Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pretty in Pink Mixed Media Canvas Painting

Mixed Media Canvas Painting "Pretty in Pink"

This project has been lying in wait inside my head for a while. I finally finished it tonite after starting it four or five days ago.  The bottom of the skirt is made from breast cancer ribbons.  I made them myself and let me tell you, it took A WHILE! My sister Dana has breast cancer. It has been very hard watching this horrible disease ravage her body and soul.  She finally finished chemo though and starts radiation this week.  I used tiny staples to make the ribbons as a statement about breast cancer. They represent the fact that the patient of breast cancer, no matter how fragile and feminine they are before diagnosis, must become  rugged and tough to make it through the harsh cancer treatment. 
I inked the dozens and dozens of ribbons with two colors of Tim Holtz ink, then used crackle paint in two colors on them.  I attached them with YES Paste.  The top part of the painting I painted using artists acrylic paints.


  1. This is absolutely amazing! This is so gorgeous! I'm so sorry about your sister's cancer (I had ovarian cancer and will be starting my chemo soon). God bless you all!

  2. Melody! I am so happy to hear that Dana finished chemo. I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers and I am sending big hugs your (and her) way! This is so beautiful and just awesome! I absolutely LOVE your creation, and I am sure she does, too! Yes, God bless you and Dana!!!!!

  3. P.S. I love your blog - I am a follower now!!!

  4. Mel, this is amazing. I'm so touched by this and your sister's cancer journey. I know you are both relieved that chemo is over. May the healing begin.

  5. Mel, all I can say is WOW! You are blessed to be able to communicate through your art this wretched disease; I love it! Prayers to your Sister.