Peeps Canvas

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For those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with chickens. I fell in love with them during a trip to Key West years ago and have been in love with them ever since! For the past three years, I have been blessed with raising chickens and Peeps, one of my original hens, is my favorite. Peeps is a commercial breed — valued because they lay an egg almost every day for about two years. But she is my favorite because of her calm, loving personality.

When she was just a chick, she hopped up on my hand and we became fast friends. She doesn’t mind being held and hugged for a minute or two, is always curious and willing to try new things and is never afraid to take on a dog (through the safety of her fence).

I thought she deserved a place in the house, so I created this canvas of her.

I started by painting the canvas in Distress Paint — I mixed silver and a couple of blues.

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Then I used Texture Paste and a stencil to add a chevron pattern. I cut out a silhouette of Peeps and adhered it with dimensional foam adhesive. The title is cut out of cardstock. The other words are rub ons from Tim Holtz. I love them … they are not typical rub ons and they go on easily on canvas, fabric, metal or whatever.

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I used some leftover buttons and flowers and some feathers from the chicken coop … I think the little one in the front is actually from Peeps.

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I added a little burlap behind the photo and used embossing paste and a stencil to add more dimension to the top. The tag is an actual tag that came on something my husband bought at the farm store. I thought it was cool, so I kept it and used it here.

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I love how it turned out … it makes me smile every time I look at it. Peeps could use some love and well wishes right now … she is currently trying to fight off an infection that makes it hard for her to breathe. I’m hoping she’ll get better because I absolutely love my Peeps!!

Crystal Flowers Vase

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It doesn’t take much to turn a plain second-hand vase into a unique work of art.

For this project, I started with a vase I picked up at Goodwill for less than $2. I used washi tape to tape off the area I wanted to etch. Then I used Crystal Flowers Peel-Offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create my design.
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Then I coated the entire area with Etchall etching cream. Spread it on thick with a squeegee (a brush will not get it thick enough) and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then scrape it off and put it back in the jar for next time (it’s reusable!!). Wash off the residue and then peel off the tape and stickers ….

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(I put a towel inside so you can see the etching.) But I didn’t stop there … I knew that etching made glass easier to paint because it gives it tooth so the paint can stick. So, I decided to try an experiment — and it worked!

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I painted the area with Distress Paint (Distress Paint is thinner than most acrylic paints and reacts with water while wet … I’m not sure if this technique will work with traditional Distress Paint or not …) As soon as I painted the glass, I took a paper towel and wiped it off. The paint stuck to the etched parts, but not the rest of the glass. If you make a mistake, you can wash it quickly and all of the paint will come off and you can do it again.

After it was completely dry, I sprayed a bit of Windex on a paper towel and used it to get any remnants of paint off of the glass.

I love how much easier the paint made it to see the etching, while still remaining light and transparent. Gorgeous!

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Then I added some May Arts ribbon and some little dots of Liquid Pearls to some of the flowers.

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From Trash to Treasure

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This is the project that brought me out of a period of extreme uncreativity. After days of frustrating failed attempts at creating art, depression was setting in and my husband suggested I ignore all deadlines and create something just for me. I remembered this old birdcage my nephew found in the trash for me and got to work cleaning it up. This is how it looked after a bath.IMGP2156

I added a few strips of May Arts ribbon and some vintage buttons around the base.

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I used fake flowers and some blingy garland from the Michael’s and Hobby Lobby … cutting them up to fit where I needed them to go. I broke down and bought a hot glue gun (I despise them) to save time. It actually worked out okay … I only burned one finger and I managed to keep the stringy glue under control.

birdcage_Candy_Spiegel3I also found some colored burlap flowers at Pier One. They were meant to be used as confetti on the table, but I added vintage buttons and adhered them to my project.

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I added a little bird’s nest and eggs to the inside, along with some additional flowers.

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I love how it turned out … it adds a bit of spring to my living room. I also found myself reaching for these same colors again and again … must be my new favorites … and have scattered them around my living room and kitchen. It is so pretty!birdcage_Candy_Spiegel4

 

Thanks to Jakob for knowing I would love this birdcage and bringing it home for me. And to Matt for reminding me that sometimes we have to do something for ourselves!