DIY Canvas Art

Hey all!

My studio, La Salle HQ, has a giant 20'x20'x20' white infinity wall, and I felt like it needed some color!  Staring into a sea of white can really mess with your brain.  So, I got inspired to get a giant canvas and paint it with bright and attractive colors! I wanted to write about how I set up the whole thing, so you could do something like this! It would be perfect for a photo backdrop or to add some punch to a bland room!

First, I ordered the canvas. The one I got is 6 feet wide by 18 feet long. HUGE!  Because our photo wall is made up of concrete and not something like wood which would handle nails well, I hung the canvas up on a giant rolling rack. This way it's easy for me to roll in and out of the photo wall, if we have a photo shoot going on in here. The canvas holds up with metal shower curtain rings no problem, but if you wanted, you could nail it to a wall or however you want because of how thin it is. Also, the canvas was so long that I was able to cut it in half and hang another blank side on the back with the shower curtain rings. I now have 2 giant canvases to paint on!

Now for the important part. To make a really vibrant and eye-catching piece, you have to buy the right materials and colors that compliment your space well. I used some of my favorite colors, you probably see them gracing my social media or blog quite often: cobalt, chartreuse, white, soft pink, turquoise and indigo. A nice balance of cool colors with a dash of pink. The brand of acrylic that I use is Golden.  I use two different types of acrylic paint from them: the fluids and the heavy body.  These vary in consistency and appearance.  For the thicker paints (heavy body), I use a lot of water on my brush to get more movement with the strokes, and the fluids are much thinner and don't require a lot of water. The brush I used for this was a size 24 flat to get really wide strokes, but you could probably use something larger to cover more area with one stroke. Because the canvas is so large, you'll definitely need a larger brush!

When painting this, I wanted a lot of dripping and running to happen with the paint. I also splattered color in areas - just remember to have fun and don't over do it. With painting, it's all about the process and not over-thinking or over-doing it. Remember simpler is always better. Once I start messing with a painting for too long, it always looks worse than if I would've stopped sooner. I hope you try something like this out for yourselves and I can't wait to use this as a backdrop for my workshops at La Salle HQ!



Anna + Derek

Nothing makes my job easier than working with genuinely nice people. Like, the kind of people you just know from the beginning you could go grab a drink with. From the beginning, Anna and her fiancee, Derek, were so encouraging with every piece of artwork I sent over and their love for each other was so radiant that it made it hard to not put in the extra love and care to their pieces! Not only that, but they handpicked an amazing team of vendors to take care of their day, how could I not blog these photos?! Take a look below at some snippets, and make sure to head over to the full feature on Style Me Pretty!

Delicious, hand torn linen menus with my design screen printed by my mom,  Jill Fawcett

Delicious, hand torn linen menus with my design screen printed by my mom, Jill Fawcett

Beautiful, right?? Check out the rest of the amazing team below!

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: Ampersand Cinema | Floral Design: Krista Jon for Archive | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Little Nelly Catering | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | DJ: Dart DJ | Groom's Attire:J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue:Saddlerock Ranch | Bar: Pharmacie | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Robe: BHLDN | Bride's Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Coordination and Design Consulting: GATHER Events | Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Groomsmen's Ties and Pocket Squares: The Grunion Run | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Invitations, Paper Goods, Signage and Calligraphy: Mon Voir | Photo Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Reception Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon and Fabrics: Silk and Willow | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

Fulfilling Your Passion

SAPPY BLOG POST

Sometimes you don't know what your passion is until it shows up in an unmarked box on moving day.  At least that's how it happened for me!  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do things that inspire you and encourage you to grow into your happiest self!  There might be negative Nancy's out there that will rain on your parade and make you feel inferior for doing something they may not agree with, but forget them!  There is only one YOU on this Earth and this is the only life you got!  I watched Steve Job's Stanford commencement speech recently and it reminded me how lucky I am to have found what I love so early on in my life.  Steve talks about the calligraphy class he took in college and how it inspired him to create the most beautiful typography for the Mac computers.  If he had never taken that class, who knows what the future of computers would have looked like!

My two most favorite parts of his speech were:

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

And

 "You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

In a world full of smart phones and an extreme amount of mental stimulation, it is important to pause, reflect on those personal moments that have shaped who you are and run with the memories that made you the happiest you've ever been!

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August Recap

We had a very successful and eventful August!  From workshops, to travel, photo shoots and more!  

I started the month off with my FIVE year wedding anniversary to my husband, John!  We spent the weekend at The Line hotel in LA.  We relaxed by the pool, had Negroni's and ate our way through the weekend.  It was perfect quality time spent with my man.

La Salle HQ had it's first ever photo shoot from Beyond Meat!  Sharkpig Productions came in and filmed an ad with olympic athlete April Ross.  It was a super exciting day, at one point we had 35 people in there!

Next up were the first ever workshops at  La Salle HQ in Costa Mesa!  Let me tell you, that space is perfect for workshops! Full house for Modern Calligraphy and Floral Watercoloring.  Beautiful centerpieces and florals provided by my lovely mother, Jill Fawcett, doughnuts from Sidecar and eager and excited students ready to fulfill their creativity!

THEN Beyond Meat came back for more!  This time with pro surfer girl Tia Blanco!  We expect to be working with them quite a bit in the future which is awesome because we love them!

I then took a trip to San Francisco with my girl Jessica and it was the most fun EVER!  I hosted a Floral Watercoloring workshop with Fullosophie I just love working with them!  San Francisco was such an adventure, I can't to go back again for more workshops!

After getting back from San Francisco I decided it was time for a change.  My Instagram used to be @monvoircalligraphy, now it is @monvoirco!  Quick, simple and to the point!  Make sure to tag #monvoir and #monvoirworkshops if you ever come to a class!

Last week I heard the exciting news that you can now buy my Intro to Floral Watercoloring Online Class at Brit+Co's Shop page!  You can also read my interview with Creative Director, Anjelika Temple, on the website!

 

What a GREAT month!  More awesome things coming in September, stay tuned!