Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spring whimsy canvas


I had so much fun coloring the little wooden embellishments by Prima on the altered jar project (seen here) that I wanted to color some more! The cute little box they come in contains lots of pieces and they just seemed so springy and whimsical I was inspired to create this canvas to feature them on:
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I started with a base of sheet music paper. It is from a child's lesson book and is called "Little Spring Song".
After coloring the paper with Gelato in blues and greens, I decided I wanted more coverage and went over it with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. A bit of texture was added with Staz-On ink applied through punchenella and a little stamping with the Unity Stamp Company "She Script" stamp.

The My Mind's Eye "Remarkable" paper collection was perfect for all of the elements on my project. I free hand cut all the pieces and inked the edges with Staz-On in Stone Gray. Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Fired Brick perfectly matches the papers so I colored a piece of chip from my stash to use for a roof.
I decided the papers that make up the tree were in need of another layer so I put Distress Crackle on the trunk. In playing with Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste, I discovered it can be colored with Gelato without changing the viscosity of the paste - love that! I mixed the embossing paste with two yellow colors of Gelato and applied it through the Crafter's Workshop mini Chicken Wire Reversed stencil on to the tree top.

"Santa's Sleighful" is the name of the font I used to type the verse - this is one of my favorite fonts and is perfect for this project despite it's winter name! 
After adhering all of the paper pieces with Mod Podge I shaded around them with Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Cold Grey III. Next came coloring the little wooden embellishments by Prima with Faber Castell pens. The India Ink in these markers is perfect for coloring the wood. The last step was to add the sun. I mixed up another batch of embossing paste with Gelato and applied it through the Crafter's Workshop Mini Zinnia stencil.

Thanks for stopping by today, 
all the products I used are linked to the eclectic Paperie online store for your shopping convenience!
I hope I've inspired you to create something springy yourself!


toni said...

Fabulous canvas! It is singing SPRING! Lovely vibrant colours. I really love the way you put the papers together, the textures and the little embellishments, in fact I love it all ! Xx

Kim said...

Oh my, Teresa, this is just adorable!!! You've used so many darling elements to create your it!

Kristi said...

This is so beautiful!! It would look so lovely hanging on my wall!

sandee said...

Lovely canvas Teresa Jay, I think you covered all the mixed media basics beautifully! Collaging, embossing, painting, inking!! You can do it all girl!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Wanda H said...

Wonderful canvas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, vivid colours - such a sweet canvas!
Alison x

Bonnie Irvine said...

I would like to live in this house. It looks like such a happy place in a beautiful neighbourhood. Wonderful combination of products and some very helpful tips. Great canvas, Teresa.

Tracy said...

Truly..truly beautiful Teresa, love everything about bright and breezy!!

Annette Green said...

This canvas makes me happy. I love the colors, love that rooftop and your clever discovery of mixing Gelatos with paste. Wonderful!