Canvas: Hope is Never Lost

I’ve had this idea for a mixed media, steampunk-style canvas in my head for a while, since I bought a three-layered mechanical heart chipboard piece by Wycinanka. But I kept putting it off in favor of other projects. To be honest, sometimes I put something off for fear of ruining a project. Finally, last weekend, I sat down and decided to just do it. I need to learn to be brave when creating. And to not be afraid of messing something up.

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Hope is Never Lost

I had recently purchased a set of three canvases that were 4 inches wide by 12 inches high. They’d be great for doing a triptych piece, but I wanted to use them separately. And it was the perfect size for my chipboard heart. I started by taking the Riveted stencil by the Crafter’s Workshop (6×6) and covering the whole canvas, including the sides, with modeling paste through the stencil. I also added some strips of drywall tape for extra texture and a bit of crackle paste here and there as well.

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After letting all that dry, it was time to add color. I used Light Patina, Mermaid Teal and Royal Blue Metallique paints by Finnabair over the texture, blending them until I was happy with the results. I then took some Finnabair Metallique Wax in Antique Gold to highlight the texture and edges of the canvas.

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Wanting to add a little bit more to the background, I took some twine and dyed it with Prima Color Bloom Golden Walnut spray to make it a bit darker. I wrapped it around my canvas and attached the ends to the back with Heavy Body Gel, left overnight to dry.

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After arranging my embellishments and other pieces on the canvas to the approximate design I wanted, I painted all the metal and chipboard bits with black gesso, let them dry, and repainted with Steampunk Copper and Rustic Brown Metallique paints. I also added a bit of Royal Red to the top layer of the steampunk heart, to kind of get a “bleeding heart” effect.

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I painted the bottoms of some Finnabair Melange stones with Unicorn’s Hair Sparks paint and added them to the canvas as well. When the glue had dried, I added some Glossy Accents around the cogs and sprinkled on some copper microbeads. I also dabbed on a bit of rust paint in places to get an aged feel.

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My final touch was to add one of the Tim Holtz quote chips across my mechanical heart. It seemed to be the perfect sentiment for the canvas. I distressed the edges with a little bit of rust paste to blend it in with the rest of the canvas.

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Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have another step-by-step tutorial in a few days — an altered paper mache box. I’m having so much fun exploring new mixed media techniques and I’m eager to see what I’ll be inspired by next.

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Canvas: Indigo Skies

A few months ago, I had posted a card I made to a Facebook crafters group. It was a thank you card and I had mentioned that I’d made the card simply to play with some new dies I’d just gotten, as I really didn’t have anyone to send a card to. Another member of the group jokingly said I could send one to her, so I asked for her address. And she sent it to me.

But instead of sending “just” a card, I decided to take it one step further and make a small canvas to send with it. I’d just watched a YouTube tutorial on a tag project, and since I had the same paper collection used in the tutorial, I thought I could make something similar on a small, 5×7 canvas panel.

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Indigo Skies

I used the Indigo skies paper collection from Kaisercraft for this project. I first glued down a piece of the Washed Out paper to use as my background. Since I was using a canvas panel, I just wrapped the paper around the edges and glued them to the back of the panel.

Next I cut out strips from the 6.5×6.5 Breeze paper and distressed the edges. The strips looked like pieces of washi tape, so I added a few strips of washi from my stash as well, though most of it eventually got covered up.

I added a little texture by using some modeling paste through a floral stencil down the sides as well.

I took some grid chipboards from 2Crafty and painted them with white gesso before gluing them onto the the background. I let all this dry for a few hours before coming back to add some color.

Using a couple of Faber-Castell gelatos, in Elderberry and Satellite (from the Iridescent set), I applied my color in random places, then spread it out using a water brush and my fingers until I was happy with it. (I reapplied some white gesso onto the chippies where I’d gotten a bit messy with my blues.)

Next I fussy-cut some of the butterflies from the Chambray paper and added some dark blue and white flowers to the center of the canvas. (The flowers are actually labeled as “black” but the color was more of the dark blue you see in the photo.)

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I felt the left side needed a little something, so I die cut some wheat stems from the Windswept paper using the Cottage Cutz Wheat Stalks die and tucked them behind the flowers.

To finish the canvas I painted on some Baby It’s Cold Outside prills here and there and glued on a few clear glass droplets. I also added some Wink of Stella brush pen to the butterflies and added a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz as my sentiment.

My surprise gift turned out really well and the recipient loved it. This actually led to two more surprise gifts, but I’ll save that for another time. ūüôā

“Beach Break”

I made this canvas piece at the end of October, but I never got around to doing a blog post about it for several reasons. Halloween. The November 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Getting ready for Thanksgiving. Ending up in the emergency room…

More on that last bit in a bit, as this canvas was the cause. >_<

The inspiration for this piece started with some tissue paper I found in my stash…

Pretty, thin tissue paper!
Pretty, thin tissue paper!

I knew I wanted to use this as a background, so I tore a piece off and glued it down to an 8×10 inch canvas panel using Mod Podge, then painted a thin coat of gesso on top.

