This piece of wood intrigued me and I wanted to emphasize the imperfections of my usual smooth “canvas.” This came together quite nicely and I had a blast with the background. I used blobs of brushed and smudged on soft-bodied acrylic paints and dripped rubbing alcohol into it while it was still wet. This technique makes the paint ooze to the sides of the alcohol droplets. I did this for quite a few layers until the canvas was covered and I could no long see the wood behind the paint. I used a leaf stamp to add a forest feel and punched some flowers from some textured white collage paper. The yellow flower centers are pieces of confetti that I layered with three coats of sparkle glaze. I used gold leafing to define her wooden knot and capped her off with a forested pattern beret. I used my finger to add a touch of glitter to the blue areas and let a dragonfly covered with mica powders land on the painting. She has a pale green rhinestone to let you know she has a twinkle in her eye! She’s cute and I love her dearly. I love how the colors blended together so well in the background. She truly does look like she’s out in the forest.Speaking of forests…..

Accidental Art
For the past week we’ve had gnats bothering us and getting into our drinks. I searched the kitchen and tossed out an onion that was going bad and considered the job done. Well… the gnats had other ideas. They refused to leave. Puzzled by their persistence I searched a cupboard today where I store my potatoes. As you may know, I’ve been down since Christmas with a broken ankle and just started to hobble within the past few weeks. I dug through this very deep cupboard and found this “accidental art” of red potatoes growing what looks like berries. I thought this was incredibly awesome… yet it wasn’t “rotten” so I kept mining the cupboard for the reason for the gnats… and yes.. way in the back on the very bottom in the darkest corner I found a bag of “liquid” potatoes. They are now out in the garbage, the gnats and the gnuncles have left the premises and we are now not batting at the air around us. Here’s a closer look at the tangled web of taters.

I’ve lovingly named this “Potato Octopus”

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