Showing posts with label Tammy Morrison-Koenig. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tammy Morrison-Koenig. Show all posts

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Adventures - Soap Making

Happy New Year to you all.  Where does the time go? From Mid September to the first week of January it is non stop around here trying to fulfill orders, make gifts, bake, visit, concerts... you know the holiday routine. Ahhh Now all I want to do is just sit, have a cup of tea and of course think about my next project.
Well ever since my baby girl got sick a few years ago with severe food allergies to casein (milk protein) and egg whites, it has flipped everything we knew about the world we lived in upside down. We are now required to read EVERY LABLE, whether it is a whole food or not, you would be scared to know just how lax the labeling requirements are for the food we consume. Vaccinations are touch and go and even the products we use on our body is extremely dangerous in most cases. So in order to face this challenge head on, we have taken control of what we put in our body by making 95% of the food we eat from scratch and grow it when ever possible. We have also learned the art of soap making.
This year for Christmas, instead of making the adults an ornament, I thought I would test out some of my soaps, and to my surprise they have gone over extremely well.  I think I'll be looking into this a little more seriously.

This is my Heritage Bar.  It is hot processed in the crockpot it has a very uplifting citrus and tea tree scent, which is highlighted by the ultra luxurious creamy bubbles and shea butter for moisturizing. Ingredients are listed at the bottom.


As you see, there is nothing fancy here. An old crockpot and utensils that are for soap making ONLY. A plastic shallow tub from the Dollarstore which is lined with a plastic garbage bag and for cutting I used a bench scraper. Let the sit out for a few weeks to dry them out (this will allow the bar to get harder, milder and will last longer.) Hot process soap is one that you can use right away in a pinch but real soap should be treated as a fine wine. It is always better with age.

****If you are going to be attempting this at home, use caution and educated yourself on safe handling of caustic products. ******


Ingrediants: Cocos Nucifera (coconut Oil), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive oil), Aqua (water) Sodium hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Tocopherol, Glyceryl Stearate (steric acid), bergamont oil, orange oil, lime oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, lavendula officinalis (lavender), melaleuca (tea tree), mica, tumeric

Ingrédients : Cocos nucifera , l'huile hydrogénée vedgetable, Olea europaea , Aqua . L'hydroxyde de sodium , 4 Simmondsia chinensis ( jojoba ) Seed Oil , Tocopherol , Glyceryl Stearate , l'huile bergamote , d'orange, huile de citron vert, pamplemousse , huile, huile de citron , lavendula officinalis , Melaleuca , mica, tumeric

 
 
I would love to hear what you think.
 





 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Country House ACEO

I am a little behind in my posting. This is one of the pieces I completed for the Christmas commission I received and haven't got around to getting up here yet. This aceo (art card edition and originals) is of a country farm in the fall. It measures 2.5 * 3.5 inch and was created on 140lb CP arches using artist grade watercolors. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Limitations of cheap watercolor paper

My wonderful husband stuck a cheap watercolor set in my stocking this year. More for a travel kit than for any serious work but it made me realize how easy working with the right supplies can make your job, especially in watercolors. Inexpensive paper has no real absorbancy and your colors dont flow like they should so the style of painting has to reflect that. These few paintings were done in a direct painting style as this paper did not accept washes or glazes well. So here are a few of my attempts, hope you enjoy.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ink and watercolor mini portrait

This painting practically painted its self. I started off by doing a grey scale under painting with black ink and water pens. Then applied a few washes of color to bring her to life. The shading was already taken care of with ink washes.  Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas everyone.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pottery Barn/ Bower Power Inspired Santa Painting

Christmas - My second favorite time of the year. Every year we try and add some homemade decorations and after perusing Pinterest I saw this awesome image of Santa and just fell in love with it. Pottery Barn did theirs in silver glitter and Bower Power did theirs in red glitter. Hmmm. 2 young children and a bowl full of glitter is just asking for problems so I did his image in the traditional red and white. I love how he turned out and a wonderful addition to our Christmas decor. He is quite large measuring 2ft * 2ft on a 2inch gallery stretched canvas. Hope you enjoy

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tangled Quilt Blocks

Hi everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. We have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, decorating, sewing, baking. It just seems like it is never ending, just when you think you are ahead of the game another project pops up. Well this project is a colaberation project. My aunt (a major inspiration in my creative life) has asked me to design a couple of tangled quilt blocks to be used in one of her famous quilting projects. These are the first few, hope you enjoy. They measure 4.75 * 4.75 inch done on cotton fabric with micron pigmment pens.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Displaying family photos doesn't have to be boring.

