Time to create

written by Laura LeClaire

Call it Spring fever but I’ve been craving some time to create and while the mojo hasn’t returned to get me actually scrapbooking, I was looking for something else to get my hands dirty. I love to create with a variety of mediums and what better place these days to find inspiration for all things crafty than Pinterest. It didn’t take long to find exactly what it was I wanted to make. The trouble, I thought, would be in finding the thrift store items I needed to make my ideas a reality.

Here is where I drew my inspiration from…

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I fell in love with the birds in this image …spring-2

spring-3Images of the above saved to my photos on my phone and I was off.

I couldn’t believe my luck when after 2 thrift stores, I had these items in my hands…spring-4

… almost forgot to take a pic of the candle stick before I completely altered it …spring-5

This urn was exactly what I was looking for…minus the floral arrangement of course …spring-6(oops…you’re getting a sneak peak of the other 2 projects while I snapped a pic of the urn)

A few more miscellaneous supplies and I was ready to get started.
Found these dyeable eggs at Micheal’s and chose to try them since they are the size of real eggs, which I figured was the right size to fill my urn.
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Picked up these smaller foam eggs at Dollar Tree for the “Spring” frame … When painting/staining these, I did poke a push pin in the bottom so I could stand them up to dry after.
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Gathered my supplies…paint, brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks,  Alcohol Inks and Dylusions Sprays … it was time to get messy!
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Used the sprays similarly to alcohol inks by spraying them on my splat mat and running the applicator with felt through the spray and rubbing it on the dyeable eggs for the urn.
The smaller eggs, I painted a robins egg blue then went over the paint with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
Sorry I don’t have more photos of the painting and staining of the eggs…it’s hard to do that and take pics by yourself :)

Here are my finished projects…
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I found the porcelain blue bird at Micheal’s…was the perfect size.
I may change the letters to black on the eggs to spell Spring just so they pop a little more but they are ok this way too.spring-11
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Here is a close up of the dyeable eggs I coloured with the alcohol inks and sprays…they look pretty real don’t you think?spring-13
There were a dozen eggs in the packaging so I can always make more in different shades next year if I like.
I love when projects come together the way this one did…bits and pieces from here and there with the end result just like I pictured in my head.
I hope you are making memories this weekend as you celebrate Easter with your loved ones.

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This post was written by Lori on April 5, 2015

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Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks …

A few days ago, I met local artist ~~Wilhelmina Richardson~~ who had come into our store looking for a medium that would adhere to glass, a mirror to be exact.  I directed her to Tim Holtz® Adirondack® Alcohol Inks, and I am excited to see her explore the use of these alcohol inks and working on glass.  Today she brought in some samples of her work … preliminary trials for her mirror piece.  Beautiful art that I wanted to share with all of you!

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And the following is a starting point for her piece on the mirror - she would like the mirror to give the effect that you are looking into a pond.

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“Willi” lives in Morden, Manitoba, and her work can be found at the Pembina Hills Art Gallery & Gift Shop.  She works with many mediums and forms of art from murals, portraits,etc. with many mediums including spray art, pastel, ink, acrylics, graphite, etc.  You can also reach her ~~ (ph. 204-362-2489) OR willirichardson1@gmail.com

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This post was written by Lori on July 23, 2014

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