Today marks my last day of being on staycation. I am sad. There was once a time when I loved my job and, even though I was bummed to see a vacation or day off end, I looked forward to the next day. Lately, though, I've been experiencing some burn out. I was hoping that taking this time off would help reignite my passion and love for this profession. At this point, I'm not sure but I have much anticipation for a great day tomorrow.
To help with this whole mindset, I found a wonderful vinyl quote from the Silhouette Store and I knew I wanted to create a canvas. I pulled out some vinyl that has been in my stash for awhile, a canvas and a lovely mask by my friend Ronda for The Crafters Workshop. The clean and simple scrapper that I am, was quite excited to pull out some inks and get to creating!
To begin, I used a 9x12 canvas and created a grid, if you will, with the mask. Before spraying over the mask, I painted the base with a yellow paint and water wash. Then, I placed the mask in a grid fashion and sprayed with some fun colors I had in my stash. That was fun!
After spraying, I took a towel and blotted the canvas. It took off some of the ink and paint and created a really cool texture. Here is the finished base of the canvas. All ready for the vinyl!
While I was letting the canvas dry, I got to cutting the quote out on the vinyl. Cutting with my Silhouette Cameo is SO easy and I LOVE the vinyl from the Silhouette store. It cuts and peels off like butter. And it sticks down to the canvas so easily.
For some tutorials and other ideas using vinyl, check out the Silhouette Blog - I am included a link that has the 'vinyl' label attached to it.
After I added the vinyl, I had lots of negative space at the bottom and knew it needed something. I remembered I had some canvas butterflies. So I kept up with the spritzing and painting then, added them to the bottom.
I am so happy with the finished product! The plan is to display this near my desk, in my classroom, to remind me why I do what I do. The hope is that it will bring back the LOVE and PASSION that I have for teaching.
Until next time,