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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tutorial ~ How I Finish My Gingers

Hello friends, in this post I will be showing you how I finished this little Ginger! I hope you enjoy taking a peek! First two pictures show this little ginger finished, scroll down to see him as he is being worked on.
This is also going to be one of my next patterns, there will be this little ginger and a snowman in the same pattern. Stay tuned!
Here he is in all his baked goodness, he does look like you could take a bite doesn't he? Okay, lets get started....
Here is my ginger sewn with muslin, stuffed and ready for painting.
You will need to have three colors... Honey Brown, Camel and Light Cinnamon. For this color meshing technique you will need a dampened sea sponge and a foam plate.
To get your sponge ready for applying color, you will need to dip your damp sea sponge up and down into your colors. I use less cinnamon, just dip a smaller area.
Before starting in on your actual piece, you will need to dab up and down onto your plate to mesh the paint into the sponge and get rid of any globs. When you are satisfied with how the color is coming off onto your plate,  you are ready to apply this to your ginger. The mix of dark, med and light colors really looks neat!
Go to your ginger and pounce  on the color. Keep dipping into your paint puddles as needed to resaturate your sponge. Don't forget to work it out on your foam plate first. You might want to wear rubber gloves, my hands got awful messy doing this.
Once I have one side done, I stop and speed dry it with my heat gun, be careful not to get it too close to your piece or it will burn! Turn your ginger over and paint the other side.
The sponge doesn't always get every spot, so I pounce more color with a scruffy brush in the bare spots. Let dry
Now it's tme to draw on the face! I bet you thought I had some fancy method of doing this didn't you? Sometimes I even eye ball it, but this time I found the perfect sized button to trace around for the eyes. I start by finding the center with my caliper, put a pin in for reference and figure out from there where I want the first eye and draw around with a pencil. You can always erase if you don't do it neatly.
 For the second eye, I measure the distance from the pin to the eye on the first one and get an idea where to place my second eye. From here I eyeball the mouth and eyebrows.
Here is his face all ready to be painted, he looks quite odd doesn't he? I also free handed the nose, I guess it looks kind of like a jelly bean.
I have filled in the eyes, mouth and eyebrown in black, the nose in a rusty color. I did more of a sideload for the nose, making the color stronger on the outer edge. I might add that because this ginger was completely basecoated first, there is no need to use a textile medium at all, just water in your brush.
With some cinnamon and burnt umber, I added some floated shadow around the eyes, lower lip and upper nose. To see more detailed instructions on floating color, linework etc... I have more painting tutorials here and more information on my website tips and hints page. He kind of looks like an alien here and not a ginger. LOL
His little cheeks need some blush. Here you see Jo Sonja's retarder and antiqueing medium. I often times will do a light sheen of this on the cheeks before I apply color so it will come off soft and will be able to move. You can also just go on with your dry brush on a dry face and lightly swirl, it will look great too!
Here I have a medium sized Donna Dewberry scruffy brush, I left it dry for this application. I pounced into some of my color and swirled it around the plate a bit.
I rub most of the paint out into a dry paper towel until most of the paint is gone and only a bit comes off the brush. I now go to my cheeks and in a circular motion lightly apply the rosey cheeks.
He is looking more alive here, color on his cheeks, some sparkle added to his eyes with some white paint. His eyelashed were painted on with thinned down black and a fine liner brush.
He needs his yummy icing applied! I use a warm white and a long and fairly thick liner brush. I really load up the brush good so when I do my strokes the paint actually comes off crisply and you won't need to reload as often. If your paint is too thick, just thin down with some water. Put icing anywhere you like. I speed dry with a heat gun every now and then so I don't smudge.
Icing is finished, now I add three rusty bells down his front with a double strand of button thread. Since all his muslin was painted, he is nice and firm, fairly stiff like a real cookie.
Next I mix some water into some matte mod podge to thin it down a bit. I got this idea from my friend carol of Buttermilk Creek Farms! thanks Carol. She coated her ginger and sprinkled cinnamon and cloves, let it dry and coated the piece again in the mod podge. This makes it looked baked and very prim. For my little guy, I am going to do it a bit different. I will coat him in mod podge and then sprinkle a very fine glass glitter on him to represent sugar and give him some sparkle. He will also stiffen up even more with the mod podge. I did lightly sprinkle a bit of cinnamon here and there with the glass glitter, but I did not want to cover up my nice paint job so I did it really lightly.
I have him over a foam plate to help contain the mess. I don't know what I would do in my craft room without this handy dandy item. I also put my glass glitter into a glass spice jar so I could sprinkle properly. Any loose glitter is dumped back into the jar when I am done. Let this dry well, use the heat if you'd like. Tear a piece of homespun and tie a bow around your gingers neck.
I took my paint brush and painted on some fabric stiffener "stiffy" after I grunged up the fabric with some coffee and cinnamon. I liked the fabric to be fairly rigid since the ginger is as well.
Here he is again all finished! With the mottled paint, mod podge, cinnamon and glass sprinkles, he really does look like a ginger good enough to eat. How about adding a drop or two of a nice holiday fragrance oil to his bow, he will smell delicious then! Be looking for his pattern soon! Like I said earlier, he will be accompanied by a snowman. If you have any questions please email me. I do hope I have inspired you to make some gingers, what is a Holiday without 1 or 10 of them!! I will try to make up some extra gingers to have for sale during the Holidays.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fall Giveaway at the Primitive Skate

