Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Palm Trees and Some Sort of Greenery

Next step.... Palm Trees. 

Now these are just the background palm trees, mind you, but I thought that they turned out pretty cool.   I checked out my Donna Dewberry books before I started to give myself a refresher in palm tree painting.  Just like I thought I remembered!

Stems?  Trunks?  Whatever you call the bottom of palm trees.

Now we have some leaves or branches or maybe they are palm fronds?  Whatever!  The green things at the top.

The trees on the other side.  See how they are nicely covering up the funky shrubs.

 Some little palm trees back there on that hill in front of the volcano.

Some sort of foliage growing around the waterfall.

Next we will get to the 3-D stuff. 

I promise. 

Can't wait to show you the waterfall!  I wish I had taken some pics of the thing in progress.  If anyone wants to know how I did it, it will really prove the point about a picture being worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Waterfall and a Volcano

Next on the list for foofifying the Children's Church is the backdrop for all of the 3-D stuff.  So.... a little paint and a little time go a long way.

The waterfall and a lovely shrub.  OK, the shrub is a little odd looking, but it will be mostly hidden.

The volcano still needs some smoke and lava.  Just a teeny bit of erupting!

Palm trees are next on the list.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Where the Heck Have I been?

A tropical island, of course!

OK, so not really, but I have been spending a great deal of time creating one for the Children's Church room at my pastor's pastor's church an hour and a half away.

He wants a tropical island and a real pirate ship that the kids can climb on with a slide and a puppet stage! 

A man with a vision. 

Makes my heart go pitter patter, I tell ya!

It started out as a great big room (when I say big, I mean a 40X40 foot room with a stage and a sink and counter) with pretty, puffy white clouds painted all over.  While the clouds were beautiful, they just weren't as animated as I imagined that they should be.

I took purple and blue paint and a sponge and added some dimension to them.  After two days on a scaffold sponging and foofing and glittering, we had some pretty nifty clouds.

That was the first step among many!  But next, I had to go SHOPPING!  Oh, Happy Day!  Shopping at craft stores to create a whole tropical island pirate hide-away. 

Think palm trees and parrots and treasure chests and monkeys and waterfalls and...

Can't wait, can you?  I'll show you some more tomorrow!