Saturday, March 2, 2013

Art Room in Use

 I'm finally using my art room!!! Yeah!! It has turned out to be a wonderful, warm, light-filled space and I am feeling inspired to create. Here are a few shots of the room.
Lots of storage for yarn, fabric, and inspirational things.

A corner shelf to store glass and some vintage lace.
Items from nature.

An old wooden shelf where I'm starting a collection of things.

My brushes in handmade (not by me) ceramic containers

 Here are the "before" and "after" photos. Remember this.

YUCK! Terrible.

Gettin' better.
Now that's more like it. :-)

 With all this inspiration I think I'll start a spring project! I've been crocheting all winter and I will have some pictures soon of my finished projects.  In the meantime... I'm looking forward to some PAINTING TIME. Right now I'm prepping some canvases with gesso. 

I used a canvas drop cloth and embroidery hoops to save some money.

I'm trying to be economical and use a drop cloth which is SOOOO much less expensive than going to the art store and buying stretched and primed canvases. The canvas is really nice and thick but does require a few extra steps to prepare it for paint.  Here are the steps I followed.

Trimmed to large, medium and small sizes

Gotta iron those wrinkles out!!
Trim the excess canvas.

Stretch between the hoops, secure with glue, and trim.

Ready for gesso.

That's it for now. You have unlimited possibilities with these little canvases. I'll let you know when they have something on them.  Stay tuned....

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and I hope you'll come back soon!


  1. Hi Jeanette! I love your art room, especially the paint color on the walls. Doesn't blue inspire creativity? How nice to have one place to put all your artsy, creative things. I look forward to see what becomes of those canvas hoops!!! Hope you're having a beautiful weekend!

  2. Oh my goodness, I love that Audrey, we are so alike.
    I was going to say...I love your art room, and that color blue is just so pretty, it would give me inspiration! I love the idea of those canvas hoops, very clever. Look forward to seeing what you will put on there.
    Honestly, that is almost exactly what Audrey said!
    P.S. Could you come to my house and make me an art room? Pretty please? :-)

  3. Hi Jeanette,
    thank you for coming over to read my blog and I love reading your posts. Can't wait what you do with the canvases. Great idea! P.S. Take your husband to Antigua - you will get inspired by the colours.

  4. I love your art room! How wonderful to have a whole room dedicated to creativity - a place to keep your stuff and display it as you go. Lucky girl!

  5. Thank you so much and I am very blessed to have the dedicated room to play. For many years I didn't and had to put things away, or leave the mess in the kitchen, but now I can leave it and close the door if its too messy. Thank you for stopping by and I'm looking forward to reading more of you blog.


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xoxo Jeanette