Monday, July 27, 2015

Watercolor on Canvas (Tutorial)

I wanted to watercolor on canvas, but felt that it would not work out very well. So I decided to go back to an older method that I haven't done in years... "Collage on Canvas". All has the same methods except that I am working with a precious watercolor painting. That's when spray sealant  on the painting itself comes in handy. It worked and turned out beautifully. 

Title: Sunflower on Canvas
Date: July 17, 2015
Size: 4" x 6" painting on 5" x 7" canvas
Given as a birthday gift to my Brother-in-Law
As I was looking for inspiration for a watercolor painting, I came across a blog post from Elvie Studio. Her whole idea was wonderful, especially the outline border technique. It made the painting stand out more.

Steps used:

  1. Paint with watercolors on a 4" x 6" piece of 140# watercolor paper. Let dry.
  2. Iron painting upside down on a white towel or pillowcase and place heavy books on top for 10 minutes to cool down. This with flatten your painting.
  3. Spray with sealant. Let dry.
  4. Tear white tissue paper in tiny pieces and place randomly on a 5" x 7" flat canvas board with Mod Podge. Let dry.
  5. Paint tissue paper with watercolor paint. Let dry.
  6. Cover whole back of painting with tacky glue and place on prepared canvas board.
  7. Place project between wax paper and top with heavy books. Let dry.
  8. Paint whole surface with Gloss Medium. Add glitter. Let dry.
  9. Add another coat or two of Gloss Medium. Let dry.
  10. Glue a piece of scrapbook paper slightly less than 5" x 7" onto the back of the canvas to hide all the flaws. Place project between wax paper and top with heavy books. Let dry. 

Now you have a masterpiece. 

If you have any questions or problems, please don't hesitate to ask. Have fun!



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Skirts for my Daughters

I finally got the courage to pull out my sewing machine and sew my daughters a skirt each.

Pattern used was New Look A6258 by Simplicity.

Here are the completed skirts:

Skirt D from pattern
Size 6

Skirt C from pattern
Size 5


Since I had never made an elastic casing before, I found this wonderful video by Charisse Eaves to use as reference.


My daughters were so excited about their skirts, that they wore them as soon as they were completed.

Rainbow ACEO's

Inspired by a theme on a Facebook group where I'm a member, I made these rainbow art cards.

Title: Rainbow Flower
Date: July 5, 2015

Title: Rainbow
Date: July 5, 2015





Friday, July 24, 2015

Red, White and Blue Envelopes

Last month I made and sent off these awesome red, white and blue envelopes to a fellow swapper. These were made using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Round Robin #29

Here is the latest Round Robin Sampler for the month of June. It is primitive style, but didn't fully realize that until I was halfway through stitching the pumpkin. I typed "primitive cross stitch" in Google search and fell in love with this "Pumpkin on Gingham" chart. Wish it occurred to me before stitching. I decided to keep going because it still fit no matter what. What do you think?

Round Robin #29

Source: Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection
Fall 2011 issue (Page 78)

Title: Pumpkin on Gingham
Date Completed My Section: June 30, 2015
Theme: Primitive

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Watercolor ATC - Sender's Choice Swap

Here is another Watercolor ATC swap that I was a part of. I could not decide on which painting to send, so I sent both to my swap partner. The first one is of Rockaway Beach, Oregon... A place I took the kiddos to this summer. The other one is of a lion... yet he almost looks human. You decide.

Title: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
Date: June 15, 2015

Title: Lion King
Date: June 15, 2015