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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Who You Are is Completely Up to You

Julia here today to share a canvas I made using lots of Dina Wakley products.  I recently attended 3 workshops Dina taught and subsequently ordered lots of her 'stuff' from eclectic Paperie!
 I have quite a few photos to share showing how I got from plain canvas to done! So far in my 'mixed media' career I've only made a couple of canvases - I'm still in the learning stage! I started by brushing Gesso over the canvas, laying a torn edge sheet of tissue wrap over the Gesso and brushing with Gesso again.  I smoothed out most of the wrinkles - but left the ones that wouldn't smooth out.  I left this to dry overnight.
Then I dry brushed Sky and Lemon Dina Wakley acrylic inks over the canvas.  The great thing about dry brushing is that it dries quickly! (I REALLY hate waiting for things to dry!)
I stenciled the women with Watering Can ink which is a little softer than black.
Love the look of them!
To add some texture to the piece,  I used Wendy's white embossing paste with Dina's Affirmations stencil
I stenciled one sentence in the top left corner
and another in the bottom right corner
I inked a sun stencil from Dina's The Basics with Archival Orange Blossom
I inked little sections of Plastic Canvas around the canvas using Cornflower Blue Ink and stamped some sentiments from Dina's Face in the Crowd stamp set around the sun.  A little hint for stamping on a canvas that only has the wooden frame around the edges with the canvas kind of bouncy in the middle -  I placed an ink pad under the canvas where I wanted to stamp to give me a firm smooth base to stamp on
To finish it off - I sponged around all the edges with Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap and stenciled some Leaves with Fern Green Ink.  I spritzed the canvas with Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray - but it washed it out too much - so I quickly dabbed most of it off with a paper towel!
Dina kept telling us to 'JOURNAL' on our projects in the classes I took -  so I could hear her telling me to do it on my canvas -  but I haven't developed a good scribble journaling technique yet - so I used some of her stamps from Hand Written Notes with Archival Jet Black ink to get it done! (see how much darker it is than the Watering can?!)
As with any mixed media project I attempt -  I always have difficulty knowing when to stop adding things!
I sponged over the stenciled sentiments with Cornflower Blue ink - but that didn't make the words show up enough - so I wrote over each letter with a black Stabilo All pencil.
Then I stopped.
My canvas is 12" x 9" and I think it will look nice on my wall - I just have to figure out which wall!
I hope I've inspired you to try 'painting' a canvas!!???

Here are the supplies I used that you'll find at eclectic Paperie

Dina Wakley Stamps:  Face in the Crowd, Hand Written Notes

Dina Wakley Stencils: Affirmations, Stenciled Women, The Basics, Plastic Canvas, Leaves

Dina Wakley Paints: Lemon, Sky

Dina Wakley Brushes

Accessories: Pallette knifeWendy Vecchi White Embossing paste, Gesso, Stabilo All Black pencil, Dylusions Ink Spray - White Linen,  Archival Inks - Watering Can, Orange Blossom, Fern Green, Jet Black, Cornflower Blue, Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap, Tissue Wrap/Melange, Blending Tool.


toni said...

Great work Julia! love your canvas fabulous way to use those new Dina products. Must say I've got my eye on some of those ! x

Redanne said...

This really is inspiring Julia, love how you used the Watering Can instead of black and the words are all fantastic. Anne x

wendy vecchi said...

well done! love every detail!

~amy~ said...

Julia, this is really cool! I love how you've transformed that blank canvas!

Art By Wanda said...

A wonderful canvas!!!

Micki said...

Wonderful canvas!!!! Love how you used both of the Dina face stencils and how they look more in the "background" by using Watering Can ink pad. Wonderful.

Andiepants said...

I really love the texture on your canvas! I think the wrinkles turned out great. The black writing on the watering can ink looks wonderful. I can't believe you haven't done many of these...this is FAB!! {{hugs}}

Steph Ackerman said...

Great details. Love the face stencils - they turned out amazing on this canvas.

Sue Lelli said...

You really made a Wonderful canvas after taking Dina's classes! LOVE the faces and the FAB BG you created! LOVE how you stamped her words (I can't bring myself to write on my projects either!

FAB creation, Julia!