|Collaging brown paper bags|
So I ordered some canvases, 10" x 30" and turned it on it's side, for a horizontal orientation. I didn't feel like I wanted the canvas texture, so I decided to collage it. All my beautiful papers are packed up somewhere, so I attacked the brown paper bags in my pantry :) I ripped it into pieces and used gel medium to adhere it.
After that, I wanted to cover it in gesso to make it sort of white again, and I decided to add in some texture in the gesso, just for giggles.
|stamping into wet gesso|
I purposely did not make it all perfect and pretty at this point. I was slapping it on! Next came adding a bit of color, and my Pan Pastels were sitting next to me, so I decided to use those instead of paint. I have to say, I really love my Pan Pastels!! I did add a layer of matte medium to set the pastels, so they wouldn't smudge so much. The pastels just went with the whole idea of this canvas, just having fun and not getting caught up in perfection. It felt so good, especially since there isn't much control or perfection happening in my life right now anyway! Working this way just sort of suited my mood at the moment.
|adding color and doodles|
After adding color, I wanted to doodle late one night, and so I grabbed my PITT pen (a light gray) and just had fun. I don't always love my doodles, but I was just trying to have a little fun and keep my brain out of it, for once. Next I had to decide how I wanted to do the text. Alisa Burke used shoe polish, and after I scoured the town to find the right shoe polish, I decided it was too big for this size canvas. So I went to Wal-Mart and got some squeeze bottles and decided that I'd do the text in a more fluid, loose way. When I was feeling brave the next day, I dumped in paint and matte medium, stirred it all up and added the text! What fun to not worry about drips, spills and such! Here's where I forgot to take a picture :)
|Final Piece, 10" h x 30"w. The actual color is more golden and less lemon-y yellow.|
So that's it. I hope you all have a creative weekend. I guess I'll go unpack a box now :) Either that or organize baby clothes some more, as my due date is tomorrow!!