Thursday, May 13, 2010

3 - D Mixed Media Canvas - "Art is Good for the Soul"

Here is the finished project. I have had so much fun making this, my first 3-D canvas project with various sizes.
A couple of close ups of the layers. The pieces of canvas I worked with are a 12" x 24", 12" x 12", 5" x 7"and  8" x 10".
This is the upper right hand section. The flowers I worked with in this project are Prima Flowers that I bought in a canister from Paper Wishes. These are white flowers and they accept the ink really well. I also coated them slightly with crystal lacquer to make them sturdier. The rose is a paper spiral rose that I had made. The music sheet came out of a very old church hymnal, and the photo is a vintage postcard that I received as a prize in the One World One Heart Blog Hop. The "Create" embellishment is from Magenta that I colored to match my theme with my Copic Markers. I adhered all the beads with crystal lacquer. The beaded trim is some I had, I don't remember where I bought that.  The washer on the tag and the tab on the postcard are chipboard. The black bling is from Prima also. 
Of course a project just isn't complete unless you add some Tim Holtz embellishments. Here the key, key hole, the journaling ticket  and the frame around the inspire is all from Tim Holtz. The "Inspire" is from K & Co.'s Life's Journey collection.
The words "Art" and " Soul" are chipboard. I painted them with my acrylic paint and then applied Tim Holtz's rock candy distress crackle paint on top. I let that dry thouroughly and then rubbed ink over top to pop out the crackle. The word "is" came from a collection by Lil Davis Designs. Of course I couldn't leave my cricut out of the project so the words "for the" and "good" are all cut from paper. To make them dimensional I applied crystal lacquer over the top of them.
These photos show you some close up shots of the texture. The one on the bottom of the project shows where I added some fibers to my canvas and then painted over them. Looks really cool. The top section shows some of the textured paper, some drywall tape, and some aluminum foil. All of which I added and then painted over them.
One other note the image you can see on the "Art is Good" section is a photo from a magazine. I used the packing tape transfer method for this. Next time I am going to try the laminating sheet because they are wider and then I won't have to do layers. I think I would be happier with the end result. The string of pearls is something I picked up at a garage sale. Gotta love that costume jewerly!!
Sure hope this gives you some inspiration for you to start your own 3-D Mixed Media Canvas project. Make sure you leave a post for me to come check yours out when you are done. I would love to see what you do. Have a great day.
(note: all of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them, if you want a closer more detailed view)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mixed Media Canvas Art

OH my I am so stuck on the canvas projects right now. There is so much you can do with those. I have decided I wanted to do a 3-D Mixed Media Canvas piece. So I rounded up the different sizes I needed and some paint that would match with my theme in my living room and set to work. Here are the beginning stages. For texture on my canvas I used some textured scrapbook paper, fibers, and aluminum foil. Be sure to check back to see where this ends up.......

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Day with the Girls

It was really windy and darn right cold here today, but I didn't mind at all. I had a great day all planned with friends to work on some canvas pieces we have been wanting to do. We got our inspiration from our local hospital's gift shop gallery. They had these canvas pieces with birds and looked really cool, but we decided to make our own. When we were at convention Robin seen these bird prints and bought them. Then because she is so kind she printed us all up a copy of them. Thank you Robin. I wasn't sure what I was going to do today, but decided that I would go with the birds, because they are beautiful. Here is what we made:
This is the one I made. I started by primering my canvas with gesso. Then on my paint pallette I put a little of the pink paint and watered it down, I brushed in onto the canvas by pulling it in from the outside edge of the canvas. Next I  applied the blue paint the same way and finally I added the purple paint, using less of each color as I went along. Then to blend the colors together I took a baby wipe and dapped over all the colors, it created a cool texture too. Next I did all my stamping, using ink pads that coordinated with the paint colors. I layered my bird print onto dark purple cardstock and  glued it down with mod podge. I went over the whole canvas piece at this time. For my second layer of mod podge I attached my lace and the quilled flower. I gave this piece a finishing touch by adding Tim Holtz's idea-ology metal corners.

This is Cindy's piece, her canvas size is a litttle smaller but she used approx the same techniques as I did on mine. Cindy used a cardinal from one of the prints Robin gave us and darker colors of paint. I think it turned out beautiful.

This is Robin's piece, she decided to use the same colors as I did and also the same techniques. She said she might add a few embellishments to it when she go it home. I received an email from her and she has decided to do more of them with the different bird prints and line her hallway. That will look really cool.

Here is Susan's piece. She used her own creativitity to design hers. I told her it looks like she just bought it at Kirkland's. I believe her's is going to be a gift. Susan used some of Tim Hotlz's masks and paint to create her very unique background. Those elephants are way cool, she cut them out of paper from a elephant design she got off the internet, then she glittered them up. I love those prima flowers she included in her design too. She then wrote on the top "Elephants never forget" So cool.
What a great time we have when we get together.


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