Friday, February 8, 2013

Follow Your Heart Canvas

Hello everyone! Julianne here, and today I am sharing a canvas creation with you.

Sometimes, it is impossible to find the "right" picture to hang on a wall. In which case, I say "make your own!!!". And that's exactly what I did. I wanted a pretty, girly picture to hang in my daughter's bedroom, so I gathered up my ID chipboard, and had a little fun. 

Okay, so maybe it wasn't a little fun. Maybe it was more like a lot of fun!!! But now I need to make another one for the other daughter, lol!. I used a 16" x 8" canvas. Let me show you how it was done...


When creating a canvas, there are a lot of layers that go into it. Starting with a paper base, then Modge Podge, paint, more Modge Podge, an image, more Modge Podge, more paper, more Modge Podge, ink patterns, rub-ons, more Modge Podge, and even more final touches to the canvas. I won't go into all that detail here, but rest assured, there are many, many tutorials available on the big wide web. All you need to do is Google mixed-media. There are so many options, and so many great teachers.

I wanted some depth and dimension on my butterfly, so I actually used two, and layered them on top of each other. The bottom butterfly is only slightly visible as it is a dark red, and I wanted to use it to high-light the  pink butterfly on top. The red butterfly alone would have been too overwhelming and distracting. But combined with the pink, it gives just the right enhancement. 

The photo corner has been inked with brown ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I used the same technique on the heart-picket fence. Can you see all the sparkles on my paper cut flowers? I used Jo Sonja Opal Dust to achieve that effect. 

Here you can see that I have inked and embossed the heart-picket fence, in the same manner as the photo corner. And yes, those are sequins you can see on my canvas (shock! horror!). That's the beauty of mixed-media. You can use any medium your heart desires. 

I created the hat from Hessian, and I even used texture paste to give the hair some dimension and texture. 

The pink butterfly was created with a mixture of Stickles glitter, powdered glitter, and Dimensional Magic. 
And of course, I finished it off with a rhinestone centre. 
(If you look closely, you can see the red butterfly underneath).

Other Products Used:
Meg's Garden papers; Zva Creative rhinestones; Ingvild Bolme inks; Stickles Glitter; Doodlebug Glitter; Ranger Clear Embossing powder; Helmar 450 glue; Modge Podge; Gesso; metal bow charm; specialised black pen for writing on plastic; Hessian; Opal Dust; Pink Paislee Stamps; Kaisercraft Stamps; Basic Grey rub-ons; sequins; and ribbon.

Thank-you so much for dropping by today.
I hope you have enjoyed this project.
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Cheers and hugs,
Julianne. xx