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Friday, February 10th, 2017
Happy Steampunk Canvas

It’s been a little while since I’ve created a steampunk project. Today i’m sharing my Happy Steampunk Canvas I created with a circle wooden frame, fabric and some chipboard. I also added a few metal pieces to complete the steampunk look. The process of creating the texture on the canvas is the interesting part that i want to share with you.     Happy Steampunk Canvas First i sealed the fabric with  layer of gesso. Then I added a layer of texture with modeling paste and stencil.     The next step was to spray the canvas to add a little color. Then I arranged all the chipboard pieces on the canvas. Once I knew where I wanted them to be I took a photo with my phone so I will not forget how I arranged them. Finally I painted all the pieces with black acrylic paint.     When the pieces were dry I glued them on the canvas. Now …

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas

Finally you have time to create something and you’re in the mood and the house is quiet. You make your way to your craft room, pick a canvas and then… blank canvas syndrome! Nothing…nothing comes to your mind, no idea or inspiration. You look at the empty canvas and your mind goes blank. Everybody goes through this so I want to share with you my 10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas.     10 Things to Do with a Blank Canvas 1.Paint it in a single color Pick your favorite color and cover the entire canvas and now there is no more white canvas. The color can be your first layer that you add on it or it can be a background for other mediums like stamping, drawing or doodling. 2. Go geometric This time pick more than one color and use a brush to create lines in any direction, circles in different sizes or even both. 3. …

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Ann Butler Design – ETI Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ann Butler Design ETI Blog Hop. I’m so excited to be part of really talented designers who got to play, like me, with Ann Butler products and ETI amazing resins. This project was so fun to make and I hope you’ll be inspired to try it too.   Ann Butler Design ETI Blog Hop Project Spring is in the air so I have a lot of flowery inspiration. I created a little canvas with flowers to brighten my wall and mood. To create the flowers I used ETI Easy Sculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay. This is an amazing material that is self hardening and can be adhered to anything. Please USE Gloves when handling the material. You mix two equal parts of each material to create the clay. The fun thing is you can add color or pigment to it, or you can paint it when it’s dry. I added Ann Butler’s Iridescents to the clay and got …

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Mixed Media Canvas: Wall of Inspiration OPEN

It has been a while since I created a canvas for my wall of inspiration. In case you missed it the wall of inspiration is a wall in my craft studio that I’m filling with little canvases of inspiration. Each canvas has a word or a quote to encourage, uplift and remind me that life is beautiful! Today’s word is OPEN…open your mind, your eyes, your ears, open your heart. Open the door to the beauty of the world, to its possibilities and wonder! I created the background with tissue paper and Gelatos. I kept the colors bright and happy. Then I created the letters. I used a blank white paper and added the same colors as the background. Then I cut the four letters and added zentangle patterns on them. I didn’t plan the patterns ahead I just played with my pen and I was happy with whatever came out of it. The idea about this type of doodling …

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Steampunk Christmas Tree Canvas

Creating steampunk images are a lot of fun. It’s basically an easy idea where you create an image from metal embellishments, clock faces and cogwheels. It can be any image like a person or an abstract image. I think it’s time to start thinking about Christmas so I created a steampunk Christmas tree. I used a 8×8 canvas and created the background from old book pages. I inked all the edges with brown and black distress inks. When it was dry I used large metal pieces to create the base of the tree and added smaller pieces as ornaments. I also added metal squares with twine as gifts. I stamped Merry Christmas and added little metal beads as stars. You can create the same tree with other style of embellishments if you don’t want it to be in a steampunk style. The style and color of the embellishments you use will determine the mood of the canvas. For example if …

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Wall of Inspiration: Mixed Media Canvas – Grow

Experimenting is one of the best things in mixed media. It’s fun to try new materials, new techniques and new combinations. in this new small canvaS for my wall of inspiration I tries a new technique with hot  glue. Yes…that hot glue that you use for gluing things down. Apparently it can be a really great material to add texture to a canvas or an art journal page. I used some aquarelle pencils and gelatos to add layers of color to my canvas. I added lots of texture with modeling paste and the hot glue art I created. I used a low temp hot glue gun which was much easier on my fingers. I don’t know why but I always manage to get my fingers burned when I’m using a hot glue gun, so this one was great. This is a great technique to try on an art journal page too, but remember to gesso your page first. And make …

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Mixed media canvas – Fill Your Life

Sometimes it’s really fun taking things literally. Especially art. Usually art is something expressive that you can take to different directions and interpret how you want. But this mixed media canvas means exactly what it says… I started thinking one day about all the good things my life is filled with and how I never want them to end. Then i thought this could be a great subject for a “Wall of Inspiration” canvas. “If only I could actually fill something with these things…” But wait…I can! I remembered all these little bottles I have kept around (because I never throw anything away…) and knew they will be just the right thing for this canvas. You can use old perfume bottles and test tubes and you can also get them in craft stores. From that point everything was really quick and easy and doing the video was pure fun! Check out all the texture I created on the canvas with …

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