Sunday, May 29, 2011

On the road again

I love taking pictures of roads. There is something about an image of a road that makes me wonder, "where does it lead, and what will happen when I get there?"

I'm always on the lookout for a great road photo opportunity and I guess I'm not the only one.

Post Cards In the Attic made a beautiful treasury on etsy called "On The Road Again." and she honored me by putting one of my road prints on it. Not only did she include me in this wonderful treasury, she blogged about it on her beautiful blog, Butterfly in the attic. She's got some great old vintage postcards and images in her etsy shop and on her blog, so you might want to visit her. Enjoy your travels!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sale in my etsy shop

Just for my readers I'm having a sale in my etsy shop. All prints and posters are $5.00 (plus shipping).. Check it out and if you don't have an etsy account, just send me an email and tell me which print or poster you want. All prints are 5 by 7 and are matted. All posters are 11 by 17.

Show some love and buy a print! If you don't see anything you like, check back often, because I'm going to have this sale for awhile, at least during the next month.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mixed Media Collage tutorial

Have you ever started a painting just to realize half way through that it isn't going in the direction that you wanted it to go. I think it happens to us all. Or have you ever found an old painting at a garage sale or in the basement where the subject matter isn't that great but the canvas is pretty nice?

Well, if that's the case, you will love this little tutorial on what to do to reuse those canvases and create an interesting collage.

You'll need an old paint brush, some decoupage, the canvas, and papers.

The first step is to cover the canvas in a generous amount of decoupage. Use your fingers or an old brush and cover it completely.
Next, tear up old newspapers, tissue papers, pages from books and recycled papers and start to arrange them on the canvas. I let this step dry and then I come back and cover the papers in another coat of decoupage. After both of those steps are thoroughly dry you can sand down some of the rougher spots. It's not necessary, just a choice as collage and mixed media need that texture.

Your canvas is ready to paint.
I use brushes and my fingers to apply an array of colors. If you wold like some of the papers underneath to show up, just put a light coat of paint around the edges, smear a little across. Have fun and don't worry about the outcome! I even added glitter to this collage. I always paint the sides of the canvas. Now it's ready to hang.

I picked a winner

Congratulations to Larry who won a print from my etsy store. His choice? He picked out a 5 by 7 matted print of the train depot, one of my favorites! Good choice, Larry! It's in the mail and on its way.

Stay tuned for a mixed media tutorial!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway!

Posters that can be personalized

Inspirational prints

Letters of the alphabet..looks cute in a child's room

Personalized pictures of animals

Biblical sayings

Posters for a classroom

Motivational posters and more

Remember, my giveaway ends in a few are some examples of my prints and posters... Check out over 100 designs at my SITE All you have to do is send me an email or leave a comment here. I will randomly pick a winner on Mother's day.

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