Here we are another Sunday and half way through the year already!
I have another 5×7 mixed media canvas to share with you today and let me tell you this one went through quite the transformation!
It all started when I had to deal with my partially wet scrap paper after we had some water in the basement due to rain. Thankfully not much was lost and the rest of my stash was safe! As I sorted through the scraps I noticed I had a fair bit of pink scraps, which is odd if you know my work well I don’t use lots of pink!
To use up these pink scraps I started by covering the canvas with layers of paper. Next I used Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste with some Prima Artisan Powder in Antonette Pink mixed in.
I was pretty happy with the background…….then as my idea for the canvas (yes most often I have no idea what the finished product will be until I’m done), and added different elements I didn’t care for the background anymore.
As you can see the background is NOT pink! I decided it needed a redo, one of the things I love about mixed media is it’s easy to start over if you don’t like something! I went over the original background with a couple layers of white gesso, then painted it using Finnabair Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair.
Ok I have to pause here for a moment, isn’t the name of that paint just awesome?!!!
To bring out the texture on the background I added a touch of mist in a butterscotch colour using water to get it in the nooks & crannies.
I used a number of Tim Holtz dies to build up the elements on my canvas, behind the fairy queen I used Arched Frame, then added one of the Pediments dies on the bottom. The entrance to the fairy land is the Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate die. I used Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder on all those die cuts…….I love the texture this embossing powder gives.
For the ‘greenery’ I actually used 7 Gypsies Architextures Feathers coloured green they worked perfectly!
The Fairy Queen herself I used the An Angel to Love stamp by Carabelle Studio…….isn’t she gorgeous!! For her large wings I used packaging from 7 Gypsies Archtextures, please don’t throw them away, the packaging is amazing! The smaller wings I used one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces.
While I may not love pink (although some bits of pink still snuck its way in) I do love Fairies, I think this love started with Tinkerbell when I was a kid!
Remember when you’re creating there are not mistakes just unrealized opportunities to transform your project!
These are the 7 Gypsies Feathers I used turning them into greenery for my project.
Thank you so much for joining me again today! I’m so happy to be back here sharing my projects & ideas with all of you!