Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I am officially announcing my first project as a new
Design Team member with
Starting off with an 8X10 canvas that I prepped with white gesso.
Luckily, I had some green tissue paper leftover from the holidays.
Tore some pieces and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas.
After it dried, I used white gesso on the canvas and on some of the embellishments I thought I would use for this project.
I love gears and decided to include micro gears.
After it was dry, I began to create layers of embellishments and then began to mount them onto the canvas using
E6000 and a glue gun.
These hearts are from ULD.
I was very excited when I received my package with embellishments and saw more gears!
This is how the canvas looked after I covered everything with gesso, I also used white acrylic paint in some areas that were a bit dull. The photo I used on this project was covered so that it would not get paint on it.
I used Glimmer Mists, Candy Apple, Cross My Heart and
Plain Jane's Baseboard which is also made by
Distress Crackle Paint, Fired Brick was used on some of the corners. After all the misting was completed and dried, I then used white Acrylic paint on a wide brush. I brushed from the top of the canvas down using semi dry feathered strokes, going in one direction. If you never did this, it will take a little practice to produce the look you want.
Once you get the hang of it you'll be all over the place creating some awesome projects.
* Forgot to take a pic during the misting part...sorry.
On the left side of the canvas (above) I used a piece of a broken small terra cotta pot and added a small piece of styrofoam inside it to hold the little hearts on a wire that I glued together. I also coiled some silver and red wire and stuck them in there along with the floral hearts. They look like metallic flowers. Seems like this has become a trademark of mine.
I drew an outline of a shield onto chipboard and added the photo in the center. The photo was covered the entire time I was playing with the canvas. Had some toy handcuffs laying around and decided to place them above the photo with a Prima flower in the center.
In the upper right hand corner, I mounted two wooden gears
and glued a ball beaded chain around it.
Most of the gears are from
As well as the word Love.
The heart above is one of ULDs Heart Shapes with cutouts.
I added a piece of mesh and loaded it with micro gears.
Underneath the heart (above) is another
Unique Laser Designs gear that I used as a flower with a micro gear in the center.
I've had some small silk flowers and used them throughout the canvas.
It's hard to see the word band above the photo that reads,
'know in your heart you are loved'.
The lips around the photo also come from Unique Laser Designs.
I used layered pieces of burlap (that was also gessoed) and topped it with the letter "S" which was made out of grunge board.
(You can see I added micro gears onto it, I wasn't kidding that I love gears)
This close up shows you a piece of laced trimming that was placed behind the gears.
Here's a close up of the ball beaded chain on the upper right hand corner which surrounds the heart.
Can you see the little hanger on the handcuff?
More gears surrounding the top of the key with the word 'heart' and the 'XO' on top of a small sewing machine bobbin.
A timepiece layered with gears, and an arrow.
After everything was dry, I added some Distress Crackle Paint onto the corners.
The last two things I did to the canvas was spray it with
a can of Clear Acrylic, (leaves a soft matte coating on the canvas) and I used Glossy Accent Crackle, but, I think the crackle was old because it didn't crack, which bummed me out because I placed it on the wings, shield frame, the keys and words... oh well,
as Tim says, 'embrace your imperfections!'
I can only hope that your visit here was a pleasant one and that you were inspired by my project.
Kindly take a minute to visit the
store and view their growing selection of laser cut wood embellishments.
It was nice having you visit, do come back!
gesso, acrylic paint, tattered angels's glimmer mists, micro gears, tissue paper, mod-podge, glossy accent, burlap, lace ribbon, prima flower, wire, toy handcuffs, hot glue gun, E6000 adhesive, florets, beads landing mini lock, wire mesh, wire, small terra cotta pot, red heart, ideaology findings, paint brushes, clear acrylic spray,
crackle paint, pieces of burlap.