, nothing was damaged, but poor Kelly, the manager, was mopping and using the shop vac to try and get the water up. I guess the HVAC unit was leaking water somewhere. I think it was a good thing we had art today, because I’m the only one who goes in there once a month. Can you imagine???

The mess didn’t hold us back. I had brought in a big bin of art supplies and projects for the day. So we worked with the super loud shop vac whizzing along. Kelly got it pretty dry, but it was still leaking a little bit. It all worked out. She called for emergency AC help, but they still hadn’t arrived when we left.

We have such a good time. My favorite part is our little feast. We eat lots of food, tell funny stories, and laugh. Always laugh. (Oh, I did bring my karaoke microphone and belted out a few songs. Miss Dorothy sang a few too.)
Helene and I bring tons of food, drinks and goodies to share.
We work on different projects. Today we worked on hologram scratch boards, painted ponies, and 3-D paper crafts.
Helene’s cards turned out so cute, and Miss Kathy’s 3-D painted pony was awesome. She used foam tape behind the head and tail to make the pony really pop off the page.
Miss Bonnie and Miss Sandy did a great job too.
Miss Dorothy is an over achiever and worked on a 3-D paper flower project too. So cute!
Mr. David enjoyed the projects. I love it when everyone does something different and adorable.
I had just a couple of demo projects to share. Helene and I were busy helping and running around. She did all the outdoor spraying with fixative on the scratch boards. And everything dried in 3.5 seconds. Needless to say, it was hot outside. When we left around 6:30, my car said 111°. Yikes.

Another great day with great friends and fun projects. Happy Friday, my friends.


Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~Never Waste Paint

21 Jun

“I know there are only Ten Commandments, but I think the 11th should be never waste anything.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Many of my talented frugal artist friends will agree that we don’t waste anything. Also, we are not really hoarders, but we are saving possible art ideas for a crazy rainy day art project In the future. Just because I press leaves, save…egg cartons and egg shells, empty brownie boxes, wine bottles, dried flowers, scrap paper, brown bags, plastic bottles, feathers, toilet tissue tube rolls, and the ever popular dryer lint, this doesn’t mean I’m a hoarder. It’s all labeled and organized and waiting for a possible project. Remember last month, my senior artist friends made lovely 3-D paintings with grocery bag trees and left over tissue paper leaves. Awesome!

Another pet peeve of mine is wasting paint. If I’m working on a project, if there’s a little paint left, I paint a few notecards or book marks or glassware.

So, last week, when I was painting my glass bowl for Jerry’s birthday, I had quite a bit of red, orange, and yellow paint left on my paper palette. Not enough to scoop back into the bottle. Oh yes, that paper is recycled mail or old print outs. I didn’t want to waste the glass paint, as it’s more expensive than acrylic. I grabbed a glass ivy bowl in my stash of unpainted glass in my “crap room.” I have had many friends donate old glass items to me because they know they will be turned into a work of art and find a good home.

As you can see, I use an old foam egg carton lid for my makeshift stay wet palette, a little square of moistened paper towel, then a square of recycled paper. Then, I pour my paint on it.
I used the left over paint from the paper palette and mushed it around and around the bowl until it was nicely covered and blended.
I loved the fiery look of the blended colors. Now, to decide what to paint on top. My easiest go-to motif is a simple one-stroke leaf. It was already after 2 am, so I wanted something quick and simple so I could go to sleep.

Here’s a little video of how to paint the easy vine and leaves.


The finished project. Waste not, want not.

Saturday:) Some More of My Amazing Reverse Glass Painting

18 Jun

“Sometimes I’m so creative that I even amaze myself. Did I say that out loud.🤦‍♀️👩🏻‍🎨”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love to give and receive handmade gifts, so when our good friend Jerry had a birthday coming up, I decided that I needed to make something special. Because he really loved the African themed bowl that I donated to the Empty Bowls Charity this year, I decided to create something similar. Jerry actually went to the charity event last month in hopes of being the high bidder in the auction, but the bowl was already up to $400. Crazy!

I found a goodly sized clear glass bowl at the thrift store. Another thing I like to do is purchase items at thrift stores, repurpose them, and give them a new spectacular life. Trash to treasure.

