Saturday, 14 July 2018

Dreams Canvas with Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and welcome to the blog today! 

I have something a little different to share with you
but oh boy, I love it!! It's not often I do "pretty" and "feminine" but I sure did for this and I got to have another play with the awesome Colour Artist Inks! Here is my project, a 12x12 canvas for a friend's daughter for her 15th birthday in June and it was well received!


If you have been on the internet at all in the last couple of months you will know straight away that this idea is most certainly not mine, I was inspired by the one and only Paige Evans and then all the people that were also inspired by Paige so got creating!


I started by working on the butterflies I had cut earlier on my Cameo. I left them on the mat to make it a bit less fiddly to colour. A quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso which dried super quickly!


And then some random stamping with some Versafine Black ink. I popped that aside to dry thoroughly and started work on my canvas background.


Next I painted my black stripes. I have used the Black Heavy Gesso on my messy with a little bit of water to make it more of an acrylic paint consistency and used about a 1" brush to apply random black brush strokes across my canvas, varying where they started and ended.


While that was still wet I added some BIG black splatters on the diagonal from the top right to the bottom left by adding a bit more water to the black gesso and using my fingers to squeeze the bristles of the brush together to get big splats! I love this look!


Next I chose my warm colours in the Colour Artist Inks to play with knowing that they could mix together and would not get any mud! The colours I used (from left to right) are:
Citrus, Barley, Cider, Spice, Sunburnt, Cranberry & Bordeaux. 
If you haven't yet got your hands on these inks then it's important to note that these are beautiful vibrant colours. I was after something a little softer so I spritzed my paper with water and then randomly added drips of all the colours to my page and turned and tilted my page to get a good coverage.


When that was dry I went in with splatters of all the colours using a paintbrush and also some splatters using the Bling Colour Shimmer Spray; using both the nozzle and a paintbrush. This I left to air dry as well.


I grabbed my now dry canvas and added in some splatters of the Bling as well, once again using the Colour Shimmer Spray. I added these to tie in the gold from the butterflies.


While the canvas was drying I pulled all of the butterflies off of the cutting mat, stacked them on top of each other, adhered with a tiny dot of glue and then ran through my sewing machine, leaving all of the threads long for extra texture.


I wanted to add a little something more to the background so grabbed a stamp set and some white tissue paper. I stamped a bunch of butterflies and also the sentiment which formed my title and had a bit of a play with placement. When I was happy I adhered my stamped tissue paper with matte medium and left to dry.


When the matte medium was all dry I adhered all of my butterflies, added some sequins following that diagonal and my canvas was completed! Here are a few close up's where you can really see the dimension of all of those butterflies!






I seriously love how this turned out and when I gave it to my friends daughter she LOVED it!! Winning!!

Also, head over here for the process video if you'd like to see this canvas come together!!

Anyways, I hope I have inspired to create something today and I'll see you again later this month for my very last post as part of the Colour Blast Design Team!







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