Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Challenge at A Vintage Journey - Canvas

Hi fellow travelers, 

Today is the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our lovely hostess, Nikki, has asked us to use canvas.  I chose to use a small canvas from my stash that I got at a flea market, it already had something on it but not something I wanted.  I simply put a coat of gesso over the old and started the new.

My canvas is the celebration of Summer.  A time when the kids are out of school for awhile and things are a little easier.

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Here are a few steps that I took to create my canvas.

Starting out with a Gelli Plate, spread green and blue paint.  Next lay a stencil on the paint, the pattern really doesn't matter as it is only used to give some random texture.
Place your canvas face down on the painted surface and press down so the paint transfers to the canvas.

Let paint dry, mix up some texture paste with color of choice.  For this canvas I wanted sunshine so I used Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber reinker to color my paste.  Next spread the colored pasted through a stencil.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil here to create my sunshine.

While you are waiting for paste to dry, begin getting all the other elements ready to add.  This cute little bicycle is from ClearScraps. I added a couple gears from Tim Holtz and then a coat of gesso.    Truthfully,  I did a few colors before I came up with what I wanted.  You can change colors as many times as you like by simply adding another coat of gesso and starting again.  In the end I got the effect I wanted by stippling the colors on.
For the finishing touches - some small flowers and balloons were added using some dies from Karen Burnistion's Pop it Ups collection from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The balloons are added using wire and then wrapped through the basket on the bike.  The word "Summer" was cut from fun foam using an Elizabeth Craft Designs die from the A Way With Words collection.

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  1. A fabulous canvas and great summer design Sandy, I love how it all came together xxx

  2. I love your celebration of Summer Canvas! Sandy Took me back, recalling all the fun I used to have riding my bike during the summer months, You have created a real sense of 'happy' in this piece that leaves me smiling. Wonderful work .
    Have a lovely weekend x

  3. Fantastic canvas Sandy x love the details and colours x totally love the bicycle and the balloons

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

  4. Fabulous canvas Sandy, adore your textural rays and that bike is fantastic. Love how you used the Gelli Plate and I adore the balloons fastened to the bike. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  5. I absolutely adore this summery canvas Sandy, it truly has such a lovely summery feel to it, simply delightful!! It makes me want too grab a bike and cycle into the sunshine....

  6. Can't believe Summer has come round again so quick! Love your celebration of it with that fabulous bike in the warm rays of the sun. Love the bright and cheery colours too xx

  7. Such a fun design! Great gelli plate work and love the balloons coming out of the basket! xxx

  8. What a wonderful summertime canvas Sandy - nothing better than the suns rays, balloons and a good bicycle! Julia xx

  9. such a delightful canvas, Sandy! I really enjoyed seeing how it came together, and you have inspired me to try out that gelli plate I bought months ago! Sweet bike, and I love the way you have stippled it. A wonderful design! Hugs!

  10. I just love how you colored the bike and layered with so many beautiful elements. What a fabulous design, perfect for this time of year! Hugs, Autumn

  11. So lovely colours! Wonderful creation!

  12. Love your canvas Sandy, it just shouts summer! Great textures with the rays of sunshine and love that bicycle with the balloons tied to the basket, such a wonderful touch of whimsy! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo


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