Monday, June 22, 2015

Sue Smyth for Imaginarium

Fantasy Canvas and 
8 x 8 album

By Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers
Today I am sharing a fantasy canvas I made for the June show Tutor display.
I just wanted to make something for fun and see where it would lead me.

I have started with a skinny canvas and some old paint brushes, I thought 
they would look good as a skirt and went from there to make a 
body with the corset chipboard, some wings and a small
dolls head.

I have double embossed the wings with gold emboss powder
 to give a nice lustre.

3 Feathers are placed over the paintbrushes to fill out 
the skirt, I have painted them with white gesso, 
sprayed with red dylusions and dried off.
Then I have rubbed over with gold paint, sprayed
with gold spray glitter  and 
added dots of gold liquid pearls.

To colour the brushes, I have painted them
with white gesso and sprayed with red dylusions.
then when dry rub over gold paint

For the top I have layered a selection of trinkets.
To colour randomly swipe with white gesso
and spray with red dylusions.
Wipe off any excess to leave colour in the crevices 
and detail of the trinket.

The corset chipboard is embossed with an embossing 
folder first, then painted with white gesso and sprayed with
red dylusions as well.
When dry rub over with gold paint, I have also 
added a layer of Dimensional magic for shine too.

Imaginarium Chipboard 

8 x 8 Album

For this project, I wanted to make an album for my sisters 50th Birthday
but I did not want to fill it with photos, as I will leave
that to her. So inside is just plastic pockets with 
cardstock, waiting for any photos she chooses.

I have covered a purchased album with paper towel and
gel medium, add white gesso, dry off and spray with 
your choice of colours to make a great
textured base to add your chipboard and flowers.

Like the project above I have stuck with a gold theme.
Chipboard is either double embossed with gold embossing powder.
Or sprayed black with matt black spray paint
and rubbed over with gold paint.

You can see in this photo the difference these two techniques
give, the title is double embossed and the flourish below is 
sprayed and rubbed over with gold.

Add a cluster of flowers 

buttons and 

bows to make it nice and girly and you are all done.

Imaginarium Chipboard 

Happy Crafting all 


  1. Both such stunning projects! Absolutely beautiful! ♡

  2. These are so pretty
    and the feathers
    are gorgeous!
    Carla from Utah

  3. The bag is beautiful. Love the idea of using the paint brushes for her skirt. Gives me a use for old, unusable paint brushes. The colors are so vibrant. Love the little angel with the lacing in her dress.
    Both projects are great.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am in Heaven!! LOVE the glorious colors and textures in both of these creations!! I swear that I can hear the Angels in Heaven singing with joy!!!! LOVELOVELOVE both of these so very much!!

  5. Your canvas is absolutely stunning! I love it! These old bruches are so amazing composed with corset, wings, feathers and heart!

  6. Wow, your colors are fantastic. Both projects are absolutely magical. I pinned it to my Imaginarium board.

  7. Oh gosh.. I''m amazed !! These two projects are fantastic. The tag is so original. What creative ideas to use paint brushes that way. And the chipboard butterfly looks just perfect used this way. And the colors... Oh my... Gorgeous !!!
    The layout is also AMAZING. Love the colors, your flowers and the layout in generel.. It's build up so lively.
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous art. It was so inspiring.
    Hugs to you... Monica... Spain

  8. Hi again Sue... Sorry in my comment above I wrote that your layout is amazing. So sorry for the mistake. I would write your book is AMAZING... UPS...

    Your canvas is a DELIGHT and so is your sister's album, she will TREASURE it!!!
    WOW - I dream of one day letting go of the firm grip I have on my ruler and ignoring the grids on my craft mat and CREATING just like YOU => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)