Friday, August 10, 2012

All You Need Is Love...

   In the immortal words of the Beatles

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love
There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy
There's nothing you can make that can't made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time- it's easy

All you need is love....

    These very words were what inspired our project today- for a very special couple getting married this coming weekend. The Boy and Miss Lo are the ring bearer and flower girl for their older cousin Kayla's wedding and so we all agreed that a special handmade wedding gift was called for. And really we are so full of love for the bride we were inspired to spread that love around!

     I started this project by taping off the word Love in painters tape onto an old painting of my own- I thought that since I have never really been happy with this painting in it's current state it would not hurt to re-purpose it for this project. The pre- existing texture would make this painting all the more interesting after the big reveal. For those interested I cut off the excess tape around the O with an Exacto knife just to make things a bit cleaner. The kids then went to town painting all over everything.

Miss Lo's preferred tool was an old tooth brush which allowed for interesting texture making
we painted the entire surface- right over the taped out words
with my help the tape was lifted off while the paint was still wet

    We think the end result is awesome and really sums up our sentiments towards Kayla and Waylon- we wish them all the love in the world- because All you need is love, love,love is all you need...

ps- a few details- we used Amsterdam Standard Series acrylic paints which give a vibrant colour to the final painting- these are real acrylic paints and while they are non toxic they are designed for use by people who don't put things in their mouths. I will still finish the painting off with a few layers of my favourite painting medium- Windsor and Newton Pouring Medium- to create a smooth surface. The painting surface used is a wood cradle panel which is similar to a canvas but is wooden and therefor a much less flexible surface which is important when working in thick layers.

If anyone is confused the lines revealed behind the taped letters is part of my old painting which was graphite pencil and thick layers of Golden Molding Paste. I think they add a layer of interest to the painting which might otherwise be a bit flat. If you have any specific questions regarding this project please feel free to ask in the comments section!


  1. what a fantastic wedding present. It is beautiful and will mean so much to them. I love that the kids were able to contribute their own creative fingers to the artwork

  2. LOVE it! What a great idea, so creative!

  3. I have a regular canvass just sitting around, could I do something like this, if it's not as thick? I've been thinking of having the kids do something on it for the new house. or where can I get the wood cradle boards? I wish we lived closer, so many fun things.

    1. You can use a regular canvas as well- just not quite as thick. I would suggest also having an exact knife on hand to help you pick up the tape. You can get wooden cradle panels at most art supplie stores - near you I would check out Pearl Paints


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