I was trying to figure out what to give to my son's teacher and EA's. Because of his diabetes he has to have EA's help him test himself and bolus for his meals. We have had three amazing EA's this year and we are so grateful for the wonderful support team that Parker had this year!
A month of so ago, Parker and I decided to play with some watercolours. He made three of the four backgrounds and I made one of them. They were sitting on my desk waiting to be altered or used in a project. Voila! Teacher's gifts! I bought these cute little frames (5x7) for $3.99 each. I had the soar stamp and just embossed it with black embossing powder. I just purchased an embossing pen and that is what I used for the frame around the stamp and again, used my black embossing powder. Added some gold spray paint splatters and put them in the frame. Easy peasy! I think it took me 20 minutes to make them and I love them! I hope they love them too!
I have been busy getting ink on my hands and I love it!!!!!
I wanted to make some canvases for my booth and wanted to make a series. I love words. They are so
powerful to me and have been instrumental on my journey.
I started with some 4x6 canvases then added some 6x9 and some 8x10s. Lots of bright colours, some new mediums (gelatos) and my go to mediums (paint, paper, ink, spray paint, rub-ons, texture paint, embossing powders, ribbon and spray inks).
What is your One Little Word? Mine changes everyday.
Lots of my favourite colours here. Used lots of different mediums (acrylic, texture paste, water colour, ink, spray paint, stamps, rub-ons....). I struggled with the bird and feather but with some advice I like it!
In my last post I mentioned that I have the Mixed Media Bug! So here are a few more. These ones actually ended up in my booth and I was nervous about that.
I had these houses for a while now and was inspired by Christy Tomlinson's canvas of her houses. I thought I would make some background pages that I could use on the houses. So I just grabbed a piece of paper and went to town. So much fun! Think I will make more papers like this for projects.
So after my first canvas I wanted to make another. I think I have the mixed media bug! Why not right? I love having ink and paint on my hands! This one I experimented a bit with the texturing paste. I have a friend who is a sailor and I wanted to make this for him. I wasn't sure if I wanted to give it to him as after my first canvas (which I loved) I wasn't sure about this one. I felt like it looked too 5th grader-ish. This is a learning process and I will embrace it! The only thing I am disappointed in with it is that I mostly covered up all the different layers of paper with paint as I kept adding to it. I will try next time to be less heavy on the paint.
Sorry for the lack of posts but I have been a little busy creating! I finally did it! I finally dared myself to create a canvas and I LOVE IT! It was so much fun to make! Lots of paint, paper, ephemera, lace and tonnes of techniques!
I have had this idea for so long to do a canvas with this quote and every time I envisioned a butterfly. Butterflies symbolize metamorphosis and that is where I am. I have come a long way on my journey and I needed to show case that to remind myself that I have the power. The power to wake up every day and decide how my day will be. I changed. I am forever changing. And this little piece will remind me on those days when I choose to not remember that I have the power.
Here are a few of the work in progress and some detailed shots...
I have been loving making these little 4x6 truth cards. They don't take up much time and they are allowing me to create and remind myself little message that I need.
The first is this one that I started a few weeks ago at our local Art Hive's Crafty Girls night.
There was lots of layers on this one with scraps, die cuts and paint. I used some rub ons, sequins and some stamps as well. Do like how it turned out :)
The next one I finished tonight. It's been a quote that I have been struggling with for a week now. I have been regretting some choices. But I know that I should never regret. That the good choices - are wonderful and the bad ones are experiences!
This one was fun as I did use some lace for the tights, layered up the green grass, and used some clear embossing ink. Not that you can really see it in this picture.
I have been struggling with some personal doubts recently and thought this would help me work through them. I am in the mist of something new and my gremlins have been making me doubt things. I have been trying really hard to follow my heart and of course to listen to my head but to take into consideration that sometimes, my gremlins high-jack it and fill it full of doubts. I know that I need to sit back, not think, not wonder, not imagine and not obsess. I need to know that everything will work out for the best. My doubts also tell me that I can't trust this new venture in my life. But I know I need to let it go. Let go of my doubts and trust my heart.
So this was NOT my favourite DIY. Not at all! If you asked someone who knew me they would tell you two things about me. 1. I am NOT patient and 2. I am a perfectionist. This was a challenging project.
First the lamp. I had purchased this lamp over a year ago for $5 and have wanted to do this project forever! So because it was in storage for a long time it needed a cleaning. I used a really good cleaner to get all the grim off. Well I must of missed some. I didn't prime (lesson #1 on this project) so the spray paint didn't adhere to the whole surface. Lots of spots.
The second irritating part was the shade. I was lucky. Bought it at home depot and it had a price tag of $17.99 but because it had a little mark on the shade the sales girl took $5 off. I was pretty happy about that! So I looked on pinterest for some tutorials on how to mask the chevron lines. Well I tried four times before I got them to be lined up and almost the same size. (this was a challenge for me as I like to have things equal).
Then I painted. It's not perfect. Grr.... Oh well. It's done! Overall I like it. Just wishing I used a different colour than the grey but do love the grey and aqua together.
Have a great day!! It is finally looking like spring here!
So I would like to share my newest truth card with you. What is a truth card? Well it's a little (4x6) reminder to myself that I put into an album. I have made a few now and this is a great way for me to create when I don't have a lot of time.
These boots were my mom's. She purchased them a few months before she passed. They remind me of her and I wear them every day. I was having a hard time the other day with some personal struggles and I came across this quote - Every path has it's puddles. And so there it is.... a truth card to remind myself that even though I am on this new journey I am going to hit some moments that challenge me. So instead of dwelling on it I thought to myself - just put on moms boots and jump in and enjoy the puddle and then keep on trucking!
I had bought this yard sale painting in hopes to paint the frame and sand down the painting to make a chalkboard. Then in January I started the Brave Girls Club 'The Walk' online course and knew exactly what I had to do with this painting. The path reminded me so much of my journey and this inspiration from Coming home to Roost was exactly what I needed to complete this project.
A little paint and voila! I did paint the frame with some watered down white paint to freshen it up a bit. I was going to try to fix the frame as some of the corners were missing but I thought that it represented my journey. Not perfect. But still beautiful.