Friday, August 30, 2013

Abstract Canvas and Can Man

Hi everybody,

Just a quickie to show you my latest canvas.

I previously created something on this canvas, but I never liked it, so I took it apart, covered it with gesso, and created something new. I just call it Abstract on Canvas.

I learned a neat trick from a dear friend. You rub your canvas with a white candle to give it an interesting look. But I took it a step further: I blew the wax with a hair dryer and melted it so it covered the entire surface. Then, as I learned from a YouTube video, I polished it with a soft cloth so it has a nice shine.
Also, below is the Tin Can Man. My friend has it in her cabin in Nova Scotia and she sent me a photo of it. It was made entirely from cans and bottle caps. Good idea, no?
That's all I have for now ... see you again soon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fun and Silly Art Assemblage

Hey out here ... Just want to show you a fun assemblage piece that I created recently.

Her name is Mrs. Potato Masher Head (or should it be Ms.?).

I save all kinds of "junk" to make something cute or whacky (like this) when the mood strikes.
I had to buy a new potato masher, so I used the old one here. The head is made from one of my husband's white socks. The hair is yarn glued on. I made the rose in her hair from a piece of paper towel. And she's wearing a pair of earrings that I don't wear anymore. I added glitter to the handle and base to make it look fancy. I think you get the picture.
I hope you've enjoyed it!
Back soon ... Deb

Sunday, August 11, 2013

18 x 24 Canvas as Emotional Dumping Ground

Hi all ...

This is my latest canvas. I needed to express some heavy emotions in my art. What better way to do it than with creating an abstract piece.

Here it is. I call it Emotional Inferno.

Materials used: gesso, acrylic paints, acrylic paint markers (love them!), gold leaf bits pressed all around the sides (the inferno), and Plaid acrylic sealer spray (only use outside since breathing it in is toxic!)

I'd like to know what you think, but people seem to have problems leaving me comments. If you want to comment on any of my blogs, my email address is


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