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!