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Monday, August 31, 2015


My exciting six month tour with ColourArte Design Team officially terminates today.  I feel like I have just finished a college semester, considering all of the things I have learned.  What an exciting journey!

But as the television infomercials say:  WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!  

And yes, indeed, there is more.  I am not leaving ColourArte!  Only my position has changed.  I am now a very happy and extremely proud member of ColourArte's first ever Video Creators!

And just by chance, my video is the very first one to debut on this great new adventure.


And I am offering a GIVEAWAY to celebrate!

Check it out here:


Friday, August 7, 2015

Bloghop Winner!!!!

Thank you to all who posted on my first ever blog hop with ColourArte.  It was a true joy to read all of your comments.
I do hope to see all of you in the future and hope you have subscribed to my youtube channel, so I can share future art tutorials and art events withg you.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to  my YouTube Channel

Be sure to check all the blogs...there's a winner on each blog!

And the winner for the Altered Shoe Bloghop on my blog is. . .  

Suman Pandit
Congratulations, Suman!

Complete list of winners and instructions for claiming your prizes can be found here:

Monday, August 3, 2015

From Canvas to Frame

by Linda Ann Smith

Take a canvas from a "bad art day" and turn it into....

. . . a 3-Dimensional Picture Frame!

See how this frame was created. . .

. . . with Radiant Gels Dimensional Paints . . .

and Primary Elements Artist Pigments!

  To view the tutorial:                                         Go to

You will find a video tutorial there also!  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cinderella goes Cowgirl! Altered Shoe Blog Hop


The first bloghop from the first ever ColourArte Design Team!!!!!  You won't want to miss a thing! 

Read the fairytale below


don't miss the video !!! (link here and below)

Once Upon A Time. . .       

Cinderella longed to go to the Prince's Rodeo, but her boots were a disaster!   This was a job for her Fairy Paintmother . . . . (who just happened to have a magical brush and a fresh stock of  ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes!) 

 The Fairy Paintmother waved her magic  brush over the boots and said the magic  words: "Perfect Paints!"  

   and PRESTO! 


Cinderella galloped away on her mare and found her two ugly stepsisters at the rodeo fighting over some silly pair of glass slippers. The Prince was bucked off the bull, but recovered just in time to return the boot that Cinderella lost during her Barrel Racing Event.  He proclaimed that from that day forward Cinderella would be his Rodeo Queen!  The Fairy Paintmother rode her paint pony into the shimmery sunset!           

And they all lived happily ever after! 

Be sure to leave a comment on this blog so I can enter you in the ColourArte giveaway!  A prize on every blog on the hop!  Prize:   Each blog on the bloghop will choose one winner who will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at ColourArte!  To win you MUST comment on this blog and on the ColourArte blog at  You have until Aug. 6 to do this, but there is no time like now!!!  I will announce my winner on this blog on Aug. 7.

Oh, Baby!!! Let's all do the HOP!  

(The Altered Shoe HOP!)  

 Click here: An InLinkz Link-up for other ColourArte Designers in this hop!

Announcing . . .


I was charter member of ColourArte's very first design team . . . but my term  expires at the end of August.  Am I sad?  

Not at all! Now there is not only a ColourArte Design Team but also a brand spanking new 

ColourArte Video Creator Design Team !!! 

And now I am a charter member of that team!!!  

I'm so excited to be part of this new team!  I am as happy as a monkey with a new banana!!!
Click here to see all the members of ColourArte Design Team and ColourArt Video Creator Design Team!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dollar Store Find...A ColourArte Project


I used Primary Elements Artist Pigments, Primary Elements Clear Gloss Medium, and Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint from ColourArte products to paint feathers on electronic device covers, officially called "Tablet Sleeves."  


Click here for the YouTube Tutorial Video

 The covers are foam lined and I purchased them for $1.00 each at my local dollar store. Obviously they are intended for an Ipad or other tablet, but can be used for much more.  

Think: Photos, sketchpads, pencils, watercolors, books, travel receipts, etc.

