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Toni’s Tuesday True-Time Video:) Painting Easy Yellow Roses

4 May

“The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart.”
― Andrew Pacholyk

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This easy painting project was to quick to make a time-lapse video, it probably would have been a blur of 3 seconds. So, I made a full length video and it was still pretty quick. My favorite yellow rose notecards. It was my friend Lynne’s birthday last Friday, and when I went upstairs to my card collection, I noticed I was out of hand-painted rose cards. So, I sat down and painted. (Of course, I’m an over achiever, so I painted a few extra while the paint was handy.) The funny part is, the card was still wet when I walked out the door to drop off the card and some yellow roses. It dried before I arrived.

*Side note… my sister asked me the other day if there was some way to watch my quick, way too fast time-lapse videos on YouTube. I told her about the small dots on the upper right hand corner of the video that will slow down or speed up a video. I found out by experimenting when I was trying to learn some easy piano songs and they were way too fast for me. 🤦‍♀️

My yellow rose note card and matching envelope.
Over achiever!

https://youtu.be/w-rcnG0i-jw

Happy Tuesday and MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!!!!

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video~Pastel Chalk Butterfly

28 Apr

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A little time, a stencil, some pastel chalk and a Q-tip.

Pastel Papillon


https://youtube.com/shorts/ixSU64EUE0w?feature=share

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video~ Painting Grapes With An Ear Plug

14 Apr

“Artists pretty much use everything but the kitchen sink in their artwork. Well, maybe some even use the kitchen sink.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today, I was trying to think of a simple painting projects, easy enough for kids and even easier for adults. Adults don’t always like to play and experiment with their artwork.

I Googled a bunch of examples of different art techniques , but I ended up going up to my studio to look for inspiration. Aha! A note card of a cluster of grapes using an ear plug for a perfect circle every time.

My first layer was a lighter purple,then a darker layer for the second layer. A few little white highlight C strokes, a stem and a few leaves, and VOILA! A pretty gift card to add to a bottle of wine or a pair of hand painted wine glasses. Since I already had the paint out and only one original card left, I made a few more. Remember…I don’t like to waste paint.

https://youtube.com/shorts/TYezopV-JBY?feature=share

I can’t just paint one. Just like cooking and baking… I get carried away.

Friday:) Finally Back at Towne Creek, Friends, Food, and My McKinney Firefighters.

3 Apr

I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.

Michael Jordan

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Well, today was the day. The first time in exactly a year since Helene and I were able to go to Towne Creek Senior Apartments for our arts and crafts group. We were both so excited. We took enough food, drinks, snacks, and art projects to last a month. I’ll show you the baking and food frenzy another time.

The ladies made all kinds of Easter projects. Bunny bags, wooden cross hangers, and cross book marks.
Helene and I made up bag lunches with lots of food and goodies, plus extra to take home for later. It was a fun afternoon.

On my way home, I stopped off at Station 9 to drop off some Peep cupcakes. I had stopped at 1:30 on my way to Towne Creek, but everyone was out on a call. On my way home around 6, I caught them in the middle of dinner. Just in time for dessert.

It’s almost 9 pm, I’ve been on my feet all day and I’m exhausted… in a good way. Thank goodness it’s Friday.

Cheers, my friends!

Toni’s Tuesday Time-Lapse Video- Easy Easter Cross

31 Mar

“When you have so much fun playing and creating crafts and artwork, ya just gotta share.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This was a fun little project. I was trying to think of a few quick and easy projects to use when Helene and I go to Towne Creek this Friday. We haven’t been able to meet with our senior art friends in just about a year now. We are going to wear masks and distance, with only one person per table, but it will be so good to see everyone again. Yay!

I just used a wood shape for a template to trace and Crayola washable markers and water.

https://youtube.com/shorts/dYBoU0wqWYs

Here’s another one with a similar concept, but then I glued a small wooden cross in the middle for a 3-D look. SO EASY! (I made a regular time video of this, but it’s taking forever to upload, so I may give up on adding the video now. Yep, taking forever. I’ll see if it ever uploads and I’ll add it on later on tonight. 🤦‍♀️

OK…an hour later… here’s the other video…

See ya later alligator… oops, or is it a crocodile?

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video~Painting A Sunflower Vase

24 Mar

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.”

~Marie Williams Johnstone

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Today, I decided to work on a special painting project for a special friend who loves sunflowers. It’s her birthday. Gee, I wonder if she will be surprised when she opens her present. So, a little time-lapse video was the project of the day.

https://youtube.com/shorts/5M08KbRhPO0

The video is a brief demonstration of just a few of the flowers. This vase took several hours and a couple of hours of drying time in between layers to complete. The hardest part is doing the first layer of flowers and leaves, then painting a second coat directly on top of the first. It’s just a fun and funky vessel to hold some fresh sunflowers or daisies or any bright yellow flowers for a happy Springtime decoration.

Friday:) Friends, Food, Fun Painting Butterflies and My Firemen

20 Mar

“I was never one to seek the limelight in life, but a little chartreuse afterglow would be nice every once in a while.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I thought I’d throw in a little color palette quote/joke for my artist friends out there. When I was scrolling through some quotes about friends, I ran across one about looking for the limelight, and for some reason the word chartreuse popped into my head, so made up my own quote. I’m just strange that way. 🤦‍♀️

So, today was such a fun day. My dear friend, Sherri Murphy, was coming over to play with paint and have lunch. We haven’t had an adventure in so long. She offered to bring lunch, and I said, “NO! Please let me cook and bake and fix something for lunch. I never get to cook. I miss cooking.” Well, some of you are mumbling, thinking I’m nuts, but I do miss cooking a big dinner or a fancy lunch for friends and family. I told you I’m strange.