I have another sweet giveaway to post about, this one is from Sandi of the Primitive Skate. CLICK HERE  to sign up for her Birthday Giveaway, yep it's her Birthday! Sandi's lovely giveaway ends August 30th.

Hmmm, all these giveaways has me thinking that I should have one again soon, gets me in the mood! 


Monday, August 13, 2012

A Spooktacular Giveaway!

I have a lovely giveaway to tell you all about. Take a peek at these adorable Bone Head ornaments! They come from Bone Head Studio Blog go there and sign up to win these little cuties, the giveaway ends August 31st. Looks like there will be two winners, first draw will get the choice between these two characters. You will also love looking at all the wonderful posts highlighting Flora's works, they are wonderful! Check it out...

I had also purchased one of Carol Stuck's adorable Pumpkin Bags, just received it today! It is so prim and wonderful, I just had to share it! The pumkin is made of a very stiff old feedsack, this makes the bag extra special, not to mention the adorable little mouse peeping from the top of the bag.
Be watching for her new pumpkin pin keeps, they are topped off with a sweet mouse as well! Check out her things

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Kid On The Block

Hello friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. :-) First I want to thank Lee Ann Kress for purchasing Sid my latest scarecrow! I hope you enjoy him.

The purpose of this post is to introduce you to my artist friend Lee Ann Kress of Charmed Confections! Here she is at work in her studio, looks like she is working on one of her ghoulie cakes. Lee Ann is an accomplished artist with a long background in all types of creating. She is just now joining the online world of creativity and fun, I am so glad because her work needs to be seen, to be shared with all of you, it is incredible. She has a unique talent for sculpting enchanting characters that sparkle with personality and charm. Her eye for the details is unmistakable. The first time she sent me a picture of her work, I was so excited, here before me was a true artist who made gorgeous things. Her work speaks for itself, and sells itself! She sculpts for all the seasons, but has a special love for Fall and Halloween characters!  I wanted you to know who she is and be looking out for some awesome artwork on her new website, Pfatt Marketplace, Etsy, and her new blog. She is one of the new artists on Pfatt, just look at the Charmed Confections link. Please show her some love and check out her beautiful new blog, her links that show her artwork, her bio and where you can find her lovely work.

Here is some of her work! She sculpts in air-dry clay. I have to mention she is such a sweet person too!

Here is one of her ghoulie cakes!
A darling Christmas character

What a darling expression on this one!

This is Mr. Boo Jingles, he is this months Pfatt offering, but it is no surprise that this sweet fellow sold the first day on! To see more of her work, visit her blog and sign up to follow Lee Ann.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Soap and other news!

Hello! I know I know...., it is high time I put something of interest on this poor lonely blog "smile". Summer has been going by at break-neck speed for me. I am busy with summer type activities AND trying to think about my creating in the middle of it. My sew room is not air-conditioned so in our mid 90 degree weather, I have been spending very limited time in there to say the least.

I finally got some of my extra soap bars on my website for sale if any of you are interested. I am set up on there now so that it will be easy for me to add them as I get more batches done in the near future. Visit my website and go to the soaps link, then open the CP Soaps link from there. Right now I have Raspberry, Mango Sorbet, Citrus Splash and Mandarin Bergamot.

I have a couple of web only sales right now. I am having a sale on all my bunny patterns, now through September 15th. I also have some blueberry soap on sale. Go to my (On Sale!) link on my website.

I think I have said before to all of you how much I love Barbara Willis Stuffing fork, well I have decided to carry them on my website. I ordered them today so they should be on there within the week hopefully. This tool honestly changed how I now look at stuffing, I can truly stuff just about anything of any size now with ease. It is an amazing tool. Check my website soon for this.
I will be carrying the regular size only since I use it 98% of the time.

Sid the scarecrow will be for sale on Pfatt Marketplace on August 10th if anyone is interested in purchasing the finished item. I am only days away from having his pattern done as well.

I know I had told some of you I would have a tutorial done in July on how I paint my gingerbreads, I apologize, I just did not get to it in all the busy. I will do it one day soon, but will refrain from saying just when!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, enjoy it while it lasts, it will be gone before you know it!


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