The rainy season is full blown here in the PNW area now. And that means I am searching for color. Which really translates into watch out for a load of colorful projects!!
Lately I have been doing a ton of art journaling and I have been itching to maybe, just maybe try some art on a canvas. Then bam in the mail came a wooden canvas!! What are the odds of that?! It really must mean I needed to try something. Anything.
If you have been following me this fall you have noticed I really have been leaning towards more of that watercolor look. I have been loving taking my Shimmerz sprays and grabbing my paintbrush and let the sprays splatter. There is just something cool about when the liquidy color lands on a page anyhow it flows differently every single time.
Using the wooden canvas did make the spray splatters look and bleed into each other a little bit. I did add absorbent ground to the wood before so that the splatters move more on top of the wood instead of in the wood. Absorbent ground like gesso has a white tint to it.
Let’s take a look at this canvas and I’ll mention a few of my favorite elements on it. I also will mention a couple of things I would change if I were to re do this again.
I started with lots of Shimmerz Sprays. Here is the list of sprays I used:
- Vibez: Velveteen Green and Pink Moscato (Both new additions to the store)
- Coloringz: Keep Palm
- Spritz: Bamboo Leaf
I used a round paint brush to achieve the larger splatters and blend the splatters together. This part does take a bit of time, but with some music and just letting go of that analytical thinking this process to me is so calming.
By using multi matte medium I adhered pieces of paper and washi tape. I just put them randomly around the canvas. At this point I have no idea where this spread is gonna go. I really like to take that approach too. I try no to overthinking it. There will be time for that later when I add extra stuff to my spread.
Once the matte medium is dry I added some tiny triangles with a fine line bottle with thinned out with airbrush medium to In The Navy Acritonez. Acritonez is really thick but I love the color. By thinning it down I get the color but really easy draw with in a finalize bottle.
I think my favorite part of the canvas has to be the gold foil flakes!! My friend Khristina started a fun kit club(Secret Not So Secret Club) and put together a mixed media kit for me in November. She added these gold foil flakes, and I have been itching to use them.
To adhere them I used matte medium as well. I think maybe in the future I might use modge lodge in shiny finish, I feel like it would not mute the shiny gold part. It takes a bit playing to get the foil not to stick to your fingers but once I got a good system it was really fun adding tons of gold through the canvas.
To create the wording on the canvas I created a cut file in Photoshop and welding in together in Silhouette Studio. I used two different fonts and then cut them out with the same patterned paper. I used a gorgeous paper in the Bohemian Dreams Collection from Cocoa Vanilla.
If I were to redo this I think I would use more of a solid like pattern. Also maybe a color that was different then the background splatters. This will affect the look once the Modge Podge dries. I really have to work to add outlining and contouring around the letters. Even with some paint markers and a charcoal pencil I still needed to add something later.
I layered lots of ephemera, die cuts and stickers on top of two gold doilies which I wrapped around my wood canvas. I made sure I gave a bit of dimension to them by curling the edges up and thinking about the materials I was layering together.
I know this is quite busy, but for me it was all about getting messy. Also having fun.
Now that I ventured out into the world of canvas art work, I have a feeling I will be doing more of these canvases!!
Be sure to be on the look out for my process video later tonight on my Youtube Channel.
Also be sure to mention me when you make some purchases over at the Shimmerz Store and you will get a fun prize. This week there has been some amazing deals so check them out. Also there are quite a few new items in the store as well. Some of which I used today!!
Have a wonderful and inspired week!!