When I start creating a canvas, I generally have no idea what the finished piece will look like. But it's a fun way to jump in and create with wild abandon and just have fun and end up with paint up to your elbows! This is a 6 x 6 canvas - so it is a great size for experimenting - not so big that it's intimidating. After all, 6 x 6 is a card size, right?
I began by painting the canvas with gesso, and then layering torn strips of dictionary pages over the surface, leaving some areas bare. Then I started adding color with Art Anthology Colorations Sprays. I used Studio Blue, Waimea Bay and Guacamole. Next I used some of the Velvets Dimensional Paint, and apply the paint with my fingers around the edges of the torn pages. I used Lagoon and Fiji, and while still wet, sprinkled the areas with embossing powder and heat set them. For the blank areas, without dictionary print, I put a heavier layer of Viridian Sorbet Dimensional paint.
After this was all dry, I used a stencil designed by Joann Sharpe for StencilGirl for my focal point. I first laid the stencil down and painted on some Fiesta Velvet paint. It was a very thin layer, but I let it dry completely, then I shifted the stencil slightly and used Viva Decor Modeling Cream and a palette knife to create a dimensional image.
After that was completely dry, I rubbed Faber-Castell Gelatos around the edges and smeared them onto the canvas with my finger. I also added some bright accents with Art Anthology Colorations in Glorious.
Finally, I added a little hand embroidery to the corner of my canvas. I was pleased with the results - and was surprised to make a piece that was brighter and edgier than my typical style. Are you planning a weekend of creating? Have fun!