Monday, July 22, 2013

out beyond ideas

I used a 10x10 canvas and started by drawing the lines in pencil. I had to mix some paint to come up with the colors I wanted and I love how they all turned out! I debated different ways to put the quote on the canvas, in the end, I chose to paint it on white paper and cut around each word. Glued them on and went over the whole thing with mod podge. I also painted the sides of the canvas black. This might be one of my favorite pieces I've made!! 

I read this poem for the first time recently and instantly loved it. It's exactly where I'm at in life. Realizing that there is something more beyond the ideas of wrong and right. It's a dare to look beyond right & wrong, good & evil, black & white. To me, it's about not letting our differences divide us but instead embracing our commonalities as human beings. 

The full poem is this: 

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. 

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. 

Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.

~Jelaluddin Rumi

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I believe in the sun

"I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining. I believe in love, even when I don't feel it. I believe in God, even when he is silent" 

Powerful words found scribbled on a wall at a German concentration camp. 

I started with a piece of corrugated card board and tore off the top layer. Patches of the top layer were left behind, but I liked the look this gave it. 

Get creative... You can do so much with corrugated cardboard this way. It gives great texture to your art work! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY picture hooks

I found this online and I LOVE it... it worked perfectly! I had made some wall art out of a piece of wood... but then it was just laying around for days because I didn't have a way to hang it. I always made a mental note to swing by the store and pick up some hooks, but never actually got around to it. Then, I discovered this little trick. Soda can tabs.

I simply screwed the tab to the wood (be sure the screw won't go all the way through!), did measurements to make sure my screws in the wall would line up, and viola! Easy and free and it works!! :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

bingo coasters!!

It's nothing new to make coasters out of tile... but that doesn't make them any less awesome!! I've made some before with scrapbook paper... and I've also seen people transfer pictures of them. Tile is super cheap and the options are endless!!

I bought a Bingo game at a yard sale and made bingo coasters!!

i cut the Bingo cards down to a square (cutting off the top part that spells out B-I-N-G-O). the cards were pretty thick, so i peeled off the top layer- it peeled off pretty easily.

I used a variety of scrapbook paper... mod podged the bingo sheet to the scrapbook paper... then all of it to the tile. I used mod podge underneath and then a good coat on top.

Previously, I've used felt on the bottom so the coaster don't scratch any surfaces... but I didn't have any felt on hand, so I used what i had!  I cut squares out of an old pair of sweatpants and hot-glued that under each tile.

Finally, I added a water-resistant, protective gloss finish with clear spray paint.