Thursday, 27 March 2014

*DREAM* Mixed media Canvas

Well Todays entry is a mixed media canvas that I'm entering for the Sunday Stampers Challenge titled Dream. To see Hels Sheridans stunning example and all the other entrants click on the link   
There is a wonderful blog candy to be won this week as its her 300th anniversary.

Ok, so I had a little play time yesterday and I had been promising myself a messy session with some paint and stencils and this is what I produced. I will give a list of the paints, dies, stamps etc that I used and then a brief summary of how it was made.

Canvas measuring 5"x7"
Stamps by Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies
Acrylic paint from PaperArtsy in Blush and Nougat
White Gesso
Tim Holtz Dies Fleurs di Lis & Eiffel Tower and Trellis from the new Frameworks series
Spellbinders Brackets Die
Stencils by Imagination Crafts called Bay Leaf and Dylusions Alphabet Border Small
Tag from InkyDoodles MDF Shapes Bag
Grunge Paste by PaperArtsy
Distress Inks in Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo
Distress Stains in Brushed Pewter, Tumbled Glass and Seedless Preserves
Brilliance ink pads in Graphite Black and Starlight Black
Perfect Pearls Mist in Blue Patina
Cosmic Shimmers Mist in Plum Tart
Creative Expressions Vintage Plum Gilding Wax
Cosmic Shimmers Mica Powder in Antique Blue
Treasured Gold Wax in Sapphire, Olive Bronze and Pewter
Decoart Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer
Sizzix embossing folder
Paper scraps, lace, corrugated card, dry wall tape, black peel-off letters, hemp string, odd transfers, gems,2 eyelets and thin suede cord for hanging
The rose and leaves had been previously made and dipped into UTEE in the Melt Pot

To begin with I drilled the 2 holes in the top of the canvas and then gave it a coat of gesso. Then I stuck on the various papers, lace etc with a mix of 1part white glue and 1part water. Next using the grunge paste and stencils added the texture. This was then given a coat of gesso and then when this was dry a coat of blush acrylic paint.
The tag was also given a coat of gesso and a coat of blush. The letters were then stuck onto the tag and the edges stamped with iced spruce and brushed with the mica power. Finally the edges were sanded to reveal the wood.

Next a sprayed the canvas with the perfect pearls, the cosmic shimmers and a little water and tilted and twisted the canvas so that the colours mixed and blended between the different layers.

Once dry I then added the stamping to the canvas, Paris was first stamped in the starlight black and then over stamped in the graphite black to give some shadowing.

Making sure this was completely dry I then added extra colour using the Distress Stains. This was applied with a brush and my little finger! Touches of colour were also added to the die cut trellis so as to make it blend in rather than stand out too much.

The Eiffel Tower was embossed with the Sizzix folder and then rubbed with the sapphire treasured gold. The 2 brackets were rubbed with the black shimmer and all were buffed when dry.

The rose had some sapphire wax added to the edges of the petals and the leaves had some olive bronze added to the tips. These to were buffed when dry.

The ticket was given a coat of nougat and then stamped in the graphite black.

The canvas was then given touches of the vintage plum gilding wax and the pewter and sapphire treasured gold to the stencilled areas and the corrugated card to help make them stand out.

Then it was down to the assembling, after trying various designs, the transfers were applied before everything was secured in place with some pinflair glue. The gems were then added and the eyelet's were placed in the holes at the top and the suede cord threaded through and knots tied in each end.

A good evenings work I felt, little finger has a deep plum tone to it today but other than that there is no evidence of a messy, inky, painty session what so ever!!

I hope you can join me again soon for another crafty session, thanks as always for finding the time to stop by and read this blog. Any comments or questions are always appreciated and will be answered asap. Enjoy the rest of your week and take care, Jane x


  1. Oooo this is gorgeous!!! I love the soft purples with the metallic elements! Such a beautiful piece, tfs!!! :)

    1. Hi Linsey, Thanks for your kind comment, its much appreciated. I had played around for a time to get the effect I was hoping for and it payed off! Still its easy to get inspired after looking at Hels creations. Jane x

  2. Stunning canvas Jane, I love the soft shabby chic effect you created, I work for yonks trying to get that kind of look but always end up with a few shades of murk lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. Great canvas, thought the Eiffel Tower was brilliant.