Getting Crafty: Plaster Disaster

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?

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  • Catherine
    September 5, 2019

    I think they look cool Nienke! Do you think you’ll try anymore? What would you do differently?

    A few years ago my friends and I planned a joint birthday bash and as favours for our guests I bought martini glasses from the dollar store. My mum then helped me dip toothpicks into glass paints and decorated the glasses with all kinds of funky designs out of paint dots. Mum even managed a sail boat!

    So I thought I would duplicate this on some glass Christmas ball ornaments the following year as gifts. Big fail. I don’t know if I was simply uninspired or if the ball shape in general wrecked my groove, but they didn’t look nearly as awesome as the glasses and I ended up not giving out very many. And I still have the rejects! I’m a pack rat : (

  • Courtney
    September 6, 2019

    Haha…ohhhh kitchen problems! I totally understand! Right now, the sink is actually one of the FEW things I have in the kitchen – I’ll be SO HAPPY when our remodel is DONE! 🙂

  • Cynthia
    September 7, 2019

    I love that reveal kind of art. But plaster of paris is very temperamental. I learned that in High School and have stayed away since.

  • suki
    September 8, 2019

    oh man, i have so many failed projects. ? i just hide them and forget about them. once in awhile, they turn out alright, like the fish paintings in my kitchen.

  • Coleen
    September 9, 2019

    You are so amazing with decorations. Love your artwork.

  • Sana
    September 9, 2019

    WOW! I am in love with that turquoise even if it did not workout. That color is just so alive 🙂

  • Leah
    September 10, 2019

    Oh my goodness your office is so darling!!!! I love the black and white stipes and the turquoise!