Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Queen of (He)Art canvas

Hello everyone, lovely to see you. Can you imagine we have had a third day of sunshine here in Scotland? It's wonderful, because honestly I had nearly forgotten what a blue sky looks like.

Today I want to share a little canvas with you:
I am still on a mission to use my stamps more. Depending a little bit on your definition, this is definitely a mixed media piece.....
It's a little 6 x 6" canvas, not very deep and I started by covering it with all sorts of different acrylic paints, some Fresco paints ( I don't have many colours of those) and some Golden fluid acrylics. Though they have different qualities, I found they mix actually quite well. All the stamping (stamps from the Graphic 45 A ladies Diary set) was done on tissue paper and then coloured with mainly Distress Markers.
For the lady I coloured her face and arms on the back of the tissue paper with paint first, this to stop the colours on the actual canvas coming through the tissue paper once I adhered it. I used Golden Acrylic Glazing liquid for this. That was a first for me, I usually use gel medium, but I found it worked really well!
The boot was done in a similar way. I find colouring with Distress Markers works best for me when I scribble them onto my craft sheet and then pick up the colour with a refillable water brush, I can never blend them properly any other way, but like that they work great. Once my images were adhered to the canvas I coloured further to blend them in with a right mix of paints and Distress Inks. I then stamped the text stamp using Fresco Snowflake in some places right over the canvas to tie everything together still a bit more.
I gave the lady a crown from Grungeboard, coloured with Golden Gold  fluid acrylic and Peacock Feather DI and added a heart and the word art, also grungeboard pieces I have had for ages, after I coloured them with more paint and over stamped them with the text stamp.

Finally I added a flower and a pen nib and rubbed some Treasure Gold around the edges.

Hope you like my little canvas.... Thank you so much for visiting and see you next time!

37 comments:

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

So wonderful and fairytale like, love the background, colors and all fabulous elements.

Marisa Job said...

Your projects are always so beautiful! And this canvas is another beauty!! Love it!!

Sue said...

Hello Astrid
I do like your mixed media canvas, it has a wonderful composition, and using the White snowflake paint, certainly enhances the canvas beautifully.
Smiles:)
Sue

Rita said...

What a pretty canvas Astrid. I love it and the colours are so vivid and beautiful. If you get a moment you may like to pop over and see what I've done with last week's freebie. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. Enjoy the glorious sunshine we are getting at the moment. Hugs Rita xx

margits bastelstube said...

wow, that's wonderful. great.
many greetings
margit

Gloria Westerman said...

This is so pretty!!!! I never thought to color with paints on the back of tissue...great idea....thank you so much for sharing your technique...love it...

SanDee1899 said...

such a wonderful Mix-Media Project - I dont see every day!
This is so unique, fantastic.
Wonderful Colours and aragement! Fabulous!
Just love it!
XOXO
SanDee

Ros Crawford said...

I think this has to be my favourite canvas ... I love all the colours and the stamping ... must have taken some work stamping on tissue first ... but a beautiful result!

Susie Bentz said...

Just beautiful. Love it! Love the name. Love the colors. Love all the stamps you used. Thanks for sharing your techniques. Your Mixed Media work is inspiring!

Dorthe said...

It is so very beautiful, dear Astrid!
The colour tones are gorgeous, with the little nature/rose adds from the flower and your heart art-and the white text, Love you can see the text through the tissue dress - and her sweet golden crown, gorgeous canvas.
How lucky you are seing the sun 3 dayes in a row, here it still snows !
Sending you hugs.
Dorthe

maria's knutselplezier said...

Your Canvas is wonderfull, great work of ART , I really love it!!

Greetings
Maria

PeggyR said...

This is really lovely!

Sophie said...

Traumhaft schön, Astrid.
Die Karte ist sensationell und hat eine große Ausstrahlung auf mich.
Ich bin begeistert.

Herzlichst Sophie xx

Danke für deine lieben Kommentare bei meinen etwas witzig-niedlichen Karten :-) Ich weiß es sehr zu schätzen.

butterfly said...

Bah humbug - just wrote huge long comment, including how much nicer the world is when the sun is shining, and Blogger stole it all!
So, I'm glancing out at the dwindling sunlight to repeat, approximately:
What a dreamily romantic canvas - love the colours and text drifting across it, and the G45 images are so beautifully blended into the look. I love it!
Alison xx

sharon said...

You are so talented Astrid! This is a beautiful piece with so many interesting elements!

Michelle said...

Wow Astrid this is absolutely stunning. I love your use of colours and embelishment. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing this beautiful project.

Michelle E xx

Margie said...

Your canvas is lovely Astrid - funnily enough, I was going to get that set of stamps last week and didn't! Wish I had now when I see how good they look. Ah, well - perhaps next time, I won't hesitate.

Annie said...

Stunning canvas Astrid. I love the way you have blended the paints and the script. The stamped images on tissue paper are superb. Is it a particular type of tissue paper?

Great tip for the DM's too.

TFS

Annie x

cathylynn said...

I'm a brand new follower and I love your art! Lots of inspiration here! Thanks so much for sharing your ralent!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

cristina said...

This job is very beautiful, great canvas,, all details fantastic.
kiss from Spain

firstnightdesign said...

Enchanting collage!

Su said...

Stunning!!

Paula Whittaker said...

Just a perfect project in every way!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful fading in of colours - which, by the way are gorgeous! As for the stamping - it looks fantastic with the background!

Maryann said...

WAUW gorgeous canvas here Asttrid and such stunning colors.I really love this.

Charlene said...

This is stunning!! Enjoy that sun!

Buttons said...

So here you go again producing another of my very favourite projects - you seem able to blend media seamlessly and with such care and attention to detail. Love the colours and your beautiful lady. Hugs, Jenny x

χρυσάνθη said...

Very nice work! Interesting blog!
Kisses from Greece

Sandy said...

I love the colors and the white writing on this -- she really has a sense of royalty about her doesn't she. I imagine she is from England and is on vacation in France. I think she might be meeting a secret lover. Hmmmmmm
Sandy

Margyz Paper Games said...

Beautiful artwork Astrid. Love the colours you've used and the text stamping really enhances it well. A truly magical piece. ox Marg

Norma Gomez said...

Beautiful use of multiple stamps :D

Sandie Edwards said...

Incredible Astrid, such a lot of beautiful stamping in there. I also cannot blend as you mentioned, and do it the same as you do... and I must admit, your images look so beautiful colour wise. Really like the way you stamped wording in white and black. What do you use for the white?

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous stamping! Love that you are using them up! Love this image...love her crown! Fabulous canvas!!!

Shirl said...

Love what you have made Astrid and she is so adorable one of my fave stamps.

Hugs Shirley x x

alialba said...

Preciosas todas tus cosas . No quería pasar sin dejar un saludo, creo que tu blog, encierra magia ;) . Me encanto encontrarte.....Buenas noches.

Janny said...

Its a gorgeous canvas, so subtile ;o)

Ephemera said...

Gorgeous canvas, adore the colours and the elegant figure. xx

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