Family Portrait


Hello all and happy Spring...finally!  It's my turn again for a project and a tutorial for Mixed Up Magazine!  This month's theme is texture (love, love, love texture!) so when my son’s girlfriend gave me a torn shawl, my first thought was ‘this would make fabulous texture on a canvas'. I envisioned a forest primeval with the fringe becoming a tangled mass of vines. I could hear that deep stillness of the woods, broken only by the conversation of unseen birds and the rush of a nearby stream. I could smell the heady scent of rich earth and damp moss. Then reality intervened and I thought, ‘oh, oh...maybe she wants me to mend this! Do I tell her it is beyond repair or try to fix this web of threads?’

Hannah interrupted my unspoken mental meanderings, ‘Leslie, this is beyond repair, I thought you might be able to use it for an art piece.’ And just like that, I was back in the beautiful forest of my art muddled brain. 

If you would like to know about my project, then take a walk in my woods at Mixed Up Magazine.  There you will find additional images, a step by step tutorial (including how I turn a cast-off sheet of paper into a bird) and a full product list.

See you there!