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Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday Morning Merchant

My Monday Morning Merchant is Barb from Barb's HeartStrokes. Barb is a very talented painter and works on a variety of mediums and paints seasonal as well as everyday paintings. I have some of Barb's magnets and they are adorable. Here is what Barb has to say about her shop.
1) Name of your business and how you got your name?
‘Heartstrokes ’ came about because I was an Intensive Care Cardiac
nurse and was learning to paint. So between my job and learning to
paint they were both quite a challenge. But anything that is a
challenge usually is worth it. So when I started a business it seemed
natural to combine the two.

2) How long have you been in business?
I have been painting for about 15 years. My husband was in the Air
force and was deployed overseas so I took an acrylic painting class at
a local craft store and loved it! It has now become my therapy. I have
been on Etsy going on two years. I still do local craft shows here in
Utah and occasionally back in Las Vegas.

3)Who or what inspires you?
Many artists of the painting and stitchery world inspire me: fun, folk
art, primitive, whimsical patterns and COLORS!

4)What is your creative style, primitive, country, folk art?
My style is a mix of primitive, country, folk art and a bit of whimsy
basically anything that catches my eye!

5)What medium do you use in creating, clay, fabric, altered art, wood
etc. explain here if you would like to about your business and what
you make and sell.
I love painting on black screen because there is little to no prep! I
love working with acrylic paints due to the fact that it dries fast
and is fairly forgiving if you make a mistake. I also love to paint
on….everything! (If you have no paint on your clothes they are not
worth wearing!) I hand paint everyday and seasonal designs on framed
fiberglass black screen with acrylic paint. My style has a flair of
folk art, primitive, and whimsy. I also paint ornaments, magnets, and
any surface that looks interesting to me weather it be wood, tin,
rusty tin, fabric, or paper. I have lucked out in the fact that my dad
makes the frames from reclaimed barn wood or plain wood and my husband
will cut wood for me if I need something cutout. I have also branched
out and designed some of my own designs as well and sale the patterns
in my shop.
How cute is this Easter sign? I just love it!

Here's an adorable ornament to display for Americans holidays!

These chickens would be adorable in anyone's kitchen who loves chickens as much as I do!

Love, love, love this little Ladybug! It would be soooo adorable sitting near some plants!

Be sure and click on Barb's links and check out all her wonderful creations.
6)What are your links (list your etsy shop, eBay, web site, blogs etc.)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barbsheartstrokes

http://barbsheartstrokes.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/BsHeartstrokes
barbsheartstrokes@gmail.com

9 comments:

Ronda said...

Wonderful feature!..what treasures Barb creates...have a great day!

basketsbyrose said...

Love all of Barb's work! Great pick for a very talented lady!

Vicky said...

Barb's work is quite impressive! Great feature on a fantastic artist, Val!
Vicky

Barb said...

Well I am honored!! Thank you Valerie for such a sweet feature!
This made my day!
Thank you!
Barb

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Barb really is a very good painter! She is an expert at strokework.--Jan

My Stitches to Treasure said...

I adore Barb's work-about the only thing I can paint is a wall! I'm thinking she has a tad more talent with a paintbrush than I possess!
Deb

Cave Creek Primitives said...

Great feature on Barb. Love that ladybug!

Firecracker Kid said...

Barb is the Paint Princess :o)
Carol

Claire Maria said...

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