OK, funny story. We were meeting Jerry for a birthday lunch on Wednesday. So when do I decide to start painting this very intricate project? Yep! Tuesday night. 🤦‍♀️ All the different layers have to dry a couple of hours so, I only got the first layer of black done before I went to bed around 2am. I woke up before 8 so I could continue painting. I finished painting by 11, but I didn’t have time to bake it in a 350° oven to cure, so I set it outside in the scorching Texas heat for an hour to dry. 🤦‍♀️ Same Difference, right? I do tend to procrastinate. I was just hoping it was good and dry when I placed it in the birthday gift bag and off to lunch at 12:30. 🤦‍♀️ Needles to say, Jerry loved his one-of-a-kind hand painted gift. ❤️

First I clean the glass with alcohol, and paint the outside with black FolkArt Enamel paint, made for glass. Because this may be used for food, I painted only the outside. Thus, reverse painting.
I used a foam makeup sponge to dab on the variegated colors from red to orange to yellow on top of the black figures. You have to work fast so you can blend the colors evenly while still moist.
Here’s the tricky part. Now, I have to paint the trees and animals in black again over the variegated red-Orange paint. I could see through it a little bit, but it wasn’t easy. So now you can see the black painting from the inside and outside of the bowl. (Outside view)

Inside view. Amazing, right?

There’s a quick time-lapse video below that shows the technique. You should watch it, it’s less than 30 seconds.


Happy AMAZING Saturday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

12 Jun

“People who want you in their lives, respect you whether you are grapes or fine wine.”
― Sanita Belgrave


Thursday afternoon, I stopped over at St. Gabriel for Adoration in the chapel, followed by some sketching in the main sanctuary,

There are three arched windows on either side of the altar, way up high where you can barely see the detail. I always take a picture so I can zoom in and see a little more detail.
I chose the more detailed one of the three. Hmm? Maybe the cloud grouping would have been easier. 🤦‍♀️👩🏻‍🎨

I usually sketch for a couple of hours, then I finish the rest at home on Saturday.

There were a lot of little grapes that had to be drawn in several times because I use a tiny bit of Kleenex to shade and soften, which requires redrawing each line. Then… for the fun part… my Artisto app on my phone transforms the simple sketch into a burst of color. Cool!
The mosaic is usually my favorite.
Well, these are most of my favorites. It’s always exciting to see what turns up.

Friday:)Fabulous Artist Friends At Towne Creek Senior Apartments

28 May

“The only thing better than a day creating art, is a day creating art with old friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was our Towne Creek Craft and Art Day with our senior friends. There’s always a lot of preparation, anticipation and great expectation… (you See my literary play on words there? I was going to say constipation🤦‍♀️)

I decided we would work on the torn tissue paper project from my Tuesday video. I really wasn’t sure if it would go over well or if it would be too difficult. Boy, was I surprised. They all turned out fabulous.

I started out this morning making my famous popcorn/pretzel/cereal mixture. I make individual bags for each person to take home after the class. They said that they like to watch tv and have their popcorn snack. I gathered up all the supplies, and cut up individual brown bag trees, little squares of 4 colors of green for the trees, and squares of tissue paper colors for the background. A lot of prep.
I also chocolate dipped some strawberries, made a few more lemon cheesecake cookies and cut up a watermelon. Helene was making her famous pasta salad and I was bringing hot dogs, nacho cheese dip, tortilla chips, drinks, and ice cream. Can you say Friday Feast!

Helene and I arrived about the same time and got a couple of carts to haul in all our supplies and goodies. We organized tables, put plastic table cloths and passed out the art supplies needed. I did a brief demo of how to tear the tissue paper, add the dimensional tree, and make all the dimensional leaves. Then, everyone got to work. I couldn’t believe how awesome each background looked.

The background layers were pretty wet from the watery glue, so we set them outside to dry. They were dry in 10 minutes in the sun.
We also had a lovely teenage girl, Michele, who volunteers at Towne Creek, join us. (Miss Kathy-top left, Michelle-top right, Nadia-bottom left, David-bottom right.
Helene’s and Bonnie’s trees turned out so cute. Helene even experimented with two or three colors in one leaf. I love when people experiment and create something spectacular. While the trees were drying, we had a dessert break, then worked on some holographic scratch boards. Those were cool, too.
Then time for our Friday Feast. We hold hands, say a prayer of thanks for our meal and our friendship. Then, we eat like little piggies u til we are about to explode.

Happy Friday, my friends. I hope your day was a fun and fabulous as ours. ❤️

Tuesday:) Toni’s Torn Tissue Paper Project

25 May

“Don’t get frustrated, just tear up a bunch of papers and create a masterpiece. it’s very healing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Sometimes, I just have to go up to my “crap room” and rummage through art supplies and come up with some ideas for art projects to do with my senior friends at Towne Creek. I’m still not sure if this will work, but I gave it a try. I was inspired by my very talented friend, Sherry Murphy, who was teaching a class on torn paper collage.

