Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Canvas Finnabair style

I have a friend who when she saw my Finn journals just fell in love with them and wanted to have a go at making something in that style. So I set up a day where we worked on a canvas each. Bearing in mind she has never crafted or done mixed media art before, she did a really great job.

Here are the photos of Sue’s canvas
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And my canvas …..
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We started by layering papers and adding texture paste through some stencils. When it was dry we sprayed some inks lightly on, stamped some images and splattered it with tea.
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Next we started the composition by deciding where our photo was going to go and adding strips of canvas, coloured and patterned card, lace and gauze.
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The last layers were the embellishments using flowers wood and metal pieces and more card where it was needed.
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I used Evo-Stick wood glue which worked a treat to adhere everything down securely. The photograph is a download, this girl really seems to have a great character to me.
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Then finally sprayed with more inks.
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This little butterfly I found in my bits box left over from another project sometime ago.
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We had the most wonderful day together and Sue was so pleased to take home her canvas that she finished. And I have to say I am rather pleased with mine too.

I hope you are having a great week. I thought I would share this quote I found -

I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
Paul Wellstone

hugs {brenda} x0x

40 comments:

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I cannot believe your friend never crafted before. This canvas is breathtaking.

Jane said...

What beautiful work Brenda and how kind you are to share your talent. I am sure your friend must have been so thrilled with her canvas. Hugs xx

Netty said...

Both are gorgeous canvases, Annette x

Coco said...

Wooooow !!!! That are two fabulous canvas !!! How lucky is your friend Sue to have you so close to her, Brenda ! Hugs, Coco xx

Jools Robertson said...

Brilliant!

Illustrates your a brilliant artist and teacher

Hugs

Jools x

Mooffie said...

Loving it!! Hope all's well!

Ruth

Nan G said...

Two wonderful canvases!

Ann said...

Both canvases are just amazing Brenda, looks like you both had lots of fun!! Hugs
Ann xx

Redanne said...

Wow Brenda, Sue did an amazing job on her canvas, it is beautiful - and yours is very beautiful too. It is always lovely to craft with a friend and clearly you enjoyed your day together. Hugs, Anne x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! That looks like a fab time you had there and what fabulous results! Chrisx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This shows your talent as a teacher to take someone who isn't a crafter, hasn't explored Mixed Media and yet this is the result - absolutely gorgeous!
Wishes
Lynne

Marjie Kemper said...

Your canvas is a treasure! What beautiful work. Love all the clustered and layered embellishments. I'm sure your friend was beyond thrilled with all you taught her!

Meggymay said...

Wow, both look fabulous, you are a great teacher and I hope your friend
gets the crafting bug.
Yvonne

Karen Petitt said...

They are both fabulous Brenda. If I lived nearer I would attend one of your classes - if you can have a friend who hasn't crafted before make that beautiful canvas then I would love to do a class with you. Absolutely gorgeous creations x

Terry said...

Don't you just love adding all the different items and colors and textures?? Both canvases are amazing and gorgeous! Such great fun to work with someone on a project! Hugs!

Glennis said...

Both pieces are just awesome - how I wish I could have been there too!

Terry said...

Hey there Brenda, your canvas is absolutely amazingly made, love allt he little detaills you have been working with fabulous xxx Terry

Karin said...

Great canvases, beautiful quote!
Groetjes karin x

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW I´m certainly amazed, how talented your friend is, and almost can´t believe, she´s never made something like this before. Tey´re both really gorgeous, but somehow I would expect yours to be, but a complete newbie, that´s fantastic to make such a project. Can´t I come and get a day wit private classes too? ha ha ha Would really love to learn something like this too, it looks fabulous both of them.

Annie said...

Both canvases are stunning Brenda :-) bet your friend was delighted and thoroughly enjoyed the creativity.

Think she may be back for more crafty days

Crafty hugs Annie x

Laura said...

What a special day and lots of fun shared.

Rebekah said...

Just stunning Brenda Wonderful work sweetie hugs Rebekah xx

bell ka said...

Both canvases are amazing and gorgeous!

Sophie said...

Meine Güte, wie schön...
ich bin sprachlos :-)

Sophie xx

Mrs.B said...

Two fabulous canvases Brenda, well done to Sue, she obviously had a great teacher.
Avril xx

Gina said...

What an amazingly fun day you both had, and each with a wonderful reminder of it :D XXX

Alexa said...

Lucky Sue to have had such a great teacher. Both canvasses look wonderful. I don't think they are really Finnabair - rather a whole new style which is wonderful. Wish I was crafting rather than working ... hey ho my time will come!! LOL A xx

Sue Butler said...

Hello Brenda
I do believe we all have the ability to create, it is a matter of being able to have the confidence and courage to tap into it, and believe.
Both pieces are wonderful, having the freedom to apply all the different mediums is difficult when it is the first time, but perhaps that was the advantage for your friend, she trusted you to lead her, but she appears to have the ability not to be afraid to express herself, as there are subtle differences between the two works. I can imagine she was thrilled. 'If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it'. I think hers are burning brightly.
Smiles:)
Sue

craftimamma said...

Wow, no one would ever guess your friends has never crafted before .....I reckon you're having us on, lol! Seriously though, her canvas is wonderful and having done a Finn weekend I know only too well it's not simple by any means. Both canvases are gorgeous and I bet you had a very special day together too.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Both canvasses look amazing Brenda, your friend did so well!!! But then I guess she had an expert teacher right next to her.... It looks as if both of you had super fun with fabulous results!!

butterfly said...

Fabulous canvases, both of them... how lovely to spend a day introducing someone to the joys of crafting, and with such amazing results! Great work.

Sorry to be so behind - you know why. Looking forward to doing some proper catching up over the next week, as I gradually unpack the craft stash boxes!
Alison xx

Gio said...

Tell Sue she made a beautiful work, with so many details and wonderful colours. I didn't expect less than this with such a great teacher as you!

Have a nice weekend, Brenda!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just WONDERFUL Brenda!

nefertiti said...

Gorgeous canvas with lot of details!!!!bizz

trisha too said...

The colors, texture, details, images--gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and precious!!

:)

Michelle Flower said...

Fabulous Canvases, so much work and detail in each one.
Michelle x

Candy C said...

Brenda...I love your Finnabair style canvas. It's a bit like hers...but much more of a vintage flair. :) I love the photograph. So sweet. I also love all of your textured background and added strips of paper, laces and die cuts. It all works so well together. Love the metal embellishments, too. And the flowers you've added on top really do finish it off beautifully. Love it! <3 Candy

Lynn Stevens said...

You just can't beat crafting with friends, Both of you did an Awesome job.
Hugs Lynn

nefertiti said...

Perfect canvas with many details!! I love it!!! wow!!!!

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful Brenda. Great details, colours and love the photos too! Kim