Saturday, February 2, 2013

there's no law...

that says sunflowers have to be brown and yellow.  this is what I told Emily when she commissioned me for a large canvas - and asked that the colors be blue and green... but that she would love sunflowers... and I told her that I could give her sunflowers but that I wasn't sold on the color combo of yellows/browns/blues/greens... but if she could embrace quirky sunflowers, we were golden. 

The canvas is 16" x 20" - and it did intimidate me for a bit.

I grabbed my Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons and threw on some blues and greens in all different shades. 

Took some green tissue paper, stencils, Dylusions sprays, some modeling paste and some metallic acrylic paint and went a little willy-nilly.

Then came the sunflowers.  That used a stencil and modeling paste - Emily wanted TEXTURE.  So I gave her TEXTURE.  ;-)

Then came the torture of the quote she wanted.  The quote itself was gorgeous.  But Emily wanted it in my own handwriting, not a computer font like *I* wanted to do.  LOL  I've come a long way with doing my own lettering since taking Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love - but this was a big-arse canvas, and it was a commissioned work, not something I was doing to hang in my studio... and I was a little ascared.

Finally my friend Mel messaged me and said write it on a piece of tissue paper, and then use your MM adhesive to put it on the canvas. 

Perfect.  It worked PERFECTLY and I was happy. Spank you Mel. <3

A few added touches to balance it a bit more - since I didn't use a computer font with strips of paper, the quote itself didn't add enough heaviness to the lower half...

and then I called it done.  


  1. I thought I left a post but I don't see it so I'll leave another so I know now the other will show up!! lol I love that you share and are growing in your art and artistry. This is beautiful and you did a great job with the lettering too. xo

  2. And it turned out fantabulously!! I love it!

  3. Sooo good, Sandi girl!! Thanks for sharing here. I must get modeling paste:)