How a Paintbrush found a Canvas

Once upon a canvas…

“I always loved the process of creating…from making salt dough food for the barbie house to painting signs for my mother’s garden club to creating my first portfolio for acceptance in my college art program…” It has been many years since those first days of shading cones & spheres and papering a doll house, but my love of creating still grows stronger each day! My children and husband come along for the ride…encouraging, critiquing…and even coloring on walls with me!

My studio is filled with eclectic creations…yet there is a similar ‘Kijsa’ feel to all…come see what’s new in the studio through my Etsy site…from pillows to paintings…canvases to collages…all unique originals from my walk in this creative life!

Key to my Heart

Key to my Heart

Going through the house to fill the donation box, I kept picking up frames in one room or another. Some were old, some new, some broken, some brand new from the craft store. So there I was with a stack of frames & wood & inspiration struck… Holiday ornaments and tags were just waiting to be discovered in those wooden pieces…pumpkins needed to be adorned, ornaments wanted to be created and all in all- it was time to create! I also had a wonderful box just delivered from DecoArt full of amazing products from their new mixed-media line to try…I have several art projects in mind for these new products (especially their fabulous fluid acrylics!)…but today I was thinking more decoratively in my home for my mixed media creating! Since I felt a little sparkly, I went with ornaments first (I know- out of seasonal order, but who can resist the possibility of spreading a little golden cheer!) I grabbed the first frame, and old book, several awesome products from DecoArt’s new mixed media line, a stencil or two & raided the junk drawer for some old keys, buttons & an assortment of what-nots!     I began tearing pages and deco-paging the background. When dry, I did a soft wash using white antiquing cream to soften the look. Then I took one of my new favorite products,  DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush, and rubbed it with a rag along the edges and details of the frame- Love! To create the center image for my frame, I used a key stencil, gesso & a palette knife. I taped off around the key I... read more

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