Holiday ornaments 2021

pinstriped christmas ornaments- hotrod jen
Ornaments

Hey all,

I recently had my website overhauled to make it more user friendly for a low-tech person like myself to figure out and navigate for editing, blogging and a new shop!

For those who have been following me for a while know that i used to crank out ornaments around the holiday like crazy, i would take tons of custom orders and slave away behind the bulbs. I absolutely love Christmas and especially ornaments. Growing up the ornaments that adorned my family tree were reflections of our family some of them were like little windows to the past to gaze at. A lot of the ornaments had stories behind them. My grandmother started a tradition where she would gift us an ornament each year, i still have all of them and it’s nice to see them all now on my own Christmas tree. My husbands and I have continued that ornament gifting tradition and i love it.

So, painting them for others to gift to their loved ones i thoroughly enjoyed, up until a few years ago. To tell the truth it took one customer to push me over the edge, i stopped doing what i enjoyed doing for so many years because the pushiness of one person. I’m usually really great at handling things like that or not letting those things get to me (let it go like water off a duck’s back) but it sure bothered me. After that i stopped taking orders for ornaments, and switched gears to focus more on custom artwork (panels) for people instead of the ornaments which worked out great!

This year a member of a family close to my heart reached out to me to do 2 sets of ornaments for them, no way was i going to say no. As i was painting up these ornaments for a special family it rekindled my ornament painting loving spirit it was game on after that. Decided i was just going to paint 100 ornaments, so that i did and loved doing every single one of them. They all found homes to create memories in, looking forward in doing something like this again next year.

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Delft Blue


Sourcing Inspiration

Where to find inspiration these days? ANYWHERE! Seriously it really is hard not to find inspiration, what i feel gets in the way of inspiration is motivation and when you get motivation in your corner the sky is the limit. So i try to push myself often to get outta my comfort zone and also learn about the subject that is being used as my source of inspiration because learning is after all fun!

This time around i thought about that pretty blue and white pottery that seemed to be pretty common for years but what was it called , simple google searched answered that turned out “blue and white pottery” turned out to be Delftware, or Delft Blue its got a few names but those are the common ones. Delft is a city in the Netherlands hence the name and where it was heavily produced. So I searched a lot of Delftware photos new and old these style of flowers also can be seen in the art of the Pennsylvania Dutch , the style of color blending on the flowers can be sourced in tole painting . Tole painting is another form of folk art painting i watched some videos on YouTube where most of the artists use arcylic paint but the idea of split blending on the brush can be used for enamel paint.

When you mash together Pinstriping, Delft blue inspired flowers and tole painting blends this is what you get


For this piece i used 23k gold leaf spun with velvet, and only 2 colors made by Alphanamel a new paint company very exciting stuff, King 13 pinstriping brush, Mack virus and for the split blends i used two Mack 189 quills size 4 and size 6. This piece was not only a great way to stretch my mind but it made me get used to doing more split blending which comes in handy doing lettering shading effects .

Welcome !!

Hello everyone !

Thank you for stopping by my website, I’m not much of a blogger or writer for that matter so these may get a little on the rambling bad grammar side.

But i would like to do some blogs on small tutorials , event coverage, where i find inspiration, resourses for supplies, and so forth.

Later this week ill be heading out to Arties party which is a pinstripers panel jam up in Syracuse NY.

Stay tuned

HotRod Jen

Artie’s Party 2018

Artie’s Party 2018

Artie’s Party is held in Syracuse NY at the Syracuse Nationals car show its one of the largest car shows on the east coast. So what is Artie’s Party? it is a large panel jam where pinstripers, airbrushers, sign painters all get together from Friday to Sunday and create artwork to be auctioned off during the whole weekend usually around 60-70 artists attend every year. The artists travel from all around the world on their own dime to help raise money for the central NY Ronald McDonald House charity . Happy to say we reached almost $67,000 in one weekend! A great feat for pinstriping art.

This year marks my 5th year coming out , before 2013 i didnt really know much about panel jams stayed in my own bubble for so long and feel that events like these are the perfect place absorb knowledge and get inspired by some of the best artists in the industry. Before the show Art Shilling gave me a ring on the telephone asking if id like to help letter up a drag car during the event with Dino Lawrence and Rick Hansen, of course i said yes!

Rick Hansen getting the pattern on the car , design hand drawn by him

Rick Airbrushing in the red

Painting away

Dino and i

Finished !

Bowling pin i painted up at the show

gave this guitar a ghost pinstripe job

small part of my paint family , left to right Mr J, Peter Gunn, Igor,Frank Casta and Al Battista

panel i painted up saturday morning at the show

went a little nuts with the cross overs on a panel my friend Anthony started