Pour #3

I am hoping that this one doesn't do any more running tonight and stays pretty much as you are seeing it now.  I used a light green, light aqua, buttermilk and gold in this one.....  Pleased and allows me to have the freedom to play when I swipe.... Black was my base.     Maybe next I will try darker colors and a buttermilk swipe....    I am afraid I'm "hooked".

Pour Skin

This is a "skin" that I peeled from the lid I did my pour in,  after it dried.  I will use this for mixed
media to obtain texture or work into the design somehow and/or for jewelry ....  Love this one.


Pouring is a lot of fun....so I thought for those who are interested in learning a list of supplies
(based solely on what I use and like) might be helpful.

1.  Rags
2.  Paper Towels
3.  Baking racks 2 .... (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
4.  Disposable Rubber Gloves  (Can buy by the box at Harbor Freight and/or Costco)
5.  Popsicle Sticks (or something for stirring your paint)
6.  Different size plastic or paper cups.  (I purchase mine at Cash and Carry  
    Restaurant Supply Store and I prefer the clear acrylic cups so I can see inside for
   easier measuring and can see what is happening inside to the colors when I layer
7.  Heavy Duty Drop Cloth (Hardware store, Walmart, etc.)
8.  A couple of plastic straws (for blowing paint)
9.  Cake Frosting Spatula (for frosting canvas/swiping)  (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
10.  Old Credit cards "         "           "
11. Small bottle for water.  
12. Canvas Surface  (I like 12" x 12") Just a nice size for learning.  But choose your    
      own size.  
13.  A couple of storage container plastic lids.  (I have a large and a medium size) to
       pour in..
14. Pouring Medium:
   GAC 800  (Golden Brand) Amazon or Floetrol (available in hardware stores) Elmers     Glue and water 50/50, or Liquitex Pouring Medium  (My 2 favorites are the Elmers Glue and water and the GAC).  Liquitex is expensive and hard to find....and Floetrol can be clumpy/lumpy.  You can use different pour mediums in different colors if you choose to...they will mix OK.
15.  Black Acrylic Paint (I prefer Americana, because of its consistency) but any brand 
       of acrylic paint will work.  I buy my Black in the large bottle because I use a lot of
       black.  And small bottles of acrylic paint of your color choices/favorites.
16.  Silicone
       Treadmill Lubricant (I purchase mine from Amazon) and is my choice or any 
       brand of hair serum that contains the ingredient diamethicone (which is the 
       scientific name for silicone.
17.  Eyedropper for measuring out Silicone
18.  Push pins (to make legs when pouring on wood framed canvas...one in each 
 19.  Small Butane Torch and a High Efficiency Butane  High efficiency will result in
        longer lasting torch ... less expensive butane will clog your torch.  You can 
        purchase a torch at Harbor Freight, or I sell them on my website at:
        www.artisticrenderings.etsy.com OR a chefs butane torch will also "work".
I keep a wide mouth jar of "cleaning mixture" beside my sink with one of my soft bristled brushes to clean my hands.  I just stick my hand(s) in and use the brush to 
scrub "me" clean.
1/4 Proportion of Murphys Oil Soap
1/4 Proportion of Rubbing Alcohol
1/2 Proportion of Water
Depending on how often it is used determines "new batch".  I normally keep mine a couple of weeks and add to it if I need.   
**This is also the cleaning mixture that I use for cleaning my brushes when I paint.

          Soft bristled brush is available on www.artisticrenderings.etsy.com 

*****  The photo at the beginning of this is a small framed canvas board that I laid in pour run off, laid a rubber stamp in, left until it was dried, and then dry brushed black acrylic paint lightly over the top to bring out the design.   

Thrift Store Find

I scored big time on 2 of these at a local thrift store.....brand new.  They measure 9" in diameter but only about an inch deep.  Lidded box.  I am pretty sure a landscape will get painted on these....  Perfect for jewelry, loose change, trinkets, etc.   One of my favorite surfaces to paint on.  

Lampwork Pens

These are 2 ink pens I have designed with handmade lamp work beads,,,,and the top one has a
ceramic handmade bead in the center.  I love the little frog on the bottom one with butterfly lamp work beads on each side.  The very top knob can be glued on or you have the ability to leave as is
(and check and tighten the knob as needed) if you want to change your beads.  They are a bit on the heavy side .....  I wouldn't want to write pages with them but a notecard, checks, etc. would work great....  A neat, unique gift for the person who thinks they have "seen it all"....


