Monday, April 14, 2014

I believe

Happy Monday!  I wanted to share a little project I've been working on lately, I have been wanting to do an altered canvas for ages and when I came across this little 5x7 canvas while cleaning my room I obviously stopped cleaning and started playing!

The original idea I had included masking and modeling paste only to discover my modeling paste was all but dried out!  So instead I pulled out my palette knife and spread some of the drying paste over my blank canvas for some texture.

I hadn't really settled on a theme yet so color schemes were a bit up in the air but in the end I opted for my fall back, golds, greens and blues.  I raided my tattered angels stash and used Medallion, Kiwi, Caper Green and Verdigris glimmer mists across the entire canvas, tilting it around to cause running and pools.  I let those sit and dry up before, repeating until I was happy, then I went around the edges with Dirty Martini glimmer glam.  

 To frame it a bit more I used a dark green faber castell gelato and used my finger to blend it in.  To add a bit more texture and add some shimmer I mixed some gold pigment powder into soft gel and used it over a damask stencil from Prima.  I really wanted to give it a shimmer so once the soft gel was mostly dry I used some dry pigment powder and rubbed it onto the soft gel.

To lighten it up a bit I went back over with my favorite bubble wrap and some white acrylic paint.  

I was so excited about how this was turning out that I really started worrying about, as my husband puts it, how I was 'going to land this bird safely'. Which in a round about way helped me come up with a theme.

I broke into our tissue paper stash looking for a nice 'earthy' tissue to use and found the tissue that came in the box for my husband's Keens and inked it up with the tree stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.

The texture and thickness of the tissue was perfect, and if you look closely you can still see the Keen logo from the backside.  But this became a cute little dress but I wasn't sure how to get this onto my canvas, was it hanging, being worn-end the end I decided it should be on a dress form.

I used the Tim Holtz movers and shapers dress form and the wings from his Heart Wings die on chipboard.  I was only interested in the top and bottom of the dress form since the dress would cover up the rest of it.

The dress form pieces were embossed using vintage photo embossing powder and inked over with black soot to give it the aged look and the wings were dabbed with gold acrylic to add some texture.  I used teal and green perfect pearls to pounce on some shimmer and edged them in Viva's Inka Gold Graphite.

I finished it up with a few leaves from a Prima vine and an embossed metal butterfly from Graphic 45 and I was able to sit back and let it take flight!

Do you believe?

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