Over at Inspiration Journal, quite a few team members participated in the challenge. I had been busy and didn’t have the opportunity to do anything earlier SO like in school…nothing beats doing it at the last minute! (The deadline is today!) LOL For this project, I used the Tattered Florals Die and Mini Tattered Florals Movers & Shapers Set.
Now this may or not surprise you but this is the first time I had done a canvas. Leave it to me to buy a few canvases during an art store sale but hadn’t used one. I tell ya, I was inspired!
It all started with one thought…hmmmm…I wonder if I can create a chalky look using Dylusions sprays???
I put my thinking cap on to try to figure out how I could I achieve this and came up with…die cut tattered florals out of black card stock, then pounce on Picket Fence Distress Stain.
You can wait for the first coat to dry or use a heat tool. You can pounce on the next layer without drying but I found that it soaked the card stock and made them delicate.
In the picture above, all of the florals have one dried coat of the Picket Fence Distress stain (which just barely shows), I just applied a second coat partially to the one in the middle. You can see that it sits more on the surface now.
You can see the difference in coats. The florals that are closer to white have 3 coats on them, the ones that are black have nothing applied to them and the ones that are dark gray have 2 coats of white. Now originally it wasn’t my intention to use the uninked florals but as I was figuring out a layout, I placed the florals on the canvas and loved the look.
Now for the coloured flower, after 3 dried coats of the picket fence Distress Stain, I sprayed Dylusions Ink Spray on it.
What I discovered was that if I let the ink pool, it lifts some of the distress ink. If I left it long enough, my chalky base was gone. So with trial and error, the results were best when I blotted it with some paper towel soon after I sprayed it. I just love this effect and I’m sure I’ll be using it again!
For the rest of the canvas, I didn’t think to take photos. (that and I was getting the chalky-ness of the distress stain on my pretty new camera and was concerned that I’d get it all over the place! I’ll have to use the other camera for future action shots. ;) )
For more details regarding the canvas, I’ll be referring to the above picture.
-I treated the canvas with a coat of gesso, then dried. I brushed on a watery coat of Black Soot Distress Paint, waited for it to dry before brushing on a thin second coat at full strength.
-I then stamped “find” and “life” using Cotton White Staz-on ink (top right)
-I also used the Cotton White Staz-on with some Cut’n Dry foam and sponged through the Cosmic Swirl Crafter’s Workshop Stencil (top left)
-for the rest of the sentiment, I used a white #338, Prismacolor pencil crayon (bottom)
I have a fridge magnet of the same saying…”Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” It’s one of my faves because it’s so true.
The canvas measures 8×10. Now before you ask…you may wonder why didn’t I just use Dyan’s White Spray Ink. I remembered that it’s semi-opaque and wasn’t sure if it would give me the look that I wanted. Perhaps add a couple of coats then? I don’t know. I didn’t try it out but I’ll give it a go when I have the chance and let you know.
Thanks for including me in part of your day! :) Enjoy the weekend!
Supplies Used: (note: the alpha stamps are from a long retired Close to My Heart Set)