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Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Drawing Video

5 Aug

β€œThe best journey of life that you can take is inside yourself to discover your new thoughts, new ideas, and new hopes.”

― Debasish Mridha


It’s not always easy to think of a project to do for my time-lapse video. I have to think of something terribly clever and hopefully easy enough to capture on my phone’s app. I’ve been wanting to sketch or draw or paint something with my cute granddaughter’s picture blowing bubbles. It captures so much, just with her expression and concentration. I e always been a firm believer in simplicity and my favorite paintings have been in sepia, coffee, mono-tone or black and white.

I thought I’d try my hand at a sketch, just using a white colored pencil on black paper. I haven’t sketched in a REALLY long time, so it’s pretty crude. I was trying to capture the technique more than the accuracy. Here we go…

Toni’s Tuesday Time-Lapse Video:) Bluebonnets on Wine Glasses

29 Jul

“We are now living in a fast paced technological era where every skill that we teach our children becomes obsolete in the 10 to 15 years due to exponentially growing technological advances.”

~Naveen Jain


Well, its Tuesday and time for another time-lapse painting video. Today, I’m painting Bluebonnets on some really cute large blue tinted wine glasses. Now, if I could really paint this fast… that would be cool.


If you ever have any questions on materials, technique, or ideas, just drop me a line.


Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Painting With Coffee

15 Jul

“I don’t drink coffee, and can’t stand the taste or smell of coffee, but I sure do enjoy painting with coffee.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’m rather enjoying coming up with a time-lapse video every Tuesday, mostly because it entices me to do something creative or artistic at least once a week. Now, here’s a BIG TIP for those of you thinking about doing a time-lapse painting video. Pay attention… Make sure the camera is on time-lapse NOT on plain old video! MAN!

I did the entire video in regular speed, moving very slowly, not speaking, with several different canvases in different stages of dryness. When I went to check the cute rapid video, it was almost 15 minutes long. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ That wouldn’t be half bad, but in order to create a time-lapse video, I had to start from scratch with new canvases and paper. Yikes! But, that’s OK, what else do I have to do all night, right? Here ya go…


Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Painting Tips

8 Jul

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.”



I’m really getting a kick out of making these time-lapse painting videos. It makes the painting look so easy and fun. And guess what? It is easy and fun. It probably takes me ten times longer to think of what to paint than the whole production takes. Heaven forbid I should try and come up with an idea before 9pm.

What I like about this simple abstract painting is, I used just inexpensive Crayola brand watercolors, a flat brush, and a sheet of card stock paper and a black sharpie. Nothing fancy or expensive, and anyone can afford to give it a try, especially the kids.

Well here it is. Inspired by the beautiful sunflower fields near Whitewright that Sherri and I visited last week.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Painting Tips

1 Jul

β€œIf you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

― Edward Hopper


I enjoy painting and making special gifts for friends. Homemade and handmade are always the best and appreciated the most. I also enjoy sharing my painting techniques, tips, and tricks with everyone out there, and I’ve found that people enjoy my time-lapse videos because they are really fast and make me look really talented.

My good friend Jerry had a birthday a few weeks back, and his house is decorated with beautiful African art, carvings, masks and motifs. I’ve painted a few little gifts for him for birthdays before, but I also like to give hand-painted cards. I really like the bright colors of this style, so I decided to share my how-to video.


The background was painted with a makeup sponge held with a clothes pin, starting at the bottom with red, work up to orange and then yellow, not cleaning the sponge. The colors blend well, and the abstract look is fun. I just used a permanent black marker for the designs. It’s fast and easy. Give it a try. You can use any combination of three colors for a cool background, and even use stamps or stencils if free hand drawing scares you a little.

Wednesday:) Well, While I Was On A Roll~ More Painting

25 Jun

“Once you’re on a roll, keep on rolling.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Last night, I shared a time-lapse video of painting yellow roses on a vase. Well, that was just one vase, and a couple of layers of paint. My goal was to complete six vases. I worked well into the wee hours of the morning, even adding the fine white veining in the leaves before hanging up my brush. Once I get on a roll, I keep rolling. Momentum is a good thing.

So today, I decided to strike while the iron was hot. Bad analogy. I don’t iron. I decided to keep on rolling while I was on a roll. I wanted to play around with a few more notecards and another quick video. Since my work table was already messy, might as well.


