This Week in the Studio: Finnabair Inspired

Having purchased some round canvases a few months back, I’d been toying with ideas for their use. One idea played out in the studio this past week and I thought I’d share it with you here.

If you’re familiar with Finnabair, you’ll immediately see where my inspiration originated. If you’re not, you can see her work here:

This piece began with a black gessoed canvas that had been gone over with a stencil and white acrylic. I chose a black and white photograph of Louise Brooks, early Hollywood movie star, as my focal point.

In keeping with the black and white palette, I added metal/silver and got to work.

At this stage, I was plotting out where things would go…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks In Progress

Old and new combined here to create an interesting array. The intention was to tightly pack the bits and bobbles. This was the final result…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks

Here are a few close-ups of the detail…

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

There are probably a few things I’d have done differently, if I had it to do over again. As this was an experiment, that is to be expected. Overall, I am pleased with the results of my efforts.

Have you created any Finnabair inspired work? Please feel free to share in the comments, if you have. Simply use your photo’s url to link it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

New to Me: Hand-Painted Washi Tape

Most of you are aware of my complete obsession with washi tape. If you’re not, maybe this will give you an idea as to how addicted I am…

My Washi Tape Collection

Hand-painted washi tape was introduced to me by a friend and fellow artist, Jackie Davidson. I first noticed it on an envelope she’d sent to me. The colors were vibrant and the texture was heaven to my finger tips!


I loved it so much that I was inspired to carefully remove it and use it as the basis for another piece of mail art. Those torn bits that playfully form the diagonal? Those are Jackie’s. It was originally one strip. I added bits of hand painted Indian papers given to me by another friend, Jessica Manack.

When Jackie saw how much I enjoyed the tape, she sent me a small bit leftover from that same batch, about the size of an artist trading card. So what’s a girl to do? I made an ATC using Jackie’s tape as my background! It just so happened that Nancy Baumiller of Crow About Studios-B had just released her latest kit, Ballyhoo Mail Art, to her creative team and I had great fun combining the two! If you’d like to check it out, you can find the new kit here:

Be Brave ATC

Be Brave ATC created using elements from the Ballyhoo Mail Art kit by Crow About Studio-B!

Over the holiday weekend, I found myself with some spare studio time. I seized the opportunity to play and created a sheet of my own hand-painted washi tape. I can say with certainty that I am hooked!

Hand-painted Washi Tape July 2015

You can see that I’ve already begun cutting strips and pieces.

Making your own hand-painted washi tape offers so much versatility! I love that you can cut your sheet into strips, or use sections. Please let me know if you try it, or if you’ve tried it previously. Keep in mind that you can add pictures in your comments by copying and pasting a URL.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!