Feeling Very Crafty...How I Made This


If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you might have seen this...but let me explain in case you are wondering:~)

I've been feeling very crafty lately and I get these crazy ideas like THIS ONE that pop into my head and I just go for it and make it happen...
The living room has been undergoing a transformation from winter into Spring and Summer, and I've been thinking about that mantel and how it needs fresh dressing...
Like maybe a painting. Maybe a beach painting...


On this particular day I did NOT feel like getting in my car and making a trip to the craft store for a canvas. It seems that I do way too much running around anyway, so I put on my Girl Scout thinking cap of "make do" and remembered this wood frame that has been in the storage shed for a couple of years. It was originally in a large carton of an appliance or something that my husband ordered for his construction business and when I saw it about to go into a dumpster I grabbed it for future use...

For something unknown...


Perfect in every way and just the right size, so I grabbed a canvas drop-cloth {aff. link} out of the garage (used) and cut it to size...leaving a few inches on all sides. Any wrinkles were then ironed out with my mighty great Shark iron. Seriously I love this iron and use it as a steamer as well...


I pulled it as tight as I could and with a staple gun I went at it to the frame from the back, tucking the corners. Thankfully I studied art in college and did most of my own canvas stretching so the tricks were still in the back of my brain...


Ready...but drop-cloths tend to be porous and it needed to be whiter for my painting...


I gave it a nice thick coat of Liquitex Gesso and let it dry...


My preferred brand is Liquitex...


After realizing that my daughter had taken my acrylic paint stash and was out of town, again I needed to improvise. Mixing watercolors as a tint with the gesso worked well. Not sure that I'm completely finished and I might add some more texture, but I'm loving the nice summer look that it gives the room...

16 comments

Lucy Lomelin said...

Oh Janet! Can't wait! Love! 😍

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my word, Janet! This is gorgeous! You continue to amaze me, girl!!!! I would love to own one of your paintings!

xoxo laurie

Vesna (HOME CHIC CLUB) said...

Such a great idea Janet! Love it!
Hugs!

Victoria said...

That's very crafty and pretty! I love the pastel colors of it!

Katherines Corner said...

It's beautiful! hugs

Victoria Silva said...

Love your use of recycling...of things you already have...and the result is pure beauty!

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Very creative and the painting itself is just beautiful!!!

Nellie said...

This is so very pleasing to my eyes! Your creativity amazes me!

DD's Cottage said...

Love your resourcefulness Janet and the painting is very pretty

Marijana said...

Simply amazing! I love this pastel magic!
Hugs

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Janet. Very serene and pretty.
Kris

vintageandart said...

Beautiful and dreamy Janet...like being above the clouds in a plane

Pura Vida said...

Janet, crafty is not the word for this...it's stunning!

Burlap Luxe said...

Janet, your art piece is fabulous, so much so it took on the whole feel of your design mood of tone and texture of your colour scheme in how you live and design around.
It looks very much done, yet I know as an artist a piece is never done until it tells you so!
You could drag a intense deep water blue line across the horizon line where the pink begins to add that horizon line of depth, and if it were my piece it would call out done. Wow! It really could hang in a gallery.
Like myself, I absoluty love that you created this canvas all by scratch, it really adds the best interest to your art then running down to a craft store to by a canvas.

Really amazing drama you had added to your crisp home.

Xx
Happy Easter.

Dore

Karen said...

This is very pretty. I wish I knew more about painting. Lovely colors.

Debra Pashkowsky said...

That is a fabulous idea to use a drop cloth as a canvas. And the painting you did is gorgeous.

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