Saturday, May 11, 2013

6" x 8" Mixed Media Canvas


Another canvas swap with a small group of friends, this one was sent to Lori.  I totally loved this canvas when I was done with it - so much that I might have to make one for myself.  I also find that I really enjoy making canvases.
I began by stenciling leaves (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490) on the canvas with white embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi)... I stenciled one or two leaf stems, let them dry, did another one or two, let them dry, etc. until I had it covered.  Then I gessoed the whole canvas.  Next I sprayed it with water and then started adding Distress paint.... I either sprayed more water or blotted some off as I went whatever was needed to allow the colors to blend but not blend too much.  Let the paint air dry and it was beautiful but I wanted the colors to be a bit darker so I sprayed with water and added paint again just like the first time and let it dry.  Next I stenciled little circles (A Crafter's Workshop stencil - mini circle explosion) in between the leaves and on the sides of the canvas with a heavy bodies acrylic paint and let it dry.  Randomly stamped Wendy's text image with Archival Ink.  Used my finger to add Viva Inka Gold in old gold to the edges and over the leaves catching some of the high spots but also getting some on some of the low spots.  The flowers --  I used Glue 'n Seal to glue pages from an old Gregg Shorthand book to Wendy's Clearly For Art, enough to cut Tim's tattered floral's die 3 times.  Then I used Distress Paint to color the flowers and Archival Ink to stamp Wendy's small weed image along the edges of the petals.  Cut, heated, and formed the flowers. I added small holeless gold beads to the centers of the little flowers.  The leaves -- Another Wendy stamp.  I stamped 3 of them onto grungepaper, cut them out, painted them with Distress paint on both sides, stamped various Wendy backgrounds onto the leaves with Archival Ink, drew the black lines with a Pitt pen.  The words -- Wendy stamps again.  I painted manila cardstock with Distress Paint, stamped with Archival Ink and cut them out.  The butterfly -- Yes, another Wendy stamp.  I cut a piece of grungepaper large enough to stamp the butterfly on, painted it with Distress Paints, let them dry, stamped the butterfly with Archival Ink, and cut it out.  I also painted the back  








Below is the wonderful canvas I received from Trent!!!!  It's 8" x 10". 




14 comments:

Nan G said...

Wonderful gorgeous amazing ... Some of your best work!

Ally White Cat said...

Wanda this is so lovely I agree with Nan this is some of your best art.
hugs
susan s

Anita Houston said...

SUPER GORGEOUS!!!!!

JoelMcBride said...

Incredible! Both canvasses are wonderful. I especially love the effect that the embossing paste creates!

Linda Ward said...

Beautiful canvas !!! I am glad you tell us how you did it so we can use some of your techniques. I have my canvas, now I need to get started.

Turid said...

True art! You should work towards giving an exhibition in a gallery! Love the embossing paste effect!
The other canvas is very nice too!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

absolutely gorgeous - love all the elements and the composition. The piece you received is darned nice, too! Lucky you!

Krista Hentges said...

wow mom...that turned out absolutely amazing!! i'm jelly of the one who recieved that...i would usually try and come up with some form of why i liked what i liked about it and so on, but no...wow and amazing covers it...

oh and btw HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!!!

love you

Dorothy said...

Oh my!! Gorgeous work!

2amscrapper said...

Love the bright colors and layering. That flower is amazing! Great one from Trent too!

Vic said...

Beautiful! All the layers of color & texture are fabulous!

Mooffie said...

Wow! Really pops! Good enough to eat! Ruth

Lori said...

It's gorgeous, that's for sure! Love, love, love it!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oooooh, I am sure Lori was thrilled! This is so beautiful. And you received a lovely one from Trent, too. What a great swap!