White Mandala Painted Rocks for Sale

White Mandala Painted Rocks for Sale

Just about every Fall I create some small affordable art that someone could purchase for gift giving. This year I have painted rocks for sale.

They make unique Christmas gifts or Stocking Stuffers. Each is individual, just like a snowflake. In fact, they sort of look like snowflakes so apropos for the season.

Some other uses for painted rocks: paper weight, meditation stone, wedding party gifts, party favors, a gift for wedding guests, party guest gifts, knick knacks, put in decorative bowls, add to your boho decor, door stop (the 4 inch one), use as a surprise gift, set on a shelf to inspire love and peace.

You can find them in my Etsy Shop.

Painted Rocks from the Skagit River

I’ve hand picked these river rocks from our property along the Skagit River in Washington State. I’ve painted them with intricate mandala patterns in acrylic. Then I signed and dated them on the back and sprayed them with a clear coat for protection.

Gnomes and Feather Stones

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy so I also have gnome and feather rocks.

This next one is one of my favs.

And I love this next one too. Well, I love all of them since I made them. LOL But I really like this one. It’s the largest of them at 4 inches.

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So I hope you will hop on over to my Etsy Shop and check out the other painted rocks I have for sale.

Happy Holiday Season!

DIY Aluminum Star Christmas Ornaments

DIY Star Christmas Ornament

If you have a few aluminum pie pans left over after Thanksgiving for recycling, here is a simple DIY aluminum star Christmas ornament to make with them.

What you’ll need:
scissors
a couple of empty aluminum pie tins
thick needle
embroidery thread (red or green)
a small phillips screwdriver
hammer (optional)

First, cut off the bottom of the pan from the sides. This will leave you with a flat, circle of aluminum. Using a pencil, draw a star on it. Cut the star out with scissors.

Take the phillips screwdriver and either using your hand or the hammer. Tap a hole around the sides of the star like below.

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Turn the star over and tap a second row of holes around it on that side.

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Turn it back over and tap any other design you would like on the star.

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I tried to make a holly pattern on the above star and daisies on the lower star.

Homemade Star Christmas Ornament

Thread the needle with green or red embroidery thread.  Thread the needle through the top hole of the star, make a loop for hanging on the Christmas tree and knot and tie a little bow. Trim the thread ends and there you are!

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Hang the stars around the house, on a hanging light like I did or on your Christmas tree.

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It’s a fun way to recycle your used aluminum pie tins.

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Have you made any homemade Christmas ornaments yet?

Have fun creating!

Handpainted Raven Christmas Ornaments for sale

Each year Tumalo Art Co. gallery in Bend, Oregon puts out their anticipated trees full of original, fine-art ornaments for sale. Many are hand-painted originals made by the gallery’s artists!

I’ve made a few handpainted raven Christmas ornaments and sent them up to the gallery.

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These are snowy ravens on ceramic snowflake and star shapes and tied with a festive red ribbon. I wrote Merry Christmas and dated and signed them on the back with silver ink.

If you would like to own one of my original ornaments and you’re not in Bend, Oregon, call the gallery asap and let them know you would like to purchase one. Ornaments go quickly and I only sent a few.

Tumalo Art Co. Gallery

Phone: 541-385-9144

450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407

Bend, Oregon 97702

Email: tac@bendtel.net

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I’m decorating for the Holidays today. And we’re supposed to get snow tonight!

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! 🙂

Christmas Greetings and Salutations to You from Lindy and Greg

Christmas2010LindyandGregI just want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Greg and I are spending Christmas with family who are here in the area. We’re looking forward to visiting with them and being wrapped in the warmth of their company and enjoying our family celebrations.

We also want to extend our gratitude and love to all of our friends and family, and folks who have supported my art and my online friends who comment on my blog and follow my tweets on Twitter and “like” my art on Facebook…all those people out there in the world! We send you smiles and hope you have a holiday filled with peace and joy and hope your New Year finds you healthy and happy. We hope your 2011 is brimming with fulfilled dreams and goals which take you to where you want to go! That you can be who you are and keep growing with courage and great bountiful blessings of energy and enjoyment of life!

We’ve been talking about our next travel adventures for 2011 and I hope to take you on some of these fabulous experiences through this blog next year.

Greg has put together a way cool pottery studio so I am hoping to learn some of his craft in 2011. I think my art on pottery will be a very fun thing to try. Remember one of my wishes from my list of “100 things about me”?  One of them was number 12, “I dream of living by the sea and being a painter AND a potter when I’m old.” Watch out for what you wish for is what they say….so maybe this will be the year for dabbling in a new art form for me. I love that new paths are opening up for me on my artist’s journey.

