Sunday, 1 November 2015

Mixed media snowflake canvas

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to November, I really think that time has speeded up again as the days, weeks, months and years seem to be just whizzing past before my very eyes.

Using DecoArt paints and mediums and Tim Holtz dies I am sharing a cold, wintry, blue snowflake canvas today which is my contribution to the new challenge at Country View Challenges.


This canvas has been getting little bits of attention over many days and at last it is finished for Christmas. I didn't get to take too many photos of the process but hopefully you will get the idea of the steps involved.


I began with a coat of gesso then painted decoart 'vintage' chalk paint over (if you don't have this try Fresco Finish chalk paint). When dry I used a snowflake mask and decoart sand paste which created a beautiful gritty texture. For the next layer I rubbed in a little victorian velvet and broken china distress paints to create some colour tone both on the canvas and the snowflakes.  I wanted to create the look of snow on the snowflakes so I dragged gesso across the top of the textured areas which got caught in cracks and on the tops of the highest points leaving a random white snowy effect.


A stencil and gesso added more interest in the gaps and I also stamped with white pigment ink.


After brushing on a little watery vintage photo distress ink I achieved some glistening effects by rubbing some glue over the snowflakes and sprinkled on glamour dust.


 I also added some gold foil randomly around the edges.


The next step was to die-cut some of  Tim's snowflakes using a variety of dies, punches and some wooden shapes shabbying them using gesso, cobalt blue and cerulean blue fluid acrylic paint and making them twinkle using rock candy distress glitter.


The pieces were layered up to create one large and several smaller snowflakes ....


.... creating varying heights and dimension ....


.... and so it all came together with some smaller white punched snowflakes to fill the gaps and create a snowy day feel to it.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I love to see the page visits I get on the stats and there are so many of you who obviously take the trouble to share in what I am making, thank you so much.

I hope to see some of you over at Country View Challenges this month, but in the meantime have a spooktacular weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


These are the supplies I mainly used and that are available at the Country View Crafts shop. Please be aware that I have substituted some products for similar ones that will still create the same look.


28 comments:

Barbara Schiassi said...

LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! It's a wonderful canvas! Stunning ! BArbarayaya

Suzi B said...

So lovely xx

Redanne said...

Gorgeous colours on your beautiful canvas Brenda... xx

Monika Gulyas said...

Again you created something beautiful! Every detail is fabulous!

Rita said...

What a beautiful creation Brenda. Love the various colours of blue and the stunning snowflakes. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

butterfly said...

Utterly gorgeous, Brenda - the textures, the dimensional snowflakes, the frosted colours. Amazing wintry canvas!
Alison xx

Joan Heath said...

Wow this is fabulous how it has turned out. Having seen the canvas being started and snow flakes starting production. I love love love it. Gorgeous creation xxx

rachel said...

very beautiful Brenda - I love the background texture and the snowflakes are amazing - love them! Hugs Rachel x

toni said...

A beautiful canvas Brenda, very evocative of a crisp winters day Brrrrrr! Xx

A Pink said...

Absolutely Stunning! Love all the texture, detail , the vintage sparkle and the crisp wintery feel . Fabuluous snowflakes and foliage arranged beautifully. Totally love xx

Julia S-W said...

A really beautiful canvas Brenda. Spotted it and just had to come over for a closer look at all that gorgeous texture. Julia xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda! The background is wonderful with those gorgeous evergreen blues but the snowflakes are just stunning! Fabulous winter canvas. Jennie x

Gina said...

Beautiful Brenda.....Snowflakes are my next favourite after butterflies :D XXX

Anita Houston said...

Fabulous texture and LOVE the blue snowflakes...stunning!

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous canvas, super background texture and colours. the snowflakes look fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Joi at RR said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AND GORGEOUS Brenda. It's beauty just takes my breath away. The layers and textures are WONDERFUL. Going back to feast my eyes for a while longer.... just love. j.

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is stunning Brenda! The texture is fabulous and I love the colours - it will make a wonderful Christmas decoration! Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

Winter being my favorite season, I love this canvas! I also love blue and white together.

Nikki Acton said...

What's not to love about this - great background, composition, colours and wonderful snowflakes . Be prepared - I might have to copy it !! Nxxx

Jan Hill said...

Wow, sooo wintery, love the depth of those snowflakes and such a glittery background. Jan x

Sara Barker said...

Brenda, this is indeed beautiful! I love snowflakes and other snow related decorations at Christmas, even though it's usually hot and humid on Christmas day in our neck of the woods! Love all the texture and your sparkly snowflakes in varied forms!

Terry said...

Brenda, what a lovely wintry effect! The blues and snowflakes are just wonderful and that texture is gorgeous! Hugs my busy friend!

sally said...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....No not yet! It's beautiful & snow would cover it up!

Sally

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful textures on this Brenda will all of your lovely snowflakes!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Oh Brenda I love this. The background looks amazing. I love the vintage feel and the added snowflakes work perfectly xx

Lynn Price said...

Fabulous!! Love all of the details in the colors and the die cuts! Great inspiration!! xxx Lynn

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning canvas Brenda! Fantastic textured background and I just love what you did with the snowflakes. A perfect wintry make!

Collet Sylvie said...

Magnifique!!! great work!!!
Hugs,
Sylvie