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getting scheduled.

The soccer games played and watched, the line up from the carpark to the gate navigated successfully, we arrive home with three energetic small people and a grumpy tired baby. Lunch for them, bed for the other, and the afternoon opened up before me, and the studio beckoned. I spent a delightful hour painting and layering and painting and stamping and stenciling and doodling, with a decent amount of self-castigation and a smattering of instagramming.

mixed media canvas

By last night, my canvas I was recycling for an editorial calendar was awash with yellow and pretty darn close to done, and I have to say, I am thrilled with the results.

I was feeling really flat about it, until I decided I needed to treat it as an artwork in it’s own right rather than just the base for something else. It was then the inspiration for the final elements – the birds – arrived; it wasn’t much from that to drawing and then cutting a stencil from printer paper, laying on some semi-translucent paint, and then outlining with my favourite uniball ink pen. Just what it needed. Except now it’s almost too pretty to cover with post it notes to use as my editorial calendar!

editorial calendar

I’ve done enough of these now to know to fight the temptation to walk away in the middle when I am not overly enthralled. When I can push through that and keep going, I know now, is when I end up creating something I love. I am starting to develop a really addiction to mixed media. Maybe, just maybe, if this week plays nice, I might get another one done. We’ll see. There are a couple of other projects calling my name at the minute. Like the June block of the Once Upon a Time sampler that has just been released. The ripple is getting closer than ever. And three little people have outfits in the making that are required soonish so I really should get cracking on those. Maybe while I wait for the paint to dry?

  • beebeejaybee

    so what is an editorial calendar ?

    June 4, 2014 at 9:51 am Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      A monthly calendar to plot out blog posts, so I know what I need to blog, and where I need to conjure up a project out of thing air to fill a day 😉

      June 4, 2014 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Amy

    I love this. So creative and the birds are perfect.

    June 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Thanks Amy! You’ve inspired my post for ASWC this month – working on another in this style as we speak, with lots of photos to show my process!

      June 6, 2014 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Val

    Love your artsy editorial canendar! I’d have a hard time not putting it into a pretty frame instead of actually using it as a calendar! Have a great day,

    Just stopping by from the Say G’Day link party.

    June 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Thanks! I’m finding it hard to stick post it’s all over it too, but then it’s nice to peel them of and re-reveal the art. Maybe I need to organise a print of it to put somewhere I can see all the time!

      June 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm Reply
  • Natasha In Oz

    I’ve just pinned this-what a gorgeous way to re-purpose a canvas!

    Thanks for joining the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. Hope you can join us again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    June 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

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