Sunday, 10 January 2016

Butterfly canvas


Hi again, I'm back with my very first mixed media canvas!
This was so much fun and I tried out so many techniques.

I bought these canvases in the September school hols last year and I've been procrastinating ever since. A pack of 5 cost $2.50 so I thought there was no harm in experimenting. I think it's still a CAS sort of canvas but I'm getting more adventurous.

I started with a layer of gesso, then tore up some old dictionary pages and attached them with glue n'seal. I added a little distress ink then some sand texture paste with the dot fade layering stencil. While it was still wet I tipped on some verdigris embossing powder, it has a lovely shimmer that doesn't show in the pic. I swiped some versamark ink on some of the edges where I wanted more embossing.

A tip I'd seen on a few blogs is that you stamp your sentiment on tissue paper then glue that on, especially if you get carried away with the texture paste! It worked! I sealed that with glue n'seal.

The butterfly is from a Darkroom Door set called Wings, stamped with versafine, clear embossed then fussy cut. I coloured it with Inktense pencils. My waterbrush still had some white twinkling H2O paint on it so there's a bit of added shimmer. I also added a layer fussy cut from the dictionary page.

The flourishes are cut from scraps of watercolor paper that I'd smooshed in some Inka gold pastes, jade and champagne. I've been wanting to try these for ages. The paper is so shimmery!

I'm linking up to some challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday are looking for something new,
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
and so is Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. I used  a new technique and some new stash.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog



Stamplorations also has a mixed media challenge for anything BUT a card where you must use a stencil.


Since I used scraps or snippets of watercolor paper for die cutting my flourishes, I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Supplies:
Stamps: Darkroom Door Wings & Viva La Flora Vol 2.
Dies: Crafty Ann flourish.
Layering Stencil: Tim Holtz dot fades. 
Other: 4"x4"mini canvas; gesso; sand texture paste; distress ink; glue n'seal; inka gold pastes; Inktense pencils; Tsukineko verdigris embossing powder; versafine & veramark ink; clear ep; bling & foam tape; old dictionary page; tissue paper.

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there, this was a long post.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Cathy x

30 comments:

  1. Oh Cathy this caught my eye and I had to pop over and say how I really love this, didn't realise the fun you must had making this till I read all the deets. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing. Great work.
    Shaz in Oz.x

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  2. I love all the dimension and texture on your canvas, Cathy! The butterfly looks like it just lit on the canvas to admire it!

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  3. Wow!!! This is just wonderful! Congrats for your first experiment, it comes just amazing!!

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  4. Wow, Cathy ... so much interest and texture and dimension ... and one of your beautiful trademark butterflies ... how fabulous! What an awesome debut mixed media canvas! Hugs, Anita :)

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  5. WOW!! Truly amazing creation! The shimmer on the butterfly is gorgeous!! Love your stenciling work as well!! Thanks for sharing! :) HUGS

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  6. So much work, but oh, what beauty results! This is outstanding, Cathy!! Hugs, Darnell

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  7. Wow what a stunning piece of work. I really enjoyed reading how you made it. Thanks for sharing the tip about the tissue paper. Barb x

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  8. This is really stunning! Totally different style but you seem to be a natural at mixed media! Love it and can't wait to see what you come up with for the other canvases!

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  9. Such a pretty little canvas Cathy! I wish I could do mixed media, but my attempts just seem to end up looking a mess . . . unlike this little beauty! Thanks for your visit today! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  10. Lovely creation and I wouldn't know where to start, gorgeous background and great image.

    Kath x

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  11. wow Cathy - this is a real gem - i love the green and the texture - and of course the butterfly! Hugs rachel x

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  12. so beautiful Cathy...your butterfly is gorgeous....

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  13. Lovely canvas, Cathy. I like how you used the dictionary pages and the texture paste. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge.

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  14. I love this canvas - it is my ambition to try one very soon

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  15. First one?! This is so beautiful! You should be proud of yourself!

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  16. Hi Cathy! Wow, what inspiration to 'have a go' - this is absolutely gorgeous and I may even venture into my box of Gesso/acrylics and other scary stuff! :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  17. Gorgous canvas Cathy. That butterfly is fabulous and I love the colour and texture xx

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  18. This is so very pretty! Love your new found talent!

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  19. Stunning canvas. So much texture and the butterfly is so pretty. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Such a gorgeous canvas! So happy to read you let yourself play with it! The butterfly and layers are stunning. Thanks so much for playing at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!~kim

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  21. Such a beautiful canvas and what a stunning butterfly.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Luv
    Debby

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  22. This is so beautiful, Cathy!

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  23. This is fantastic Cathy and I adore the textured background with the beautifully coloured butterfly and flourish, and a great idea to stamp the sentiment on to tissue paper and then seal it to the canvas. x

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  24. WOW - this is a stunner . . . bet this ends up in Di's Playground Picks.

    Thanks for the description of how you made it. Super work.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  25. oh wow - this is just amazing.

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  26. WOW!! I just saw this over at the Playground and had to come by for a closer look. Great job with your first canvas Cathy!! Amazing texture and love all the elements and colours. You did good! :) I don't know how, but I think I'm not getting your notices anymore, so I'm going to re-sign up as a followers. xx

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  27. Cathy, this is just stunning. A lot of stuff going on and it came together beautifully. I've never done a canvas but you have inspired me. I don't have any so you are also enabling me! I can't wait to see how you do the other ones.

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  28. Great mixed media piece. Thanks for joining our stencil challenge at HLS. Carol DT x

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  29. Well now you have do some more so you can have a set on the wall or on little stands.... Mxxx

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  30. Gorgeous, such amazing details & textures :)

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