Peace to you,

~ Lindy
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Our Christmas Tree and Ornaments

Yesterday was the perfect day for getting our Christmas tree.

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It was the first time we’ve had a pine for our tree. And we didn’t have to go far as it was on our property. Gotta love that.

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Our dogs love the snow and so do I!

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They posed sweetly for a photo with me.

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This is Belle with Cody showing off the snowballs she got from playing in the snow.

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We waited till dark to decorate the tree. The house was cozy and warm. Hearts frosted the window.

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It’s fun to look at the ornaments collected from years past.

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Jolly fun.

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Santa

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Wishing you joy and love!

~ Lindy


Whimsical Peace Tree Paintings

This time of year is a reminder to me to hold Peace in my thoughts and prayers for others and the planet. I’ve been feeling the peace and quiet around our house because we have lots of snow in the yard. It feels quiet and still in the morning.

Peace has been on my mind lately.

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I find it very peaceful to look at the snowy trees.

Snow-TreeAnd the snow on the mountains.

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I hope it snows some more because it feels peaceful to watch it fall. Especially those big, fluffy flakes.

I’ve been sending peaceful thoughts out into the world. Peace. Maybe that is why I’ve decided it is a good name for my whimsical aspen trees in my Magical Woodlands series. I like the name. Peace trees.

Peaceful and joyful and their colorful tattooed bark radiates happiness.

Adventure Awaits, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas, sold
Adventure Awaits, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas, sold

And I made some bookmarks using the images from a few of my Peace Tree mini paintings.

Raven Bookmark by L. Gruger
Raven Bookmark by L. Gruger

Bike, Peace Trees and Ravens Bookmark by L. Gruger
Bike, Peace Trees and Ravens Bookmark by L. Gruger

You can purchase bookmarks in my Etsy Shop.

I made some magnets too. Made from the individual squares that are featured on the bookmarks. I love them. I can never have too many magnets on my fridge.

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So I decided to give some away as a free gift when you buy 3 bookmarks up until Dec. 8th from my Etsy Shop. You get to pick which magnet you would like. Fun!

I hope you’ll get some of my Bookmarks to use as stocking stuffers or a small gift for the readers in your life or even get some for yourself.

I just love making things with my artwork. What have you been making lately?

Peace to you.

12 Steps to Making a Christmas Ornament

Every year the Tumalo Art Co. artists make or paint handmade Christmas ornaments. It has become a much anticipated tradition and I look forward to it each year.

Usually a couple trees are put up at the gallery and ornaments are hung from it.

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This year, I’ve painted white ceramic stars and snowflakes with a spiral shape. People who know me, know that I adore the spiral. So I thought it appropriate to put it on my ornaments. To me, the spiral represents energy and growth and I like that it is on a celebratory ornament.

This is how mine came out.

Christmas-OrnamentsAnd this is how you make them in 12 steps.

1. Purchase the ceramic shapes at Michael’s craft store and paint a coat of white gesso on them in the shape of the ornament. The gesso will allow the acrylic paint to adhere to the ornament and not come off.

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2. Paint a layer of acrylic paint in bright colors on them. Allow to dry. It reminds me of frosting cut-out cookies.

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3. Outline them with black acrylic paint.

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3. Next is actually a couple steps. Use my signature method of creating pattern and texture. Use wax paper and coat it with a thin layer of black paint. Scrape into it with your finger nails, making patterns. Then turn it over onto the colored surface of the ornament and press lightly. Let dry. Cover with a thin layer of a lighter shade of the acrylic paint so you can see the black pattern through the paint. Let dry.

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4. Paint a white swirl on them using your acrylics.

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5. Dip a piece of string in black acrylic paint and coat it. Spiral it onto the surface of the ornament and press lightly and remove the string. Fill in the painted black areas that might not have adhered to make spiral shapes.

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6. Cover the white with various colors that stand out from the background color. Don’t worry about covering up the black spiral shapes. You can touch them up in the next step.

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7. Go over the black spiral to make the color stand out more.

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8. Add shading in lighter colors on top of the background color to create some depth. Also dip some string in the black and make some squiggly marks onto the surface of the ornament. Do the same with red. This creates some surface texture too.

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9. Cover up the squiggly marks lightly with paint so they look like they’re just under the surface. You can leave some showing to add variety.

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10. Add some white dots to make patterns.

11.Tie some ribbon on them.

12. Coat them with 2 coats of gloss varnish. I used gloss Delta Ceramcoat varnish that I found at Michael’s. It paints on as a white film and then dries to a clear hard coat. It’s used for exterior or interior finishes.

