The BIG Project

Yesterday I spent a fantastic day at the stores day crop!  It’s always fun to head out to Winkler, visit & create!

This week I have something entirely different for you!  Let me say that this is a big project and very much outside my comfort zone.  Ok I admit I was totally intimidated, but I did it!

Last year I finally re-did my master bedroom, it hadn’t received any attention since we moved in, it was drab and tired looking.  With the new paint, a new brighter light (the old one was worse than a candle) and new bedding I decided it needed something more.  I was looking for artwork to add over my bed, but couldn’t find anything I liked.

SO….I picked up two 30×24 canvases….and stared at them for the last year scared to tackle the project!  I have never created large pieces, even in high school when my art teacher tried to encourage me to expand and challenge myself.

Last week I finally made myself go for it, it’s just paint right?!  Here are the results of my BIG adventure!


These were definitely an experience of trial and error as I tried different things.  I learned that my favorite paint tool is a regular kitchen sponge!


I added some texture to the paintings but kept it minimal wanting a look like I’ve never created before.


My family was quite surprised with the results…..they said these were ‘plain’ for me!  I agree they are not my normal style, but that was the point of the challenge.


I said to my husband had I filled these up with different embellishments etc it would’ve taken my entire stash at this size.  Yes I just lost the best shopping opportunity! LOL


I had fun creating these abstract pieces and love how they look in my room!  I can’t say I’ll be tackling another project like this anytime soon, but I will defiantly try again…maybe a smaller piece next time!


Oh and yes my 9 is backwards….oops! That’s ok it’s abstract right?!  The numbers aren’t random either, it is my wedding date!

Experimenting with different products and trying new things is something I encourage everyone to try!

Have fun with your art, regardless of your style!

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This post was written by Lisa on July 22, 2018

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Tea Time

Grab yourself a cup of tea (well maybe iced tea with this heat), I am sharing some progress photos of my project today so you can see a bit of how it changes and takes on a new life!

Many of you know that a fair bit of my art work is grungy, steampunk themed etc….but I bet you didn’t know that I have a secret love for pretty tea cups & pots!

Yes I love a wide variety of things from bright & cheery to grungy, it’s good for a girl to have her passions!

This project is in honor of that secret love of mine.

I think I mentioned before that I’m on a canvas buying freeze until I use my stash…well I figured out a way to speed the process up, I used two canvases & a background piece for this project!   Is that cheating?! LOL

To start my project I glued the base pieces together, added texture and gave everything a couple coats of white gesso.


My next step was to add my accent colors, you will see the yellow & pink are VERY bright and vibrant to start.


To tone down the brightness I added some mocha brown mist and more white gesso with beige paint mixed in.


Looking better already, and yes a little grungy!  Next I added green mist to the base piece…once again very bright, too bright for my liking!


The next steps I didn’t capture with a photo, but I needed the green to be less green!  I used some turquoise & black sprays to tone down the green but it still wasn’t right.  Digging through my paint stash I found a very light ocean blue/green chalk paint adding that over top allowing the mists to mix in.  As you can see the results are perfect!


Once I was happy with the base background colour I decided the pink was not quite right.  Using beige paint, with a touch of pink, texture paste & some fine sand I created some fun texture (think Finnabair rust paste).


To bring out the texture I used Finnabair’s wax in Aged Brass over many of the surfaces.


Last time I was at the store I picked up these 49 and Market Sage flowers…LOVE them!  I think my favorite part is the pack comes with swirlies & sprig pieces along with the flowers!


Of course the center of my project is the fabulous Tim Holtz Tea Time die!  I love that it even includes the little piece to look like the tea bag is in your cup!

I hope you enjoyed your tea, thank you for joining me today as I showed you how my project transformed through multiple layers of different mediums!

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This post was written by Lisa on July 8, 2018

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