Until February 14th not only will I have a creative love inspired project for you, but one of my wicked crafty friends will too! It is a 14 day long blog hop! I am so honored that these girls are offering up their time and creativity and sharing it with me and more importantly YOU! So, be sure to hop back to my blog each day until Valentine’s Day- Take a peek at what I have created for you and then I will also share with you another inspiring link to check out as well!
Sharing the LOVE! Since this is the season of L-O-V-E be sure to leave me a little love and my hop participants a little love as well throughout this series. (hint: we LOVE comments) Let me knowin the comments how you are sharing the LOVE of this blog hop- you can share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. The more times you share, and the more days you share the better your odds of winning! I will be randomly picking some sharers and posting them and the prizes at the end of this series.
Today I have a bit of a different project for you! Instead of a card I thought I would share a mixed media canvas. I created this last Saturday while teaching my art girl canvas class at Bella Art. I love teaching this class and was so happy to be able to offer it a few more times over the past month.
It is so fun to see how different everyone’s canvases turn out. In this class I really try to teach everyone to- Just have fun! I think we all put WAY too much pressure on ourselves that everything needs to be perfect- ALL.THE.TIME. In this class it is all about exploring and going with the flow- and that’s important!
Step 1: On a 5×7 gessoed canvas, I put some super heavy gesso on some parts of the canvas. Let dry overnight. I then mix and layer acrylic paints on the canvas. Rubbing away the paint, watering down the paint and heat setting in between the layers are all techniques to add depth and dimension to your canvas.
Step 2: Using very expensive tools such as: old bubble wrap, corrugated card board, old room keys or credit cards, and the plastic from a tape roll- you can add texture to your canvas. Keep in mind where you want to keep the canvas open for your quote. Note: stencils are really HOT right now, these work well for texture too.
Step 4: Stamp one of Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente’s funky people on watercolor paper. Here I stamped Super Girl. Color in your image with watercolors. Here I used a watercolor wheel, but I have also used watercolor crayons and twinkling H20’s before as well.
Step 5: Fussy cut out your image. Be very generous with the foam tape on the back of the image, peel the backing off and then put glossy accents on all the squares, press into place on the canvas. Hold it down for a minute or so- giving the glossy accents time to set.
This is a quote I had pinned on one of my Pinterest boards. It makes me think of Chris and I (awwww….)
I typed it on an old typewriter I got from a friend at a wicked good deal. The quotation stamps were stamped right on the canvas in purple paint. Then i put 2 thick coats of glossy accents on top. These look really fabulous in person! The heart stamp was stamped on watercolor paper, painted with watercolor crayons, cut out and then I put rock candy distress stickles on top. I also put some on top of the heart on her shirt. (The quotation marks and collage heart are from Catslife Press)
Today for my creative friend I have Jennifer. Another New England girl! I was lucky enough to meet Jennifer at one of the shoebox swaps at Ink About It. Now I
stalk follow her blog and all creative doings. She has a clean graphic style that I admire. Here is a peek of what she has in store for you, be sure to visit her blog and remember SHARE the love 😉 and see you tomorrow!
Valentine Blog Hop Series 2014