Tuesday, 18 June 2013

No special talent…

Canvases have been a nightmare for me. I have tried many times to recreate some of the wonderful mixed media art canvases that Ive seen out there. Unfortunately  Im not quite there yet but after a lot of playing around I finally started to get somewhere.

This particular canvas has been many things. There are layers and layers of mess. And not a good mess. I usually like mess but this one was not a pretty one. My paints were too watered down, I didn't have gesso (which Im figuring I probably need to get some) The white of the canvas mixed with my colours so they were really dull. I tried embossing to get a bit of texture. It worked ok but there was so much base texture in the canvas that it really looked like nothing. So I tried to fix it all by adding even more to it and it was nothing less than a disaster.

I finally gave up and put it to the side for a long time. Every once in a while I would pull it out and stare at it for about an hour at a time but nothing came to me.

Then I went to Ally Pally where I got my Distress Paints and Dylusions sprays. Out came the canvas  again and I just started painting and spraying, spraying and painting. FINALLY something beautiful came out of my mess making!

I used some black acrylic paint and Designs by Ryn water droplets stamp on the canvas. I do not recommend stamping anything intricate. I had to go back in and hand paint in where it didn't stamp properly. Besides that I used the same technique that I did here and covered with glossy accents.

More stamping done, some scribbling and a quote I found on google by the curious Mr. Einstein, and I believe Im done! I may add more to it... We'll see but for now I am very happy with the result. What do you think??
Happy Crafting!
I would like to enter this in to Dripping with Smudgy Antics challenge.


  1. Its great, love the colours and the quote x

  2. Brenda Ratcliffe18 June 2013 at 18:39

    Hi Sam, it looks good. Any base that has texture will not stamp well but I think that adds to the charm of it. Good luck with the challenge. Brenda x

  3. Step away from it NOW, it needs nothing else and I adore it x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Sam, the colours, sentiment and texture make it a stunning piece. Not all works of art go to plan, they just evolve, and this evolved into something very special. Hug P xxx

  5. Hey Samantha, Glad that you stuck with it. I have pieces like that as well... Still sitting around waiting for something to unify all of the mess into something appealing. This piece worked out really well in the end! I love the colorful background! Feels good to look at :)

  6. Sam,
    IDK, what your talking about? You canvas project is awesome, love how the bubbles look as if they are popping of the canvas! I love all your color choices, great senti! I think you did a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing at Smudgy Antics!
    (SA DT)

  7. Absolutely BRILLIANT Sam! Super piece - frame it - NOW!
    Ei x

  8. Hi Samantha, Absolutely STUNNING, I love it, it would look great on my wall, xxxx

  9. Hi, Sam. I once did a canvas for my grand-daughter which I liked. I just bought some blank ones from the Range yesterday for this new house. Don't know how long they will take but I will post pictures
    I thnk this is fantastic. Hope I can manage something x

  10. Sam this is a gorgeous piece of work! certainly doesn't need another thing doing to it :D Thank you for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics xxx

  11. I agree with everyone - step away now while you have this - it's great as it is. Those droplets look so life-like. I'm so glad you found us and look forward to seeing more amazing art. Thank you for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics

  12. this is such a great piece! you have such awesome work! I love the bright colors you achieved! and the droplets are so great! thanks for joining us at smudgy antics

  13. I think it is wonderful how it is. Gesso is a controlling substance and you would have had layers anyway lol..this is wonderful.
    susan s

  14. Gorgeous canvas! I would never have known what a nightmare it was to create. I love the vivid dripping colours and those water drop stamps are awesome! Fabulous work and kudos to you for sticking with your creative process to produce such a wonderful piece! Oh...thanks for playing along with Smudgy Antics as well :)

  15. Beautiful canvas! Love the colours and the sentiment, the water drops are FAB!. Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics :)


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