I’ve been working on redecorating my daughter’s room and I wanted to make some scripture art. I chose Psalm 4:8 because my little girl does not like to go to bed and I wanted her to know she was safe at night.
To make this, I started by covering a wooden plaque with patterned scrapbook paper and accenting it with yellow paint. Then, I cut out the letters from cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I glued them on using Mod Podge. Finally, I painted on accent flowers and attached a hanging ribbon.
After all this, I realized the leftover cardstock would work great to make another piece of art. Why waste it? I glued it onto a wooden canvas.
I didn’t want to worry about all the little inner pieces, so I filled in the letters with matching paint. If you look closely, you can see I didn’t do a great job gluing it on; there are wrinkles and I needed to use some paint to touch up a few letters that tore. But from far away, it looks good.
So there you go, art in two ways.
I recently had fun participating in a project called the 14 Canvas Project, hosted by Seattle Handmade. 14 Artists were given canvases and told to make something with it. We were all challenged to “think beyond the canvas.”
Opening night of the show was this past Saturday. It was really fun to see all of the ways that the artists had interpreted this project. Each piece was so different.
Personally, this was a big challenge for me. I wanted to do something different than just paint my canvas. I started by trying to cut out flower shapes from it. I was not happy. So I ended up covering the whole thing with tissue paper. I didn’t like it. Finally, attempt number three was successful and I created this.
I wish I had taken pictures of the project along the way to show you how my piece evolved. I was frustrated because I was stuck with this one canvas and couldn’t start over. At the same time, I was challenged to come up with new ways to work with what I have.
Another lesson I learned during this was pricing. As I start selling more and more pieces of original art, I’m realizing it’s really hard to price accurately. How do you put a number on creativity? All this is to say, I under-priced my piece and was a bit embarrassed to see the price point of the other pieces on display. Lesson learned.
If you want to check out any of the pieces in person, they are on display at Luther’s Table in Renton, WA.