Friday, August 31, 2007

Blog Celebration...
This week's Scrapwest is all about Blog Inspiration and celebration (great idea Eva!) - little links to creative projects. This is my offering - A large altered canvas measuring 20''x 24''. I started back in June when we had an arty weekend here in my house - a few of the girls came over for a watercolour lesson with Maggie May and I decided to start dabbling with acrylics. It has sat on my table since June unfinished until today so I am really pleased with it. If you would like to try it for yourself here's how I did it...


Step 1 - Prime a canvas with gesso. Slab it on thick - creating mounds and bumps with an old credit card or piece of cardboard. Leave to dry - possibly overnight as I did!

Step 2 - Add a couple of layers of metallic acrylic paint with a paintbrush (I used Anita'as metallic). As you can see this part is child's play - even a 6 year old can do it! This part is fun as the gesso has hardened and the paint takes it's shape.




Step 3 - Cut out some pieces of decoupage to your liking and adhere with pva (which dries clear). Thanks Carrie for the lend of them! ;-)




Step 4 - Design a layout using a large colour or B&W photo. Adhere layout with double sided tape and secure with brads and blossoms to conseal.

Step 5 - Lettering - Using chipboard lettering cover with paper or metallic paint and adhere with double sided tape and the occasional brad/blossom.

Step 6 - Adorn with ribbons, metal, rub-ons and chipboard.

Step 7 -Hang on the wall and admire your artwork :-)

I have a miniature version of this canvas 7''x5''(primed, painted and ready to decorate) and a goodie bag up for grabs. To be in with a chance leave a comment here and I will announce the winner next Friday.
Hope you can join in - don't forget to check out other projects (and bag one of the many prizes) at www.scrapwest.typepad.com/ ...just leave a link in the comments section to your work!
Chat Later
XX

17 comments:

eva birdthistle said...

This is such an amazing piece of art, love the texture on the canvas. Thank you so much for sharing, can't wait to try out :-)

noelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lainey :) I love the photograph too, now where can I get some gesso??

Julie M said...

Lovely canvas, Elaine - so many great techniques and I love that mediterranean blue. Thanks

Tigger's rambling said...

Wow, that is just stunning. I love the photo and what a fantastic way to show off such a great photo....it is truly a work of art :-)

Carrie said...

woohoo - you finished it - and what a fantastic job you did. Funny how its blue LOL

Jackie C said...

Gorgeous Lo as usuall Lainey! Great idea to texture the canvas, i'll be trying that out!

Evonne said...

This is gorgeous Lainey! I'm totally blown away by the Scrapwest theme (and team)today. Such a talented bunch of ladies, I'm really looking forward to trying out the new techniques.

Audrey said...

Can't wait to see it IRL - its gorgeous ;-)

JACKIE M said...

Lovely Elaine, the colours are bright and cheery and you had a demonstrator on hand LOl Great photo too.

Kate said...

Thats gorgeoyus Lainey. Love the texture on it. Fab. Thanks for sharing.

Ijsbeer said...

Thats a really fun way of using a canvas! Lovely colour

joanne wardle said...

the background is fabulous. love it! excellent idea, and I didn't realise how big it was until it was next to a child!

Marian R said...

I was wondering what was going to appear on that blue canvas, and its absolutely beautiful, super pic of the whole gang. Well done, a whole new artistic sphere for you.

Karva said...

Fantastic Elaine, love that blue :)
well done

CarolineO said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! A fantastic piece of artwork!

HandcraftedbyRuthie said...

Wonderful art. Well done Elaine! MAny new tips there for me.

Kate said...

FANTASTIC...... I just love when one word says it all!!!!