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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Gelato Canvas and Wendy Vecchi products

Well it is official. Andiepants is becoming a southern bell!!! We will be moving to the lovely state of Louisiana very soon!

With all of our friends and family up here in Michigan it is very difficult to say goodbye, so one of the things that I like to do is to leave a little something with my friends and family as a token of my love. 

My friend from church, Delores, had a bit of spell and is currently in a rehabilitation facility re-learning how to use her arm. She misses her friends and her church very much. She is such an inspiration to me. Back in her hay-day she rode through the entire continental U.S. on the back of a Harley, all except for Alaska. As a hobby she paints these GORGEOUS china pieces and alters children's bouncy horses into carousel horses.

So for Delores I decided to make her a canvas. Something she could hang on her wall

This is actually a canvas I began a long time ago with the background stamping. It was just sitting in my cubby waiting for the right moment. So I doused it with water and used my gelatos, blending with my fingers.

I started with just blues and then decided it made a pretty sky and I wanted a scene of some sort.

Next I covered all the edges with Tea Dye distress ink. I used my finger to smudge in and over the white areas to give it an antique look.

Then I bust out my Wendy Vecchi crackle paste. This stuff ROCKS!!!

I used the crackle to make the "clouds" of my scene.

I forgot to take pictures of the next step. For this part I sprayed some water on my craft mat and added some drops from a Distress Stain re-inker in Antique linen. Then I used this wash to cover the entire canvas. This helped the gelatos to blend better and highlighted the cracks in my crackle clouds while giving the whole thing an antique appearance.

Then I bust out my stamp it stencil it by Wendy Vecchi. I used her archival inks to color it in  and went back over the base of the stem with gelatos to help highlight the grass. I ADORE how this turned out. I went with red in honor of Donna Downey. I love her:)

I then used gesso and water to create a water white paint and flicked the paint onto the bottom of the canvas to mimic flowers growing in the grass. 

Using my Tim Holtz layering stencils, I took a phrase from some Stampers Anonymous stamps and I added my title with a smudge stick and black gelato 

and voila...

My parting gift is complete. I  hope it inspires her as much and she has inspired me.

Til next time...




Unknown said...

Delores will love her gift! The gelato background is beautiful and the colors blend so well. I particularly like how you washed it with the reinker solution to give it an antique effect. xx

Unknown said...

Love it Andie - it makes me smile!! I know that Delores will love it too!!

Paperesse said...

A beautiful canvas I'm sure your friend will cherish. From Michigan to Louisiana? Goodness, be prepared for HEAT (and humidity).

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely canvas for your friend to remember you by Andie! Great techniques on this - thanks for sharing all the steps - love the crackled clouds!

Broni said...

What fun, Andie! I love it!

Sue Lelli said...

She will cherish this Beautiful gift! LOVE all of your steps and the crackle clouds are FAB!

toni said...

A lovely idea ! Beautifully done ! Must get some Gelatos been a bit slow to catch on to these ! X

mamablitger said...

Oh dear... What a lovely canvas. Love the texture, the colors, stencils... Yes all of it ... Your clouds are just adorable !!
Thank you for sharing..
Hugs from SPAIN