January 26, 2013

Focus On Life: Week 4

**If you are here to see the giveaways for day 6, click HERE.**

I have a lot of photographs to show here today so I'm going to keep this brief!  I am participating in the Focus on Life photo challenge, put on by the lovely and talented Sally Russick.  You can view all of the participants posts by clicking over there to Sally's blog.  But wait. Don't leave yet! Please take a gander at my project for this week.

The prompt:  CREATE Art!

This was an easy one for me! I have been dreaming about making this project come true, for several months now. I saw the idea on Pinterest, of course. The place where dreams are made. ha!  I just loved idea and so, I ran over to Hobby Lobby and bought about $75 of supplies. I know. Kinda crazy but I didn't have anything. No paint. No brushes. Nothing to mix paint on. No Canvas. Had to buy it all, and the price added up quickly but I got 2 canvases and hope to do another one soon!







I chose a quote from a Johnny Cash song. My husband looooves Johnny Cash. We loved the movie Walk the Line and this ended up being a nice gift for him.

"Because You're mine, I walk the line"  Seems perfect to me, to have painted lines showing when the letters are removed. I used vinyl re-positional letters from Staples.

This step took about an hour. By the time I was at the end of the canvas I really stinkin bored of making stripes.  For my next painting, I may do something a bit more free-form. :)




After the paint was dry, I stuck on the vinyl stickers.  And then painted over the whole canvas with Titanium white paint. I loved the cross hatching paint and I went over the letters and kept that nice pattern as I finished the canvas. It took a good hour and a half to fully dry.


Using an exacto knife, I carefully lifted the corners of the letters, and pulled each one off, revealing the stripes beneath. It could not have been a more awesome outcome.



It's hanging in my living room. I can't wait to dip my hands in the paint again. Thank you Sally for getting my ass in gear to do something non-jewelry related for a change. It was so good for my soul!



39 comments:

  1. I my! I love that idea, so inspired. I find it so difficult to know what to put on a canvas. I'm going to give this a try. Thank you Lorelei :-)

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  2. Amazing technique. Great words. I love Johnny Cash too. And the movie. I can tell you had a lot of fun with this.

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  3. This is amazing Lorelei! I love it - beautiful work.

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  4. OMG! This is incredibly amazing!!! I was trying very hard to read your blog as I viewed the pictures, because I could not figure out what you were doing (I am an idiot!!) Not to mention I LOVE that movie too! What a great - INSPIRATIONAL - post! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. That was one of our favorite movies too...and I listen to Johnny all of the time...what a neat idea...and executed so beautifully! Paint supplies can really add up quickly...

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  6. That is absolutely wonderful! Really beautiful! Perhaps I will try some paint...........

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  7. Totally awesome! That is a great technique, and it looks fantastic!

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  8. This is pretty sweeeet!!! I love the whole concept. THose paints are very colorful. Are they liquitex? Nice Lorelei! xo

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  9. Very nice and creative idea!Well done!
    ❁Anna
    Snapshotjewellery

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  10. That is so cool! LOVE how you've done this, and has so many possibilities! and now ... I can't get that Johnny song out of my head!

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  11. That is fantastic Lorelei! I love the colors you chose for the stripes and how beautifully it turned out. That was a wise paint supply investment -- you're a natural!

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  12. How great the painting turned out! Such an interesting technique. I hope Joe liked it. Looks like it's the start of a new hobby.

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  13. "Pinterest...The place where dreams are made." That made me laugh out loud! I love this. It is simple and yet has a stunning effect. I did something with paint and stickers for my mantel at Christmas. Tone on tone, cream, champagne and white with glitter. It was so much fun! I think that the reveal must have been fabulous. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  14. So fun!! I've seen these all over Pinterest and have been wanting to try one. Love your quote!

    (I'm #41 this week)

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  15. That is really cool!!

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  16. Lorelei, that is brilliant. I am so happy you tried this out. Johnny Cash is also a favorite of mine and always reminds me of my dad. Thanks for the smile.

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  17. That's such an amazingly cool gift Lor! Wonderful!

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  18. It's a grownup scratch board painting! Great result, although I really liked it before the white paint, too!

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  19. What a simple idea that turned out into something you will both treasure. I have problems with canvas but this looks fun. Too bad the cost of supplies is prohibitive but I still find mucking with paint to be restorative to the soul. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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  20. Cynthia W.1/26/2013

    That's gorgeous and looks like you had so much fun! I'm sure your husband will love it. :) BTW, why do new hobbies always cost so much to get started?! I'd like to try this one myself.

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  21. Ok, I loved it with the black letters on the stripes, and then you did the white, and....Holy Cow! That is soooo cool!!

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  22. What a great idea! Those stripes are beautiful! I almost like the white version as much as the end result.

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  23. So cool! Why didn't I think to just take matters into my own hands?? I've been keeping my eyes out for paint-by-numbers in the trift stores to do this to. I'm loving the stripes though, and the sentiment, very sweet to create for your sweetie

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  24. Hi Lorelei,
    Very cool idea and I really like how it turned out. Nice gift for your husband.
    Therese

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  25. Love the technique with the letters, and I always love a stripe.

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  26. Oh this is WAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY COOL!!!

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  27. Intriguing idea - I love the result!! Like Emma said - it's very sweet you have made something for your sweetie :) This week is getting better and better!

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  28. You had me from the get go with your wonderful photograph of your paints, with all those luscious colors. Thanks for sharing the step by step process - painting over all your stripes with white had to take courage! But the finished result was so worth it!

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  29. What fantastic colours and such a lovely result!

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  30. Very cool, love it! I really love the colorful stripes, they add such a great element of design to the piece. Your husband is going to love it!

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  31. Totally awesome art! I had to look at all the pictures to see how it turned out before I read the post! Gotta love Pinterest, lol!!

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  32. Cool idea. Looks great!

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  33. That is SO cool...love it!

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  34. I like your technique. You made great art. I am a country music fan also.

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  35. Your husband much get such a thrill seeing this hanging on your wall. His favorite singer and a creation for him from his favorite gal.

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  36. Well, HOW cool is that! Truly inspirational...I have paints, I have canvases...hmmm...

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  37. It's lovely Lorelei! I made something similar a few years back for the hubby for Valentine's or our Anniversary or something. (It's bad that I can't remember isn't it.) I bet those stripes were a paint though, but you made up for that with its awesomeness. Thanks for the tip on where you found the repositional letters, I couldn't find them in the craft store myself.
    Isn't breaking out of the bead and jewelry shell every now and then uplifting?
    How did he like it?

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  38. Lorelei, I have been working my hopping up from the bottom of the list this week and with a busy weekend I am finally getting to your FABULOUS post!! Every time I would go to click on the next blog to comment your thumbnail would catch my eye and I couldn't wait to get over here to see your painting! Isn't Pinterest an amazing source for inspiration! I LOVE what you have done here and I hope to see more or them!!! This painting would be a great print for a note card!

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