Friday, October 18, 2013

Hand Painted Boxes

I've always liked painting on wood, so when I saw these little unfinished trinket boxes at my local craft store, I just had to try my hand at decorating them. They're small (only 4" x 4") - the perfect size for sweet seasonal decorations or a unique place to store special treasures.

After I finalized my sketches and color palette, I laid down a base coat consisting of a mixture of burnt umber, black, and ultramarine blue for a deep, rich background. Except for a cursory sanding, I didn't prepare the boxes with gesso or any other ground; I just started painting on raw wood. I was really pleased with the way the paint reacted with the wood - there was always an element of surprise as I painted, since the wood absorbed more of the paint than I expected.

Once I painted the sides, I finished them off with a DecoColor gold opaque paint marker. Since the wood was pretty rough, I didn't want to fool around with trying to get straight lines with a brush. As a final touch, I treated both boxes with two coats of matte acrylic varnish.

I was happy with the results - so much so that I'll be painting more: first I'll tackle a few Halloween and Day of the Dead commissions, then move on to some fall and winter-themed boxes.

The boxes are available at my Etsy shop:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fun and Prizes! Raven and Renn Greeting Card Assortment Giveaway !

Celebrate your inner Scottie dog! I'm ushering in October by giving away this exciting selection of cards to one lucky person who likes Raven and Renn on Facebook. The winner will receive a baker's dozen of Raven and Renn greeting cards - a selection of ten adorable Scottie dog cards plus any three additional cards of his/her choice from Raven and Renn's Etsy shop.

To enter the drawing, please visit my Raven and Renn Facebook page, click the "like" button, leave a comment, and share the giveaway. If you're already a FORR (friend of Raven and Renn) you're included, too - just be sure to leave a comment so I can add your name to the drawing.

The contest runs from Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, October 4, 5pm Pacific Time. I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 5th. Good luck - and thanks so much for your support!