Geometric ‘Art’

I was a tad unwell recently and confined to the couch for about ten days. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a hard time being idle so rather than spending all (just some) of my time watching my guilty secret TV show which I will not disclose for fear of ridicule (*cough* Gossip Girl), I used most of that couch time to trawl through my favourite blogs, picking up ideas and getting inspired. Sounds nice right? Well it would have been if I was able to put that inspiration into practice. Unfortunately when one is couch-bound it’s quite hard to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into a project. I did try to crochet a granny square but it all went pear-shaped. Literally. I crocheted a purple pear by accident.

By the end of the week I was unable to sit there any longer so I hauled my sorry sick self into my craft room with a vague idea of doing something to add a pop of colour to the fireplace mantle. The same mantle that I had been staring at for ten days straight. The same mantle that desperately needed something to tie in the hints of orange and bluey-green. By the 9th day, the mantle was mocking me and I had to take action. I made art. Well, in my pain-killer induced state I called this art. My Dad called it something else.

For someone who could only really use what was in reach I think I did ok. It’s kind of neon, it’s geometric and it’s DIY so judging by all the trends I have been seeing everywhere, this masterpiece is practically the hippest thing going around.

Anyway, it made me feel good just creating something. Something other than photos of heart shapes made out of M&M’s to send to Dave.

You too can make this geometric wonder!

What you will need:

Mod podge (I used gloss)

Brush

Canvass in any size you like (my was a small cheapie from a cheap shop)

Scraps of paper. I used metallic tissue, gold wrapping paper, paint chips and antique sheet music

Scissors

Cut your paper shapes and play around with the layout until you are happy. Take a quick photo with your phone or camera so you can remember the position of the shapes. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire canvass and start laying out shapes. If you are layering your shapes like I did you will need to figure out which ones need to go down first. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles (note to Mod Podge newbies (like me!) tissue paper is delicate, especially when covered in glue so be careful when smoothing). Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire canvass and allow to dry. Repeat until you have a total of 3 layers.

Display in the most prominent area of the house and wait for the admiration and invitations to exhibit your work to roll in.*

And there you have it. Some may call it ‘scraps of paper glued onto cardboard (here’s looking at you, Dad!) but I call it art.  And nobody can argue with that because then they would have to answer the eternal question ‘what is art?’ And they would have to explain Jackson Pollock to me.

*Bizarrely, as this post goes to press I am still waiting for that gallery invitation…

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A punch in the heart

I am a bit obsessed.

I’ve been making a few cards lately, mostly with fabric birds and I really like making and giving them. I think they’re nice to receive too. My Dad has kept every card I’ve ever made him. I know it’s true because he tells me every time I give him a non handmade card. I used to make them a lot when I was a kid. Then I totally became too cool to make cards. Like, OMG, hello? Unfortunately for me that was a fleeting thing. It turns out I’m not cool after all and so I am free to craft some cutesy cards and able make Dad happy again. Honestly it did take him a few years to get over it and stop asking why the cards were no longer homemade.

Dave and I are celebrating our 1 year since-we-first-met anniversary on the 25th (yay for us) and so I wanted to make him a special card to celebrate. Especially seeing as I gave him some monstrosity for Christmas complete with a diamante and the phrase To the one I love. He searched for 3 days to find me a Christmas card with a laser cut deer that pops up when you open it. He knows I am also a bit obsessed with deers at the moment. The faux taxidermy deer head I put above the fireplace might have given it away.  So after his card which I absolutely loved and my monstrosity that probably made him question why he had spent almost a year with someone who has such appalling taste, I feel I owe him at least a homemade effort.

Back to my obsession. It is with my new heart-shaped hole punch. I can’t stop punching things and I am going to use the hearts to decorate cards. I punched some red paper, a vintage book and the back page of a very pretty calendar I got from Typo. I got a few calendars actually. I got some for Christmas presents and then just after Christmas I went back and they were $1! So I got 4 because I figured I could use the pretty pictures for something. And because when something is reduced by 75% or more it is almost impossible for me not to buy it. This is why I have a convection oven sitting in my cupboard that I’ve never used and a pair of one size-too-big knee-high boots that are waiting to break my ankle next winter.

I do think the calendars were a good investment though because the hearts came out very well. And I had a go at a sample card with some vintage book pages and red paper and I am dying to get stuck into more. Then Dave might forgive me.

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