Monday, March 21, 2016

4G's 2016 Spring Themed Blog Hop Winner

Amanda Rhodes

Congratulations, picked #1
and you were the first person to comment on my blog
I'm so excited for you... Please send me your mailing address
to: or send me a private message.

Your prizes will be mailed out to you tomorrow...
here is a sneak peak of part of your winnings

Every time I do a blog hop I'm reminded how much I love blogging
and how much I learn from all the other blogger's I visit.
I look forward to our next blog hop!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

4 G's Spring Themed Blog Hop


4G's Spring Themed Blog Hop


Welcome to the 4G's Spring Themed Blog Hop! 
We hope you find inspiration in the projects our members 
have shared on this two day hop. 
Please subscribe to each channel or blog and then comment on each project 
letting us know that you have subscribed for a chance to win prizes.  
Come back to this event page 
no later than midnight PST on Sunday, 
March 20 and tell us what your favorite 3 projects were in the two day hop.
Winners will be announced on blog pages and channels on Monday, 
March 21 so be sure to check back to see if you're a winner. 
If you are not a member of our group (Girls, Giggles, Glitter, and Glue) 
please PM Dawnette Cress on Facebook. 
We welcome new members always. 
Thanks for hopping!

 When I think of Spring I think of walking the beaches.
Winters here mean ruff seas, high tides, and lots of treasures to be found,
so hitting the beach at a low tide will bring you an abundance
of seashells, sea-glass, interesting driftwood and lots of new rocks.
One of our favorite things to do is beachcombing in pacific northwest...
Feeling the cool breeze brush across my face cleanses my soul.
Walking hand in hand with my husband watching our fur babies
run along the waves brings joy to my heart
and smiles to everyone they come in contact with.

My husband always teases me...
"How can you enjoy the beauty of the beach when your head is buried in the sand?"
Easy... I'm treasure hunting!
Some of my treasures are seashells.
I have several shadowboxes filled with different shells
like these....

I love incorporating my found treasures into my art,

but...  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all my clam shells 
until one of my friends sent me a picture of painted shells... 
I've been painting rocks for years, I guess I just never
thought about painting a seashell, so I gave it a try.... 
 Each spoke to me with what should be painted on it. 
The texture is a little challenging when using pens, 
but I'm liking how it plays with the image. 
Here's what I did with them:
painting with a brush is so much easier as your brush will 
flow and glide across the shell effortlessly. 

 Above I used a black sharpie and just doodled some basic designs.
There was a natural indent and design already in this shell
it needed a raven basking in the moonlight.
The inside of each shell I've included a quote, poem, or inspirational word
giving each shell a hidden gift of surprise.
 This shell demanded a Sunflower as it had natural hues of yellow, green, and orange.

After I finished painting, I sealed the shell with an acrylic clear spray to protect my art.

Now it's your turn... either go for a walk on the beach, or to your local craft store
to find some shells, I highly recommend the beach walk if it's possible.



***Complete the hop - visit all blogs/youtubes and comment on each one
***Come back to this event page, no later than midnight PST on Sunday, 
March 20... and tell us what your favorite 3 projects were in the two day hop.
Each blog hostess will be selecting a winner from those who partisipated
and completed the hop.
Saturday, March 19 
The prize I will be giving is... 
  Two pieces of my art along with a couple seashells for you to draw or paint on.
Happy Blog Hopping! 

Your Next Stop in the Blog Hop is Germaine Fryc's blog: