Creating A Zen Wall Hanging With My Craft Stash

By | 04/30/2020

Last February I purchased Joanna Gaines Magnolia Journal magazine at our local grocery store.  I was looking for something that I could cut up and use for the collage I was supposed to make for my One Little Word challenge for February.  I loved the magazine so much I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up.  When I got somewhere toward the middle of the magazine, I found two blank pages.  The just had a peachy color on them.  I thought those pages were misprinted until I looked closer.  The pages actually said, “The purpose of this page is to give you permission to pause and to breathe and to be.”

I was so inspired by that!  I pulled out my art crayons, a canvas, my gesso and some brushes.  I put gesso on the canvas to create lots of texture.  Then I pulled out my Cricut and created a stencil with the saying above modified to say: “The purpose of this piece…”

I used the distress art crayons to color the background in a greenish teal color with some distressed browns around the edges.  I used my stencil and a black sharpied to trace the saying.

The piece is hanging on the wall in my craft studio at the end of the couch.  When I sit on the couch reading or working on the computer, I can look at that and pause.

This piece helps remind me to be mindful.  It helps me to be in the moment and focus on what I’m doing.  It reminds me to do some mindful breathing and to just be.

I LOVE it!

mixed media mindfulness canvas

It makes me think of the sea and I truly believe that the sea and the salt water can heal your soul.  I grew up living on a small lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.  Now I live in a small port town on the east end of Long Island and next to a canal on a small island in Florida.  I’m happiest when I can sit next to the water and just be.

It was fun to pull out one of the inexpensive canvases that I have in the closet.  I bought a package of 5 and was planning on using 4 of them to create some art for our bedroom.  It’s the only room that has no art!

I also enjoyed playing with the gesso.  I had not used gesso to create texture on a canvas before.  Plus…pulling out the Cricut and using it makes me feel good…it’s expensive and I should be using it for more projects…that will be my summer project!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Why not grab some stuff from your stash and create something that inspires you every single time you look at it?!


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