Friday, May 25, 2012

Family Tree....

Hi Everyone!  Happy Friday!  The long weekend is upon us...although I still have to work today and tomorrow like normal but then I have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off.  So I still get to have a three day weekend, just not the same days as everyone else!

I want to show you the painting I started Wednesday night and then finished last night.  It's just a simple thing, but I really like it.
 I started out with this.  It's a three pack canvas panel that is 11x14".
 This is what I made.  First I prepared the canvas.  Then I painted the canvas a very light blue.  It was a color I mixed, mainly white with a little blue mixed in.  When it dried I put an antique medium over it.  Once that dried, I sketched on the tree.  Then painted it with black semi-gloss paint.  I did that so when you look at it from different directions is sort of shines.
 I added this saying to the bottom with the same black paint.  I really love this saying.  If you remember, I used it on the wooden base of the wire family tree I made.  You can check it out here.
 I thought I was finished so I looked in my stash of frames and found this one.  It was wooden so I painted it black and then distressed the edge.  I removed the glass and framed the canvas panel.
 But I didn't think it looked finished once I framed it.  I thought it needed something.
 So I added a couple of love birds to a branch and added a few more branches to the tree.  I first painted the birds in a brighter blue, but decided that the birds needed to be red.  Now I just can't decide if they need to be antiqued.  What do you think?
I'm really liking the way it turned out.  It's simple.  I love that quote.  I think I just might make one for my parents.  I still have two more canvas panels and I know I have another frame like this one.  I think I will be listing this one in my Etsy store.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Really pretty Holly!

  2. Love this Holly. The little birds really finish it off nicely - I'd just leave it as it is !

  3. I love love love this!!! You are soooo talented.. you always inspire and amaze me!!!!


  4. Love this family tree canvas Holly. I think the birds are a little too bright, so I say antique them "just a bit". just my 2 cents

    have a great (safe) holiday weekend!

  5. Oh Holly, I love this!!! In fact, I may steal the whole idea for a project for my father's 80th birthday coming up soon - or Christmas gifts for my siblings.

  6. Very cute. It looks great this way but I think it would look great with the birds antiqued too. Leave it for awhile and see if you keep thinking maybe they need it. Or you may decide you love it so much you can't change it!

  7. I'm glad you added the love birds it gives a great touch. I'm a new follower from a blog hop! Feel free to follow me at I would love it!

  8. I love it also and you created a love way to display it too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo