Monday, 6 May 2013

Happiness is reflective....

Sue Carrington is the inspiration for the challenge this week over on the PaperArtsy blog.  She has created the most gorgeous canvas using PA products - it's really worth a look just to see the techniques she's used even if you don't take part. It certainly inspired me to have a go!

This is a much larger area than I usually work on and I have no idea what made me grab this 8 x 10 canvas but I seem to have managed to fill it.


I stencilled using Golden Fibre Paste (Grunge Paste is on my wish list!) then painted the whole canvas with white acrylic and Fresco Cinnamon mixed together for an off white shade.  Once dry, I added Tinned Peas, Guacamole and Pumpkin Soup (sounds like a strange meal!) I made sure each layer was dry before adding the next shade in order to avoid grunging up the colours. I added some stencilling and added the "bump" technique.  (Sue's is WAY neater than my version).  Some stamping was added with a random word stamp.

At this point I went off in my own direction as I couldn't use any of the stamps Sue used.  I've had this wonderful oriental gent for years.  He's about 18 cm/7 inches high and a lovely detailed stamp.  The dies are all Memory Box and the quote is a years old label from my stash.

I edged the whole canvas with Hyde Park and added some gold Liquid Leaf gently across the top to add some highlights.  You can just see the effect here.



I really enjoyed making this, but I haven't quite decided whether it's a complete mess or it works.









25 comments:

Julie Ann Lee said...

Oh, I do like this - I don't think it's in any way a mess. It's got a lovely lyrical feel because of the subtle colours and the layout; it's so original. I love the way you've photographed it too. xx Julie Ann

Minxy said...

Super canvas, totally love the colour choice and the black and white image works perfectly with your choice of die-cuts

Ria Gall said...

Hi Carol
believe me this really works what a fantastic canvas with so much texture and lots of layers. Love the man you have used on it, really lovely
Ria

Paula Whittaker said...

wow you certainly rock these PaperArtsy products - I don't think I could ever imagine tackling that size canvas but you've certainly rised to the challenge.

craftimamma said...

Don't doubt it Carol, this definitely works! It's a stunner with fabulous texture and gorgeous colours. Love the black and white image too. Beautiful work with wonderful products.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Juls said...

Just gorgeous!!! Hugs Juls xxx

ionabunny said...

It works. Lovely canvas. Like the stamp, he seems wistful.....

Heather said...

I think you must regard it as a success Carol. I love the layered leaves and all those layers of subtle colour and texture in the background.

hazel said...

It definitely works Carol - it's fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

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Helen said...

it works, it works!! Good luck in the draw.

Sandra Castle said...

Definitely works! Such a calm and reflective canvas - I love it!!

Fandhmum said...

Hi Carol, oh yes it works beautifully,
Rosie x

Karin said...

Fabulous canvas, Carol. Love the texture and layers you've created here.

butterfly said...

Really gorgeous, Carol - lovely layers of paint and stencilling give the background such depth and beauty - delicious!
Alison x

Leandra Franich said...

Ohhh the canvas looks amazing Carol! Love it!

herminesplace said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Love the texture Carol, great colour choice too.

Trish said...

Certainly not a mess! It's beautiful, and works perfectly.

Craftyfield said...

Love the textures of your background and the die-cut pieces you've used. Also love the canvas is sitting in the garden for the picture !

Alison said...

It looks amazing Carol! x

Gillian .... said...

Perfect Carol, the whole canvas has an oriental feel, love all the layers. Thanks for joining in the GD challenge. x

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Carol, Fabulous textured art work, pretty colours too. I don't think it's a mess at all :D
Thank you for your comment about blogging, you're so right too, not enough hours in the day, Gay x

Marilyn Rock said...

I love this canvas of yours! The texture is incredible! Kudos! xxoo

butterfly said...

I think it's delicious, Carol... I'm so sorry I'm so late catching up with it, but I'm glad I have! I love the colours, and the texture you've created in your background is so cool. Beautiful image...
Alison xx
(You and me both on the Robert Palmer!)