she believed she could, so she did

My sister’s birthday was just a couple weeks ago, so I wanted to share the gift I gave her with you. I knew I wanted to paint her something, but I didn’t know what. We were in Hobby Lobby about a month ago browsing the aisles and she came across this canvas with the quote “She believed she could, so she did.” She commented on how much she loved it. I knew I wanted to do something with that quote but was a little stuck on how to make it more personal. I decided I would paint some floral themed things around the edges of the canvas to frame the quote in the center. I don’t know if you remember, but my sis and I painted one wall in her room mint chevron this past summer. I have a blog post all about that here. Since then, she’s started adding some magenta accents. She bought some really cool magenta chevron pillows, so I knew I wanted to have some pink to make those accents pop. I hardly ever get things right on the first try, and this is no exception. I started to work on a 16×24 canvas. I painted the quote first and then got completely stuck. After a few days with no inspiration, I decided I didn’t like what I had come up with and wanted to started over. I went back to the store and bought a fresh canvas, this time an 18×18. After the first mess up I wanted to make sure I had it all planned out before I started painting. I also bought some white paint pens, which worked much better for the lettering than trying to paint the thin lines of the letters with a paintbrush. Anyways, here’s the finished canvas:photo 2

Here's a close up of some of the details. : )

Here’s a close up of some of the details. : )

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It looks great on her wall and brings out the other pink accents around her room perfectly!

Have a great week,
Caroline : )

a floral fascination

Tonight, I needed a break. Time to myself. I had a fairly stressful couple of days. Long story short, my hard drive crashed. Luckily, I was able to recover almost everything and had it replaced, which is more than most people can say when their hard drives have crashed. Either way, still a pretty stressful situation to be in. I came home from class today with an urge to paint. I just bought some fresh canvases this past weekend and they were really in need of some paint. I wanted to paint something different, more challenging than what I usually paint. I don’t know if you’ve figured it out by now, but I have a huge fascination with floral, so I decided I would try to paint a flower of some kind. I’m not going to go into as much depth as I usually do with my process, and this is because once I got into the grove of painting, I completely forgot about documentation. Anyways, here’s a very condensed version of my process. : )

My canvas is 18" by 18" but I like to plan and sketch before I jump right into the paints, so I cut a square of paper to start.

My canvas is 18″ by 18″ but I like to plan and sketch before I jump right into the paints, so I cut a square of paper to start.

Then I sketched out the flower I wanted with inspiration from a few different photographs.

Then I sketched out the flower I wanted with inspiration from different photographs.

Once I had it all sketched out, I started transferring it onto the canvas.

Once I had it all sketched out, I started transferring it onto the canvas.

Very lightly, I sketched out the final design onto the canvas.

Very lightly, I sketched out the final design onto the canvas.

And then I just sort of went for it. After a few of the petals I got the hang of it and trusted myself.

And then I just sort of went for it. After a few of the petals I got the hang of it and trusted myself to paint.

Here's how it turned out!

Here’s how it turned out!

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of painting is looking at the final mixing palette.  So beautiful how the colors melt together.

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of painting is looking at the final mixing palette. So beautiful how the colors melt together.

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Have a wonderful night,
Caroline : )

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