For the Handicare International fundraiser, I had donated this Buddha painting for their silent auction. This is actually the first oil painting I have done with no reference photograph! This simple Indian inspired painting raised $61 for the cause :)
In July, we went on a party cruise in Toronto to celebrate a friends birthday. We got to view the Toronto skyline at night, and it inspired me to do this next painting. I donated this painting to to the Annual Handicare International Fundraiser for their silent auction, and it raised $50!
Also, it was brought to my attention that this photograph looks exceptionally blue. The contrasts in the original painting are definitely much better.
For a friends 24th birthday, I decided to try out wooden photo transfers- a crafts project that I’ve been thinking about for a while. At University, I had a huge group of friends, but the four of us were inseparable! We were SO different, that there was never really a dull moment. We’ve now been friends for over 5 years, and I always look forward to our baking sessions, movie nights, and coffee breaks. Needless to say, one of the photos I picked was of the four of us at our graduation dinner. The other photo I picked was of the Toronto sky line, something I know my friend will like.
Michaels had a huge sale for Labour Day weekend which actually justified their exorbitant prices. I picked up some Elmers glue, mod podge, and wood, and I was on my way! It was definitely a tedious process, and I have already learnt a bit about what works and what doesn’t. While it’s not perfect (Half of one of my friends face was knocked off :P), I hope she likes the thought that went into it :)
Here are some pictures of the process. For the most part, I followed the instructions on e-How. I actually liked how it wasn’t a perfect transfer. The wood showing in between gives it a rustic feel, and the results look great on my mantle. While tedious and messy, it’s definitely not too difficult, so give it a try!
While I did this nearly two weeks ago, I couldn’t post this until now, as I didn’t want my friend to see it before we gave it to her :) Happy crafting!
On September 22, Handicare International is having its annual fundraiser. I have always supported this charity, as over 90% of their proceeds go directly to help the cause. This year I will be donating a couple of paintings for their silent auction; Tangled, and two surprises :). I decided I’d attach a small card along with the paintings, to direct those who bid on my paintings to my website. I designed these two cards last week, and printed a few out on my HP printer.
(Please ignore my chipped nailpolish!)