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Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.4


I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.

The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.

They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.

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Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no. 3

I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.



Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.


Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…

The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!

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revamping old art.



 Start with a great garage sale find that will never see the light of day as it is. Time to put my spin on it. The frame needs to be removable. Both canvas and printed masonite, or something similiar, will work for this project.

 Make a patchwork fabric piece to cover the surface of the artwork with at least a 1 1/2″ border all the way around. You can topstitch for added texture and interest. Press it with steam and a hot iron to get it crisp with no wrinkles.


Add text by using printable iron-on paper for light fabrics. You can also do images or logos. Iron it on your patchwork using the manufacturer’s instructions.


Cover the surface of the original art with decoupage medium using a foam brush.

Place the patchwork on top, smoothing out any air pockets. Press it firmly to the surface of the original art.

If you are covering framed canvas, use a staple gun to adhere the patchwork to the frame. Pull the fabric tightly to the back and neatly staple. Starting at the corners can be easier. Mine is masonite. I pulled the fabric tightly and adhered it to the back with duct tape. I like the beige because it gives a cleaner look compared to the silver.
Using the decoupage medium and foam brush, cover the entire surface of your patchwork in an even coat.

It will seem scarily cloudy but will dry clear.
Spraypaint the existing frame with a glossy finish. Looks brand new! What a difference!

The dried decoupage medium provides a paintable surface on your patchwork. Try an antique glaze or paint any design that goes with your decor. Make it personal!
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transforming silver trays.

I have a ton of silver trays around my house. I love to go garage saling and thrifting where you can find these for a dollar or less. They are so cheap that I just go ahead and buy them, which really defeats the purpose of saving money, but that’s a whole other discussion. Things just look better on top of trays. A sort of optical illusion of organization. Instead of the classy “British tea” vibe, I like to make them fit me a bit more.

You can use scrapbook paper, magazine pages or even a photo printed onto matte paper. I am personally obsessed with book pages. Lay the paper inside the tray. Loosely press the paper into the base of the tray. Run your finger around the base of the tray to crease the paper to hold the shape of the tray.

Gently tear the paper at the crease. It is better not to take too much off. You can always tear off more if needed.

Using decoupage medium, cover the base of the tray in an even coat with a sponge applicator or paintbrush. Lay the paper on top and smooth out any air bubbles. Spread a thin even coat onto the paper, carefully covering all edges. Do this neatly. You don’t want any on the sides of the tray. Let this coat dry and apply one more coat.

Use a light sandpaper to sand the paper edge after it has completely dried. Gently sand until the edges are smooth.You should not be able to feel where the paper begins and the tray ends. Take your time doing this. Remember… it is still paper. Give it one last coat of decoupage medium for protection.

Do a whole slew of mismatched silver trays for a unified look. Use it to hold outgoing mail. Use it to display cherished items. Hang them on the wall. Use it as a photo frame. The decoupaging medium makes it a paintable surface so the possibilities are endless. I think I might paint one of my daughters’ silhouette on it.