Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Create Love

Today is the start of a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  Sara Emily, our hostess for this one is calling it A Mother's Love.  Here is how she describes it:

A mother's love can mean so many different things to different people. With this challenge I invite you to take some time to reflect on what it means for you and create a vintage or shabby chic project for your mother or a special woman in your life to let them know how much you love them. Be sure your project has the word "love" somewhere on it where it will be noticed.

Sadly my Mom passed away 27 years ago but I can still honour her with this project because it speaks to something she loved to do and passed on to me - creativity.  In turn I have passed the "creativity gene" on to to my Daughter and she has passed it on to her Daughter.  My Mom did all sorts of fiber crafts (petit point, smocking, knitting to name a few) but she also painted and once I was in the dentist's chair and commented that the paintings on the ceiling looked like something my Mom would do and he said that she did.  Apparently she got bored counting the little holes in the ceiling tiles so she brought him some art.

In addition to what you have seen me do, I too have done some fiber crafts however the ability to draw skipped me but both my Daughter and Granddaughter have it and both can look at something really tiny and draw it really large and it will be perfectly to scale.  My Granddaughter paints and just auditioned for the Advanced Visual Arts program in high school.  She was accepted so next year when she starts high school she will have the opportunity to take a number of great arts courses in addition to lots of maths and sciences, which she will need in order to earn money.

Considering what we are all experiencing right now, I am sure you will understand when I tell you that I don't focus well these days so there are no process photos.  I will explain how this came together and since I have done a similar project before HERE is a link to the post so you can see some process photos.
  • Cover an 8" x 10" canvas with tissue paper that was crumpled up tightly and then carefully opened back up, making sure to pat it down rather than rub it on so it doesn't tear
  • Glue a panel of burlap to the centre of the canvas
  • Adhere a variety of elements around an old paint brush (metal & paper flowers, lace, charms, buttons, wooden shapes and text, gems, filigree shapes)
  • Cover everything with a coat of white gesso (Dina Wakley) and when dry add a coat of Blackberry Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley)
  • Spray the canvas with Milled Lavender Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz), Violicious Violet Moonshadow Mist (Lindy's) and Crushed Grape Spray Ink (Dylusions)
  • Add some watered down Rosy Acrylic Paint (Dina Wakley) randomly over the canvas
  • Rub some Amethyst Magic Art Brilliance and Rose Gold Metallique (Prima) wax pastes over all the raised areas
This is such an easy way to create a fun canvas so I hope you will give it a try.  By the way, in case you are wondering if the colour purple has any significance, well sort of.  My Mom loved blue but I have done so many projects in blue that I wanted something different this time.  I don't really have a favourite colur and I don't know what my Daughter's is so I went with one of my Granddaughter's - at least I think it is because she decorated her room in purple, grey and white but she is 13 so things change at warp speed. 😀

The challenge runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, April 28th and one randomly chosen entrant will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique while the Design Team will choose their top picks and the overall winner will receive an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies list:

Dina Wakley Media Mediums - White Gesso MDM41689
Natural Jute Mesh (Burlap)
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Blackberry, 1oz Bottle
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Rosy, 1oz Bottle
Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Ink Spray - Crushed Grape DYC33851
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Milled Lavender TSS42334
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabair - Antique Brilliance - Amethyst Magic
Antiqued Bronze Filigree Pieces - Set of 4
Antique Bronze Filigree Flower Wraps - set of 3
Bronze Metal Daisies for Scrapbooking and Mixed Media
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments Floral TH93789
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments - Arrows TH93127
Tissue Paper (Dollarama)
Violicious Violet Moonshadow Mist (Lindy's)
Rose Gold Metallique Wax Paste (Prima Marketing)
Paint Brush, Charms, Buttons, Wood Shapes, Text, Paper Flowers, Gems, Beads, Lace (My Stash)


  1. What a lovely gift (creativity) your mother has passed on to all the generations! This is gorgeous and I love how it is monochromatic because it only highlights more the pieces that are assembled so beautifully!

  2. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom and her creativity! I love all the texture and your chunky collage. How blessed you are to have your Mom pass her creative gene to you and then you in turn to be able to pass it down through the generations. My Mom has always been crafty, and I remember when we were very small she would give us dry macaroni and a sheet of paper and have us 'draw' pictures with it. Big congratulations to your granddaughter for being accepted into the Advanced Visual Arts program! She's a star! Take care and big hugs!

  3. How wonderful that the creative gene has passed from mother to daughter through the generations of your family Cec and how proud you must be of your amazing Granddaughter's achievements. Your canvas is so special with all those elements that remind you of your Mom and the deep purple colour really helps to add drama to it. Sending huge hugs xx

  4. This is stunning and such an effective use of a monochromatic color scheme. That is such a cool story about the art on your dentist's ceiling!! It is special that your Mom's creative gift has asserted itself in subsequent generations.


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