Explore, Dream, Discover

Sometimes as we explore art we dream of a project that just doesn’t want to come out the way we expected.  Through the process we discover patience and perseverance.

Don’t give up when something isn’t turning out as you expected, walk away, come back and try again.

This project was one of those.  I had a vision and well it just wasn’t working.  Many, many layers and a nights sleep later the end result is totally different than what I imagined…but I LOVE how it eventually turned out!

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Pink…it seems to be my nemesis, I don’t use it often but once in a while it’s the right colour.  However it seems to be the colour I struggle most with trying to get it just right.

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But you know using things that you struggle with create a challenge, they make you try techniques or products you haven’t done before.

Then at the end you just have to giggle over the feelings of frustration, and how you almost let a colour get the best of you!

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Normally I share some of the products I used, hmmm so many through the layers not entirely sure I could event attempt to list them.

There was lots of gesso, sprays, paint, waxes and embossing powder.  All thrown into the mix for the end result!

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I do know that the background started by gluing some packaging that I saved to recycle rather than throwing out.  Texture paste and stencils started the layers for this piece.

To support the fun little frame I picked up years ago (it’s about 3×4″) I added a layer of paper straws.   This allowed me to layer some embellishments under the corners of the frame.

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The body of the dragonfly was made using Prima molds, I discovered that hot glue works well in them.  I also discovered that a large glue gun works better than a mini gun.

The wings were cut from Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die, an oldie but a goodie!

The saying ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ definitely applies to this project!

I also remind myself that not every piece I create will be a masterpiece, I mean really it’s not going in a gallery or anything LOL!

Have fun with everything you create and don’t give up!!

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This post was written by Lisa on March 10, 2019

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My heart, my love

The month of love isn’t quite over yet, so I have another ‘love’ project to share today!

I asked Lori to have a big heart cut for me as the backing of this project, it measures at the largest points 8×8.  Such a fun piece to work with, and I believe she may be selling these in the store, if not yet at some point.

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I used our wedding colours for this project, navy blue, white & silver.  Actually the little blue flowers are leftovers from our wedding cake that my Mom made!

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All these LIITD Laser Cut chipboard pieces from the January release were the inspiration for my project.  They are so perfect and reflect exactly what Mike and I were feeling all those years ago on our wedding day.

And yes those fluttery hearts still beat inside us today ;)

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To start this piece I added some texture paste using stencils and a pallet knife to the background.  I wanted to raise the photo up as well so using some Prima molds I created a fun backdrop, with the pieces just peeking out.  I actually used hot glue to create the molded pieces, worked like a charm!!

Next everything got a layer of black gesso, then I dry brushed on Finnabair Deep Waters Metallique paint.  Oh I’m a little addicted to these paints!

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For extra highlights on the texture I used Finnabair Old Silver Metallique wax.  The chipboard was also coloured using Finnabair paints, the pictures really don’t do them justice!

Lots of flowers, lots of splatters and mostly a whole lot of love went into this project!!

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This post was written by Lisa on February 24, 2019

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