Urm... please excuse the shadows. I was having technical issues. XD
Urm… please excuse the shadows. I was having technical issues. XD

And… there it sat because I couldn’t really think of where to go from there. Finally, one weekend, I pulled out some of my favorite sprays — Lindy’s, Shimmerz and Prima Color Bloom — and created a beachy background. I dabbed some texture paste in places to make foamy waves as well.

I cannot even begin to express how much I love these colors together.
I cannot even begin to express how much I love these colors together.

I honestly almost left the panel as-is, because I loved how it came out so much. But it did have an unfinished feel to it, so I decided to use the background to make a little scene. I added chipboard, netting and seashells…

...and this is how it turned out.
…and this is how it turned out.
Green microbeads created the texture on the mermaid's tail.
Green microbeads created the texture on the mermaid’s tail.
Also added some real seashells and starfish.
Also added some real seashells and starfish.
Some fisherman's netting was the perfect touch...
Some fisherman’s netting was the perfect touch…

However, a word of caution about the netting. As I was cutting it up, tiny pieces of the fiber started floating around. I have asthma, and I must have inhaled some of the fibers. That evening, I was having trouble breathing and my medication wasn’t strong enough to pull me out of it. I started turning blue from lack of oxygen and had to be rushed to the emergency room in an ambulance. Was only there for a couple of hours, thank goodness, and they got my breathing under control quickly. So lesson learned. Wear a mask when working with this netting or anything similar, especially if you have compromised lungs like I do.

December is going to be a busy month, making several gifts for both Christmas and birthdays, so just in case this is my last post of the year, happy holidays and all the best for the new year!

“Art”

As soon as I found the Artist Soul stencil by Donna Downey, I couldn’t wait to use it. And the finished piece turned out better than I’d hoped!

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“Art”

I prepared my canvas panel with texture paste through the stencil, then painted the whole thing with white gesso. When it had dried, I took some Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays — I believe I used the yellow, blue and green sprays from the Mermaid Seashells pack — and sprayed just the top of the canvas. I then picked it up and let the colors run down, pooling around the words. It took several coats of spray to get it all covered, moving down the canvas as I went.

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Of course, the words kind of faded into the background, so I layered the stencil back over the top of the words and used an ink blending tool and Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon ink pad to make the words pop.

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Next I glued down some gesso’d chipboard, painting the greenery green and the penny farthing and lamp with Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper. I also added crackle accents to the penny farthing, along with Art Alchemy Light Patina. The little ceramic roses I found from The Shabby Horse Cafe on Etsy and were just perfect!

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I added some painted metal accents and bling to the penny farthing, then created some little flowers with scraps and Prills. For the “grass,” those are green seed beads glues along the bottom.

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To finish up, I added a large flower in the upper right corner and filled in the lamp with yellow Stickles. It’s hard to tell in the photo, because I have such crappy lighting in my house, but it really does shine as though lit.

I also stamped some dragon flies randomly around… for no other reason than I like dragonflies. ^^;;

Thanks for reading! ‚̧

‘Time Flies’

After having so much fun making ‘Hocus Pocus,’ I decided I really wanted to try my hand at creating a mixed media canvas. However, I didn’t have many supplies, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I ordered some canvas panels, paints, chipboards and stencils. And for my very first attempt, this is what I created…

'Time Flies'
‘Time Flies’

It turned out better than I’d hoped! I mean, it’s not great¬†artwork, but I think it’s really pretty and I can only learn by practicing!

Cherry branch stencil with Kaisercraft Mademoiselle wood icons
Cherry branch stencil with Kaisercraft Mademoiselle wood icons

Please forgive me, being so new to doing any kind of artwork and posting it online, I didn’t write down everything I used… I will endeavor to do better in the future!

I started by adding texture paste through stencils onto the canvas, then I used white gesso on the textured bits (though next time I think I’ll do the whole canvas). After that dried, I started layering colors using some Prima Color Bloom sprays and some sprays by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

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After getting the first few coats of paint down, I started layering chipboard pieces (painted with gesso) purchased from Creative Embellishments. I added a few metal gears and clock parts in as well. The gears and industrial parts got sprayed with copper and gold paints, then some were painted with Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper paint.

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I also added a cute little resin fountain from Prima Marketing to add to the garden feel.

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I had a bunch of paper flowers leftover from my scrapbooking days that I had almost chucked out because they were a hideous shade of pink. Luckily I didn’t, so I ¬†tacked on a bunch here and there, painted them with gesso and sprayed them with¬†metallic¬†paints to go with the industrial feel of the opposite corner.

The fairy wasn’t part of my original idea. I had more flowers there to begin with, but I didn’t like them. They looked too fussy. I was playing around with different chipboard pieces and thought the fairy fit into my industrial garden nicely.

When the flowers dried, I added some bling!

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The final embellishment added were the numbers above. I felt that corner needed a little something extra, so I added “40” to represent me … I had turned 40 a month before I made this. Time really does fly!

Had tons of fun making this, and I have so many more ideas in the future! If only I had more time! ^^;;