Tuesday with Tara {take 52}

Happy Tuesday!  Week 52 of my Tuesday blog posts means that it’s been a full year that I’ve been sharing with y’all!  So I figured I’d take a chance and share something completely different, since it’s what I felt inspired to create this past week 🙂  I went into my studio to create a card and ended up painting a big 16×20 inch canvas!  Not exactly what I started planning, but I had ideas for an empty spot on my mantle and a blank canvas, so I decided to go for it!

While this is completely different than what I normally create, the materials I used are not- I’ve used acrylic paints by Ranger (mostly Dina Wakely, with a few of my older Studio line paints in the mix), patterned paper, a stencil and some texture paste.  Here’s the finished product:

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I started with an idea and a blank canvas- looked up to see how other people had done similar flowers on pinterest and let it go from there… I started by sketching my basic shape with a pencil on the canvas.  Then I used gel medium to add some torn patterned paper (a simple music pattern) and applied texture paste through a stencil over that.  I also used a spatula to apply some additional texture paste on the petals for a bit of extra dimension.

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Once all that was dry, I started painting my basic flower shape.  Here’s the only progress photo I took- it shows the basic flower before I added the background and final details, it also gives a bit of a better look at the textured base I started with!

Here’s some different close up and other angels of my canvas.  It’s a sunny addition to my mantle, perfect for summer!

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The dots were created using the end of my paintbrush.  I used a couple different sizes and amounts of paint to get the variety of sizes.  This was a fun project, a whole lot larger than I usually tackle but I really found it relaxing!  It’s a simple enough shape to draw free hand, and the pencil sketch at the start makes it very forgiving as well!  I’ve got another home decor project to share with you in an upcoming post, but I’ll be back next week with a card!

Have a creative week,

Inky hugs,


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6 Responses to “Tuesday with Tara {take 52}”What You're Saying

  1. Mary-Frances says:

    This is beautiful, and very inspiring to this non-painter!

  2. Heather says:

    Wow, amazing. The texture paste and stencil adds incredible texture and interest, and the piece is beautiful and summery. Nice work!

  3. Mom-Julie says:

    It will look great in your place! Goes with your planned front door colour!

  4. kelly says:

    beautiful! love the way you incorporated the stencil image into your painting!

  5. Jane Z. says:

    Congrats on a full year’s worth of blogs!!! They have been awesome! Your canvas project is gorgeous… Love the colours! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Good post. I absolutely appreciate this site.
    Keep it up!

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