This is a pour from this evening.  The top Photo is the entire piece and the bottom is a close up of an area I really like the effect of.
I am finding that for me, it is best to use less paint.  I like the results/effects I get.
I DO NOT like these colors and have more mixed so I will layer in a different order.   Maybe as it sets overnight colors will change...but I am liking how I am getting a black outline on the bigger colored cells.
I added the colors to my pour cup and then a few drops of silicone, next color, 3-4 drops of silicone and repeat layers of color/silicone.
I turned my cup in the corner area. then frosted around the cup with black/pour medium mix,  pretty thin and this one I actually swiped with my spatula.
This is a 12" x 12" canvas panel.  

Evil Eye Necklace

A friend gifted me with the focal bead.  It is cool and smooth and reminded me of an "evil eye" to maybe protect me from evil but JUST IN CASE I added a Buddha head.  The beads are a pale green
because the one inner circle of the eye is this same, pale,  green color....so the choice was easy.  The bead is black so I have used a black nylon cord knotted at the top and bottom of each handmade lamp work bead, a glue in bale by Tierra Cast and then several jump rings so I can change the length of the necklace with the clasp...and I wanted it a tad longer than the cording I cut.....but there is always a solution....well, usually.  I really like the way it turned out....elegantly simple.


Lately I have been obsessed with "pouring",  This one really turned out to my liking and as a result others followed as I mixed up a lot of each of the colors...and I am glad I did.  My favorite size canvas so far are those that are 12 x 12 .... seems like a pretty nice size .... especially since I am new
to this technique.  It will help me to get a feel for things if they are all the same size.  Judging paint, water, silicone, pouring medium to paint ratio, etc.  I like the colors so much I am going to get a new bottle of each one.  Kinda reminds me of hydrangeas for some reason......I guess the colors.  Which makes me wonder how a dark green would be instead of the black.  I am finally getting close to what I think I want to concentrate on.  I want a technique that is a bit more playful than just turning the cup upside down and letting happen whatever happens.....takes all the fun out of the art form and doesn't allow the creativity I desire when I am "art-ing".   This dried just as beautiful as it was shen it was wet and that was a success in itself.    I like that I got big and small cells, a blending of colors the web -by look, the ability to draw the black thin crevice  down through the painting... and the uniqueness of the abstract designs......  The photos below were done with the same colors.  #1 and #3 are 5" x 7" canvas boards.  Photo #2 below was a an upside down canvas in run off....and the last photo shows how beautiful the runoff itself is which is going to be a gorgeous Skin.   It amazes me how different each piece is...depending on the "pour" itself...the ratio of colors used, and the way things run.  There is definitely a learning curve.  I going to get a couple of frames and see how these look framed...

Horizon Tree

I took the photo (bottom) and decided to try my hand at a painting using it as inspiration and reference.  I thought I was "done" but as I look at it there are some things that I want to do to embellish ... darken some grassy clumps, lighten some areas of the grass, do some line work, add some shadows to the tree foliage, brighten the sky, highlight the clouds and add another to the left. shadow the tree on the grassy area, etc.   Finishing..... refining......  The canvas is 12 x 12 inches, Liquitex paints, Dynasty designer series brushes, and my old stand by scruffies.....

For whatever reason (artists' license) I changed my painting........The new rendition seems to be more
interesting.  What time of day is it?  What is the light behind the tree?  Where does the pathway lead?
What does the painting signify to you?  I like paintings that connect to others....  Still not sure if this is "DONE" so will wait and see.....I think I want to do a bit of work on the glow behind the tree....we'll see what happens.

Rubber Stamps

I have finally found the time to play with a couple of the rubber stamps that I sell on my Etsy site.  They are used in so many different mediums, techniques, etc.  The artists imagination creates.

The top is Cave Maze on black cardstock.  First I laid down a layer of paint and pressed the stamp down on top.  When it dried I used the same color and did a slip slap with the same color.  I am not sure just what my next step will be....

The bottom is a small canvas and the colors are from an acrylic pour that I did.  I laid the canvas in the runoff and then laid the stamp on top of the canvas and let it dry there.  This stamp was Deco Dimension.  Two totally different looks.....  I need to look for a frame for this one.

I have buyers who use the stamps in so many different ways.  Paint, ink, pastels, gelli, soap making, cake decorating, cookies, clay, ceramics, metal etching and even one woman has used them to make a quilt....imagination.......

I have stamps designed by Lisa Pavelka, Christy Friesen, Helen and Mike Breil from Canada, and a design team which is where the majority of my stamps are purchased from and they provide 3 different sizes from small to Mega.....

