A huge hug and thank you to the delightful and talented Jennifer at A Charming Life for this sweet award. I surely appreciate it and I was practically beaming to be chosen alongside Holly, Heather Monica, and Dawn.. Aw, Thank you Miss Jenn. I'm very honored indeed.
From the start of my blog, beginning with my very first post (hard to believe almost a year now) I have voiced my insecurities and doubts about my artwork. So, to be chosen that my blog/artwork makes someone's day...well as they say, "you've come a long way baby". I cannot tell you enough how much that means to mean.
So speaking of doubts. Not only do most days I doubt my own creativity, but another stickler of mine (and there are ooohhhh so many) is that I can't seem to find a particular style. Yes, much like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, my style preference seems to bounce back and forth between light and dark. Cute vs. sophisticated. Yoda vs Darth Vader..ok, I just threw that in to see if you were really listening.
And I guess overall, it's not a bad thing, to like so many different styles, but sometimes it just keeps me off kilter. As my friend Shawna and I were discussing yesterday, when you like a little bit of everything, well, it does make it hard to narrow down your niche. So with all lthis said, let me shut up and show you what I've been making:
From paper to painting. Painting, painting, painting. Bright colors...happy, happy.
The tea towel was inspired by the wonderful Kari and Kijsa. They had a wonderful post about giving new life to damaged old tea towels by painting them. I had not painted on cloth in ages. And while I did not have any old tea towels, I did have a bundle of .49 one's from Ikea. I like the way this one turned out, even though I wish I had painted the word cherry in french rather than English. But will still look cute in my kitchen, specially after I add a gingham bow. And the flower pots, also inspired by Kijsa. I love her silhouettes and I thought I would try my hand at it. Mine are a bit clumsy looking to me. But oh well, maybe a little practice is required.
Now that we've seen Happy Doc Hyde, let's move on to Dark Mr. Jekyll.
It all started with a wonderful bag of bits. Metal bits. From the awesome Beth over at Gathering Dust. She sells the coolest junk. Love to order from her.
And this little thing. Since I have a fondness for silver I seem to always pick these little guys up. Are they coasters? Well, I have a pile of em and I got the idea to do this:
Ohhhhh. Dark. : ) Ok, not that dark, but muted.
However, I can easily see these being done in bright happy colors as well. Maybe with a french theme or a fruit theme.
And a frame. I made a frame. Well, I did not make the frame, but I painted and papered the frame. And added one of Beth's cool metal bits.
And since we are on the topic of dark...I did not make this, I bought it. But I just had to share it. Isn't it lovely? I love it and it's going to hang over a mirror in my entry way. I found it in Canton yesterday.
And speaking of Canton. Wow. Wait till you see all the wonderful things I found yesterday. Uh wee, did I ever get my "grotty" on. I'll show ya those on Monday. More tales form the "darkside" then. : )
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.