I enjoy creating art for the walls of my home, and I hope my website will give others inspiration to create artwork and decor on a budget. If you love to draw and paint, then you can easily make artwork for the walls of your home. People who prefer photography should invest in a digital camera so they can take pictures to frame. Beautiful frames can be purchased for a discount at places such as the second hand store, or even at crafting stores. Feel free to keep coming back to my website to see new ideas I will be posting about art projects and crafts. All artwork and photography on this site is the @copyright of Sweetbearies Art Tips 2008-2014, and no content may be used from this website without my permission.
Find out more about my art projects by looking at my posts and videos that I add to this blog. I am always working on a drawing, and at the moment I am mesmerized with creating colored pencil drawings of palm trees
Jul 102014
 
Here is an illustrated guide on how I  made a palm tree inspired windsock.

Here is an illustrated guide on how I made a palm tree inspired windsock.

Windsocks are easy to make, and can be constructed out of paper. I love palm trees, so I decided to create this palm tree inspired windsock. The brown sock is supposed to be the palm tree trunk, and the streamers are reminiscent of palm fronds swaying in the wind.

I used a ruler to mark off the areas on the paper where I want to make the streamers. I used transparent tracing paper to create the streamers.

I used water paint to create alternating light and dark shades of green stripes on the transparent paer.  This will give the look of the different shades illuminated from sun drench palm fronds.

I used water paint to create alternating light and dark shades of green stripes on the transparent paper. This will give the look of the different shades illuminated from sun drench palm fronds.

I cut the streamers along the marks I had drawn on the paper.

I cut the streamers along the marks I had drawn on the paper.

I took a sheet of water color paper and painted it with black lines, and then painted over that with brown paint.  These was meant to mimic the ridges found on palm trees.

I took a sheet of water for water color paints, and painted it with black lines, and then painted over that with brown paint. These was meant to mimic the ridges found on palm trees.

Here I stapled the green streamers to what will be the sock portion of the decoration.

Here I stapled the green streamers to what will be the sock portion of the decoration.

I used the stapler to make cylinder out of the brown paper, which will mimic the trunk of a palm tree.

I used the stapler to make cylinder out of the brown paper, which will mimic the trunk of a palm tree.

I added brown yarn to the wind sock to hang it from the ceiling.

I added brown yarn to the wind sock to hang it from the ceiling.

This palm tree windsock is made entirely out of paper, and illustrates how crafts can be made on a budget.

This palm tree windsock is made entirely out of paper, and illustrates how crafts can be made on a budget.

So yes I have an upside down palm tree, but it looks like it is just bending in the wind when there is actual wind blowing through it. This is a palm tree inspired windsock, not a palm tree made out of paper. This is my take on the palm tree as a windsock, and you can see the video documents how I created this paper craft.

Jun 302014
 

I have painted a picture of Irina the cat with oil paint, which is a scene of her running out of the woods. It appears as if the she is mischievous little kitty who is finally coming home. Art can be quite a personal thing, and this composition tells a story about my cat Irina.

I drew a picture of Irina the cat on scratch paper.

Irina is my little black cat with coppery eyes, and she was the inspiration for my latest painting.

I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of Irina.

I used a pencil to transfer the drawing of Irina onto the canvas.

I painted in the sky behind Irina.

I used several different shades of paint to create the grass and trees behind Irina. Also, several different colors of paint were used to create the hills in the distance.

Irina the cat looks like she is running along the path and out of the woods.

Jun 182014
 

My dad often recounts a story about how no one saved the last piece of blueberry pie for him, but there is just one problem, that was a pie was purchased from Marie Calendar’s back in 1973, and he has been mentioning it ever since. Of course I was born a few years later, so my entire life I remember hearing about this story. I never even understood what the allure was about Marie Calendar’s pies anyway, especially since I feel like my mom makes the best pies in the world.

I also enjoy making pies, so I do not feel I have to buy one from a store or restaurant. Lately I have been making fewer pies because I am just not eating baked goods like I used to, but I still have a penchant for talking about pie from time to time. There is something very therapeutic and soothing about making a pie crust from scratch, and crimping the dough around the edges once you place it in the pan. The act of cutting slits in the crust so the fruit filling can bubble through as it bakes is divine. My favorite type of pie is appe, but my dad’s obsession with the blueberry pie from 1973 has inspired my latest handmade card. The photos below illustrate how I created this card from start to finish.

Here I drew a little blueberry  pie.

Here I drew a little blueberry pie.

A grid was draw around the pie for creating the checkered table cloth.

A grid was draw around the pie for creating the checkered table cloth.

I colored in alternate squares on the grid to create the checkered table cloth.

