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Thursday, January 28, 2016

A New Life – Finnabair Inspired Mixed Media Canvas

Good day to you all Blogging Friends,

First of all I have come to realise that I am NOT a good Blogger!! Grrrr! Always something else moving up on the priority list!

I have been watching Finnabair and her Design Team's Projects for quite a while and could only sit and ’drool’ over it  . . . way too scared to try! Well, if one does not try, nothing will happen J

One day, many moons ago, I saw Finnabair’s project :
Art Recipe Wednesday: New Life of the Old Brush and it really got me inspired as I have lots of old brushes and all sorts of embellishments to get me going. Please visit Finnabair’s blog for her Art Recipe Wednesday as well as the tutorial on how to create such a canvas.

It took me another approximately 7 months to pluck up the courage to give it a try. My friend, Jacqui, and I organised a play date at the shop during her holidays. Oh what fun did we have!  We put all our ‘ingredients’ ranging from the blank canvasses and brushes to washers, paper flowers, wing nuts, buttons (like in ‘ugly’ buttons), hinges, twine, beads, nuts, bolts, chipboard embellishments, etc. out on the workspace and started off sort of slowly. We quickly got the gest of ‘How To’, but *Sigh!* the day flew by way too quickly!
Here is my Finished Canvas:
I started off by using a few Arty Stencils from Enmarc Crafts and thick gesso paste to add texture to the background and then let it dry. After all the embellishments were stuck down, I covered everything with gesso and left it to dry.

I opted for watered down acrylic paints . . . . that wasn’t so easy, because it so happened that one moment it was too pink and the next moment it was too green . . . then too pink , then too green. After a couple of these ‘trial and errors’ I was satisfied with the outcome. Next I used metallic gold acrylic paint and dry brushed all over the brush and embellishments close to it. I added Finnabair art Extra vagence Texture Paste : Clear Crackle to the handle of the brush and also a bit randomly onto some of the embellishments. Then I added Finnabair art Extra vagence Texture Paste : Gold Crackle in a blob onto the tip of the brush and added Finnabair art ingredients Glass Glitter : Gold Rush to the Gold Crackle. Then Finnabair art basics Soft Matte Gel : Transparent was added randomly with added Finnabair art ingredients Glass Glitter : Copper. Then the micro beads and seed beads were added also with the soft matte gel. I got carried away and maybe have put too many beads onto the canvas, but for now I am happy J. When everything was dry, I used a graphite pencil to accentuate and add shadows to the embellishments.

Some Close-ups of the finished project:

Finnabair Products used:

Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment so I know you were here J

Take care and Happy Crafting!