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The apron challenge

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Oh boy…….ever get the feeling you’ve bitten off more than you can chew?!  This is what happened last night.  Over on Tracy’s Mixed Media Mondays Facebook group, she sells these wonderful canvas aprons that are such good quality.  Check them out here if you’re interested in one for yourself!  Now Tracy had this thing (actually, more of an OCD tendency) about not wanting to get any paint on her apron and every Monday when she has her weekly classes on Ustream (come and join us as we have a lot of fun and Tracy rocks out a page each week), we would all bug her and try and get her to put some paint on that apron of hers!!  Well Lori finally came up with a BRILLIANT idea and actually challenged Tracy to an “Apron-Off”.  Check out Lori’s blog here as she did an amazing job on hers.  Anyone that knows Tracy, knows she can’t say no to a challenge, so the two of them were off and painting!!  Check out Tracy’s apron here on her blog…..she also did an amazing job on hers!  I commented on how awesome an idea it was on Tracy’s Facebook group and BAM!!!…..the challenge was put out by Tracy for all of us with an apron to also grab ours and paint it.  Sooooo…….because Tracy has been really getting me to step outside my comfort zone with my painting and just “Let It Go” and paint  (Although my apron already had a bit of paint and Gesso on it)……I had to take up the challenge as well.  I consider Tracy a great friend and I value our friendship so very much.  So here it is……does it not just scream out as a blank canvas begging to be used.

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One VERY BIG blank canvas.  One VERY BIG INTIMIDATING blank canvas and by FAR the biggest one I’d ever painted on.  But I’d committed to Tracy to paint mine…..so here it was, just staring at me.  I don’t own any fabric paints and only have the cheap Dollar Store acrylic paints to paint with (which suits me just fine….except for this project).  So I decided to try and ‘paint’ my apron with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays.   I decided to use one of my Flat Fabio sets and these colors:  Luscious Lime, Plumeria Pink , Caribbean Blue and Hibiscus Rose.  Needless to say, once I was done I pretty much have to buy a new set of them as three of the four is now almost empty.  LOL.  I kinda knew what I wanted it to look like when I was finished, but wasn’t really sure how to accomplish it as I’d never ‘painted’ using my sprays before and I wanted the apron to be one cohesive blending of colors.  So I enlisted the knowledge of my good friend and Lindy’s guru Limor Webber.  She just came out with her own set of Lindy’s Stamp Gang products that is a-MAZ-ing and you really do need to check it out…..it’s awesome! This woman does amazing work and I’m honored to call her a friend.  Here is a link to her blog with the announcement for the launch of the set just last week!  And here’s a link to the Lindy’s store where you can shop for these amazing sprays.  They’re honestly the best ones out there!  Anyway, back to the apron!  So with Limor’s help I got to spraying my apron.  ALOT of water got spritzed onto the apron and ALOT of Lindy’s was also sprayed.  I ended up with one very wet and very colorful apron…..and my heart was pounding as I wasn’t sure I really liked it!!  Into the dryer it went to dry it and see how it looked once dried.  I loved the pocket….but the rest of the apron was just too light…..sooooo out came the water and more spray!!  And I went to it.  I was already committed by this point and really didn’t have much to lose…lol.  Back into the dryer it went and back to pacing and sweaty palms as I waited for it to dry once again.  While it dried I took a piece of cardboard and drew out a flower, cut it out with my craft knife and had my stencil for the flowers I wanted to put along the bottom of my apron.  Apron was dried…..flowers were then sprayed on…..black acrylic paint was added and TA DAAAA……

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…..my apron was done!!  I loved it…..was sooooo happy I did it and had very colorful hands and fingers.  I think I’ll be pink and green for a few days as I try and wash it all off….lol.   I added some black paint splatter once I was done and called it finished!  I’m also wondering if I’m going to end up with some colorful undies the next time I dry a load of laundry in my dryer now……ooppsss.

Here’s some close ups of the apron:

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Thank you so much for stopping by once again.  Love you guys!!

Huggsss,

Yvonne

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August DARE……a page about me……yikes!!!!!

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Alrighty then……so Tracy Weinzapfel over on the Facebook page titled ‘Monday Nights LIVE with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios’, hosts a weekly Ustream mixed media free class I guess you could call it and does the most amazing pieces.  At the beginning of August she decided her monthly DARE challenge would be for us to create a mixed media page about ourselves and where we are right now.  As I listen the collective groan as you’re reading this…..that’s exactly what we all thought when she decided that was to be our ‘challenge’ for this month.  A page about ourselves??!!  No one thought they’d have a picture nice enough to use…..or didn’t like getting their picture taken….or like me, had just never done a page about themselves…..ever!!!  I find it very weird to create a page with just me on it……it somehow seems like I’m being conceited or something.  As the month went along, more and more of us started to dive in and try it and accept her DARE challenge.  One of the reasons I wanted to join both Tracy’s and Limor Weber’s facebook pages was to be able to just create a page and not try for perfection……not worry about whether ‘everyone’ was going to like it…..to be able to just sit in my little therapy room and create without a care about what anyone else though.  Well, I have to say, I’m finding the mixed media art genre to be very soothing and therapeutic like in some ways…..I’ve yet to master the ‘not caring about what others think’ part yet.  Baby steps…..lol

So, first I had to find a picture.  This was a challenge within itself as I’m always the one behind the camera as no one in my family ever thinks to take pictures!!!  As I weeded through the, ‘I look too fat in that picture’, ‘I have a stupid smile in that picture’, ‘My hair isn’t perfect in that picture’, ‘My eyes look like they’re half closed in that picture’……I am most certainly my own worst critic…..one more thing to add to the list of things I should work on…..lol.  I finally came across a picture of me holding my ver first Grandchild for the first time and yup……that was a genuine smile that I liked.  The proud Grandma smile…..lol.  I then decided to try something totally different again and use a color palette that I dont’ normally turn to……yellow, green and orange.  Yup, that’s what I chose…..yikes!!!  As I started to layer the paints to the canvas sheet, it started to grow on me.  That’s when I decided I wanted to do some zentangling on the page to complete it.  Sooooo much fun to do!!  Here are some close-ups of the patterns.  And I really should have written down the names of the patterns as I went along…..but I didn’t, so…..oh well!!

Here is a swirly design.  This one I just made up as I went along…..not sure if there’s an actual zentangle pattern that looks like this…..lol.

I really like the start  contrast between the bright orange and the turquoise in the corner of this pattern…..whatever it’s called.  I’m sure if there are any Zentangle friends reading this they’re probably cringing at the thought I don’t know what the patterns are called.  Ooppsss…..

This pattern is called Sez……the pretty little swirly thingy’s…..lol. 

Not sure about this pattern either…..lol.  Kinda looks like a fish net….maybe…..

Now, I believe this pattern is called Strickles…..it’s pretty cool. 

I like this pattern…..it’s called Bales. 

This sort of weave pattern is called Keeks……also very cool.  So, here is what the whole canvas page looks like…..drum roll please…..hahahaha.

So…..there you have it.  My page about me and some zentangling.  I think it turned out pretty cool…..bright colors and all!!

As always, thanks so much for popping your head in to take a peek……I truly do appreciate it very much!!  I love to hear your feedback as well.

Now, I’m off to see if I can free-hand draw a bird……LOL LOL LOL…..this should be interesting.

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