Word Art — A Wedding Gift

April 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm (Wedding Art, Word Art)

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I’ve been waiting to share this word art with you but because it was a shower gift, I had to wait!!.  Our niece M is getting married in June.  M and C are wonderful people and I cannot wait to celebrate their nuptials!!  I’ve been making word art for all of my nieces and nephews for either their weddings or babies.

M’s twin got married last year and I made this piece for her.

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I wanted this one to be different so I did quite a bit of thinking and experimenting.  This time I picked up a frame at Goodwill and had DannyO cut a board to fit.  M sent me pictures of their wall color so I knew what colors to use.  I stripped the frame of its honey brown color and stained it ebony.  I had to play around with the positioning of the words for quite a while until I came up with something I was happy with.

Ta-Da!!

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Instead of using the last name as a backdrop, I used their last name’s first initial behind the year.  I really love this.   I think she liked it too!

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I always say “this one’s my favorite.”  And then I make the next one!!

On to the next adventure.

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Nursery Word Art

March 16, 2018 at 7:06 am (Creative adventures, Decorative Painting, Nursery Word Art, Word Art)

I needed to wait until T & S received this before I posted because it is a surprise!!  I love this family!  S calls us Daddy O and Momma O.  She’s been friends with our precious daughter for many years.  They have one daughter but struggled to have their second child.  When I saw Samantha’s picture and her Daddy’s explanation of why they named her Samantha Abigail, I just had to do a piece of art for them.

I knew I wanted to use soft colors.  I was actually able to use a frame that Andrew’s Momma (see previous blog) gave me years ago!  Yay for recycling! The frame was in perfect shape so I didn’t have to do a thing to it.  DannyO cut me a board to fit the frame and I proceeded to mix colors, choose a font (several, actually — I mixed and matched more than I’ve ever done before) and design a corner border.  I am very pleased with the result!

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It’s soft and I think it’s beautiful!!

On to the next adventure!

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Word Art – Two Special Projects

March 13, 2018 at 8:59 am (Creative adventures, mixed media, Word Art)

I always consider it a privilege when my family asks me to make them some art.

The first piece was for a great-nephew, born in January.  His Momma was baptized by Pope John Paul II and is fluent in Italian.  She asked me for a piece but didn’t specify the parameters.  I thought it would be cool to do the saying in Italian.  Hence the difficulty… I don’t speak Italian!  I put a few beautiful English sayings into three different translators and got three different translations!!  Also, they didn’t look as “pretty” translated into Italian.  So I regrouped and sent an email to Andrew’s grandma, asking for help.  Between her and her Italian friend, they came up with a beautiful saying — Translated to English, it says, “For every baby  born, the moon and the stars sing a sweet lullaby.”

I also wanted to juxtapose the crispness of the text with something painterly.  I nearly quit about three times but each time, my painter friends, Paul and Tara, talked me off of the ledge and through my issues.  Thank you Paul and Tara!!  Here is the finished piece.  I am very happy with how it turned out!

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The second piece was a little easier in that I didn’t have to paint anything, but I searched and searched for the perfect frame and fonts.  My nephew and his wife and boys are going through a particularly difficult time.  Their youngest son required a heart transplant at 6 months old.  This precious baby is doing well but they have a long and winding road to travel.  K asked for this specific saying.  Because the frame was large and would have been expensive to purchase new, I made several trips to Goodwill until I spotted the perfect frame in the perfect size!  DannyO cut me a board to fit and I proceeded, stripping the frame of its light brown stain and re-staining it a dark brown.  I then picked a gray matte paint for the word art and I think it turned out perfect!!

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From this ⇑

To this!! ⇓

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Two successes!!  On to the next “adventure!”

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Christmas Word Art

September 29, 2017 at 4:00 am (Christmas 2017, Word Art)

I am usually so far behind on “seasonal” art.  This year, I decided to work up a few samples early so if people want pieces, I can make them 🙂

The pieces I decided to do are the first ones I’ve actually hand-lettered in a long time.  I need a glass of wine before I pull the strokes but, hey… I’ll make the sacrifice!!!

Seriously, with intention tremors it can be difficult to pull a straight/bold line.  I had given up for a few years because it is hard for me but this year, my word is “intentional,” meaning I’m intentionally working on things that are normally hard for me.  The first piece (which I call the religious piece) came easily.  I worked it up in one afternoon — the afternoon I worked through my panic attacks.  The second piece (the general winter piece) was harder for some reason.  I went through a few versions, ultimately deciding on the one you see here. The snowflakes are my own creations too and I may have gotten a little carried away 🙂  (like that single stray snowflake at the bottom, which I painted before I put the others on… it probably doesn’t belong there)

So, this is a “ta-da” moment.  (Drum roll please…)

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Word Art/Subway Art — Mixed Media

September 4, 2017 at 8:24 am (mixed media, Scripture References, Subway Art, Word Art)

So, I promised to blog each and every week and already I’ve broken my promise!!  No more promises!!  Actually, I spent last week in NoVA, helping darling daughter to organize her house. Both she and her hubby work full time and go to school, which leaves no time for the little things…  I spent the days with their cat, Phlox 🙂 .  I had fun!!

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I actually would be a professional organizer if I didn’t have these little things, MS, ON, TN, which leave me exhausted after a few days of hard work.  I enjoyed visiting with her and we shopped, ate, talked and laughed and loved on each other.  I realized how much I really miss her,  She correctly stated that, after about 5 days, we’re ready for a break from each other.  I like to think we’ve learned, in 35 years, how to speak to each other and encourage each other!!

Anyway, I thought I’d catch you up on some of the art I’ve been doing, using my Silhouette machine and lots of trial and error.

This was one of the hardest pieces I did and it was one of the first!!  I suppose I love to jump into the deep end 🙂

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I love taking Bible Verses and making them into subway art…

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This is a piece I did for a baby shower…

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These two pieces were done for wedding showers…

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I love this piece, a poem written on a cellar wall in Germany during the Holocaust.

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One of my most precious pieces… the song Brent and Marissa danced to at their wedding.

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This was just a saying I liked.

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This piece is a mixture of stencil and hand lettering — for a refurbished farmhouse in Richland.

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There you have it!!  I guess I did more than I thought I did in the last year… I just neglected to blog about it!!

Be Blessed my friends!!

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