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18 May 2013

Age of Maturity

This is a canvas I made for the latest Frosted Designs challenge. The challenge is to create something with black and white plus one other colour. I (obviously!) chose orange.

This is the second canvas panel that I've made. I made another for a challenge with my Crop Room friends but I can't share that one yet as it’s a birthday present I've not yet given to my friend. I had so much fun making that one and it turned out great so I thought I'd make another. I'm not sure that I like this one as much, but it was fun! I loved making the background and seeing how it turned out. The only problem was that once the background was done I didn't have any inspiration for the rest, and it sat unloved on my desk for a week. But, now it's done!

Here's a quick step by step if you want to make your own.
  1. Place a template (TheCrafters Workshop TCW210s Mini Numbers Collage) on the canvas.
  2. Randomly ink over the template with Distress inks (spiced marmalade and black soot).
  3. Move the template and repeat until the entire canvas is coloured. (As there was black ink on the template where I started sponging orange at the bottom left corner, the orange and black mixed slightly to create the darker orange. I like it!).
  4. Using black versamark ink, randomly stamp over the background with another stamp (Kaisercraft Numbers).
  5. Place another template (Words or Whatever ALTA043 6x6 doiley2) and spread over texture paste. (In the places where the texture paste went over the orange ink, it turned a little orangey in colour. Obviously it soaked up some of the ink, but interestingly didn't do the same with the black.)
  6. Print the quote on photo paper.
  7. Place a template (TheCrafters Workshop TCW239s Mini Chicken Wire) over the quote and sponge over distress ink (spiced marmalade).
  8. Using rub on letters, make the word AGE on large brads.
  9. Attach the quote and all the other embellishments using either red liner tape or diamond glaze. With the brads I cut off the legs before attaching with foam squares.

Embellishments that I used were: ric rac, brads, plastic flowers, paper flower, netting flower, beads, sequins, stick on pearls, and washi tape.

The orange flower was created by sticking the orange triangle beads that I've had in my stash forever, on top of the B&W paper flower, gluing a flat topped eyelet in the middle and sticking it on the canvas on top of some white leaf sequins and a failed shrinky dink flower. I had read that you could make your own shrinky dink charms from #6 recyclable plastic. So, some time ago I die cut a Chloe stem (98321 from Memory Box) from the plastic and heated it. The plastic I used (the liner tray from some frozen pies) was very thin, and I think that the delicate die cut just didn't stand up to the heating process and it did shrink but became a tangled mess. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away though and it lay on my desk since but today it came in handy! (The second one is behind the orange heart shaped bead.)
Phew, this has turned in to a long post! So, if you've made it this far, I'd love to hear what you think? Will you make your own canvas, or have you already? I really appreciate those of you who take the time to comment so that I know that someone sees what I write. Thank you. ☺

Till next time, happy days!


Lori Apgar said...

Gorgeous canvas!! It looks like it was fun to make!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!!!

Joni Parker said...

I TOOOOOTALLY love this canvas!! I've done a few in the past, but it's really awesome to read someone else's process!! (plus I have all the materials you mention, ink, templates, modeling paste) I know what I'm going to be playing with this weekend!! .... thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs !!