Monday 6 October 2014

Love changes everything.

Time for a brand new
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge!
As always the theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES (but no cards) so pop over and let your creative juices flow!
This is my very first outing as a Design Team member for this challenge blog so I am very excited to be associated with a blog that encourages such varied crafty disciplines! So much excited that I have started a month earlier than due!  Yay!

Speaking of firsts, this is my very first canvas!  And yes, I know I've said it before but... I think I have a brand new addiction!  I just love getting messy with paints and lots of mixed media stuff.
I went on a crafty retreat at the end of last month and one of the activities asked for us to bring a pre-gesso'd canvas. Sooooo, after gessoing a canvas I got a tad bit TOO inspired and carried away.  Oooops!
Anyway, so now I need to get a plan B for the crafty retreat but it was so much fun transforming this boring generic beach hut canvas that had not even made its way onto my wall. The canvas measures 12" square.
I prepared the canvas with a few coats of Collall Colorall Gesso before I started to play!  First came a coat of acrylic paint in purples and pinks before running watery yellow acrylic paint from the top edge.  Using the same yellow paint I then stencilled the honeycomb design.
Next I started laying down some Viva D├ęcor Texture Paste, stencilled through the same honeycomb stencil as well as a brickwork stencil.  I also added strips of Dry Wall Tape at this point.
The final few steps before adding the embellishments involved heat embossing over the textured areas.  I used a mixture of clear and gold on the honeycomb area. I also rubbed a little purple StazOn ink over this as I felt it came out a little brighter and more gold than I wanted.  I embossed gold over the brickwork area and sprinkled a little gold and antiquey silver over the dry wall tape.  Before heat embossing the dry tape I sprayed a little mica powder mist in a turquoise on these areas, just enough to give a hint of the turquoise colour when the light hits.
Finally I gesso'd the mdf "LOVE" (which came free with a magazine... good or what!!).  I then gave a second coat with Gesso, this time with a little turquoise Mica Powder mixed in which gives it a lovely shimmer!  I stencilled the honeycomb design using a Distress Ink pad in China Blue.  Then, because the distress ink is not designed to adhere to surfaces like this, I also gave the whole thing LOVE shape a quick spray with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle in Pearl Diamond.  Gold heat embossing around some of the edges ties this in with the canvas itself.
I die cut two of each of the butterfly and hearts, once from scrap corrugated card and once from a smoother scrap cardstock.  I Mod Podge'd the two layers together using my own home made Mod Podge (Do please check out my Altered Mod Podge Jar whilst visiting!)

After gluing together the layers for the butterfly and hearts I Gesso'd them and painted with acrylic paint.  I added dry wall tape to the large heart before heat embossing with a sprinkle of gold and plenty of clear embossing powder.  I then added a second coat of clear embossing powder.

The "changes everything" is simply stamped onto cardstock that I had painted with the mica powder/gesso mix left over from the "LOVE" plaque.  I heat embossed the gold edging before mounting all the embellishments onto the canvas using good old Pinflair Glue Gel. 

The whole canvas got treated to a light spraying with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to finish.

Anyway, I do hope you pop over and join in the challenge! 
Each challenge runs for 2 months, so plenty of time to enter.  I look forward to seeing your creations.
P.S - If anyone can guess which Musical this canvas is inspired by you get a good old fashioned Brownie Point??!
Please can I enter this project into the following challenges:


  1. Congratulations on your DT position. WOW this canvas is stunning, love the texture and colours.
    Linda xxx

  2. Wow, that canvas work is just stunning. Love the color combo!

  3. What a transformation. Lovely colours. Thanks for joining in at Creative Corner

  4. Amazing! love the colours and the attention to detail! Thankyou for joining us Anything Goes With A Twist Lynda DT xx

  5. beautiful colours and textures, thanks for joining the dragons lair challenge

  6. Well a bit of altered art as well as mixed media. What a first canvass. Brillx

  7. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Girls challenge.

    Helen x

  8. Fabulous Sam, love all the texture you have achieved but best of all the colours are stunning.
    Janet xxx

  9. wow this is stunning well done and thank you for entering the Dragon's Lair Design challenge - Vanessa DT xx


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