Now, I’m sitting here as the mean ‘ol Storm is clambering around me. I’m just glad I’m inside safe and sound.

A little video below if you want to see the steps.


Torn tissue paper with a little glue and water.

A brown paper bag tree, but not glued down flat. A little dimension with folds and adjustments.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

21 May

“Do what you love and love what you do, and keep doing it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It had been a while since I did some sketching at St. Gabriel after Adoration. It was nice to get back at it. It wasn’t really quiet and peaceful, as they were having a rehearsal for the Deacon Ordination. But, the hustle and bustle was not a factor.

I chose one of the recently installed windows behind the altar.
I was kind of happy there were no faces to try and master. I still have trouble with faces.
My finished pencil sketch… now for the cool Artisto App renderings. My favorite part.
I love them all. I can’t decide which ones I like best.

Ppl Saturday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Real-time Easy Watercolor Rose Painting

17 May

“A rose can be as simple or as complex as the eye beholds. Beauty knows no bounds or limitations.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a painting video. My creativity and inspiration quotient has been lacking. Ah, but this afternoon, when I reached into my mailbox, I had an envelope from The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There was my motivation for today.

I’m a.ways on the look out for a simple painting tutorial or project to use with my senior art friends over at Towne Creek. This looked like fun.


This is not my usual 25 second time-lapse video, so it takes about 10 minutes. If I did it in time-lapse, it would be like 10 seconds or less. It’s a fun one.

The inspiration from the back of the envelope resulted in this quick 10 minute watercolor. If you think you can’t paint or draw or do anything artistic, you are WRONG! Anyone can play with paint and create a masterpiece. If you don’t believe me, come on over to my house. I’ll show you.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

8 May

“ A pencil and a blank sheet of paper can be intimidating or exhilarating. The choice is yours.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I haven’t done any Sanctuary sketching in several weeks. I have two or three that I started, but never finished. I spend much more time sitting at home busying myself with a pink pearl eraser and drawing and erasing and drawing than one might think. Sometimes the eyes or hands have been changed a dozen times before I’m almost satisfied. I’m never completely happy, and often times go back months later with an eraser and an unsettled eye.

This particular stained glass window at St. Gabriel was perplexing. The eyes were the most troubling. When drawing tiny features on a paper of a huge window way above the doorway, the proportions and details are difficult. But then again, I’m not a seasoned portrait artist. I just dabble and hope to improve along with time. Like fine wine, I get better with age and then leave a little residue in the dregs. 🤦‍♀️
My finished pencil sketch.
Then, the fun part of adding the Artisto app renderings,
This style always reminds me of a woodcut or linoleum cut print.
This style softens all the edges.
The mosaic is always one of my favorites.
Well, a few of my favorites. Which one do you like best. I can never decide.

Saturday on the Square:) Art Fair at the Heard-Craig Center

30 Apr

“Sharing your art with the world isn’t always easy, but making art just for the pure joy is good for your soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow! It sure was a gorgeous Saturday to be walking around on the Square in McKinney. My good friend and fabulous artist, Sherri Murphy, was going to be at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts today, displaying her adorable artwork. The courtyard was filled with local artists and visitors.

We sat in the shade and visited for about an hour, as folks meandered by.
Look at her cute paintings. She has such fun with color and whimsical styles.
I ran to my old friend Paula. We used to play tennis together, back in the day. She was, and still is an awesome tennis player, and she creates the most amazing jewelry for local sports teams, college teams and sports themes.
MY TEAM JEWELRY. Check it out on Amazon.
Miss Darby had some cool paintings, but also her own local honey. I had to get a jar. I love local honey called SUNKEN BOOT HONEY. Just had some in my tea. Yum!
Miss Janis had some fun little paintings. Cute!
On my way home, I actually remembered to stop by St. Peter’s to drop off the event bowls that my senior art friends at Towne Creek made a few weeks back. I was down there a couple of times before, and plum forgot to drop them off. 🤦‍♀️

And last but not least, I stopped over at Station 9 to drop off a dozen of my awesome triple lemon cupcakes. Yum!

Before and after! I dropped off more cupcakes today and picked up two empty containers from previous visits.

Funny story… one time, a few years back, I was dropping off some brownies and a brand spanking new fire fighter answered the door. I asked if he could find some previous empty containers. He wasn’t sure. He came back with the Captain and a couple containers. The Captain said, “This is Miss Toni. Make sure you save her containers. It’s in the handbook!” I laughed, but who knows? It might be in the handbook now. 🤦‍♀️

It’s been a great Saturday so far. Now, for a nice walk to finish up the day. I hope you had a great day, too. 🤗