Wall Art with Fiber Paste, Stamps, and Paint

Instead of sketching a design, I’ll often cut out paper and play around with the pieces until I like the composition.

In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to rid my home of mass produced art, I made this simple wall art for my downstairs powder room.  The more I put original art in my home, the more I like it!

I started with a framed canvas, 24″ x 20″ .  I brushed some acrylic paint over it, keeping it darker toward the bottom third.

When the paint was dry I brushed a thick layer of fiber paste all over the canvas and then ‘sketched’ the stem and leaves with the handle of the paintbrush.

I used some butterfly rubber stamps and stamped them carefully, right into the wet paste.

After the paste was dry I took some acrylic paint and added color.


I sponged around the edges with watered-down paint (raw sienna).  FYI~ The fiber paste ruins the sponge!

And here’s my new piece of wall art for my powder room! I’m moving most of my home decor into a more neutral direction.

Thanks for stopping by to see my project, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

More Butterfly Canvases

These two butterfly canvases are available on my Etsy shop for medical research.  All proceeds from my shop are donated to research for Cockayne Syndrome.

My little boy, Knox, was diagnosed with this extremely rare disease when he was 8 months old.  He’ll be celebrating his 3rd birthday this July, but there is still no treatment available.  His life expectancy is 5-7 years.

I’ve put photos of Knox on this public site, as well as detailed info about CS in order to raise awareness.  I receive approximately 300 visits a month from people around the world searching for information about CS.


Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by!


‘Free’ Mixed-Media Butterfly Canvas

This small black 4″x 4″canvas is one of my many “tried to do something on here but it didn’t work'” canvases that I have lying around.  Today it got a make-over. First, I covered it with a thin layer of fiber paste.

Taking this pretty silk butterfly, I gently removed the wings.

I brushed fiber paste on the backs of the wings and adhered them to the wet canvas and let it dry.

Meanwhile, I found the perfect word.

Then some Titan Buff acrylic was lightly brushed all over the canvas.

Then some Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber was brushed around the edges.

Then I left it alone! I tend to overdo things like this so I just took some pictures and walked away.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for coming by to see my art!


Music: ‘Angel Eyes” by Tommy Flanagan

Tidings of Joy 6″x6″ Canvas

My first Christmas project of the year!

I sculpted two angel wings out of Sculpey UltraLight clay.  Then I took a 6″x6″ canvas and covered it with fiber paste just like I did with  these smaller canvases.  I pressed the words “Tidings of Joy” into the paste while it was still wet and flattened them with my fingers.

After the paste was dry, I glued on the angel wings.

Added some red berries, ribbon, and white tulle at the top.  I also dabbed some glue on the wings and sprinkled them with prisma glitter.

This Christmas canvas was made especially for one of Knox’s therapists. I hope she likes it!


Be sure and check out the two sets of Christmas cards I just added to Knox’s shop. All proceeds from his store go to Cockayne Syndrome research.

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving!

Music selection:  From the “Hamlet’ film score, “What Players Are They”,  by Patrick Doyle