A Little Phase

I know I usually decry ‘how to’ tutorials on this blog, but recently I’ve been slightly obsessed with multi-media/collage art. Surprisingly, Pinterest has failed me when it comes to breaking down the steps of this type of creative thing.

Maybe an inability to take pictures is part of the artistic process – who knows! It inspired me to  document what I did a few weeks ago, however. Some multi-media of my own!

So here you go…this is my experimentation with collage for a friend’s house warming present.

I used a mix of watercolours (for the sunflowers) and various acrylics to cover the old print and portions of the face and flowers.

I also wasn’t completely happy with the words in the background, so I cut out a new piece of paper that fit around the flower petals, rewrote the phrases, painted the paper white and then mod-podged it in place.

The bright black quote was written directly over everything with a fine point Sharpie. I practiced the spacing on a separate piece of paper, but honestly, the surest way to write crooked, is to over think it!

This is a different post than I usually pull together, but I hope it inspires you to do something creative today and not be afraid to make mistakes!

 

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A Facelift

There are fond memories of this dresser, which we dragged back from an auction at 1:00 in the morning.

It is also less fortunately, the dresser with cigarette burns and rat nibbles.

So we worked together to make it usable, which is an adventure in itself.

Because if there are two people who approach projects in a more entirely different way than Wesley and I…please, please raise your hands.

I now have a complex about my painting.

Wesley was forced to finish his part while sleep deprived from work.

In many ways, this dresser confirmed more than just my love for the colour blue.

It taught me that Wesley and I can both be difficult people.

That we are also pretty good at getting over it.

And that if we can love each other while completing a project

…the future is bright.

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Making Home

I promised people I would blog about everyday more, and meanderings less…so here I am with the most ordinary of pictures.

A messy apartment. A stubborn Ubox door. Unloading boxes four days before Christmas. A lot of finishing nails. Eating out more than we should.

Don’t look twice, nothing glamorous here! Just a couple of happy campers and some sunshine. ❤

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An Equation

2 x 4 + saw (canvas drop cloth + staple x 240) fingers/paint/plastic knife                        (tissue paper + twigs) grapefruit beer + black flies x modpodge on chin                                                                                             = painting

 

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T is for Tutorial, No for No Thanks

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I have several things to say about pallet wood and ‘Pinterest things’.

First, I love them both dearly.

Second, my father, sis-in-law and I are so late to the pallet bandwagon that it is no longer cool, but pretty much crafting status quo.

Third, we don’t really care.

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And fourth, I’ve been thinking lately about identifying what I actually like, rather than trying to like things I don’t. Truth is, I will never be a blogger who likes to write tutorials.

So no tutorials there will be.

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Puddin’

Inspired by a baking show, I set my mind to make four British ‘puddings’ on the long weekend. They are the stuff found in novels and as I researched recipes I was reminded of references from Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton, and there is something tremendously Pickwickian about a dessert called, Queen of Puddings.

Most British puddings are a straightforward combination of bread crumbs, suet and jam. There is nothing subtle about the sweetness and their flavour is non-complex. I discovered that sauce is the key to these desserts, and all those mentions to custard and clotted cream in The Castle of Adventure, suddenly made sense.

Treacle Tart:

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I had no idea that ‘treacle’ was simply golden syrup, which I bought at Sobeys and didn’t even need help finding. It combines a semi-burnt sugar flavour with the lemon and breadcrumbs that form this tart’s bulk.

Queen of Puddings:

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This is a layered pudding, with fluffy bread pudding on the bottom, black currant jam, and then a topping of meringue. The whole thing is served warm, and I found myself distracted by the bread pudding. It transformed to such a tender, fluffy consistency, that it outshone  the meringue in my opinion.

Roly Poly Pudding:

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This pudding typically features suet in the crust, but I cheated. The roll is crisp, and sticky from the jam filling. I served this with custard and it was slurpishly good.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding:

Er – we ate it all. A light date cake poured over with three plus cups of toffee sauce. Yes please!

And now cue the sugar high. I think the next taste testing needs to be something as salty as it comes!