music and art

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

There is something truly magical about great music. 

It inspires.

It uplifts.

It motivates.

It soothes.

It revs.

It fills your brain and your soul.

For me, music can be what calms me after a rough day, what motivates me during a workout, or what helps me deal with sadness.  There is a voice, a melody, a rhyme, a beat, or a sound that impacts us that we turn to.

As a lover of music, I often listen to it – usually most of the day.  I love apps like Spotify that allow me to try out the latest and greatest and try every genre out there.  I find it freeing and inspiring on so many levels.

That said, yesterday a new song entered my playlist – “Ten Thousand Hours” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  One line amidst all of it jumped out and grabbed me and I was completely inspired to write it down, listen to it again, and to capture how it made me feel in art. 

After a really long week (yes, I know it was only Tuesday) I needed a creative break and found myself in my own version of therapy well after bed time on a school night, elbow deep in gesso, paint, and collage pauge.  All the stress melted away, the art flowed, and I just felt like a massive weight had been lifted. 

Here is how I created this piece on the off-chance you want to try it yourself sometime…

Supplies:

  1. Flat canvas
  2. Old book pages, sewing patterns, etc…
  3. Collage Pauge
  4. Paint
  5. Heat Gun
  6. Hot Marks Heat Tool
  7. Crayons
  8. Paint brushes
  9. Fine point Sharpie pen
  10. Gesso
  11. Prima stencil mask
  12. Scissors
  13. Printed quote

To get started I decopauged the papers onto the canvas.

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote  mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

I next added paint to the edges.

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

Once that was all dry (I cheated and used my heat gun to move it along), I used the stencil to add gesso in a bold pattern.

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

Once the gesso dried, I added paint to the top of it as well.

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

Once that was done, I printed my quote out and cut out each word with scissors.  I placed it and used the collage pauge to adhere and seal it.  I then added paint to the pieces, and outlined them all with Sharpie.  To finish it off I used the heat tool to melt crayons to add drops of texture and color to the piece.

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

To finish it up I sealed it all with one more layer of collage pauge.  (You might have to touch up the Sharpie if is smears in spots.)

Once it was all done, I let it finish drying.  Now I just have to figure out where to put it!

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

mixed media canvas using old book pages, decopauge, paint, gesso, melted crayons, sharpie, and quote

 

 


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  1. I am a disabled Army Vet. Was 21 and while out with my baby, I had my first Grand Mall. At 46, I came down with Graves Disease and multiple nodules. So had to have a huge amount of radiation to kill the nodules and my Thyroid.

    It was a true blessing and my prayers were answered:) I was bedridden for 6 months, but a friend gave me a laptop. I studied first, about natural perfume(my lifes love) that then led me to the exciting world of everything bath and body.

    Finally, last yr, I started collecting my supplies bit by bit. In January? I started making soap. Already, I have an amazing bar.

    One thing that has helped me is composition books. I write every important suplies site(where I can get quality products at cheaper prices, blogs, where I learn about packaging and other important things, like recipes. I am also going to have my own Charity to help people get their Epilepsy Service Dogs<3

    Thank you for sharing how to make my books pretty.:) I LOVE "pretty. I am going to start going to the flea market to sell. My dream is to get a Criket Machine first. Because you can do so much to help doing packaging. I am also making mine so it is reusable 🙂 Gosh, I am so very happy finally and have a feeling so deep within myself, that I am going to do big things finally:) To this day, I am still learning about everything in this art. I will be happy when I have more product and containers to do more things.lol SO ADDICTED.ha!

    Thank you again, I just needed for you to know that you have touched someone disabled<3

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