Monday, 12 August 2013

And a happy crafty day was had by all.....


Happy Monday everyone, hope you will have a good start to your new week! Lovely to have you drop by here.

Well as some of you know, on Saturday my two lovely crafty friends, Annie and Rita came to visit and we had so much fun!! We altered two canvasses, well one canvas and one piece of mount board to be precise.
We used acrylic paints, stencils, paper serviettes and stamping and finished our first pieces with a little photo image to be the vocal point and finish it all off. We had so much fun, - there was a lot of chatting, laughter as well as moments of silent concentration, and the best bit was that even though we all used exactly the same products and techniques, each piece turned out totally differently, reflecting our own personal styles.
 For Rita and Annie most of these techniques were new, so for those of you who are also not so familiar with mixed media techniques, and because several have asked for it in the past, I'll talk you through a quick step by step. (I can only show you detailed photos of the finished project though, because of course we were way too busy to take step by step photos.
So here goes:
1. Select some stencils and smear on some texture paste. Annie had brought two of the new Tim Holtz ones, so of course I chose one of those. Dry with a heat gun, (the pastes we used, Liquitex Ceramic Stucco and Golden Moulding Paste don't really puff up when you heat them with a heat gun, so are ideal when you want things to dry fast)
2. Select about 3 colours of acrylic paint (we used a mixture of Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Golden Fluid Acrylics) and blend them over the canvas, keeping it quite light at this stage.
3. Select a couple of paper serviettes, (Rita had brought a fab collection, lucky us) just the thin top layer, tear out the bits you want to use and adhere them to the canvas with Gel medium,, put the medium both underneath and over the top of the scraps of the serviette, smooth it all out a bit and dry it again.
3. Return to your chosen paint colours and carefully blend them around and partly over the serviette bits, that way they will melt into the background. A baby wipe can be very useful at this stage, or a bit of scrunched up kitchen roll, which can also add a bit more texture still.
4. The finishing touches: Some background stamping, best done with Archival or other none water based inks, a vocal image, either stamped, or as in this case a digital image and if you want a sentiment of some kind, add some Treasure Gold or other gilding wax over the raised textured bits, and your canvas is done.

We did the second piece in a slightly different way, but that will come in another post (I still need to finish mine, way too much chatting going on)
Here are some detailed photos:
Some tiny scraps of serviettes, they easily blend in even over the raised texture.

Treasure Gold carefully rubbed over the raised bits.

Careful painting around the images almost blends them completely into the background, but in this close up you can just see the edge a little bit.

Some blending around the edges of the vocal image with a charcoal pencil, to add a bit of shadow and depth

And here we are, after a long and happy day of crafting.

Don't know why I am pulling such a silly face, probably trying to stop myself from too much giggling....
I am sure both Annie and Rita will be showing their canvasses on their blogs, in fact they may have beaten me to it already, so if you haven't seen them yet, make sure to check them out!!

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!

38 comments:

  1. Zauberhaft ... was für ein traumhaft schönes Werk *schwärm*

    Es muss ja ein wundervolles Treffen gewesen sein.

    Liebe Grüße
    von Anke

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  2. morning Astrid....sounds like you all have a great time crafting together and just love your creations... Love all the textures and techniques and of course beautiful colours.

    Anne

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  3. As usual you´ve made an awesome piece of art here Astrid. It´s soo beautiful and in such wonderful colors too. I can see from all your faces, that you had a wonderful time together, and it must also be soo awesome to be able to craft together good friends. Unfortunately there´s just nobody around where I live or even in the area, who do this, so I always have to do with my own compagny or just my granddaughtersm, but it would some times be nice to share things with a good friend too, but it´s obviously not meant to be, so I´ll just do with my own compagny, but then I´m ofcause also sure of nice compagny he he he.
    Have a great week ahead and lots of fun.

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  4. An absolutely stunning canvas Astrid and thanks so much for sharing the details.
    The colours and textures look just amazing and the image is a wonderful contrast in black.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  5. Such a lovely canvas Astrid, and thank you for the wonderful tutorial. So glad you all had a happy and productive time. Hugs, Jenny x

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  6. Stunning Astrid, such fantastic effects, love your canvas so much.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  7. a really wonderful canvas, and thanks for some of the tips, I hope I can find time to have a go at this as I admire your canvas pieces so much! How lovely to be able to craft with friends x hugs xtrace x

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  8. How wonderful to spend time again with Rita and Annie. Your canvas is just gorgeous Astrid (as always!) and thanks so much for the step by step and the tip about that embossing paste that can be dried with a heat gun without bubbling. Hugs, Anne x

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  9. You obviously had a wonderful day and this canvas is beautiful with such interesting textures, details and lovely colours. Thanks for the detailed description of the process and the close up photos.