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First Friday at AH HA featured Native American Artists

I love the rusty metal AH HA building

The last stop on my July, 2015, First Friday Art Crawl in Tulsa was at AH HA.  So glad I made it to this one!  All Native American works and what a treat it was!!!  I apologize for not recording the names of all of these works.  I was so engrossed in the work that I simply forgot!  I was deeply moved by both artists but managed to photograph more of Sense's compositions than of Goshorn's baskets.  Again, I was touched by the works and did not document properly.  I recommend that you go to Goshorn's website listed below to see more of her fabulous baskets.  It is worth your time!   About INTERTWINED

Weaving relies on the careful cultivation and planning for a project that will transcend the limitations of the original material, bound in measured and intertwined parts, to have the potential to hold great burdens within its supportive walls. This is the nature of Intertwined, Stories of Splintered Pasts. Shan Goshorn and Sarah Sense have brought together their shared love of weaving to address the complex political and social history of Native American experiences through artistic examination.

Artist Statements & Perspectives

“The traditional shapes patterns and functions of Cherokee baskets inspire my work, but I am weaving with the contemporary medium of Arches Watercolor paper.  Paper (and the written word) has been used as a weapon against Native Americans in the form of treaties, ancestry rolls, laws, restrictions, and more.  By creating baskets out of paper printed with a variety of these documents and photographs, my work offers an opportunity to re-examine history from another point of view.”
– Shan Goshorn
Eastern Band Cherokee
“Like photographs, stories are a recorded history, merging time and memory repeatedly both orally and visually.  These works in INTERTWINED, Stories of Splintered Pasts focuses on history of family and the placement of self in a community and also as an outsider.  An architect once told me, ‘always be an outsider.’  I think that this was his way of understanding international socio-political circumstance when creating community dwellings.  I understand it now as a way to think differently, to understand something that may not be within reach emotionally.”
-Sarah Sense
Choctaw / Chitimacha

Wall Hanging by Sarah Sense

Choctaw Irish Relationship 1
Bamboo paper, rice paper, collograph print, inkjet print,
wax and tape
Sarah Sense

Detail of Choctaw Irish Relationship 1(above)

Color of Conflicting Values
Arches watercolor paper printed with archival inks, acrylic paint, gold foil
Shan Goshorm

Framed weavings  of Choctaw Irish Relationship
 Bamboo paper, rice paper, pen and ink, acrylic paint, inkjet pring, wax and tape
 by Sarah Sense


Art by Sarah Sense

Detail of work above

Her Story, our Legacy
Bamboo paper, rice paper, pen and ink, inkjet prints,
tape, and wax
by Sarah Sense

Detail of Her Story, Our Legacy

Detail of Her Story, Our Legacy

On the second floor at AH HA, Native American Art continued with live painting demos, completed within two hours!
The artists were  Brent Greenwood, Micah Wesley, and Matthew Bearden

Brent Greenwood, Micah Wesley, and Matthew Bearden painting compositions within a two hour limit

Brent Greenwood turns his painting upside down to work on the canvas

Brent Greenwood's Work in Progress

Brent Greenwood adding the final touches

Micah Wesley painting his composition

View of Micah Wesley's work in progress

Be You
Completed painting
by Micah Wesley

Micah Wesley clearing his supplies after the demo
Matthew Bearden paints the face of a Native American

Matthew Bearden's painting

That's it for this post, but I cannot wait to see what is in store for First Friday in August!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Featured at Tulsa, Ok First Friday Art Crawl- Lindsay Ketterer Gates

The work of Lindsay Ketterer Gates, was also featured at this month's First Friday Art Crawl in Tulsa, OK.   She is from Milford, PA and focuses on transforming mundane materials into extraordinary works of art, combining textile and fashion design techniques.  She combines industrial materials with tedious, but graceful wire-looping.

Year of the Snake
Stainless mesh, paint, coated opper wire
16" x 15" x 7"

I did not catch the name of this one, but it was a lovely composition.

Detail of work above

Stainless mesh, paint, coated coppe wire, steel, patina
29" x 13" x 5"

Celestial Navigation
Stainless mesh, paint, coated copper wire, steel, patina
24" X 12" X 6"

Kylix in Blue
Stainles mesh, paint, coated copper wire
19" x 11.5" x 6"

Detail of Kylix in Blue

Stainless and copper mesh, paint, coated copper wire, steel patina
18" x 24" x 15"

Wire, aluminum rings, steel, patina, paint, stainless screening


Hear Lindsay Ketterer Gates' NPR interview at Studio Tulsa
NPR Studio Tulsa: Rich Fisher interviews Lindsay Ketterer Gates

You can find her website at:

Lindsay Ketter Gates' website