Thursday, 5 November 2015

Happy Place Canvas - Prima Marketing
Giving Thanks! Post focusing on Mixed Media

Hello everyone & welcome back to my blog!  I've had a few days off due to the flu, 
but with so much to view online I'm sure you all survived just fine without me!

You can view this canvas up on the Prima blog HERE where it went up yesterday!
My initial inspiration came from this very talented lady HERE. I call her "The 
Flower Queen" & her work is always soft, tender & very beautiful.

I have great trouble lightening my hand like that but I gave it a try!
I particularly like the way she splatters & tried very hard with that!!

I used loads & loads of Prima Mixed Media (& other) products!

Prima products:- Debutante Sensibility pattern paper 847166, Heavy Gesso 961442, 
3D Gloss Gel 961381, Glass Beads Butter 961701, Glass Beads Turquoise 962678,
 Mica Powder Black Cherry 962807, Mica Powder 962838, Art Sugar Black 553509, 
Prima Paint Brushes 962760, Prima Trim 576882, Mica Powder Iridescent Blue 963545, 
Magnolia Floral Lace 583002, Magnolia Floral Lace narrow 583026, Flowers & Leaves –
 A Victorian Christmas 583422, Garden Fable Say-it-in-Crystals 579371, 
Garden Fable Journaling Note Cards 578954, Royal Menagerie Journaling Note Cards 582593

I really mixed it up with 3 different paper collections here - Garden Fable, 
Debutante & Royal Menagerie {definitely my FAVOURITE!}.  I've lost my 
patience with fussy-cutting so don't look too closely!  But I reckon I did well enough!!

The Flowers actually come from A Victorian Christmas - the neutral ones,
& don't you just LOVE the twine?!  Now turquoise is NOT my scrapping 
colour, although I would say it is THE most popular colour to scrap for others,
but I was sent it & I love it on this layout along with the blue mica splashes!

I used thick gesso on my background followed by Prima 3D gel which is FABULOUS 
as you simply shake the glass beads on top & in they go!  I gave mine a little help with
a metal palette knife then sprinkled some blue IRIDESCENT MICA on top which
is truly gorgeous in real life although a bit difficult to appreciate in still photos.

The black you see is actually Black Art Sugar & I must say works very well as it stays matte
& archival, so is not affected by all your other misting.  It works well to "Ground" some 
areas.  I have used it in 3 spots around my page to draw the eye around the composition
(the theory of the 3 point triangle - that I incorporate into most of my work).

This piece actually began as a layout but due to glass bead overload became rather
heavy - so I embraced the situation & enjoyed making it really 3D then I adhered
the entire 12 inch page onto a canvas board (which I already had that was slightly
bigger) so I simply cut it down using an NT cutter {strong craft knife} then sealed
the cut edge with some masking tape before gessoing the entire back & sides -
drying off then using my beloved glue gun to strongly adhere paper to canvas board.

It was quite a time-consuming project but I really needed a full creative release & enjoyed
 a "craft marathon" in my studio creating it until the early hours of one morning :)

All the papers you see here come from the pattern paper collections
 JOURNALLING CARDS so they are really tiny (ATC size) - just shows you 
that you don't need 12 inch sheets all the time (except for the backing sheet of course!)

I'm loving all the Thanksgiving & Fall projects that I am seeing online at the moment.
It is always a relief to me to see the end of Halloween - ghastly & gruesome is not
for me!  But gratitude certainly is!!  See you all again soon with my next OTP
{Off-the-Page} Home Decor Specialist {Trade Secrets!} post...


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors and the textures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Aaah! I wondered what the blue bg was .... Mica! Lovely :) I am sooooo with you re: Halloween too! And as for fussy cutting - well, you know my feelings on that score!!! GORG canvas - great how you went with the flow:):)

Margaret Mifsud said...

Magic colours and textures .. love the background, the mica does look delicious even though we can't really see the shimmer in the photos. Love the twine and the black art sugar .. totally cool!! Absolutely gorgeous canvas!!

Kathy Bradley said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! Your canvas is so very beautiful! I too love Anna's creations and have tried a couple of times to do a background similar to hers - but didn't work out too well. However, your background is wonderful with awesome colors - and I love all the beads! The layers are wonderful, as always, and the photo adorable!!

Mitralee said...

There is certainly a POP to this! I think it's the splattering and that turquiose twine, which really stands out but in a super I dig it kind of way! I think I spied a little gem like berry hiding out? oh do tell what deliciousness that is! So glad you are feeling better!