How was your week?
I love learning new skills, however, this week has been…
Kind. Of. Stressful.
My first official blog related email was sent out last Sunday and to say there were some technical issues was an understatement!
Thank goodness for Google and You Tube!
That and just taking a deep breath and figuring out what I could and let go for now what I couldn’t. Life is too short to stress over the little stuff and I figure eventually I will either figure out this “technical stuff” or I’ll find someone who can figure it out for me!
In the meantime, last weekend my daughter Dani and I finally were able to get together and do some flower and plant shopping. It was a nice relaxing afternoon and she was a trooper when I pulled out my new camera, a Nikon D3500 and started snapping photos! Yes, I am sure I embarrassed her. I know it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last!
I even had her take some of me for an upcoming blog I was asked to be in for a private wellness group I’m in ‘The Best You’ on Facebook.
I’m not sure when this will be posted, but when it is, I’ll share a link in my blog also!
In the meantime, I’m getting organized and prepping pieces of wood for my next round of personal requests. I am also practicing with my camera and debating on painting my downstairs AGAIN!
I have not told Merrill, SHHHH!
I even have the color picked out, Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. I told Dani and she just shook her head.
I love my blue/gray walls downstairs, very calming. However, when I stage my signs or furniture for photographing, some of these just do not work together.
We have a closet sized bathroom, and I think the smaller the space the harder they are to paint. Because of this, I skipped painting this room the last time I freshened up the downstairs. So this will be the first room I tackle, then I will work on the dining room when Merrill is at work.
The Full Reveal! Introducing Keys to my Heart
Introducing a 2 canvas set mixed media piece, ‘Keys to my Heart’!
Working with mixed media is such a freeing experience. There are no mistakes, only art.
This 2 piece set started out in my mind as a piece that could be put in a bedroom for someone who is not afraid of color but celebrates bold color. There is texture in the background that draws your eyes up and down.
On top of this layer is half a heart on each canvas.. Representing two people, joined to become one. While working on this, my vision of this piece morphed. I was excited to add a key and key lock to emphasis my vision and this whole theme together!
Want to know a secret? The key and key lock molds were made from hot glue instead of paper clay! This process was so easy! I’ll have to do a post on this in the near future! I’ve made a few molds from paper clay and for me this is a little messy since I add powder to mine so the clay does not stick when I remove the clay from the mold. Once the glue cooled, it removed easily and Dixie Belle chalk paint was used to paint the initial layer since I wasn’t sure what direction I was going. Once I decided I wanted these on a silver medallion, I used black acrylic paint so it had a shine to it just like the hearts!
This is how ‘Keys to my Heart’ was created and how this piece received her name!
She is available and I will be putting a listing up in my shop area section here on my website. If you are interested, message me ASAP since my email subscribers and readers of my blog will have the first opportunity to purchase this 2 piece set before I start sharing this information on social media!
This is a unique piece and only one is available. Each canvas measure 10″ by 20″.
I would love to hear your feedback!
I was recently asked to come up with a stat sign for a newborn girl with an elephant theme. I was so thrilled to be able to do this that I have to share with you a little peek into how she turned out! Come back next week for the full reveal!
I even took a little creative license and added a little “blush” to her cheeks and ears! I hope you love her like I do!
Memorial Day Weekend for some reason snuck up on me this month and in a few weeks is the Southern Iowa Junk Jaunt, can’t wait to go junkin!
I hope everyone who is traveling and visiting family and decorating gravesites have a safe and restful weekend.
Until next Sunday,
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The colors I used for ‘Keys to my Heart’ include Dixie Belle’s Rustic Red, Barn Red, Fluff, Caviar, Stormy Seas, both Silver base coat and Silver top coat on the medallion where the Key and Keyhold are placed. The heart has a coat of Gator Hide. A sealant, not so much to protect the paint since this paint has a sealer in it, but to add a nice shine to the heart.
I used my hot glue gun and this Silicone Mold to make my Key and Lock for Keys to my Heart. This was so easy!
This is the same camera I purchased this past month and I absolutely love it! This camera has bluetooth technology so I am able to since with my phone and laptop to download the photos!
Once again, I went to You Tube and did a search on Nikon D3500 for beginners and found a few videos that walked me through step by step on how to set it up on manual, when I’m ready!
Canvases and medallions the key and keyhole were attached to on Keys to my Heart were purchased from my favorite craft store, Hobby Lobby!
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