Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Halloween card

Hello Monday Afternoon


I am not a morning person it takes a couple cups of coffee and a chat with my friends on face book and my game friends we play a while and that Candy Crunch has me stuck...OMG..
Now it is afternoon and I am finally in the studio after a long weekend of doing nothing but watching football, and the World Series, and yes I have a favorite team, I am from Missouri so I it has to be the Cardinals... GO CARDINALS....
Halloween is just around the corner and I am not a Halloween person but my great- grandkids are big into it as they are small yet and enjoy dressing up and collecting the candy so Great-Grandma just had to make them this really funky scary card with all our stamps they love my stamps.  This is new to me as I am not a card maker, I am learning and I bought out a stamping and card making store's excess supplies and have never used them until last week when I did this card. 

I used a tri-folded card if found in my stash and I made a gelli plate print with the neon paints from Deco Art and cut it to fit the inside page of the card and from their I just used all my Halloween stamps and played and had fun.  I am know as the Artist Lady, and this is my great-granddaughters favorite stamp.  So I use it a lot in my designs.  I used colored pencils from prisma color and colored the three pumpkin stamps and the face of the artist lady.  
So I hope you have enjoyed my Monday blog about my card and the loves of my life
The lie in Oklahoma so I don't get to see them often but they do know how to use the cellphone. :)
"Art is an adventure into an unknown world which can be explored by those willing to take the risks"
                                                                                                                             Mark Rothks.....
Happy Creating :)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog What,s on my studio table today?


What's on my studio work table today ?


To day is Wednesday also know as hump Day, well I moved over a big hump today.  I held my class and a lot was accomplished my student Kaitlyn Emory, she finished her canvas she drew a large tree that was really full of swirls and curls and we cut it out to add to our canvas, This was the most tedious job I have done in a long time. These fingers were not made for that small detailed cutting.
We then did a background of mixed colors using DecoArt acrylics and Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, and many items for our background texture this was the end of my project. It is still a work in progress and will be finished at a later date as many of my projects are always a work in progress.
I have two groups that I belong to and our challenges are do this week and next week. I finished the stencil challenge and I am posting it today. 
I am posting my Stencil Challenge for my artMusement group: it is a simple but useful item from a found object from my kitchen.  It is called   ""Your Butt Can"".  I used a coffee can and primed it with a Krylon primer and then sprayed with a enamel spray paint and I stenciled Butterfly, dragonfly, hummingbird. with DecoArt arylic paints and spayed it with Americana spray sealer then filled it with white sand  so it can stay on the table on the deck.  It is used to dispose of you cigarette butts before coming into my house, yes I still have a smoker in the family and he spends time on the deck, using his can

Happy Painting and creating..
Sharon D. Estes
at my favorite place.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Blog Who said Dreams don't come true?

Who said Dreams don't come true.
Today was a day my dream of a long time has come true. I have made some major changes in my life the past few months. I decided to move out of my "BOX" and decide just what is my style in my art I took an e-course offered by Kelly Hoernig and it was called Finding Your Style in Art.  I was always a instructor and shop owner and I never really thought about a style of my own. I did what the other artist did and what was popular at the moment. I have tried a lot of art mediums and I have always loved the products of Deco Art  and I needed to find something to do with all the product that I had left from my shop.  Well thanks to this course I have finally found my Style.
I have also have to thank a very good friend Von Reeder as she encouraged me in what ever I decided to create. 
I also joined a group with Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos and watched her videos and she also gave me the courage to just jump in and fly by the seat of my pants, as my mother says and I want to say thank you Tracy.
I love to talk, teach, and make a mess and not be structured to one thing I am a Gemini and this explains a lot  about my decision I made last week.  I have been playing with mixed media and love my stamps. stencils and Gelli plate, and canvas, and journals and all the other products I have on my studio shelves. 
I started blogging about what I was doing and really enjoyed it and was encouraged by many Face book artist friends signed up to be a Deco Art Blogger and was accepted, so I will be now  talking about a product that I love and have used for years and will be excited to use the new products they have and use them in my art work now.  I hope all my friends in the art world and my real world will  follow along with me and learn something new or just enjoy what I love doing daily.
I am mentoring a great girl for the past 10 yrs. and she has turned out to be a great artist and a great friend so I hope we will be working together to keep this creativity going and going for a long time.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Blog Halloween Welcome Banner

Halloween Welcome Banner Blog
I have had a lot of problems getting this DecoArt Project posted due to my laptop went bonkers and the desktop is just to old and slow to try to do anything  any more except store pictures and write letters.  
This was a fun project to do I really like making banners, I have made them for years in scouts, vacation bible school, and communion banners, banners for the balloon lift of in our small town and for advertisement when I had my store. I have used all different types of material and paints. 
I used the new American Neon's on my Gelli pad and the colors used were  :  Torrid Orange, Thermal Green and Scorching Yellow. I really like the brightness and the texture of this new paint I have used other neon paints and not gotten the same brightness and softness as with these colors. They get a high 5 from this helping artist.  

