“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. ūüėĄ

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!

"Art"
“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.

IMG_0517 3b

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.

IMG_0517 3a

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!

IMG_0517 3d

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.

IMG_0517 3c

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.

IMG_0506 3

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.

IMG_0503 3

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

IMG_0502 3

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!

IMG_0504 2

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! ^^;;