Thursday, 18 February 2016

Shabby mixed media board

Welcome everyone - today I am sharing a project over at Country View Crafts Project Blog. I recently bought myself some small 5 x 7 inch canvas boards and have been enjoying working on this size .... so much so I have decided I will make these as little birthday card gifts for my friends this year and this is the first.

 These are my teaser photos (click on them and they will enlarge further) and I'm hoping you will pop over to see the finished article and further details as to how I put it together.


 There's a shabby mixed media background and lots of flowers and embellishments.


Thanks for stopping by. I am looking forward to the weekend as Tim is in town - well Birmingham actually. He is here to attend the Stitches trade fair and is doing workshops on the saturday and guess who has been lucky enough to get a place? Yay roll on Saturday and then I will hopefully get to see him demo over the next couple of days. Andy will also be there with the new DecoArt products and his own stamps and stencils so I will be able to go and chat to him too.


Take care and live in the moment.

hugs Brenda xxx


Update - copied over from CVC

I have a couple of friends birthdays coming up so I thought I would make a different and more special 'card' for their happy day. I don't know about you but I put a lot of effort into making friends cards so why not make one that they can actually keep rather than throw or put sway after the big day. This was to be a wall hanging card which at the end changed my mind and I will add Tim's mini easel on the back so that will definitely mean they can keep it out on their shelf for longer.


I started with a 5 x 7 inch canvas board and layered it with gesso using a brush, palette knife and plastic card to add texture and coverage.


When dry I added some text texture using Tim's typo stencil and DecoArt modeling paste and when that was dry I used his harlequin stencil and some glassy gel from my supplies.

I felt a shabby colour palette would be popular with one of my friends so chose titanium white, titan buff, green gold, hansa yellow, sap green, prussian blue and quinacridone red media fluid acrylics (see shop list below) and the white shimmer mister to mix up the soft palette I wanted. Mixing the greens, cream, white and blue I created watery colours and let them drip and misted them with water to get the mottled effects.


The board then went through a whole process of me experimenting with layers until I was finally happy with the results .... adding more drips of paint and drying them ....


.... adding text stamping using olive archival ink ....


 .... spritzing white paint with the shimmer mister and drying it ......


.... adding some brown distress inks to create shadows round the letters .....


.... spritzing the distress ink to create more drippage ....


.... taking out some of the brown and adding in more of the green because I thought it took away from the shabby feel I was trying to create ....


... and then spritzing with the white mister again and using a piece of cut and dry with white gesso and rubbing over the raised letters to bring them up whiter.


Now feeling happy with the background I set about collecting the embellishments. Paper flowers, a wooden frame, a metal wing, a metal butterfly all painted with gesso. A word band painted with bundled sage distress paint and before it was completely dry I wiped across the surface leaving the lettering slightly green. Lace, leaves, cheesecloth and other little bits (and more came later).


Some close ups of the finished piece - a wordband with some lace and tiny flowers ......


... a shabby bow and a prima mini watch with one of Tim's photos in it (it must have come from one of the 6 x 6 pads to be so small), the little red pear is from my supplies ....


.... I finished by dabbing over some glossy accents and adding some glitter glass for added sparkle but as always it is very difficult to photograph .....


..... and here is a mini bottle I added that had been coated in gesso then decoart white crackle paste and when dry a little bundled sage distress ink rubbed on.


I hope you like my birthday board - I was going to add Tim's mini easel on the back but my Big Shot has had to go back to Sizzix to be looked at, but I will cut one from white mountboard and add to the back then it can easily stand on a shelf.



There is still time to take part in our CVC challenge of make your own backgrounds and maybe I have inspired you to have a go at this shabby mixed media style.

Enjoy the rest of the week into the weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

14 comments:

Jane said...

This looks gorgeous Brenda. How amazing to be going to Tim's workshop. ..wow..lucky you. Have a fabulous time and I look forward to seeing what you make. Take lots of photos. Popping over to CVC....Hugs xx

Jan Hill said...

These canvas look beautiful, can't wait to see all of them. Lucky you! A workshop with Tim, have fun x

Pamellia Johnson said...

I have also just recently discovered the small canvases and I also really enjoy working with them. Everything looks bigger and more dimensional! Yours is truly stunning! I love the fresh green background, and your pink florals just whisked me away to a secret garden on a warm spring day!! Breathtaking! hugs :)

Team Clark said...

What a wonderful project, Brenda! I love your gorgeous arrangement. Hugs, Autumn

Julia Aston said...

How lucky are your friends that will receive these for their birthdays! love the snippets - off to check out the full view! Sounds like you have a wonderful crafty weekend coming up! Julia xx

Glennis said...

Oooh!! Lucky you Brenda - have a wonderful day there!

Almo said...

Just back from having a closer look. This is so Pretty, and I really enjoyed your step by step. Love the whole idea of having something more special than a card you can display. Your friends will be so lucky to recieve these wonderful little canvases, I would treasure one of these and I am sure your friends will do too. Mo x

Corrie Herriman said...

Looks promising ! Hopping over to have a look !
Corrie x

Joi at RR said...

This just INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL Brenda. Loved seeing the pictures on Country View. XX j.

Lynn Price said...

Off to see more from these beautiful teasers!! LOVE those flowers and your colors, and I spy a lot of wonderful texture as well!! Have a great show - sounds fantastic! xxx Lynn

Patty O'Malley said...

Just saw the whole project, Brenda, and this is fabulous! Love the gift idea!

Gina said...

Beautiful colours, and everlasting bouquets are always great presents :D XXX

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Saw your beautiful creation at Country View Brenda, what a wonderful gift idea, your friend will treasure it always! Deb xo

butterfly said...

Lovely looking sneak peeks... off to see the whole shebang!
Alison x