I made myself a promise (so to speak) to start writing three blog posts per week. Now, let’s see if I can hold true to that and make it happen. This post is packed with lots of past art to hopefully inspire you! I won’t spend the time to write about each one but please take some time to check out the pictures. You can leave a comment with any questions or leave some love!
My sister asked me to paint a canvas for her to hang in an empty spot in her kitchen. She wasn’t specific as to a style or vibe for the painting. That was both freeing and nerve-wracking for me. That is something a little scary about making a painting for someone and hoping they love what came from my soul. I knew my sister would love a canvas from me because she loves my art!
These pictures show the step-by-step process of the canvas. I made her a little nervous when I sent the first picture to her. I have to admit that I sent that KNOWING that it would shake her up a bit. I knew it would look NOTHING like that once it was done. (terrible, I know lol) I took it to her and she absolutely loved it & so did my 4 year old niece. I love knowing my canvas is hanging there happily in their kitchen while they share family meals and make memories.
Check out this canvas that I created to feature this amazing picture of my niece and me. I surprised her at her very first band concert by getting to PA from New York City! This picture is from the moment her mom called her into the hallway and she saw that I was there. It was one of those amazing moments that needed to be treasured forever. ALWAYS have a camera ready!
I had a great time ripping and tearing paper. I used to do that a ton in my crafting but have become a bit more streamlined in my aesthetic. It was fun to go back to something familiar that I haven’t done in a long time. Spraying, glitter and bling…oh, and one of my favorite colors. This project was so much fun!
I think everyone has a “style” or a “look” in their art. I believe it is always evolving from the inspiration and ideas around all of us. But, don’t hesitate to go back to those things that work for you. Keeping adding to your creative toolbox and GO MAKE SOME ART!
If you are like me, you might have TONS of Prima flowers. I went through a phase where I bought every new pack that came out. I couldn’t get enough! Once I started focusing on Project Life, I stopped using the flowers because they were too bulky on the pages.
Recently, I saw a video that Donna Downey created where she used tons of flowers on an art journal page. I used her idea as inspiration for this canvas. I was tearing into countless packs of flowers and it was almost like those pretty things were thanking me for finally getting used.
I created this canvas on UStream if you would like to check it out. It is actually about 9X24 and takes up a nice chunk of wall space in our bedroom. Marty hung it near our bed to remind me of my goals & dreams…
Well, now that I have your attention…
This month the Art Anthology Dream Team is focusing on ways to recycle in our art.
If you remember, I did a Gelli Plate tutorial video a little while back and created some beautiful prints on deli papers using gorgeous products from Art Anthology. In that video, I thought I would use the prints on a layout but as things happen, my creativity took me in a different direction and those prints went into my stash.
***In case you didn’t see the tutorial, here’s the youtube video:
When I was looking for inspiration for this project, I was listening to music and enjoying a glass of wine in my art studio. There it was…the perfect inspiration…the empty bottle! What better way to use the prints that fell asleep in a drawer for all those weeks. Now, obviously I am “recycling” that wine bottle but I guess in a sense I am recycling the prints, too. Those delicious prints packed with color are being given a new life and I can’t wait to share the step-by-step results with you.
This is a picture of the finished project…now for the detailed directions.
- empty wine bottle (or other bottle if wine isn’t your thing)
- Matte Medium
- Water (cup & spray bottle)
- White or Cream Flowers
- Art Anthology Colorations Sprays (your favorite colors)
- Paper to glue to bottle (Deli Paper Prints, text paper, tissue paper)
- Trims, brads, other embellishments
Rinse off the outside and inside of a bottle. I kept the label on this bottle-I liked it and I thought it would be one more layer that might peek through.
Rip Deli Paper Prints, tissue paper or text paper into pieces that are not too small. You want to keep the patterns intact plus with small pieces you will be glueing down FOREVER!
Use watered-down Matte Medium to decoupage the paper onto the bottle.
Grab some white or cream flowers. You could try using flowers with print or in other colors-play, experiment and see what works for you.
Paper flowers work best for this technique. You also want some “hardy” flowers as they are going to get pretty wet in this process.
I picked out a half dozen of my favorite Art Anthology Colorations Sprays. We are going to paint with them so you can take off the tops one at a time or all at once. (Depends on whether you are someone that might knock over the bottles-don’t want to waste these precious colors!)
Spray the flowers to really saturate them-this will help the colors move and blend.
Dip your paintbrush into the Colorations. If you are worried about contaminating the contents of the bottle, you can spray some on a craft sheet or pour a bit into a small cup or paint palette. REALLY get that brush wet with color!
I wanted the colors to really blend and bleed so I rinsed my brush and got it really wet with water. I painted the water onto the (already wet) painted flower.
To really jazz up your flowers, grab a second (and/or third color) and add that to the flower in different places. This is where having the flower really wet will come in handy!
Add lots of different colors to your flowers-don’t over think this step. The flowers will be stunning with the colors. You can paint them and splatter colors. Just play-add water and have fun!
At this point, I was grabbing embellishments for the bottle. I wanted to add some trim and found this crepe paper trim in my stash. It started out white and was begging for color. (the green ribbon was shown onto the top already-cool, right?!) I painted on some additional colors to make that ribbon pop!
Art Anthology Colorations Sprays Featured in my Tutorial:
- Honey Bee
- Studio Blue
Merry Christmas to you and your families! I am so thrilled to spend my holiday with my love and my family.
Today, I am sharing with you the BUCKET HOLIDAY PARTY that I created for the door of my office at school. The staff on our floor decided to decorate the 5th floor for the holidays. I thought it would be fun to do a spin off of our bucket program at our school.
Yes, my nephew was born on September 1st and I could not be more excited! My sister and BIL picked out this super cute bedding for the nursery so I knew I had to make Little Shane a piece of art for his new bedroom. I used the quilt on the crib as my inspiration for this mixed media piece.
I started with a 12X12 canvas and layered it with torn canvas and fabric pieces-a technique I learned from Finn this past summer. From there, the layers of tissue paper, ocean critters cut from my Cricut and paints came to life. I knew that it needed some sand, starfish and shells to complete the look. Googly eyes added the final touch and the canvas was ready for the new baby!