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Day 268: 5 Truths About Fear Painting/Collage

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

As you all know by now, for Christmas, birthdays, and pretty much any occasion where gifts are called for, I usually make them! My sister, Katherine definitely knows this to be true, so before Xmas and her birthday back in December, she asked me to create a painting/poster/drawing or something that had these words on it from a book she was reading. You’re supposed to say these 5 Truths About Fear several times throughout the day, so she wanted something that said them.

Here’s the words in case you can’t read them:

1. The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
2. The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out… and do it.
3. The only way to feel better about myself is to go out… and do it.
4. Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.
5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.

I started out with just painting the canvas with a blue sample jar miss tint that I had in hand, then I used a crackle finish over that. Unfortunately, it didn’t show up very well, so I moved to plan B of decoupaging some pieces of tissue on top of that. And then I just wrote the words on it with a metallic silver Sharpie and I was done! I think it turned out pretty well, and now I just have to mail it to my sister! Hahahaha… Oops. In my defense, I DID have surgery right before Christmas, so, yeah. I’m terrible, but I will be sending it ASAP!

Anna Grace


Day 149(2 days late): Paint Chip Collage Part 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

You may recall me making a collage out of paint chips and mod page about a month back. Here’s a pic of how it was as a reminder. (with ridiculous flash…)

Well, that’s been sitting in my living room staring at me since then begging me to do something else with it. I liked it by itself, but I thought it needed something extra. So today I was eating dinner and saw the sample jar miss-tint that I’m using for another project (post coming about that tomorrow!!) and I thought, “That super bright green would look cool on all of the neutral murky colors!” So I thought that maybe I would make like a vine or plant graphic with it because I friend told me that the background collage looked like a light at the end of a tunnel and something growing out of darkness is another metaphor along those same lines. I looked around on good old google for awhile and found this cool interpretation:

I liked the sort of spirally look of the plant itself, so I tried to recreate that a bit. Well… that’s when the problems started. :neutral: At first I tried to sketch it out using a pencil so I had guides for when I painted, but the pencil wasn’t marking at all on the thick layer of mod-podge. Then I just decided to wing it… and I quickly realized that the brush I was using (and the only one I was willing to sacrifice with house paint) was way too wide to get all the little details I wanted, and I had made the bases of the plants way to big! :oops: So, at first I tried to wash off the paint, and was fairly successful with the part that was still wet, which I stupidly started trying to wash off first, but the dried down parts were only coming off after some serious rubbing and were sort of taking off the sheen of the background!! So, I decided to just work with the little bit that was still stuck on there. I had liked the way the plant bases were looking by themselves with out all the branches and leaves, so I decided to just do them like plants that swirled all the way to the top (if that makes sense… sorry I’m super tired…). Well, when I started over I ended up making the biggest plant base even bigger than before and I couldn’t get the curve of it right, so I just sort of winged it. Then, you couldn’t really see the shapes very clearly, so I used another sample jar (originally from the mosaic painting) that was red and lightly outlined the shapes (I found an old tiny make-up brush that the handle was broken off of and used that). It’s definitely not what I had originally intended, but I like it! It’s very abstractly organic, I think, but it a good way. And I like the contrast of the paint chip collage with the actual paint. Sorry for the bad picture… I’ll get another one tomorrow maybe. The red is actually much less brown than it looks in this picture.

I’m debating whether or not I want to put another layer of mod-podge or a spray sealer I have over top of this to get that sheen back. My worry is that it will take off or smudge the paint, so I’ll have to experiment with it! The great thing about this project is that it was absolutely free! :mrgreen: As I mentioned in the first part of this, I got the canvas at work because they were going to through it away, all the paint chips were damaged ones from the books at work, the mod-podge I already had on hand (so maybe like a couple of bucks were spent if you really want to get technical here), and the paints were sample jars that would have been thrown away anyways!! Free is always good :)

I’ll hopefully be catching up tomorrow… The actual post for today (Day 151) should have been a recap video, so I’ll post this birthday project I’ve been working on for a bit and the video then!

Anna Grace


Day 11 (2 days later): Reed Diffuser Decoupage

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

As you may have noticed, I have fallen behind a bit on my posts over the weekend. Saturday night was my amazing birthday party and I was going to post the recipe and pictures of the artichoke dip I made, but I forgot to take pictures before it was demolished by my guests and I! And then Sunday I was studying for a test :/ again!!!! So anyways, sorry. But better late than never, right?

So I actually made this on Saturday night, but I ended up doing it at my friend’s and didn’t want to put all the reeds and stuff in and risk spilling it in my car in transportation to my apartment. My friend Whitney and I were roommates our freshman year and we quickly dubbed out room “Decoupage Central” because it seemed like that’s what we were always doing in there! Decoupaging was definitely one of our many shared interests, so on Saturday night after my party, Whitney (after seeing my massive box of tissue paper from Bags & Bows) said, “Why don’t we relive the good days and decoupage something for your blog?” So we headed out to Walmart (we’re normally Hobby Lobby people, but it was 1 am haha) in search of something to decoupage.

I don’t know about you all, but my Walmart has been seriously lacking in the craft department since they remodeled, and it’s highly disappointing to me! They didn’t have anything in the craft department to decoupage! So after browsing pretty much the entire store, we found the reed diffuser section and decided that those plain boring jars needed some spiffing up. Here’s the before:

Boring! So we finally got around to decoupaging them around 5 am! (I’m a night owl and Whitney works nights as a nurse and was trying to stay on schedule.) I used that same standby Damask Tissue that keeps making appearances in my posts (it is my favorite), as well as a bright green, purple and peacock blue to match my color scheme that has somehow taken over my entire apartment! Also, at Walmart they had some prettier reeds that you could buy separately and make it even better, so I went with the natural wood and green ones. Here’s the final product!

I went with this amazing hazelnut cream scent so that now my kitchen smells like awesome coffee all the time! Yet again, so many uses for that tissue paper! It was nice doing decoupage again because I haven’t done it in so long! This technique will definitely be making more appearances in this project!

Days 12 and 13′s posts coming as soon as I eat some dinner!

Anna Grace