ready for a lovely valentine project? just for you. or for your lover. or for your favorite kid. or for the other kid :), or your cute neighbor, or just for the sake of creating.
hello. lovely canvas. "and then there was magic love". created with all the good stuff from American Crafts!
supplies: Canvas, size: 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 inches). Wanderlust (35548) - Paper, Yes Peas (35549) - Paper, Come together (35547) - Paper, Get around (35561) - Paper, Is it any wonder (35556) - Fabric paper, Paper leaves (77258) - House Designer Shapes, Love struck (59151) - stamps, Mixtape (61749) - Amy Tangerine Mix Tape, Textures (59147) - stamps, Spooky night (59148) - stamps, Happy day (35600) - Paper, Joyful day (35603) - Paper, Blissful day (35605) - Paper, Pleasant day (35609) - Paper, Cute small (59153) - clear stamps, Clover Cantina (35537) - Paper, Thank you small (59149) - clear stamps, Santa baby (35482) - Paper, Glitter Buttons (85563) - Elements Buttons, Holly Jolly (35543) - Paper, Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape (61753) - Glue, Dimensional Dots (61709) - This to That Adhesive, Silver (59526) - Pigment Ink, Rouge (59521) - Pigment Ink, Black (59500) - Pigment Ink, other: acrylic paint, spray ink, black pen.
now let's get started!! gather some lovely grey-teinted and pink teinted papers! and a canvas (any shape is ok of course, i've used a 30x40 cm (12x16 inches).
roughly cut your grey papers. don't measure. don't worry. just cut different shapes and try to cover the canvas. if you have white edges, or even open spaces: that's OK.
grab some gel medium (i've used: Studio Multi-Medium Matte from Claudine Helmuth), but you can use mod podge or any gel medium. paint a coat of the medium on your canvas. arrange your papers on it, and again brush over with the medium to seal it off.
you can see some bubbles in mine. i'm ok with bubbles. if you don't like the air: you can softly rub with your finger from the bubble to the edge to loose them. cut 12 hearts (by hand, no need to make them perfect!) from the lovely pinkish papers. and one black/white. arrange them, if the look is ok to you, set them aside for later use. if not: make new ones :). life's pretty simple.
attach some lovely Amy Tangerine tape on the bottom and paint the edges white with acrylic paint.
i also painted in between the papers white to make some lovely 'rooms'. once it's dry (a heater will help the process :), you can start embellishing your canvas! i use paint, stamps & inks to make it all lovely.
i've stamped randomly, created some paper flowers with buttons in the center, inked the edges of the canvas to make the white a bit less bright, painted with white acrylic paint around the edges of the hearts, attached the hearts, buttons and stamped clouds. when everything is dry i defined the details some more with a black pen. around the edges of the hearts. around the stamps. etc. just go ahead: GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO PLAY. that's how.
my title is written. i used white cardstock and a black watercolor pencil. i wrote out my title. made shadows. went over it with a small pencil & water. then once dry, i cut it out by hand and attached it with pop dots on the canvas.
bam. a lovely canvas! and i'm not even a mixed media artist. i just give myself permission to play, and that's when i love creating the most!
do you want to see me in 'action'? making another canvas, but i promise, the video is worth looking (over 1100 peeps already watched it (iieeeeeek), so i guess you can give it a try :)
so go on. grab yourself some papers, paint, ink & brushes and have fun!
life is good. just give yourself permission to PLAY.