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Follow Along Beveled Project Part III My Favorite New Technique

Hi!  I hope you’re enjoying following along with this project.  I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’ve done two others with this technique and I’m so in love.  I hope you love it too, it’s easy, fun, a little messy and CHEAP, all the makings of a great technique.

1.  First you’ll need just chalk pastels and some gesso to go over the dried molding paste or heavy gel you used for texture to begin with in Step ONE.


2.  After your molding paste or heavy gel texture has dried take the pastels and rub them over the texture.   This can be quite messy so work from the top down so the powder from the pastels doesn’t mix with that of the sections below.

Rub Pastel over texture                                          Texture with pastel

3.  At this point you’ll take gesso on a brush and brush gently over the pastelled texture leaving some dark areas and some lighter areas, even some full gesso strokes with no color.  It adds interest.  Then after the gesso is on you can rub the pastel on the texture again to get some darker areas on again leaving you with various values from white to dark.  You’ll have to clean off your pastel to get the wet gesso off, but it doesn’t damage the pastel.

4.  Here are how my three textured areas turned out after the gesso and pastel.

                    Note the darker and lighter areas where I didn’t fully mix in the gesso with the pastel and let it mingle allowing the full value of colors show through.  This is enhanced when you go over the wet pastel with the fresh pastel to push in extra dark.  Like I said, just wipe off  your pastel with paper towels (keep them for future use) and you’re good to go!

So right now we have what is looking like a mess, and the fun part is that it IS a mess, but as we move forward on our next steps we will remember our original sketched out composition (don’t ever lose that) and decide on colors to go over our ephemera, and using other techniques we will bring that orignal composition together into a fun fun piece. 

I hope you’re enjoying following along and If you have ANY questions about the steps just click on my Contact page or leave a comment even better and I’ll answer it for everyone.

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.  Peace and Light…..WK


More Encaustic Play

This is usually darker than I go but I found these faces and they were just mesmerizing….

it’s sort of a purgatory feel I got out of it.  Very different for me but I’m enjoying playing.


54..365 | Rose Colored Glasses

Image by Katkamin via Flickr

Wrapping Your Presence in Rainbows

Wrapping Your Presence in Rainbows
by Marney K. Makridakis

People have often told me that I tend to see things through
rose-colored glasses, and I take it as a compliment.  I know that the
idiom tends to have a negative connotation, but I tend to think of my
own rose-colored glasses as being one of my most helpful tools for
creativity, productivity, and happiness.  Seeing the bright hues in any
situation allows us to focus on what we want, rather than what we
don’t want.  And having a clear vision of what we want is, I believe,
the first step in actually taking action to get there.

I recently was reminded, however, that taking off the rose-colored
glasses can be pretty amazing, too.  I experienced this quite literally,
when looking at rainbows through my polarized sunglasses.  Typically,
these sunglasses tend to make everything more vibrant, including the
beautiful rainbows that are so frequent where I live.  The sunglasses
make rainbows really pop into an even more spectacular sight.

But the other day, my husband commented on the vivid rainbow, and
oddly enough, when I had the sunglasses on, I couldn’t see the rainbow
at all.  Once I took them off, then I was able to see it in all its
breathtaking splendor.  Now, I’m
sure there is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon – why
the color frequency in this particular rainbow was so dramatically
different from most rainbows I had seen.  But, science aside, the
experience reminded me of how important it can be to take off the
rainbow-colored glasses from time to time, and see exactly what really is
What really is can be even more breathtaking than what might

So which is better – to see life for what it can be, or see it for
what it is?    I think the answer lies in making a choice to fully
experience the powerful elements that each perspective has to offer.
Balance, of course, is necessary, since we can’t become so focused on
what is that we forget the value of seeing what can be.  And
perhaps even more bravely, we can’t become so attached to our
rainbow-colored glasses that we forget what can happen when we really
allow ourselves to actually be with what is, and feel the gravity, and
resulting power, of our lives’ truth.

I believe that making brave choices, even the very act of choosing to
become comfortable with this type of duality, is easier when we
utilize creativity to support our choices.  “Choice” and “Intuition”
are two of the ARTbundance™ Principles that trainees in the ARTbundance™
Certification Training Program
 have been studying, learning how to help their clients develop intuition, so that they can
innovatively use it to make many
kinds choices in their life.

