So I'm trying to get a head start on a few things: for my husband, I'm making a "subway" inspired art piece for him, kind of like this:
Another tidbit I learned: my Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens (my "art markers") work on canvas. I have no idea why I didn't know that, but they do--beautifully! And I was trying the different colors on the red paint to see which one to use, and the blue, purple, dark gray and black all looked black--until I took a picture, and the flash showed just how different the colors are!
So tonight, I painted the canvas pink and drew 1" guidelines in pencil. Using a similar color, still hopefully easily covered with paint, I practiced writing out the words onto the canvas.
Also tonight I took a rather generic "Dream" sign from the stash of goodies from my mom's move and made it..."us." It took several coats of paint to cover the pattern, and then I used my black art marker and wrote "You Are Loved." Unfortunately, I messed it up. But then I remembered that most of the fonts I love right now are more "natural," handwriting-style fonts, so I simply went back over all the letters several times to look "artfully messy." I love the result! But I think it needs a rolled flower on a corner....