Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Journey" Pastel 8x10 Mixed Media Canvas

Since spring is just around the corner, I created a canvas using pastel spring colours - pink, yellow, and blue.  Below is the finished canvas followed by some instructions on how I achieved it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

To start, I selected three papers and cut them into various sized pieces.  I just randomly cut them.  I adhered them to the canvas, overlapping them and crossing over each other.  I applied a coat of matte medium onto the entire surface so that the sprays I used would not soak into the paper and to give me nicer flow of the sprays.  When this was dry I applied a watered down coat of white gesso - not too thick, I didn't want to completely cover the papers.

I then applied a coat of white crackle paste randomly over the surface leaving some areas open so that the paper will still show through.

Next I selected my spray colours:  Shimmerz Egg Noggin, Jeni B. Bleu and Sweet Heart pink and sprayed here and there with each colour.

I embossed a chipboard square collage panel in a soft gold and adhered it as shown.  The two white strips across the centre are cookie sticks from the baking dept at Micheals's.  They are almost like a straw but are solid.

 For the centre section I cut a piece of paper (same as I used for the base) 3" wide x 6" long, accented the edges with the Jeni B Bleu spray and drew some random stitich lines with a black pen.  I cut another piece of the same paper 2 1/2" wide x 5 1/4" long and added this to the centre.  Onto this centre piece I tore a strip of another paper and applied it down the left side (only half way across) then I stenciled modeling paste onto the right side of the second paper piece.  I also applied the pink spray with a brush around the outside areas of the centre section.
Next I added a strip of lace down the centre (you can see it just under the chipboard flourish).  The small white doilie was next, the chipboard flourish and then a small white resin frame.

Next were the flowers, the leaves which were stamped onto vellum and cut out by hand, and a vellum butterfly.  Finally, I placed some cheesecloth under the main flowers and the frame for softness.  I adhered the centre piece with pop dots to give it a 3D look.   I also applied Finnibair small art stones here and there along with a few white pearls.  With my finger I lightly applied a gold rub here and there.  Below is a closeup of the centre section.

I hope you enjoy this newest canvas.  It is so soft and pretty using the pastel colours.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great week and a Happy Easter.
"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."

Friday, March 23, 2018

Heritage Layout

Hello everyone!!!
Today I decided to post a heritage layout that is simple but pretty.

The background paper looks like it had the colours sponged on - not a lot of pattern on it.  I took another paper and tore three pieces from it and inked the edges.  I then took a couple of stencils and applied modeling paste to give more texture.

I put together a collage of various papers, cut in different sizes, which my picture will be adhered to.
I then punched circles from a map paper and added them to the layout as shown below.

After the picture was added I placed my embellishements starting with the chipboard trellace at the left side of the picture along with painted chipboard leaves.  I added flowers and a metal embellishment to the trellace.  I added another flower to the bottom right corner of the picture with ghost chipboard leaves and a couple of metal gears.  For the final touch I added some gold micro beads here and there onto the flowers and around the outside of the picture.  And that is it.  Kept it simple and easy.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and delightful weekend.  Keep smiling.
"Happy Scrapping"
And for a little humour
"If you expect breakfast in bed, go sleep in the kitchen."