Love canvas

Hey there, everybody!

I worked on this canvas a few months back and couldn’t decide how to put the word “love” on there – vinyl, paint, cardstock, etc. Inspiration struck in the form of black matte board! I hand drew and cut the letters with my exacto knife. And here is the result:


I just love the way it turned out. It’s the largest canvas I’ve ever made – it is 24 x 36 and is the perfect size on the shelf next to our fireplace.

I started out with the blank canvas. I adhered some Tim Holtz newsprint tissue paper using Mod Podge. It was the perfect size to do 2 stips (it’s a full 12 inches wide). I knew I wanted the background to be pretty neutral so the hearts would just pop off the canvas.

So…the hearts. I parted with most of my Basic Grey “solid” color paper – it was hard (I’ve been hoarding it for YEARS!!) but knowing I’d see it everyday on my wall helped :). I cut the hearts out on my Silhouette and arranged them in a rainbow pattern and adhered adhered them with Mod Podge. Once dry, I used my Faber Castell Big Brush markers to add shading and shadowing to each heart:

heart-detail6Can you see the yellow marker in the inside of the hearts and they grey marker on the outside of the hearts? LOVE this added texture and dimensions the markers add. The layer of Mod Podge allows the markers to go on smoothly – and while they are still wet you can blend them a little more with your fingers. However, once they are dry they are permanent (love these markers!).

The next step was to add some paint and outline each heart with my Studio Calico detail pen. I added quite a bit of doodling with the pen work. I also added some detail stickers, more marker and pen work, and more paint to make all the bits and pieces cohesive. The final detail step was adding Christy Tomlinson rubons and some stamp/ink detail. I used both Tim Holtz texture stamps and Christy Tomlinson doodle stamps. This last detail gives the work such a great look and some much-needed pops of white.

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Hello again.

It’s been a VERY busy Spring in Louisville. I’ve had to travel for work, Mike has traveled for work, we’ve had cheer competitions, Passover, Spring Break and my niece’s Bat Mitzvah in Detroit. Life has happened – in a good, and BIG way. No complaints. Not one.

And yet…:) there has been little time for me to play in my craft room. A few weeks ago I found time to play with my friend Amy at a local scrap store and I was able to get 3 weeks done – and once I can get those photos taken, I will post them. My hope is to do that mid-week this week as well as upload some new freebies!! For now, I’d like to share a project I created in just a few short hours on Wednesday night. It was a gift for my niece who has a belief that art can change the word. I couldn’t agree more. The sentiment is “She set out to change the world” – and I believe my niece has already – and will continue to to just that.IMG_1736

It’s all in the details. I had the bulk of the project complete – and then I went in and added all the details. Using my archival inks in black and timber brown, I began stamping using Christy Tomlinson’s doodle stamps. Holy Cow. These things are AWESOME!!! Look at this incredible detail!IMG_1737I also used some of her rub-ons and then doodled the heck out of the piece with my Scarlet Lime journal pen (love this too). My project wouldn’t have been complete without the Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pens – I always use these to add shading/dimension. Just when I thought I was “done” I decided to add in some Stuido Calico wooden butterflies – coated in Mr. Huey’s, doodling and rub-ons. This one I added a tiny bit of bling to:IMG_1740Thanks so much for stopping by. I will make a concerted effort to getting back to bringing you my Project Life stories and freebies later this week. Have THE BEST day.

Embrace Imperfection

Many of you know I took Christy Tomlinson’s “Living Canvas” workshop not too long ago. I’m still going though all the course material, and working on my art journals and canvas projects. Haven’t had a whole lotta time but in back July when her mixed media kit arrived at my door and I saw her “Behind the Art” video (check it out — she’s so fantastic!) for the kit — I immediately made this canvas. Like the very next day. I was so inspired to take some of the discussion from Living Canvas and combine it with the July mixed media kit and play and have some fun. I know, I know…it’s been about 6 weeks and I am JUST getting around to posting it on my blog! What can I say? I think I need to write it as a To Do some where “upload projects to blog” — and then I’d actually DO it. You know me, I’m a list and deadline kind of girl.

Anyhow: here’s what I did. Such an easy, fun technique.

embrace imperfection

Seriously. If you haven’t checked out Christy’s blog — you really need to pop over for a visit. Not only is her work chock full of inspiration — she’s a pretty amazing gal.