I used to keep a spotless house. I used to wash walls every few months, mop the floor every week, clean the bathroom and dust the house every day. Then, I went to work full time and found myself struggling to be a mom and housekeeper while working. I finally decided life was more important that a clean house and I lowered my standards. Yes, it took some time, but eventually I found myself able to cope with dust on the ceiling fan and spots on the windows.
Even though I no longer have a full-time, outside-the-house job and my children are grown, I still find so many things to do that cleaning my oven is not a priority.
A few weeks ago, a friend posted this on Facebook:
And I knew I had to have it hanging in my house. Of course, I didn’t want my husband to think I should be in heels and a dress everyday, nor did I want a reminder to clean the tub, so I created this:
I started with a 6×6 canvas. Then I used metal stencils (the chicken is from Dreamweaver, the dots are from Lasting Impressions) and Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Gesso to create the texture. I just laid the stencil where I wanted it and used a puddy knife to spread the gesso and then lifted it off.
I washed my tools immediately (this stuff is permanent if left to dry) and let it dry overnight.
Then, I used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio paints and water and painted on the colors in my house … browns, blues, yellows …
I used my Non-Stick Craft Sheet as a pallet and didn’t worry about cleaning my brush between colors. I started with the light and then went darker. Sometimes I used a dry brush, sometimes I made the paint into a glaze with lot of water … I heat set the paint between some coats and used a paper towel to wipe off the excess on others. I kept going until I had the look that I wanted …
Then, I decided it needed a little metal, so I added metal corners from Tim Holtz. I wanted them to be a little more aged, so I painted them and then wiped the paint off like this:
The one on the far right hasn’t been wiped off yet …
I glued them in the corners with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive.
Finally, I used American Crafts Cardstock and a Lifestyle Crafts letter die to create the wording. They, too, were a bit too bold when I was done, so I took my paintbrush and smeared just a hint of paint to the letters as well …
Now everyone knows my philosophy on cleaning!
Wow, great piece Candy! I just started working with canvas and stencils and love what you created here! Thanks for joining our challenge.
A woman after my own heart. Now if only I could convince my husband of the same! Great job on your canvas! It would go perfect in my kitchen!!!!
Obviously we are kindred spirits! my sentiments regarding housekeeping exactly! You could do a good business recreating this design. And thanks for linking with our challenge this month!
Love your project Candy! I think I’m going to have to make something similar! A messy house is my reality too, with a busy job, 2 young boys, and trying to sneak time in for crafting as well, plus trying to enjoy activities with my family – I just can’t keep on top of things and if there is a big clean up, everything seems to get undone in hours. But when we look back, we are never going to say “I wish I’d had more time to clean my house”!
Great piece of advice and art! Thanks for sharing on the Dreamweaver Facebook page! You need to link this for this month’s challenge…”A Fresh Start”!
this is just perfect Candy! I am the still the first part of your story… your post has given me hope that one day I will be able to go to sleep with a sink full of dishes… 🙂
You’ll have to make me one too! LOL I love it! Hugs, Robin