BFF’s Screened Porch

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My BFF has recently finished repairing her screened-in porch, and I surprised her with a little crapsmanship and redecorating. BFF is a rabid recycler and repurposer, so I knew she wouldn’t want sparkling new items in this room. (If you look closely at the furniture with the fabric, you can see the rips in the seat. BFF and I found these curbside the evening before trash day, and with her recycling spirit, BFF plans to replace the seats but save the frames.)

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More Greeting Cards

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Last week, I shared with you how I used up some of my paper stash to make greeting cards. Here’s a gallery of the ones I’ve made recently. (CRAP ALERT: Some aren’t especially good, mainly because I’m a crappy stamper. And a rotten photographer.) But they’ll still serve their purpose. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

“Use Up My Paper Stash” Greeting Cards

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I needed two birthday cards — quick! — so I decided to try an idea I’d recently seen on YouTube. (Unfortunately, I can’t find the link to give credit to the original post.) This smart person used her printed deli paper stash to make greeting cards. Read the rest of this entry

Red Flower Mixed Media

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This project was the epitome of crapsmanship — working, reworking, and reworking until I get something pleasing. My original intent was to do something abstract in black, white and gold. Strangely enough, I started with a baby blue background on an 18X24 canvas. I had read that starting with an unexpected color can add interest. The picture below isn’t my canvas, but it does show you the color I began with.

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A Gift of Bubbly

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Full disclosure: Neither of these bottles are my work; I saw them at a gift shop in Baton Rouge (The Keeping Room on Perkins next to Trader Joe’s). But aren’t they a cute and easy idea for a gift? A bottle of champagne or prosecco, a little paint, perhaps some string and a charm, ten minutes (maybe), a gift bag, and a card. Voila! A perfect celebratory present for someone you love.

In the Studio with the Grandgirls

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Dan the Man and I have had three of our granddaughters visiting this week. Boy, are we tired! For fun mornings, we’ve been to the studio at least once a day, and I’ve been doing little lessons on artists and art techniques. Here’s my photo-documentation. Read the rest of this entry

Spring Flowers

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Sometimes, you crap something up so irretrievably, you’ve just got to start over.

The pic below was my beginning. The more I added embellishments, the crappier it got.

I just didn’t like it. So out came the black gesso. I painted the canvas completely and then added colored marks with stencils and acrylic paint.

Using a palette knife, I added white flower petals and green leaves. I painted on stems and some centers to the flowers. Once I was happy with the look, I placed the picture in a white frame with a white mat. Now it looks cheerful and spring-y, and I’m happy I didn’t settle on the crap I first started with!