What’s your word?

At the beginning of the year I made plans for the new year and wrote down things I wanted to accomplish, personally and professionally.  I also chose a word to focus on this year, my word is Grow.  I wanted to grow in my skills and experience as an artist, and grow in my spiritual life.  This past week I had a customer purchase a print for a friend as a gift.  Her friend’s word for 2014 is Change.

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Favorite Things Friday – New Mixed Media Creations

I’ve been busy in my studio this week creating new pieces of mixed media.  I’ve been blessed with wonderful sales in my recent shows and at It’s Vintage Charm.  I’ve also been invited to showcase my art at a boutique called Splash Designs.  They saw my work at the Believe Boutique and invited me to be a part of their shop, how exciting!  It’s a wonderful shop and I will be posting pictures soon.  In the meantime, here is what I’ve been up to in my studio…

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Fall Harvest Flower Mixed Media Tutorial

Mixed media canvases has become one of my favorite ways to decorate for holidays and seasons.  You can add so much of yourself to the canvas, whether it’s items you already have, special items that have a meaning or your favorite colors.  This fall season I’ve been creating canvases that have rich, deep tones.  Today I want to share with you the process I go through for an original piece.

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Finished my Special Canvas

It’s been a busy week for me finishing up projects for delivery to It’s Vintage Charm and a personal piece I was making for my kids.  I worked on this a little bit for a week and it’s exactly what I wanted.  The canvas is 16 x 20 inches and the largest I’ve worked on, that’s one of the reasons it took me a while.  But, I actually had been collecting things for weeks in preparation; teal colored tissue I received in a package, cards that I have received, lace trim and pieces given to me by my mother and the perfect quote.

This is the finished canvas.

Special mixed media canvas for my kids. Braver, Stronger, Smarter

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Work in Progress…

The last couple of days I’ve taken a break from working on pieces for my Etsy shop or upcoming shows.  Sometimes I just need to work on something for me and my home.  This time I’m creating a piece for my children.  Last year I saw a post from Oh So Shabby by Debbie Reynolds (no it’s not the actress!) highlighting a quote that she had in her guest room.  The room was furnished with pieces from her late mother and this quote was something her mother had told her before her passing.  Since then I had it in my mind to do a large canvas with this quote for my kids.
Here is the version I saw on her blog.

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