Saturday, April 5, 2014


Your probably thinking resort and spa or maybe beachside Camping  when you hear the word retreat. I do !! Why is it we have to pack a bag, fly, drive for hours to relax and just be?  I've been trying to retreat every Saturday morning, hubby leaves for work at 4:15am so I'm up and ready to start my day. Well...slowly start my day :)) 
I love early morning before sunrise making my tea grabbing my sketch, journal pad and mentally retreating into my world... No laundry, grocery shopping, meal prep, or paying bills. Just diving into what feeds my soul artistically and spiritually. 
There are answers in the stillness, in the solitude. I think we forget how important it is to simply be. Ignore our smart phones, turn off the television, and simply just be. We have so much information clouding our minds, assaulting us on such a constant basis. It really takes an effort to just sit still and emotionally unplug from it all and just be.  
I'm amazed at the ideas, spiritual growth those couple hours make .
I hope you all get a chance this spring  & summer to find your own time to retreat ~ 
      My next retreat  :)) 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transfer on Canvas

I've been wanting to do something different with our wedding pictures and so I gave the transfer on canvas a try and loved it !!! This is my first one so I have some little bugs to work out for the next one but it's as if you can't really go wrong.  I love the distressed image on canvas and I know I'm going to love it even more on wood ~ would love to hear your experiences with transfers if you have done them~

Cover your canvas with Mod Podge or another gel medium lay and press on your picture~Make sure it is pressed on good and all bubbles are out and let dry over night.

Next morning with wet finger and sponge softly rubbed off the paper.... It takes awhile and you can over rub!!
definitely a fun and simple project and with a little practice you can master the technique

You can rub if you want a more distress look ~My thought and experiment on the next one is I would like to paint the canvas first not sure what color something faded let dry for a week and then do a transfer...
You can research this on you tube for a full tutorial~