Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Time for a Canvas....

Hello Friends

I think April has to be one of my family and friends' busiest month for birthdays, which means I have alot of cards and/or pressies to make.  There are alot of "Special" Peeps' birthdays too including Mr Hettie,  two of my bestest friends and my former Boss!! 

So today I thought I would share one of my above mentioned friend's present.  I know it has been received and so it is quite safe to reveal. 

As most of you know, I have recently been converted to Sheena Douglass style of Paint Fusion painting, having never been able to paint previously.  I know what I want to paint, but I cannot seem to do it.  Well, I decided it was time to put what I have learnt thus far to the test by making a canvas!  Scary, let me tell you! (You might want to get a cuppa here as this is a bit picture heavy!)

So here is the first canvas I have made......

I chose to do bramble and the flowers (it being Spring allegedly!).  The colours above are not quite accurate and the two pictures below are more of a likeness but I could not seem to get it right on the puter without losing something else.

The canvas is around 12x12" to give you an idea of size.  Painted using the crackle technique with a dark blue underneath and a Cornflower white over the top (made by the paint company that has a large dog featuring in its advertising!).  
The stamping was done using a mixture of Tim Holtz and Sheena Douglass stamps using Archival Cobalt and Chipped Sapphire DI.
The glittered ivy leaves were actually a Christmas decoration I had bought knowing I would use them for crafting at some point!  The Roses are cut using my latest Spellbinders dies I bought at Ally Pally and I inked the centres with Mustard Seed DI.  The bird cage was cut using chipboard and TH die, painted and inked, then run through the brick wall embossing folder and finished off with Treasure Gold wax. Some brads in the holes at the base and then bashed with my bashing hammer!  Then I found some chain to suspend the birdcage from.
Forgive me but I have forgotten the make of the flourish stamp.  It was one I had when I subscribed to Craft Stamper all those years ago and I use it A LOT!
On the flourishes I used clear schparkly embossing powder.
On the painted leaves you can see I used some more Treasure Gold but green this time.  This pot I bought in Nottingham at the Quilting AGM.  I love it when different crafts come together.  The flower paints are all Pebeo paints.
Lickle birdie which was flipped, inked with Gathered Twigs and made a little darker with Walnut Stain DI, clear embossed, and I used enamel paint for the eye and then placed on a swirl with two small leaves.

I was delighted to receive several emails yesterday from the recipient who seemed to like it!

I shall pop it down to the Playground now as there are a few small Snippets in there.  I wonder who will take charge as to where it will be hung in the Treehouse!!

Sorry this post is a little picture heavy and thanks for reading thus far.

Have a great end of week!




Alison Scott said...

This is fabulous, just wonderful. Lots to see, lots of techniques.
The colours are great.

Di said...

Oh my word Sam!! This really is breath takingly beeeeautiful. LOVE it and I bet the recipient is pickled tink - in fact I know she is :)

So much work and it's total perfection in every single detail - what a very clever little sausage you are! You could make and sell these on Etsy, although I suspect they really are a true labour of love.

Top of the class I think!

Hugs, Di xx

Kate said...

So lovely, Sam! Your painting is such a fabulous work of art. I love how you also incorporated 3d elements to the canvas. Gives it some real pop.

Kyla said...

Oh my, your SD painting is really coming on and its so effective combining it with other crafting stash-a brilliant idea. I bet they loved them.


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Truly AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING and did I mention AWESOME?

I agree you could sell these on Etsy. This time next year . . . you could be a millionaire!

Sarn xxx

butterfly said...

We're a very busy April too - starting with me, my brother and my nephew all within a week!!

LOVE your canvas... the background with the worn paint look and the stamped text is just glorious, and the flowers are perfect expanded into the larger space - wonderful work!
Alison x

Mrs F said...

September is the busy month in our family.

Totally wonderful canvas, your daisies are beautiful and a real work of art. It's going to be pride of place in someone's home.

Night night xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh this is so lovely :)

lisa said...

I've loved seeing all the gorgeous detail close up, Sam. It really is a stunning canvas and I love the paper blossoms with the painted ones. I'm not surprised your friend loved it.
Hope you are having a good week.
Hugs Lisax

Kim said...

Look at you go!! I love all the elements! And how your paper roses so match your painted ones! Great job!

Twiglet said...

So so lovely Sam - clever you!! x Jo

Liz said...

Popping over from the Snippets Playground to say what a lovely card it is.

Juls said...

wow this is just stunning!! Love all the texture and detail!! Hugs Juls