Monday, 9 February 2015

A Canvas full of Drips and Drops

This month the theme over on the Countryview challenge blog is Drips and Drops. The moment I read this theme, I knew I wanted to have some real mixed media fun, and so decided to create a canvas, full of drips and drops of course.
It all started with a size 12 tag. 

I scraped gesso all over it with a palette knife and then added some Decoart Crackle Paste through a Memorybox Stencil in two places.Next I added some fine glitter to the wet paste for a bit of sparkle. When dry the start of my drippy background was created with two colours of Bister sprayed with water.
This was followed with a few quick sprays of Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo Distress Stain Sprays.

Next I wanted to create some other elements to add more interest to my tag. I took a piece of paper that I use to put underneath my projects when I use sprays, as you can see below, it is full of random drips and drops.
I used it to die cut some other elements to add to my large tag.
Two smaller tags and a doily, cut with the help of Tim Holtz and Cheery Lynne dies. 
Well, by this time it was dark, so I could take no further step by step photos, but as you can see, I added some further stencilling and background stamping to the smaller tags and then made a collage on the main tag using these. I also added a little cupid, left over from my earlier Countryview project.

After I was more or less happy with my tag, I started to prepare my canvas:
It was a prepped canvas, so no need to add gesso. I just sprayed some Iced Spruce Distress Spray around the edges and smudged it out with a baby wipe. I added some strips of Tissue tape and used a brown Gelato crayon to darken the edges.
Of course, the sides of the canvas should not be forgotten....
Here you can see what it looked like after I adhered the tag to the canvas with gel medium.

The final touch was to add some flowers, treated with gesso, glitter (sprinkled onto the wet gesso and the same colours of Distress Sprays.
I computer generated the sentiments and added some further drips and drops and that was pretty much it.

I had great fun creating this and I hope you like it. There is still plenty of time to join our challenge, here is a link to the blog.

I am going to enter this in the Artist Trading Post challenge Love is in the Air

Hope to see you there and thanks so much for visiting today!

39 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful canvas with lot of texture and of course, lovely drips and drops! Hugs, Valerie

Maryann Laursen said...

Sooooo beautiful work here again Astrid, I really love how you made this feel alive in some way, and the colors are stunning as well. I really just love, what you´ve done ehre, this canvas is truly amazing work as usual hun.

Maggie said...

Another wonderful canvas Astrid really with lots of lovely textures and I really love the colour you have achieved.MaggieH

froebelsternchen Susi said...

An amazing grungy artistic look what you achieved here Astrid- looks fantastic!
Happy new week to you!

Sue Marrazzo said...

love it ALL!

massofhair said...

BEAUTIFUL canvas and tags Astrid, love the colours you haves used and the crackle looks amazing. You always get things just 'right' :-) xxx

chrissies said...

A very beautiful canvas Astrid. I love the background you have mounted it on as it adds such a lot of extra interest. A brilliant idea.

Locve Chrissie

Rita said...

Love your canvas Astrid. I really need to use my media products much more. Hugs Rita xxx

Dots Dabbles said...

Oh I looove this Astrid!!! I think I need to get some distress sprays! And the bister looks amazing behind the stenciling. A very inspiring piece. And what a great fit the tag was on the canvas...it looks awesome.
Dot x

Annie said...

fabulous details on your canvas Astrid. Love the effects of the crackle paste and the bister. I hope to play with some brusho crystals today.
TFS and huge hugs Annie x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a stunning details....the tag is fab in total Astrid, thanks for the pictures...
Have a nice day, Alie :-)

Pamellia Johnson said...

WOW WOW WOW!! I can't tell you how inspired I am every time I visit your blog Astrid!! This is spectacular, I just love the tag as a base, genius idea! The glitter is beautiful and I love all the layers of smaller tags! You always use the most interesting stencils, could you please let me know the name of this Memory Box one, it's simply stunning! big hugs :)

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful!! I really like that Blister/ Crackle effect

Samra Leshinski said...