This week I decided that our family photo wall needed some updating and maybe a little color so I got to work on these 2 photos of my babies. Somewhere between a scrapbook page and a journal page done with a black and white copy of the photo mod podged to a 4* 6 canvas board. I embellished these with puffy paint, markers, acrylics, stamps, paper cutouts and some mod podge. Hope this inspires you to have a little fun with those family photos.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Doodled lunch bag idea


My daughter needed a lunch bag for school and so I went shopping, but anything pretty was incredibly overpriced for what you get, and being in kindergarten I know we will be going through at least 3 during the year. So while I was at the dollar store I found this "blank canvas", grabbed my fabric markers and turned it into what looks like a designer bag. My girl is so happy, even though it's not pink. ;) Hope this inspires you to turn something boring into something beautiful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In Her Prime Belly Dancer watercolor step by step

It has been a long time since I posted a demo so I will take this opportunity and share with you my latest commission. This is Maia, her wonderful husband asked me to paint this gorgeous picture of his wife as a surprise for her birthday. Awe isn't he just so sweet. I have known this couple for many years and was so honoured when asked, and in all reality who could pass up such a beautiful model. :D
Step 1: This is the third workup of the line drawing hence the 2 pieces of paper taped together, nothing fancy here. So I waited for a nice bright day taped her to the window and transferred her to my watercolor paper. The hard part is over. I think that probably my most challenging aspect of this project was the fact that I knew this lady and wanted to do her justice.
Stage 2: Lets add color. So in this stage I masked out some key highlights, like the glints of lights from the underskirt and earring, and eyes. The other highlights, like the one on her shoulder I could work around because of the size. I don't like making fluid and try and avoid using it whenever possible. So working with just 3 colors, quin gold, perm red and cobalt blue I layed in the basic patterns of her skin. I will be going back and adding more layers as more of the painting is completed but this gives me a bases in which to judge all other values.
Stage 3: Add some darks. I needed to add some darks to give a some sense as to where I was going. Even with just this tiny part of the painting somewhat completed it really made her come alive.
Stage 4: Building layers. Did you notice the oops that was made when adding her skin earlier? I had to drop her tummy back down under the floating scarf because you would see a hint of her tummy through the scarf. This piece is all about layers and really made me stop and think about the process. Her skin and underskirt would show through the sheer scarf in some places and the background would come through in others.

Stage 6: Folds and fabrics. This piece offered many challenges, the main one was the fabric and the sheer scarf. I needed to find a way to delineate the underskirt from the scarf, add texture and tie in the background. Not a small task. For the scarf and dress colors I used a mix of cobalt blue, cobalt turquoise lt. (this color is slightly granulating and was the perfect choice for just a hint of texture in the scarf), and a touch of paynes grey as I knew I would be using it in the background and needed that color to show through the scarf.
Stage 7: Adding the background. Using a wet into wet technique I applied
the first background layer using paynes grey, alizarin crimson and cobalt blue.
Stage 8: Final touches and done. Now it is all about adding detail and making sure your values and tones are accurate.

The finished piece is 9 * 12 on 140lb CP arches paper
Hope you enjoy :)








Friday, August 31, 2012

"Balance" Watercolor portrait aceo

Some of you have already sent your little ones off to school... we are doing the big count down to the first day of Kindergarden. YEAH!!! So while "B" is working on her school prep mom is sitting at her easle painting up a new aceo. This one features an african woman carrying her wares off to market. It measures 2.5 * 3.5 in watercolor on 140lb CP arches paper. Hope you enjoy.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Outcroppings and Old trees on Misty Lake ATC's

These are a few of the small paintings I have been working on this week. Outcroppings was done mixed media with an ink and watercolor wash
and old trees on misty lake is a traditional watercolor.
Hope you enjoy. :)


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Waterpen Sketches



Hi everyone,
What a long last 6 months. It has been pretty hectic around here with travels and family and I havent had alot of time to do anything as far as market pieces. So to get back in the swing of things I pulled out my pens and waterbrush and sketched a few 10min studies. The first 2 are done on watercolor paper and the dog was done in my moleskin. A few months ago I purchased a couple of sakura waterbrushes and when combined with both a watersoluable ink pen and a permenant ink pen most of the work for me. Hope you enjoy. :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Little Boy Watercolor Portrait demo

One of my students have asked me to post the demo that I did for a workshop on portraits from last week. This is a 2 hour painting (including dry time) using a limited pallette of quin gold, aliz crimson, Ultramarine blue, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber.  Stage 1: Mask out any highlights or if you are really confident you can paint around them. Due to the small size of this little man I masked.
Stage 2 Sunshine : Wet your paper into the hairline, background, even the whites of the eyes. Wait until the sheen is gone from the paper and start dropping in your mid mix of quin gold. I love this color for 2 reasons. 1 it lifts easy, which comes in handy when laying down your road map  and 2 it adds your sunshine.   DRY
Stage 3 I added a little BS and BU just to place a few darks in the eyes and hair. DRY Then mix up a light mix of aliz crimson. This is a high power, staining color and should be used with care. It is way easier to add color then to take it away. Wet his little face again and start adding your turning points, this would be around the outside of the face, the side of the nose... the warm shadows on the facial planes.  If you are finding that your paper is starting to get to dry, STOP, walk away and let it dry. If you overwork the skin will start to get streaky, and on a child that looks pretty garish. :0 You can always glaze in more color later

Stage 4: I added some more darks to the eyes. I also went back in and strengthened the red/oranges a little.

