Enjoy The Creative Process

Oct 29, 2013

Wallflower Up Close

Today, I thought I would give you a little insight into my creative process. This could be scary so consider yourself warned. I have a really hard time slowing my brain down at night which means I’m always thinking of new things to try. Well several nights ago I had an idea of creating a 3 dimensional canvas using plaster with a collage background. That was really all that came to me as I had no idea what would be created from the plaster just that plaster was going to be used. The next morning, after a few cups of coffee I headed for my studio and started getting plastered and before you know it I had a beautiful girl created using plaster and attached to an 11″ x 14″ canvas. While the plaster was drying I was thinking about what was going to happen next. LOL, remember I just create on the fly. I never see the finished piece in my head I just start with an idea then add and add until I like what I see and call it done.

Wallflower Full Length I decided I needed to have a neutral background because I wanted the girl to be the focal point of the piece. Once I painted the canvas and the paint was dry I added pieces of vintage sheet music.  The neutral tones of sheet music make me oh so super happy. After staring at it and thinking, “what next” I dug around in my stash of vintage things and found some awesome vintage paper napkins that had a beautiful die cut pattern. I cut around the pattern and began attaching bits and pieces to the canvas. The napkin pieces added a gorgeous yet oh so subtle pattern to the canvas.

Wallflower Full Image

I then added vintage gummed reinforcements randomly around the canvas for additional texture and stenciled doily designs from plastic vintage coasters. The dress of my “Wallflower” is painted using a very subtle gold and the flowers on the dress are painted in white and pale pink. I decided to paint her hair so it had a bit more color and used gold and bronze. Now I’m working on adding all the special little details I love so much like crystal rhinestones, vintage trims, buttons and pearls.

Once I complete this piece it will be for sale in my Etsy store. “Wallflower” will certainly be a one of a kind piece.


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