Thursday, May 8, 2014

Some new work!

It feels like forever since I last blogged, and longer still since I have completed any scrapbook layouts.  Recently I've decided that I need to work on layouts again since I have probably a zillion photos to scrap and I need to use up some of my stash so that I can buy more.  Yes, my name is Jeanne and I'm a paper hoarder.  The say the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem!  Ok, I'm going to tell you a little secret...shhhh!  I hoard fabric too!  Hee, hee.  I've had the fabric problem longer than the paper problem!!  I just love designs, texture and color; is that SO bad??

Anyway, here are a couple of new layouts, sans photos!

This second one is for my 7 year old ballerina!  I love how it came out.

The next project I'm working on is a wall canvas for my 15 year old daughter.  She has a favorite quote by Mary Oliver that she wants to hang up in her room.  She printed the quote off the internet and then asked me to make a "poster" for her room.  I was thrilled that she wanted me to make something for her as generally she does not have much appreciation for my art...

Here's the quote:  
Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
With your one wild and precious life?
(Love this!)

I've decided to make a canvas wall hanging instead of a poster because I rethink it will look really cool as a wall hanging, and like the challenge of creating on fabric.  

First I cut a large piece of canvas, 22x26", (poster size), and Gesso'd the whole thing.  Instead of using a paint brush, I used a credit card to apply the gesso to the canvas fabric.  This works quickly, cleanly and applies a smooth and level layer to the fabric as you can see below:

You just need to make sure to scrape any lines that are sowing until smooth, or you will have a striped background...that might be really cool, but not for this project where I want to place the quote in the middle of the canvas.

I'm going to let this dry overnight and then will start spraying, stenciling, stamping and painting tomorrow night.  This will be the fun part!