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  10. A wonderful piece of art and you all look so happy together. Pleased you enjoyed your day.

    Love Chrissie x

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  11. Wow super such lovely textures too.
    Glad you had a lovely day.Thank you Anneke. www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  12. A stunning canvas Astrid - I always love looking at all the details. What a wonderful day you all had. Just off to see Rita and Annie's pieces. Jennie x

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  13. Wonderful meeting with gorgeous result. Love the textures and the lovely image, it's a great art work!

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  14. I love all details in your stunning canvas!

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  15. I love your canvas! I also love using pieces of napkins and blending them in. How wonderful to spend time with like minded friends!

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  16. Fabulous details and textures, love your canvas. You all look like you had a wonderful day.
    Yvonne

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  17. Thank you for the walkthrough although I don't think I can make such wonderfull canvasses as you three did. I love your little piece of art!! It's so beautiful!
    xxx Marianne

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  18. Stunning techniques Astrid! What a beautiful piece of art!!!
    Hugs, Dena

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  19. You made me want to play with canvases today and I have errands to run! Everything does work together so well, but each of your choices add to the piece. Great balance...can't wait to see the next piece. Now, off to see what your friends created!

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  20. Da wäre ich gern dabei gewesen! Ein wunderschöner Canvas! Viele liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  21. Good morning Astrid! First of all..I want you to know that I am totally envious of you girls getting together to play! :) I wish I could have been a fly on the wall...I could have learned SO MUCH from you guys! Now...I am also so happy to see that you are like Anne and I in that you were afraid to use the die cut! That makes me feel better! I'm not alone when it comes to being intimidated by a die cut! haha Having said all of that, YOUR WORK IS AMAZING! This canvas is ... well, I just LOVE it! You and I are "in tune" when it comes to colors and hues of color. I so love this piece...every dimensional addition, every perfectly stamped image, every exquisitely colored inch of this canvas is simply gorgeous! <3 Candy

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  22. Such a gorgeous grouping of canvases. All three are just amazing with texture and color and not to mention how much fun you all had! Enjoy the week and thank you for sharing and being so inspiring. Hugs!

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  23. Simply lovely Astrid you look as though you had a great day and that is what it is all about sharing and having a lovely time doing what we love best. I love the little girl as your central image - beautiful!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

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  24. what a wonderful canvas ART! really beautiful!

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  25. Sounds as though you all had a wonderful crafty time and your canvas is beautiful. Thanks for all the tips and ideas. Margie x

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  26. Stunning canvas Astrid...The background & colours blend beautifully... Looked a fun day with these two special ladies... Hugs May x x x

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  27. Fabulous texture and I love the image! This canvas is gorgeous!

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  28. Wow, so nice to see who you were creating with and the photograph .. you all look fabulous! Gorgeous creations ... and of course great company and loved reading about your adventure.

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  29. would have loved to have been there with you - your canvas work has super depth and interest.

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  30. Sounds like you had such a great time Astrid ... oh! to have been a fly on the wall. Love your canvas, it is totally gorgeous as always, and thank you for the step by step. I really do have to sit down and try one of these myself. ox

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  31. Lovely, lovely make. It looks like another wonderful day of creativity - I've already seen Rita's beautiful canvas; can't wait to see what Annie got up to...
    Alison xx

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  32. How wonderful to craft with friends. Gorgeous work! xx

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  33. Thank you dear Astrid, for your great explained steps of doing this tecnique ,that you used to create your gorgeous piece!!!
    It is so beautiful with the used stencils to create raised spots with the paste,- I love those T.H. new ones, and hope they will soon be available here in the danish internet shops. Love also the use of paper napkins ,and the blending them into the whole!! Such a magic world you have created dear, I will go visit your friends , too!!
    Warm hugs from Dorthe-- can be needed here in Denmark today :-) Kind of cold!!!

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  34. Firstly, that is a wonderful photograph of the three of you - I am sure it was a day brimming with giggles, a little wonder any creativity was achieved!!!!
    Absolutely stunning panel - thank you for the detail photographs so we can take in all that amazing texture and the gorgeous colours.
    I love your use of colour as you are bold with it yet you still achieve a beautiful aged effect.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  35. Gorgeous project, I shall be checking out the others too!
    Rosie x

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  36. Gorgeous canvas ! Lovely colours and textures, thankyou for the breakdown of the process you've used, I feel inspired to dig out some of those canvasses I've been hoarding, love the freebie images you've posted as well very generous of you x

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  37. How gorgeous! I would've liked to be there!
    Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  38. What a gorgeous creation! I love every bit of it and wish I could've come over to play with you and Rita and Annie. Seems like you had a perfect day. Off to pin your beautiful make...

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