Acrylic Pours

My newest endeavors have been in acrylic pours   Sometimes the results are good ....  sometimes they are bad.  Some you can save with a swipe of white or black and others are just doomed for the trash can.  You just NEVER seem to know how they are going to turn out.  Here are some of the best ones I have done so far but a far cry from the gorgeous ones I have seen being done by others.  Color is not my forte' so I think that is why so many fail.......muddy.

Driftwood Necklaces

2 of my newest driftwood necklaces designed with pieces from Latavia.  The top necklace is made using handmade lamp work beads and the bottom one with tribal trade beads.

Stone Necklaces

These are 2 of my newest necklace designs made using beach stones....I love the way they turned out.

Labor Day 15% discount

Today through Labor Day ONLY..... 15% discount on all orders $25 or greater.  Use coupon code
LABORDAY.  This is a new stamp I just listed today called Mehndi Borders which is a continuous rollable stamp, laser cut for intricate transfer of design whether using on clays or card making.  These are high quality top of the line stamps ....  you will be delighted.

Handmade Necklaces Etsy


I am FINALLY taking the time to get my handmade jewelry listed into my Etsy Shoppe.  www.artisticrenderings.etsy.com.  I have been procrastinating for FAR too long....  These are just 2 of the 20 necklaces I have listed with more to come, along with bracelets, earrings,  bracelet helpers, pens and misc. items.    I have to commit to at least 20 per week.

SPIRITUAL MEDITATIVE RAIN STICKS ( With Continuing Step by Step Additions)

This rainstick is done externally.....now all I have left to do is the inside tinfoil tree, add the dry beans and rice......and cap the bottom.  The top is an antique bobeche ...... a bottle cap with a collage dream paper inside cut to fit and resin to preserve which I glued to the cap top.  I have used twine and silk yarn randomly wrapped around the stick and added some handmade lamp work beads to the top twine area.  The picture is a Citra Solv decomposed photo which was glued on.  I finish sprayed with a sealer.  My personal opinion is that a round mailing tube MIGHT  be the better substrate to use for this project...but since I have several more pieces of the PVC pipe I will continue with that I have in stock and I question the sound of the rice and beans on cardboard vs the PVC pipe.... A non transparent heavy body paint works much better than the spray paint that I used.... the spray paint seems to chip easily which I don't like.  I also sprayed the sealer and then added some of the Glamour Dust glitter for just a bit of bling.

****  I have discovered that you should tip gently and even roll the rainstick for a more gentle, longer lasting rain sound....

****  I am in the process of making a shorter one....I will let you know how that works.  The 3 foot one is a bit heavy but the sound is magnificent and longer lasting and I am wondering about the shorter one.....might be good, might not be.....LOL....    I have the shorter one painted with a burnt red, rust oxide acrylic paint, one cap is glued on and I am ready to do the outside embellishments, painting and make the tinfoil tree, add my rice and beans and then "seal up".  Stay tuned for the results.

My smaller test rain stick.  Endcaps and PVC pipe spray painted black.
3 inch diameter 3 foot long PVC Pipe.
Tinfoil Tree Insert

****The tinfoil inner tree is one long strip slightly longer than the inside of your pipe....crumpled and twisty.  I then took additional steps and twisted them around the "trunk" long piece and angled in different directions, opening the ends of some but angling downward .  Then I just inserted the tree up into the inside of the tube gently, added my rice and beans, tested the sound and glued on the bottom end cap....

****Rice and beans.  I used about 1 1/4 cup of rice and about 3/4 cup of beans..

The bottoms of the sticks  I glued on but if you purchase the snap on you wouldn't need to glue on.  The ones I purchased were less expensive, less bulky.  I would add your rice and beans and hold the 2nd end on before you glue and turn the stick to determine if you want more or less of either item.   

*******IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AS YOU PROGRESS WITH YOURS....CONTACT ME @                      dianaputnam555@gmail.com

 In one of the Facebook spiritual groups I belong to they showed a step by step of a RainStick that a woman was making and I immediately knew it was something I had to do .....  I have 2 June friend birthdays coming up so they will each be getting one.  I will also be adding the steps with photos and info as I progress with mine.  The one you are seeing that I just finished spray painting black is going to be my "test" stick.....

Dry beans,  rice and tin foil are added to the inside of the tubing so that when tipped you will get the musical sound of rain drops .....  soothing, calming, meditative, sound therapy, spiritual, etc.   I will provide more information regarding this as I progress with my test pipe.

I purchased mine in a 20' length from a local Pipe store.  I also purchased the less expensive tube ends which will get glued on.   You could use either PVC Glue or Super Glue.

