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I can get lost for hours just playing with paints and texture. It’s a real respite from life’s little challenges.
For me, it’s about discovery, not following a recipe, not purchasing a lot of pre-made embellishments, I prefer to create my own, not follow any rules and get down right messy.
The possibilities that the die templates give you in creating your own foam stamps is beyond amazing and fits right in with my “make it yourself” philosophy.
When I took a step back at the canvas I was working on, I really loved how the colors bounced off of each other and I really thought – “Yeah, this IS MY HAPPY PLACE!”
Making your own HAPPY PLACE Art Canvas
- Decoupage sheet music, dictionary pages and other decorative papers to front of canvas. Let dry.
- Apply paint to wax paper. Load paint randomly onto brayer. Hit and miss over different areas of the canvas. Repeat with coordinating colors. Allow paint to dry in between each color so that they don’t muddy together.
- Add touches of paint with your fingers or a brush randomly over the canvas.
- Selectively wipe away some of the paint in random areas allowing portions of the background paper to show through.
- Cut a heart out of music sheet paper and decoupage onto front of canvas over background patterns. Water down paint and lightly paint over top with a coordinating color.
- Apply paint to foam stamps with brayer.
- Randomly stamp lattice pattern to canvas. (I use darker colors around the edges to give it a framed look and lighter colors on the inside to add interesting texture and pattern.) Repeat for as much pattern and color as you like. Don’t worry if you do not stamp complete patterns
- Repeat step 6 except this time use the circles stamp. For this particular pattern I used black permanent ink.
- When your background has been completed, cut out words from paper and decoupage to front.
- Jump up and down because YOU DID IT! – You now have a certified HAPPY PLACE!
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