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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Block out Areas of a Painting

Sometimes when doing a painting you will need to block out an area. Here is a very simple method I learned from artist Darrel Crow.

Items you will need:
Contact paper-sticky type of shelf liner
Cutting surface
Exacto knife
Tracing Paper or a projector


1. Project or trace  your image onto the contact paper. Remember to do this in reverse of the way you want your image to appear on your painting surface.

2. Trace your image onto the surface

3. On a cutting mat/board or surface that won't be damaged, Cut away around your image to tape to the cutting surface. Cut your shape out with an Exacto knife. 

4. Peel the backing off

5. Place it firmly onto your painting surface making sure paint does not seep into the sides.

6. Paint the rest of the background of your painting.

7.  Peel off your image asap and make sure there are no demarcation lines. I just use a soft scrubber brush or small paint brush to flatten this area.

8. Now block in your image. Make sure to fill it in entirely. Here is an example where I used this technique while creating my recent painting, Beach Dreams: 


Here is the final outcome: This is an 11x14 commissioned original painting. Due to the small size of this portrait, prints are available in limited sizes to preserve quality. Check my Fine Art America page also known as for more information:

written by Tina A Stoffel

Friday, February 14, 2014

Caring Angel for Cancer Benefit

It's been crazy busy around here. I'm still mentoring a High School Senior, doing some commissions and the big news this week is I just released my special Caring Angel Painting inspired by a dear friend that is absolutely beautiful inside and out and battling stage 3 cancer. I've decided to donate 50% of my profits from any Caring Angel product sales to Cancer Charity. After doing careful research on the best rated foundations, donations will go to one of the following and likely in an alternate manner: National Foundation for Cancer Research, Cancer Research Institute, adn the Circle of Care for Family Members with Cancer.

This is an abstract type of impasto painting. You can see the up close details of the impasto on my Fine Art America Page: Caring Angel Fine Art America Prints.

Also, I did get some backlash of those who were expecting paintings only, but due to the nature of this painting, I wanted to offer it in other forms therefore, I have offered it on not only prints but tons of other merchandise ranging from Pendants, necklaces, Coasters, Pillows, Clocks, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers, Baby products, Auto Products, Pet Tags, Device cases and more.

Amazing Clocks and throw pillows are available on Society 6,

and tons of other items available on Cafe Press:

Please help me spread the word and consider the next time you need a special gift for someone, please consider purchasing from this page. I think we can all agree we known someone affected by cancer. Who knows, maybe I will offer some other things this way in the future or do the angel in some other colors.

For those of you looking for my other works. They are coming, I promise. Two are coming really soon, keep watching and thanks so much for reading and following my G+, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Tina A Stoffel