Friday, October 7, 2011

Brave Art Projects

I have been busy working in my artsy space...creating and dreaming and stretching myself.

Like so many of you...I adore acrylic paints...especially all the shades of blue!! This is one of my favorite backgrounds at the moment...

And see all the sheet music and book papers? A few months I scored big time...I found a 1,000 page dictionary for 50 cents and a entire bundle of sheet music for FREE!! A collage artist's dream, right??

If you've been here before then you know in the middle of my art space is a bed...which I really do like. It is perfect for all my piles and keeps my projects out in the open so I can see them. Really works out great for me.

Lately all I've been working on is backgrounds.

I take my canvas and Mod Podge down various pattern papers, shapes and other items of interest.

Then I paint over everything, leaving a few pieces to peek out...

Using doilies as a stencil is my current favorite way to add interest to my pieces. You can find paper ones in the baking aisle of craft stores...10 for less than 2 bucks!

Here's how the piece turned out...I painted a sun in the upper left side. I am either putting a Brave Girl on this or a house.  I will be sure and show you the finished work.

In this background I experimented with flower chipboard pieces...

After gluing down my paper and pattern sheets I added plain chipboard flowers....

Honestly I had no idea what I was going to do with this piece...just knew I wanted to do something a bit different. I painted it a couple of days ago....

Not only am I please with the colors but I think this piece will come together. You will have to wait and see...

Here is one of my recent favorite pieces...

Not only do the birds and butterflies speak to me but these words....

They remind me that if I want to write or create or go back to college or sing or whatever then I just need to do it!!!

Everything about this piece is ME. My authentic self is here...from the images to the colors and words.

We need to remember that even when we are little girls...we are Brave Girls.

This piece means so much to me.

Remember all those wood blocks?? Here is a peak at two more.

And the one that seems to be the favorite....

I hope you have enjoyed my art today. For more artsy projects stop by Studio JRU today!!


  1. I love to just start something and not have an idea where it will end up, especially when I am happy with the end results :) Beautiful collages, Leslie!

  2. So Beautiful, Charming, Lovely and inspiring sister Brave Girl..
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Very nice work...and lots of inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love all the different papers you used and oh, you've layered it all so beautifully!

  5. You are so busy creating such beautiful works of art, Leslie! Loving it!

  6. what great work! I wish we could play in paint together.....

  7. You have had a creative week! Great backgrounds appreciated the insight into how you develop your work

  8. Thank you for sharing your process with us! Making those backgrounds looks like fun. I really like the "Dreams Matter" piece.

  9. Eye Candy! These are absolutely beautiful - I love all the colors and detail - and love those bright blue doily marks, xoxo

  10. Lovely art work, i like how u use words in the picture...the title bar looks cute

  11. How fun to see your pieces from the start of your backgrounds! Looks like you have a lot of great things to use there! Love the blue! I love your 'trust your heart' piece. Gorgeous!

  12. Oh, les! I'm so completely and totally inspired by you! I love your work spaces, I love your collages (I really want to spend more time on making collages . . . LOVE THEM SO!!!) I love that you found a dictionary for 50cents AND sheet music FREE!! GO GIRL! You continue to insprie me and motivate me, and I am proud to know you! Hugs!

  13. p.s. And those wooden blocks are the BOMB!!


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