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May 9, 2013

See My DIY in a Magazine (Again)!

In the fall, my DIY Christmas spider tutorial was featured in Ottawa at Home magazine.  This spring I'm sharing another DIY project!  Because my blog tutorials for DIY art projects are so popular, I wanted to show Ottawa at Home readers how easy it is to make their very own DIY abstract.  What wasn't easy, for me, was painting on demand!  Let me tell you, painting while a photographer hung around and waited for me to say "okay, snap a shot now" was a teeny bit stressful.  As you know, I normally have to tackle the same painting a couple of times (like these and this one), sometimes over days, weeks or months, to get it "right," but this time I only had a few hours!  Happily, I love the finished piece and the only change I made was to hang it sideways. 

See the full tutorial (with glossy, gorgeous photos) in Ottawa at Home online, or head to one of these fine retailers to pick up a copy of the magazine.


I love a DIY painting tutorial that offers step-by-step photos but that can be sooooo tricky to do because stopping to take a photo often means I lose my mojo and the painting turns out weird.  But I've tried to share as many tutorials as I can, with step-by-step photos to give you a feel for how my (novice) paintings take shape.  Check out this black and white painting, the abstract triptych in the bedroom, my fun drippy painting, the Rothko-inspired trio, the geometric painting and its makeover, or, for something a little different, see how I made a simple striped piece with text.

I should mention that although Hubby & I try to support artists when we can (we have bought pottery from independent Canadian galleries and have often bought small works of art when traveling), right now we just can't afford to adorn all of our walls with the work of professional artists.  Happily, many of our family members are artists so we have their work livening up the townhouse.  Our DIY pieces fill in the gaps and add even more colour and life to our walls.  I love our DIY art and think that making your own art really is doable, but I'm not suggesting that the work professional artists do is as easy as 1-2-3.  Please support local artists and artisans when you can! 

P.S. You might have spied this painting in the reveal of a corner of our basement makeover (more soon).  We shot this project before I went to Hungary!  I've been itching to tell you . . .
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14 comments

  1. You should get a Go Pro and then you can have it take photos/videos while you're doing all sorts of stuff! A girl I know (google Paper Airplanes) does beautiful artwork (not sure if that's on her blog or not.. I know her personally) and she does photos with a Go Pro.

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    1. Such a good idea!! Hubby would LOVE if I bought a Go Pro and he'd hog it all the time :)

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  2. I just love how your artwork pops in your townhouse. You really have an eye for making the pieces come to life. Congratulations on your article, so darn exciting. Someday I want to try to do a piece of abstract art, thanks for the tips! Oh and you motivated me to get my agate pieces done, thank you so much, I love them.
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    1. Thanks!! I LOVE how yours turned out and your knobs are so pretty too. Too bad they aren't available anymore.

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  3. I can see how it might have been stressful to have a photographer snapping your progress, but what a fun article for their readers! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Dana! Luckily the photographer was pretty relaxed. It didn't help it was SUCH a hot day and we were dying in my air conditioning-less house!

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  4. Since I am visiting Ottawa at this moment I shall head out and find this magazine. What a wonderful city you live in. Each and every time I am here I enjoy something new and exciting, even if it is a cupcake from Thimble Cakes....yummmy!!!!!

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    1. I hope you have a lovely time in the city and the weather cooperates. Clouds are forming as I type :( And a cupcake is definitely something to celebrate!

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  5. very exciting! congrats! I still haven't tried painting my own abstract but you do make it look easy.

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    1. Definitely try one! It can be such good stress relief and also something fun for family time :)

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  6. Are you going to add some of your pretty paintings to your esty shop? I bet they will sell super fast,love the colors you use.

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    1. Thanks so much! I do have plans to add some paintings to the Etsy shop. Realistically, probably in the fall.

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  7. Oh it's lovely! I've been thinking of trying abstract for a while, but it's hard to know where to start. This is so helpful! Congrats :)
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