Stage 5: This stage was done in 2 parts. The background was first wet and a little of the blue color was dropped in. The light is coming in from the viewers left and there is a bright hightlight on the side of the face and top of head. So by adding the darker value around that area it will help to pop it later. DRY  I also went in and started adding a few darks to his jacket. I am working a little more of a wet on dry at this point, as I need to control how far the paint moves.  Some shadow colors were around his eyes, chin, right side of his face, dont forget the little divot under his nose and a little shadow under his nose to make it pop out a bit. DRY  He is really starting to look human now.



Stage 6: Final adjustments were made to his face before adding just a simple hairline and a hint of clothing. Hope you enjoy.  
Untitled portrait
4.5 * 4.5 inch
watercolor on 140lb Arches

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Patrice


5 * 5.75 inch
Watercolor on 140lb Arches
Don’t you feel that sometimes life just seems to get away from you.  This new painting has been a long time coming, her name is Patrise and she runs a craft market on the San Salvador Island. I hope to get back into the swing of things after I can reign this recent chaos back in.
Hope you enjoy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The power of observation - Learning to Paint

So I was asked to teach a workshop this week, I knew that these students had been taking classes for the past 6 months in drawing and acrylics, so I was under the assumption that some of the basics would have been covered. You know... composition, value, brush work, even maybe a color wheel or color chart? Well now I know why they have been frusterated. Ok lets stop and think about this, I wish I would have years ago whe I first started painting. LOL
Going from point A to point Z is not going to happen over night, but building a good foundation will only lead to monumental things. - wow that was deep - lol.
The most valuable tool in my arsenol is a 2 inch square, or in my case just ripped off the corner of a piece of binder paper, piece of cheap paper with a whole punched out of it. Why you ask? K take that tiny piece of paper and place it anywhere on your reference.. Now ask yourself, Is this tomatoe really red, how do the many tones relate to eachother, what color are the shadows really? Move this piece of paper around how do the different values play off eachother? One of the hardest things to train your brain to do is switch teams. I know I see a red tomatoe, but block out the shape of the tomatoe and you will have a true observation of what really makes up that tomatoe hmm.. Food for thought..
Next time we will discuss "Dont ask what you can do for your brushes, but what your brushes can do for you" ;) so until then. Happy Creating

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tibetan Child


It is snowy and blustery and generally gross outside so I thought I would get this weeks painting polished up and posted. This handsome tibetan child is featured in his traditional garb which adds a huge pop of color to an otherwise dull painting. He measures 4.5 * 5.5 inch and painted on 140lb CP arches. Hope you enjoy. :)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

White Cosmo watercolor floral

My tomatoes and peppers and herbs are starting to pop up now and I am starting to dream of green grass and white sand. So with that Happy thought in mind I was inspired to paint up this lovely white cosmo. This flower is always a show stopper in my garden with guarenteed color and beautiful whispy foilage. It measures 4.75 * 6.5 inch and is painted on 140lb CP arches paper. Available for purchase. Hope you enjoy.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Beach Scuttle Orange Crab Acrylic Painting

I've been so busy with spring cleaning, starting some of my seeds and some furniture revamps that I haven't had a chance to get much work donein weeks. :0 This little acrylic painting measures 4.75 * 7 * 0.5 inch. This is a gallery wrapped canvas with the red of the underpainting used on the sides.
Hope you enjoy
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Valentine's Day Project

Love was definatly in the air yesterday. The kids and I spent the day putting together cards the lovely little framed project for our end table. There is nothing better then spending the Day of Love with the People you Love.

We put this together using an old phone book, Cardstock and a few chip board letters Oh and of course my handy dandy Glue gun. Love Pure and Simple.. Hope you enjoy

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fish Side Table

So I have been redecorating the little kids rooms into bigger kids room and for the little man in my life I decided to go with a "Sail Away with Me" theme. We have had this icky side tabel in out possession for a long time and everytime I look at it all I saw was fish. So with a little elbow grease it was transformed from this

to this



I think it is just the perfect addition to his room. And the more it gets banged around - because you know it will being almost 3 - ;) the better it will look.
Hope you enjoy
Tammy