I colored in alternate squares on the grid to create the checkered table cloth.

Here I am continuing to color in the alternating squares on the red and white checkered tablecloth.

Here I am continuing to color in the alternating squares on the red and white checkered tablecloth.

The completed blueberry card has a fun expression that I created with bronze colored pencil, and a black marker.  Who ate my dad's pie, he is still wondering all these years later.

The completed blueberry card has a fun expression that I created with bronze colored pencil, and a black marker. Who ate my dad’s pie, he is still wondering all these years later.

This video documents how I created the blueberry pie card illustration from start to finish.

Do you adore this blueberry pie card, and think the story my dad tells about pie is hilarious. If so, then you can purchase the card I created with my artwork over on Zazzle.

Jun 132014
 

Yesterday I finally finished by drawing of Lady dog.  Here were the final steps toward achieving the final result of my colored pencil drawing.

 

Coloring in Lady dog’s fur with a reddish-brown colored pencil.

 

Creating the grain on the wood background with a dark brown colored pencil.

I created the wood grain background for Lady dog by blending together white, sepia, and dark brown colored pencils.

Light brown and dark brown colored pencils were used to create the tiles on the floor.

Here is what the finished drawing of Lady dog looks like.

Here is a video that illustrates how I created the colored pencil drawing of Lady dog.

Jun 052014
 

I have a picture frame that is in pristine condition, but I did not like the writing on it.  Thus, I decided to paint over it with metallic paint.

I used metallic bronze paint to cover up writing on a picture frame.

I used metallic bronze paint to cover up writing on a picture frame.

The bronze metallic paint did not cover-up the writing completely because I only added three layers, but if you add more, and several different colors of paint, the frame could be given an interesting effect. I like the metallic color, and decided to keep the frame a bit more simple.  Here is how I painted the picture frame.

Cover the table with newspaper before painting.

Cover the table with newspaper before painting.

 

Add a couple of layers of metallic paint and let these dry according to the directions on the bottle.

Add a couple of layers of metallic paint and let these dry according to the directions on the bottle.

The picture frame with the photograph of Irina the cat might look nice sitting on a shelf

The picture frame with the photograph of Irina the cat might look nice sitting on a shelf

I decided the Irina the cat photograph looks best hanging on the wall next to my colored pencil drawing of an acorn.

I decided the Irina the cat photograph looks best hanging on the wall next to my colored pencil drawing of an acorn.

The video illustrates how I painted the frame with the metallic bronze color.

Jun 052014
 

I have started a new drawing of Lady dog, who was my companion from 1994 to 2007. She was a stray dog we adopted, and the vet suspected she was about two years old when she came to live with us.

First I drew the outline of Lady dog.

The first step was to draw the  outline of Lady dog.

I used burnt sienna and terra cotta colored pencils to draw on Lady's facial mask.

I used burnt sienna and terra cotta colored pencils to draw on Lady’s facial mask.

I colored in Lady's mask and started adding the red fur to the other parts of her body.

I colored in Lady’s mask and started adding the red fur to the other parts of her body.

I colored in Lady' eyes and will continue adding the reddish fur to her body.

I colored in Lady’ eyes and will continue adding the reddish fur to her body.

May 282014
 

The other day I decided to draw a palm tree with colored pencils, which is one of my favorite mediums to work with. This palm tree is based on my photograph of a tree that is near my house, and is thus a quintessential Southern California scene.

The video also illustrates how I created this palm tree illustration. I adore drawing and painting palm trees, so it was nice to get back into this again.

May 202014
 

Above is a scanned copy of my colored pencil drawing of Daffodil the Zebra.

A couple of days ago I completed my drawing of the Zebra with the savanna as a backdrop. After drawing this zebra I decided I wanted to give this particular character a name,  so I choose the name Daffodil because my zebra is a gentle creature who enjoys meandering up and down the grasslands with his zebra friends.  The photographs below document how the zebra drawing evolved from start to finish.

Drawing A Zebra

The outline drawing phase of the zebra.

The drawing of the zebra with the dead tree behind him is coming into form.

The drawing of the zebra with the dead trees behind him is coming into form.

Drawing The Zebra

The hills have been added to the background.

The sky has been colored in with a light blue pencil.

The sky has been colored in with a light blue pencil.

The hills in the background have been colored in with green colors of the shrubbery.

The hills in the background have been colored in with green colors of the shrubbery.

Yellow, sienna, and green colored pencils were used to color in the grass around the Zebra.

Yellow, sienna, and green colored pencils were used to color in the grass in the field where the zebra stands.

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Drawing A Zebra

I named the Zebra Daffodil because he is a gentle equine who enjoys to shine in his own quiet way.

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