 The top two photos are the print I pulled from the Gelli Plate I used a Cover a Card Stamp called Halloween. It gave a great impression I did it at different angles and I use a heavy poster board for the banner it was a larger than my small gelli plate and you will see the end results below the pictures of the completed banner and a close up of the stamps I used and the distressing with the Tim Holtz distressed Inks.  I also painted the wooden banner and small wooden pumpkin in American paint the black is the new Multi surface Satin Black I liked the coverage but I found out you do not use as much water with this new paint as I do with the original Americana paints. I works great if you want to use it for a stain effect with added water. The small pumpkin was painted with the neon Torrid Orange and a good two coat coverage and a smooth finish when dry and a neon look. Love Love it.


This project will be posted on my Facebook page and Also in my window for Halloween.
Sharon Estes, The artist Lady at Granny's Korner Studio, Sharon's Favorite place.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog My seasonal mixed media journal

Seasonal Journal Mixed Media
Page one is the first season I am starting with and that is Autumn.
It is October in Missouri and our leaves are just starting to turn colors and falling to the ground .
As I was walking the other day I noticed some unusal looking leaves and I picked them up and put them in my pocket and though I can add these to a journal page I just added a background to.
So I decided today on October the 15, 2013 I would officially start and finish my first page in the journal.  I found my poor leaves all dried and curled and I was afraid they were wasted and would not work so off to the studio I headed with camera a coffee and leaves in hand and this is the finished product from start to finish.

This was the first time I ever used the Gelli Plate and this is my first printed background you may have seen in my earlier posts that I have used the second pull from the plate to do a challenge in a group I belong to.  Oh what a fun experience I had  I was using my Americana Paints, and they were Celery Green, Burnt Orange, and Golden Straw, and Tangelo Orange.  I placed all the paint on the pad and way to thick was my first mistake and when I used my brayer the colors were thick and blotchy. So I used a quilt plastic stencil for cutting leaf pattern  and made a deep impression in the background.  So after a few days of air drying the heat gun didn't do the job this time.
I was able to fill in the negative spots with some pastel chalks for the look of blue sky and added a couple of stamps one was a fancy leaf design and the other was a French oak leaf and acorn design with a beautiful quote so I embossed them with the embossing pad and used a deep green embossing powder and they looked like velvet.   My next trial was how to get the dried leaves on the page. I succeeded with the use of decoupage and more decoupage and some weights to hold them on the page. While they were drying I made a tag from some scrap paper in my stash and wrote the quote on it so you could read it.
The Quote reads:   Quercus Sobato
                        The mighty oak wears it leafy colors as a lofty crown....
When the leaves dried I attached a precious metals flower from Prima Flowers and used some Tim Holtz distressing ink black soot and distress it to look old and dried.
It still need something else so I looked though my stamp collection and found a Halloween Block Stamp soft backed for card making and uses the corner of it to add some extra design to the blank spaces.   I am proud to be out of my box as far as this mixed media goes it is fun to just set and play with all the goodies you have stored in pretty boxes and bags and drawers.  You never have a plan it just come as it comes.  As my mother says" by the seat of your pants. go for it."
Thank you for coming and viewing my first experience  with my new journal and Gelli Plate I will be blogging  more about the Gelli Plate and the great American paints in my next blog tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog What I like about Autumn

What I like about Autumn
Autumn in my words are: cool lovely weather, beautiful colors of the trees as they turn from bright shades of green to oranges, reds, browns, burgundy's. I love setting on my deck and looking at the hills behind my house and see the seasons change. It is such a peaceful time.
I was given a challenge in a group I belong to and was asked the question and how to express it in an artistic way, by words, paint, colored pencils or any other media we chose. 
I chose my mixed media style today and tried to express what I like about this time of year and I called it Fall Leaves, Love to watch the leaves turn colors.  Here goes my version of Autumn in my first blog: 
I used the Gelli Plate for the first time and this is the second print that I used for my project. My colors were Decoart: burnt orange, Golden Staw, Tangelo Orange and celery green I uses the Brayer to smooth the colors on the plate and my first print will be discussed in the next blog as it has not been finished yet it will be the first page of my New and first Journal Book
What my gelli plate looked like after the first print was removed and this is the Print I used for this project.

This is the finished mixed media page when I finished with all my stamps and doodling. I used the negative space for sky
and leaves, I doodled in small falling leaves  using the negative space I used my pitt pen and  some chalk pastels, to do this method.  I used my Friskers fancy edge cutter to go around the edge of the paper to give it a fancier look and I may add it to a canvas I have on my work table who know where this page may end up by the end of autumn.

