Monday, 1 June 2015

Shabby fun for Mixed Media Monthly

Hello everyone and welcome to my little place in crafty blog land. Happy June to you all!!
This is my second project for today, - if you want to see the first one you can find it HERE


Over at Mixed Media Monthly it's celebration time this month as it's our one year anniversary. For the theme this month you can pick any of the themes from the previous year, how fun is that!


For my theme I chose the January theme (Something New To You) this is because the main product I used are from our wonderful sponsors this month, Maya Road who do the most amazing range including all sorts of wonderful embellishments, and I had never used their products before, so they were completely new to me....

 By entering our challenge you could win an awesome goodie bag of their products. You can find all the challenge details on the blog there

We have some new rules, so in order to be eligible, make sure to follow these:
1. You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
2. You must comment on at least 3 design team members blogs
3. You may combine with up to 4 more challenges

As this is our celebration month, there are not only inspiration pieces from the team, but also many guest designers from the past year, so do hop over!!

On to my project: There is nothing I enjoy more than creating a mixed media project and altering a variety of embellishments to suit my colour theme and mood. So for this one I made an altered canvas. It started out looking like this:
Every single element on this canvas is from Maya Road, and as you will see along the way, I even landed up adding a few more.

After adhering all these different things to my canvas with gel medium, I added some texture with a stencil, some texture paste, sand paste and crackle paste and then covered it all with a think layer of gesso.
As you can probably see at this stage I had added some further embellishments from Maya Road including the  big flower on the top. I also added a few smaller ones from my stash and a die cut word..
The big flower started out looking like this:
And after covering it with the gesso and pastes, it looked like this:
Because the flower itself is made from fabric, it adds super textures when covered with the other media.

Here is a close up of the other embellishments. The May Road tapes, fibers, lace and wood chip embellishments all add wonderful textural additions when they are cover with gesso.

The next stage was to add colour:
I decided to keep it in two tones, soft browns and blues which I achieved with a mix of fluid media acrylic paints, Lindy Stampgang Sprays and some Treasure Gold highlights.
Here are some close ups still:
A little shadow was added with some watered down black paint and a brush, to make the word pop a bit more.
Love how the twine, lace and chipboard all work together with the paste and colour to give almost a ceramic effect.
My favourite bit is definitely the large flower..........using a heat gun while drying the pastes added some lovely little additional bubbles.

Well, there you have it. Hope you like my little altered canvas. Do hop over to the Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog to see what my team mates created, like usual there is a huge variety of styles and projects to inspire you to take out your mixed media supplies, so do come and play along!

Have a wonderful creative month and thank you for visiting like always!


74 comments:

  1. How beautiful this is Astrid it's always fascinating how gesso alters things. Love all the textures and colours x

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  2. An fantastic project and who would imagine the end product by watching the very first step!

    GORGEOUS Astrid!

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  3. Wow Astrid! A totally amazing makeover and who would have guessed how it started out!
    Fliss xx

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  4. Looked at your team mates projects, they are good,but for me I love your canvas.The textures and colours,well all of it,its beautiful. Lovely to see the process too.

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  5. Absolutely stunning Astrid x love the wonderful textures and colours. That flower looks fabulous too x

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie x

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  6. Wonderful to follow the way you made this stunning piece Astrid ..s much admire and inspire on it

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. Who would have thought in a million years that your starting picture would turn out to be the finished picture???? Well - knowing you r creativity Astrid - I would - but still - that beginning altered canvas was pretty ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your came out in the end with more than LOVELY!! j

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  8. Who would have thought in a million years that your starting picture would turn out to be the finished picture???? Well - knowing you r creativity Astrid - I would - but still - that beginning altered canvas was pretty ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your came out in the end with more than LOVELY!! j

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  9. it's wonderful.. amazing textures and fabulous colors. thank you for sharing the details. I am always inspired. Happy Monday to you.
    Tamara<3

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  10. What wonderful projects Astrid. The colours are so beautiful. Hugs Rita xx

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  11. very beautiful and full of texture. tactile. :)
    and is it not a bit ironic that we swapped dates for Calico and then I ended up posting for this today too lol
    :D

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  12. gorgeous texture Astrid and thans so much for sharing how you did this - brilliant! Love it! Hugs rachel x

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  13. So pretty, Astrid! This is huge inspiration to me, as I've always wanted to give this type of mixed media canvas a try. So hard to believe it started from such humble beginnings! What a lovely finish you gave it! hugs!

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  14. This is gorgeous, love the thick layer of gesso and all the texture that it created. The finished piece is awesome!! Xxx

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  15. Beautiful and very inspiring. I've never done this
    But get quite excited Reading your journey to get this
    beautiful results. Thanks Astrid. xxx Anneke

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  16. Exquisitely transformed!! Adore the colour palette with shimmer..so so beautiful!! Ruth x

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  17. Stunning Astrid and fantastically Finnabair. Really love it. Nicola x

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  18. Hello Astrid,
    The placement of your elements create the base for your design and combined with your texture and palette the effect is fabulous.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  19. I love this altered canvas, Astrid! It's amazing how different everything looks from the original pieces. It's gorgeous!

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  20. Wow, Astrid - Really love your flowers and other textures here.... brilliant to cover with gesso, as the resulting lecture is divine!! Thanks as always for your inspiration! xxx Lynn

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  21. Astrid,
    Your work is beautiful....love all your colors!!!

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  22. One of my favorite types of mixed media techniques! Awesome sauce! The texture is amazing and that flower is a fave as well. TFS! ~Niki

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  23. Beautiful , very special canvas, I love the way you created the special effects, on it!!! great structure, I just love it!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  24. Gorgeous texture, thanks for sharing how you did it, Astrid! Awesome canvas.

