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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mosaic Canvas

Hi everyone! It's Bonnie here today to share a little 5x7 inch board canvas I altered. A while ago, through Pinterest, I saw these fabulous mosaic canvases created by Linda Iverson and found the idea really inspired me. It's a wonderful way to use of scraps of papers and chipboard and I love the results so I decided to have a go.

I started by applying black gesso to the canvas board and allowing it to dry. Next I cut up some chipboard scraps and laid out a pattern that pleased me. I wanted a few of the "tiles" to be thicker so I cut an extra layer for two and three layers for the center rectangle. These I glued together and then used my Black Big Brush Pen to blacken the edges of all tiles.

The next step was to choose stamps and stencils as well as papers to feature on some of the tiles. The gold embossed quote as well as the black embossed squares stamp come from the TH Classics 16 set. The paper under the squares stamp is a piece of Authentique Anchored Sailing paper. There is a very faint map printed on it which fits the journey theme and a small resin hand was added to point to the quote.. Directly above the square tiles stamped tile is an Idea-ology Word Band which says Live in the Moment. Gold nailhead stickers were attached to the band with Glossy Accents to resemble brads.

The black starry tile at the top and bottom right were stencilled with TCW's Mini Random Stars and Studio 490 Gold Embossing Paste onto black cardstock. This was then adhered to the chipboard and cut to size. The B is a Scrabble tile adhered to a scrap of gold striped paper using Beacon 3-in-1 glue which was also used to adhere all of the tiles to the canvas. This same striped paper formed the background on a narrow tile which housed the Idea-ology pen nib.

Two scraps of music paper from Michelle Hill's Vintage Ephemera Bundles were used to cover two more tiles. I was able to center the lyric "What a life" onto the one tile which continues with the message of the canvas. These papers as well as the Authentique one were edged in Black Soot Distress ink to better connect them to the rest of the project.

Scraps of black cardstock embossed with TH Riveted Metal Texture Fades embossing folder were rubbed with various colours of Inka Gold to highlight or accentuate the embossed design. These were then adhered to two tiles and trimmed to fit.

I love how this turned out and am already planning more canvases in different sizes. I think a big one would be super fun to do and have several more of the same size started in my head. I'd love to see what you do with Linda's fabulous idea. Thanks for the inspiration, Linda.



toni said...

Love this bold canvas Bonnie ! The use of black white and gold gives it a very smart graphic look, love all the embellishments as well !

Micki said...

Gorgeous and love the black/white and gold. Totally love projects that use up bits n pieces. Wonderful mosaic canvas. :-)

Julia Aston said...

This is right up my 'organized' alley Bonnie! love the navy background and all the lovely arranged pieces!

Andiepants said...

I have never seen these canvases before! What a cool idea! LOVE the color combo and how the elements just POP!

Steph Ackerman said...

Great idea. Love the black background - it helps all the elements pop.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the colors and the details you added, Bonnie, Truly a work of art!