Friday, 2 June 2017

canvas board - under the sea.

Oh my our sixth challenge at A Vintage Journey for 2017, that's half of them for the year!!!!
The lovely Nikki has chosen CANVAS for the theme and describes the challenge for us -
"Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage; shabby; mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface."

As I'm still crafting from the sofa and chose to use a 5 x 7 canvas board that I love to work on and experimented with the doxide inks to create an underwater background. 
Begin by blending the colours over the board.

Flick with water and dry.

Blend the same colours over again in different places.

Flick with water again and dry twice more.

Blend with these two colours - spritz and dry.

Blend with broken china and spritz and dry.

Take the fish and seaweed stamps, spritz them with water and stamp onto the oxides to create this watery scene.

Finish by stamping the octopus onto card and painting it and die-cutting some greenery (I used left over painty card).

I also added some little glass cabouchons.

We're hoping you will be able to join us for the latest challenge and in the meantime |I recommend you pop over to the AVJ challenge to see what all the amazing Creative Guides have submitted as their inspiration projects - there is always an incredible amount of talent on show.

Less than three weeks now until I go back to the fracture clinic, I will be sooo pleased to get this cast off.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx


Gina said...

Now you know I am going to have to try that background the octopus...could do with a couple of his spare arms lol :D XXX

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That is sooo beautiful - I am in love with the colors and the depth in that background- great to see the progress!
Happy weekend and all the best for the ankle!
oxo Susi

Candy C said...

Brenda, your underwater scene is really wonderful! Love your blended background colors. The water stamping into the Oxides looks so cool how it removes the color and leaves the ghostly fish images. The octopus is darling!!

Monika Gulyas said...

Oh I love it!!! Even if you made it on the sofa with limited supplies you could do something stunning!!! It was a brilliant technique how you stamped the fish and the seaweed! First I thought it was a white ink :-) I like the glass cabochons too! Big hugs

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Well how you manage to create such a fabulous piece from your sofa is amazing. I adore your backdrop absolutely perfect for your focal image. Lovely to see you still managing some creative time. Sending healing hugs. Have a wonderful weekend. Tracy x

Astrid Maclean said...

Absolutely amazing Brenda, those Doxides truly are magical, the background just looks amazing, there is no way I would have quessed all the different colours you used on it. That Octopus just looks incredible, and those gabouchons are perfect to give it a rel watery touch! Love it!!!

Angela Radford said...

Love it Brenda. I was only thinking the other day that it's time I did some more canvas stuff not done any for ages so maybe this is the push I need. Take care and happy sofa crafting, Angela xxx

Sue said...

This is fabulous Brenda, I'd forgotten how good the faux bleach effect is xx

Littlelamb said...

Would love to do this background but so far only have 3 Distress Oxide colours. Love what you have done. Some brilliant techniques. Thank you.

Meggymay said...

Its a fabulous under the water scene, a great background with the technique you used for the fish stamps.
Yvonne xx

Nikki Acton said...

I love this DOX / spritzed stamp background - will be playing with that idea! It is so effective and works perfectly for your underwater theme. Happy weekend xxxx

Jenny Marples said...

I'm thinking you should continue to craft on your sofa as the results are fabulous! Of course I hope your leg is better very soon too. Love this oxide background and most impressed with the die cut seaweed. I'm not asking how you achieved that! Just totally in awe xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is amazing, Brenda!! I love how you created the background!! The technique with the fish stamps is so creative and gorgeous!! The octopus is fabulous!! And the sentiment is perfect!! Love this!! So artistic and beautiful!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful canvas, Brenda! It's good to see you can do amazing things creating from the couch!

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Perfect snapshot of a watery world Brenda,fab creation
Donna xx

Julia Aston said...

Thanks for showing all the inks you used to create your watery background Brenda! love that octopus - and I'm glad you showed the white fish stampings - I almost missed them with my eye on the octo!! A wonderful canvas - made from your couch! (hope you're feeling better!!) Julia xx

A Pink said...

To not only create such a fabulous piece of art but also take all the 'process' photos from the confines of the sofa is absolutely remarkable, Brenda. There really is no stopping you and your creativity .
Loved seeing all the background steps - TFS- some lovely effects that create such a fantastic underwater scene - the perfect backdrop for your octopus and greenery.
Wonderful !
Sending healing hugs , hoping you are doing ok
take care
hugs x

Annie said...

Brenda your underwater scene is amazing xx love the background details and the stamped fish. The octopus looks wonderful hiding amongst the seaweed

Sending huge healing hugs Annie xx

S@ndy Diller said...

I'd say, very good job, especially from the sofa. Love the colors and subject.
S@ndy xx

Sara Barker said...

That's it! I'm packing up all my craft supplies and moving onto the sofa! Brenda, you are doing some incredible work from the comfort of your couch! I love the background, and the water stamping is genius to make those fish look like they are swimming in the distance in the murky ocean depths. That octopus is amazing and the greens make for some lifelike seaweed. Great canvas! Hugs!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Brenda, the background you created is just sumptuous, it truly looks like the depths of the sea and those ghostly fish look absolutely amazing!! As for the octopus, he looks fabulous playing amongst the greenery. A totally stunning creation! Apologies for my lateness, we have had a few days away... Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

Amazing seeing those watery layers building up and the final effect is magical - full of depth and mystery. I am so tempted by that octopus - if only because my nephew is so obsessed with marine life, especially octopodes and squid. Gorgeous work - especially given you're still stuck on the couch!
Alison x

Jackie P Neal said...

Upon seeing this canvas, I naturally jumped into song of...I'd like to be...under the an Octopus's garden! LOL
Great canvas Brenda!!

ps...Paloma will be winging her way to you today!

Team Clark said...

Brenda, I just love your water stamping! It looks amazing and really sets the stage here. Fabulous color and layout. Hugs, Autumn

Joi at RR said...

Oh dear - I can't imagine my life as an ocean creature - whew!!! But I never imagined I would end up on a ranch either so... you have a great point Brenda - IMAGINE!!!! SUPER FUN canvas project! Xj.

Nora said...

Stunning creation! I just love it!