To Make yours you will need:
1.       3' PVC Pipe 3" diameter
2.       Dry Rice
3.       Dry Beans
4.       Spray or Acrylic Paint
5.       Tin Foil
              I am using spray paint for:
                 a.  Better, more even coverage
                 b.  Speed of spray vs acrylic
6.  Embellishments
     1.  Lampwork beads
     2.  Material (Cloth, Leather, Suede)
     3.  Lace
     4.  Tassels, twigs, tree bark, moss. leaves
     5.  Cording, leather, hemp, nylon, plastic, yarn, thread, twine
     6.  Decals  /  Transfers
     7.  Charms
     8.  Gemstones, crystals
     9.  Handmade polymer clay pendants
    10.  Written Verse
    11.  Feathers

Great places to look for embellishments would be thrift sores, antique stores, garage sales, nature walks,  craft stores, bead stores, and Etsy, etc.  

***  I am going to try adding a couple of jingle bells...inside mine and because of the size and weight of the PVC pipe I am thinking of adding a handle of some type...

         Select a theme and then search for embellishments to correlate with your theme
               1.  Primitive
               2.  Ancient Times
               3.  Spiritual
               4.  Seasonal  (Summer, Winter, Fall)
               5.  Floral
               6.  Nature
               7.  Animal Spirit
               8.  Masculine
                    a.  Cowboy
                    b.  Indian
               9.  Glitzy
              10.  Wind, earth, water, fire
              11.  Gothic  
              12.  Country
***I also have considered leather, suede, decorative material cut in a circle (try with paper first to get the circle large enough) to add over the caps to look more like a drum which would be neat for a masculine stick.
You could use a grommet punch around the outside and lace through or just tightly wrap twine, cord, yarn, etc around the leather to hold in place.***

Northwest Delight

I just finished this faux stained glass piece for my daughter .... she loves our NW scenery....
Done on an 8" x 12" curved and beveled piece of glass.......

Total Peace

The inspiration for this was a photo I found on the internet.  I have painted it using Liquitex Gold and Burnt Umber paints (as well as Black for shading around the design) and a 4" x 6" portrait grade canvas.  Next I have to go through my stash and see what I have for matting and possibly framing this. I am pretty sure I will double or triple mat this painting.   It is so much fun to watch "people" develop as I paint and take on a personality.

I purchased some of the Liquitex Basic paints and they are MUCH better than the other craft paints....I also use the soft and heavy body liquitex paints but wanted to try these "Basics" and I think they have become ones I will use a lot of in my painting journey.  The coverage is great for base coating....you only need one coat which is a great time saver....I hate the base coating stage of a painting and with these paints you hardly notice you are doing it.....

I decided that I wanted to triple mat this because the painting was so small to add more interest and draw you into the picture itself.....

I am working on another one that is bigger and done in blues and silver.  I want to set up a small alter in my home and this will be one of the focal pieces.

Gallery Glass by Plaid Faux stained glass

I am back working on some faux stained glass pieces, working up to a 6 paned vintage window to hang on my porch this summer for some visual privacy from a yard of stored campers that are pretty unsightly.  I have several small pieces "in process" on these curved beveled glass pieces that stand ever so nicely in a window....and I have done several on flat pieces then framed and hang by a chain in a window (which is how the vintage window I am going to do will be displayed.)  They are fun, easy,  and allow me to totally go within myself.    Since I have last worked with these paints they have come out with a lot of new colors (mainly shimmers) which are going to be fun trying and working with.  I prefer the thin rubberized leading vs the liquid but it is all a matter of preference and probably as I work forward; design lineage.  In both pieces I have used the glass beads which I purchased a long time ago from Plaid....but are no longer available.  I am dealing with macular denerative disease so working these pieces is acting as a type of therapy with the disease and learning to see differently....

DragonVein Necklace Shades of Purple / Green and Black Crystal Druzy

This is another Dragon Vein necklace (gemstone)  done in shades of purple....and another different one one of a kind necklace.  Perfect for the purple people....  Handmade Lamp Work beads adorn the piece and I have used matt seed beads.

This is one of my favorite gemstones.  They are called Crystal Druzy and come in different colors as well as designs.  This was created using Ebony Swarowski crystals and variegated green seed beads.

Both will be available soon on my Etsy site:  www.artisticrenderings.etsy.com

Intuitive Art

I have always been a cloud watcher and loved to find things "hidden" within the cloud shapes
 ( photos in the sky)  and watch them stretch and change shape, form and sometimes even color.  That no one else saw what I saw didn't bother me...just made it more special.......so this has to be why intuitive art has come to appeal to me.

