Friday 15 March 2013

Shabby Chic style canvas

This is my DT piece for the current Pic 'n' mix challenge at Country View Challenges. We are now two weeks in and have had an incredible response for the first monthly challenge, thank you so much for supporting us.
Don't forget there is a fabulous Give-Away as well, click the link HERE to be transported there and you don't have to enter the challenge to participate in it. You could win a £25 voucher from our very generous sponsor Susan at Country View Crafts on-line shop. The same prize will also be given to the lucky winner of the challenge at the end of the month too.


I think this canvas has a number of influences but particularly Anna Dabrowska's work. If you haven't seen what she creates it is so well worth a look at Finnibair, she does some fabulous mixed-media, journaling and scrapping to inspire you and whet your appetite to create something similar.

I had a number of challenges in mind this week when creating it, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge; Simon Says Stamp and Show want to see some Shabby Chic and The Artistic Outpost Referral Program - Anything Goes using AO stamps

This piece has numerous layers of paper, paints, sprays and embellishments. take a look at the process in pictures.

Canvas primed with gesso and a layer of white acrylic added over the top.
Papers and textures added.

Used paint with masks and dipped canvas into watered down colours heat drying between dips to begin adding colour.

Texture detail with colour over it.

Added some distressed design papers and covered everything with another layer of white acrylic.

Began to add more layers with image and doiley.

Then added perfect pearls sprays and embellishments including some glittered letters and numbers.

I used the Tattered Florals die with muslin and linen, painted the petals with acrylic paints and picket fence distress stain. The texture is amazing (even if I say so myself lol). Tim has this amazing challenge for March and links to some incredible inspiration from other designers.

The image I used is Artistic Outpost from the 'Think and Wonder' set..

Well this week has disappeared real fast but the weekend starts here. Have a good one.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Other challenges to have fun with -

Make My Monday - Heat embossing. I covered the image with clear EP to bring out the tones and make it shine like a photograph.



Jenny Marples said...

Just been over to see your final project and now thrilled to see how you put it together. Love the different textures and elements you have used/balanced beautifully. Hugs, Jenny x

Amanda said...

Fab paint and textures love it
Amanda x

Lisa Jane said...

Definitely a work of art - must have take a lot of patience for all the layers . love the pretty colours
Sorry not ben around much .. life just gets in the way lol
Lisa x

Fliss said...

Fabulous layering Brenda. Really love the tatty and shabby effects and the image really pops against the background.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Redanne said...

Wonderful layering Brenda, it is the sort of thing you want to reach out and all the elements and how you brought them together and the AO image is one of my all time favourites. A truly beautiful piece of art. Hugs, Anne x

Rita said...

Hello Brenda. Absolutely stunning piece. I have seen Anna's work before and love it. You have made your piece so unique to you and the colours are lovely. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xx

Gio said...

Love teh combo and composition. Thanks for sharing the process.
You inspired me to make some layery-ish things!

Dan said...

Usually the completed project is the first or last photo in a sequence so I had to scratch my head a little to figure this one out! :) Well worth the effort though, you've captured the shabby chic feel perfectly! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Ephemera said...

Hiya Brenda, absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful texturing and stamping, the shabby vintage turquoise blooms provide a stunning contrast to the pastel background. xx

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous canvas Brenda, loved how you put it all together.
Avril xx

Sandy said...

Wonderful work Brenda - I only wish I could watch you work for real!!! How bout some videos!!!

Candy C said...

Brenda...your shabby chic canvas is so pretty. I love the soft colors. I love all of the different layers you've applied to this. The gesso is a great the texture and interest it adds. Your masked areas that added the color are done perfectly..not too much, just right! I also really liked your added layers of torn and distressed papers. Reminds me of old wall paper. :) Then the stamping and addition of the sweet shabby flowers really finish this off so nicely. Beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Rossella said...

ooh Brenda this is lovely, I bet you had a fantastic time with this.
Rosie x

Marjie Kemper said...

It's so gorgeous! Love seeing all the step-out photos. All those layers of color build up such a beautiful base and the POW! the flowers just totally pop. I love it!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Lots of layers going on here! Love the pop of turquoise...perfect! Great canvas. Thanks for playing in our shabby chic challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Ana K. said...

Fabulous…I love soft colours and all the layers!
Hugs from Slovenia

Karin said...

Gorgeous! And i loved to see how you put it together! Have a great weekend!

Words and Pictures said...

So beautiful, Brenda, and one of my all-time favourite images... I love that sweep of ruffled flowers, and all those gorgeous layers in the background - wow!
Alison x

Words and Pictures said...

Should also have said: lovely to have you play along at AO!
Alison xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! This is stunning, love the colours and the textures and those flowers are gorgeous
Lindsay xx

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for the step-by-step photos! This is quite an amazing work of art.

Paper Profusion said...

You've made it look so easy with the step by step but it is so not easy at all. Brilliantly crafted and designed Brenda. Hope you are having a fab weekend. Nicola x