October 20, 2013

Sea Shell Mixed Media Canvas

I ADORE anything beachy or ocean-related and I was in desperate need of some decor for my powder room AND I’m learning to do mixed media so this is what I created!

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It also happens to be perfect for this week’s SSS Monday Challenge Blog to create something with a nautical theme!

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I used die cut paper, lace, washi, glitter and charms to create little spots of interest on the sides of the canvas.

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You can see the shells I stamped. Because they were stamped with dye ink on acrylic paint, they didn’t dry so I clear embossed them. Since they didn’t stand out as much as I had hoped, I added some Faber-Castel Big Brush pen and smudged it in to accent them just a bit.

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The stamps are part of a sheet of rubber I bought so sorry, I don’t know who created them. Maybe Rubber Buggy Bumpers? They are out of business now. The background is music paper and book paper in three languages (French and Dutch) on top of a canvas board and then covered in gesso and paint.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

large shells-SU!, small shell-Flourishes, other ‘botanical illustration’ stamps-stash
Paper: vintage music and book paper, hawaiian shores, aqua mist CS-PTI
Ink: hawaiian shores-PTI, Archival cobalt, potting soil
Accessories: charms, lace-stash, MFT scallop die, various PTI dies, washi tape-MME, shells-school supply store, E6000 glue, Golden Fluid Acrylic paints


Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This piece is absolutely stunning! You have brilliantly swirled around the most beautiful colors ever known to man and I love the specimen-like display of your sea shells. It creates this really neat mix of swirly-artsy and linear-scientific. I loved the texture you brought in and the various elements that give it a sense of sophistication and whimsy. Your powder room's going to be housing some seriously AMAZING artwork! Thank you for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Anna-Karin said...

This canvas is so beautiful Rebecca! I love the background with the text paper, all the textures, shells and more. All the shells are so pretty and I really like how you arranged them. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

Melissa Bove said...

Wow! What a stunning piece Rebecca!! It must look amazing in your powder room!! Love the coloring!!


Meihsia Liu said...

Congrats on being on the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Your mixed media canvas is fantastic! Love the beautiful background colors and those pretty shells. Thank you so much for sharing with us. :)

Ellie Knol said...

Are these shells stamped, they look so amazingly real! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

maria f. said...

So pretty and vibrant. A wonderful showcasing of beach treasures.