Absolutely stunning canvas!!! Love that Adornment Stencil from Memory Box, just gorgeous! All the texture, layered tags and doily, flowers, word stickers and angel are so beautifully composed!!! Genius!
Your creativity is mind blowing!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Astrid! You always make such fabulous creations but this is set to be one of my all time favourites! Totally and utterly stunning! Chrisx

Terry said...

So much to love on this canvas! Love the drips and drops, but the texture with the gesso and crackle is stunning! Love the layered up tags with the doily and floral finish! Gorgeousness! Hugs!

Dorthe said...

Yes, your created texture, is amazing , also on the smaller tags, I love the heart one ! The crackle looks so beautiful Astrid, and wonderful use of your underpaper, and Bister .
The flowers are gorgeous, with the gesso and glitter.
Thank you for another wonderful visit !!
Hugs,Dorthe

Marjie Kemper said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So much texture and eye candy. Love how it all started with one tag.

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, fabulous !
Corrie x

Lys Scrap said...

I love the crackle background through the stencil, and the colours blending... But what I prefer in your creations, Astrid, here as always, is your self expression and the unique style you have, declined in so different variations. I love it!

Anita Houston said...

Amazing background on that tag! Fabulous texture!!!

Kathy Bradley said...

Your process to get to this gorgeous canvas was awesome. Thank you for sharing the steps taken - it's very helpful to those of us that are new to mixed media. Again, gorgeous!

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
I am so pleased you had fun making this, creating texture is the best part...especially when it works and looks yummy as this does. The canvas is full of interest and my eye is loving it.
Smiles:)
Sue

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Stunning background- love your combination of stormy sky and vintage photo stain sprays. And layres are just fabulous!! Thanks for sharing process, Astrid.

JackieP Neal said...

Astrid,
I love your drips and drops and spritzes and crackles!! And I love the elongated canvas! perfect for that tag- just beautiful! xo

Meggymay said...

Awesome textures and a super colour combination, making a glorious piece of art.
Yvonne xx

Redanne said...

Full of drips and drops - and full of beauty and charm - it is gorgeous Astrid, I love this beautiful piece! Hugs, Anne xx

Paper Profusion said...

Artistically fantastic as always Astrid. The incredible layering looks divine and the whole piece is wonderfully energised /alive. I just noticed you have me included amongst your blog list, thank you so much! What an honour. Nicola x

rachel said...

awesome work Astrid - your texture is wonderful and the drips and drops wonderful. Brilliant work - thanks for your kind words too. Hugs Rachel x

Marisa Job said...

Wow! This is amazing!! Love all the texture and colors!!

Adriana B said...

this is so amazing with the textures and colour, some of my fav colours too :)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Astrid, and love that you mounted your tag onto the canvas!

barbarayaya62 said...

Wow Wow Wow! This piece is incredible! Love all textures and colours that you've used! the crackle effect is WONDERFUL!!!!! Amazing !BArbarayaya

Lynn Price said...

Drips and Drops, indeed...this is stunning!! Absolutely love the Bister on the DecoArt crackle paste - brilliant! And your use of the paper on which you spray is incredible....I am trying to figure that out, lol! I spray on a mat,but I think you do so as well, but with a piece of paper (card?) on top? At any rate, fantastic make and inspiration!! xx Lyn

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Da gibt es soviel zu entdecken, einfach nur toll.

Shari Trumbull said...

Astrid, your backgrounds are AMAZING!! That's about all I can say--Just AMAZING!! I love how you mounted this tag onto a canvas!! This is a gorgeous Drip & Droppy creation!! XOXO-Shari

Jools Robertson said...

Wonderful canvas, love the fab texture and drip and drop paint effects
Amazing colours, love how the greens sparkle through

Jools x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Another masterpiece!! The background is amazing ... lovely colours and simply glorious textures. Love, love, love this!! ox

Buttons said...

Being the mixed media queen that you are this could only turn out beautifully Astrid. Jenny x

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