Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Canvas piece + tutorial

Hello, I want to share a canvas today that I made with Shimmerz, Scrapmatts chipboards and of course a touch of Prima!!  This piece was a really quick one for me and just a nice size of 12 x 12 inch:) It's definately one for the wall!

Here are the Shimmerz colours I used:

Coloringz in Lime in Da Coconut and Mama Sings the Blues
Blingz in Ginchy Green
Pearlz in Blue By U and Powder Puff
Vibez in Hermit the Frog, Jeni B Bleu and Before Dawn
and the Scrapmatts:
CB1077 Bird Cages 03
 CB5089 Ferns 02
CB1134 Assorted Words 01
Live, Life, Love

I also want to share with you my process of creating this piece.

1.  Firstly I applied Gesso to the whole background using an hold piece of cardboard.  Not being particular I changed up the direction of the cardboard strokes aswell.  Allow some sections to be thicker too.  I then tore a square piece of Calico material about 15 cm long.  Ripping the calico gives the edges a nice shabby look.  I applied Gesso to the Calico.  Now the fun begins with misting.  I started from the top section and worked my way down allowing the Shimmerz to run down the canvas.

2. I added another 2 pieces of Calico to the top right hand corner and the bottom section of the canvas.  I also applied more Shimmerz and blended the colours together by letting them run into each other.

3.  I now started to apply my embellishments.  Starting with the Ferns I applied a white dabber to them to take away the craft look.  I didn't do this to thick, just a subtle undercoat for my next layers of Shimmerz.  I adhered them to the canvas overlaping each other.

4. Adding to the cluster I placed my Prima flowers and Metal Birdcage into position.

5.  Using tiny foam pieces I applied the Scrapmatts birdcages, layering them over the other embellishments.  I placed the words down the canvas too and added Shimmerz Pearlz to highlight.

6.  I added Prima paper butterflies all over the top of the canvas (and the bottom) giving them direction so it looked like they were jumping out of the centre cluster.  I misted some more and highlighted all of the flowers with Gesso.  Using a paintbrush I brushed along the edges of the flowers and dabbed Pearlz to give extra colour and shine.  Using Blingz and Pearlz in Grinchy Green and Blue By U I coloured in the tips of the fern leaves.  I wanted it to look more blended so  I added some more Pearlz in white to wash out some of the colour.

Here is a closeup of the ferns and flowers.

There you have it, a pretty piece for the wall:)
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial to day, go on, go get messy!!!

Hugs xo


Tania Martyns said...

OMG Stacey!
the screen was wonderful, beautiful, magnificent!
I'm in love with her, you're a great artist!


Anita Tillman said...

This is just so stunning! Thank you SO VERY much for sharing the 'how to' ... very generous of you... I can't wait to give it a go!!!! xoxo

Kate said...

gorgeous stace, love those colours and the way you placed the fern. Was eyeing off some canvas' the other day in the $2 shop so will grab and couple when i am there next and will show you what i do- totally inspired by you of course! love ya! <3

Teresa said...

Beautiful Stacey! Thanks for sharing your creative process.

Blossom inch said...

very very very beautiful piece and I love to do a canvas swap with you if you want to...let me know at

Miae said...

Wow Stacey this is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing! Absolutely inspiring!

Renee Aslette said...

OMG!!! Stacey that is just amazing. I absolutely love it! The colors are awesome and such a beautiful canvas to put on show!!

Thuria said...

What a wonderful creation! I love the colours of course, and everthing you added. Thanks a lot for sharing the process of creating this canvas! I loved seeing how you did, very interesting! Completely in the Spring time.

Adrienne said...

Thanks for sharing your creative process! Beautiful work!

Di Garling said...

Absolutely a stunning piece of art. You are such a talent Stacey. I have never seen anyone work Gesso & mists like YOU. A real master. Thanks for the great tutorial. Cheers Di xo

Geli said...

Wow, that's so pretty and really great to see your steps.