Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Inspiration Mixed Media Piece

If you've been around here long enough, you may remember that I made a mixed media piece for the dance studio that my daughter attends.  Ryann has danced at this studio for 6 or 7 years.  I adore that place and the owner is one of the nicest people I know.  Last summer they did a major remodel and I wanted to do something they could hang on the wall.  I asked the owner what her favorite word was and she chose "Inspire".   Because a large number of dance students are little ballerinas and because it is a dance studio...not avant-garde coffee house...I made the piece a tad more "girly" than I would normally chose.
I originally posted about the project here with a tutorial on how to begin a mixed media canvas piece.  My daughter was sick last year and had to quit dance before the piece was hung up on the wall.   Tonight was the first time she has been back since so I asked her to get a photo with her iPhone.  The colors are way off- I'm sure if it is because of the iPhone itself or because the wall color is a vivid apricot (I cropped the wall color off of the photo in Photoshop- the gray that you see is the square they painted for the letters to hang over top of).  Luckily, I photographed the individual letters in my studio before I gave it to Katie.  The colors are accurate in my photos.  
This is Very Very Girly added bling...
and glass glitter....
and rub-ons of crowns and lace....
and Idea-ology Tissue Tape (not so much "girly" but oh so "Danee-y")...
and feather marabou.
I added "dance" words randomly over all the canvases using both alphabet stamps and my horrible handwriting.
I chose to use a variety of canvas sizes but you could easily do them all the same size or maybe make the first letter larger than the rest.  It is just personal preference.  The variety of sizes just gives the piece a more playful feeling and again my audience is largely slanted toward 3-8 year old ballerinas and their moms.  This would look terrific in a girls bedroom spelling out her name or "dance" or "princess" or whatever your heart-and hers- desires.

I hope your day is filled with Sunshine and GLITTER.


  1. I love the look of your letters - glad you photographed them individually, so I could see the details.

  2. Danee,
    Thanks for taking the time to give your permission to show photos of your tags for inspiration on my swap blog. Your work is great. It is very much appreciated! I will of course link back to your blog! Linda


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