Let Your Heart Sing with a Tussie Mussie

Back in August I was visiting Donna Downey’s blog and she posted a how to make a ‘Tussie Mussie’ and you might be wondering what the heck is a Tussie Mussie.  The easiest way for me to explain it is that is a cone container made from canvas.  I thought what a great idea and a new way to play with paint and collage and make something besides a picture, make a wall decoration that can be the home to some flowers or moss or who knows what, be creative.

Here is the one I made,

Tussie Mussie

not exactly the way it was constructed by Donna Downey but it still worked out fine and the finished piece ended up being a lovely Birthday gift for a very dear friend of mine.  She loved it!

I painted some canvas and then cut into two triangles, sewed them together,  then proceeded to add collage elements and some text. I added two eyelets at the back to attach ribbon  for a hanger.  I made some coffee filter roses and then coloured them with watercolour – to fill the cone, using some dried moss as filler to hold the flowers in place.  I bought the canvas at the art store which sells it by the foot.

To get further instructions visit www.donnadowney.typepad.com and go to her blog post August 21/12.

This was a fun project and it makes a great hostess gift.

Until next time

Michelle

Tussie Mussie

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Let Go – Be Bold

“Each day brings with it another chance to live in the moment”.

I have been switching back and forth between hand-made collage and digital collage depending on what mood I am in.  It is certainly nice to have the choice and I really love being able to take art that I created previously and

Nourish Your Soul – Dream

use it again in a totally different way in my digital art.

I think with the onset of the cool, wet weather I have been craving lattes because they are delicious and creamy, my comfort drink of choice.  So this digital piece features a coffee cup and I recycled a couple of my background collages that I had scanned a long time a go.  I used some adobe brushes to create  swirls and various filters to create the effect I wanted which was a comforting warm feeling.  I love the versatility of Photoshop and how you can manipulate the layers to give the feeling of luminosity.  l love this collage and printed it of and framed it in white frame. This piece has quickly become one of my favorites.

Until next time – nourish your soul – Dream!

Michelle