Learning to Dance in the Rain

What a week! I’ve been struggling with a chest cold the past week and a half. Just not a good time. Even got myself to my meditation class on Wednesday. Had to leave after two minutes when I had a fit of coughing. Oh well, at least I tried, right?

For most of the week or so I just didn’t have the energy or focus to do much of anything other than look after my kids. My mind got bit of a break and by Thursday I had all these fabulous ideas in my head. So, yesterday morning my son and I got out the paints. He did his own art thing while I gessoed a canvas.

Nearly a year ago, I repinned an art project I’d seen on Pinterest from Southern Belle Soul, Mountain Bride Heart. It looked pretty fabulous. I believe the artist was inspired by Elsie Larson who did a similar project on her site A Beautiful Mess. Whatever the case, I wanted to try it out.

The thing is, I don’t really follow instructions well. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s that I decide to do projects on a whim and am not going to trek out to a craft store in search of necessary supplies. I’ll just make do with what I have. So, I did.

Yesterday, I gessoed my canvas. Then I covered the canvas in bits of newspaper and colouring book pages. My daughter had a meltdown when she saw I’d pasted a page from her Strawberry Shortcake colouring book. I felt bad about that. I thought it was a lovely tribute but she felt I was destroying her artwork. Oops. I apologized. Anyway, I *think* she forgives me. I spent the afternoon thinking up what text to put on my artwork. I found something I liked and sketched it out on paper.

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Someone got a little blue paint all over their face. He was happy.

I didn’t have any vinyl letters like in the tutorials so I thought maybe I could just cut out letters with my Silhouette. After the kids were in bed, I made a design in Illustrator and then imported it into my Silhouette software. I love that I was able to use my own handwriting for the script words.

I also figured out the configuration for my wall art collection. You see, the other day I moved a cabinet to the other side of the room. I decided the wall would be great filled with various pictures and paintings. My husband kindly nodded to my brilliant idea. Wise, very wise. So, last night I put all the pictures on the floor and sketched out where they should go.

This morning, while my son ate his bagel, I cut out the text on my Silhouette. I have the original machine. After 5 1/2 years I’m finally getting some decent use out of it. Of course, now I want the cameo and the designer software.

Then I got out my picture hanging supplies and put up all the pictures. My son was my helper. As in, he watched Handy Manny and answered “Yes!” when I asked if my pictures looked good.

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I went down to the kitchen and mixed some paint with a vague idea of what colour might work on my painting. I had bought adhesive spray years ago and thought I’d adhere the letters to my canvas temporarily with the spray. Um, well, no. The spray would not work. So I dabbed a bit of glue stick and hoped for the best. I very carefully (my haphazard version of careful) dabbed over the letters so the paint wouldn’t get underneath and to create a seal. Then I began to paint the rest of the canvas. That was when my son wanted to help paint. Eeks! I let him. It was ok until he accidentally smudged my “LIFE” letters. Ah well, fixable.  I added a few more layers of paint. Removed the letters. Yay, it worked! Covered with a coat of clear gesso. I let it dry while we got my daughter off her bus. We ate lunch and then I was able to hang up my painting. Now I just have to figure out what to put on the rest of my empty canvases.

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Come back soon and I’ll show you updates of my craft room (tv room/playroom/office/guest bedroom) as I get things in order.

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