May 29, 2016

Life Is Better in the Summer Canvas

I am quite honestly addicted to summer. It improves my mood, makes my skin nicer and most of my aches and pains disappear (though it’s taking a while this year so far). Yeah for SUMMER!!

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To honour summer, I was inspired to make this canvas. I have a wall at the front of my house near the door where I put seasonal décor, changing it each new season. This will go up on my wall soon or maybe now since I love it so much! I started with a basic dollar store canvas, nothing fancy, it was stapled on the edges and not the back but that was ok for this project. I covered it in heavy acrylic paint in titan buff. Then I dry brushed on some metallic gold paint on the sides and edges of the front.

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Next I added some light modeling paste using a coral stencil. I allowed it to dry then replaced the stencil and air brushed some peach Copic marker. Then I decided I needed some more texture so I randomly and messily applied some glass bead gel. If you want to use this, be warned that it takes a long time to dry if you apply it too thickly. I pieced some Kaisercraft papers adding some coloured modeling paste using a gorgeous ocean-themed poem stencil (both by Red Lead Paperworks).

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The papers were both sponged on the edges with matching Distress inks and I popped them up with a foam layer. I usually adhere my papers with gel medium so this was a new things for me. Next it was time to add some fabulous embellies!

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The tag and oval pieces were from the back of the Kaisercraft paper pad. Dreams was die cut using a SSS die. The sea grass is a Frantic Stamper die cut from Kraft cardstock.  Some assorted shell chips, beach glass and sand was added across the bottom. A few other embellies and some real fish net rounded out the canvas!

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I think I’ll add a knotted string of beads to hang this from. I have a TON of ocean themed charms and beads that will match the colours in this canvas! Fabulous right?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Simon Says Stamp Monday – Make a Wish. I wish I could live at the beach, liKe so bad! Global Design Project #37 MFT Colour Challenge



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