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A Changing Vision…

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A couple of weekends past, a group of us got together to create Vision Boards on 18×24″ canvases. It was interesting to look back at last year’s board and see what, if anything, I accomplished! I had included travel as one of my visions for 2012 but I must’ve needed to be a bit more specific because the only travelling I did was to Adelanto in the High Desert for work… not exactly what I had in mind! This year, I’m thinking beaches…

I also saw on last year’s board a pair of gym shoes and I did join Chuze Fitness last summer, but haven’t been back since October – oops… need to get that back on my New Years Intentions list! This year’s Vision Board is in stark contrast to last year’s attempt. While last year I had planned, prepared, and printed everything I wanted to include on my board, this year I was more in the moment, more free with my expression… and I love it!

2013 Vision Board

2013 Vision Board

I used torn pieces of brightly colored and patterned tissue paper from gift wrap, shoe boxes, even the Brighton bag has white and black rose patterns on their tissue paper. I also used torn pieces of paper towels I use to protect surfaces of soak up Glimmer Mist, Glam and paint from previous projects. Once it was all Mod-Podge’d on, the texture was wonderful. I then added paint with stencils and mixed modeling paste and glass beads with paint to force through stencils with a stippling brush. Lastly, I added my favorite rubber stamped images with stamp pad ink.

Wonder what the 24 represents? I participate in a 24-hour fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation every October and much of my proceeds from canvas workshops and sales goes into my fundraising efforts.

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Canvas Remix

Alisa Burke has written a book titled “Canvas Remix” inspiring my most recent art. I had an unadorned canvas bag I ripped up to use just the canvas. Primed with gesso, I painted, stamped, stenciled and wrote on the canvas. Then I ripped it into strips and eventually cut it down into small pieces to adhere to shadow box frames, wooden boxes and picture frames. The rough texture is an interesting contrast to the bright colors and other additions on these pieces.

On one of the frames and on the black keepsake box, I painted and added a Julie Nutting chipboard girl now available from Leaky Shed Studio. The stars on the keepsake box were cut freehand from cardboard, painted white and covered with mica flakes. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them, and thanks to Alisa for the inspiration!


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More Creating while on Vacation from Work

I frequently refer to myself as a visual person, but this quote describes me also:

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” – Anne Rice

Here are a couple of the coffee filter wreaths I created as a participant in the 2012 Artsy Ornament Workshop on ScarletLime.com – this project is the idea of Jamie Soucy. It is simple, yet lovely. The first was made with red ink polka dots on bleached coffee filters; after it was assembled I used a white frost Smooch mist on the entire wreath for added shine.

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The second one took longer because I used Glimmer Mist and Smooch sprays to die the coffee filters and then they had to dry. Jamie uses Rite dye and then dries the filters in her clothes dryer, but I was worried about not being able to remove the color from inside the dryer, so I chose to use some of the numerous supply of Glimmer Mist sprays I have on hand. The colors I used were Pomegrante, Black Cherry, Popsicle, and Fully Purple. I added Turquoise, True Blue and Aqua Stickles glitter glue for accents. Next time, I will most likely try Jamie’s idea of dipping each folded coffee filter into Mod Podge and then glitter to get even glitter coverage, but I image there is a bit of drying time involved with that process, also, and more space than I actually have available!

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The next two look like this:

2013-01-05 17.46.46This was was made with unbleached coffee filters.

2013-01-06 13.41.11I used cone shaped coffee filters for this final wreath in blues and greens.