Sherri arrived at noon, bearing gifts, of course. A beautiful plant with a cute plant marker.

Isn’t she adorable.

We had a nice chatty catch up lunch of pizza, salad, homemade banana nut cake, and Dr. Pepper, of course.

I got carried away with the baking, I know. Besides that huge cake, I made two dozen cupcakes. Some to share with neighbors and a dozen for my firemen. Sherri was kind enough to take half the cake home to share with her family, (isn’t it pretty? I outdid myself on the cream cheese frosting piping, I kept adding blobs and stripes and things until I ran out of frosting.

Then, upstairs to my “ crap room“, I mean my studio, to paint some fun butterflies.

Sherri had a blast pouring and smooshing and being creative.
Aren’t they cute! We just dropped acrylic paint onto half of the butterfly then folded it over, smoosh it around then open up the masterpiece. After they dry, we can always add extra lines and embellishments.
This was my favorite, I just added a couple of black squiggly lines on the wings. Also, because these are done on card stock, they can be folded in half, the center body glued onto a small canvas or board with the wings up for a 3-D look. I’ve even put double stick tape in the center and taped them on the wall.

After Sherri left, I ran over to Station 9, …well… I actually drove. I don’t run anymore. I dropped off my cupcakes, and Captain Chandler was very appreciative. He was just filling in at #9 today, normally he’s at #8. He asked if I bake regularly for the station. I said absolutely. I’m thinking he might eat one of my awesome cupcakes and request a permanent transfer to #9.

Well, it’s been a long fun-filled day… but it’s Friday… you know what that means. Cheers, my friends.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Painting Video:) Painting Metal Bird Feeder

17 Mar

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

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There is a swarm of hungry birds that hang out in the trees and bushes in my front yard. When we had those freezing temps, I bought a big bag of bird seed and put some in little dishes on my front windowsills outside. I loved to sit by the window and watch them flutter around, chirping around, telling the other birds, “Hey, Miss Toni put some food out for us.”

All kinds of magnificent cardinals, robins, jays and doves would stop by for a little snack. But, the bigger bird we’re knocking over the bowls and I had to scramble through the scratchy bushes to find the fallen vessel. So, I decided to get an official bird feeder. I found a huge, heavy duty metal condominium of bird feeders at Home Goods. It was red. My favorite color.

Of course, I couldn’t put out a plain ol’ red bird feeder. I needed to paint something on it. So, I decided to “kill two birds with one stone.” Pun intended. I’ll do a time-lapse video on Tuesday.

Through the magic of technology and little paint and a lot of good luck, here ya go…

https://youtube.com/shorts/eQz8wEJqDjo

Toni’s Tuesday Very Delayed Painting Video:) Easy Iris

10 Mar

“Sometimes patience and Technology and I are not the best of friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s almost 1:45 am on Wednesday, but I started this post many hours ago Tuesday evening. I wanted to make a full length painting video of an easy acrylic iris on watercolor paper. It only took me about half an hour to paint and record the first iris painting. I immediately started uploading the video onto YouTube. While I was waiting, I decided to paint three more paintings. Why, you might ask? Because I had left over paint. I hate to waste paint.

Four time the fun…

Well, about an hour later, the YouTube video upload said, “Unable to upload.” That was from my phone. So, I transferred it to my iPad and tried uploading again from there. The upload symbol kept churning and churning ever so slowly. Over two and a half hours later, the upload was complete. That’s just crazy!!!! I know my internet is slow, but I could have grown real irises from seed quicker than that.

Well, hopefully worth the wait.

Friday:) Feeling A Little Creative

27 Feb

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.
— Winston Churchill.

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It was a kinda dreary day today, and I must admit that I haven’t felt very motivated all week. Well yah, I did laundry and vacuumed, but I get so intimidated by all my artistic friends on Facebook who have been creating all sorts of fabulous art work just about every day. So, I decided to go up to my crap room… oh wait… it’s all tidy and organized now… I mean my studio, and spend a few hours working on something creative.

Several weeks back, I did a reverse glass painting time lapse video of Elvis. My Dearest oldest friend from when I was 14 and my nextdoor neighbor had commented how much she liked it, so I mailed it to her. I was thinking that I needed to paint another one so I don’t forget how I did the first one. I always like to keep an original artwork for future reference. I’m getting old and forgetful, so it helps to have a visual.

I was only going to paint one, but as well you know, I am an overachiever, as demonstrated when I cook and bake for an army. I also have a friend with a birthday coming up who loves Elvis, so I better make an extra one or two. I lost all track of time because each painting needs a second careful coat and a background, so I was up there for hours.

Well, here we go. Just black FolkArt Enamel paint and an 8 1/2 by 11 glass frame.
Here they are drying on the carpet. (Someday I’m gonna mess up my carpet and be very mad at myself. So far, no mishaps. 🤦‍♀️)
Elvis #1
Elvis #2
Elvis #3

In case you missed my time-lapse video from last month, here’s an instant replay. It’s very instant.,. About 27 seconds…

Well, it’s rather late and it is Black Russian Friday. Cheers my friends!