Remember last week when I said that I had made some artwork for my office?
Well, it was all because I was inspired by a picture I bought in South Africa earlier this year (pardon the yucky photo quality!). It is this cute handmade artwork made with a framed canvas, paint and plaster. Should be simple enough, right? Well, so I thought!
I walked to the craft store to gather my supplies. All in all the project was pretty inexpensive, so I was off to a good start! I went through a turquoise obsessed phase and thought I would rekindle our romance by using a bright turquoise for the background.
BUT, when the mini canvasses were all covered I thought it was way too bright for what I had in mind. Especially because I already had 3 other blues going on in the office and it might just be a little bit too much.
But not to worry – it was still totally saveable! Like I have said before: If you don’t like something, then change it!
So back to the art store I went, and came back with a much calmer and deeper blue.
Much better already!
For the next step, mix plaster (and, um, read the instructions well…). Who on earth knew that plaster was so darn temperamental?? Certainly not me! Smooth the plaster over the canvas with a spatula and etch your design into the wet plaster using a blunt but pointy tool.
I had sketched out a few ideas and designs on paper beforehand and went for simple drawings of art supplies. It was at about this exact moment that I realized the remaining plaster in the bucket had hardened and I had to remix before every canvas.
I admit that it didn’t work out perfectly, but it sure gives a whole new meaning to the term “handmade with love”. I think I might just leave it as is, as a reminder that life is not perfect. And to inspire me to try new things and to always give in to any random creative urges I might have!
In Other News:
I was doing dishes the other day when our under mounted sink separated itself from the countertop. Whoops! The kitchen is only 2 years old and was put in by the previous owners. Oh the joy of home ownership – no landlord to call when things break!
Derek and I (well, let’s be honest, mostly Derek) attached it again yesterday with all sorts of glue and tricks. The hardest part was not having a working sink in the kitchen for 2 days! I have a whole new respect for people doing home renos, that’s for sure! We have been running up and down the stairs to fill the coffee pot and to wash our veggies in the bathroom sink.
Luckily the sink is working again and regular kitchen activities can resume. Would this be a way to get me out of dish duty in the future??
So let’s hear it: Have you ever had a brilliant craft idea that didn’t exactly pan out as planned? Did you keep it anyways?