This schedule is working out better than I thought it would!! Instead of thinking, oh I'll post tomorrow, and then forget about it, I am actually thinking....oh tomorrow is Monday, I need to do a post! So yea for schedules!!
Okay, today I am sharing my Christmas Canvas, using the Flying Unicorn December Mixed Art Kit. And the bonus......this post is technique and tip intensive!!!
I absolutely adore how this piece turned out!! It's soft with just a hint of color! Exactly what I was trying to achieve!! Wish all of my projects came together this easily!!! LOL
So how did I do this? Well, I started by gluing down some vintage music paper to my background, I didn't cover the whole piece, I just wanted bits to show through here and there. Next I added Flying Unicorn and stash laces and trims. The next step was to cut pieces from the Creative Embellishments Chippy and glue them down. I added a bit of stamping with an older BoBunny Snowflake Stamp and StazOn Ink in Dove Gray. Once everything was dry, I added stencilling with the Prima Decor 1 Stencil and Golden Light Molding Paste, as well as an Americana Brocade Berry Border Stencil with Golden Molding Paste.
Now, at this point you might wonder why two different Molding Pastes.....well, the Light Molding Paste dries white....so when I want white to show through, I use this one. Although, I have to admit, that it really didn't matter in this case, as I covered the whole thing in Gesso, once it was dry!! LOL Now for the fun part.....
I sprayed my background with 13 Arts Pastel Antique Cream Spray....love!!!!! Then I washed over it with gesso, here and there, and then repeated the process, until I was happy with how it looked. I wanted some more brightness, so I made sure that the negative space in the chippies and that the laces, stayed white, so more gesso! No paint was used on the background!!!! Just to add a bit of sparkle, I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst Spray in A Bit o' Bubbly in just a few areas. It adds lots of shimmer, and a bit of color to the background.
Over top of some of the stencilling and chippies, I added Faber Castell Gelatos in Champagne Gold and Silver Ice, and rubbed them in....that's the darker spots in the background. I also added a bit more gesso over top to soften it, and then rubbed most of it away.....leaving the majority in the nooks, cracks and crevices. It's too bad that I couldn't capture the shimmer in these pics .....it was a rainy day, and I just couldn't get the right amount of light.
The title, is a Donna Downey Stamp from her Adore Words, and I used the first ink pad I ever bought.....Clearsnap Ancient Page Ink in Henna.....another love, and probably the only one left from oh so long ago. Then, I added a few splatters of Chalk Spray in Woodbine from 13 Arts....just a bit here and there....I didn't want too much of it, just a few pops of color. I also added splatters of a gesso and water mix, in a few spots.
The die cut trees are made from Tim Holtz's Pine Tree Die and Grunge Paper, and were covered in gesso. One was highlighted with the FC Champagne Gold, and the other with FC Silver Ice, and then both were treated to a coating of Pan Pastel Coarse White Pearl Medium.
The red tree, started with a coat of Liquitex Burnt Umber Paint, mixed with a bit of Grumbacher Alizarin Crimsom. I did this because I wanted the spray color to be dark and not so transparent. If you do this, just make sure to add a similar color underneath...it doesn't have to be a perfect match, just close enough, to not change the color..........remember, you just want opaqueness. Then I sprayed it with the Chalk Woodbine Spray from 13 Arts. I heat set, and made sure to over heat it in a few spots, to get a bit of burning on the spray......the over-heated spray turns out a brownish color.......that's how you know, you've over-heated. Normally I wouldn't do that, but I love how it created dimension here. If you try this, be careful, as it's very easy to go overboard and totally ruin your piece.
The last thing to go on, was more Golden Light Molding Paste (see how white it is!!), on the laces and trims....not too much, and then Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter over top, while it was still wet. I have to say that this is absolutely my fave glitter. Yes it's coarse, but, it allows for what is underneath to show through....so it's perfect for collages, painted surfaces, or anything that you still want to see through the glitter.
That's it for today!! Now head on over to the Flying Unicorn Store and get your Mixed Art Kit, while there are still some available. FUL Kits sell in record time, so if you want one....run!!! And don't forget to check out all of the CT projects on the Flying Unicorn Forum....there are so many gorgeous creations for you to see!!!!