These are all the supplies I used  to work on all this project I did not use the embossing ink and powder it will be used in the next project.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Home Estes Family Reunion

  What a great reunion the Estes family had on Oct 5, 2013
We celebrated two birthdays and ate a lot of fish had a thunderstorm and still had a great time.
We also decitated this day to our Parents James and Mary Estes, with out them we would not have these great reunions we have not had one in a long time it was a regular to have one in the summer and on Grandma Marys Birthday in March.
The Watermelon was her special treat for the family when we got together so Brian, her grandson found a huge one for all to share with delight.
Here is our Watermelon to start the day right.

This is Brian Estes, the grandson of Mary, and He is our nephew and the main fisherman and fish fryer . The picture below is Jerry Estes (orange shirt, Birthday Boy 71 yrs. ) his brother Ivan Estes and hiding in the back ground is Britney Estes, ( daughter of Brian and our great-great-niece)
The last picture is Tim Estes and he is the Brother of Brian Estes and our nephew.
This is all that is left of the Estes Boys.
OOpa almost for got my own Son Ronald Estes setting in the background hiding and then we have Uncle Don Seabaugh (Brother-in-Law married to Hester (estes) sister to Jerry and Ivan.
This is the Male Estes group that showed up and ate and ate and guarded the fish pot.
Now we have the ladies of the Estes Family and they were afraid of the rain and retreated to my Kitchen where they could keep a close eye on the food and have a good time with conversation.  *wink*
Top picture is Cathy (seabaugh) Thomas,niece,her Mother Hester (estes, daughter of Mary) Seabaugh, and  next to her is Martha Estes, wife of Tim Estes and Daughter -in-law to Helen Estes
This picture is of Cindy (estes) Hulett in yellow Jacket fixing a beautiful vase of flowers and brought the birthday cake which pictures were not taken we photographer was to busy eating all the goodies,
We have Courtney (hulett) and Mason Audrain 2ys grandson of Cindy and great grandson of Helen Estes Cindy and Brian and Tim's Mom.
Then there is Connie (terry) Arnold (daughter of the late Vesta Terry,
  sister and daughter of Mary)granddaughter of Mary and our Niece.
In this picture we have a table with a lot of lovely women, One is my Mother Ann Paschal 89 yrs old, and Winnis (Katie) (Estes daughter of Mary). An then Helen Estes our dear sister-in-law of the late Justin Estes.

Then came time for the Watermelon and all was eaten and we had a fantastic day .
Happy October Birthdays and We love you Grandma and Grandpa Estes.




Friday, October 4, 2013

Home Happy Birthday to My Husband


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Home about Grannys Korner Studio

I am sure you are wondering about Granny's Korner Studio.
Granny's Korner studio started many years ago as a small desk in the corner of our basement when my children were small and they played in our large basement and as they grew my area grew. It became a store in the year of 1990 in Ste. Genevieve, MO.  had a great employee that helped me with the daily business of a craft store we designed, we taught painting, crafts and I had a craft consignment area downstairs along with the craft supplies and upstairs was my crafting and painting classroom. We held weekly classes and I had teachers come in from different areas to teach. We held Kids watercolor classes, and other children classes,  It was a fun and challenging time for a new grandmother to take on as a an adventure, my mother also helped with the weekends and she was a ceramic artist and sold her items under the name of paint and petals, she rented a special area and sold her work.

The store was a meeting place of friends, kids, and tourist from all over the world.   

In 1993, we had the 500year flood and almost lost our historic little town to the Mississippi River, we spent many hours and days moving merchandise and clearing our store as we were evacuated and the water was up to my front door.
We closed and sandbagged and help save our town and with the help of some great people and the Blessing of God our town was saved from being washed away but it was damaged and it still has not come back to life as it was in the early 90's. In 1995, it came time for me to sell the building and downsize my business to just teaching and selling some products from my home. So we moved the business to my basement and I added a class room in the basement and a small craft business and this worked until the year 2004 and closed the business and decided to do some Homeschool art teaching and did this for a couple of years and due to health problems I am now just working with one special young lady I worked with in the homeschool program she is very talented and we enjoy working and designing together when time permits.

This past few months I become involved with some groups on line and took a couple of online classes and I have been introducted to the mixed media art and steampunk art. I have met some real special people on line that has encouraged me to do challenges and try the blogging. 

So this is where my studio has evolved, I now have a painting and supply area in my basement, and my familyroom has been turned into a scrapbooking, card making area. 

I have posted some of my challenges and will be starting to become more involved in the upcoming weeks.

Sharon D. Estes, Granny,s Korner Studio Blogger.