Saturday, 31 January 2015

''Forever & Ever" Canvas - Prima Build-A-Page
Plus my January Tally!

Yes 2 posts in a day...crazy right?!  No choice because I have to link up my PPP
 & my Prima BAP before midnight EST!  Got them done on Thursday & Friday 
evenings & just got photographed them earlier today.  Working down to the wire 
because I had a lot of "have to's "this month that I needed to put first.  So glad
 though that I managed to squeeze BOTH these in this month after all!!


This time I made an 8 x 8 inch canvas for my mother-in-law, who is turning 76 shortly.  
I hand-make all family gifts now as I have a stack of canvases (2 drawers full!)
 & it saves wracking my brain coming up with original gift ideas!  

For my background treatment I went a lot lighter than my PPP entry
 (see previous post).  I wanted a  more ethereal, water-colour
 effect & am really happy with how it came out. 
 Less is always more I have discovered!

My mediums & mist are from Prima, as well as the blooms, wooden
 frames & tag, the crochet icon, as well as the clock packaging icon. 
 Not sure about the metal ornate corner - can't remember!
The photo matt is also Prima Paper from 'Forever Green'.'
Oh & the metal studs of course!! And the bling!!!

I used all the shades of pinks & purples from the Color Bloom Sprays,
 first splattered on then sprayed through the 6 inch Damask Stencil.  
Doing things so lightly means drying time is REALLY QUICK
with the help of a heat gun!

Next I stamped with a Prima lattice stamp then embossed over it with black to create
 a very fine, but slightly more raised layer, then lastly I spread Prima Modeling paste
 through the older Prima Gate Stencil (classic & beautiful!) & sprinkled white
 pigment powder on it whilst still wet for a real fairy-tale shine.  

I added a couple of heart paperclips I bought here at Mr. Price 
Home.  Adding cheap extras really stretches the stash!

LOVED the sketch by Jennifer Snyder!  I never follow sketches to the letter as that's not
 the idea behind them, but it does make things easier when the general composition
 is set out for you!  Saves on thinking time!!  So I am REALLY HAPPY that despite
 a really busy month I got both Prima pieces done!  I have created LOADS
 this month but some of what I've made is for February & March 
so I can't include it in my January monthly tally.  

JANUARY TALLY - 10 blog posts

4 layouts
1 tag album
2 canvases
{I decided this year that I need to expand my repertoire with more albums,
canvases, art-journal pages, cards & OTP's so I am keeping tabs on myself!}


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So gorgeous! I loveeeee the colors, the heart clip and the photo!!!!!

Francesca Biancon said...

I love all the great details....beautiful canvas!

Jean Bullock said...

Gorgeous page. Love the subtle coloring. LOL, I thought you had added lace. Beautiful job. Your Mother In Law is going to love this. Please tell her that I find it very hard to believe she is turning 70. She doesn't look a day over "beautiful"!

Unknown said...

love it! Such pretty pastel colours, go well with Granny's hair =P xxx

Heather McMahon said...

Oh I love this Helen! That black fibre is the perfect finishing touch. I hope your MIL liked it too!

Lizzy Hill said...

Good on you with doing. Ore OTP projects:) and this is lovely - I'm sure she will love it!!! Love how you add a few budget bits in with your others, too:):)

Val-Belle said...

Beautiful canvas and I am sure she will be over the moon with it. I love the colours and the background is lovely.

Annie Claxton said...

Both beautiful Helen, what a wonderful idea for a special gift, she'll love it! Lots of gorgeous layers of detail to peruse as always and great tip about the mist thank you :o)

Di Garling said...

Fantastic canvas Helen, love this colour palette. Beautiful.

Evelyn Walter said...

Very lovely canvas, Helen! Wow, you are soooo busy, I could not get so many things done - I admire you for real!
xxx Evelyn

Anonymous said...

Beautiful canvas! :))

Unknown said...

OH, your mom is just going to adore this! What awesome colors and bling.

Lynette Jacobs said...

You know how much I admire your MIL's style and this canvas is just so perfect for that photo and I am sure she is going to cherish it xx

Denise van Deventer said...

A beautiful canvas! I love the colouring and the beautiful background! The photo is really cool too....I so love your MIL's hair...waaaay cool! ;-)