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  25. Absolutely fell in love with this canvas Astrid!! Magic textures and my fave colour combination .. totally stunning!!!! xx

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  26. Beautiful canvas Astrid, love all the Maya Road embellishments and that flower came out amazing! I've never tried this technique of collage and gesso before but your lovely results are tempting me to give it a go!

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  27. You just did it again Astrid and made yet another masterpiece here. It is so gorgeous and really amazing work. Sooo beautiful and perfect as always hun.

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  28. Beautiful canvas, and love the brown/blue colour scheme - absolutely my cup of tea! Hugs, Valerie

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  29. So clever and very effective!

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  30. WOW WOW WOW!! This is pure bliss!! I can't believe how it looked when you started, what an amazing transformation! So many wonderful elements you used to create your piece, I am especially loving your big blossom! LOVE the colours, blue and brown are just dreamy together! This is a new fav of mine, what an inspirational piece Astrid!! big hugs :)

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  31. Hi Astrid, love your textural piece and the two tone colour palette. I love all the elements you layered together and the blossom is gorgeous. Have a lovely day. Tracy x

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  32. Fantastic texture and the gorgeous colors. I was surprised when I saw the original underlying colors and how they transformed into your beautiful canvas.

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  33. what a stunning make, such texture going on, love those flowers more when they are altered x

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  34. Love the subtle colours and all those lovely textured layers - gorgeous . Have a lovely day x

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  35. Wow! This is amazing! Great tutorial!!

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  36. Your flower is gorgeous there, Astrid,- and how fun to see how you started with all kind of pieces, in colours of all kinds ! The end result is amazing !!!
    Dorthe, xoo

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  37. Astrid, you are just amazing. Loved the whole project - very brilliantly assembled together, loved the colouring as well. You have given me a new idea on how to use up all those random bits and pieces of stash that I have that dont match anything. Nice to stop by here today - Candice -

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  38. Astrid, this is quite simply stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

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  39. perfectly spectacular , loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee x

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  40. Like it, No, love it Yes. amazing piece of art Astrid and inspiring too x

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  41. I love playing with mixed media and I just love your canvas! The colors and textures are blended so beautifully! I am so tempted to do another with all this inspiration! Love it!

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  42. This one is my new favorite, Astrid! You are a master of mixed media art! I adore your dreamy colours perfectly blended together and your stunning textures! Just spectacular!
    Branka xxx

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  43. Stunning !!!! I loved it before you even started spraying x

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  44. Really nice to see how you build up your work. Ty.

    Ma :)

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  45. Wow! So beautiful!!
    Sandy xx

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  46. Astrid... this is stunning... the textures and depth of your canvas is remarkable.... Love everything about it !

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  47. Beautiful! Love the texture and colors!
    Lilian
    http://theleafstudio.blogspot.com

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  48. omgeee! Astrid this is so very, very beautiful! Funnily enough I was sorting out some old stash yesterday and came across some really ugly coloured fabric flowers that, at first, I was going to throw out. So very, very glad I didn't because now I know how to use them: thank you for the tutorials, fabulous regular inspirations and the wonderful graphics: you are a star, a lovely generous and caring crafter who inspires me so much Karen x

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  49. Wow - a stunning canvass - thanks for the process, shall be using that one! Nikki xx

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  50. How beautiful Astrid! I love how you transform everday pieces into such a stunning piece of art!! xx

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  51. Oh wow Astrid this is gorgeous...such beautiful elements and the shimmery colours are stunning...brilliant transformation..Esther xx

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  52. your project is gorgeous - love the colors you used - that flower is beautiful
    thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

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  53. fantastic, Astrid! I love these textures and the way you show the process. Very inspiring!

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  54. What a gorgeous creation, Astrid. Love the transformation of the flowers and especially the way the word journey peeks out.

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  55. what a lovely canvas Astrid! love how you smothered everything with the gesso - and the pretty colors you used - what great texture on this!

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  56. Beautiful :) The metallic sheen all over is just stunning & the textures as well :)

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  57. Que maravilla!!!, es impresionante!!...Me encanta la técnica mixta y aquí es algo fabuloso!!!, los colores, la composición...Mi enhorabuena y muchas gracias por su tutorial e inspiración!!

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  58. Your artistic efforts are worth every bit of energy you put into them. I find the color combinations on each piece to be quite lovely...and I especially favor the ones that are covered in a type of white medium that gives the finished pieces a shabby chic appearance.

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  59. J'aime votre art ! félicitations et merci pour le tuto
    corinne de france

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  60. Fascinating to see how this started out and changed so radically - love the shabby effect of the finished piece too.

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  61. What a transition! Very interesting technique!

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  62. It's always a treat to visit your page Astrid. I love how this canvas statred out, the layers you bulit and how it takes life after the colors. A very inspiring piece.

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  63. Stunning creation Astrid, I really love the pastel colours you've achieved here :)
    Big Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  64. Your project us gorgeous....the layers and textures are amazing. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  65. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the before and after photos that show how you took all the eclectic (and very colourful) bits and pieces and ended up with a unified look full of texture.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  66. Oh Astrid! This is stunning and now you have shown so clearly how this transformation took place I may well be brave enough to try something new myself! Chrisx

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  67. Wow Astrid this is gorgeous all that wonderful texture and gorgeous colours x Hilda

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  68. Thank you for sharing your secrets - I try it)))))))) beautiful picture.

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  69. Amazing to see the transformation! Astrid Such a Gorgeous Shabby Chic Canvas. Love the effect of the lace, twine n chipboard with the paste and colour - oh yes the colours - beautiful - the perfect choice . x

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  70. I love seeing the process of this beautiful piece. Great work, Astrid!

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  71. Always a pleasure to see what you come up with!

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