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Trisha — Marjorie Towers


Summer Time

October 9, 2013

in Design Team, home decor, Trisha

Design Team member Trisha Easley made this absolutely beautiful summer canvas. How perfect for those of us lucky enough to live here in Brookings.

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It almost has to be seen in person to be appreciated but here are few close ups so you can see some of the detail:

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Here is how she describes her design process:

Start with a 12 x 12 stretched canvas. Coat with Gesso and let dry (if you get a few crackles that’s OK it adds to the distressed look!!

Paint canvas with your favorite colors of acrylic paint. I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Salty Ocean is my favorite, this week!) and Golden Fluid Acrylic.

Apply paint horizontal let dry.

Once canvas is dry I used a variety of different effects. Caps dipped in Interference Paint, Stamps dipped in Acrylic paint and Faber-Castell’s “Stampers Big White Pen”

I also printed out some things on the computer cut them in strips and glued them on.

To decorate the Maya Road Vintage Wood pieces, I painted them with Interference Fluid Acrylic. I outlined the birds with blue paint. Let them dry.

I stamped all the birds and the twigs with 3D-Stempel-Farbe Black 3D paint. The stamps are from 7gypsies “Collections from the journey”

Glue Birds on at random.

On the top and bottom of the canvas I used Clear Granular Gel.

First I put a layer of clear granular gel very randomly then laid some polyester netting in it and the Maya Road Wood Twigs. I wanted it to look like driftwood on the shore with frothy water. When you use a heat tool on it the netting it shrivels up and looks like seaweed.

When it was dry I used some more paint and glued tiny beads and bobbles.

Thanks Trisha for the inspiration!



Last, but certainly not least of our Design Team Members, Trisha Easley is a super talented artist and I am so thrilled she was willing to be on the team.  Her medium of choice is watercolor and she has done some amazing paintings. But she also loves Creating Lasting Memories and our little unique forms of art. I can always count on her to try all the new products and techniques. I know she won’t be intimidated.

She helps me teach the 12 Tags of Christmas classes, where we use lots of Tim Holtz stuff. Not surprisingly, her Challenge project, using the Prima Hello Pastel papers and embellishments, was this tag:

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Here’s how she went about creating it:

  1. I took an extra large tag and dragged it through 3 colors of Distress Paint and water. I sprayed more water on the tag and moved it around to get the look I wanted. (I left some areas without paint to show the background). Then I dried with a heat gun.
  2. When the tag was dry I distressed the edges with a distress tool.
  3. Using a Dylusions 5×8 stencil that I taped to my tag, I filled in the design with a white pen.
  4. I then used a Stampington & Co. stamp and archival ink.
  5. With a Vintage Photo distress ink pad and applicator I went over the tag.
  6. I adhered flowers, leaves and butterflies to the edge of the card.
  7. I used a pearl pen to embellish the flowers and the butterflies.
  8. The last step was to add the ribbon to hang the tag.

For a “favorite” piece, Trisha submitted these two canvases:

Trees on Canvas

Trees on Canvas

Bird and frame canvas

Bird and frame canvas

And if you are able to come in the store, I have her “bug” canvas up on the wall near the register. Her work is truly marvelous. Can’t wait to see what Trisha will come up with each month.