I took a class in Touch Drawing more as a favor and support for the teacher because I was unknowing and this always makes me nervous and stressful.  I am not in control and the outcome which is the important thing is in my hands to handle ... but I walked away with a lot of different beliefs ...  or maybe it was more a realization that there were others who had some of the same thoughts I had.  The process was amazing...

Next was an intuitive painting class (online).  Once again I had no idea what was going to transpire, what to look for,  etc. etc. etc.  and I ended up with a big black blob..... but I am not a quitter....this was a challenge now so I made a few changes to adapt to my style of painting.  I downsized my canvas considerably, I used brushes vs my hands and fingers but I knew it would be OK,,,, changed the gold background to silver, and chose the colors I wanted to use.  I used the different techniques that I had learned from the class or had "picked up" along the way and began.   What you see here has been accomplished just by adding colors of paint here and there, dripping paint down the canvas, glazing mediums, sealer, more colors, etc. etc.  I think that what I have shown here is about 4-5 layers of paint applications added randomly with no "planning" whatsoever ....  In the class we were to be geared toward a gypsy or woman and I guess my stubborness jumped out and said no....I want to paint what comes out.....I can hope I get what you want but I just didn't want to commit to something that was going to be out of my control....so I would do the class but it was going to have to be done my way which was what was comfortable to me...leaving everything pretty much to the process...and not bring anything out until I could "see it"....and if it wasn't what was expected it meant that was not in me to do......

I have also discovered that you have to continually turn the canvas to look for something happening....and it depends on if you are close to or away from the canvas viewing what you see or don't see, and light plays a big part into the visual aspect.    I have to make myself a cheat sheet of whether a color is transparent or opaque so I don't have to continually "test" the colors.

I am pretty sure I am now ready to bring out the design that has been formed...I can pretty much "see it" so I need to begin bringing it out.....and pushing behind....  I will take photos as I progress in the hopes that this is going to "work" and you will be able to see what I see.....

Next fear stage.  Can I bring it out?  Oeewwww boyyee.....

It is an interesting process....and is most definitely about "letting go"... and that is a tough spiritual concept to grasp let along apply to life events.    Letting go and allowing .....  with faith that everything will work out the way it should...  I have been procrastinating the next stage of the painting but I have to make a commitment and "go for it" or I will just remain stuck in the muck.  Any change (right or wrong) is at least going to get me unstuck....and I will learn or achieve and either has to be better than where things are right now....  (This has also strongly applied to my personal life situations.   I was stuck and I had to make a change one way or the other to move on.)
I also have learned that the mind and the heart have to be in agreement .....  this is when you know you are headed in the right direction....you can feel the rightness.  It may just be the first of many moves of progression but at least it is a move...a change.

I am using Liquitex paints because they are so much thicker than the craft paints,  some Golden colors,  alcohol,  glazing medium and sealer between some of the layers and silver dust.
I am using greens, blues,  soft white,  purples and teals in paint colors so far but I am sure that other colors will be brought in somewhere along the line.  If you are going to try some intuitive painting and are a decorative painter  I would definitely advise using Folk Art paints as they are thicker and richer in color.  (Ceramcoat and Americana.... just do not work well when doing this type of painting... and to use them could very easily result in the process failure).

With intuitive painting; if you pay attention, you will discover a lot about yourself....good and bad.. and it is really beneficial to journal during the panting process....in fact I would say it is almost imperative to journal or recount what you learn as you paint because it goes much deeper than paint on canvas.

Dragon Vein Gemstone and Lampwork Handmade Necklace

I have been working on necklaces and adding them into my Etsy store.  This is one of my favorites.  It is a Dragon Vein gemstone and the lamp work is handmade by Etsy artisans......I don't buy the Chinese lamp work......mine will always be by SRA's Self Representing Artists who use quality Italian glass and anneal for durability.  There are also 2 pieces of hand pulled furnace glass in the aqua green color.  I love designing jewelry...watching it develop pretty much on its own.

Eye Necklace

Now this necklace has been so much fun creating.....I am just not sure what the chain portion will be but for some reason I am getting the feeling I need to continue using multicolored seed beads in the same colors as I have used thus far.  I love the resin eye focal that I bought from an Etsy vendor but I am sorry I don't remember which shop.......but sure is colorful....  Sure to draw some attention.......

Flying Dragon Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace

This is done using a wood roller stamp that I sell in my Etsy store using polymer clay.  I then used three different colors of acrylic paint, finish sealed and then designed the necklace using handmade lamp work beads, tiny wood beads, and some neat vintage beads (2) that I purchased at the Gem Show in Arizona several years ago.  I have used brass findings and chain.  FUN piece.


Freezing fog on a pine tree bough.