Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Canvases

As I mentioned a couple of days ago when I posted my first two canvases HERE, I had a play day with Susan and Christine last Sunday and we experimented with acrylic paint techniques.

We first headed to two $1 stores in my area.  We picked up some acrylic paints and canvases for not much money.  The canvas above is 8" square and was $2.00.  I used four colours of paint ($1.25 ea).  Normally, I buy good quality art supplies, but these are just some fun techniques that work well with any type of paint.  One video I saw even used wall paint. :)  We lined our work table with large garbage bags before starting, which made clean up easy.

The one above is my favourite from the day.  This technique is called Dirty Pour and we followed this video.  We just diluted our paints with water, and followed the video about pouring the colours together and then giving a quick stir before adding to the canvas.  Then the fun begins as you tilt your canvas and let the paint flow over the sides.  I love the marbled look I got with this technique.

For the second canvas below, I smooshed it into the paint that overflowed from the canvas above and then dribbled on any leftover ink from my containers.  Didn't waste any of the paint, smooshing two small canvases and then card stock, coated card stock and yupo papers, just to see what worked best. They all worked great.

You'll see that I was in love with this paint colour combo, so I used it again for the third canvas.  This is a drip technique that we followed with this video.  Easy and fun to do.  All of the canvases done with turquoise, green and white are made with the $1 store acrylics (DecoArt).

My last canvas is another of the palette knife technique from this video.  This is the second time I've tried this and I ended up with lots of texture this time.  The colours are different.  I used different shades of blue, white, and just a little sea green.  This canvas was done with medium body Liquitex (Basics) acrylics.  Medium body or heavy body paint is thick which helps to create the texture that you see on the canvas.  Not in love with the results, but it's OK.  :)

I used soft gloss gel, diluted with water, to seal the canvases (two coats leaving 24 hrs to dry in-between coats).

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my abstract canvases.  They were so much fun to make!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Tulips

Hi everyone.  One last card for the CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Smooshing.   My CAS Mix Up card has Stamping, Acetate Smooshing and Watercolouring.

We're celebrating our 1st Birthday this month with a few prizes. :)  The challenge ends in a few days.

I used acetate smooshing for the background behind my watercoloured and fussy-cut tulips.  It adds so much fun and visual texture.

And since tulips remind me of Spring, I'm also adding this to the CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Spring. :)  This challenge also closes in a few days.  I hope you'll find time to play along.

Stamps:  Love is Kindness (Stampin' Up!); Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Tulips (Watercolour - Arches 140 lb. hot press)
Ink:  Zigs, Archival Black, Memento Black
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, acetate sheet, water mister

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Smooshing
CAS Watercolour March Challenge - Spring

Monday, March 20, 2017

Something Different

Hi everyone.  A few days ago I painted a canvas with acrylic paints following this video I saw about palette knife painting.  For my first try, I was happy with the results.  It doesn't have the texture of the one shown in the video, but I do love the colours and how it turned out.  Red and gold are the accent colours in my house, so I could hang it in just about any room.

Next I tried the same colours on a smaller canvas using a paint brush to paint on the same colours following this video.  It turned out great, but is much flatter than the canvas above.  I think it needs something more, but will leave it for now.

I still have to seal the canvases before they are completely finished, painting over top with some diluted soft gloss gel.  It will seal the canvas to protect it and will also give it shine and deepen the colours.  Just need to get to the store to buy the gel. :)

Both canvases were done using Liquitex Basics (medium body acrylics), in Cadium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, White, and Gold.

Yesterday I had a play day with my friends Susan and Christine.  We spent the afternoon painting more canvases using three different techniques.  The paint was flying :) ... it was messy and a lot of fun!  I will share my canvases from yesterday in the next couple of days after they've had time to dry thoroughly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Copper, Gold, and Turquoise

Hi everyone.  I'm playing along with Merry Monday Challenge #239 (Copper/bronze, Gold, and Turquoise) which is hosted by my wonderful friend, Marcia.   I was super busy this week, so only managed to find a little bit of time today to play along.

I started by smooshing a piece of mixed media paper.  FYI, I buy my pads of mixed media, yupo and watercolour paper in 9" x 12" sheets.  I divide them into quarters (4 1/2" x 6") which gives me just the right size for a card front, with a little extra.  I smooshed only one piece with Gold and Turquoise Inka Gold waxes, a few drops of copper metallic acrylic paint and some water.  Such a pretty combination of colours.

The shine from the inka gold and copper paint is really beautiful, but doesn't show in the pictures.  Once dry, I cut the piece in half (3" x 4 1/2"), trimmed off just 1/4" from the bottom and used it for the card above.  Splattered the background with diluted white paint to falling snow, and added white die-cut snowdrifts and reindeer.  I heat embossed the sentiment in copper to finish.

I still had 1/2 of my sheet left, and managed to die-cut two pieces from it to create my "two-fer" and "three-fer" cards (a la Darnell). :)

ETA:  Thanks to Nonni, I'm entering the above card into Inkspirational Challenge #130 - Smooshing.

Always great when I can add to my Christmas card stash. :)  The challenge closes tomorrow at noon (PST), so if you want to play along, you need to be quick! :)

Since I smooshed on all my cards, I'm adding them to the CAS Mix Up March Challenge (and 1st Birthday Celebration) - Smooshing. :)  Come check out the gallery of beautiful entries.

And since I used snippets for all three of the cards, I'm heading over to play at the Snippets Playground. :)

Stamps:  Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold (Gold and Turquoise), copper embossing powder, heat tool, Snow drifts die (My Favorite Things), Peace love joy die (Penny Black), Ornament - Set 2 Dies (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Retro Deer Die (Simon Says Stamp)

Merry Monday #239 - Copper, Gold, and Turquoise
CAS Mix Up March Challenge - Smooshing
Snippets Playground - Week 273 and 274
Inkspirational #130 - Smooshing