The Art House Studio is a wonderfully inspiring mixed media shop owned by the very talented Karen Ellis. While not exactly local to me, it is close enough that I manage to get there several times a year.
In conjunction with moving her store to a new location in Cambridge Ontario, Karen invited her customers to submit an art house canvas to hang in the new store. The criteria were only that it be a 6×12 stretched canvas and have a house on it. Blame it on the German spun cotton mushrooms received in an ephemera pack or the mention of mushrooms in a podcast I listened to – or even an autumn walk in the woods, but the idea of creating a mushroom house was born.
I painted and texturized my canvas and sprayed ink through a stencil before adding my paper-pieced house. Rifling through a drawer of embellishments yielded some little grass and rock rub-ons so I added them, too. A piece of die-cut felt serves as a little fence in the foreground. Rather than paint the sides of my canvas I decided to add some strips of previously-painted deli paper from my stash. I really like the look of something added to the sides of a canvas in this way.
I envisioned my little mushroom house nestled deep in the forest, thus the addition of some some leaves stenciled with paint and die-cut grungeboard trees, embossed with distress embossing powders. I then stamped some vines in dark green archival ink before adhering my grass and flowers – and of course some of those spun cotton mushrooms. Enamel accents provided both the white spots for the roof and the door’s black knob. Sometime during this creative process it occurred to me that one might very well find a fairy residing in a house such as this, but as there are no woodland fairies here with me in the Glitter Grotto, I opted to leave my mushroom house unoccupied at present.
My canvas is even now winging its way to Karen’s shop via the postal service, hopefully to arrive in time for her Grand Opening on November 10th. Perhaps by the next time I visit a suitable fairy tenant will have moved in.