Monday, July 21, 2014

This weekend's canvas art party

Hey there, blog friends.
Happy Monday morning to you!
Now you might be thinking, "Wow, that's a very cheery greeting for a Monday morning, Deb!" and I would agree. But this past Saturday was the best kind of Saturday ever. I'm still basking in that happy feeling you get when you spend some time doing what you love with people that you love. I'm so excited to show you...


When I created and posted the circus themed canvas art that I'd made for Carrie back in 2011, my friend Jenn started in on me. At first she wanted to pay me to make her that canvas, but Jenn is a crafter like me. "You can totally make a canvas like that," I encouraged her.
 
This past Saturday Jenn hosted a crafting party in her home, and I led some of our friends in the process of creating canvas art. I love the process of this art anyway - seeing the piece come together and kind of morph into something amazing is just so cool. It was so much fun for me to see my friends creating their own canvases, and to see their own unique personalities in each piece of art. This one is the beginning of Barbara's:
 
And this next piece is the beginning of Corri's. Corri has an amazing eye for color combinations, and I just love the colors she chose. She wasn't able to finish her canvas on Saturday because she had other obligations, but I just love the beginning of her canvas. She's making this to hang in her baby girl's room:

Oooh, and then there's Carrie's canvas. There are so many things I love about Carrie's piece. She used a gold stamp pad on her canvas, and she cut that guitar freehand. And! She loved the process so much that she wants to make another canvas soon. Happy Momfriend! :o)

My canvas in the beginning...big surprise...sunflower...
 
Here's Carrie's finished piece - complete with a quote from Jason Mraz. Another big surprise if you know my girl C.

Let me tell you about my friend, Jennifer. She is an elementary school teacher, and she has three little boys and a beautiful home and a heart of gold. And this girl is one creative spirit! I loved being in her home and seeing all of her sweet touches. Her artistic spirit and love for her family is so well represented there. This girl was determined to make this circus canvas, and she wore her 3-month old baby boy for a good part of the time.
 
We all agreed that Jett was the cutest wardrobe accessory we'd ever seen. This was Jenn's view of her canvas for a good part of the day: {PS: I held Jett a lot too, and we became very good friends. :o)}

Jenn's canvas in progress:



And then there's my artist friend Barbara. Barbara is one of the most creative and artistic people I have the pleasure of knowing. I knew her piece would be amazing! {Some of my Instagram friends know her as @mimrpic.}


And here are a few people-photos...



Jenn, Carrie, me, Jett, Corri and Morah. Still bummed we didn't get a group shot so Barbara could be in this photo!
 
:o) I loved creating this recap of our Saturday together, creating canvas art and holding sweet little babies. See why I'm in such a good mood this Monday morning? Love.
 
Wishing you a wonderful week, dear friends.

13 comments:

Susi said...

Oh WOW! I love them all! I haven't tried this yet but I do have a few blank canvases lying around.

Beverly said...

You may have inspired my choice for what project I will start this week! When I saw the pics on IG I was hoping you'd share more here :) Everyone did an amazing job. Maybe you should hold a crafty weekend retreat somewhere and lots of us blogging friends could come.....I can dream!

Jacie Ray said...

It looks like you all had so much fun!!
I wish I lived closer and could have joined
you! I am loving it! They all turned out amazing!! I
miss all my Recollections
buddies so much!! ❤️

Jennifer Lebowitz said...

Deb, this post just made my day in such a big way!! So awesome waking up to your kind words about me and your feelings about the day. I just love it. Finally accomplishing this project was such a joy to me and I can't wait to create some more. Thank you so much for spending the day with us to guide us in this fun process and thanks for all your help with Jett. Yes, it was the best day ever!

scrappyjacky said...

It sounds like such a wonderful day,Deb....and the canvases are awesome.

Susan Jarvie said...

Ok, now you must invite me to the next one! I would love to learn to make this. They are all awesome!!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Everyone did such a great job on the canvases. They must have had a god teacher! What a lovely way to spend day.

Audrey said...

Looks like SO MUCH FUN, Deb! Everyone's canvas looks awesome. And cute babies to boot. So fun.

Karen said...

Oh, I would have loved to be a part of this gathering! What fantastic art---love them all!

Becky said...

That looks like so much fun!

Ginger said...

So after I sent my email I remembered your canvas pic on IG so I popped over to see if you posted and WOW!! These are absolutely beautiful!!! There is so much inspiration here and I could stare at these for hours and still see something new! Beautiful job ladies!

Alison said...

They are all fabulous....I would love to have someone show me how to do this!!
Alison xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

How did I get week behind in reading your blog???
I love this post so much. It makes me want to get back to teaching craft classes. What an awesome circus quote. I totally need to steal that.
Rinda

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