Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sweet Summer Burlap Canvas

Hello and welcome! Annette Green here today with a fun and easy project you can complete in less than two hours. It starts with a 6 x 8 inch burlap canvas and a summer theme.


When I start projects like this, I first think of my theme. In this case sunny Florida summers. Images of the beach, cruise ships, going to the movies, and blooming hibiscus came to mind. I grabbed my 8 x 8 Collage paper pack by Tim Holtz. It's become one of my favorites because it's filled with various smaller size images taken from several different 12 x 12 paper packs by Tim. Destinations being one of them. Perfect for my summer theme.



Tim's burlap canvases are terrific for mixed media projects because they aren't just frames with burlap stretched over them. They have a hard surface underneath the burlap, so painting and gluing on them is so easy. No sagging. Here I started with embossing paste mixed with re-inkers and gave the burlap a haphazard smearing of the two colors. I set it aside to dry, which didn't take long since the embossing paste was applied fairly thin.



While the canvas dried, I cut images from the Collage paper pack like this one using the Picture Wheel die. 



And some letters...



...which fit nicely in the picture wheel die's spaces.



This image from the internet was actually my inspiration for the project. This cute pin-up girl reminds me of my mother back in the day. I printed the image onto matte photo paper, then trimmed it out leaving white space, then crinkled the corners and tore it a bit, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 



To create a tropical looking flower, I cut a small tattered flower from red Kraft core card stock, sanded the edges, then snip the petals in a little further...



I glued one of the petals directly over another one to create a five petal flower like this. Then inked the edges with Vintage Photo and curled the petals slightly. 



I added a metal foliage piece to the center after painting it with Wild Honey Distress Paint.



This "journey" Collage Key is the perfect embellishment for this project.



I have so many of these plastic clear fragments, so I put one to use here with the Florida postage image behind it and tied off the fragment with a piece of twine.



I used collage glue stick for most of the lightweight pieces like papers, and stronger liquid glue like Glossy Accents for the heavier stuff.



Here's another look at the completed canvas. I think the natural look of burlap goes so nicely with a summer theme, don't you? Thanks for dropping by today and I hope your day is sunny!



16 comments:

toni said...

Ok thats it burlap panels are now at the top of my wish list! Fabulous full on summer ! Love the way you've put this together and from the sounds of things a fairly quick make with stunning results. Thanks for sharing that the panels are firm, this must make a difference when working on them x

Marevan said...

I really love it

2amscrapper said...

that burlap does make for a great background. fabulous piece!

Theresa said...

Really really cute. Now I can see how these panels can be used....VERY cute!

Julie Masse said...

Love this, Annette! And love that we've had two burlap panel projects this week...fun stuff!

butterfly said...

Delicious, Annette - summer on a canvas - great colours and use of all the elements... I love it!
Alison x

Pat said...

I love this!!

Donna-Marie said...

Awwwww...love the inspiration :-)
So many great little trinkets. I love how the letters fit perfectly into the wheel!!
Great piece!

Nicole said...

This is gorgeous and you did an amazing job! Love it!!

mamablitger said...

Annette...this burlap art work is fabolous.. Just LOVE all the details!!!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing. Always getting so much inspiration from EP blog.
Hugs from sunny SPAIN

Teresa Jaye said...

This is so pretty, I love the color palette.

Corrie said...

love this what a great project and the burlap is awesome

Bonnie Irvine said...

The look of those gorgeous colours of embossing paste over the burlap is fabulous. Love the contrast and the texture. Great use of the picture wheel die...the letters look awesome. I also really like the way you collaged the papers, embellies, and that sweet image. It creates such a wonderful summer holiday feel. Awesome project, Annette.

Micki said...

Awesome canvas. Absolutely love how you used the wheel. LOVE it.

Mary-Ann Maldonado said...

I just love that picture wheel die! Oh my!!! Great use of metal, looks heavy and delicious! Perfect decor.

Tracy said...

Oh my..swooooon...this is stunning Annette ... so much yummy details to look at, inspiring!!
Big hugs
Tracy
xoxoox