Okay, so I’m just going to tell you how it played out. So you can think I’m even more crazy.
I was cutting and washing some celery, putting together a veggie tray for company, when it struck me: The cut-off bottom of a celery stalk is kind of… pretty.
It looks a bit like a peony or rose a flower starting to bloom, don’t you think? [Just nod your head and smile for me if you don’t see it, m’kay??]
So I did what any logical person would do when she is making a veggie tray; I grabbed some paints and an 8″ x 10″ canvas. [Kidding! I *did* wait until company left and kids were in bed!]
Using a foam brush, I applied a little magenta pink and orange paint onto the cut side of the celery.
Then I stamped it onto the canvas, reapplying paint between stamps. I didn’t love the look (although I think this application could be amazing on curtains, maybe confetti-ed down to the bottom like on this canvas?), but I wasn’t ready to abandon the idea… yet.
So I haphazardly added some aqua blue on the white areas. This “ocean breeze” color is so happy, and to see it next to the bright pink and orange is a lovely combination.
BUT it still wasn’t working for me… so I swirled it all together and added some more aqua and pink…
…And since I was building up so much paint on my canvas, it occurred to me that this was the perfect moment to scratch something into it. [I used the end of a plastic paint brush, the sort that comes in a kids’ crayola paint set.]
But I wanted a little more definition, so I went back over the cross with a peachy-pink.
And that looked fine until I started re-scratching in the words. There just wasn’t enough contrast between the paint and the white canvas background.
So I went over the cross again, this time with the aqua. And girlfriends, it was fabulous.
So now the lettering showed up just fine.
Add a little more pink for the heart, and we were in business, y’all.
Some parts of the background color had dried a little muddy, so I mixed about 1 part paint with 8 parts water and dabbed some color back onto the dull spots.
Now the colors have such great depth and dimension that I am one happy camper. The final touch was to lightly outline and also go back over my scratched lettering with a very fine paintbrushed line of white paint.
So there you have it. This is what happens when I set out to make a veggie tray. What’s a crafty girl to do?
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