Messin’ around with acrylic paint, pastel chalk, and markers. Well, I’m not quittin’ my day job. Wait! I don’t have a day job, never mind.just having fun.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Yellow Rose Vase

24 Jun

β€œBeing good is making it look easy, but getting good is never easy.”

― Jeffrey Fry


A fairly lazy day today. It rained through the night and most the morning, bit there was a brief window where I ventured out for a short walk in the late afternoon, fearing another storm. But, it all cleared up by 6ish. I can only spend so many hours looking at Facebook and my emails. So, I went for my evening walk to catch the sunset. I ended up walking 4 miles. Nice!

Tuesdays, I like to share with you a cooking, baking, painting, or words of wisdom tip. Today, I decided to paint a little. Yep! Yellow roses. I was running low on my yellow rose vases.

I know, I know… I make it look easy, and the time-lapse makes it look fast, but, believe me, it is neither. But, I’ve been doing it a LONG time, so I’m faster than the average bear.

I think the hardest part of the painting process is putting down the first layer of paint, and then after that’s dry, going over with a second layer exactly on the same spot. That’s why I usually paint 5 or 6 at a time. By the time I finish the 6th vase with the first layer, the first one is dry enough to start the second layer and then the additional petals and leaves. (Now, I have to go upstairs and finish the other 5 vases before my paint dries up.) Oh yes, Folk Art Enamel Paint, made for glass and ceramics. In case you were wondering.

Well, if I make it look fast and easy, then I guess I must be…. wait for it….

AMAZING!!!!! Yep! I know, right?

Tuesday:) Toni’s Painting Tip of the Day

3 Jun

“Vegetables aren’t just for eating. Play with your food and paint with your vegetables.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Every time I cut up some celery, I have to save the end cut for painting vegetable roses. I just leave about two inches or so on the end. I always have baby spinach in the fridge, so today was the perfect day to do a little vegetable painting.

Hmmm? Next time I should try some broccoli.

Have fun playing with your food, folks.

Wednesday:) Well, What Has Miss Toni Been Painting?

21 May

“Do what you love and love what you do. Share all those things, and they’ll always bless you.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, I’m just about done organizing my “crap room,” so I’ve tried to do a little late night painting. Actually, very little painting, but a little, none the less. Now that I finally devised a makeshift holder for my phone to take videos, I’m all set to share some ideas.

Here’s the quick time-lapse lavender flowers in a blue vase.


And, a longer version of painting a few easy lavender flowers in an oval shape. And, of course, it’s always fun and festive to paint a small flower on the envelope. That makes it very special.


I hope you enjoyed the videos, and maybe give it a try yourself. If it’s seems too difficult, really, it isn’t. I’ve taught MANY people this easy method. If you don’t believe me, when this whole quarantine craziness is done, come on over, and I’ll show you.

Wednesday:) Working on Some Craft Ideas for Valentine’s Day β€οΈ

6 Feb

“I find the best way to come up with a great craft project is to gather up every art and craft supply you can think of and just play, play, play. Then, steal some ideas from Pinterest.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ve been trying to come up with some craft projects to do with my senior friends over at Towne Creek on Valentine’s Day, next Friday. Some Girl Scouts are supposed to come and join us, and the other residents in the apartments have been invited. So, I don’t know if there will be five or fifty people. Hard to plan.

Last week, the TOTS met at Lynne’s to paint some red hearts on black rocks. So, I picked up a few more black rocks and rummaged through my craft room for some large blue glass stones. I painted a few examples so I can show my seniors what they look like.

This technique is easy. I dip the end of a fat brush in red gloss paint and make two dots next to each other, (like eye balls) then drag each dot down to a point to form a heart. I call them dip-dot hearts. These were on the blue glass stones.

Then, I painted a few more hearts on the black rocks, then I used an opened paper clip to dot around the hearts. Cute.

I played around with some blank while index cards and some of those red paint swatches from the Walmart paint department to creat a book mark. I have a bunch of peel off heart stickers, punched a hole at the top and put a fuzzy pink yarn string,

I love pop-up cards, so I designed, after much measuring and cutting, a pop-up heart to put inside some cute note cards I found at Hobby Lobby last week. I used pastel chalk for an easy background.

So, this is how I get inspiration. I make a big mess and see what develops. Still more ideas in my head. I’ll keep you posted.