An optional step I do is write on the back of them with a gold metallic pen the word “Joy!” or “Peace and Joy!” and date and sign them L. GRUGER.

And there you have it. They make beautiful ornaments for your tree or hang then in your window to decorate a room.

Mine are for sale at $20 (+ $3.00 shipping) each. Email me if you would like one. lindy@artbylindy.com

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Peace and Joy!

~ L ~

2009 Life and Art in Review

I thought it would be fun to pair some of my art with some photos from 2009. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 more to send you some Happy New Year wishes.

The year started off before 2009 even began, in December 2008 we traveled by car to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. It was an exciting trip with lots of adventure. We lived in Baja for 6 months!

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I painted lots and we worked a lot on our casita. We worked a lot in the garden too. Soon the roses were blooming! My art was blooming as well! I took the SmARTist Telesummit in February and learned tons about my art career! I spent time with online marketing, joined the social networking craze and learned how to make youtube videos!

2-2009

We loved living an outdoor lifestyle! One day I awoke at 5 a.m. and captured this full moon (below) setting over the horizon. It was beautiful! My art was soon filled with twilight dreams as we became more in touch with the star and moon cycles. I started creating Moonheadmama paintings and begun writing the Moonheadmama story!

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I loved my outdoor art studio on top of the garage under a palapa roof. We had lots of fun times with the doggies at the beach too!

4-2009

In April I flew back to Seattle to help my Mom after her double knee surgery. When I got back to T.S. it was time to celebrate my 50th birthday! Our friends from Bend, rented a house in T.S. for 2 months and we had lots of fun hanging out with them. Greg learned to surf! I got inspired by the colors in our world. And although painting palm trees was fun, my colorful, whimsical paintings started to take over.

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We made many a trip down to the ocean to watch the sunset, although the view from the patio wasn’t so bad either….a well practiced margarita recipe, fresh homemade salsa and chips became our fav! As the months passed, our spanish improved, we acquired some new friends and fell in love with our Mexican environment.

6-2009

Six months passed all too quickly and soon it was the end of May! We packed to head home with great memories from the past 6 months. We had family and friends we missed in the states, and a garden and house in Bend to tend to. Summer found me getting ready for a show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery and painting a Peace Pole for a Peace Bridge dedication. My Art e-Newsletter became a regular mailing on the 15th of each month. And I opened my Etsy Shop with success! I started using 12 seconds TV to talk about my art.

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We learned we really did enjoy living a simple lifestyle like we had in Baja. So we started a regular thrift store pile to unload and simplify. We had fun during the summer with camping and hiking, and going to a family reunion in Seattle. I started painting mini paintings. Summer faded into Fall.

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We had a final garage sale but it was so cold, I think we didn’t make more than a few dollars. In October we celebrated G’s 50th Birthday with friends at a Pizza and Pool party at Grover’s Pub.

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In November we went up to Seattle for Thanksgiving. We enjoyed family and friends and were grateful for another year! I made Christmas ornaments for the Tumalo Art Co. gallery. I designed a Christmas card with my “Angel Guide The Way” art and made bookmarks to sell, made from images of my mini paintings. In December we had family stay with us and we hosted Christmas day at our house.

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We rang in the New Year with a little gathering of some friends, with great music, food and dancing!

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And now it is 2010, another year of great hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. I wish you happiness and strength in all that you do. I wish for peace on earth!

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I hope that 2010 is the year you take that leap of faith and work on accomplishing all your goals! I hope you achieve all that you hope for and create the life you are meant to live!

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Dream you can!  For without vision, there is no hope.

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Imagine.

Happy New Year!
Warmly, Lindy

Christmas Tree Expedition

On Sunday we went on an excursion to get our Christmas Tree. We packed our lunch with yummy tuna salad sandwiches, some easy to peel satsumas and hot spicy chai tea. We got our snow gear together and loaded the doggies and off we went. Happy the 4 wheel drive got fixed on the truck cause it was pretty snowy where we were headed. First stop, the Vistor’s Bureau located down at the Old Mill District to pick up a Forest Service permit. We like to travel over to a place near Sisters, Oregon to get our Tree. It was snowing and felt very festive with the snow drifts and light flakes. IT WAS FREEZING COLD though so glad we dressed warm!!

Lindy with TreeMe with the doggies.

We found a really cool tree. It was one that had grown out of someone’s previous chop. So it had lots of branches shooting straight up that looked like mini trees themselves. So from a distance the one tree looked like a small grove of trees. We called it the “family tree” cause it looked like multiple trees.

greg with treeG. made the big chop.

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good snow dogs.

Family Tree photo

Happy family.