I’ll close with some words from a poem that I wrote for an early
issue of Artella magazine:

gathered embraces and cuts

grace and guts

but one is not more lovely than the other

I gathered it all.

A load like this never gets lighter

but if you feel it for true

let the weight ruin you

dare to feel the pinch

if you feel it

and really feel it

you’ll sing so fast, you can run

dance so loud, you can rhyme

and close your eyes so light,

you can fly.

Blessings to you and your gorgeous, rainbowtacular flight!

Marney K. Makridakis is the founder of 
and the inventor of the ARTbundance Philosophy, which uses
ARTsignments™ to change lives through the power of creativity.   If you are
intrigued by the idea of exploring a new vision for yourself in which
you apply the ARTbundance™ philosophy and
to your own professional dreams and goals,
you are invited to apply for the next
Certification Training
beginning in April  2011.

Guest Post from DeAnne Williamson

Humming Bird - Texas

Image via Wikipedia

Today’s guest post is from DeAnne Williamson and you can see her AMAZING ART at  She’s amazing!  I’ve just “met” her online and I love her….plus she was writing about hummingbirds so I couldn’t resits…but go take a look at some of her art!  You won’t be disappointed!


We All Have Wings, But Some of

Us Don’t Know Why

Quick as a hummingbird is my love,
Dipping into the hearts of flowers–
She darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly
Dipping into the flowers of my heart.
-James Oppenheim
Something really amazing has been happening for the last few weeks. A hummingbird has laid her eggs in a nest on my front porch. She built the tiny nest in a large potted tree of ours. I can’t even describe how moving this event has been for me and my family. But to even begin to explain, I must tell you that I have always had a deep and mystical relationship with hummingbirds.

Hummingbird Love

I’m not even sure when it began. I just seem to encounter hummingbirds with surprising regularity and in strange and profound ways. More often than I can even relate, hummingbirds have appeared before my eyes and hovered for a slightly longer-than-normal moment, and then just as swiftly flown away. And it always seems to be during some heavy brain activity I have going on; decision-making, life turning points, sadness, joy.
Hummingbirds are such interesting and lovely creatures. Because of the fast beat of their wings, they are often a symbol of joy, vigor and energy. Because of the length of their sharp beaks, they are also a symbol of sexuality or warfare. And they are the only birds who can fly backwards due to their ability to hover so they are also often used as symbols of one’s past or history. I have painted them a lot due to the strong ideas they represent. Here is a recent painting “She Dances With Ghosts” where I used a hummingbird to symbolize the past.
But the bottom line for me is that I just love them. When a hummingbird appears in front of me, it instantly brings me joy. It makes me think of the loved ones I have lost and the loved ones I still have in this world. It makes me think of life and love and beauty and art. And how amazing nature is. It makes me marvel at how this tiny little creature can move with such swiftness and beauty and in one quick instant, can bring such joy and profound emotion. 
I don’t discount this relationship I have with hummingbirds as one of chance. It’s happened way too often to be a coincidence. I have encountered them here a lot near my home but I have also encountered them while I’ve been traveling so I think it’s significant. And maybe I’m just more aware of it now. But regardless of the reason, I believe they are an important symbol in my life. I believe all things happen for a reason. And I will always keep these little winged angels fluttering about in my heart. Especially this little tiny one who was born on my front porch. I named him Hubbell.



It’s “Hummin’bird Time”!!!

 We ARE Hummingbird studios after all so when it’s hummingbird season it’s a celebration of my grandmother who has left us from this earth,  but her love of hummingbirds lives on in Hummingbird Studios and in my art. So here are all my feeders out and waiting for my totem animal to come visit me!!  I figure the bigger the buffet…..Any tricks on how to get hummingbirds to flock to your yard comment below!  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter up there on the left….Peace and Light…Windy kai

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Flying! Cheesy Sentimental Moment….

You were born with potential

You were born with goodness and trust

You were born with ideals and dreams

You were born with wings

You were not meant for crawling, so don’t

You have wings!

Learn to use them and fly!  


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More Antique Finds…UGH! Do you LOVE the Box, or what???

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Yes the antique store owner almost cried when I bought the box.  They literally waved good-bye to it…not me…the box!! 🙂

Peace and light at always!!  Windy Kai

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