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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Always Take the Scenic Route ~ Altered Canvases

Hello, friends. It's Bonnie here today. I was totally in the mood for beachy colours and scenery when I decided to have a play with these four canvases. I thought it would be fun to create one scene treating the four as experiment. I started with four pre-gessoed 4x4" canvases. To get some initial colour down, I scribbled over the sand part with gold and brown watercolour crayon and over the sky area with two shades of blue and spread the colour with a wet brush. I intensified the colours with gelatos, spreading their colour with a dry finger (or two).

Next I stencilled with white gesso through TCW's Tiny Circles and stamped some text using Wendy Vecchi's Forget-Me-Not Archival ink, both in the sky area. The same ink was used to stamp Wendy Vecchi's Vintage Mesh randomly rolling the pattern on the canvases so as not to get any harsh edges.

The same text stamp was applied to the sand areas using WV orange Blossom Archival ink and white gesso stencilling was also applied to the sand, although it doesn't show much. It just adds another layer and a bit of change in the colour here and there. The birds and the sentiment are stamps from Tim Holtz's Classics 16 set using Jet Black Archival ink. The birds were stamped onto some paper used to catch the excess spray so they are a mix of colours but were both shaded with Barn Door Distress marker. I leave paper in the bottom of a box that I use for spraying and then use the paper for mixed media bits when I like what I have, The two birds are actually the same stamp but I surgically removed the wings from the one and reattached one to his side so he would be walking on the beach. The sentiment piece was torn around and edged with Black Soot Distress ink before being popped up on foam tape.

The beach grass and flowers were stamped onto the canvases using Jet Black Archival ink and a stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Art Comforts that set! The two flowers were coloured in with Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress markers. Enamel candy was added to the centers and a few of the leaves were darkened and emphasized with the Black Soot Distress marker. Two torn scraps of green paper were adhered to the bottom of the canvases and edged with Green Tea gelato. Some Mudd Puddles Mini Beach pieces were adhered to the sand with Glossy Accents.

The sun was punched from more spritzed left over scraps but these have some Gold Tattered Angels sprayed on which creates quite a shimmer IRL.. The purple whad been sprayed onto a stencil and then cleaned off on this same piece which is why it's not crisp...I love that. I layered the two circles with black ones to create more dimension and contrast and then cut triangle rays to tuck underneath the larger circle layer. The clouds were die cut from vintage music paper, edged in Vintage Photo Distress ink, and popped up on foam with a little scrap of cheesecloth tucked behind them.

That's it for my experiment. These would be cute hung on a wall with spaces between or stacked on a shelf without the spaces. I would definitely do this again. It was fun! Hope you enjoyed it, too.

Thanks for visiting.

Here are links to the eP store for some of the products I used.


Broni said...!!!!! I love the beachy theme and colors of course, but I adore that this is really just one image on 4 canvases! I loved hearing your process too. It gives me a better idea of how to use my gelatos! Just let me know if you need my address!!

Julia Aston said...

How creative to combine the 4 canvases to make one wonderful beach scene! love the depth of color Bonnie!

Unknown said...

Love these Bonnie!!!

Erin Smetak said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these canvases! Love that you created a whole scene, love all the elements and mediums you used, and of course, LOVE the beach theme!!!! SO awesome!!!!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE how you used four canvases to create one BEAUTIFUL scene! OOPS! Just saw that Julia wrote the same thing ~ but that must mean we both LOVE this!