Teacher Appreciation

Amazingly, summer is just around the corner and we've recently found ourselves right in the middle of the end of the school year craziness.  My son finished up his last day this past week and I really wanted to do something special for his teacher.  She isn't only an amazing teacher and has worked incredibly hard this past year, she is also a sweet friend whose entire family has been a blessing to us.  We attend church with them and her daughters have both been loyal babysitters and helped us out greatly over the last few years.  I wanted to do something unique for her that would be a special keepsake and something she could hopefully use in her classroom for years to come.  So I created an original painting for her!  

 Teachers Touch a Heart by Jennifer Snellings, Background

Teachers Touch a Heart by Jennifer Snellings, Background

First I created the background on stretched canvas using acrylic paint, decorative papers, a vintage book page, stamps and ink.

 Teachers Touch a Heart by Jennifer Snellings,  Mixed Media painting 8" x 10"

Teachers Touch a Heart by Jennifer Snellings,  Mixed Media painting 8" x 10"

After creating the layered background, I collaged the apple onto the canvas using magazine paper and gel medium.  Finally I added the quote and finished it off with some Stabilo pencil to help define the apple and quote blocks.

I gave her the painting along with a gift certificate to the studio where I work, inviting her to come enjoy a relaxing evening of painting!  Hopefully she feels very loved for her hard work and dedication!  Now I'm off to find some ideas to show my daughter's teachers how much we appreciate them!  Her last day is next week!

Are you looking for a unique gift for a special teacher in your life?  I'd love to create a special keepsake honoring your favorite teachers!  Contact me for more information on ordering a commission at tatteredartstudio@gmail.com!

Happy creating,

Jennifer